State Tournament

State Tournament

Postby Run4Fun2009 » Mon May 31, 2010 12:23 am

State tournament
At Minot
Thursday

1) West Fargo vs. Devils Lake, noon
2) Fargo South vs. Bishop Ryan, 3 p.m.

3) Fargo North vs. Bismarck, 5 p.m.
4) Fargo Shanley vs. Grand Forks Red River, 7 p.m.

WF
Ryan

Bismarck
Shanley

Consolation
DL
FN

Semis
WF
Bismarck

5th
FN
3rd
Ryan
Champs
WF
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Re: State Tournament

Postby Indy5 » Mon May 31, 2010 1:06 pm

Run4Fun2009 wrote:State tournament
At Minot
Thursday

1) West Fargo vs. Devils Lake, noon
2) Fargo South vs. Bishop Ryan, 3 p.m.

3) Fargo North vs. Bismarck, 5 p.m.
4) Fargo Shanley vs. Grand Forks Red River, 7 p.m.

My predictions would be:

West Fargo over Devils Lake
Bishop Ryan over South
Bismarck over North
Red River over Shanley- Don't really know anything about these two though

West Fargo over Ryan- I feel these are the two best in the state and it will be a great game
Red River over Bismarck- Red River won their region so I'll have them win again

West Fargo over Red River- Don't know how good Red River is but this could be ugly.
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Re: State Tournament

Postby scoobyx2 » Mon May 31, 2010 3:26 pm

I agree that West Fargo and Ryan are the 2 best teams in the state, but I think Bismarck will be in finals. They have faced the GF teams, and beat them pretty easily.
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Re: State Tournament

Postby Indy5 » Mon May 31, 2010 4:08 pm

scoobyx2 wrote:I agree that West Fargo and Ryan are the 2 best teams in the state, but I think Bismarck will be in finals. They have faced the GF teams, and beat them pretty easily.

Ok then I agree with you. I just didn't know anything about Red River
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Re: State Tournament

Postby scoobyx2 » Mon May 31, 2010 10:09 pm

Indy5 wrote:
scoobyx2 wrote:I agree that West Fargo and Ryan are the 2 best teams in the state, but I think Bismarck will be in finals. They have faced the GF teams, and beat them pretty easily.

Ok then I agree with you. I just didn't know anything about Red River

I guess Bismarck beat Red River 8-6 early in the season in GF so it may not have been an easy win like I thought, but I will still go with Bismarck making it to the Championship game against West Fargo.
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Re: State Tournament

Postby Run4Fun2009 » Tue Jun 01, 2010 7:03 am

Softball on the rise after North Dakota sanctions it (Fargo Forum - June 1st)

High school fastpitch softball in North Dakota has evolved from the days when Kayla Frappier played for Fargo Shanley.

“I remember my senior year telling people that we were going to the state tournament and everyone got all excited,” said Frappier, in her first year as head coach at Devils Lake.

“And I said, ‘No, no, there are only six teams in the state. Everybody goes.’ ”

Fastpitch softball was a club sport when Frappier, 23, played for the Deacons from 2002-05.

Now, there are 15 varsity teams in the state that are divided into three regions. Eight teams make the state tournament, which starts Thursday in Minot. The North Dakota High School Activities Association first sanctioned the sport last season.

“Now you have to prove yourself during the season, which obviously takes it to that next level,” Frappier said. “It’s getting much more competitive and it’s at a completely different level than it was back when was I was playing.”

Frappier has led Devils Lake (9-10) to the second seed from Region 1.

The Firebirds play 12-time defending state champion West Fargo at noon Thursday in the first round. The Packers (24-2) being a dominant team is one thing that hasn’t changed since Frappier played.

In his 17th season as head coach, West Fargo’s Pat Johnson has enjoyed watching the sport evolve in recent years.

“It’s nice to see that there is more opportunity out there,” he said. “It’s just nice to see it grow. It’s just nice to see that we started something with three teams. From three teams, we now have statewide competition.”

Johnson said West Fargo, Fargo North and Fargo South were the first three schools to field club teams before Shanley was added in the second year. Grand Forks Central and Grand Forks Red River were next to start teams.

Those were the six teams in the state when Frappier played.

Mike Bisenius has been Red River’s head coach the past five seasons. He has coached softball in North Dakota for nine seasons, including three as head coach at Central prior to moving to Red River.

“It’s slowly been growing, and that’s a good thing,” said Bisenius, whose team is 15-6 this season.

“Talent-wise, the girls are catching on better. It’s been a great experience.”

The number of teams should grow in the next few years. Turtle Mountain, Hankinson and Dakota Prairie fielded teams this season, but played mostly, if not entirely, against junior varsity teams.

Those teams could be added to the varsity mix next season. Johnson said Bismarck is splitting into two teams next spring.

Jamestown, Carrington, Harvey and Rugby have also shown interest in starting teams, according to Bisenius and Johnson.

West Fargo has one loss against a North Dakota team this season, losing to Bismarck.

Frappier thinks having a strong program like West Fargo has helped raise the level of play throughout the state.

“It’s nice to have them,” Frappier said. “They’ve never, I don’t think, leveled off. They’ve continued to produce strong, fundamentally sound teams, and they’ll probably always have that target on their back. They’re continuing to get better and all the other teams in the state are continuing to get better.

“Everybody has kind of followed suit.”
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Re: State Tournament

Postby scoobyx2 » Sat Jun 05, 2010 6:59 am

Indy5 wrote:
Run4Fun2009 wrote:State tournament
At Minot
Thursday

1) West Fargo vs. Devils Lake, noon
2) Fargo South vs. Bishop Ryan, 3 p.m.

3) Fargo North vs. Bismarck, 5 p.m.
4) Fargo Shanley vs. Grand Forks Red River, 7 p.m.

My predictions would be:

West Fargo over Devils Lake
Bishop Ryan over South
Bismarck over North
Red River over Shanley- Don't really know anything about these two though

West Fargo over Ryan- I feel these are the two best in the state and it will be a great game
Red River over Bismarck- Red River won their region so I'll have them win again

West Fargo over Red River- Don't know how good Red River is but this could be ugly.

Your picks were right on until you listened to me about Bismarck! It's West Fargo and Red River in the Championship and Bismarck will take on Minot Ryan for 3rd.
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Re: State Tournament

Postby Indy5 » Sat Jun 05, 2010 12:27 pm

scoobyx2 wrote:
Indy5 wrote:
Run4Fun2009 wrote:State tournament
At Minot
Thursday

1) West Fargo vs. Devils Lake, noon
2) Fargo South vs. Bishop Ryan, 3 p.m.

3) Fargo North vs. Bismarck, 5 p.m.
4) Fargo Shanley vs. Grand Forks Red River, 7 p.m.

My predictions would be:

West Fargo over Devils Lake
Bishop Ryan over South
Bismarck over North
Red River over Shanley- Don't really know anything about these two though

West Fargo over Ryan- I feel these are the two best in the state and it will be a great game
Red River over Bismarck- Red River won their region so I'll have them win again

West Fargo over Red River- Don't know how good Red River is but this could be ugly.

Your picks were right on until you listened to me about Bismarck! It's West Fargo and Red River in the Championship and Bismarck will take on Minot Ryan for 3rd.

Wow, nice going.

Just call me the oracle. :D
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Re: State Tournament

Postby Run4Fun2009 » Sat Jun 05, 2010 8:53 pm

7th Place
Fargo North 14 Devils Lake 0
5th Place
Fargo Shanley 4 Fargo South 3
3rd Place
Bishop Ryan 9 Bismarck 1
Championship
West Fargo 5 Red River 2 (MUCH closer than I expected)
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Re: State Tournament

Postby scoobyx2 » Sun Jun 06, 2010 6:58 am

The Championship game was close, and a great way to end the season. Coaching really becomes a factor at this point in the season.
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Re: State Tournament

Postby Flip » Sun Jun 06, 2010 10:16 pm

Who was the non-ND team WF lost too?
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Re: State Tournament

Postby Run4Fun2009 » Sun Jun 06, 2010 11:45 pm

according to the NDSHAA website link below their only loss was to Bismarck 4-3 back in early April

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Re: State Tournament

Postby Run4Fun2009 » Mon Jun 07, 2010 1:25 am

found it...they lost to Brainerd (MN) 7-2 in the Detroit Lakes tournament in late April
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