Due to technical difficulties, last Sunday's roundup never made it out. There was a combination of couple accomplishments or events that shouldn't be overlooked, so this one will be even longer than normal but also may be more worth reading!
The main reason I was self compelled to go back to last week was what happened with NDSU. It was far from the only thing worth noting but all other positives pale to the greatness achieved by a big Bison. Payton Otterdahl threw the shot put further than any college thrower ever has indoor. Those are multiple field narrowers but his chuck was also the 17th best in indoor throwing ever, college and otherwise. That's some legendary stuff from the Rosemount native! His success has earned him the chance to compete for national hardware in Alabama. The four member team of Bison throwers includes Otterdahl, Bailey Retzlaff, Shelby Gunnells & Maddy Nilles. That's a new high for the university but isn't the only distinction that Otterdahl has set himself up for, he's got a great chance to bring the top individual trophy, the Bowerman, back to Fargo. There's a lot else going on, but nothing compares to what he's going in the Olympic sports.
For the rest of the sports, Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Golf, there were a couple wins but several more losses and cancellations from the past week. Of the lot, the most noteworthy thing may be that the men's Basketball team managed to close out in the fourth spot. They'll hook Oral Roberts next Sunday at 6 while the women ended in the 7 hole and will try to find a way to survive against the recently nationally ranked Coyotes on Saturday at 2:30.
MSUM took their shot at the Northern Sun field in Track & Field and against the NCAA in a super regional for Wrestling. Suffice it to say that none of the outcomes were of monumental proportion but are significant enough to get pulled into the two week mashup.
This week included the Basketball team's getting into conference play as well. The men lost to SW MN St. to end their season while the women have won their way to a second game in Sioux Falls. Upper Iowa was their first victim, in uncompetative fashion at Nemzek while the first game in Sioux Falls was tougher but the ladies weren't ready to clean out their lockers.
In similar fashion, the Spring sports decimated their foes. The Softball team had a 10 run margin of victory in two games on Friday. The Tennis team out did that by winning 13 of 14 between Friday & Saturday. Sunday put a hard end to the positivity with a 9-1 loss by the Softball team but that's a blemish on an otherwise really successful week by the Dragons!
The Cobbs had a mostly typical last full week of February. The Track & Field team concluded the MIAC season and now looks to test itself against a broader pool of talent at the NCAA regionals. The Wrestling team already had their competitors at the regionals, with senior Ty Johnson getting through the pool so that he can travel to Virginia for nationals. Concordia came one spot short of sending a trio to the Old Dominion state as Jake Nohre and Noah Carter took fourth. By next Sunday, Johnson will know where he stacks up nationally.
The only other actions from the hopper crew was a pair of sweeps by the Tennis teams. St. Scholastica visited Moorhead and handled both the men's & women's teams. Five days later they traveled to Macalester only to leave with the same results, lopsided losses.
High School Sports
The high school sport's scene was lit up like a Christmas tree over the last two weeks. Heck, over just the last two days there was all kinds of action for teams from the area. As far as I'm concerned, it's a coin flip's difference between two of the accomplishments but other's may feel differently about it. I can't say that one is definitely better than the other but for Davies boy's & Kindred girl's Basketball, Saturday was a great day! Only one team a year gets to raise the trophy as state champion on every given level but for Davies to beat the only team that had beaten them to raise the trophy as conference champs is nothing to scoff at either. It was a great weekend in the area! If you missed some of the action, or just want to go back for reflection, visit the photo gallery section! And there's also the option of checking the posts about all the games, just saying.