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Rugby Boys Teams Place At Jr. Grand Am

By Staff | Apr 17, 2015

­Submitted The Rugby Cougars, a fourth grade basketball team, took third place last weekend at the Jr. Grand Am tournament in Grand Forks. BACK ROW: Mitchell Leas, Bryceton Deplazes, Carson Yale, Erik Foster, Brody Schneibel, Drew Clock FRONT ROW: Nicholas Mears, Jacob Ripplinger, Carson Haerer, Logan Harner

Several area boys basketball players competed last weekend in the Junior Grand Am Tournament, sponsored by the Grand Forks Fast Break Club. Of the teams from the area who competed, two were named the Cougars, and one was made up of top state seniors who had one more game to play.


Rugby senior basketball stars Brad Heidlebaugh, Tanner Bernhardt and Zach Miller teamed up with Jonathon Purinton, of Linton-H-M-B; Anthony Olson, of LaMoure-Litchville-Marion; Christian Kvilvang and Jayden Komrosky, both of North Star; Adam White, Ellendale; Carter Kretschman, Oak Grove; and Austin Lee, Berthold, to form the “Class B All-Stars”.

In their first game, the All-Stars outscored the Lancaster Mambas, 99-11. The All-Stars then defeated the West Fargo Warriors, 37-30, and the Fargo South Bruins, 84-43. In their final game, the All-Stars prevailed over Minot Easy Money, 53-45, for a first-place finish.


Fourth grade ballers, the Rugby Cougars – made up of Erik Foster, Brody Schneibel, Logan Harner, Jacob Ripplinger and Bryceton Deplazes, all of Rugby; Carson Haerer, Bottineau; Carson Yale and Drew Clock, both of Burlington; and Nicholas Mears and Mitchell Leas, both of Rolla – took third in the tournament out of 25 teams.

In their first game, the Cougars defeated the Fetter-Artekta Firebirds, 34-16. The Cougars then tamed the Bismarck Red Bulls, 29-24. They then lost by five points in a semifinal matchup against the Winnepeg Spirit. In the game that helped them clinch a third place spot, the Cougars prevailed, 22-18, over the Grand Forks SWAT.

A ninth grade team also called the Cougars competed, taking fourth place out of 17 teams. Made up of Daniel Kearns, Landen Foster, Isaiah Johnson, Seth Jaeger and Brock Haakenson, all of Rugby; Nicholas Effertz, Velva; Bryce Haerer and Max Henry, both of Bottineau; Trent Marquart, Glenburn; Kaedyn and Wyatt Hanson, both of Stanley; and Logan Wangerin, of Apple Valley, Minn., the team won their first match, 54-41, against the Grand Forks Predators. They won their second game, 51-44, against the Annandale Avalanche. Their first loss in the tournament, 40-39, came in a double overtime game against the Manitoba Magic. They then fell to the Magic City Heat, 52-40, in the third place game.


Rugby seventh graders Jaden Hamilton, Devan Michels and Trace Goven played with the St. John Traditional Fire team. Their team edged out the West Fargo Boom, 43-35 for a third place finish.

The Rugby Heat, a ninth grade girls team, fell to the GDVE Flash, 22-16, in their first game, and then fell, 30-16 to the Winnepeg CP-Red who placed fifth in that division. The Heat’s roster included Whitney Gronvold, Shailah Strand, Anni Stier, Karsyn Hager, Maria Blessum, McKenzie Harner and Jenna Wangler.

– Tribune Staff Report

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