Sports

It was pretty much a one-woman show at the Watford City Women’s Golf Tournament as Molly Welstad made it a clean show winning the scratch and handicap championship crowns and walking away with the medalist honors as well.

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Being selected as an All-Star athlete is a great honor for high school seniors, and one Watford City High School senior was honored twice when he was selected as a football player for the Badlands Bowl and the Shrine Bowl.

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The Watford City Walleye were hoping that this would be the year that they would make it to the State American Legion Tournament.

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Justin Shipman of Watford City and a freshman at Jamestown College was named a DAC basketball Scholar-Athlete for the spring semester by the Dakota Athletic Conference.

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Fred Fridley, head coach of the Watford City Wolves football team, was named the 2009 Male Co-Coach of the Year by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

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The Watford City American Legion baseball team improved its season record to 13-3 and 5-1 in league play this past week as the Walleye swept Ray in two games before splitting with Tioga.

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Abe Wengel turned in a time of 32.23 to win the 10K run in the 2009 Homefest Road race held on Saturday, June 27, while Tricia Sundeen took the women’s honors in the 10K event with a time of 44.32.

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For the second year in a row, the weather bested the top stock and cowboys during the Friday night performance of the McKenzie County Fair’s Rodeo. While heavy rain kept the fans out of the grandstands on Friday evening, clear sunny skies made for a wonderful night of rodeo action on Saturday.

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Watford City’s American Legion baseball team continued to pile up wins this past week as the Walleye extended their winning streak to eight games with a pair of wins over Williston before defeating Tioga.

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Samantha Jorgenson, an eighth grader at Watford City High School, has earned a position on the North Dakota Wrangler Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gallup, N.M., from June 28 to July 4 to compete in the 5th annual Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo (WJHFR).

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Watford City picked up a pair of wins last Wednesday defeating the Crosby Cubs 3-2 and 12-3 in American Legion baseball action to extend their winning streak to five games.

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After dropping a pair of games by scores of 16-5 and 14-2 to Wolf Point in their season opener, the Watford City Walleye have picked up three wins in American Legion baseball action.

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Watford City’s Nick Liebel, a sophomore, battled back from an 8th place standing after shooting a seven over par, 79, on the first day of the Class B Boys State Golf Tournament to take second place individually and earn All-State honors.

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Karson Pederson, a sophomore at Watford City High School, ended her golf season in a four-way tie for 54th place at the State Class B Girls Golf Tournament.

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Watford City’s relay teams turned in outstanding performances at the State Track and Field Meet in Bismarck last Friday and Saturday as the girls 1,600 and 3,200 meter relay teams captured first place finishes for the Wolves, while the girls 800 meter relay team took third place. In the boys division, Watford City’s 3,200 meter relay team took second place while the boys 1,600 meter relay team took fourth place.

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In spite of being a first-year team, Watford City had high hopes of making it to the State Class B Baseball Tournament this year. And the Wolves very nearly saw their dreams come true as they worked their way through the Region 7 Tournament before falling in the title game to Minot Bishop Ryan 5-4.

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Watford City made it a clean sweep at the Region 7 Track Meet on Saturday as both the boys and girls team ran away from the competition to emerge as regional champions.

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Karson Pederson earned the right to advance to the State B Girls Golf Tournament with a second place finish at the Region 6 Golf Tournament on May 6.

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It may have taken longer than either Dave Dougherty or Greg Brown wanted, but with bright sunny skies and warm temperatures last week, Watford City runners finally had their chance to qualify for the State Class B Track Meet.

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With wins over New Town and Williston Trinity Christian last week, Watford City will be advancing to the Region 7 Tournament as the No. 3 seed.

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Watford City’s boys varsity golf team wrapped up its regular season action this past week competing at the Washburn Invitational on Saturday and the NW Conference Meet on Monday in Mohall.

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Playing with a limited squad, Watford City’s girls varsity golf team took fifth place with a score of 447 at the Stanley Invitational last Friday afternoon. Kenmare won the meet with a score of 365.

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Watford City athletes again had to struggle against strong winds on Saturday as the Wolves competed at the New Salem Track Meet at the Bismarck Community Bowl. “I feel our team ran extremely well in the meet,” stated Greg Brown, girls’ head coach.

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Watford City’s Nick Liebel carded a seven over par, 79, to earn the right to advance to the State Class B Boys Golf Tournament during last Friday’s State Qualifying Tournament at the Watford City Golf Course.

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