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Local athletes in the all-star spotlight

Posted 7/21/15 (Tue)

By Jody Michael
Four local high school athletes participated in postseason all-star games earlier this month, and each of them saw their efforts result in an exciting victory.
Obenchain, Binde play for ND
Divide County football players Jarret Obenchain and Travis Binde were among the selections to represent the state in the Saskota Bowl, the annual North Dakota vs. Saskatchewan 9-man football all-star game, which took place July 9 in Cando.
Team North Dakota won 57-35 to snap Saskatchewan’s three-year winning streak in the series, which is in its 12th year. North Dakota leads the overall series, 8-4.
Bryan Haugen, the head coach of North Star High School in Cando and of Team North Dakota, said both Maroons players proved to be forces on the line.
“They came in on Sunday and by Thursday executed the game plan perfectly,” Haugen said. “The boys really got into it and had fun with it.”
The game was tight in the third quarter, as North Dakota led 35-14 at halftime but was in a 35-35 tie in the third quarter after Saskatchewan scored three consecutive touchdowns. The North Dakota offense then had three unanswered touchdowns of its own to take the victory.
Obenchain and Binde were also in the North Dakota Shrine Bowl in Grand Forks on Saturday, in which the West team fell 38-35.
That game was even more of a back-and-forth affair, with seven lead changes. The East’s go-ahead touchdown came with 2:28 remaining, and the West’s ensuing drive ended prematurely with a fumble inside the East’s 20-yard line with 1:21 remaining on the clock.
Field excels in 6-man game
The MonDak Thunder also had an all-star this summer, as Thomas Field competed in the Can-Am Bowl on July 4 in Southey, Saskatchewan.
The Can-Am Bowl features players from 6-man football programs in both the United States and Canada.
Field had a kickoff return touchdown and a late game-saving interception on defense as Team USA won 16-9 over Team Canada.
Jacobs helps Class B win
Divide County senior forward Hannah Jacobs helped Class B sweep Class A in the North Dakota Lions’ all-star girls basketball games Tuesday and Wednesday last week.
Class B won the first game 62-39 in Bismarck and followed it up with a 62-57 victory in Fargo the next day.
Jacobs, a Minnesota State-Moorhead signee, had eight points in the first game, including two 3-pointers, and added four points in the second game.