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Hometown Stars: Ashley Conneran and Mackenzie Severson

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With the EDC track meet on Friday, there are two members of the Grand Forks Red River girls track and field team who hope to use that meet as a stepping stone to the state meet next week.

Taylor Brooks breaks down the two similar attitudes of these athletes.

You'll see Ashley on the track and field team at the University of North Dakota next year.

And as for Mackenzie, she would love to continue doing track at the next level while studying teaching or pharmacy.

Mark Pearson

Mark is the Sports Anchor at WDAZ. He comes to Grand Forks from his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. Mark graduated from Butler University in 2016 and started working at WDAZ in July of that year. Mark is the Monday-Friday Anchor for the 6 and 10 O'clock shows. During his time as the Sports Anchor at WDAZ, he has covered events like March Madness, Super Bowl 52, and interviewed many athletes--from kindergarteners to professionals. Mark loves playing and watching sports as much as he enjoys covering them--when he was in high school, he was the captain of his varsity basketball team, and he played on Butler's club basketball team. Mark's favorite part of being a sports anchor is capturing and sharing the moments in sports that connect the community. Aside from broadcasting and reporting, Mark loves when he has the opportunity to be the play-by-play announcer for athletic events. In his spare time, you can find Mark shooting hoops, eating ice cream, or hanging out with his wife, Kelly, and their cat, Stella. Fun fact: Mark loves math so much, he added a math minor, just so he could take more college calculus courses. 

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