Forum staff reports
SIOUX CITY, IOWA — The Valley City State University women's basketball team was bound for the NAIA Division II Women's National Basketball Championship when a slick interstate caused some trouble en route to the competition. The team took off on Interstate 29 in a charter bus Monday morning, March 5, for Sioux City, Iowa. The charter bus slid off the interstate when near Watertown, S.D. "It could've been worse," said Vanessa Keeler-Johnson, first-time head coach for the Vikings. "They were shaken up, but we were able to talk our way through it."
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—As North Dakota State's Summit League women's basketball drought continues, it is just beginning for South Dakota State freshman Tylee Irwin. Playing in her first Summit League Tournament game Saturday, March 3, Irwin came off the bench and scored 12 points—igniting a game-deciding rally in the second quarter—to lift perennial power SDSU to an 87-62 quarterfinal win over NDSU at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. Irwin, a 6-foot freshman guard from Wahpeton, N.D., was playing in front of a lot of family and former high school teammates.
WEST FARGO — A Kindred man is charged with driving under the influence after traveling the wrong way on Interstate 94 and striking another vehicle head-on Thursday, March 1. The North Dakota State Highway Patrol reports that Brad Samples, 32, was traveling eastbound in the westbound Kindred exit ramp 2 miles west of West Fargo. Shortly before 8 p.m., Samples' Dodge Stratus struck a Chevrolet Malibu driven by 19-year-old Alyx Schmitz, of Oakes, who was preparing to take the Kindred exit.
OTTERTAIL, Minn. – A fire destroyed the Periwinkle Marketplace here, and there was water damage to the attached Ottertail Liquors store Wednesday night, Feb. 21. A call from a passer-by came in about 8:11 p.m., sending fire crews to the building at 328 Highway 78 that holds both businesses, according to the Otter Tail County Sheriff’s Office.
WEST FARGO – A West Fargo man was arrested on suspicion of reckless endangerment and preventing arrest in connection with reports of gunshots being fired at an apartment building late Monday, Feb. 19, according to the West Fargo Police Department.
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. – Two pedestrians here were taken to a Fargo hospital with injuries Wednesday evening, Feb. 14, after a pickup struck them at an intersection, police said. The two pedestrians, identified as 54-year-old Susan Holmer and 67-year-old Steven Lorentzen, were brought to Essentia Health St. Mary’s in Detroit Lakes and were then taken to Essentia Health in Fargo. Holmer was in critical condition Thursday, Feb. 15, and Lorentzen was in good condition, an Essentia spokesperson said.
West Fargo Sheyenne 5, West Fargo 1 WEST FARGO—West Fargo Sheyenne defeated West Fargo 5-1 in an East Region play-in game on Saturday. Sterling Morin found the back of the net twice for the Mustangs. Sheyenne improved to 8-13-1 overall and will next play Tuesday at 7 p.m. in an East Region tournament quarterfinal game at Grand Forks Central. West Fargo finished the season 3-19-0 overall.
DENVER—Joe Rosga poured in a team-high 26 points to lead Denver to a 66-63 victory against North Dakota State on Saturday in Summit League men's basketball at Magness Arena. The Bison (12-14, 4-7 SL) have lost four consecutive games. Tyson Ward paced NDSU with a career-high 28 points on 9-for-16 shooting from the floor. The 6-foot-6 sophomore also grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Paul Miller added 12 points, five rebounds and four assists for the Bison.