Minot High head swimming and diving coach Jessica Kelly is looking forward to seeing some of the swimming teams from the eastern part of the state this weekend.
The Majettes swimming and diving team competes this weekend in Grand Forks, first at 5 p.m. Friday in the Grand Forks Double Dual and then at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the UND Invite. Among the participating teams are ones Minot does not often compete against, such as Grand Forks and the Fargo area schools.
"It's nice to get down to the east because we don't get to swim with them as often, and it's kind of nice to see how everyone's doing and where everyone's at," Kelly said.
The Majettes swimmers will all be competing in their best events in Friday's dual, Kelly said, but in the invite Saturday swimmers will be moved around and swim in different events if there is not enough time.
Wahlund to see future competition at Milaca Mega Meet
Minot High cross country runner Brecca Wahlund will have an opportunity to do some first-hand scouting at the Milaca Mega Meet Saturday in Milaca, Minn.
The Minot boys and girls cross country teams will compete in the event Saturday, and girls head coach Glee Mayer said Wahlund will run against some of the top runners in Minnesota. These are the same runners Wahlund will compete against in Sioux Falls, S.D., in
Novemeber in a regional meet in which she will attempt to qualify for the Nike-sponsored national championship meet in Portland, Ore., in December.
"It's a real wonderful opportunity for Brecca," Mayer said of Saturday's meet. "When I talked to the meet director, there are several girls ranked in the top five four them, and those are kids we will more than likely see when we go to Sioux Falls for the regional meet in November."
Mayer and boys head coach Aaron Klingbeil said the event also gives their teams the opporunity to get away and run against different competition than they usually compete against.
For his team, Klingbeil will be looking to see how his younger runners handle pressure they are not used to facing. The groups are divided by age instead of being split between varsity and junior varsity, Klingbeil said, so some of his runners further down on the depth chart will have an affect on the team scores in Milaca, when otherwise they would not.
Sophomore Caleb Robertson will also return to competition Saturday, and Klingbeil will be watched to see how he fares. Runners will also have a chance to try out new tactics.
"It gives the guys a chance to experiment with some different tactics because they're separated from their usual running partners," Klingbeil said.
Rolla and St. John compete for cause
At home volleyball matches since Sept. 1, the Rolla and St. John volleyball teams have been selling pink ribbons to support breast cancer awareness, with the proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Those who donate are also eligible to receive door prizes, announced at the conclusion of each match. Last year Rolla raised $611 "through free will donations, selling trinkets, and a cake walk," and this year the goal was raised to $1,000, Lady Bulldogs head volleyball coach Asleigh Blikre wrote in an e-mail.
When the Rolla and St. John volleyball teams square off on Oct. 7 in Rolla, the winner of the contest to see which team sold more pink ribbons will be announced, and the ribbons will hang in each school's gym in the month of October.
A cake walk will follow the Oct. 7 match, at $1 for each cycle.