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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2018 Pase 9 By Kevin Skavhaug It's still there Even though living in N.Dak. has us about as far removed from the sea as a person could be, many of our ancestors made a liv- ing from it. Yep, our Viking ancestors were pretty good sailors An old Norse sailor (or maybe it was Ike Meberg) once said that "a smooth sea never makes a skilled sailor " There's a lot of truth in that thought If you listen to any winning team's post game inter- view you will almost un- doubtedly hear about the "adversity" they've over- come. Adversity Every team has it. Injury is the primary adversary to professional and amateur teams alike. So to my point this week. I've been thinking a lot about Norway lately. For one, no one in my family really knows how .to pronounce our name so that has me curious. But secondly, because the Vil ings are in the spotlight so much lately I mean were. But I've been thinking a bit about the Vikings. The old ones I mean. I wonder what their post raid inter- views were like? What kinds of observa- tions did they make about their latest voyage of plun- der? What adversity did they have on their way to victory? Here's what I imagine an interview may have sounded like. Way back when. "So Olaf, what can you tell us about your sacking of Ireland?" "Well, yah, uff da, we had a game plan going in and we stuck to it. We sent Harald the Fairhair and his group in first and although they lost a few early, they overcame all that adversity and really made a plunder of County Clare." "You mentioned adver- sity. Is that something you've had a lot of this season?" "Ya sure, we had a few guys go down to death and a few others lose arms and we even lost Magnus to side sickness; but the guys stepped up and pulled us through. We sort of took a next man up philosophy and they got er done." "You lost Lankonshire (England) early in the year on a last second catapult assault. Did that loss teach you anything?" "Ya it sure did. We knew those English dogs had a good Catapult team and I thought we had pre- pared sufficiently for it, but obviously we made mistakes After that loss we replaced our defensive coordinator (he didn't feel a thing by the way), and we've moved on from it." "It seems your young kids have adapted to your leadership style and have bought in, so to speak, on your overall philosophy." "Well, we simplified Cont. page I 0 Photos: larry Biri Top Left: Grafton/Park River Spoiler Taylan Sangrait checks a Fargo North Spartan to the ice. The Spoilers could not re- cover from a 3-0 first period deficit falling to Far lo North 3- 2 in Gralton. Top R jht: Spoil- ers goalie Andrew Larson de- flects the puck away from the net with his glove. Bottom Left: Spoilers Captain defenseman Jacob Erovick checks a Fargo North skater off the puck. Bot- tom Right: Doing a great job cheering the Grafton/Park Riv- er Spoilers hockey learn on this year are Bella Suda (front I-r) Hannah An,and Shantel Carlson, Back Row (I-r) Sara Berger, Grade Gellner, Macy Scharmer and Sophia Camp bell. Photos: law Bid Top Left: Mustangs April Schmitz puts up two of her 17 points under heavy pressure from Finley-SharorVHope Page in the Mustangs 49-43 win in Minto. TOP Righ|: Musl n3s K.eredy Slombski drives between t#o eJJan defenders on her way to the basket. Botlom I.dt: Midway/IVinto Mustangs Valerie I in (left) and Olivia Wasylow betlle for a rebound under the basket. MM I