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? t, H THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017 By Kevin Skavhaug The Hking Tree... Ah, the Christmas tree. A decoration that pops up in al- most every home and busi- ness in our neck of the woods. Some are real, some are arti- ficial. All have decorations of some sort. Sometimes the decorations are ornate; some- times they can be more jovial in nature. In our house we have a special tree just for those kind of ornaments. The ornaments that are more along the lines of "fun" things. The tree I'm referring to in our house is a secondary tree. It's tall and skinny and sits in the kitchen. On it's own it's pretty scrag- gily looking but once it's dec- orated with dozens of inter- esting and unique tree ornaments, it looks pretty good. Those ornaments repre- sent some hobby or sport or pastime that I, my wife or the kids have enjoyed doing over the years. Which brings me to the point of the conversation to- day and a tree that is quickly becoming known around these parts as the Viking tree. It's a tree decorated with things Minnesota Vikings. If ever there were a grand Viking tree, we have one here in Park River. And although I'm not a V'ddngs fan by most measures of sanity, I will con- fess the tree's a beaut. It's in the Bowling Alley and of course belongs to Keith. Keith's a V'ddngs fan. Proba- bly a top ten Park Riverite Vikings fan. We have a lot of V'Lkings fans around here but I think only one V'fldng tree. As I went in to pick up a takeout order of the best burg- ers made anywhere, I had to take a picture of it. Before I could though, there was a Vikings fan waiting by the tree to get her picture taken so she could send it off to rela- tives who are also V'fldng fans living in Ohio or somewhere like that where their teams aren't any good. She had on a Vikings sweatshirt that has it's own story. Her late husband Dick would wear that sweat- shirt and if the Vikings lost it was wom inside out; if the Vikings won, it was worn right side out. She continues that tradition to this day. On this day Roberta Charrier had it on right side out and has been more often than not this season. But it's not just her. Ac- cording to the tree's owner and I'm assuming decorator- although I'm wondering if Deb might have had a hand in it- there have been quite a few people stopping in to get their picture taken by this pur- ple and yellow ornamented tree. Now mind you, the tree itself is not purple and yellow, it's green like it should be, it's just decorated with purple and yellow things and all things Viking. And tastefully done. I'll say it. I like it. Person- ally, I would have went with the good old blue and white of course but that's just me, and well also Larry Geisler and Brice Welch. But for this year, I'll acquiesce on behalf of all Colts fans and wish the V'ddngs good forttme this sea- son. Maybe with a little luck (see next week's column to find the answer to that) Keith will have a "Super Bowl Champs" omament to hang on the boughs of his Viking tree. ~ ~! ~i~, Photos: Larry Bid Top Left: Aggies Hannah Gordan is fouled as she drives to the basket. Hannah finished the game with nine points. Top Right: Park River/Fordville:Lanldn Aggies Gigi Brouillard puts up two of her 11 points in the Aggies 51-46 double ove me loss to the Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich Cardinals. Bottom Left: Aggies point guard Amy Seim played well bringing the ball up- court under constant pressure. The Aggies fell in double over'dme to the Cardinals a team favored to win their region. Bottom Right: Cardinals Callie Ronningen fights for a rebound with Aggias Gigi Brouillard and Bailey Schroeder (background). By Kevin Skavhaug the defensive.boards and play solid defense, dina would hit a three pointer just before the rolled out. The Aggies never gained the lead of The Press The Aggies trailed 14-12 after one quarter buzzer sounded. The Aggies would lead by in the second overtime but would get to with- PARKRIVER, N.D. -- There are times thanks in part to Gigi Brouillard's six first quar- nine with 4:00 to go in regulation when Amy in one on a pair of Bailey Schroeder free when a loss can be a catalyst for good things ter points. The Aggies would take the lead at Seim hit a three pointer to make it a 37-28 throws with :31 seconds to go. A late basket to come..That may have been the case here last the half after BrouiUard woud hit a three point- game. From there though Langdon's own su- by the Cardinals would seal the deal as the Ag- Friday night as a young Aggie girls basketball er to start the quarter and fellow sophomore per sophomore Callie Ronnigan took over. gies never got a good look at a three as they team took the number one ranked team in the Josie Brodina was strong with a nmner in the Ronnigan lead her team in the fourth quarter had the last possession with : 10 seconds to go. state to double overtime before falling 51-46. lane and then a buzzer beater three pointer to with seven points including two free throws Josie Brodina led the Aggies with 12 Langdon AreaJEdmore/Munich entered give the Aggies a 23 -22 lead at the break. The to tie it at 41-41 with : 17 seconds to go. points. Gillian Brouillard finished with 11 and the game the state's number one team and un- Aggies would not trail again until the first The first overtime saw each team scoring Hannah Gordon added 9. Callie Ronnigan and defeated through three games but they had all minute of the first overtime, three points. The Aggies would leave critical Jordyn Worley each had 12 to pace the they could handle with an inspiredAggie team By the end of the third quarter the Aggies points off the board via some missed free Cards. The Aggies play next at Pembina on that did what they can do best; that is control had built their lead to 34-28 when again Bro- throws and a couple shots close in that just Friday against North Border. ~i~ii~i~S~!i!ii!iiii!i~ii!i~ii~iiiiii!i~A!~i~i; ): ; ;~%i!~ii!i~iiii~!iiiiiiiiiii!iiii~!i~(ii~!;~ < ~!?~ii!!!~!ii!ii~ii~iiiii!i~i~!ii~ii!ii!iii~i+ii!i ~!~!!~i~!!~i~!!!~!i~!i~ii~i~i!~!~i~i!~ii~!!)~!!?i!!i~ii~i~ii?!~!~!~!~!~!~!~i~ii!!ii!!i~:~ '%~i!iiii~iii~!i~!~!!~ii~!i!i!!!~!~!i~,!!~ :; ~i~iii~i!iiiii!!~i!!i~i!!~ii!i:i:i~' , i~ii~:/~ilUi!' ~ By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The Park River/Fordville- Lankin Aggies sat out of last year's region tournament but look to get back in this year. Second year head coach Seth Kuchar will have a good group of players back in hopes of a top six finish in the region this year. The Aggies will have seniors Jace Jehlicka and Spencer Skavhaug back in the starting lineup this year to go along with junior forward Adam Zavalney. Other players that saw varsity action last season and look to see extensive time this year will be Nathan Zavalney and B .rice Wood. Top pro- jected reserves will be Jacob Ham, Josh Ham and Jayse Fontaine. The Aggies will have to tend with some powerful region 2 teams this year. Defending state champion Hillsboro Cen- tral Valley will be back and strong again this year. Thompson and Grafton also look to have legitimate teams that could take home a region title. Cavalier also has a lot of young talent this year. But don't count the Aggies out. Defense and rebounding will have to be key if the Ag- gies want to get a trip to the Betty in March. Drayton Valley Edinburg is in the midst of a building year. With younger players, the Titans will look to improve upon last year's 1-21 season. Shane Wall will be the new head coach for DVE. Returning players with experience include Thomas Blawat and Gaven Prigge. Tanner Kas- porwicz and Zach Larson and Joe Larson are juniors that will be on the floor for the Titans. Also look for sophomore Brendan Durand to be a big part of the Titans team. Grafton looks to be a top contender this season. The Spoilers will have seniors Andrew Schaan, Riley Hanson and Marcus Neimann as well as junior Dalton Albrecht and Beau Feltman to lead the show this season. The Spoilers went 18-6 last year and finished 3rd in the region.