Sports briefs

MSU volleyball player cancer-free

Minot State University volleyball player Alex Parrone, whose battle with brain cancer was featured in the April 27 edition of The Minot Daily News, learned at a doctor’s appointment Tuesday that she is free of the disease.

“Everything is completely gone,” Parrone said Tuesday evening before heading to a celebratory dinner with family and friends.

The Peoria, Ariz., native had a racquetball-sized tumor removed from her brain on March 22. The tumor was discovered when she checked into a hospital in February after suffering an excruciating headache during routine volleyball drills.

Parrone said she will return home to visit her doctor every two months for the next year. A torn ACL sidelined the setter for the 2012 season, and Parrone is scheduled to be released for full activity on July 5.

Parrone expects to return to Minot in late July and work her way back into playing form.

“I’m just gonna need a lot of reps to get back into the swing of things,” she said. “My coach (Travis Ward) and I are gonna be patient because I’ve been through a lot. Just the fact that I’m gonna be able to continue playing … I’m so stoked.”

– Daily News Staff

Metros drop two to Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS – The Minot Metros lost a pair of tight junior American Legion games in very different fashions on Tuesday.

In game one against Grand Forks, the Metros trailed by 10 runs after the opening inning but fought back before falling 11-10. In game two, Grand Forks rallied from a seven-run deficit to win 8-7.

“It was frustrating for us to lose those games but there were positives in both games,” Metros coach Jason Steele said. “We showed that we can claw all the way back and we showed that we can jump out big.”

Steele said a combination of walks, errors and “lackadaisical” play – combined with timely Grand Forks hits – put Minot in the huge hole in game one.

But the Metros (10-8) scored runs in four of the next five innings and eventually tied the game at 10 with a four-run sixth. Grand Forks led off the bottom of the seventh with a triple and pushed a run across to end the game.

“It was a tough game because we lost, but it was a teachable moment for some of the kids,” Steele said. “They learned that no matter how far we’re down, we can scratch and claw and get back in it. I was extremely proud of our guys battling all the way back.”

Conor Taney batted a combined 5-for-8 to pace the Metros and Dalton Cooper went 2-for-4 with two doubles in game two.

The Metros play a doubleheader at West Fargo beginning at 5 p.m. today.

– Daily News Staff