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Red River and Central preparing for the 22nd Annual Cushman Classic

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The energy in the city of Grand Forks has been revved up a notch this week as both Red River and Central are preparing for the 22nd Annual Cushman Classic.

We will start with the team that won the matchup last season, the Knights.

Central will come into Friday's game with a 2-1 record and are looking for their third straight win this season.

The Knights know they need to continue to improve in order to get a win on Friday.

Now we turn our attention over to Red River is looking to claim the crosstown rivalry trophy once again.

Before getting beat last season, the Roughriders had won the previous 8 Cushman Classics.

Red River comes into the game with a 1-2 record this season and have their eyes on getting revenge on their bitter rivals.

Central and Red River are scheduled to kick off the Cushman Classic at 7pm on Friday.

I will be there and will have highlights tomorrow at 10.

Mark Pearson

Mark is the Sports Anchor at WDAZ. He comes to Grand Forks from his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. Mark graduated from Butler University in 2016 and started working at WDAZ in July of that year. Mark is the Monday-Friday Anchor for the 6 and 10 O'clock shows. During his time as the Sports Anchor at WDAZ, he has covered events like March Madness, Super Bowl 52, and interviewed many athletes--from kindergarteners to professionals. Mark loves playing and watching sports as much as he enjoys covering them--when he was in high school, he was the captain of his varsity basketball team, and he played on Butler's club basketball team. Mark's favorite part of being a sports anchor is capturing and sharing the moments in sports that connect the community. Aside from broadcasting and reporting, Mark loves when he has the opportunity to be the play-by-play announcer for athletic events. In his spare time, you can find Mark shooting hoops, eating ice cream, or hanging out with his wife, Kelly, and their cat, Stella. Fun fact: Mark loves math so much, he added a math minor, just so he could take more college calculus courses. 

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