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2017 Forum Sports Year in Review: July through August

After 22 baseball seasons, Doug Simunic was fired at the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks manager. David Samson / The Forum1 / 4
Fargo Post 2 players celebrate after winning the North Dakota American Legion baseball state tournament in Dickinson. Parker Cotton / Forum News Service2 / 4
Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz shares a laugh with some of his Eagles wide receivers while working out at North Dakota State last July. David Samson / The Forum3 / 4
Former Concordia standout Brandon Zylstra, as a wide receiver for the Edmonton Eskimoes, led the Canadian Football League in receiving this past season. John E. Sokolowski / USA TODAY Sports4 / 4

RedHawks Simunic 'relieved of his duties'

A face and name that has been synonymous with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks baseball team for two decades ended his run as team manager. Fargo-Moorhead, which had not qualified for the playoffs since 2013, announced late in the season that longtime manager Doug Simunic was "relieved of his duties." Simunic, who had managed the RedHawks since their inaugural season in 1996, posted a 1,202-839 record with the team, including five league championships and six manager of the year honors.

Fargo Post 2 wins Legion baseball state title

Fargo Post 2 claimed a 5-2 win over Minot to claim its third straight—and 26th overall—North Dakota American Legion baseball state championship. Fargo had beaten Minot 2-1 earlier in the tournament before losing to Minot 10-8 the night before the state championship game. "It was tough to lose that game, but we shook it off, and we knew our day was coming," said Fargo's Ben Bryant, who was named the tournament's most valuable player.

Carson Wentz brings his Eagles receivers back to Fargo

For two straight days, former North Dakota State standout and Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz worked out with his wide receivers on the Bison's outdoor practice fields. On one of the days, the Eagle receivers were out on jet skis on Pelican Lake near Pelican Rapids, Minn.

"Carson is like the president around here," said Eagles receiver Torrey Smith.

Concordia's Zylstra has a banner year in the CFL

Brandon Zylstra, a former Concordia standout, had a breakout season in the Canadian Football League. As a wide receiver for the Edmonton Eskimos, Zylstra led the league in receiving yards with 100 catches for 1,687 yards and five touchdowns. Zylstra and the Eskimos reached the semifinals of the CFL playoffs.