Shiloh Christian’s Canaan Fagerland has inked his commitment to play baseball for the Concordia Cobbers next year.
Fagerland is coming off an impressive junior baseball season; during which, he batted .449 and had a staggering .821 slugging percentage. He was also impressive on the mound, striking out 38 batters in 39 innings pitched, while carrying a 1.61 ERA.
Fagerland will join a Concordia program that is led by Chris Coste. The Fargo baseball legend has helped steer the Cobbers to an 86-65 record during his tenure.
With Fagerland, the Cobbers add one of the top multi-sport athletes in the North Dakota.
The senior standout recently wrapped up a highly decorated prep football career for the Skyhawks. Fagerland amassed over 6,000 yards from scrimmage and 77 touchdowns during his career. He was named to the North Dakota All-State team (first team) this fall.
Fagerland also excels in the classroom. He plans to study pre-med and felt Concordia ticked off all of the boxes, “It ultimately came down to what I felt was the best fit for me”, said Fagerland. “I can get a great pre-med education and still be able to play baseball at a competitive, high-level.”
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Hazen – Shiloh Christian will be heading to the State One-Act Meet after claiming the Region 7 crown.
Many in attendance were visibly moved by Shiloh’s excellent performance of Booby trap, “When I read this play I was immediately struck by how it mirrors the story of Christ in His last days prior to His crucifixion,” said Shiloh Speech Director Erin Weichel. “In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus asks that this path be changed for Him but He then remembers He must sacrifice Himself to save all mankind. The soldier in our story has much the same realization – he must die in order to save the rest of his unit. It is heartbreaking when the soldier accepts that decision but also reminds us that there is love in the world that transcends all sorrow. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends John 15:13.”
Weichel, who was named Region 7 Director of the Year had plenty of praise for her talented cast, “Shiloh is extremely fortunate to have some incredibly talented and dedicated actors”, said Weichel. “I knew these kids would be able to handle the difficult and heavy nature of this script and was confident in their ability to tell this plays story. I am so proud of how the cast has trusted each other and themselves to bring out the emotions of the script so clearly and honestly.”
In addition to Weichel, William Ring and Hannah Frohlich also received special recognition. The talented duo received the prestigious Superior Actor Award, “Hannah is a very talented actress who is very thoughtful and willing to try the crazy things I ask her to do,” said Weichel. “She is a great scene partner for her other actors and is a very giving actor on stage. William is a bit of a goofball in real life but is able to connect with and access some deep emotions that are so heartbreaking to watch onstage. He is a thoughtful actor who has created a very detailed character and has listened to and tried to incorporate all the discussions we have had about his character. I am a very proud teacher of these two fine young actors.”
Shiloh will travel to Jamestown on November 19th to compete at the State One-Act Meet.
Belfield – North Dakota-based, MBI Energy Services, is now a part of the portfolio of companies owned by global investment firm, Cerberus Capital Management. According to Travis Kelly, CFO of Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, “now that the transfer of ownership is complete, we are pleased to let local communities know more about Cerberus and our commitment to MBI. We have been a longstanding partner of MBI and we are excited for the opportunity to grow the business. We see tremendous value and potential in MBI and we want to ensure that it continues to be the one of the leading providers of fluid management logistics and well-intervention services for a long time to come.”
For over a quarter century, Cerberus has been a global leader in alternative investing, which means they invest directly in the debt and equity of private companies and real estate properties around the world. “Cerberus has been successful across business cycles by being patient investors in companies with long-term potential. We specialize in providing both financial resources and operating expertise to help companies grow and become even more successful,” said Kelly.
Cerberus’ current family of companies includes well-known businesses like Avon, the iconic beauty product company, and Albertsons Companies, the second largest grocery chain in the United States, Staples and Burger King. They also own lesser known, but very successful companies in the healthcare, automotive, real estate, and banking sectors, among others.
Kelly explains, “Cerberus is able to help companies grow because we provide both financial capital and operating expertise. Our operational advisory team, Cerberus Operations and Advisory Company, is a group of over 100 experts across a variety of industries and functions. This team takes a hands-on-role, working directly with management teams and employees to build value by making things better. Our approach relies on partnership and knowledge sharing—the talented people inside the companies teach us about their business, while we share our expertise in helping businesses run more effectively.” MBI Chief Operating Officer, Craig Halsey, agrees, adding, “we are confident that the ongoing excellence of our employees, coupled with the Cerberus partnership, will lay a solid foundation for our continued success in the Williston Basin and beyond.”