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I took in my first volleyball match last Thursday, 5 Sept., and saw and excellent match between the Hettinger-Scranton (HS) Nighthawks and Grant County (GC). Posted September 13, 2013

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by Sheldon Christianson

Special to the Record

I took in my first volleyball match last Thursday, 5 Sept., and saw and excellent match between the Hettinger-Scranton (HS) Nighthawks and Grant County (GC).  Although the Nighthawks lost all three matches, I thought they played with enthusiasm and hustle.  Both teams came into the match with 1-0 records.  I felt the difference between the Nighthawks winning and losing were the three 5’11” ladies that GC had, especially Sydney Bentz.  When she was on the front line and was fed a set up, it was pretty much lights out for the kill.

The lady Nighthawks then went to Killdeer, 7 Sept., for a tournament and came away with a second place tie with Heart River.  Beach was first and the other teams were Glen Ullin-Hebron, Mott-Regent and Killdeer.

The Nighthawks varsity football team broke into the win column as they easily defeated winless  Trenton-Trinity Christian, 48-8.  I had Braxon Yates down for throwing three touchdown passes to Kye Erickson, Logan Robinson and Christian Kilwein.  Brandon Pierce ran for two TDs and Erickson for another.  Colbey Steeke recorded a tackle for a two-point safety.

Grant County came to town Monday, 9 Sept., for Junior High (JH) and Junior Varsity (JV) games and the Nighthawks achieved some redemption defeating them in both games.  GC’s varsity had defeated the varsity Nighthawks 40-0 in the opening game on 27 Aug.

It was Isaiah Kludt leading the way for the JH team as he scored five touchdowns which included running back the opening kickoff and also scoring on a pass from Aysah Dondlinger.  Kyle Burwick scored the other TD on a 70 yard punt return.  It was quite a return as he headed for the right sideline, cut to the middle of the field and raced down the left sideline for the TD, breaking tackles along the way.  I thought Mack Buckmier, Jude Lawson and Ethan Dupper made some good defensive stops.  Final score was 46-6.

Give a hand to the two JH coaches, Jason LeFebre and Paul Jamison, as they not only have coached their team to a current 3-0 record, but they play their non-starters quite a bit.  Although I was a little nervous when they hung on to beat Beach 42-36 on 3 Sept..  They had their non-starters in for most of the last half and their 20 point had lead slipped away.  Beach was driving for a potential game winning TD but was stopped near the goal line as time ran out.

The JV followed the JH with a 28-8 victory over an undermanned GC team.  GC had only nine players for the game but held their own for the first half as it ended 8-8.  Ryan Anderson scored on a pass from Hudson Pierce in the closing seconds of the first half to tie the game at that point.  Young Kludt opened the game up in the second half as he scored twice on TD runs of 63 and 32 yards.  Devin Faller scored the final TD on a 52 yard run.  The game was halted late into the 3rd quarter as a GC player went down and was unable to continue playing which left GC without nine players.

Region 4 in 9-man football is down to two undefeated teams as Grant County had no problem with Beach as they recorded a 50-6 victory.  Shiloh Christian had a bye week.  As of this date, 10 Sept., GC was rated #3 in the 9-man state poll and Shiloh received some votes.

HS volleyball schedule for the coming week is as follows:

–       12 Sept., Beulah at Hettinger, 4:30 PM

–       14 Sept., Casselton tournament

–       16 Sept., JH volleyball at Mott, 4:30 PM

–       17 Sept., JH volleyball, New England at Reeder, 4:30 PM

–       17 Sept., at Harding County, 5:30 PM

–       19 Sept., at Heart River, 4:30 PM

HS football schedule for the coming week is as follows:

–       13 Sept., Heart River, homecoming for H/S, 7:00 PM

–       14 Sept., JH football at Bowman jamboree

–       20 Sept., at Center/Stanton, 6:00 PM

See you at the games.