EYE on South West ND Sports

Coach Jeremy Brandt brought his Beulah Miners to town on 14 Jan and captured all three games against the Hettinger-Scranton (HS) Nighthawks. Posted Jan. 24, 2014

By Sheldon Christenson


Coach Jeremy Brandt brought his Beulah Miners to town on 14 Jan and captured all three games against the Hettinger-Scranton (HS) Nighthawks. The C squad went down 31-20 as Ethan Dupper had good game with six points and led the team in rebounds with nine. The JV were defeated 54-41. I had Sam Kludt leading with 17 points including four three-pointers. Nevan Weaver and Jordan Hill did most of the rebounding for the Nighthawks. The varsity had a rough night as they went down 58-34, scoring only six points in the 2nd half. Beulah put on a full court press and HS had troubles beating it. HS has to find an answer to that as other teams will pick up on it and use it.

Kudos to a group of young ladies who were cheering for the Nighthawks. They brought newspapers with them and on the introduction of the Beulah players and when they were shooting free throws, up went the newspapers in an act of no interest. They also carried on some good sportsmanship banter with a small group of young Beulah fans.

The boys then took on undefeated Harding Co., SD, on 16 Jan on their home court and lost a tough one, 48-42. I didn’t take in that game but HS led after each of the first three quarters but were outscored 15-6 in the final quarter. Christian Kilwein led the team with 12 points and did not foul out in this one.

Speaking of undefeated teams, New England lost their undefeated status as they were upended by Killdeer, 50-41. Looking at the box score it looks like Killdeer dominated the game as they led at all four stops including a 16 point lead at the end of the 3rd. New England had been receiving votes in the past few top ten Class B boy’s polls. HS is scheduled to play New England this Friday, 24 Jan, at Scranton.

Both the girls and boys varsity basketball teams took on Bison on 18 Jan and came away with victories. The girls won 60-31 and the boys won 85-54.

In state girls action region 7 powerhouse Beach lost their undefeated status as Shiloh Christian recorded a 56-49 victory. Beach had been rated #3 and Shiloh #6 in recent class B polls.

The JV girls won their opening game in the Heart River tourney with a 47-17 decision against Richardton-Taylor last Monday. They will now play Hazen on Saturday, 25 Jan at 10:30 am.

The boys basketball team managed to pull out a thrilling double overtime victory over Heart River, 65-62, on 21 Jan. Issiah Kludt came into the game in the second half and sparked a come from behind victory as he lead the team in scoring with 17. HS trailed by double digits early in the game and were down 27-19 at half time. Brandon Pierce had another all around good game scoring 15 and leading the team in rebounds.

The Nighthawks wrestling team was in action last weekend in a 10 team Watford City tournament. They finished in 2nd place behind Beulah-Hazen who led with 236 points.


The following are the team standings:


Beulah-Hazen 236

Hettinger-Scranton 190

Glendive, MT 158

DesLacs Burlington 136

Stanley 133

Bowman-Beach 103

Watford City 79.5

Velva 70

Grenora 8

Williston JV 0


Kyle Burwick and Colbey Steeke did not wrestle due to the number of matches they already had wrestled this season. Coach Burwick wants to ensure they are eligible for region and state tournaments. Individual results as taken from the Track Wrestling web site:


95 – Braden Klien (25-12) placed 4th.

113 – Cale Schalesky (26-11) placed 3rd and scored 17.00 team points.

113 – Carlos Martinez (25-12) placed 7th.

120 – Chauncey Hughes (14-13) placed 3rd and scored 19.00 team points.

126 – Alec Andress (12-17) placed 6th and scored 8.00 team points.

132 – Devin Faller (8-17) placed 8th and scored 4.00 team points.

138 – Trevor Abrahamson (17-6) placed 2nd and scored 20.00 team points.

145 – Ethan Anderson (12-5) placed 4th.

145 – Christian Hughes (25-7) placed 1st and scored 28.00 team points.

145B – Issac Anderson (18-9) placed 2nd.

152 – Logan Lachowitz (14-15) placed 3rd and scored 20.00 team points.

160 – Andrew Sulzman (5-15) placed 6th.

160 – Dalton Schaffer (12-12) placed 1st and scored 24.00 team points.

170 – Jacob Schalesky (11-16) placed 3rd and scored 12.00 team points.

182 – Paul Abrahamson (21-9) placed 2nd.

182 – Denby Lueck (20-12) placed 1st and scored 20.00 team points.

285 – Brandon Ehlers (19-7) placed 3rd and scored 18.00 team points.

285 – David Steinke (2-9) placed 7th.

The wrestling team took care of Killdeer in their dual meet on 16 Jan with a 72-6 win. HS was victorious in 13 of the 14 weight classes, seven via forfeit. Killdeer only brought seven wrestlers with them even though their roster had 19 wrestlers listed. I talked to one of their fans and he stated that due to injuries and some wrestlers quitting they are down in numbers. Only two years ago they finished 8th at the state tourney and fielded a full team.

According to my calculations, with the Killdeer win the Nighthawks guaranteed themselves as one of the two teams to represent Region IV to compete for the dual championship at the state tournament, 13-15 Feb. A win over Watford City on 23 Jan should give them the #1 seed for Region IV at the state tourney.

Hettinger-Scranton’s sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

– 23 Jan, Varsity Wrestling vs Watford City at Hettinger

– 24-25 Jan, Varsity Wrestling at East/West tourney at New Salem

– 24 Jan, Varsity Girls BB at Standing Rock

– 24 Jan, Varsity Boys BB vs New England at Scranton

– 25 Jan, JV Girls BB at Heart River Tourney at South Heart

– 27 Jan, JV Boys BB at Heart River Tourney at Belfield

– 27 Jan, Varsity Girls BB vs Richardton-Taylor at Scranton

– 28 Jan, Varsity Boys BB at Hazen

– 30 Jan, Varsity Girls BB vs Killdeer at Scranton

– 30 Jan, Varsity Wrestling at Beulah Triangular


See you at the games.