EYE on South West ND Sports

The wrestling team took care of Watford City in their dual meet on 23 Jan with a 54-18 win. Posted Jan. 31, 2014


By Sheldon Christenson


The wrestling team took care of Watford City in their dual meet on 23 Jan with a 54-18 win. HS was victorious in 9 of the 13 weight classes, there was no match at 113. Five of HS’s wins were via forfeit. They now have only one dual match left with Beulah-Hazen at Beulah on 30 Jan. According to my calculations, the win over Watford City should have given them the #1 seed for Region IV at the state tourney. Looking at the dual schedule for state, the Nighthawks may end up having to wrestle Pembina County North (PCN) in their first dual.

The wrestlers followed that up by competing in the always tough East/West tourney in New Salem this past Friday and Saturday. They finished in 6th place with 117 points, just two points behind 5th place Oaks. Carrington easily won the tournament with 286.5 points, outdistancing 2nd place South Border who had 204 points. Lisbon was also in the tourney and finished in 3rd place. Only PCN was missing from what I consider the top five class B teams:

1. Carrington

2. PCN

3. South Border

4. Lisbon

5. Oaks

I’m predicting that the top four in the state tourney will fall in order as listed above. The battle for 5th will come from Oaks, HS, Bishop Ryan, Linton and Napoleon.

Placing for the Nighthawks were:

106 – Kyle Burwick placed 4th.

113 – Cale Schalesky placed 4th

138 – Trevor Abrahamson placed 5th

145 – Christian Hughes placed 2nd

170 – Jacob Schalesky placed 6th

182 – Denby Lueck placed 8th

195 – Colby Steeke placed 5th

285 – Brandon Ehlers placed 6th


The boy’s basketball team had another exciting game, but came up short with a 49-45 loss to New England. After trailing most of the game by double digits and behind at the end of the 3rd quarter, 39-27, they put the defensive pressure on in the 4th quarter and pulled within two points. They had the ball with about 10 seconds left when the Tigers stole a pass and went for an easy layup as time ran out. Until the 4th quarter New England was shooting well and limiting their turnovers as the Nighthawks struggled. Hayden Sadowsky paced HS with 15 points and spark plug Isaiah Kludt finished with 10. The Nighthawks C team and JV pulled out victories. The C team won 35-30 but had trailed by four at half time. Jordan Dilse came out on fire in the 3rd quarter with his scoring and rebounding and the defensive pressure by Jared Mattis and Tate Resner put them in the lead for good. Resner also scored 13 to lead in scoring. The JV had no problem in their game as they led after all four stops and finished with a 53-24 win. The defensive pressure by Tanner Sanford and Isaiah Kludt resulted in many steals and easy buckets. Sanford led in scoring with 12 followed by Sam Kludt and I. Kludt with 10 each.


They then took on #6 Hazen on 28 Jan and fell to them 75-67. I listened to the game on KNDC and HS jumped out to an early 9-3 lead and were only down by one, 20-19, after the first quarter. But the senior dominated Hazen team slowly kept increasing the lead after each quarter. Hayden Sadowsky led the way for HS with 24 followed by Brandon Pierce with 14. HS’s JV team lost 44-43 while the C team won 55-33.

I noticed that New Town lost their top ten status after facing three Region 7 teams. They easily got by Beach but lost to Beulah 73-55 and to New England 55-52. New England is now rated #9.

The varsity girls picked up their first regional win with 41-37 win over Richardton-Taylor. They are now 1-1 in the region and 5-6 overall. Kaitlin Reitz paced them in scoring with 19. The JV also won, 44-21.

The JV girls ended up in 4th place in the Heart River tourney. After winning their first game they lost to Hazen, 37-22, and Trinity 39-22.

On a disappointing note, another HS athlete has quit, Christian Kilwein on the boy’s varsity basketball team. What is so depressing about Kilwein is that in my opinion he has the ability and skill to potentially make all state. If not next year, possibly in his senior year. He definitely has the talent, but the desire to excel must also be there. High school is short, make the most of it. Losing a player of his talent definitely hinders the team’s chances for the regional’s and a possible berth in the state tournament. Maybe not so much this year, but the next two for sure. There is some good young talent on this team.

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

– 31 Jan, Varsity Boys BB vs Beach at Scranton

– 1 Feb, JV Boys BB at Heart River Tourney

– 1 Feb, Varsity Girls BB at Trinity

– 3 Feb, Varsity Girls BB vs Heart River at Scranton

– 4 Feb, Varsity Boys BB vs Glen Ullin-Hebron at Hettinger

– 6 Feb, Varsity Girls BB at Bowman

– 7 Feb, Varsity Boys BB vs Trinity at Hettinger

See you at the games.