Eye on Southwest N.D. Sports

The girls basketball season is slowly coming to a conclusion.

Sheldon Christenson
Sheldon Christenson

By Sheldon Christenson | For The Record

The girls basketball season is slowly coming to a conclusion.  The Hettinger-Scranton team has three games left, Mandaree, Faith and Beulah.  Only Beulah and Mandaree are region games.  Right now at this writing, the Nighthawks are right on the bubble as to whether they host a region play-in game or travel.  Top three are automatically in the region tournament.  Fourth place through eighth place will host the region play-in games with the bottom five traveling.  No. 4 playing No. 13, No. 5 playing No. 12 and so on.  The regional play-in games are schedule for Feb. 20, and the region tourney starts on Feb. 23.

SUPER REGION 7 (as of Feb. 11)

Bowman County 9-1 (13-6), Dickinson Trinity 8-1 (14-4), Beach 8-2 (12-7), Glen Ullin-Hebron 8-2 (12-7), Killdeer 6-2 (10-7), Hazen 7-3 (10-8), Beulah 4-5 (6-12), New England 4-6 (8-9), Hettinger-Scranton 4-6 (6-12), Mott-Regent 3-8 (5-14), Heart River 2-7 (5-13), Richardton-Taylor 1-9 (1-17), Mandaree 0-11 (2-18).

Dual Team seeding and drawing for state wrestling were announced on Feb. 9 via conference call with qualifying schools. The top four teams were ranked through an online coach voting process with remaining teams chosen through random draw.  I think the Nighthawks are in a good position.  According to the NDHSAA web site, they will be in the opposite bracket of Carrington.  Carrington has proved to be the No. 1 Class B team in the state and Napoleon has a strong case that they deserve the No. 2 ranking although, 2-3 other teams could have also been ranked No.2 such as Oakes, Pembina County North and Hettinger/Scranton.


Matchups for Thursday, Feb. 19 in Fargo:

1st-Carrington vs. Beulah/Hazen

4th-Oakes vs. Bishop Ryan

2nd-Napoleon vs. Velva

3rd-Pembina County North vs. Hettinger/Scranton

Heart River had a rough road recently having lost their undefeated Region 7 status to the Nighthawks on Feb. 3, and losing to New England, 63-58, on Feb. 10.  They are now two games behind first place New England with both teams having three more region games.  Another interesting Class B score was No. 1 rated Fours Winds-Minnewauken knocking off No. 2 rated Rugby, 61-60.

SUPER-REGION 7 (as of Feb. 11)

New England 9-0 (15-2)

Heart River 7-2 (14-4)

Dickinson Trinity 6-2 (8-7)

Hettinger-Scranton 6-3 (14-3)

Killdeer 6-3 (12-5)

Beulah 4-3 (10-4)

Richardton-Taylor 5-4 (10-7)

Hazen 4-5 (10-5)

Mott-Regent 3-5 (5-10)

Beach 2-6 (4-13)

Bowman County 1-6 (1-15)

Glen Ullin-Hebron 1-7 (3-13)

Mandaree 0-9 (4-13)

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

Feb. 13 – Boys & Girls JV & Varsity basketball teams

vs Faith at Hettinger

Feb.14 – Girls varsity basketball vs Beulah at Hettinger

Feb. 14 – Region 4 individual wrestling tournament

at Standing Rock

Feb. 17 – Boys varsity basketball at Bowman

Feb. 19 – Boys varsity basketball vs Mott-Regent at


Feb. 19-21 – State Wrestling Tourney at Fargo

Feb. 20 – Girls varsity basketball region play-in


See you at the games.