Another great State Class B Basketball Tournament in Bismarck. And glad to see it back in Bismarck after a far too long absence!
By Sheldon Christenson | For The Record
Another great State Class B Basketball Tournament in Bismarck. And glad to see it back in Bismarck after a far too long absence! I thought the best overall team won the tournament and that was Rugby. It was their first state championship since 1941. Rugby’s Brad Heidlbaugh was deserving of the tournament MVP award. But if I was voting, I probably would have selected LaMoure-Litchville-Marion’s Anthony Olson. He didn’t have the strong supporting cast of Heidlebaugh. He seemed to be able to attack the basket at will and ended up with 72 points and 28 rebounds for the tournament as his team finished fourth.
New England had what I am sure they will agree to was a disappointing tourney. After losing the opening game that they should have won, they ended up going 0-3 and finishing eighth.
Another team south of us, Faith S.D., came into their state championship tourney with high expectations and seeded No. 1, but preceded to lose all three games. They ended their regular season 19-1 with their only loss at the hands of the Nighthawks. One of their wins during the season was a 49-29 decision over LaMoure-Litchville-Marion. Hanson ended up winning the tournament by beating Langford Area, 47-44 in overtime. Hanson was seeded No. 5.
On 14 May 1956, John Butterfield for Hettinger and Norman Wilson for Haynes hooked up in a tight pitching duel at the Hettinger park with Hettinger edging out a 3-1 win on Butterfield’s two hitter. Butterfield fanned 10 and walked two. Hettinger batters only managed 3 hits but Dave Knutson two-run single in the 4th was the key hit for Hettinger. (Excerpts taken from the 23 May 1956 edition of the Adams Co. Record)
The high school baseball and track teams will start competing the week of April 6.
See you at the games.