Eye on southwest ND sports

The State Babe Ruth tournament held in Hettinger, July 31- Aug. 3, was a success from what I can tell.

Sheldon Christenson
Sheldon Christenson


The State Babe Ruth tournament held in Hettinger, July 31- Aug. 3, was a success from what I can tell.  It was a herculean job by Nolan Dix and Kye Erickson in managing the tourney.  Many hours at the four day event plus many more in setting everything up.  The town came out in a big way to help support it as I saw parents of players, other adults, high school students and legion players helping out.  From taking in players in their homes, being a team host, handling concessions, ticket takers, meal servers, announcers, ground crews and other duties, they all stood up.

They were unable to get enough families to take in all players.  Grafton and Washburn stayed in a hotel in Bowman, Carrington at the Tip Top in Hettinger, Velva used the camp grounds at the park and Arlene Walsh managed to house the entire Thompson team.  Rob & Krista Warbis, Leah Gunther and Bryan & Heidi Defoe also took in some players.

Two breakfasts, two evening meals and a Sunday taco bar was provided to the players and coaches thanks to sponsors like the Baseball Club, Pastime Bar and Steakhouse, Muggerud Field Oil Services, Scranton Equity and the Borderline Bar & Grill in Reeder.  If I missed any, I apologize and let me know.

I talked to a few coaches and they all had positive comments on the tourney.  A few drawbacks were not having a enough players housed in local homes and a lack of open eating establishments during certain hours of the day.  They liked the facilities and especially having a nice facility like the Granary right next door along with the park.

This Friday evening, 7 Aug, is the date for football sign-ups at the AV room in the school.  Jr. High at 5:00 and varsity at 6:00

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

-August 7, Football sign ups

-10 August 10, First Nighthawk football practice scheduled

-August 10, First cross country practice scheduled

See you at the games!