Eye on southwest ND sports

The Night Hawk wrestlers did well in the 2016 State Tournament at Fargo by placing third in both the Individual and Dual portions of the tournament.  Winner Carrington graduates six seniors and all six made the state tourney.  Pembina County North has seven seniors on their team.  The Night Hawks return all their team with the exception of standout Colbey Steeke.  They could very well be in the running for the state title next year.

Speaking of Carrington, I noted in the Fargo Forum how tough a schedule they had this year leading up to the state tourney.  They finished fifth in the Bismarck Rotary, split with Class A Minot, defeated Class A West Fargo and lost to Class A champs Bismarck.  They went 3-3 in “The Clash” at Rochester which included a 71-0 loss to a team from California that was ranked No. 3 in the nation.

I really felt bad for senior Colbey Steeke who worked so hard to get to the championship match and then lose a tough one.  He will be missed not only for his ability but his mentorship to the younger wrestlers and being a team leader.  He also lost out on the school wrestling record of    193 wins.  He is now tied with Kayle Dangerud, although it looks like Kyle Burwick will have the record sometime in his junior year at the rate he is going.

According to the ND State Wrestling Tournament Guide both the Night Hawks and Bowman County had four wrestlers who made the Academic All-State Ballot.  For the Night Hawks it was Alec Andress, Kyle Burwick, Mason DeFoe and Logan Lachowitzer.  The Bulldogs had Mathew Carlson, Beau Jeffers, Lane Jeffers and Cole Schmaltz.

Mott-Regent had their number on Hettinger-Scranton in basketball last week as they defeated the Night Hawk girls 59-35 in the region play-in game.  Their boys team downed the Night Hawks 65-54 on Feb. 18 in a regular season game.  According to head coach Jeremy Dietchman;  “Brandon Pierce was out sick and Mott shot 49 percent and made 7-11 three-pointers.  We shot 29 percent and missed some free throws.  Mott played really well, have to give them credit.”

Head coach Kelly Peirce comments on the girls game; “Everyone played, but Molly Holt and Abbie Kludt were sick that entire week. Neither practiced all week.  They gave it all they had that night, but both were still pretty weak and sick.  No excuses, they all played, just didn’t get it done.  Without either of them practicing all week we were unable to put a full game plan into place to stop their size.  Mott was the better team that night.

If the Hettinger-Scranton boys defeat Beach on Feb. 26, they will not have to participate in the region play-in game on March 1, since they will finish in third place.  If that happens their opponent in the second round of the Region 7 boys tourney at Trinity on March 8 will more than likely be Glen Ullin-Hebron.

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

-Feb. 26, Boys Varsity Basketball vs Beach at Scranton

-March 1, Boys Varsity Basketball Region Play in Game, TBD

See you at the games!