Eye on southwest ND sports

New England and Trinity will no longer be a co-op for football. At a January 20 meeting at Trinity, Trinity informed New England that they want to dissolve the co-op effective immediately, even though there is one year left on the three-year agreement.

Sheldon Christenson
Sheldon Christenson


The co-op currently is in Division AA of football and by dropping New England, Trinity would be able to drop down to Division A for 2017-18. My feeling is Trinity can’t win consistently in Division AA and going to Division A with smaller schools they will be able to dominate, like they do in basketball and volleyball.

New England got with Mott-Regent and both schools agreed to co-op in football for 2016 but will have to work out some problems with the NDHSAA. New England would like to form their own football team but the expense in starting up a program is high. They are forming their own track team for 2016. I’m glad to see that.

The 10 Night Hawk wrestlers who placed at the state tourney were the most for a Black Devils/Night Hawk team since 2005 when 11 wrestlers placed. The 220 weight class should be wide open next year as 11 of the 16 qualifiers this year are seniors and seven of the eight placers are seniors.

Congratulations to the Lemmon/McIntosh wrestling team as they finished 13th out 49 in the State Class B Wrestling Tournament held in Rapid City, S.D. Feb. 26-27. Dirk Wolf at 126 and Braydon Peterson at 220 both finished in second place. Dylan Wolf placed fifth and Duell Tomac did not place.

I read an interesting article recently in the Dickinson Press on New England senior Brady Bender. He stated as a freshman he was a “streaky shooter.” But through countless hours in the gym with his father Bruce, who is also a New England assistant coach, and by partaking in strength and agility training at Dickinson State in the summers, he’s now more well-rounded.

Another winter high school sports season has flown by again and is almost in the books. Track and baseball are next up for the spring sports.

The first day schedule and seeding for the ND State Girls Class B Basketball Tournament at Grand Forks, March 3-5, is as follows:

2nd Seed-Watford City vs. 2nd Draw- Dickinson Trinity

3rd Seed-Park River/Fordville-Lankin vs. 3rd Draw- Carrington

1st Seed-North Star vs. 1st Draw- Fairmount/Campbell/Tintah

4th Seed-Rugby vs. 4th Draw- Shiloh Christian

Have you ever heard of Lefor, ND? Well, back in 1966 they defeated Reeder 78-56 in basketball. Gary Peters led Lefor with 17 points and Frank Smyle scored 15 for Reeder. Lefor is 15-20 straight north of Regent and is almost a ghost town now.

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

•March 3-5, State B Basketball tourney at Grand Forks

•March 5, Husky Wrestling Tourney at Hettinger

See you at the games!