Eye on southwest ND sports

The track and baseball seasons are closing in on the finish line. The baseball regionals begin on May 23 at Shiloh and the regional track meet is scheduled for May 21 at Dickinson with the state meet May 27-28 at Bismarck.

Sheldon COLUMN BOXA little history on the State Class B meets. Since 1950 Lisbon has won the most boys state meets with eight titles and Bowman and Beulah are next with both having won five. Beulah did theirs by winning five straight titles from 1986 through 1990. Lisbon won their first state meet in 1952 and their latest was in 2013.

Three communities have dominated the girls state meet since its beginning in 1971 when separate Class A and Class B meets were established. Carrington has nine titles, Hazen has eight and Bowman won seven. Both Hazen and Carrington strung six titles in a row, Hazen from 1993 through 1998 and Carrington from 1999 through 2004.

Night Hawks that have qualified for state—according to the NDHSAA website—are Isaiah Kludt, Sam Kludt, Jaxon Mellmer and Brandon Pierce in the boys 4×200 meter relay. For the girls, two groups have qualified in the 4×400 relay. Group one includes Alyssa Andress, Lizzy Thompson, Tayler Burwick and Taylor Hestekin. Molly Holt, Andress, Samantha Oase and Hestekin forms group 2. Holt, Thompson, Burwick and Hestekin have also qualified in the 4×800 relay. Hestekin has also qualified in the 400 meter dash and the 800 meter run as well as Elizabeth Bartholmy in the triple jump.

Others can make state by finishing in the top three of an event at the regional meet. A participant at state can only participate in four events and Hestekin has already qualified in five and may add other events at meets prior to state. “We can substitute an alternate in the relays in her place. She will more than likely add the mile and 200 meter to her qualified events,” Head Coach Kelly Pierce said. “At state, she would more than likely compete in the 400 and 800 opens as well as the 1600 and 3200 m relays.”

Coaches Jeremy Dietchman and Kelly Pierce are conducting a basketball camp for boys and girls entering the third through sixth grades in the upcoming school year. The cost is $50 and camp dates are May 31– June 2 with locations alternating between Hettinger and Scranton. Contact either coach at the Scranton school 275-8897. There is also a boys basketball camp scheduled the same days and alternating sites.

The players have been selected for the annual North Dakota Shrine Bowl, scheduled for July 10 in Fargo. Two Hettinger-Scranton players were selected, Tanner Sanford and Colbey Steeke. I kept looking for Brandon Pierce’s name as I can’t believe he didn’t make the 9-man West team. The full roster, Beach: Sam Stoveland. Hettinger-Scranton: Tanner Sanford, Colbey Steeke. Grant County-Flasher: Nic Rivinius. Kenmare-Bowbells-BC: Kyler Melby, Jordan Hanson, Konnor Keysor. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood: Trey Holsten, Zach Urfer, Mason Nehring. Mott-Regent: Brett Messmer, Tyler Eggers, Carter Honeyman, Brodie Ambers. New Salem-Almont-Glen Ullin: Cullen Seeger. North Prairie: Jalen Pfeifer, Tayler Scott. Ray: Atati Mita. Richardton-Taylor-Hebron: Denver Colgrove, Abe Axtmann. St. John: Dalton Poitra, Seth Vivier. Towner-Granville-Upham: Blaine Rosencrans, Lane Schmitt, Evan Burckhard.

The 11-man game will be played at 4 p.m., followed by the nine-man game.

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

• May 21, SW Regional Track Meet at Dickinson

• May 23-26, Regional Baseball Tournament at Shiloh

• May 27-28, State Track Meet at Bismarck

See you at the games!