Eye on southwest ND sports

Night Hawk wrestling coach Randy Burwick had another successful wrestling camp and it also marked a milestone for it. It was the 25th year for the South West wrestling camp

Sheldon COLUMN BOXNight Hawk wrestling coach Randy Burwick had another successful wrestling camp and it also marked a milestone for it. It was the 25th year for the South West wrestling camp. Randy told me they had 105 kids at camp this year. Campers came from all over as they were not only from Hettinger and Scranton but Monticello, Iowa, Baker, Mont., Beach, Bowman, Kenmare, Stanley, Killdeer, Bison, Lemmon, Dickinson, Bismarck, Eagle Butte, S.D., Grenora, Hillsboro and Valley City.

If you are wondering where Grenora is, look at a ND map in the north west corner. They are a stone’s throw from Montana and Westby Mont. co-ops with them. They are fairly new to wrestling.

The clinicians at the camp were Adam Aho University of Mary, Sean Elkins DSU, Christian Hughes Jamestown, Jacob Weisbro University of Mary along with help from coach Burwick’s former wrestlers Scott Owens, Rob Owens, Luke McDonald, Nick Timm, Pat Schlosser and Mike Honeyman.

Coach Burwick stated that, “The kids worked hard and got exposed to some top notch techniques along with some great live matches. It was an awesome two days here at Hettinger High School. I want to thank Donna Thomason and Pam Harper for helping us with lunch both days. Great job! We look forward to next year.”

Boy’s basketball coach Jeremy Dietchman informed me that the Night Hawks boys lost to Mott-Regent by two, lost by two to New Town and lost by three to Plenty wood Mont. at the DSU basketball camp. In tournament play they did beat Shiloh by 18 and lost to New Town by three.

Team Montana’s defense was too much for Team North Dakota in a 36-7 victory in the 23rd Annual Badlands Bowl at the Biesiot Activities Center. Montana now holds a 17-6 record in the annual game.

The North Dakota High School Activities Association’s Board of Directors met June 13-14. One item that the NDHSAA Board of Directors voted on was a Class B District Chair recommendation requesting the NDHSAA to pursue a three-class system for basketball only with implementation for the 2017-2018 school year. The recommendation was voted down 8-0 by the NDHSAA Board of Directors on Monday afternoon.

I had heard that school activity directors had voted overwhelmingly for approval of three classes. When I emailed Kevin Morast at NDHSAA about it, he responded, “Not aware of any AD vote. Districts chairs cited to explore a 3 class’s system. Explore is key word. Voted down due to impossible 2017 timeline and no volleyball. Logistics of implementation in 2017 made the deadline not possible.”

So I followed up with, “Good, I take that as the door is still open for three classes, maybe 2018.” His response back, “Possible but unlikely.”


Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

– June 24, Babe Ruth Baseball vs Belfield at Hettinger

– June 27-29, Junior High Girls Basketball camp at Scranton

– June 27, Babe Ruth Baseball vs Bowman at Hettinger

– June 27, Boys Basketball Camp at Harding Co.

– June 28, Legion Baseball vs Baker at Hettinger

– June 28, Coach Pitch and Little League vs Lemmon at Hettinger

– June 29, Girls Basketball League in Bowman

– June 30, Coach Pitch and Little League vs Killdeer & Buffalo at Hettinger

See you at the games!