Eye on southwest ND sports

I had to drive for Southwest Transit on Aug. 22 and missed the Night Hawk junior varsity game with Bowman.

Sheldon COLUMN BOXI had to drive for Southwest Transit on Aug. 22 and missed the Night Hawk junior varsity game with Bowman. Found out the next day that Bowman won 70-0. I could not believe the score and had to check with a second source. Hopefully something positive may come out of the loss in that the JV team realizes where they are at and what they have to do to improve.

The first High school football 9-man Football Poll is out as of Aug. 25, 2016.

Team, Record, Points:

1. Thompson (4) 1-0 32

2. Shiloh Christian (2) 1-0 18

3. St. John (1) 1-0 13

4. Cavalier 1-0 13

5. Mott-Regent 1-0 8

Others receiving votes: Towner-GU (1-0), Hettinger-Scranton (1-0), North Star (1-0), North Prairie (1-0), Central McLean (1-0).

The Night Hawk volleyball team had a good Killdeer Mountain Tournament as they finished in second place. Team results were: split with Heart River, Glen Ullin-Hebron and Killdeer and won both sets against Beach and Mott-Regent.

Team standings

1. Heart River, 13 points

2. Hettinger-Scranton, 10 points

3. Mott-Regent, 7 points

4. Glen Ullin-Hebron, 6 points

5. Killdeer, 6 points (lost tiebreaker)

6. Beach, 3 points

One of the noteworthy events that I saw while watching the Little League World Series was a pitching change by the Caribbean team of Curacao. Their starting pitcher got in trouble by walking three batters and hitting another one. The manager comes out and signals for a new pitcher. Surprisingly the starting pitcher throws his glove in the dugout area and another glove is given to him. He had started out pitching left handed and then went to his right hand. Unfortunately the pitcher lost a tough 2-1 decision to Korea. He started working with his right hand when he was younger as he wanted to play shortstop.

Harding County opened up their football season with a 46-0 win over Faith. Harding Co. is helped this year with a transfer from Bowman. Sterling Lee was an all-region lineman last year as a junior while playing for Bowman. He is also a pretty good wrestler. Lemmon also won their opening football game by downing Bowman 8-6.

I drove to New England last Thursday, Aug. 25, to watch my fourth grader grandson play his first football game for Bowman against New England. It is a league with fourth, fifth and sixth graders and is called the Badlands Youth Football League. Other teams in the league are Heart River, Baker (Montana), Beach and Killdeer. Jason Bullis is the coach for Bowman and they won 12-0. Bowman has a roster of around 35 players while New England was low on numbers due to three players out with injuries. Bowman let New England have 4 or 5 of their players so they would have a few reserves.

I’m not a big fan of children playing football at this age. I’d rather have them play flag football or soccer. Both would also be less expensive.

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

– Sept. 2, Varsity Football at Lemmon

– Sept. 6, JH Football vs Grant Co. at Carson

– Sept. 6, JV Football vs Grant Co. at Flasher

– Sept. 8, Varsity Volleyball at Beulah

– Sept. 8, JH Varsity Volleyball at Harding Co.

– Sept. 9, Varsity Football vs Beach at Hettinger

See you at the games.