Eye on southwest ND sports

Divide County ended the football season for the Night Hawks with a 36-32 victory on Oct. 15 at Hettinger.

Sheldon COLUMN BOXDivide County ended the football season for the Night Hawks with a 36-32 victory on Oct. 15 at Hettinger.  Injuries really were a factor this year.  They lose 11 seniors this year, so the younger players will have to fill their shoes next season.

Beulah evened their Region 7 volleyball record at 4-4 as they upset New England in three sets on Oct. 13 by scores of  25-22, 25-17, 26-24.  That opens up the possibility of the Night Hawks finishing in second place in the region.  But they must defeat their remaining region games against Richardton-Taylor and Bowman County.  That would also mean they would not have to compete in a region play-in match and it also should put them in the bottom bracket opposite of Trinity in the region tournament.

New England had a rough two days.  The day after their loss to Beulah they lost to Flasher in three sets in a non-region match.  Flasher is currently tied with Shiloh for 2nd place in Region 5 and they have an overall record of 14-5.

Last year’s 9-man championship game had Richland getting by North Prairie (Rolla/Rolette/Wolford) by a score of 44-38.  Both are in this year’s playoffs with North Prairie coming in undefeated at 8-0.  Richland is in Region 1 and has a 5-2 region record with region losses to Hankinson and Wyndmere-Lidgerwood.  Hankinson went undefeated in region play and the only loss they had was to Mott-Regent in their opening game at Shiloh.  Wyndmere-Lidgerwood’s only two losses were to Hankinson and Hettinger-Scranton.

Next year’s 9-man football will have some changes.  In Region 5 we lose Bowman to 11-man and pick up Central McLean (Underwood/Turtle Lake-Mercer/McClusky).  They had a 2-6 record in Region 3.  Region 5 also added another Region 3 team in Shiloh who are currently undefeated.  From what I understand Shiloh was headed for 11-man (where they belong) but when Killdeer opted up to 11-man, Shiloh volunteered to move down to 9-man.  More travel expenses with those two teams.

There was a vote on 9-man going to eight regions, but it was voted down 21-16. To me, eight regions make better sense as traveling costs could be reduced with each region having five to six teams. They could also have just the top teams in the regions qualify for the playoffs and reduce the playoff rounds by one. Now they have 24 teams qualifying and the first round games are normally blowouts. It may also reduce injuries.

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

-Oct. 22, Cross Country State Meet at Jamestown

-Oct. 25, Varsity Volleyball vs Richardton-Taylor at Hettinger (Senior Night)

–  Oct. 27, Varsity Volleyball vs Faith at Hettinger

–  Oct. 28, Boys Elementary Basketball vs Mott-Regent at Hettinger

See you at the games.

Sheldon Christenson is a Hettinger resident and covers Night Hawks sports for the Adams County Record.