Eye on southwest ND sports

Two-time defending champion Hettinger-Scranton could not make it three championships in a row in the Mandan Holiday Basketball Tournament.

Two-time defending champion Hettinger-Scranton could not make it three championships in a row in the Mandan Holiday Basketball Tournament.  They downed New Salem-Almont 63-56 in the first round.  Evan Henke of the Holsteins scored 11 points in the second quarter to give his a team half time lead of 38-33.  The lead changed often in the game until the Night Hawks got the lead for good late in the fourth quarter and pulled out a 63-56 win.  Isaiah Kludt paced the Night Hawks with 22 counters.

In the second round the Night Hawks got behind again but a last quarter surge came up short as they were defeated by Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky 61-59.  The Night Hawks could not overcome a 26-9 disadvantage after the first quarter.  Jaxon Mellmer led the Night Hawks in scoring with 16 and Kludt added 14.

The Night Hawks bounced back to take third place in the tourney with another come-from-behind win over Bottineau, 65-60.  After trailing at the end of each of the first three quarters they outscored the Braves 21-12 in the final quarter. Kludt and Mattis each had 18 for the Night Hawks.

The boys Night Hawk basketball team seems to enjoy playing from behind so far this year and putting on fourth quarter surges.

The Night Hawk girl’s basketball team had their Jan. 2 game with New England cancelled due to the ‘lovely’ North Dakota weather and has been rescheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11.

Scott Jung, Athletic Director from South Heart, provided the results from the Junior Varsity basketball tourney held December 29-30.  first place – Trinity, second place – Beach, third place – Killdeer, fouth place – New England, fifth place – Hettinger/Scranton, sixth place – Bowman County, seventh place – Heart River, eighth place – Dickinson High.

Number one ranked Four Winds/Minnewaukan handed Dickinson Trinity their first loss of the season with a convincing 71-42 win.

Fargo Shanley’s historic state-record winning streak in girl’s basketball has come to an end at 76 games.  Fargo Davies defeated Fargo Shanley 45-41 Tuesday, Jan. 3 at McCormick Gymnasium.  Prior to Tuesday, Shanley’s last loss came Jan. 21, 2014 vs. West Fargo.  The 76 victories in between produced three consecutive North Dakota High School Activities Association Class A girls basketball state championships.  (Source NDHSAA web site)

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

–  Jan. 5, Girls Varsity Basketball vs Glen Ullin-Hebron at Hettinger

–  Jan. 6-7, Night Hawk Classic Tourney at Hettinger

–  Jan. 6, Boys Varsity Basketball at Strasburg

–  Jan. 7, Boys Varsity Basketball at Linton

–  Jan. 9, Girls Varsity Basketball at Killdeer

–  Jan. 10, Boys Varsity Basketball at Beulah

–  Jan. 12, Girls Varsity Basketball at Richardton-Taylor

–  Jan. 13-14, Boys Varsity Wrestling at Miles City Tourney

-Jan. 14, Girls & Boys Varsity Basketball vs Bison at Scranton

See you at the games!