Eye on southwest North Dakota sports

The Night Hawk boy’s basketball team took on Strasburg-Zeeland (SZ) and Linton-HMB this past weekend which were rescheduled from December 9 & 10 December. Both of those teams are in Region 3. They defeated Strasburg-Zeeland 68-55 behind the scoring of Jarad Mattis 21, Isaiah Kludt 17 and Carson Schalesky 14. SZ had a 1-4 record at the time.

The next night was at Linton and the Night Hawks started in the hole right away as they trailed 21-8 after the first quarter. They went on to outscore the Lions 57-48 over the last three quarters but just could not make up the 13 point deficit and lost 69-65. Kludt tallied 21 and Schalesky 16. Linton HMB is currently 6-0 and rated number 4 in the January 9, 2017 Class B poll.

The Night Hawk girls basketball team had a big game with Trinity on January 17 at Hettinger.

ND Headlock Class B Team Rankings (as of January 3, 2017)

1. Hettinger-Scranton (62)

2. Lisbon (59)

3. Carrington (58)

4. Pembina County North (58)

5. New Salem-Almont (56)

6. Hillsboro (47)

7. Napoleon-Gackle- Streeter (42)

8, Bishop Ryan (40)

9. South Border (31)

10. E-E-K (28)

ND Headlock Class B Night Hawk State Wide Individual Rankings (as of January 9, 2017):

113, Mason Defoe 6th

120 Kyle Burwick 1st

132 Cale Schalesky 3rd

145 Alec Andress 3rd

160 Ethan Anderson 4th

170 Isaac Anderson 4th

220 Jacob Schalesky 2nd

Quite a few freshmen wrestlers have made big impressions in the early going. The following are the highest ranked freshmen in North Dakota on RankWrestlers. com:

– Garrett Jangula, Napoleon

– Chandler Nagel, Linton- HMB

– Tanner Urlaub, Pembina County North

– Drew Steidler, Bismarck St Mary’s

– Kersey Harris, Bishop Ryan

– Kelby Armstrong, Minot

– Will Kleinknecht, Mandan

– Noah Braun, Jamestown

– Mason Defoe, Hettinger/ Scranton

– Parker Larson, Valley City

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

– 12 Jan, Girls Varsity Basketball at Richardton-Taylor

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

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

– 17 Jan, Boys Varsity Wrestling at New Salem Quad

– 17 Jan, Girls Varsity Basketball vs Trinity at Hettinger

– 19 Jan, Girls Varsity Basketball at Hazen

– 20 Jan, Boys Varsity Basketball vs Hazen at Hettinger

– 21 Jan, Girls Varsity Basketball at Mott-Regent

See you at the games.