Eye on southwest ND Sports

The Night Hawk girls basketball season ended with a 67-61 victory over Killdeer for a third place finish at the Region 7 tournament.

The Night Hawk girls basketball season ended with a 67-61 victory over Killdeer for a third place finish at the Region 7 tournament.  They finished the season with an 8-3 region record and 17-7 overall.  Quite an improvement over last season’s 3-9 region record and 6-15 overall.  They do graduate five seniors, but the cupboard is not bare as they return some good talent and should be able to content for the region title again next season.

The All-Region 7 girl’s basketball team consisted of two Night Hawks and others from local communities.  They were Abbie Kludt and Molly Holt, Hettinger-Scranton; Ellie Messmer, Mott-Regent; Paige Ehlis, New England; Mikayla Bartholomay and Meggie Fischer, Bowman County.  The Region 7 Senior Athlete of the Year was Mikayla Bartholomay, Bowman Co.  Region 7 Coach of the Year was Jaden Schoch, Bowman County and the Region 7 Athletic Director of the Year was Andrew DesRosier, Killdeer.

The Night Hawk boys basketball regular season ended with a 53-51 win over last place Beach.  Isaiah Kludt missed this game due to illness.  The win kept them from having to play in the region play-in game.  They were tied with South Heart and Mott-Regent for third place in the region.  As it turned out via the tie-breaker, South Heart came in third and the Night Hawks finished fourth.  That left Mott-Regent with a play-in game against Beach on Feb. 28.  The Night Hawks will take on the winner of that game in the first night of the region tourney.

The wrestling team had an outstanding season after winning the dual portion of the state wrestling tourney and finishing third in the individual portion.  They do graduate five seniors but return a solid group of wrestlers including their two state champs, Kyle Burwick and Cale Schalesky.

The ND High School Activities Association announced that Dickinson High School senior guard Aanen Moody has made North Dakota Class A boys basketball history.  Moody broke the state’s unofficial Class A career points scoring record on Tuesday, Feb. 21 in a Western Dakota Association road game against Williston.  Moody entered the game with 1,996 points and needing seven points to eclipse former Fargo Shanley A.J. Jacobson’s record of 2,002 points set in 2013.  Jacobson now plays basketball at North Dakota State.  The 6-foot-2 Moody has committed to play for the University of North Dakota.

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

•March 2-4 – Class B Girls State Basketball Tournament at Grand Forks

•March 4 – Husky Wrestling Tournament at Hettinger

•March 6, 7, 9 – Boys Varsity Basketball Regional Tourney

See you at the games!