Eye on southwest ND sports

Team seeding and drawing for the 2017 North Dakota High School Activities Association’s (NDHSAA) State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament were determined Saturday, March 11.

Team seeding and drawing for the 2017 North Dakota High School Activities Association’s (NDHSAA) State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament were determined Saturday, March 11.  The top five teams were ranked through an online voting process by coaches of the participating schools with the remaining three teams being randomly drawn to determine quarterfinal matchups.

Matchups for Thursday, March 16 in Minot:

1:00 p.m. – No. 2 Dickinson Trinity vs. Ellendale (Second Random Draw)

2:45 p.m. – No. 3 Hillsboro-Central Valley vs. Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky (Third Random Draw)

6:30 p.m. – No. 1 Four Winds-Minnewaukan vs. Stanley (First Random Draw)

8:15 p.m. – No. 4 Fargo Oak Grove vs. No. 5 Minot Bishop Ryan

Head Coach Jeremy Dietchman commented on the Night Hawk boy’s basketball team:

“I am tremendously proud of our boys this season. Ending with a 16-6 record is a direct reflection of the kind of kids we have. With only one returning starter from last season we knew we would have some adversity and some peaks/valleys but our boys battled every single day. I am proud of the 16 young men we had out for basketball this year.”

Head Coach Kelly Pierce also commented on the girls Night Hawk basketball team.

“2016-2017 was a good year for the Night Hawks Girls’ Basketball team. We went into the season with high expectations for ourselves, even though the coaches in the region picked us to finish 11 out of 12 teams. Our goal at the start of the year was to play on Thursday night of the regional tournament and we accomplished that.”

“As the season wore on, we knew we had the capability of being a very good team, and by tournament time, I thought we were as good as anyone in the region. Our season did not end how we wanted it to. Falling to Glen Ullin in the semi-finals was tough, as we believed going into the game we had the game plan to win. Just fell short in the end. I was so proud of the girls, as they played their hearts out and deserved to get the win. Sometimes in big games we as coaches tend to over think things.  In this game, I felt we needed to match up with them to take away their offensive rebounding, but in hindsight, which is 20-20, we should have probably just went the offensive route and tried to outscore them. Live and learn I guess. Coming back and defeating Killdeer for 3rd in the region was a testament to the character we had on this team. They were a dream to coach and made this season so enjoyable.”


“We will lose 5 players to graduation, and they will all be missed. They are a group that can truly say they helped lead this program to another level. I’m proud of their hard work and leadership over the years.  The team is already talking about next season. We will have a busy offseason trying to better ourselves individually and as a team. We return our three leading scorers from this season as well as many talented players who are ready for their turn at varsity basketball.”

“The future is so bright for this program. The old quote, “Every Champion was once a contender,” fits this team so well. We contended this year, and still believe we could have been the Region champions. Next season, our goal will be to once again play on Thursday night, but this time hopefully it can be the opening round of a state tournament. I know this group will do what it takes to make that goal a reasonable reality!”

I was checking the NDHSAA web site and noticed on their seven year calendar as to where state meets will be held that Fargo will host the state wrestling meet through 2024.  Personally, I would like to see Bismarck in the rotation.  When I asked the question to NDHSAA, I was informed that based on coaches input and financials, it will probably stay in Fargo.  I also asked if they had any input from fans and was informed that what NDHSAA is hearing is that the fans love Fargo and its atmosphere, once they get there.  It is getting there that seems to be an issue from those from the west.

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

-March 16-18, Class B Boys State Basketball Tournament at Minot

-March 20, Baseball practices starts

See you at the games!