Eye on southwest ND sports

Turtle Lake-Mercer/McClusky (TLMM) was a surprise team in the state tourney out of Region 5.

Turtle Lake-Mercer/McClusky (TLMM) was a surprise team in the state tourney out of Region 5. Solen and Shiloh were the two power horses in that region but both were upset in the semi-finals of their region tourney. TLMM knocked off Solen 48-43 and Washburn downed Shiloh 55-53. But they had a rough state tourney losing to Hillsboro/Central Valley 57-32, Trinity 47-26 and Stanley High School 64-48.

Region 7’s entrant, Dickinson Trinity, lost their opening game to Ellendale in the first of two games that ended with a buzzer-beating shot. Down by one with 4.4 seconds left to play, Ellendale’s senior guard Brennen Vance found himself with the ball and hit a shot just beyond the 3-point line. Ellendale went on to finish in third place and Trinity won its next two games to finish fifth.

Hillsboro-Central Valley defeated defending state champion Four Winds Minnewaukan 63-60 courtesy of a buzzer-beating 3-pointer made by senior guard Kyle Henningsgard as time expired. If you missed this game, you missed a good one.

The Hettinger Shooting Stars 1957 state Class B champs were honored at this year’s state basketball tourney. John Butterfield was also interviewed after the ceremonies.

I thought Fred Fridley and Dom Izzo did an excellent job broadcasting the games.

The following were the finalists for this season’s Mr. Basketball Award with Dickinson Midget Aanen Moody winning the award by receiving 16 of 24 first-place votes.

KyJaun Johnson, Minot

Jacob Mertens, Devils Lake

Aanen Moody, Dickinson

Siman Sem, Fargo North

Jake Paper, Fargo Davies

Tronis McKay, Four Winds/Minnewaukan

Logan Nelson, Northern Cass

I need to add to last week’s column as to why Bismarck is not in the rotation for the state wrestling tournament. Kevin Morast of NDHSAA provided me another reason; “One other major factor to consider is that we have a two step process for determining state sites. First is a tournament committee in which the major cities request tournaments they wish to host. I have been to five of these meetings and Bismarck has never requested to host the wrestling tournament. Without a request from Bismarck’s AD and our tournament director there, they will not be considered.”

Harding Co. finished eighth in the SD State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament, March 16-18.


The Hettinger Babe Ruth team coached by Rich Bjerklie finished the regular season with a 14-0 record and went on to win the District championship in three games. They opened the District tourney with a 17-1 win over Lemmon behind the pitching of Mike Manning and the hitting of Matt Chapman, Darin Gabriel and Brett Henderson. They faced Bowman in the semi-finals and came away with a narrow 8-7 victory. Troy Davidson was the winning picture with the top hitters being Trevor Wyman and Henderson. They downed Scranton 14-1 in the championship game with Pat Beckman picking up the pitching win. Chapman had a double and triple while Davidson added two doubles.

Umpire Bill Striebel commented; “Around here basketball and football are the big sports for us. In Hettinger it’s baseball, and not just during the summer. They have an excellent baseball program.” (Excerpts taken from the July 28, 1997 Adams Co. Record)

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

– March 27, Golf practices starts

– March 27, Quiz Bowl will be held in Lemmon all day

– March 28, Elementary Volleyball vs Trinity & Killdeer at Hettinger

See you at the games.