Eye on southwest ND sports

The Region 8 baseball tourney is fast approaching as it is scheduled for May 22-25 at Washburn.

This year is quite different as there is no one or two teams that are the strong favorites. I feel that Beulah, Shiloh, Hazen and the Night Hawks all have a shot at winning the region with Washburn an outside chance.  The sixth member is Heart River and they are having a rough season.

Beulah is the current leader but has split with the Night Hawks, lost to Shiloh 6-3 and scheduled to play them again on May 16.  Hazen lost to Beulah by scores of 7-4 and 10-5.  The Night Hawks have split with Beulah, Hazen and Shiloh.  Shiloh has split with the Night Hawks but lost twice to Hazen by scores of 4-2 and 3-2.  Even Washburn has had tight games with the top four.  They split with Hazen, losing to Beulah 7-6 and the Night Hawks 6-3.  The Night Hawks and Washburn are scheduled for May 16 also.

The other seven regions, with the exception of Region III, seem to have clear cut leaders.  Kindred-Richland has a 9-0 record in region I action, Thompson is 10-0 in Region II, Carrington 5-1 in Region III, Park River-Fordville-Lankin 8-1 in Region IV, Rugby 9-0 in Region V, Minot Ryan 8-0 in Region VI and Des Lacs-Burlington 15-0 in Region VII.

A couple of Region 8 teams have played other region leaders.  Beulah lost to Thompson 10-0 and Shiloh defeated Minot Ryan 9-2 while losing to Park River-Fordville-Lankin 6-3.

Two recent track meets were the Junior Varsity (JV) meet at Bowman on May 11 and the Beach Booster Varsity Track Meet on May 13.  In the JV meet there were six girls teams with Bowman Co. winning it with 140 points followed by Mott-Regent with 124 and the Night Hawks finished third with 119.  Night Hawk girls relay teams did well winning three of the four relays.  They were the 4×200 with Katrina Poss, Anna Havelka, Casitee Miller & Samantha Oase; the 4×400 with Poss, Bailey Pierce, Sidra Sadowsky & Oase; the 4×800 with Poss, Pierce, Sadowsky & Cassie Kindsfater.  Other Night Hawk girls doing well were Pierce 1st in the 800m, Sidra Sadowsky first  in the 1600m, Oase first  in the 200m & second in the High Jump, Poss first in the Long Jump, Grace Wolff second in the 200m hurdles, and Kindsfater second in the 800m.  The Night Hawk boys finished fourth out of seven teams with 59 points.  Bowman Co. also won the boys division with 172 points followed by Hazen with 155.  For the Night Hawk boys Caden Warbis was second in the High Jump and third in the 200m hurdles, while Peyton Tuhy was third in the 800m.

In the Beach varsity meet the Night Hawk girls finished sixth out of nine teams with 65 points.  Hazen won the meet with 154 points and Trinity second with 141.  A few Night Hawk highlights were Brianna Robinson third in the 800m, Sidra Sadowski third in the 1600m, and Molly Holt third in the Javelin.

The undermanned boys varsity team finished tenth out of ten teams with 20 points.  Bowman Co. won with 166 points followed by Dickinson Trinity with 152.  Night Hawk Isaiah Kludt scored 15 of the 20 points by finishing third in the 100m, fourth in the 200m and fifth in the Long Jump.  Cale Schalesky was the only other point producer has he finished fourth in the 1600m.

The Hettinger Country Club is gearing up for the golf season as the Men’s League had their meeting on May 11, the Women’s League on May 16 and the Mix League scheduled for May 24.  A new league may go this year as the Senior League had a meeting on May 10 and it looks like Dwight Knudson has 8-10 interested golfers for a 60 and over league.

Sara Dschaak will be the summer Recreation Director again this year and few of the coaches positions are still open.

It looks like Bowman may have a Junior Legion baseball team this summer.  I will have more info on this in the future.  Good News!

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

–  May 18, Boys Golf Regional at Bully Pulpit Golf Course

–  May 18, Varsity Baseball at Heart River

–  May 19, Girls Golf Regional at Mott

–  May 20, Varsity Track Regionals at Beach

–  May 22-25, Region 8 Baseball Tourney at Washburn

–  May 26-27, State Track at Bismarck

See you at the games.