Eye on Southwest ND Sports

The 2017 baseball season was very successful highlighted by the Hettinger-Scranton Bears Babe Ruth team winning the District 5 championship and then finishing in second place in the State Babe Ruth tourney.  The legion program is broken up into three classes, AA, A, and B. 

Sheldon Christenson
For the Record

The Post 115 legion team finished second with a 6-4 record in the South West Division of class A teams.  Teams in their division were Mandan, Dickinson, Washburn and two from Bismarck.  They were always in the class B division in previous years.  Granted, they were not playing the main legion teams from Bismarck, Mandan and Dickinson but the pool of players in those three cities leaves many talented players.

Talking with Bears coach Nolan Dix, the reason they were bumped up to class A was for travel reasons.  If they had remained in the class B West Region they would be playing teams like Crosby, Tioga and Burlington due to so few teams is southwest North Dakota.  But they would also be more competitive with towns more their size.  Each year the placement of teams is evaluated by the Legion board.

Coach Dix is excited about next year’s legion team as they lose only two players, Hudson Pierce and Alex Bartholomy who was the lone player from Bowman.  The Night Hawk baseball team should improve also.  The Babe Ruth team will lose some good ball players as they move up to legion in Bo Wilson, Josh Dix, Warrick & Connor Dilse, Brady Dillon and Ty Warbis.  It will be a rebuilding year.

Coach Dix wanted to thank the fans from the surrounding communities in their support of the teams.  Their support helped energize the teams.

Stephanie Howe and Zeta Drolc are coaching the cross country team again this year.  On the girls team they have Sidra Sadowsky, Cassie Kindsfater, Elizabeth Bartholmy, and Kalyn Schalesky.  On the boys team they have Cale Schalesky, Carlos Martinez, Brian Bartholmy, and Mitchell Dalley.

The Little League World Series starts on Aug 17.  Sioux Falls, S.D., in their first year of Little League won the Midwest Region.  Korea looks strong in the International bracket and Japan is in again and always has a tough team.    

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

  Aug. 18, Varsity Football vs Lemmon at Hettinger

  Aug. 19, Elementary Football Jamboree at New England (approx. 10:00 AM)

  Aug. 21, JV Football vs Lemmon at Hettinger

  Aug. 22, Elementary Football vs Beach at Scranton (5:30 PM)

  Aug. 25, Varsity Football vs Central Mclean at Hettinger

  Aug. 26, Varsity Volleyball Tourney at Killdeer

  Aug. 26, Elementary Football vs Baker at Hettinger (10:00 AM)

See you at the games.