Eye on Southwest ND Sports

Congratulations to North Dakota State in defeating James Madison University 17-13 for their sixth Division I FCS title championship in seven years.

By Sheldon Christenson

Hazen girls basketball team is off to a quick start with a 4-0 Region 7 record and 7-2 overall.

The Nighthawk girls and boys basketball teams will take on Bison at Bison on January 13.  As of Jan. 5 the Bison girls are 1-1 and the boys are 3-1.

Over heard at the Nighthawk Classic wrestling tourney:

  – Watford City is going Class A next season but their numbers for wrestling is very low with half of them in junior high.  One of the reasons for the low numbers was the start up of club hockey.

    Moorcroft averages about 45 students in each of the top four grades and the population is around 1000.

  – Charmayne DeLong of Moorcroft is rated number 10 in her weight class nationwide for high school girls.  She went 2-4 in the Classic tourney.  She achieved that rating wrestling in girls only tournaments.

  – Moorcroft’s wrestling program has won the last five 2A state tourneys for their division.

The Classic Wrestling tournament was very well attended.

NDHSAA Throwback Thursday: Ed Beyer, Hillsboro BB Coaching Legend:

When the history of North Dakota Class B boys basketball is discussed, a name that is bound to be mentioned is Ed Beyer. They are synonymous. Ed Beyer coached the Hillsboro boys basketball team 37 years posting a 688-195 coaching record during that span with the Burros. Beyer retired after the 1997 season.

His legacy is forever tied with building one of the strongest boys basketball programs in state history. While at Hillsboro, Beyer guided the Burros to 13 state tournament appearances including NDHSAA Class B state championships in 1973-74, 1977 and 1981. His 1981 squad was 26-0. The Burros also won 19 Red River Conference championships under Beyer.

Beyer passed away in 2016 at the age of 77. He is regarded as one of best coaches in the history of Class B boys basketball.

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

    Jan11, Girls Varsity Basketball vs Richardton-Taylor at Hettinger

    Jan 12-13, Varsity Wrestling at Miles City Tourney

    Jan 13, Varsity Girls & Boys Basketball at Bison

    Jan 16, Varsity Wrestling Quad at Hettinger

    Jan 16, Girls Basketball at Trinity

    Jan 18, Girls Basketball vs Hazen at Hettinger

    Jan 19-20, Varsity Wrestling at Moorcroft Tourney

    Jan 19, Girls Basketball at Hazen

See you at the games.

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