Eye on SW ND Sports

Top ranked NDSU is back in the championship game next month, Jan. 5, in Frisco, TX.  They will be up against another high scoring team in No. 3-ranked Eastern Washington.   The Bison defeated South Dakota State University 44-21 and Eastern Washington downed Maine 50-19 for the two teams to earn a chance for the overall championship.

Sheldon Christenson
For the record

The Night Hawk JH boys basketball team lost to Mott-Regent and Bowman but defeated New England to take 5th place in the JH tourney at Bowman.  Heart River finished in first place.  Good numbers for the Night Hawk team as I counted 15 players.  The girls JH team won their first game vs. Killdeer, then lost to Heart River and Trinity at the Heart River JH tourney.

Some interesting scores with some Region 7 teams:  New Town downed Beach 73-59, but Gage Swanson scored 39 for Beach.  In the boys Roughrider Tournament championship game Trinity got by Bowman Co. 51-44. 

In a game matching two ranked Class B boys teams, Shiloh Christian topped the No. 1-ranked Minot Ryan Lions at the Shiloh, 71-55.  Ryan standouts Mason Hedberg and Ben Bohl both were held to a combined 13-for-39 shooting and both fouled out in the fourth quarter. 

Two-time reigning Class B wrestling champion Lisbon finished second in the Valley City Holiday Tournament.    Bismarck High won the 14 team tourney, all were Class A teams except Lisbon.  Lisbon looks like a contender again for the 2019 Class B state tourney.   

North Dakota Class B Girls Basketball Poll as of December 17

1. Thompson (15) 7-0 168

2. Velva 7-0 126

3. Kindred (1) 5-1 111

4. Grafton 5-0 108

5. Rugby (1) 6-0 107

6. Kidder County 8-0 96

7. Four Winds-Minnewaukan 5-1 52

8. Linton-HMB 6-0 47

9. Langdon/Edmore/Munich 3-2 44

10. Trenton 5-0 25

Note: First-Place votes in parentheses. 

Others Receiving Votes: LaMoure-LM (6-0), Beach (6-0), Carrington (5-1), Hettinger-Scranton (6-1), Shiloh Christian (5-1), Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood (5-0), Midway-Minto (6-1), Oakes (4-2).

Dickinson Trinity is ranked #2 in the Class B basketball poll with Thompson #1.  Minot Ryan dropped to #7.

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

     – Dec 20, Varsity Girls BB vs Harding Co. at Scranton

     – Dec 21, Varsity Wrestling at Bowman

     – Dec 22, Varsity Boys BB at Trinity

     – Dec 25, Hoping everyone has a great Christmas and upcoming New Year

     – Dec 26-28, Varsity Boys BB at Mandan Holiday Tourney

     – Dec 27=28, Varsity Wrestling at the Rumble on the Red in Fargo

See you at the games.