Eye on Southwest ND Sports

Although the Night Hawk boys record dropped to 0-14 their last two games showed they never give up. On Jan. 22 they were down 34-19 to New England at half time but fought back in the second half to outscore the Tigers 31-19, falling just short as they lost 53-50. The Tigers upped their overall record to 4-7.


The same scenario happened on Jan. 25 at Hettinger against Richardton- Taylor (RT). RT jumped out to a 26-16 lead at half time only to have the Night Hawks outscore RT 23-12 in the third quarter to pull ahead 39-38. RT came back in the final quarter to win 53-48. Jeran Anderson tallied 19 (3 treys) and Warrick Dilse 16 for the Night Hawks. Collin Kuntz 19 and Logan Kuntz with 15 paced RT.

According to the ND Wrestle web site Hettinger-Scranton’s Kyle Burwick was named the number one “Pound for Pound” wrestler in an All Class Power Poll.

I was looking at the Class B girls standings on the NDHSAA web site and noticed there are only two unbeaten teams left at this point, Trenton & Kidder County. I looked at the Trenton Tigers roster and they have no seniors but have a 6’1” center in Kella Norby. They are in District 15 of region 8 and have 80 students in grades 9-12. As of Jan 27 they are averaging 61 points per game while giving up only 28 and have a record of 17-0. They have held nine opponents to 25 or less points a game including a 63-6 drubbing of White Shield. They did recently beat Beach 70-34 and a very good Rugby team, 54-52.

A few Fun Facts from NDHSAA Media Specialist Tom Mix posted on Jan 25.

• Williston won three straight Class A girls basketball state championships from 1975-1977.

• Fargo Shanley won three straight NDHSAA Class A girls basketball state championships from 2014-2016.

• Lisbon defeated Rugby 56-45 in the 1951 NDHSAA Class B boys basketball state championship game.

• Mott won back-to-back NDHSAA Class B boys basketball state championships in 1961 and 1962.

• Hettinger defeated Fort Yates 71-55 in the 1957 NDHSAA Class B boys basketball state championship game.

• Minot St. Leo’s won back-to-back NDHSAA Class B boys basketball state championships in 1938 and 1939.

• Fairmount defeated Cando 32-30 in overtime to win the 1933 NDHSAA Class B boys basketball state championship.

Remember Brent Qvale former Williston High School standout, he just recently finished his fifth season with the New York Jets. He was undrafted out of Nebraska in 2014 and was their starting left tackle. The 6-foot-7, 315-pound Qvale earned his time on the Jets’ offensive line over the last five seasons. He’s played in 60 games with 14 starts and played in all 16 games this past season.

NDAPSSA Class B Girls Basketball Poll (as of Jan. 28):

1. Grafton (13) 13-1 183

2. Kidder County (2) 17-0 173

3. Langdon-Edmore- Munich 13-2 131

4. Thompson 15-2 117

5. Trenton 17-0 99

6. Kindred 12-3 81

7. Four Winds-Minnewaukan 14-2 57

8. Carrington 14-2 54

9. Velva 14-2 53

10. Hettinger-Scranton 14-1 46

First place votes in parentheses. Others receiving votes: Rugby (14-3), Linton-HMB (16-2), Mohall-Lansford- Sherwood (14-2), Center- Stanton (15-2).

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

– Jan 31, Varsity Girls BB vs Beach at Scranton

– Feb 1, Varsity Boys BB at Glen Ullin

– Feb 2, Varsity Girls BB vs New England at Scranton

– Feb 2, Region 4 Dual Wrestling Tournament at Beulah

– Feb 4, Varsity Girls BB vs Beulah at Hettinger

– Feb 5, Varsity Boys BB vs Killdeer at Scranton

– Feb 7, Varsity Girls BB vs Mott-Regent at Mott

– Feb 8, Varsity Boys & Girls BB vs Faith at Scranton

– Feb 9, Region 4 Individual Wrestling Tournament at Hettinger

See you at the games.