Eye on South West ND Sports

Sheldon Christenson
For the Record

The boys Night Hawk team dropped an 81-49 decision to Bowman on Feb. 12 and then faced Mott-Regent on Feb. 14.  The Wildfire jumped out to a 24-10 first quarter lead and never trailed as they downed the Night Hawks 78-59.  After scoring only six points in the first half Night Hawk Warrick Dilse canned five treys in the second half and had a team leading 24 points.  Brady Dillon added 12 and Jeran Anderson had 10.  Cody Perkins led the Wildfire with 28. 


Ten men were inducted into the North Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame which included former Black Devil Dusty Vliem and former Dickinson High wrestler Marc Mellmer.  Vliem was named Class B Mr. Wrestler in 2005 and qualified for state five times and placed four times. He won the state title at 171 pounds as a sophomore and the 189 pound title the following two years.  He was undefeated his sophomore and senior seasons and finished his high school career with a record of 190-34. 


Dickinson won the Class A dual wrestling championship with a 32-28 win over Bismarck High.  New England’s Tate Nordby, who wrestles for Dickinson, had a key victory as he scored a tech fall over Bismarck’s Cullen Glatt at 160.  In the previous 18-years of the team dual portion of the state tourney only Bismarck High and West Fargo had combined to win every dual state championship. 


Some interesting stats from a Dakota Grappler member who obviously was from Minot.  I can’t verify the stats but I’m sure they are fairly accurate.  The member was trying to increase the number of participants in high school wrestling in ND.  He was wondering how many of the ND All-State football players compete in winter sports?  And beyond that, how many compete in wrestling vs. basketball/hockey/swimming.  He did some quick crude math and here are some rough percentages:
CLASS B schools – 68% compete in Basketball, 22% compete in Wrestling and about 10% do not participate in a winter sport.
CLASS A schools – 38% compete in Basketball, 8% compete in Wrestling, 4% compete in Hockey and about 50% do not compete in a winter sport. 




The 11th and final North Dakota Class B girls basketball poll of the 2018-19 season was released on February 11.  The Night Hawks moved up two spots to number 6. 

  1. Kidder County (12) 20-0 158
    2. Langdon/Edmore/Muich (4) 17-2 152
    3. Grafton (1) 17-2 135
    4. Thompson 17-2 116
    5. Trenton 21-0 89
    6. Hettinger-Scranton 20-1 71
    7. Kindred 16-3 67
    8. Carrington 17-2 57
    9. Four Winds-Minnewaukan 16-3 41
    10. Velva 20-2 32
    Others Receiving Votes: Linton-HMB (18-2), Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood (20-2), Rugby (17-4).
    Note: First-Place votes in parentheses. 


Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows: 

– Feb 18, 19 & 21, Girls Region 7 Tourney at Trinity  

– Feb 22, Varsity Boys BB at Beach 

– Feb 23, Elementary Wrestling Tournament at Bismarck 

– Feb 26, Boys Region 7 Play-in Game 

– Mar 2, Elementary Wrestling Tournament at Minot 

See you at the games.