NDHSAA Wednesday Water Cooler (January 19)


January 19, 2022 12:00 pm

By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Each Wednesday NDHSAA Media Specialist Tom Mix posts several notable news items, current events and buzz-worthy games upcoming on the NDHSAA prep sports calendar on the NDHSAA NOW website. Keep visiting each Wednesday for all the latest midweek newsworthy items.

  • Fargo South’s Adie Wagner surpasses 2,000 point milestone. Prior to Tuesday night only five North Dakota Class A girls basketball players had eclipsed the 2,000 point career scoring mark in state history. A sixth player – Fargo South senior Adie Wagner – joined the 2,000-point club on Tuesday, January 18 during the Bruins’ 64-44 Eastern Dakota Conference win over Fargo North at Fargo South High School. Wagner scored 26 points in the victory and eclipsed the 2,000-point milestone during the second half of the game. Wagner currently sits at 2,002 career points and joins Angie Welle (Fargo Shanley, 2,013 points), Reile Payne (Fargo Shanley, 2,071 points), Durene Heisler (Devils Lake, 2,120 points), Tylee Irwin (Wahpeton, 2,195 points) and Sarah Jacobson (Fargo Shanley, 2,371 points) in the Class A girls basketball 2,000-point scoring club.

  • Williston honors a former Coyote great prior to Tuesday’s boys hoops game. The Williston boys basketball team had a throwback night of sorts on Tuesday, January 18 during its Western Dakota Association game against Watford City played at the Coyotes’ former home arena – Phil Jackson Fieldhouse. The Coyotes wore throwback jerseys honoring the 1963 Williston squad that won the NDHSAA Class A state title that season and also retired Phil Jackson’s “No. 22” Jersey during a pregame ceremony. Jackson starred on the 1963 squad and later would play collegiately at the University of North Dakota and in the NBA. Jackson cemented his legacy coaching the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles and the Los Angeles Lakers to five NBA titles. Williston also celebrated other basketball alumni in attendance on Tuesday that witnessed the Coyotes defeat Watford City 87-53.

  • Three Region 1 Boys Basketball squads have frequented Media Poll this winter. Before the 2021-22 boys basketball season even started many thought Region 1 would be loaded. Kindred won the 2021 NDHSAA Class B state championship and returned a solid nucleus of players from that squad this winter. Enderlin, led by all-state forward Joe Hurlburt and his twin brother Gus Hurlburt, figured to be a mainstay in the media polls again this winter as well. Another Region 1 squad – Central Cass has also emerged as a regular in the polls as well and in fact of the three mentioned teams the Squirrels are the only one with an undefeated record. In the latest NDAPSSA Class B boys basketball media poll Kindred (released Monday, January 17) sits at No. 2, Enderin is No. 4 and Central Cass in No. 6. The Squirrels host Enderlin on January 24 for a 7 p.m. tipoff. That will be fans’ first look at how these three squads stack up against one another. It’s still a ways out, but fans should definitely circle the Region 1 boys basketball tournament on their viewing watchlists in March.       

  • Fargo Davies girls hockey remains undefeated in North Dakota play. The defending NDHSAA girls hockey state champions from Fargo Davies are making a convincing case that they are poised to put themselves in a good position for a chance to repeat. The Eagles are 11-0-0 against North Dakota high school competition and their lone loss is to Moorhead High School. Junior goaltender Noelle Lewis sports a 1.42 goals against average and offensively Davies has produced at a high level with nine skaters in double figures in points. Senior forward Morgan Sauvageau leads the team in points scored with 28 (13 goals, 15 assists). Senior forward Kylie Autrey leads the Eagles in goals scored with 15. Davies hosts Thief River Falls on Thursday, January 20 and on Saturday, January 22 the Eagles host cross-town foes Fargo North/South/Shanley for a 12:15 p.m. puck drop which is a rematch of the 2021 NDHSAA girls hockey state title game.  

  • Quick hitters. Bismarck senior boys basketball standout Treysen Eaglestaff continues to rack up points in bunches for the Demons with recent outputs of 28 points (vs. Dickinson on Friday, January 14), 36 points (vs. Turtle Mountain on Saturday, January 15) and 26 points (vs. Bismarck Legacy on Tuesday, January 18). Eaglestaff has scored 311 points through 10 games this season for a 31.1 points per game average. … Season tickets for the general public for the 2022 State B Boys Basketball Tournament will go on sale Wednesday, January 26. Visit www.ndhsaanow.com for more ticket information … Reminder: NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student Applications are due April 1. 

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