NDHSAA Wednesday Water Cooler (January 6)

January 6, 2021 1:00 pm

By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Each Wednesday NDHSAA Media Specialist Tom Mix posts a handful of 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 and find out what you should be talking about.

  • Minot boys hockey off to a strong start. The Magicians have skated to a 6-0-0 record thus far and its latest vitally in the win column was a 5-4 victory over Bismarck Century on Tuesday, January 5 at MAYSA Arena in Minot. The second period against the Patriots was where Minot made its move on Tuesday. After the Magicians and Patriots traded goals in the first period and one apiece the open the second period, Minot separated from Century getting three goals from Derwin Hauser, Aiden Morelli and Riley Opperude to close out the second period. Century got two goals in the third but was unable to get the equalizer to force overtime. Minot has a deep team this winter with fourteen players having scored at least one point thus far. 11 players have scored goals for the Magicians led by the senior combo of Opperude and Casey Fjeld who each have four goals. 

  • Big Class B girls basketball game on the horizon. As far as regular season girls basketball games go, one of the bigger contests of the 2020-21 season is set for Monday, January 11. The two top-ranked teams in the state – Central Cass (No. 1) and Kindred (No. 2) – will meet for a 7:30 p.m. tipoff at Kindred High School. The Squirrels, who defeated Kindred in the 2020 Region 1 final, are 7-0 this winter and are led by sophomore Decontee Smith. Kindred is 4-1 with its loss coming to defending Class B girls basketball champions Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich. The Vikings are led by junior guard Abby Duchscherer. Kindred plays Richland on January 7 and Carrington on January 8 before its meeting with the Squirrels.  

  • Fargo South swimmer turning in solid times. Senior Eric Anderson is pacing the Bruins and much of the state for that matter early on in the boys swimming and diving season. The reigning 50-yard and 100-yard Freestyle individual state champion currently holds the state’s fastest performance times recorded this season in five individual events – 50 Freestyle (21.45 seconds), 100 Freestyle (47.32 seconds), 100 Breaststroke (1:01.17), 100 Butterfly (54.90 seconds), 200 Individual Medley (2:02.27) – and also is member of South’s 200 Medley Relay team that holds the state’s fastest state qualifying performance (1:42.63).   

  • Devils Lake girls basketball picks up a quality win on Tuesday. The Firebirds are off to a 5-0 start this winter and their latest win came against a fellow ranked opponent on Tuesday, January 5. Devils Lake overcame a 14-point deficit in the second half to defeat Fargo Davies 78-70 at Davies High School. Senior forward Ramsey Brown led the Firebirds with 22 points and was 3-for-3 from 3-point range. Davies led 41-32 at halftime. Senior forward Jailyn Martinson added 21 points for Devils Lake. 

  • May-Port boys hockey program picks up a win over an EDC team. The May-Port Ice Dawgs are in the fourth year of playing an independent high school schedule and on January 2 the team won its first game against a team in the Eastern Dakota Conference – a 6-3 win over Grafton Park River. Prior to Saturday’s win against the Spoilers, May-Port’s only other wins against North Dakota high school opponents were to Bottineau/Rugby, Williston and Beulah-Hazen. May-Port has played in the Eastern Dakota Conference Tournament’s play-in round the previous two seasons, but has failed to break through to the quarterfinals.

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