NDHSAA Wednesday Water Cooler

September 16, 2020 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.

  • Bismarck Century and Jamestown go five sets in a meeting between the top two WDA volleyball teams on Tuesday. When Bismarck Century and Jamestown have met on the volleyball court over the last several years it can be assumed the match will be highly competitive and Tuesday’s meeting between the two teams was just that. No surprise to many the match went five sets with the Patriots winning 3-2 (20-25, 25-15, 18-25, 25-19, 15-11). Both teams entered the match undefeated. Century sophomore outside hitter Logan Nissley led the way for the Patriots with 18 kills. Seniors Hattie Fitterer and Julia Fitterer combined for 26 kills. Jamestown senior Ella Roaldson posted 16 kills to pace the Blue Jays. Since the 2017 season, four of the nine matches played between the two teams have gone five sets. Century has won all four of those five setters including a 3-2 win in the 2017 NDHSAA Class A state championship match. In recent memory, however, Jamestown defeated Bismarck Century 3-2 in the 2013 NDHSAA Class A state championship match for the program’s first volleyball state title. 

  • Bismarck High wrestlers commit to Michigan. Bismarck High senior twin brothers Christian and Wilfried Tanefeu have verbally committed to the University of Michigan for wrestling according to the Bismarck Demons Wrestling Facebook Page. The Tanefeu brothers have been two of the top prep wrestlers in the state the previous two seasons. Wilfried Tanefeu has won two NDHSAA Class A individual wrestling state titles (113-pounds in 2019 and 120-pounds in 2020). Christian Tanefeu also has won two NDHSAA Class A individual wrestling state titles (106-pounds in 2019 and 113-pounds in 2020). Christian has only been wrestling since March of 2018 and played freshman basketball at Bismarck High before being persuaded by his brother to give wrestling a try. The pair have helped the Demons win Class A team individual state titles in 2019 and 2020 and a Class A team dual state championship in 2020.

  • West Fargo Sheyenne hosts Shanley in a battle of football unbeatens on Friday. A big chapter in the “How the East was won” could be written on Friday, September 18 when Fargo Shanley and West Fargo Sheyenne meet in a Eastern Dakota Conference football game. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Fargo Davies High School. The Mustangs and Deacons sport identical 3-0 conference and overall records. West Fargo Sheyenne is ranked No. 2 in the latest Division AAA NDAPSSA Media Poll while the Deacons check in at No. 4. Both squads have been stingy on defense the last two weeks, but each team’s defensive unit will be tested as the Mustangs and Deacons can both pile up the points. West Fargo Sheyenne is led by senior running back Barika Kpeenu who is coming off an impressive 221 yard, four touchdown effort against crosstown rival West Fargo last Friday. The Deacons are led by senior quarterback Cooper Mattern who is pass and run threat. The game is being streamed on www.inforum.com for Forum Communications Company subscribers. 

  • Grand Forks Central edges Grand Forks Red River in a big EDC boys tennis match on Tuesday. The two top teams in the Eastern Dakota Conference boys tennis standings met on the tennis court Tuesday, September 15. Grand Forks Central came away with the 5-4 victory over Grand Forks Red River. The match began at 3:30 p.m. and the deciding match - No. 5 singles - ended up having to be moved indoors because of darkness. The marathon dual ended with Central’s Cole Wilber winning 6-3, 6-4 over Red River’s Sam Murphy. Central is now 6-0 overall and in the Eastern Dakota Conference. For a full recap of the Central-Red River dual check out Grand Forks Herald Story.  

  • NDHSAA Football Guidelines for the 2021 season taking shape. The NDHSAA Football Classification Guidelines for the 2021 season are garnering more attention as the September NDHSAA Board of Directors meeting approaches. Deadlines for opt up/opt down requests are September 18. The NDHSAA Board of Directors will address co-op applications, opt up/opt down requests, success factor point totals at the September Board Meeting. Preliminary division assignments and region placements will also be created at the September Board Meeting. Final approval comes in December.  

  • Enderlin’s Joe Hurlburt gets another Division I hoops offer. The list of NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs making offers to Enderlin junior Joe Hurlburt continues to grow. On Tuesday, September 15 Hurlburt announced that he had received an offer from Oregon State, a PAC-12 Conference school. Oregon State now joins Ohio State, Iowa State, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, North Dakota State and the University of North Dakota as schools that have made offers to the 6-foot-10 standout.    

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