Weather Forecast

Close

March Mania

Mustangs fall to Century in their first state boys basketball title appearance

Bismarck Century celebrates its defeat of West Fargo Sheyenne for the North Dakota Class A Boys Basketball championship Saturday, March 10, 2018, at North Dakota State's Scheels Center, Fargo. (Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service)1 / 6
Kemal Hajric of West Fargo Sheyenne performs a layup in front of Kade Amundson of Bismarck Century during the North Dakota Class A Boys Basketball championship Saturday, March 10, 2018, at North Dakota State's Scheels Center, Fargo. (Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service)2 / 6
Treyton Mattern of Bismarck Century makes a basket in front of Blake Berg of West Fargo Sheyenne during the North Dakota Class A Boys Basketball championship Saturday, March 10, 2018, at North Dakota State's Scheels Center, Fargo. (Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service)3 / 6
Elijah Charles of West Fargo Sheyenne performs a layup in front of Joshua Sipes of Bismarck Century during the North Dakota Class A Boys Basketball championship Saturday, March 10, 2018, at North Dakota State's Scheels Center, Fargo. (Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service)4 / 6
Blake Berg of West Fargo Sheyenne performs a layup against Bismarck Century during the North Dakota Class A Boys Basketball championship Saturday, March 10, 2018, at North Dakota State's Scheels Center, Fargo. (Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service)5 / 6
Steven Kraljic, left, of Bismarck Century reaches for a rebound with Christian Kuntz of West Fargo Sheyenne during the North Dakota Class A Boys Basketball championship Saturday, March 10, 2018, at North Dakota State's Scheels Center, Fargo. (Michael Vosburg / Forum News Service)6 / 6

FARGO—West Fargo Sheyenne's historic run is at an end.

Kemal Hajric wasn't shy about it. He was in pain. He injured his ankle in the state semifinals, but wasn't going to be held from playing with his fellow Mustangs in the program's first state championship. He limped in the starting lineups, and he limped to get his participation trophy after the game. But with his career over, he'll better remember his teammates and the run to get there.

After getting to their first ever state championship, the Mustangs ran out of magic in the title game. West Region No. 1-seeded Bismarck Century proved too resilient and rebounded after losing in the state championship last year to beat East Region No. 1-seeded Sheyenne 63-56 for the North Dakota Class A boys basketball state championship on Saturday, March 10, at North Dakota State's Scheels Center.

"The love for these guys, they didn't give up on me all year so I'm not going to give up on them," Hajric said. "I'm going to play through everything I can."

Mustangs head coach Tom Kirchoffner played for Century and said he wanted the Patriots in this game. But Century's top trio of Treyton Mattern, Kade Lynch and Josh Sipes was too much. They combined for 52 points and shot a combined 19-for-33 from the field. Mattern led the bunch with a game-high 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting to go with a game-high seven rebounds, five assists and two steals.

"They're just a very good defensive team. We knew that going in," Kirchoffner said. "They don't have many weaknesses. We knew it would be a full game. It got down to the end there. I'm just proud of our guys."

Sheyenne went on an 8-0 run to build up a lead midway through the first half. After Christian Kuntz scored on a backdoor cut with about 6:50 left in the first half, the Patriots held the Mustangs scoreless for about a five minute stretch and closed the first half on a 13-2 run that included seven points by Mattern.

"They played great in front of their home crowd," Mattern said. "We wanted to keep this game in the 50s. Lower scoring and lower tempo is how we like to play."

This was Century's third state championship and first since 2011, at which point Sheyenne didn't even have a basketball program yet.

SHEYENNE (22-5): Kuntz 5 2-2 13, Hajric 4 0-00 8, Ballestad 3 0-0 8, Terhark 3 1-1 7, Berg 3 0-2 7, Dubois 2 0-0 5, Charles 2 0-0 4, Westphal 2 0-0 4. Totals 24 3-5 56.

CENTURY (25-2): Mattern 8 2-4 20, Lynch 6 4-6 19, Sipes 5 1-2 13, Feeney 2 2-2 7, Vance 1 0-0 3, Amundson 0 1-2 1, Hauglie 0 0-0 0, Kraljic 0 0-0 0. Totals 22 10-16 63.

Half: BC 29, WFS 22. 3-point goals: Kuntz, Ballestad 2, Berg, Dubois, Mattern 2, Lynch 3, Sipes 2, Feeney, Vance. Total fouls: WFS 20, BC 9. Fouled out: Charles. Rebounds: WFS 20 (Hajric 5), BC 21 (Mattern 7). Assists: WFS 7 (Ballestad 2, Charles 2), BC 12 (Mattern 5). Turnovers: WFS 11, BC 10.

Mandan 104, West Fargo 79

Trae Steckler led West Region No. 3-seeded Mandan with game highs of 33 points and 15 rebounds to a win over East Region No. 3 seed West Fargo in the state tournament third-place game.

WEST FARGO (22-5): Pistorius 8 2-2 22, Zepeda 7 0-0 17, Sufi 5 1-4 13, Lennon 2 3-6 7, Liebl 3 0-0 7, Lyman 3 0-0 6, Moton 2 0-0 4, Mertz 1 0-0 2, Milbrath 0 1-2 1, Sell 0 0-0 0, Miller 0 0-0 0, Holaday 0 0-0 0, Bruer 0 0-0 0, Corode 0 0-0 0, Heupel 0 0-0 0. Totals 31 7-14 79.

MANDAN (22-5): T. Steckler 12 7-10 33, Klein 7 6-7 20, C. Steckler 7 5-8 19, T. Wiest 5 1-2 15, J. Wiest 2 0-0 6, Laframboise 1 0-0 3, Miller 1 0-0 3, Fenster 1 0-0 3, Seefield 1 0-0 2, Andreson 0 0-0 0, Arenz 0 0-0 0, Gerding 0 0-0 0, Lowman 0 0-0 0, Meschke 0 0-0 0, Wojtalewicz 0 0-0 0. Totals 37 19-27 104.

Half: M 52, WF 38. 3-point goals: Pistorius 4, Zepeda 3, Sufi 2, Liebl, T. Wiest 4, J. Wiest 2, T. Steckler 2, Laframboise, Miller, Fenster. Total fouls: WF 19, M 13. Rebounds: WF 28 (Sufi 6), M 34 (T. Steckler 15). Assists: WF 13 (Zepeda 3), M 18 (T. Wiest 6). Turnovers: WF 10, M 3.

Fargo Shanley 88, Bismarck St. Mary's 64

Cam Saville shot 14-for-20 from the field to score a game-high 31 points to go with nine rebounds to lead East Region No. 2 seed Fargo Shanley to a win over West Region No. 4-seeded Bismarck St. Mary's in the state tournament fifth-place game.

ST. MARY'S (10-18): Gendreau 9 0-0 22, Nordberg 5 1-4 12, Schmidt 4 0-0 11, Kambeitz 2 3-4 8, Wiseman 2 1-2 6, Hu. Bradley 1 0-0 3, Armstrong 1 0-0 2, Dosch 0 0-0 0, Nagel 0 0-0 0, Wilson 0 0-0 0, Ho. Bradley 0 0-0 0, Haakenson 0 0-0 0, Lokken 0 0-0 0, Puetz 0 0-0 0, Salwei 0 0-0 0. Totals 24 5-10 64.

SHANLEY (18-9): Saville 14 3-5 31, Ja. Kava 8 1-2 20, Erie 5 0-0 12, Wanner 3 1-1 7, Hoffer 2 1-1 6, Thimjon 1 0-0 3, Bares 1 0-0 3, Pederson 1 0-0 3, Wosick 1 0-0 3, Mehlisch 0 0-1 0, McKeever 0 0-0 0, Klava 0 0-0 0, Bucholz 0 0-0 0, Jo. Kava 0 0-1 0, Kueneman 0 0-2 0. Totals 36 6-9 88.

Half: FS 38, SM 33. 3-point goals: Gendreau 4, Schmidt 3, Nordberg, Kambeitz, Wiseman, Hu. Bradley, Ja. Kava 3, Erie 2, Hoffer, Thimjon, Bares, Pederson, Wosick. Total fouls: SM 13, FS 12. Rebounds: SM 35 (Nordberg 9), FS 39 (Saville 9). Assists: SM 10 (Nordberg 4), FS 21 (Ja. Kava 6). Turnovers: SM 12, FS 6.

All-tournament team

Abdi Sufi, West Fargo; Jake Kava, Fargo Shanley; Cole Gendreau, Bismarck St. Mary's; Trae Steckler, Mandan; Elijah Klein, Mandan; Christian Kuntz, West Fargo Sheyenne; Kemal Hajric, West Fargo Sheyenne; Zach Westphal, West Fargo Sheyenne; Kade Lynch, Bismarck Century; Kade Amundson, Bismarck Century; Josh Sipes (MVP), Bismarck Century.

Colton Pool

Pool is a reporter for The West Fargo Pioneer covering city sports and community news. He was the sports editor for The Dickinson Press covering Dickinson State athletics, high school athletics and Southwest Speedway. He graduated from North Dakota State with a degree in journalism and a minor in English. You can reach him by phone at 701-451-5715 or tweet him @CPoolReporter. 

(701) 451-5715
randomness