BISMARCK — Coming off a 2016-17 season in which it won just two games, talks of the Jamestown boys basketball team winning a state tournament in just two years may have drawn snickers from some. With a perfect season, capped by a dominant performance in the state championship game, in the books, it's hard to imagine anyone laughing at the Blue Jays now.
BISMARCK — With five minutes remaining in the first half, Grand Forks Red River had to feel good about its chances to upset Fargo Davies Friday, March 8. Five minutes into the second, Red River was more than ready to wave the white flag. Braeton Motschenbacher led a balanced offensive effort with 21 points and Davies blitzed Red River with a 36-5 run that stretched between the first and second halves to claim a 73-54 semifinal win at the North Dakota Class A boys state tournament at the Bismarck Event Center. The win clinched a spot in Saturday's championship game.
BISMARCK — West Fargo viewed itself as a serious contender entering the North Dakota Class A boys state basketball tournament. The defending champions had other ideas. Treyton Mattern scored 20 of his 35 points in the first half, and Bismarck Century led by as many as 28 points in a 78-61 win over the Packers in the opening round at the Bismarck Event Center Thursday.
BISMARCK -- The only unbeaten Class A boys basketball team, Jamestown more than lived up to its top ranking in Thursday's opening round of the North Dakota Class A state tournament. The BlueJays flexed their muscle with 27-0 run in the first half of a 74-49 win over East No. 4 seed Wahpeton at the Bismarck Event Center. The Huskies, in the state tournament for the first time since 2015, looked to make a game of it early, and found themselves in a 15-15 tie following a Corbin Cornelius 3-pointer. That would be the Huskies' last highlight for some time.
BISMARCK — Grand Forks Red River had to grind out an overtime win over West Fargo Sheyenne just to get a spot in the North Dakota Class A boys state basketball tournament. Cole Benson made sure to get the Roughriders out of Thursday's state opener a little quicker. Benson got inside position and tipped in a Brett Klefstad miss with under five seconds to play, and the East Region third-seeded Roughriders escaped with a 56-54 upset of West Region No. 2 seed Mandan in the opening round at the Bismarck Event Center.
BISMARCK — The Fargo Davies boys basketball redemption tour didn't end Thursday, March 7. Braeton Motschenbacher led a balanced scoring effort with 20 points and the East Region's top-seeded Eagles were in control from the start in a 91-61 win over Bismarck Legacy in the opening round of the North Dakota Class A state tournament at the Bismarck Event Center. The Eagles wasted little time establishing dominance on a Saber squad playing in its first-ever state tournament game.
FARGO — Less than 24 hours before wrestling for a 160-pound championship at the North Dakota Class A state wrestling tournament, Fargo Davies' Kolbe Booker and his girlfriend were rear-ended while at a stop. It was the second time in two weeks the Davies junior was in an accident that left the vehicle he was traveling in was totaled. Having gone through all that, facing a 3-2 deficit with under five seconds to go Saturday hardly seemed like an obstacle.
JAMESTOWN, N.D. — After needing a tie-breaker to win the North Dakota Class A state girls cross country championship a season ago, Fargo Davies elected to give itself some breathing room this year. Megan Lundstrom led a group of four top-20 finishers with a fourth-place finish, and the Eagles captured their third state crown in a row with a score of 66 points Saturday. Davies came in well ahead of runner-up Grand Forks Central, which had a score of 118.