NDHSAA Prep Notebook: Girls Hockey standings crowded at top


December 12, 2018 3:15 pm

By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Six points separates the top five teams in the state girls hockey standings through roughly a quarter of the regular season. Fargo North/South tops the bunch with 19 points and is 5-0-1 overall.

North/South picked up a 4-1 win over West Fargo United on Tuesday, December 11. It was a nice rebound effort after North/South tied Bismarck 4-4 and losing a shootout to the Blizzard.

Grand Forks sits at 18 points (5-2-0 overall). Bismarck is 4-0-2 with 16 points.

West Fargo is 4-4-0 with 15 points and Fargo Davies is 6-1-1 and has 13 points.

Bishop Ryan opens the year No. 1 in Class B Boys Poll

The 2018 NDHSAA Class B boys basketball runner up Bishop Ryan Lions have opened the 2018-19 season No. 1 in the first ND Class B boys basketball poll of the season as voted on by members of the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

The Lions are off to a 2-0 start to the 2018-19 campaign with non-region wins against Hazen and Beulah. The win against the Miners was by a 42-39 margin on Tuesday, December 11. Beulah was a 2018 state tournament participant.

Bishop Ryan will be one of the top teams competing for the Region 6 championship this season and return trip to the state tournament. The Lions are led by senior combo of Ben Bohl and Mason Hedberg. Bohl averaged 19.6 points per game and 7.4 rebounds per game as a junior earning him NDAPSSA All-State Second Team honors. Hedberg averaged 16.7 points per game and made 76 3-pointers – the most in Class B a year ago.

The Lions have two more games left until the Holiday Break – a December 15 contest at Shiloh Christian (a 2018 state tournament participant) and December 21 contest against Dunseith.

Hillsboro/Central Valley’s Elliot Rotvold earns coaching victory No. 400

Hillsboro/Central Valley opened the 2018-19 boys basketball season on the road in Kindred. The Burros – 2017 & 2018 NDHSAA Class B state champions – defeated the Vikings 59-44 and in doing so allowed the team’s head coach Elliot Rotvold to earn coaching win No. 400

Rotvold – a 1986 graduate of Hillsboro High School – played under legendary Hillsboro basketball coach Ed Beyer making it to state in 1984 and 1986. Rotvold is in his 7th season of coaching the Hillsboro/Central Valley co-op and 22nd overall season at Hillsboro High School. Prior to taking the Hillsboro coaching reigns, Rotvold was the head coach a Wakonda, South Dakota for four seasons which included a state championship in 1996.

NDHSAA Media Spotlight

This week’s NDHSAA Media Spotlight is a game recap by Jamestown Sun reporter Mitchell Johnson on Jamestown’s 83-51 win over Bismarck Legacy on Tuesday, December 11.

Jamestown is ranked No. 2 in the NDAPSSA Class A boys basketball poll and is off to a 3-0 start. Against the Sabers Jamestown shot 56.1 percent from the field.

For a full recap of the game visit the link below:

JAMESTOWN SUN: Blue Jays win second home game

Boys Swimming & Diving season is underway

The first state qualifiers for the upcoming 2019 NDHSAA Boys Swimming and Diving State Meet have started to roll in.

Wahpeton sophomore Eric Anderson has turned the fastest times in the 100-yard freestyle (48.98 seconds), 200-yard freestyle (1:49.55) and 500-yard freestyle (5:09.52). Anderson won a state championship in the 100 freestyle a year ago. Close behind Anderson in the freestyle events is Bismarck Century junior Chris Birnbaum – 2018 NDHSAA state champion in the 200 and 500 freestyle events.

Be sure to mark your calendars for March 1-2 – the dates for the 2019 NDHSAA Boys Swimming and Diving State Meet held at the Bismarck State College Aquatic and Wellness Center.

COMPLETE LIST OF STATE MEET QUALIFIERS (AS OF 12/12/18)

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