West Fargo High wins NDHSAA Class A boys basketball state championship
March 14, 2021 6:30 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
BISMARCK – Sunday’s North Dakota High School Activities Association Class A Boys basketball state championship game was a thriller.
West Fargo High and Minot High met on the hardwood and gave the championship session crowd of 2,469 fans a performance that won’t soon be forgotten. West Fargo High ultimately emerged victorious grabbing a 65-60 win over the Magicians on Sunday, March 14 at the Bismarck Event Center.
The second half provided plenty of theatrics on both baskets, but the first 17 minutes of the game favored the Packers. West Fargo High shot 55 percent (18 of 33) from the field and led 40-25 at halftime.
The Magicians rallied in the second half. Minot chipped away at the Packers’ lead and ultimately would tie and later take a lead.
Minot High senior Michael Ross hit a 3-pointer with five minutes, 56 seconds to play to tie the game 54-54. Less than a minute later RaShawn Wilcox gave the Magicians their first and only lead of the game getting a layup to fall with 5:03 remaining.
Minot’s lead lasted less than a minute thanks to a two free throws made by West Fargo High’s Caden Zepeda. An ensuing Magicians turnover led to a Carson Hegerle layup to restore the Packers’ lead and this time it stuck as West Fargo High held on for the victory.
West Fargo High senior Carter Birrenkott paced the Packers with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Junior Brett Limke added 13 points for West Fargo High (22-4).
Minot was paced by senior guard Deonte’ Martinez who finished with 19 points and eight rebounds.
The state title is West Fargo High’s first since 1992. The Packers have now won four NDHSAA Class A state championships with their previous three state crowns coming in 1983, 1991 and 1992. Sunday’s meeting between Minot High and West Fargo was a rematch of the 2016 NDHSAA Class A state title game that the Magicians won in overtime.