Being "Different" has propelled Davies boys basketball team to nice start


January 24, 2020 11:30 am

By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist

FARGO – Fargo Davies senior Ty Satter was recently asked to describe this year’s Eagles boys basketball team following a game against West Fargo Sheyenne. The 6-foot-2 guard gave his assessment and one adjective he put emphasis on was the 2019-20 Eagles are “Different.”

Different in a good way. Case and point, see Davies’ record thus far: 11-1 overall and 10-1 in the Eastern Dakota Conference.

Different in the sense that the team has a handful of athletes who probably would admit that basketball is not the best sport they play, however, do not let that hold them back in any way on the hardwood.

“This is a special group of kids,” Davies head coach Bart Manson said. “We have a lot of guys with big aspirations on this team and that is what can make a team special. A lot of them play different sports, they compete and they work hard.”

Davies’ unique array of athleticism can be seen just by looking at some of its seniors and what they have planned for their post-high school athletic careers.

Satter: Committed to play Division I football at North Dakota State.

Cole Hage (6-foot-3 guard): Committed to play Division I baseball at Columbia University in New York City.

Justice Noel (6-foot-2 forward): Committed to play Division II football at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Grayson Haman (6-foot-3 guard): Committed to play Division I basketball at North Dakota State.

Cameron Van Dam (6-foot-7 guard): Not committed to a school, but intends to play basketball in college.

Davies is currently ranked No. 2 in the latest North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Class A Boys Basketball poll behind defending state champion Jamestown. Jamestown defeated Davies in the 2019 NDHSAA Class A state championship game.

“We have been playing basketball together for a long time,” Hage said of the Eagles’ senior group that also includes Mason Bitz and Nate Hensel. “At practices we have fun. It is not a drag to show up to practice with this team. We hang out with each other almost every single day and that helps out on the basketball court because we can talk to each other.”

Hage was a big contributor on Fargo Post 2’s baseball team that advanced all the way to the American Legion World Series championship game last summer. Hage has led the Eagles in points scored in three of its 11 games this season and leads the Eastern Dakota Conference in free-throw percentage.

Van Dam leads the Eagles in scoring (14.6 points per game), but five different players have led the Eagles in scoring through 12 games this season. The threat of any one player having an explosive night from the field is real. In a highly anticipated game earlier this season where Davies (then ranked No. 1 in the NDAPSSA poll) played West Fargo Sheyenne (then ranked No. 2) Satter scored a team-high 22 points off the bench for the Eagles providing the spark the team needed on both ends of the court.

“I know my role,” Satter said. “My job is to come in and hit some shots to get the team going if we start out a little slow.”

Satter was a two-way starter for the Eagles’ football squad earning NDHSCA All-State First Team honors as a defensive back.

The day following its big win against West Fargo Sheyenne Davies dropped an EDC game to Grand Forks Central – an early indication that the East Region will be ultra competitive. The Eagles have since recovered picking up wins against West Fargo High, Devils Lake and Fargo South.

“It’s a good start, but we aren’t finished yet,” Hage said. “We can still improve on every aspect of the game by quite a bit. We aren’t even close to our top potential and it is going to be scary when we do get there. We are going to keep working hard to get to that point.”

The remainder of its schedule also carries some added incentive considering the team’s desire to once again be playing in big games come the middle of March.

“We have a chip on our shoulder,” Haman said. “Our goal is definitely to make it back to the state tournament and win a state championship.”

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