NDHSAA Wednesday Water Cooler
September 23, 2020 1:00 pm
By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist
VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Each Wednesday NDHSAA Media Specialist Tom Mix posts a handful of notable news items, current events and buzz-worthy games upcoming on the NDHSAA prep sports calendar on the NDHSAA NOW website. Keep visiting each Wednesday and find out what you should be talking about.
Kindred junior Abby Duchscherer commits to play softball at University of Alabama. Abby Duchscherer has been on the North Dakota prep sports scene since she was a seventh grader helping the Kindred Vikings win the 2017 NDHSAA Class B girls basketball state championship. The Vikings also won the 2019 NDHSAA Class B girls basketball state championship in 2019 – her freshman season. Duchscherer announced her commitment to play softball at the University of Alabama on Wednesday afternoon (September 23). Duchscherer plays softball with a club team based in South Dakota and has received national recruiting attention in the sport for several years. Alabama plays in the Southeastern Conference (SEC). Duchscherer also plays volleyball for the Kindred Vikings.
Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich football winning streak now sits at 30 games. The Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich football team is on a legendary run right now. The team has won 30 straight games after a 48-16 win over Harvey Wells County on September 18. Few teams in prep football history in North Dakota can claim a winning streak of that length. Since football championships began being sponsored by the North Dakota High School Activities Association in 1975, Cavalier (47 games from 2002-2005), Watford City (32 games from 1975-1977 & 30 games from 1978-1980) and Fargo Shanley (31 games from 1975-1978) are programs with winning streaks of 30 games or more. Prior to 1975, Shanley had a 50-plus game winning streak under legendary coach Sid Cichy and Cando High School had a 30 game winning streak in the late 1960s under Bob Feeney, who would later coach at Dickinson Trinity and Bismarck High. It will be interesting to see what Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich does the rest of the season as it tries for a third consecutive NDHSAA Division A football state title.
Lisbon hosts Oakes in a meeting of Division A football unbeatens. Division A has been heavy at the top this fall. All five teams ranked in the September 16th Division A NDAPSSA Media Poll remain undefeated. Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich is 5-0, Velva is 4-0, Lisbon is 4-0, Oakes is 3-0 and Killdeer is 5-0. The No. 3-ranked Broncos host No. 4-ranked Oakes in a Division A, Region 1 matchup at 7 p.m. on Friday, September 25. Oakes is coming off a 49-14 win over Sargent County. Oakes senior quarterback Garret Meehl threw for two touchdowns and rushed for two scores to lead the Tornadoes. He was a perfect 11-for-11 passing for 142 yards against the Bulldogs. Lisbon’s offense is led by senior running back Jordan Sours who rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns in Lisbon’s 54-0 win over Ellendale/Edgeley/Kulm on Friday, September 18.
Western Dakota Association boys soccer standings are still tight at the top. The top four teams haven’t separated much this month in the Western Dakota Association boys soccer standings. Just three points separates the top four teams in the league standings. Bismarck High (10-1-1) sits in first place with 31 points. Bismarck Century (9-1-2) and Bismarck Legacy (9-2-2) each have 29 points and are tied for second place. Minot (9-3-1) has 28 points. The Magicians host the Demons at 7 p.m. on Thursday, September 24.
Pair of West Fargo Sheyenne girls freestyle swimmers turn in top state qualifying times over the weekend. There are two new top state-qualifying times in the girls 100-Yard Freestyle and 200-Yard Freestyle events. West Fargo Sheyenne sophomore Tierney Howell turned in a time of 53.50 seconds in the 100-Yard Freestyle during a dual with Fargo North on September 18. West Fargo Sheyenne junior Greta Bellas swam a time of 1:57.90 in the 200-Yard Freestyle at an event held September 19.