NDHSAA Wednesday Water Cooler (January 25)

January 25, 2023 6:00 pm

By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Each Wednesday NDHSAA Media Specialist Tom Mix posts several 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 for all the latest midweek newsworthy items.

  • 2016 Drake HS graduate Cordell Volson set to play in the AFC Championship Game. Balfour, N.D. native Cordell Volson’s rookie season has been going swimmingly. The offensive guard has been started in all 19 games for the Cincinnati Bengals this season (regular and postseason games combined). Volson is set to start for the Bengals in their AFC Championship Game matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday, January 29. A year ago, Cincinnati pulled off the upset of the Chiefs in the title game and Volson will be looking to do his part to give the Bengals a return trip to the Super Bowl. Volson also will be joining an impressive list of former North Dakota High School football players who have played and or coached in an NFL League/Conference Championship Game during their Careers. For a complete list of Notable North Dakota HS graduates who have played/coached in an NFL League/Conference title game visit: https://ndhsaanow.com/news/1914/notable-north-dakota-hs-football-players-who-have-playedcoached-in-a-nfl-leagueconference-title-game       

  • Rugby girls basketball squad remains the lone unbeaten in state. In girls basketball, there is one team that still holds an unblemished win-loss record in the state and that is Rugby High School – ranked No. 1 in the latest NDAPSSA Class B Basketball Media Poll. The Panthers are 14-0 and end a three-game road swing with a 7:15 p.m. tipoff at Velva High School on Thursday, January 26. After the District 11 matchup with the Aggies on Thursday the Panthers host No. 8-ranked Shiloh Christian on Saturday, January 28, which will be a game to follow as both squads figure to be contending for championships in their respective regions later next month. 

  • West Region Boys Hockey Standings getting tight at the top. Seven points separate the top four places in the latest NDHSAA West Region Boys hockey standings. Bismarck Legacy currently occupies the top spot in the standings with 31 points followed by Minot High with 27. Bismarck Century sits in third place with 25 points and Mandan rounds out the top four with 24 points. Minot plays at Mandan on Thursday, January 26. Next Tuesday (January 31) Bismarck Legacy and Bismarck Century meet on the ice. The regular season schedule is starting to wind down so every game will be big for points in the standings as the Region Tournament approaches.

  • Boys Swimming & Diving season races on. The 2022-23 NDHSAA Boys swimming and diving season is at its midpoint. Plenty of regular season meets are still on the schedule, but many swimmers and divers have qualified for the state meet. For a complete list of 2023 NDHSAA Boys Swimming and Diving State Meet Qualifiers/Performances visit: https://d2q0tptsfejku7.cloudfront.net/uploads/files/2022_23_Sports_And_Activities/Sports/Swim/2223_Boys_Swim_Qualifiers_012523.pdf  

  • JOTTINGS. February 1, 2023, marks the 37th annual National Girls & Women in Sports Day (NGWSD). This celebration inspires girls and women to play and be active, to realize their full power. For more information, Please visit: https://www.womenssportsfoundation.org/get-involved/ngwsd/about-ngwsd/ … The Deadline for NDHSAA/Farmers Union Insurance Distinguished Student Applications is April 1. For more information and to view an application for the NDHSAA/FUI Distinguished Student Application please visit https://ndhsaanow.com/news/752/distinguished-student-applications

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