NDHSAA Prep Notebook: Devils Lake, Century GBB remain undefeated

January 16, 2019 3:15 pm

By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – The top two teams in North Dakota Class A girls basketball are undefeated. The No. 1-ranked and defending Class A state champions Bismarck Century Patriots are 12-0 and 11-0 in Western Dakota Association play. No. 2-ranked Devils Lake is 10-0 and having a solid season thus far.

The Firebirds have made back-to-back state tournament appearances the previous two seasons. Devils Lake has four players averaging double figures – senior Mattea Vetsch (12.8 ppg), junior Jes Mertens (12.6 ppg), sophomore Ramsey Brown (11.9 ppg), and senior Taylor Windjue (11.8 ppg) – this year making them a tough team to matchup with every night.

Devils Lake has dominated the Eastern Dakota Conference at the midway point of the season winning by an average margin of 35 points. The team’s latest win was a 88-55 home contest against Fargo Davies High School on Monday, January 14.

The Firebirds host Grand Forks Central at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 18.

Out West, Century has been equally impressive. The Patriots travel to Bismarck High for a 1 p.m. WDA tipoff on Saturday, January 19.

WDAY: Devils Lake girls basketball rising in rankings

2019 Hockey Day North Dakota set for this weekend in Jamestown

The “Hockey Day Minnesota” Event has been such a big hit for the neighboring state, that North Dakota thought it would give outdoor hockey a try.

The inaugural Hockey Day North Dakota begins Friday, January 18 on the campus of the University of Jamestown. Several games at the youth, high school and collegiate levels are on tap this weekend.

The High School games included in the schedule include a 6 p.m. Friday, January 18 contest between the Bismarck Blizzard and Jamestown High School.

On Saturday, January 19 Bismarck Century plays Minot at noon and Williston squares off with Jamestown High School at 2:15 p.m.

For more information on the event checkout the Hockey Day North Dakota Website listed below:


Grafton tops No. 1 Thompson in Girls Hoops

The Class B, Region 2 girls basketball meeting between No. 1-ranked Thompson and No. 3 Grafton on Tuesday, January 15 was highly anticipated and it did not disappoint.

The Spoilers came away with a 51-42 win over the Tommies in Thompson. Grafton is now 11-1 while Thompson falls to 12-1 this winter. Carlee Sieben led the way for the Spoilers with 13 points.

For more on the matchup check out the Grand Forks Herald game story below:

GRAND FORKS HERALD: Third ranked Grafton upsets top ranked Thompson

NDHSAA Media Spotlight

This week’s NDHSAA Media Spotlight is a Dickinson Press recap of the Dickinson Trinity’s 72-52 Region 7 boys basketball victory over Richardton-Taylor on Tuesday, January 15.

The Titans were led by Aric Knopik, who poured in 27 points. Trinity held a slim 29-28 lead over the Raiders at halftime, but benefited from a big third quarter outscoring Richardton-Taylor 22-11.

For the full story read Shelby Reardon’s writeup.

DICKINSON PRESS: Knopik scores 27 as Titans win fourth straight

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