NDHSAA Prep Notebook: Shanley climbs Division AA football poll

September 19, 2018 3:15 pm

By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – There was a new team atop the North Dakota Division AA football poll this week. Fargo Shanley received “top spot” distinction this week in the poll voted on by members of the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

The Deacons’ last victory was a 40-22 road win against a ranked Central Cass squad on September 14.

Shanley (4-0) received 10 first-place votes while previous No. 1 Bismack St. Mary’s (4-0) received eight first-place votes. Needless to say it’s pretty tight at the top of the poll and since Division AA has a statewide schedule the Deacons and Saints will meet in the regular season. That meeting is set for September 28 at Sid Cichy Stadium.

St. Mary’s and Shanley met in the Division AA state championship game last November at Dakota Bowl XXV with the Saints winning their fourth Division AA state title in five years.

This week Shanley plays Turtle Mountain on the road Friday, September 21 and St. Mary’s hosts Jamestown on Saturday, September 22.

Media Spotlight

This week’s NDHSAA Media Spotlight is a story by Bismarck Tribune sports report Steve Thomas on Don Hanson who passed away earlier this week.

Hanson, of Mandan, was well known for his annual prep basketball preview periodicals “The Hoopster” for both boys and girls.

He also was a former teacher, coach, football official and professional baseball scout. Hanson was the head boys basketball coach at Mandan High School from 1974-1987 winning a NDHSAA Class A state championship in 1981.

For the complete story on Hanson click the link listed below. An obituary is also linked.

BISMARCK TRIBUNE: Don Hanson: The original Mr. Basketball dies at 76

OBITUARY: Don Hanson

Class A Girls Golf State Tournament is right around the corner

The first NDHSAA postseason state tournament is less than two weeks away.

The 2018 NDHSAA Class A Girls Golf State Tournament is set for October 1-2 at the Jamestown Country Club.

West Fargo Sheyenne’s Maggie Manson won the final regular season tournament on Monday at the Fargo Country Club shooting a 75. Sheyenne also won the team competition with 345 strokes – 13 ahead of Grand Forks Red River.

Out West, the final regular season meet of the season was held at Mandan’s Prairie West Golf Course.

Bismarck Century’s Leah Herbel and Abby Schmidt of Bismarck St. Mary’s each shot a 75 with Herbel winning a playoff for medalist honors. Bismarck Century won the team competition with 330 strokes – 10 strokes ahead of St. Mary’s.


Mandan and Bismarck Century meet Thursday in big WDA volleyball match

Both Mandan and defending NDHSAA Class A volleyball state champion Bismarck Century are undefeated in Western Dakota Association play. Those two squads meet on the court for the first time this season on Thursday, September 20 at Century High School.

The Braves are 13-1 overall and its lone loss was a 2-1 setback to West Fargo at the Bismarck Invite in late August.

Century has been equally impressive recently sweeping its last six conference matches.

Mandan features the senior duo of setter Kennedy Harris (NDHSCA 2nd team All-State selection in 2017) and middle hitter Megan Zander.

Century is led by junior middle hitter Lauren Ware who was a NDHSCA 1st team All-State selection a year ago.


Grand Forks Central is in first place in the Eastern Dakota Conference boys tennis standings with a 8-0 overall record and 6-0 conference mark. … Minot and Bismarck Legacy meet on the boys tennis court 4:15 p.m. Thursday, September 20 in Bismarck. Both the Magicians and the Sabers are undefeated in conference play.

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