NDHSAA Prep Notebook: State Hockey begins Thursday in Fargo


February 22, 2017 3:00 pm

By Tom Mix
NDHSAA Media Specialist

VALLEY CITY, N.D. – Two state champions will be crowned this weekend in Fargo as Scheels Arena hosts the 2017 North Dakota High School Activities Association’s State Hockey Tournament.

Action begins Thursday, February 23 with the boys quarterfinals at Scheels Arena (main rink) and the girls quarterfinals at the Farmers Union Insurance Center rink located in the Scheels Arena complex.

Undefeated Grand Forks Central enters state with a 24-0-0 record. The Knights defeated defending state champion Grand Forks Red River 4-3 in overtime during the East Region championship game on Saturday, February 18.

Central features the state’s top scorer – senior forward Grant Johnson. Johnson has scored 24 goals and added 52 assists for 76 points this season.

Bismarck took home the West Region Championship last weekend. The Demons won the 2014 NDHSAA Boys Hockey State Championship.

In the girls tournament, two-time defending state champion Bismarck took the No. 1 seed for state. The Blizzard feature the state’s top scorer – junior forward Britta Curl. Curl leads the state in goals with 36 and total points (59).

Fargo North/South earned the No. 2 seed and defeated Bismarck earlier this year at the Fargo Coliseum.

2017 NDHSAA Boys Hockey State Tournament Bracket

2017 NDHSAA Girls Hockey State Tournament Bracket

Media Spotlight

This week’s Media Spotlight comes from The Forum’s Eric Peterson, who covered the semifinals of NDHSAA Class B, Region 1 Girls Basketball Tournament on Tuesday, February 21 at the Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex (SHAC).

Peterson wrote a story on Kindred’s 56-30 victory over Richland securing the Vikings their third straight trip the Region 1 championship game. Kindred (21-0) plays Tri-State on Thursday night in the Region 1 championship game marking the third straight year the two programs have met in the Region 1 title game. Tri-State, previously known as Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah, will be playing in their fourth straight Region 1 final.

FORUM STORY: Top seeded Kindred rolls into third consecutive region title game

Fargo Davies senior Matt Veit eclipses 1,000 points

Fargo Davies senior guard Matt Veit surpassed the 1,000 career points milestone on Tuesday, February 21 during the Eagles’ 83-69 Eastern Dakota Conference victory over West Fargo Sheyenne at Davies High School.

Veit was an All-EDC selection as a junior and has helped Davies to a 20-0 record this season.

Davies wraps up its regular season with a road game against West Fargo on Thursday, February 23.

The Eagles have secured the No. 1 seed in next week’s NDHSAA Class A, East Region Boys Basketball Tournament which begins with play-in games Saturday, February 25. Quarterfinals are set for Tuesday, February 28.

Minot Boys, Century Girls Take Top Seeds in West Region Basketball

The NDHSAA Class A West Region Boys and Girls Basketball Tournament begin this weekend with play-in games. Quarterfinals are set for Thursday, March 2 at the Bismarck Event Center.

Minot (20-1) earned the top seed in the boys tournament. Bismarck Century (18-3) took the top seed in the girls tournament.

2017 NDHSAA Class A, West Region Boys Basketball Tournament Bracket

2017 NDHSAA Class A, West Region Girls Basketball Tournament Bracket

Jottings

In case you missed it, Dickinson senior guard Aanen Moody broke the unofficial North Dakota Class A boys basketball scoring record on Tuesday, February 21. Moody scored 29 points in a 79-28 win over Williston eclipsing the previous record of 2,002 points held by former Fargo Shanley standout A.J. Jacobson. Moody now has 2,025 points heading into the West Region boys basketball tournament next week. … Mandan senior girls basketball standout Mackensi Higlin eclipsed the 1,000 career point milestone in the Braves’ 74-56 win over the Jamestown on Tuesday, February 21. … Kenmare senior boys basketball standout Hunter Rodin eclipsed the 1,000 career point milestone in Kenmare’s 60-40 win over Surrey on February 16.

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