Mix Picks Week of December 16-21

1. BOYS BASKETBALL: Sargent Central at Fargo Oak Grove, 7:30 p.m. tonight at Gorder Gymnasium

The Grovers have started the season 3-0 and are averaging 65.0 points per game. … High-tempo offense is what Oak Grove does best and is led by a pair of junior guards Carter Kretchman and Christian Adams. … The Grovers matchup against the Cadets who are 1-3 overall.

Fargo Oak Grove’s Carter Kretchman. Forum file photo

2. BOYS BASKETBALL: No. 4 Wahpeton at Fargo South, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Bruins Den

Fargo South is coming off a 66-57 loss to No. 5-ranked Grand Forks Red River in its season opener and will need to have a short memory because No. 4 Wahpeton will be in the Bruins Den on Tuesday night. … The Huskies are 1-1 and opened Eastern Dakota Conference play with a 73-69 loss to No.2-ranked Fargo Davies. … Three players scored in double figures for Wahpeton (Blaze Irwin 20, Jack Christensen 15, and Thomas Nelson 11) … South has plenty of experience returning and have the big three of Drew Fahrman, Zach Kellen and Colton Lloyd.

Fargo South senior point guard Colton Lloyd scored 30 points in the Bruins season opening loss to Grand Forks Red River. Forum file photo

3. BOYS BASKETBAL: No. 1 Milnor at Central Cass, 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in Casselton, N.D.

Tuesday night could end up being a battle of undefeated Class B boys basketball teams … Central Cass sits at 3-0 entering its matchup with Thompson tonight, but on Tuesday the No. 1 team in the state comes to Casselton. … The Bison are 5-0 and are fresh off a big win against No. 6-ranked Lamoure-L-M in the Barnes County Tournament. … Senior Briton Bussman is averaging 23.8 points per game for Milnor. … Milnor head coach Ben Nelson said his squad is still trying to work out its rotation and feels confident about the depth the Bison will have this year.

4. BOYS SWIMMING: Moorhead at Fargo North, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at Fargo North Pool

The Spuds will cross the Red River later this week for a nonconference dual with Fargo North … The Spartans are the defending EDC champions and took third place at state last season. … North graduated several point scorers, but return several All-EDC swimmers like Tanner Bjorlie, Palmer Obembe, Steven Rider, and Ben Wenzel. … Also returning for the Spartans is junior diver Brady Coughlin, who is the defending diving champion in North Dakota.

5. BASKETBALL DOUBLEHEADER: Fargo North at Fargo South (Girls start at 6:45 p.m., Boys start at 7:30 p.m.)

When the Spartans and Bruins lock up in any sport pride is on the line and as far as rivalries go it doesn’t get much better than this. … The North boys are 1-1 and will be riding the momentum of a 67-58 win over Devils Lake into the Bruins Den … Junior guard Michael Boutain paced the Spartans with 14 points against the Firebirds. … In the girls matchup the Bruins and Spartans are both 1-1 and 1-0 in the EDC.

6. BOYS BASKETBALL: No. 5 Grand Forks Red River at No. 2 Fargo Davies, 7:30 p.m. Friday

Class A boys basketball fans should circle this game as “must-see” game. … Red River is a perennial contender for the Eastern Dakota Conference championship and has started the year 3-0. … The Roughriders are led by senior forward Chad Bartosh, who is averaging 25.0 ppg. … Davies was the only EDC team to defeat Red River during the regular season last year. … The Eagles are led by senior guards Tanner Kretchman and Andrew Kozlowski. … Kozlowski is averaging 27.5 points per game and Kretchman is close behind with 26.5 ppg. Look for a lot of points to be scored in this game. I’m throwing out a “BARN BURNER ALERT ADVISORY” for good measure.

7. GIRLS BASKETBALL: Fargo Davies at Grand Forks Red River, 7:30 p.m. Friday

At 3-0, the Eagles are off to their best start in program history. … They’ll travel up Interstate 29 to play the Roughriders, who are 1-1. … Davies has already picked up two EDC wins this season. … Senior forward Katelyn Olson is averaging 13.3 ppg for the Eagles.

Fargo Davies senior forward Katelyn Olson is averaging 13.3 point sper game through three games this season. Forum file photo

8. BOYS HOCKEY: Fargo Davies at Fargo South-Shanley, 7:30 p.m.  Friday at Scheels Arena

Fargo Davies remains undefeated at 6-0-0 and own a 5-0-0 mark in East Region play. … The Bruins are 3-2-0 overall and have a bust week playing Grafton-Park River on Tuesday. … Each team boast top lines loaded with talented goal scorers.

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