West Fargo tops Carrington in meeting of ND Class A and Class B wrestling powers

WEST FARGO – Local wrestling fans got a treat Thursday night in West Fargo as the Packers hosted a triangular with Class B powerhouse Carrington and Devils Lake.

The dual between West Fargo and Carrington was the highlight of the evening.

The North Dakota Class A, No. 2-ranked Packers (16-2) defeated the Cardinals 31-27 winning eight of the fourteen matches in the dual.

Both the Packers and the Cardinals figure to be big players in the state dual Class A and Class B tournaments, which are set to be held February 19-21 at the Fargodome. West Fargo will be trying for its fourth straight team dual title. Carrington, runners up in Class B a year ago, has a squad that looks primed to return to the Class B dual final.

Jared Franek (120 pounds) and Brandon Metz (220) each picked up key pins for the Packers as the Cardinals also had two wrestlers – Zach Broadwell (126) and Bryce Carr (132) – pick up six-point falls.

The matchup at 145 pounds was a meeting on two state champions. West Fargo’s senior Jordan Shearer scored a 7-0 decision over Walker Carr of Carrington. Both wrestlers will be favored in their weight classes at the North Dakota state wrestling tournament next month at the Fargodome.

Lucas Geiszler (106), Billy Holtan (152) and Riley Lura (195) picked up decisions for the Cardinals.

Below are the full results of the dual:

106: Lucas Geiszler, C, dec. Justin Harms, 11-7
113: Keegan Cronin, WF, dec. Tyler Hoggarth, 6-2
120: Jared Franek, WF, pinned Mathew Neumiller, :55/
126: Zach Broadwell, C, pinned Jordan Gianakos, 2:43
132: Bryce Carr, C, pinned Dante Genova, 2:49
138: Jacob Franek, WF, major dec. Kaden Wolsky, 11-3
145: Jordan Shearer, WF, dec. Walker Carr, 7-0
152: Billy Holtan, C, dec. Christian Ramberg, 2-1 (OT)
160: Jesse Shearer, WF, dec. Chaz Bauer, 8-6
170: Chase Teiken, WF, dec.  Brett Lyman, 5-1
182: Weston Dobler, WF dec. Bridger Anderson, 11-5
195: Riley Lura, C, dec. Alby Rodriguez, 4-2
220: Brandon Metz, WF, pinned Seth Zink, 1:02
285: Bradee Schroeder, C, won by forfeit

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com. Follow Mix on Twitter @MixMaster_TGM

 

Pair of marquee boys basketball games being played Friday night in Fargo

FARGO – Friday is a big night for high school boys hoops in Fargo.

Two games in town that evening feature ranked teams locking up on the court and the hard part may be deciding which one to go to.

The two games are North Dakota Class A, No. 3-ranked Wahpeton at No. 4-ranked Fargo Davies and Class B No. 3-ranked Central Cass at No. 3 Fargo Oak Grove.

Both games figure to be highly competitive and will showcase some of the top players in the area.

I’ll be covering the Wahpeton-Davies matchup and my Forum colleague Chris Murphy will be providing coverage of the Central Cass-Oak Grove game.

Below is a breakdown of each game:

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FARGO DAVIES VS. WAHPETON

Tipoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Davies High School

Records and rankings: Wahpeton is ranked No. 3 in North Dakota Class A and is 11-1 overall with an 11-0 record in Eastern Dakota Conference play. … The Huskies sit in first place in the EDC. … Fargo Davies is ranked No. 4 in Class A and is 9-1 overall with an 8-1 record in the EDC.

The scoop on Davies: The Eagles are on a nine-game winning streak and haven’t lost since its loss to Wahpeton on Dec. 11 in the season opener. … Davies, the defending state champions, has done well in the first half of the season especially considering it lost two all-state players in Tanner Kretchman and Andrew Kozlowski from a year ago. … Following the Eagles’ 80-75 win over Red River Tuesday night I talked with Davies head coach Bart Mason about the upcoming game with Wahpeton. “The last time we played them their high-low game killed us,” Manson said. “That is something we are going to have to work on. The thing about Wahpeton is they beat do not themselves. They turn the ball over the least in our conference so we can’t afford to beat ourselves in that game with turnovers. We’ll have to be in the game, make run at the end and hopefully win it.” … The senior combo of Collin Larson and Austin Schultz has helped the Eagles to their fast start. Larson is averaging 16.5 points per game and Schultz checks in at 16.4 ppg. … Larson leads the EDC in 3-point shooting with 30 3-pointers made through 10 games. … Davies is averaging 76.1 ppg this season, which leads the EDC.

The scoop on Wahpeton: The Huskies are on a five-game winning streak since its 79-49 loss to No. 1-ranked Minot on Jan. 3 … Wahpeton has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the Class A poll this season and remains undefeated in conference play in large part because of its low number turnovers. … The Huskies have 108 turnovers as a team through 12 games (nine per game), which is tops in the EDC. … Wahpeton is led by 6-foot-5 senior forward Blaze Irwin, who is averaging 18.5 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game. … Irwin is committed to play basketball at Minot State. … The Huskies also have two solid distributing guards in Carson Zarak and Austin Ralph. … Both players are averaging more than the assists per game play in big role in the Huskies’ control game that doesn’t give away many turnovers.

Fargo Davies guard Austin Schultz, right, dribbles as Wahpeton guard Austin Ralph defends during the 2014 East Region championship game last March. Both players will be on the court Friday night when Davies hosts Wahpeton in an EDC game. Forum file photo.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT FARGO OAK GROVE VS. CENTRAL CASS

Tipoff: 7:30 p.m. Friday at Gorder Gymnasium on the Fargo Oak Grove campus

Records and rankings: Central Cass – ranked No. 3 in North Dakota Class B – is 8-1 overall and 2-0 in District 2 play. … No. 5-ranked Oak Grove is 7-2 overall and 2-1 in District 2 play.

The scoop on Central Cass: The Squirrels opened the week climbing the Class B poll, however when Central Cass enters Gorder Gymnasium Friday night it will be looking to get back in the win column. … Central Cass suffered its first loss of the 2014-15 season Tuesday night – a 64-50 setback to Linton-HMB … A win against the Grovers would redeem the week in a big way and would be very significant in the District 2 race which figures to highly competitive with Northern Cass also being ranked in the statewide Class B poll. … Central Cass has a deep team with senior Adam Breske leading the way. Junior point guard Grady Bresnahan also can score so Oak Grove will have its hands full defensively.

The scoop on Oak Grove: The Grovers play at Lisbon tonight after nine days without playing a game. … Oak Grove’s previous game was a 77-76 double overtime loss to Northern Cass in Hunter, N.D. … The loss meant a drop in the Class B poll for the Grovers. … Oak Grove was the No. 2-ranked team the first five weeks of the season and now sits at No. 5. … The Grovers won the Class B state championship a year ago and seniors Christian Adams and Carter Kretchman were key contributors on that title run. … Both Adams and Kretchman are approaching the 1,000-point career scoring milestone and will likely have to lead the way in Oak Grove is to surge in the second half of the season. Central Cass matches up well with the Grovers and knowing each team’s personnel this game could turn into a shootout  meaning this game could very well come down to a handful of possessions in the fourth quarter.

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com. Follow Mix on Twitter @MixMaster_TGM

Fargo South standout place kicker Josh Weiler commits to U of Mary

FARGO – Fargo South standout athlete Josh Weiler has committed to play football at the University of Mary.

The 6-foot-1 senior kicker announced his decision via Twitter on Tuesday.

Weiler, who also plays soccer and basketball at South, was voted Eastern Dakota Conference special teams player of the year the last two seasons and was a member of the Bruins’ 2013 North Dakota Class 3A state championship team.

Josh Weiler, left, holds the Fargo South’s career and single-season records for extra points made. Forum file photo

This fall, Weiler made 47 of 51 extra points attempted and connected for three field goals helping South to a 8-3 record.

Weiler holds South’s school records for extra points made in one season (56 in 2013) and extra points made in a career (145 from 2012-2014).

The U of Mary Marauders play in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference – an NCAA Division II conference – and finished the 2014 season 5-6.

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com. Follow Mix on Twitter @MixMaster_TGM

Central Cass boys hoops team keeps climbing the Class B poll

CASSELTON, N.D. – The North Dakota Class B boys basketball season is at full tilt now and few teams can boast the success the Central Cass boys basketball team has accumulated so far in the 2014-15 season.

The Squirrels are 8-0 overall and 2-0 in District 2 play.

As a result, Central Cass keeps shooting up the Class B boys basketball poll. Yesterday, the sixth poll of the 2014-15 season was released and Squirrels were voted the No. 3-ranked team in Class B moving up two spots from the Jan. 12 poll.

Here is a look at how the Squirrels have progressed in the Class B poll this year:

1st poll (Dec. 15) – No. 8
2nd poll (Dec. 22) – No. 7
3rd poll (Dec. 29) – No. 7
4th poll (Jan. 5) – No. 6
5th poll (Jan. 12) – No. 5
6th poll (Jan. 19) – No. 3

Not a bad climb for the Squirrels.

Central Cass hosts Linton-HMB at 7:30 p.m. today in a nonconference matchup and on Friday night the Squirrels travel to Fargo to play District 2 rivals Fargo Oak Grove. Tipoff for the game at Gorder Gymnasium is approximately 7:45 p.m. and I’ll be covering that contest for The Forum.

Central Cass is powered by the combination of Adam Breske and Grady Bresnahan. The pair combined to score 39 of the Squirrels’ 76 points in the team’s win against Carrington last Friday. A total of four players on scored in double figures for Central Cass in that contest so there are several options on offense for the Squirrels this season.

Central Cass junior guard Grady Bresnahan, right, has helped Central Cass to an 8-0 record this season. Forum file photo

Prior to this season, the last time the Squirrels cracked the Top 10 in Class B was the 2012-13 season when Central Cass spent two weeks ranked No. 10 (Dec. 24th and Dec. 31 polls of 2012-13 season).

Central Cass senior Adam Breske has helped the Squirrels boys basketball team to a No. 3 ranking in the North Dakota Class B poll this season. Forum file photo

The 8-0 start probably is starting to bring back memories of the 2011-12 Central Cass squad that won the Region 1 championship and was a perfect 19-0 during the regular season. The Squirrels were 25-0 heading into the state tournament before losing in the quarterfinals that year.

The highest Central Cass ever got in the Class B poll in 2011-12 was No. 3 in the last poll conducted that season on Feb. 6.

After the game against the Grovers, the schedule doesn’t let for the Squirrels.

On Jan. 29 Central Cass hosts No. 7-ranked Northern Cass. Two days later the Squirrels host Grafton, who received votes in the latest Class B poll and on Feb. 3 Central Cass hosts Hankinson, who is 9-1.

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com. Follow Mix on Twitter @MixMaster_TGM

 

 

10 boys basketball teams set to play at 24th annual Oak Grove Shootout

FARGO – The basketball season is heating up and teams are starting to see the postseason creeping closer and closer in their schedule.

There are still plenty of regular season games left to be played however and a lot has yet to be determined.

This weekend, 10 boys basketball teams from across the region are heading to Fargo to play in the 24th annual Fargo Oak Grove Shootout.

I’ve covered this event several times since stepping into the North Dakota High School sports beat at The Forum. It is a good chance to see some teams that you might get to in the regular season and the fact that it takes place in the heart of the season usually means fans will see some top-notch basketball.

Here is the schedule:
1 p.m. – North Sargent vs. Richland
2:30 p.m. – Hankinson vs. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton
4 p.m. – Warwick vs. Central Cass
5:30 p.m. – Fargo Oak Grove vs. Barnesville
7 p.m. – Kindred vs. Fairmount Campbell-Tintah

GAME 1: The Bobcats (2-6) are on a three-game losing streak with loses to Hankinson, Oakes and Kindred. … Richland (3-4) already has defeated North Sargent once this season, a 63-52 win in the season opener Dec. 16 in Gwinner.

GAME 2: Hankinson (8-1) has started the 2014-15 season off well. … The Pirates were undefeated until Monday when it lost a tight game to No. 2-ranked Fargo Oak Grove 79-74. … Hankinson has a chance to get back on track with a game against the Rebels. … Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton is 7-6 and has had a rough patch of games losing three straight to Breckenridge, Barnesville and Waubun.

GAME 3: Central Cass is undefeated at 6-0 and are ranked No. 5 in the latest Class B poll. … The Squirrels go up against Warwick (4-7) … The Warriors have won three straight entering Saturday’s game.

GAME 4: The No. 2-ranked Grovers (7-2) are coming off a 77-76 double-overtime loss to Northern Cass on Tuesday and will be looking to rebound against Barnesville (9-3). … The Trojans are on a four-game winning streak.

GAME 5: Kindred and Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah started the week playing a game against each other with Kindred (5-3) winning 96-41 and the week will end with the two squads playing at the Fargo Civic Center.

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com. Follow Mix on Twitter @MixMaster_TGM

 

 

North Dakota high school wrestling notebook

FARGO – The North Dakota prep wrestling season is starting to heat up. Duals highlight the weekdays and tournaments occupy the weekends here on out.

I figured now would be a good opportunity to catchup with the local high school wrestling scene in anticipation of the state tournament next month in Fargo.

I’ll start with Class A.

The Eastern Dakota Conference has been dominated by West Fargo and Grand Forks Central thus far. The Knights are 10-3 overall and 5-0 in EDC dual competition. West Fargo, winners of the last three Class A team dual state championships, is 8-1 overall and 4-0 in the EDC.

Be sure to circle Jan. 15 on the calendar as that is the date when the Knights and Packers hit the mat in Grand Forks. West Fargo also hosts Moorhead in a nonconference dual on Jan. 20.

West Fargo’s Jared Franek took first place over Garrett Aldrich of Albert Lea, Minn. during the 120-pound final match during the Rumble on the Red tournament at the Fargodome on Saturday, January 3, 2015 in Fargo, N.D. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Two West Fargo grapplers – freshman Jared Franek (120 pounds) and senior Weston Dobler (170 pounds) – took home individual titles at the Rumble on the Red tournament last week at the Fargodome.

The Packers also travel out west this weekend for the Bismarck Rotary tournament.

Out west, Turtle Mountain, Bismarck and Bismarck Century are all undefeated in Western Dakota Association competition.

In class B, the second individual region polls of the season were released on Wednesday.

Region 1 teams have accounted for 14 of the 15 Class B team dual state championships in state history. Once again, Region 1 figures to be a key player in both the team and individual tournaments at state.

South Border – a co-op comprised of wrestlers from Ashley and Wishek – has won the last four team dual state titles and last two team individual crowns.

South Border senior 170-pound standout Brayden Kuntz is ranked No. 1 in Region 1 and was 16-2 after finishing fourth at the Rumble on the Red tournament. Forum file photo.

The Mustangs have three grapplers – Andy Nolz (145), Brayden Kuntz (170) and Trevor Meidinger (182) – ranked No. 1 in their respective weight classes.

Kuntz (16-2) took fourth at the Rumble on the Red tournament and lost a tight 7-6 decision to Dobler in the semifinals.

Oakes has three No. 1-ranked wrestlers. Grayson Roney tops the 126-pound division. Senior Erik Loepp holds the top spot in at 138 pound sin Region 1 and next month will be in search for his fifth career individual state championship. The Tornadoes also have Region 1’s top-ranked heavyweight (285) in junior Michael Kelly, who won a state championship a year ago in Bismarck.

Oakes senior Erik Loepp has won four individual Class B state championships and will be going for No. 5 next month in Fargo. Forum file photo.

Kelly (17-1) and Loepp (17-2) each wrestled to second place finishes at the Rumble on the Red tournament.

Ethan Elijah of Lisbon is the top-ranked 113-pound wrestler in Region 1.

Napoleon dominates the Region 1 rankings with five top-ranked grapplers.

In Region 2, Carrington takes the lead with seven wrestlers ranked No. 1. Cardinals with top-rankings include: Lucas Geisler (106), Matthew Neumiller (120), Walker Carr (145), Chaz Bauer (160), Brett Lyman (170), Riley Lura (182) and Brady Schroder (285).

Carr won the 145-pound weight class at the Rumble on the Red and is 17-0 this season.

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com. Follow Mix on Twitter @MixMaster_TGM

Kretchman breaks Fargo Oak Grove’s career 3-pointer record

FARGO – Fargo Oak Grove senior Carter Kretchman rewrote one chapter in the school’s boys basketball record book this weekend when the Grovers grabbed a pair of wins at the Bismarck Shiloh Christian Invite tournament.

Kretchman – a 5-foot-10 guard – broke Oak Grove’s school record for 3-point field goals made in a career. He now sits at 120 3-pointers made, which is one more than former Grovers standout Evan Holt, who made 119 from 2009 to 2011.

Fargo oak Grove senior Carter Kretchman (10) is the school’s all-time leading 3-point shooter with 120 3-point field goals made. Forum file photo

Here is a list of the Oak Grove’s all-time top 3-point shooters:

1. 120 – Carter Kretchman (2012-present)
2. 119 – Evan Holt (2009-2011)
3. 117 – Zack Larson (2003-2006)
4. 107 – Jordan Funfar (2011-2013)
5. (tie) 104 – Christian Adams (2012-present)
5. (tie) 104 – Cory Samson (2006-2008)

Kretchman had an outstanding postseason last year helping the Grovers to a North Dakota Class B boys basketball state championship. He was named the state tournament’s most valuable player and his 3-point shooting had a lot to do with the Grovers’ postseason run.

Kretchman hit a total of 17 3-pointers during the Region 1 tournament at the Fargo Civic Center a year ago including seven in the championship game against Oakes.

Kretchman is also approaching another career milestone. He is 115 points shy of hitting 1,000 career points. Teammate Christian Adams is 84 points shy of 1,000 points.

Oak Grove is ranked No. 2 in the latest North Dakota Class B boys basketball poll. The Grovers are coming off a 67-64 win over Bismarck Shiloh Christian and a 66-57 win over Dickinson Trinity.

With Kretchman and Adams, the Grovers (4-1) figure to be one of the top teams contending for a chance to go to state in Region 1. Most of Oak Grove’s District 2 schedule remains left to be played and games against Kindred, No. 7-ranked Central Cass and Northern Cass are still ahead.

It should be some fun basketball to watch the remaining months of the season.

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com. Follow Mix on Twitter @MixMaster_TGM

Fargo Davies boys hoops standout Collin Larson commits to Concordia

FARGO – Another boys basketball standout in the Eastern Dakota Conference has decided where he’ll play his college basketball.

Fargo Davies senior Collin Larson gave his commitment to Concordia this weekend.

The 6-foot-2 guard is averaging 16.3 points per game for the Eagles through four games this season and that average ranks sixth in the EDC in games played through Sunday.

Larson is a shooter and has proven very accurate beyond the 3-point line. Through four games, Larson has connected for 10 3-pointers.

Fargo Davies senior guard Collin Larson (13) is averaging 16.3 points per game this season for the Eagles. He committed to Concordia this weekend. Photo by Dave Wallis / The Forum

Larson was the top returning 3-point shooter in Class A after connecting for 64 3-pointers in the 2013-14 season in which Davies won the Class A state championship.

Concordia’s roster features several former Fargo-Moorhead metro prep players. Larson will join Brady Syverson (Fargo North), Dylan Alderman (Fargo Shanley) Matt Ellingson (Moorhead) and Austin Nelson (Moorhead) on the Cobbers.

Larson is also the second 3-point sharpshooter from the EDC to commit to a Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference program in back-to-back seasons.

Former Fargo Shanley standout Patrick Strom is now playing at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn. Strom has appeared in all eight of St. John’s games this season and has made one start. Strom is averaging 9.0 ppg and is 18 of 39 from beyond the arc for the Johnnies.

Davies is 3-1 through four games played and has been receiving votes in the weekly Class A boys basketball poll.

 

Shanley, Davies off to 3-0 starts in Class A girls basketball

FARGO – The season is still young, but two metro girls basketball teams – Fargo Shanley and Fargo Davies – are off to 3-0 starts.

Fargo Shanley – the defending champions of North Dakota Class A – is ranked No. 1 in the state and features a strong group of returning talent from the team that won a state title last March in Minot.

Depth and defense are two things that best characterize the Deacons. Shanley is holding opposing offenses to 44 points per game and if that trend continues count on the Deacons to be in very good shape to contend for a second-straight championship.

Offensively, Shanley is led by the combo of juniors Sarah Jacobson and Lauren Rotunda. Jacobson – a two-time all-state player who is averaging 19.3 ppg through three games – can create on the perimeter and is a serious threat to drive to the basket. Rotunda – who is averaging 14.6 ppg – had a breakout season a year ago and has emerged as a top scoring threat in the Eastern Dakota Conference.

Alivia Fraase, Ellen Erie and Emily Dietz also have recorded double-digit scoring games for the Deacons this year.

Shanley is next in action Friday with a 7:30 p.m. game Friday against Grand Forks Central at McCormick Gymnasium.

After the holiday break, Shanley travels to Bismarck for a game against Class B, No. 1-ranked Minot Ryan. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the University of Mary. I’ll blog more about that game next week.

Offense hasn’t been in short supply early on for Fargo Davies. The Eagles are averaging 80 ppg through three games this season and have climbed to a No. 2 ranking in the latest Class A poll that was released Wednesday, Dec. 17.

The Eagles are led by 6-foot-2, all-state forward Lexi Klabo, who is averaging 29.3 ppg through three games.

Klabo tied her career-best and school record in points scored the first game of the season pouring in 34 points against Wahpeton on Dec. 11. Klabo scored 34 points against West Fargo February 27, 2014. The University of North Dakota commit followed up that performance with 28 points against Valley City (Dec. 13) and 26 against West Fargo Sheyenne (Dec. 16).

Senior forward Shelby Malmanger, sophomore forward Kylee Bergantine and junior forward Kai Erickson each have had games where they were No. 2 in scoring for the Eagles which suggests there are several sources of offense on Davies’ roster.

Davies hosts West Fargo at 5:45 p.m. Friday.

Tom Mix is the North Dakota high schools sports reporter at The Forum. He has been working at The Forum since 2009 and has been covering the ND prep sports beat since 2012. Mix can be reached at tmix@forumcomm.com. Follow Mix on Twitter @MixMaster_TGM.

 

 

Catching up with history: Minot Ryan girls basketball team claims state’s consecutive wins record

MINOT – History was made Friday night at the Minot Auditorium.

The Minot Ryan girls basketball team defeated Thompson 63-35 in its season opener and in doing so broke the North Dakota Class B and overall state record for consecutive victories.

Entering the game, Ryan’s consecutive winning streak sat at 57 games – a mark that had the Lions tied with Larimore (57 victories from 2002-2004) and Williston (57 victories in the late 70s) according to the annual North Dakota Hoopster publication.

Ryan’s streak dates back to the 2011-2012 season when it finished fifth place at the Class B tournament.

The Lions last loss – a 46-45 setback against Linton-Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock – came in the quarterfinals of the 2012 state tournament.

The Lions current streak began March 16, 2012 with a win in the state consolation semifinals held at the Bismarck Civic Center.

The current streak includes two Class B state titles in 2013 and 2014 – both tournaments were played at the Fargodome and in each championship game Minot Ryan trailed its opponent, but rebounded to keep the streak alive.

Members of the Minot Ryan girls basketball team celebrate winning the 2014 state championship last march at the Fargodome. Forum file photo

In Friday’s win against the Tommies, senior all-state post Gabbie Bohl led all scorers with 27 points and 10 rebounds.

Ryan senior all-state forward Hannah Stewart – a University of Iowa commit – scored 15 points and added 10 rebounds and seven blocks for the Lions.

Senior all-state forward Hannah Stewart has helped the Minot Ryan girls basketball team to a 58-game winning streak, which dates back to 2012. Forum file photo

Ryan will try for No. 59 at 6:15 p.m. tonight against New Town at the Minot Auditorium.

After the Shootout on the Prairie wraps up tonight the Lions will start a string of three road games that concludes with a game against Bismarck Shiloh Christian on Dec. 20. Ryan defeated Shiloh Christian in the Class B championship last March.

If Ryan’s streak survives that stretch of games the next challenge may very well end up being its match up with defending Class A champions Fargo Shanley on December 27 at the University of Mary in Bismarck.

Ryan is favored to win the Region 6 championship and likely will begin the year ranked No. 1 in the Class B poll.