KHRT Sports – 02/06/24


MINOT, ND – A few changes in this week’s Class A and B Basketball polls. The polls are voted on by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association (NDAPSSA).
Class A Girls Basketball Poll
Team (1st Place Votes)   Record   Polling Points   Last Week
1. Thompson (20)              17-0             100             1
2. Bottineau                       17-2               72             3
3. South Prairie-Max          15-2               62             2
4. Nedrose                         11-4                33             5
5. Devils Lake                    14-2                15             4
Others receiving votes: Shiloh Christian (15-4), Kindred (14-5), Valley City (14-5)

Class A Boys Basketball Poll
Team (1st Place Votes)        Record   Polling Points   Last Week
1. Kindred (18)                        16-0              98              1
2. Devils Lake (2)                    14-1              75              2
3. Four Winds-Minnewaukan  12-3              67              3
4. Grafton                                11-3              29              4
5. Beulah                                 13-2              24              5
Others receiving votes: Shiloh Christian (12-3)
Class B Girls Basketball Poll
Team (1st Place Votes)                    Record   Polling Points   Last Week
1. May-Port-CG (10)                            17-1             195             1
2. Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich (6)  18-1              187             2
3. Central McLean (5)                          18-0              182            3
4. Bowman County                               15-2              140            5
5. Maple River                                      15-3              132            6
6. Sargent County                                 16-2              107            4
7. Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier                  14-4                73            7
8. Kenmare-Bowbells                            13-6                42            8
9. T-G-U                                                 15-4               32             9
10. Washburn                                        15-3               30            10
Other receiving votes: St. John (16-3), Linton-HMB (13-5), Benson County (14-5), Garrison (13-5)

Class B Boys Basketball Poll
Team (1st Place Votes)        Record   Polling Points   Last Week
1. Bowman County (19)          14-0              206             1
2. North Star (2)                      15-1              184             3
3. Bishop Ryan                        15-2              161            4
4. Westhope-Newburg            15-1              148             2
5. Glen Ullin-Hebron                15-1              128            5
6. Hankinson                            12-2               79             8
7. Sargent County                    11-4               78              7
8. Linton-HMB                          12-2               69              6
9. Wilton-Wing                          14-2               47             10
10. Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier    11-3              29              RV
Other receiving votes: Williston Trinity Christian (13-2), Garrison (13-4), North Border (10-3), Ellendale (11-5)
MINOT, ND – Reggie Bruner scored 19 points in the first half and Velva defeated Berthold 68-25 on Monday night, in a game we broadcast on The Heart 106.9. Cooper Kittleson added 11 points as the Aggies winning streak increases to seven. Dylan Pank scored 13 points to lead the Bombers who drop to 2-14 overall, 1-8 in Class B District 8. Velva improves their record to 8-8 overall, 6-3 in District 8.
Other scores from the area:
High School Boys Basketball
Class AA
#1 Minot High def. #4 Bismarck Century, 68-62
Class A
Thompson def. Dunseith, 63-35
Class B
#5 Glen Ullin-Hebron def. #1 Bowman County, 62-58
#3 Bishop Ryan def. Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood, 54-44
#4 Westhope-Newburg def. Surrey, 74-45
Our Redeemer’s def. Drake-Anamoose, 52-26
Harvey-Wells County def. Glenburn, 80-44
Velva def. Berthold, 68-25
Alexander def. Ray, 84-58
Williston Trinity Christian def. Tioga, 87-52

High School Girls Basketball
Class AA
#1 Minot High def. #2 Bismarck Century, 86-58
Class A
#2 Bottineau def. Turtle Mountain, 73-52
#3 South Prairie-Max def. #4 Nedrose, 39-37
#5 Devils Lake def. Four Winds-Minnewaukan, 58-38
Des Lacs-Burlington def. Rugby, 60-42
Stanley def. Dunseith, 72-61 OT
Hazen def. Beulah, 51-49
Watford City def. Killdeer, 57-39
Shiloh Christian def. Standing Rock, 68-30
Class B
#4 Bowman County def. #3 Central McLean, 57-46

High School Boys Hockey
Bottineau-Rugby def. Bismarck High, 7-2
MINOT, ND – District tournaments for Class B Girls Basketball hold the play-in games today.
High School Girls Basketball
Class B
District 8 Tournament – Minot Auditorium
Play-In Games
#6 Velva vs #11 Drake-Anamoose, 4:30 pm
#7 Bishop Ryan vs #10 Westhope-Newburg, 20 min after
#8 Harvey-Wells County vs #9 Glenburn, 20 min after
District 7 Tournament – Williston State College
Play-In Games
#7 Ray vs #10 Alexander, 6 pm
#8 North Shore-Plaza vs #9 Williston Trinity Christian, 20 min after
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (UND) – North Dakota junior forward Amar Kuljuhovic captured his first Summit League Men’s Basketball Peak Performer of the Week honor of the season and his career, announced by the conference office Monday afternoon. Kuljuhovic notched his fifth and sixth double-double of the season this past week, putting up 17 points and grabbing a career-high 17 rebounds in the 95-81 win at South Dakota and then putting 11 points and securing 13 boards against North Dakota State on Saturday. He also came up with two blocked shots, two assists and a steal in the win over the Bison, as well as the game-winning layup in the final three seconds of the game at the Betty. Additionally, 11 of his 30 rebounds over the two games were offensive boards and he shot 52% from the floor for the week. Winners of six straight games, the Fighting Hawks will host Omaha and Kansas City this week.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (UND) – A pair of North Dakota players were honored by the NCHC on Monday afternoon, as announced by the league office. Sophomore forward Jackson Blake was named the league’s top forward while graduate student Logan Britt earned the NCHC Defenseman of the Week award.
Blake led the NCHC with five points last weekend and also paced UND to a five-point sweep at Miami. The Carolina Hurricanes draft pick recorded multiple points both nights, including a three-point night in the opener. In Friday’s win, Blake dished out two assists, including on UND’s first goal, before scoring the overtime game-winning goal to complete a 5-4, comeback victory. He also fired five shots on goal and was named the game’s first star after his third overtime game-winner of the season. The next night, Blake handed out another pair of helpers on the game’s first and last goals in a 4-1 win on Saturday. The Eden Prairie, Minn., native finished the weekend with a game-winning goal and four assists, while posting a +3 plus/minus. He also put seven shots on goal in the series. Blake is now riding a 10-game point streak, with multiple points in four straight, and ranks third in the NCHC and tied for third nationally with 39 points this season. He’s scored 17 goals on the year, which ties for fourth in the conference and ninth in the NCAA.
Britt had a career-best weekend offensively, leading all NCHC players with three goals in a sweep of Miami. On Friday, down 4-2, he scored UND’s third goal to ignite a third period rally as the Fighting Hawks stormed back for a 5-4, overtime win. The next night, the Sacred Heart transfer recorded his first career multi-goal game, tallying UND’s first and third goals in a 4-1 victory, with his second goal cushioning NoDak’s lead to 3-1. Britt was +3 in Saturday’s win and named the first star. All three of Britt’s goals came even strength, while he fired five shots on goal at Miami. Defensively, he finished +5 with two blocked shots in the series, while not committing a penalty or being on the ice for a goal against all weekend. On the season, Britt now has a career-high five goals and 10 points in 28 games, with his last goal prior to this weekend coming back on Nov. 10.
North Dakota remained at No. 2 in the weekly polls on Monday heading into an off weekend in the schedule before returning to the road for a series at Colorado College beginning next Friday.
MINOT, ND – The 2024 North American Hockey League (NAHL) Top Prospects Tournament got underway on Monday. The event is taking place from February 5-6, 2024, at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania. Four Minot Minotauros are participating as a part of Team Central: Joel Lehtinen, Rylan Jockims, Nicklas Ketonen, and Trevor Stachowiak. Tauros Head Coach Cody Campbell is head coach for Team Central. Day one saw a great scout and fan turnout with the East, Selects Silver and Central teams coming away with wins. Team Central blanked Team South by a score of 1-0. The game’s only goal came in the first period from Weston Turner (Aberdeen Wings). Klayton Knapp (Bismarck Bobcats) was perfect in net stopping all 27 shots he faced. Team Central will face Team East this afternoon.
MAYVILLE, N.D. (NDAPSSA) – Lee Timmerman, Nolan Dix, and Scooter Pursley are the newest inductees of the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters (NDAPSSA) Hall of Fame. They were elected by their peers and past inductees.
Timmerman, the Sports Director at Bismarck’s KFYR-TV, started with the station in 1989. He is a fourtime National Sports Media Association (NSMA) and five-time North Dakota Broadcasters Association (NDBA) North Dakota Sportscaster of the Year. Timmerman was the longtime TV voice of North Dakota high school state basketball tournaments and the Dakota Bowl. He was also the color analyst for NDSU Bison football for fourteen years. Timmerman is a past president of the NDAPSSA on two occasions and received the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Award of Merit in 2002.
Dix has been covering high school sports since 1992. After prior stops in Minot and Beulah, Dix has called Hettinger his home since 1996, broadcasting on KNDC Radio. He was named North Dakota Sportscaster of the Year by NSMA in 2001. Dix was NDAPSSA president twice and a North Dakota High School Coaches Association Award of Merit recipient in 2014. Dix recently surpassed 3500 games called on the radio.
Pursley, recently retired from sports reporting, started his career at the Dickinson Press in 1981. He moved on to the Minot
Daily News in 1989, then the Bismarck Tribune in 1990. Pursley was named sports editor at the Tribune in 1997, a position he held until 2001. He was twice named the North Dakota Sportswriter of the Year by NSMA, and he was a past president of the NDAPSSA. Pursley has been a publisher and writer for the North Dakota Pigskin Preview since 2008.
Their selections increase the number of NDAPSSA hall of fame members to 35 since its founding in 1987.

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