A hot start gave way to a disappointing middle but a great finish. I'll get into the details in the Pick Six, so check back!
Leading off the collegiate theme of light weeks leading into Christmas season, NDSU had a VERY light week. It was all quiet until the Football team hosted the bunnies for a chance to return to Frisco. It was a four quarter game for the first time this post season but also ended up being more than a three touchdown victory for the Bison once it was all said and done. For a deeper look into it, check out the latest Pick Six beta!
The Basketball teams followed up with a pair of strong showings over the remainder of the weekend. The guys hosted Missouri State while the ladies traveled to Valparaiso. Vinnie Shahid continue his ascension as the leader of the team, fittingly since he was chosen to be a captain this season, with a 19 point game to lead the way for all scorers. The game got a little close late but the Bison showed enough composure to mitigate the run. The women also had a close game to the end but managed to come back from an early deficit thanks to a balanced scoring game, lead by 11 from Michelle Gaislerova. It's only two games, but the guys have shown me that they may have a chance to compete in the Summit this year. That means winning a game or two in Sioux Falls a few months from now, which is a ways off in several ways but I can see it happening. As for the women, it's further evidence that they may be turning a corner as a team. The metric for success is no different for them, but the bar is lower because of the recent history of irrelevance. Not to lose sight of the positive that should be taken away, it was a good week for all three teams that got play in over the last few days.
Another light week for the Dragons was a good way for them to head into the break. Both Basketball teams hosted the University of Mary on Friday and Minot State on Saturday. Friday's two step was a split as the ladies took care of business while the guys dropped a close one. The ladies were lead by Kiley Borowicz in both games, the second of which set a new high score for her career at 27 points. Saturday also included a double - double from Megan Hintz with 18 points and 12 rebounds. As for the guys, their Saturday win included a 28 spot from Gavin Baumgartner as they edged the Beavers. They both play again on Wednesday but win or lose, they managed a pretty good way to head into the break.
Wrestling also hit the mat on Saturday. Here's the link to the full results!
The last week before Christmas break was a mixed bag for the corn cobs. The Basketball teams hosted St. Thomas in a Wednesday double feature. The men made a bit of a comeback in the second half but still came up nine points short while the ladies fell by 24. Midweek wasn't a total loss as the Wrestling team traveled to Jamestown and outscored their opponents by 78 total points.
The next play came on Friday with the women's Hockey team hosting Finlandia. As has so often been the case this year, all their goals came from different players on the way to the 3 - 1 win. They had a rematch on Saturday and squeaked out a 1 - 0 win thanks to the second period score by Anna Ballweber.
Saturday also featured the last Basketball game until the last weekend of the year. The women kept it closer this time but were still bested by Simpson by 17 points.
It was a disappointing week for the Wolves as they traveled out to the West coast for the second time already this year. The outcomes were a disappointment and the defensive excellence of days ago has already evaporated. So every game will be an adventure, which may be reason enough to tune in, to see which way the team is going to go.
High School Sports
Another week on the prep scene included many more impressive outcomes. Amongst them was a cross town game between North & South in girls & boys Basketball. Check out the photos & facts from the game.
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