With the NFC championship game going off first, we have already been granted one reprieve for the game in two weeks. I'm still rooting for a Patriot free game but at least the Saints were downed by the Rams. As a Vikings fan, that's a win. I also couldn't help but think about how the Vikes played against the Rams and even defensively against New Orleans. Moral victories are a losers lament but with some of the negativity in the fan base about the way the season went, it shouldn't be overlooked that they aren't as far away as they sometimes seemed...or maybe they are and those were lightning in a bottle situation. I'd rather be optimistic about the team though.
A quiet week that only included two events sped up considerably once the weekend started. Consecutive games by the Basketball teams were played on Wednesday & Thursday with the guys going first but each allowing 80 points while failing to score more than 65.
The back-to-back scheduling was repeated as the teams hosted North Dakota on Saturday & Sunday. It was a dog fight for the guys who used nine guys and only got double figures from Deng Geu but managed to walk off the court with a two point win. The school's met again this afternoon as the women's teams squared off. It was a six point game at the half and UND cut it to two right away after the break but the Bison responded and managed to extend their lead perpetually until time was up. NDSU was lead by 17 from Michelle Gaislerova and 16 by Emily Dietz but seven other players contributed to the third conference win of the season.
Saturday also included a trip by the Wrestling team to Worthington but results were not yet posted.
The Dragons week started with a trip by the Wrestling team to Augustana. They got a couple points for their trouble but Auggie doubled them up before it was over.
The Basketball & Swim teams followed up on Friday & Saturday with plenty of good. The Aquathletes left the pool in first place of the "Dragon Invite" for the 16th straight year. For all the facts from the meet, click away.
The Basketball teams hosted Wayne State on Friday night. Megan Hintz continued her impressive season with 21 & 12 as they rolled to a 71 - 57 win. The men's game was a come from behind affair that included 26 from Travaun Coad on the way to an 80 - 76 victory. Then came another pair of games against Augustana. Hintz followed up with another 19 points but Kiley Borowicz lead the way with 37 as she set a school record with nine three's in the game. Madi Green chipped in with 10 rebounds while Jacky Volkert finished with 11 assists. Those ladies knew how to get their 14th win in a row in style!
The guy's did their best to make it a weekend sweep but as both offense's exploded in the second half, they weren't quite able to overcome a nine point deficit from the first half. They got 17 from Coad & Bryce Irsfeld to lead the group of five players in double figures for Moorhead State.
Last but not least was a visit by the Track & Field team to the "Cobber Open." They tallied 14 wins but for the rest, hit the link!
Concordia's week started with a visit by Saint Mary's team's. Jordan Davis & Thomas Schyma combined for 35 points as the guy's scratched out a 67 - 60 win. The ladies were lead by Elizabeth Birkemeyer with 16 but the 10 point third quarter deficit was too much for them to overcome, though they came about as close as they could in the 68 - 66 loss. They came back at Gustavus Adolphus on Saturday. The guys were edged by two in overtime despited double figures from all the starters, lead by 18 from Collin Larson and another 17 from Schyma. The ladies were shellacked by 37.
Flashback to Thursday and the Wrestling team was putting in some time at Augsburg. Speaking of shellacking, they fell 40 - 3. They also travelled to Worthington but it was likewise without posted results.
Friday featured a pair of matches by the Hockey teams. The men hosted Saint John's and skated off with a win thanks to two second period goals. Meanwhile the ladies "hosted" Saint Benedict in Alexandria. Three goals from three players proved to be just enough. The Saturday rematches each went the opposite way as the guys fell 4-2 and the gals lost 2-1.
Saturday also included a fourth place finish by the aquathletes in the "Dragon Invite" while the Track & Field teams had the "Cobber Open" but without results.
High School Sports
Got to a pair of games at Oak Grove and Moorhead this week. First up was the ladies as they hosted Richland. Then on Friday night it was off to Moorhead high as each team hosted a different team. The girls played Stillwater while the guys had a visit from West Fargo. Saturday wrapped up the week with a return to Oak Grove as they hosted Hillcrest. For the facts and photos from all the games, click the links!