By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News
Posted 1/09/18 (Tue)
I was on the North Dakota High School Activities website the other day and noticed there are now three “super” regions in Class B basketball. They may have been there last year, I just hadn’t noticed until now.
But what really stuck out like a sore thumb, is how many teams no longer exist. We have a lot of co-ops these days, but 50 years ago, the entire layout of boys basketball in
If you happen to be on the Internet, take a look at the NDHSAA website. When the page comes up, look for athletics, then basketball, then teams.
If you look at Super Region 2, a former Class A team in Grafton is in there, so is
What’s really changed is Region 3 which has been turned upside down, but still has some good basketball teams.
Edgeley and Kulm had their own teams not so long ago and were quite the rivals, but now they are together and
Oakes and LaMoure never played teams as far north as Midkota and Carrington, unless of course, it was in the state tournament. They do now.
Ironically, Ellendale and Oakes aren’t co-oping with anybody, but Midkota, which used to be called, and get this, Glenfield-Sutton-McHenry-Grace City-Binford, never played teams as far south as Oakes or Ellendale.
District 6, as it is called now, used to be much different. Some of the teams have actually come up with some catchy names like the South Border Mustangs, but this part of
Growing up in Hazelton, which is in
Hazelton, Braddock, Linton, Linton St. Anthony, Strasburg Public, Emmons Central and Hague were all vying for a district title. These days, Hazelton and Braddock have been absorbed by Linton. There was never a “Moffit” in the name when I was a kid, although Moffit kids were going to school in Hazelton. St. Anthony and Emmons Central no longer exist and when the Hague Patriots were no longer part of the equation, they merged with
But Now, Strasburg and
Napoleon, which remains in the district, has absorbed Gackle and Streeter, both that had their own schools and teams.
If you look at the northwestern part of the state, things have changed there too and generally follow the same trend as all the other schools in the state, except that new teams have been added.
Minot Ryan, Our Redeemer’s, Surrey, Nedrose, Des Lacs/Burlington, Berthold and South Prairie are all inside
Epping, the team that took second place in the 1977 state tournament, no longer exists. I assume those students got absorbed into Ray and Williston schools.
When you look at Class A, things have changed there too, but in the opposite direction. There are now six high schools between
But, you can go to Bismarck and
I sometimes feel sorry for
Will these districts change again? Or should I say when will these districts change again?
It wasn’t long after Bismarck Century opened in 1976 there was talk of another high school. It took almost 40 years, but Bismarck Legacy finally became a reality.
The bigger question is how long can some of these smaller teams hang on?
If you look at teams like Dunseith,