To be a North Dakota native and a basketball fan is to understand the tradition of the UND women’s basketball program. And there are several of those players on the NCAA tournament-bound UND team. Senior UND standout Madi Buck, who was named the 2014 Big Sky Player of the Year, graduated from Bismarck Century. Buck led all UND scorers in Saturday’s Big Sky Conference championship game win over Montana, finishing with 14 points to go with four rebounds and three assists.
For collegiate athletes, traveling to road games can be quite the hassle. This was the case on Wednesday morning for both the Montana and Montana State women’s basketball teams, who went head-to-head on Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Big Sky Tournament at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
Three minutes into Thursday’s Minnesota Section 8AA North Subsection first-round game, East Grand Forks Senior High’s Grant Frydenlund found Jim Warmack for a breakaway dunk. Following the dunk, which gave Senior High a 6-2 lead, the Green Wave went on a 19-3 run in a span of nine minutes. That all Senior High needed in its 69-34 victory over Bagley in the Senior High gym.
The East Grand Forks Senior High Green Wave boys basketball team already knew where it would be seeded for the upcoming Minnesota Section 8AA tournament — receiving the No. 2 seed in the North subsection. Friday, the Wave took on the No. 3 seed in the north subsection — Crookston, a team Senior High beat by three points last month. With Senior High’s leading scorer Jim Warmack resting, the Pirates took down the Wave 69-58 in the final regular season game for both teams.
The last time the East Grand Forks Senior High Green Wave took on Minnesota Section 8A opponent Lake of the Woods, the Wave outshot the Bears 31-8 in a 4-0 victory in mid-January. In the quarterfinals of the Section 8A tournament on Thursday, Senior High defeated Lake of the Woods in similar dominating fashion — this time outshooting the opponent 55-8 in a 10-0 rout of the Bears at the East Grand Forks Civic Center.
Grand Forks Red River began the season with a 5-0 loss to Fargo Davies at Purpur Arena. Saturday saw the same matchup, but the stakes were higher — much higher. The winner of the North Dakota East Region tournament state-qualifying game kept its season alive while the loser’s season would come to an end.
Much like the weather of late, the atmosphere at Purpur Arena on Thursday night had some extra edge to it — coming in, just one game separated Grand Forks Central and Grafton-Park River in the North Dakota East Region boys hockey standings. Things in the EDC are beginning to heat up as just six points separated fifth place Central and first place Fargo Davies prior to Thursday. The Spoilers, who were second in the standings, were able to move into a tie for first place picking up two points in a 3-2 overtime win over the Knights. The decider in overtime came from Spoiler senior forward Ben