Hillsboro-Central Valley had a lot of name changes in its lineup and a corresponding change in style. One thing that didn't change for the Burros—for the second straight season, they ended the year as champions in North Dakota Class B boys high school basketball. A big reason for that success was the play of senior Jack Camrud and sophomore Carson Henningsgard. Both have been selected to the Class B all-state team, Henningsgard on the first team and Camrud on the second team, as selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
After colliding with an opponent during a mid-January game, Autumn Thompson fell to the basketball court. As the senior laid there, Dan Lindgren had reason to be apprehensive. "She laid there and you could tell she was scared,'' Lindgren, the Stephen-Argyle High School girls basketball coach, said. "I'm thinking, 'Oh, man, here we go again.' I think everybody was. It got very quiet in the gym. "But Autumn got up and wound up finishing the game.''
When Tyler Bergstrom's family moved from Sidney, Neb., to Hillsboro last summer, Bergstrom was leaving a basketball program that played in the state tournament the past few seasons. He was leaving a football program that had been a state playoff participant. "I didn't care about that,'' the senior said. "We had family here. (Moving) wasn't that big of a deal. And I love the change.'' As it has turned out, Bergstrom stepped from one strong athletic program to another.
ROSEAU, Minn.—Victoria Johnson is the X factor in the success of the Roseau High School girls basketball team. The Rams won their fourth consecutive Minnesota Section 8AA championship Saturday and take a 24-5 record and the No. 3 seed into the Class AA state tournament quarterfinals Wednesday. Johnson, a starter on last season's undefeated, state championship team, has struggled with health issues in her leg muscles. When the 6-foot-2 senior center plays, Roseau is 21-1. When she's missed games for health reasons, the Rams are 3-4.
The defense of its Region 2 title came down to its defense for Hillsboro-Central Valley. The Burros' defense dominated the final three quarters Saturday as they defeated Grafton 49-37 in the championship game of the Region 2 boys high school basketball tournament at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Hillsboro-CV advances to the Class B state tournament, which begins Thursday in Bismarck, for the second consecutive season. The Burros are defending state champions.
CROOKSTON—As East Grand Forks Senior High crept to within two points of Roseau, Rams junior guard Kacie Borowicz felt a little anxiety. "When they made that run at us, it was eye-opening,'' Borowicz said. "I felt this was serious. We had to pick it up.'' Borowicz led the way as the Rams answered with a 12-3 run for a 62-51 advantage. Roseau held off the Green Wave in the final minutes to claim a 72-66 win in the championship game of the Minnesota Section 8AA girls high school basketball tournament Friday.
Beau Feltman was in the right place at the right time. The Grafton 6-foot-6 junior grabbed an airball and converted the offensive rebound into the game-winning points Thursday. Feltman's basket with 1.1 seconds remaining gave Grafton a 58-57 semifinal win against Thompson in the Region 2 boys high school basketball tournament at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Feltman leaped for the basketball and put up an off-balance shot for the tying and winning points. "I saw the shot, jumped up for the rebound and put it in the hole,'' Feltman said.
Cade Baesler had no points and a lot of bench time due to potential foul trouble in the first half. The Hillsboro-Central Valley senior made up for that quiet first half by sparking the Burros to a berth in the Region 2 boys high school basketball tournament championship game. Baesler scored all of his game-high 18 points in the second half as H-CV pulled away to a 68-51 region semifinal win Thursday against Park River/Fordville-Lankin at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
No Grand Forks Red River player ranks in the top 10 in Eastern Dakota Conference girls basketball scoring this season. That's no big deal to the Roughriders. It is the defensive numbers, where three Red River players are in the top 10 in the EDC in steals, that define the team. "Our strong side is definitely defense,'' Red River senior Maggie Steffen said. "The steals get us going. They allow us to get out and run. We like the fast-paced game.''
Twice this season, Sam Votava has reached 30 points in basketball games. East Grand Forks Senior High lost both games. Jordan Tomkinson has is the second-highest assist average (2.5 apg) on Sacred Heart's boys basketball team. But that is number is dwarfed by his 21.7-point scoring average. Votava for the 15-11 Green Wave and Tomkinson for the 22-4 Eagles are their team leaders. But each fills a different role as the East Grand Forks teams head into the postseason section tournaments.