Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Six Days on the Road

This week I chose the song "Six Days on the Road" by Sawyer Brown, because it seemed that I was out on the road for that many days during a very busy sports week.

Last week was the pinnacle of the winter sports playoffs as the Region 6 Boy's Basketball, Class A State Hockey and District 11 Girl's Basketball Tournament's all fell in the same week.
Covering all these had me with drives to Minot (twice), Grand Forks and Towner in a three day span.

This upcoming week I don't have anything to take pictures of, though, I have several stories to write yet as the playoffs begin to wind down (finally).

Anywho, I'm spending my days wrapping everything up, writing a few features and getting ready for March Madness, which I think I just might have a method for this year.

Many pictures again this week:

Bottineau senior Justin McCloud calls out a play in Tuesday's region semifinal game against Des Lacs-Burlington in Minot.

Braves freshman Brock Hiltner goes with the crossover against a Laker defender last Tuesday.

Hiltner tries for a layup past DLB's Ethan Erickson.

Senior Mark LaCroix stops on a fast break before scoring two.

LaCroix lunges toward Erickson in an attempt to get a turnover.

McCloud with a floater in the lane.

McCloud tries to fake out an opponent on his way to the basket.

McCloud with a no-look pass last Tuesday.

Bottineau junior Katryna Hahn drives toward the basket against Dunseith in last Friday's opening round of the District 11 Tournament in Towner.

Stars senior Whitney Page tries with the left hand last Friday.

Senior Heidi Artz shoves an overhead pass to a teammate.

Page looks on after Amanda Young delivers a pass down low.

Senior Trista Bjerk looks to pass inside.

Sophomore Danielle McDonald puts up a three last Friday in Towner.

McDonald drives past Young toward the basket in the first half.

Page nabs one of 24 Bottineau steals in the win over Dunseith.

Bottneau student fans wave flags during a timeout.

Westhope-Newburg senior Kylee Conway looks to pass last Friday against Towner-Granville-Upham.

Sioux freshman Molly Lodoen is fouled on her way to the basket last Friday in the opening round of the District 11 Tournament in Towner.

Westhope superintendent John Gruenberg begins a chant during last Friday's game against TGU.

Conway looks to dish the ball in the lane.

Westhope-Newburg's Lauren Mach fights with TGU's Delrae Latendresse.

Braves senior goaltender Cody Brooks stops a Fargo North shot last Thursday in the State Tournament in Grand Forks.

Brooks scoops up a shot attempt in the first period last Thursday against the Spartans.

Fans look on at Ralph Englestad Arena during the Braves game last Thursday.

Bottineau-Rugby forward Kyle Volk, a senior, charges down the ice with the puck.

Volk makes a move during the final period last Thursday at the Ralph.

LaCroix leads the charge for the Braves before the Region 6 Championship game last Thursday in Minot.

Bottineau fans cheer on the Braves during last Thursday's championship game against Berthold.

McCloud pushes the ball down the court on a fast break last Thursday.

Braves senior Matt Bowers about to put in a layup on after a steal near the start of the game last Thursday.

Sophomore Garrett Pollman plays defense.

Bottineau senior's cheer on the Braves last Thursday.

Senior Ashleigh Aufforth holds up a sign as the rest of the student section cheers on the Braves.

Hiltner looks to make a move in the second half.

Fans await a McCloud free throw attempt in the second half.

LaCroix accepts the region runner-up trophy for the Braves following the 61-52 championship loss.

The All-Region team including Westhope-Newburg's Kodie Hancock (back row, far left) and Bottineau's LaCroix and McCloud.

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