The boys basketball season kicks off the playoff season with the District 11 tournament beginning on Thursday.
Last week was also a busy week for me as I covered an inter-county clash between Bottineau and Westhope-Newburg on Tuesday, a college basketball double-header on Thursday, a narrow 5-4 Bottineau-Rugby win at the rink on Friday and both 19U and DCB hockey games on Saturday.
On the DCB hockey front the Jacks lost to Williston State for the third time in a five-game-series, which eliminates them from the National Tournament for the first time since 2005-06. It will be only the third time since 2000 that the Jacks won't be at the National tournament.
This week I will be (hopefully) going fishing several times on area lakes. Haven't been getting too many fish this year, but it's still pretty fun to get out there (though hand drilling holes in 3-feet of ice isn't).
I also have the privelge to see what could be an epic battle for first place on Friday when the Braves take on Bismarck Century in hockey.
I came up way wrong in my Super Bowl prediction. I think its time for a break from football and focus on the NBA, go Bulls.
A huge batch of pictures this week, as I was really busy:
|The Sioux's Bailey Tofteland (left) and Bottineau's McKenzie Jensen (right) fight for a loose ball last Tuesday in Westhope.|
|Sioux senior Kylee Conway avoids a steal and dishes the ball away.|
|Freshman Molly Lodoen (left) and Stephanie Brenden (right) last Tuesday.|
|Katryna Hahn puts up a three.|
|Stars senior Heidi Artz brings the ball up court.|
|Lodoen with a dish.|
|Conway secures a rebound in last Tuesday's loss to Bottineau.|
|Tofteland races down the court after getting a turnover.|
|Conway dribbles around the perimeter.|
|Rebecca Christenson dribbles down the court Tuesday.|
|North Dakota State College of Science's Head Coach yells at his team last Thursday at the Woodshed in Bottineau.|
|DCB's Cameron Malzer drives toward the basket in last Thursday's loss.|
|Malzer drives inside again.|
|Jacks freshman Ben Veith (left) and Roybell Baez (right) try to secure a loose ball.|
|Ladyjacks guard Kalli Engh loses her dribble a bit as she attempts to drive last Thursday against NDSCS.|
|Megan Green hits a put back after a rebound last Thursday.|
|Shakira Walker makes a move toward the basket last Thursday.|
|Bottineau-Rugby senior Logan Millican tries to get around a Mandan defender last Friday in Bottineau.|
|Millican takes a pass at the blue line last Friday.|
|Senior netminder Cody Brooks deflects a puck following a Mandan shot.|
|Sophomore Harrison Aide awaits the face off in his pick jersey. Bottineau-Rugby wore pink jerseys to support cancer research.|
|Junior Cody Longie drives toward the net in the second period.|
|Millican checks the puck as he prepares to shoot.|
|Millican fakes out a Mandan opponent during a power play in the second period.|
|Jimmy Gilje drives down the ice.|
|Mandan's David Thomas gets kicked out after fighting with BR's Andrew Lorenz in the second period. Thomas appeared to punch an official during the skirmish.|
|Shelby Pedie celebrates with goalie Jacie Ceglowski after a 9-1 win over Watford City last Saturday.|
|Bottineau captain Morgan Klebe passes to a teammate last Saturday in Bottineau.|
|Ashley Blue grabs a puck before attempting a backhand shot in the second period Saturday.|
|Tiffany Schuster tries a shot in traffic in the third period.|
|Blue fires wide on a shot attempt in the third period.|
|Robin Danielsson (from Sweden) takes the puck up the ice last Saturday.|
|Seth Serhienko epitomized the Jacks day in a 6-2 loss when he went in to check Casey Axtman and wound up the one flying to the ground.|
|DCB's Cole Reisenauer prepares to face-off with Brandon Passely.|
|Jacks sophomore Kirby Braybrook goes in for a check in the first period.|
|Reisenauer with the slap shot in last Saturday's 6-2 loss to the Tetons. The loss ended the Jacks chances of making it to Nationals.|
|Chad Miller backhands a pass to a teammate charging toward the net in the second period.|