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Strasburg-Zeeland senior star Brody Nieuwsma put a bow on some unfinished business at the Jamestown Civic Center on Thursday. His three second-half 3-pointers and game-high 23 points during the championship game of the Region 3 boys basketball tournament made sure the Clippers would not suffer the same fate as two years ago. Nieuwsma and Strasburg-Zeeland are off to next week's state Class B tournament in Minot. They defeated Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier 49-46.
It was either after his third or fourth 3-pointer of the District 5 championship game? I can't exactly remember. But I looked to my left at the tournament's public address announcer Dean Entzminger and jokingly quipped, "Who's Tanner Zahn?" I knew of the senior point guard, and the rest of the this year's Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier boys basketball team. But most of the team's attention—especially offensively—was supposed to be flowing through senior standout Connor Entzi. As it has played out, the two might as well be Batman and Robin.
Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier did something not many boys basketball teams can claim at the Jamestown Civic Center on Tuesday. The Rebels held a Dan Carr-coached Linton-Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock team without a field goal for...
Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier did something not many boys basketball teams can claim at the Jamestown Civic Center on Tuesday. The Rebels held a Dan Carr-coached Linton-Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock team without a field goal for not one period, but two during the semifinals of the Region 3 tournament. A superhuman-like defensive effort sent the Rebels to Thursday's championship game, where they'll face Strasburg-Zeeland at 7:30. E-K-M dismantled the Lions 63-31.
Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier posted just five offensive rebounds all afternoon against Napoleon-Gackle-Streeter. But the team's final one was a biggie. Senior Connor Entzi's board and putback with 35 seconds left in Monday's quarterfinal game of the Region 3 boys basketball tournament, lifted the Rebels to a 47-45 victory over the Imperials at the Jamestown Civic Center on Monday. E-K-M, the District 5 tournament champions, survived and will face Linton-Hazelton-Moffit-Braddock in tonight's semifinals at 6.
Strasburg-Zeeland has relied on senior standout Brody Nieuwsma for a lot of things this season. But the eighth-ranked Clippers rely on everyone for the team's key to success. Strasburg-Zeeland's defense forced Carrington into six early turnovers during a 17-4 run to start Monday's Region 3 boys basketball quarterfinal at the Jamestown Civic Center. The Clippers held on from there to win 46-35 and will face South Border in tonight's semifinals at 7:30.
GRAND FORKS—Carrington's offense fell flat in the third period for a second straight game at the Alerus Center on Saturday. But this time the Cardinals couldn't recover in the fifth-place contest of the state Class B tournament.
Maybe the biggest difference between this year and last for Edgeley-Kulm-Montpelier's boys basketball team was on display last week at the Jamestown Civic Center. The Rebels have found a little swagger. A 67-56 victory over eighth-ranked Strasburg-Zeeland in the team's final game of the regular season was the shot in the arm that helped E-K-M claim the District 5 championship one week ago.
GRAND FORKS—Maara Nelson and the Carrington defense know how to disrupt a basketball game. The Cardinals made things difficult for an opposing team once again on Friday, this time during consolation play of the state Class B tournament at the Alerus Center. Nelson recorded four of her team's 10 steals, and also led the Cardinals offensively with 14 points, helping Carrington top Dickinson Trinity 40-29. Carrington will face Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah today at 2:45 p.m. for fifth-place.
GRAND FORKS—A second-half run and free throws proved to be the difference between two defensive-minded teams at the Alerus Center on Thursday. Park River-Fordville-Lankin separated itself from Carrington in the quarterfinals of the state Class B high school girls basketball tournament with an 8-0 third-period run, and went on to convert 5-of-6 foul shots in the final minute to top the Cardinals 51-44. The Region 3 champion Cardinals will face Dickinson Trinity in consolation play today at 1 p.m.