Payne wins Miss Basketball

Fargo Shanley senior guard Reile Payne was announced as the 2020 North Dakota Miss Basketball Award recipient on Friday. The award recognizing the state’s top high school female basketball senior is voted on by members of the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

The Class A all-state Payne averaged 20.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game this season.

Other finalists were Lakyn Darras (Mandan), Alexis Dressler (Bismarck Legacy), Kaity Hove (Trenton), Jes Mertens (Devils Lake), Allie Nelson (Minot) and Callie Ronningen (Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich).

A 5-3-1 points system is used to decide the winner with each NDAPSSA member voting for their top three choices. Payne received 56 points in the voting, followed by Ronningen 42, Mertens 34, Hove 33, Darras 23, Dressler 19 and Nelson.

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H.S. sports off until April

The North Dakota High School Activities Association announced on its website Friday,, that its current suspension on sports and activities will be effective until at least April 6.

Coaches and athletics directors will only be able to connect with student participants via technology and provide optional individual workouts or training.