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I didn't mean to hijack the girls' b-ball "Catholic" game coming up this season but it really got me thinking about the glory days of Class B sports in North Dakota, especially boys' basketball.  Going off of memory, here's my short list of old district and region teams from yester-year...

 

Old District 29 in Region 8:

 

Golva Tigers

Beach Buccaneers

Belfield Bantams

South Heart Eagles

New England Tigers

New England St Mary's Saints

 

Some great team names there in Region 8...Glen Ullin Rattlers...Rhame Pirates...Bowman Bulldogs...Hettinger Black Devils...Scranton Miners...Reeder Rockets...New Salem Holsteins...Hebron Brickmakers...Almont Eagles...Elgin Dutchmen...Taylor Redbirds...Richardton Rebels...Center Wildcats...Standing Rock Warriors...

 

Anyone care to help organize those into districts?  Glen Ullin, Hebron, Almont, Richardton, Taylor, and New Salem were all in the same district at one time, I believe...

 

Further SW, it was Bowman, Hettinger, Scranton, Rhame, Reeder, and ? 

 

Anyone else want to chip in and help out?

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Maybe the oil boom out west will bring the "good old days" back?  That would be sweet.

 

Having grown up in the 1980's, it was truly the glory days of basketball out there.  I had personal friends who played for the Golva Tigers and they were absolutely crushed when Golva closed and merged its school with Beach.  Jeremy and Jason Schmitz were good basketball camp buddies of mine (the Sam Milanovich Camp at DSU).  Richardton and Taylor were one of the very first mergers out there.  So many more since then...

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I didn't mean to hijack the girls' b-ball "Catholic" game coming up this season but it really got me thinking about the glory days of Class B sports in North Dakota, especially boys' basketball.  Going off of memory, here's my short list of old district and region teams from yester-year...

 

Old District 29 in Region 8:

 

Golva Tigers

Beach Buccaneers

Belfield Bantams

South Heart Eagles

New England Tigers

New England St Mary's Saints

 

Some great team names there in Region 8...Glen Ullin Rattlers...Rhame Pirates...Bowman Bulldogs...Hettinger Black Devils...Scranton Miners...Reeder Rockets...New Salem Holsteins...Hebron Brickmakers...Almont Eagles...Elgin Dutchmen...Taylor Redbirds...Richardton Rebels...Center Wildcats...Standing Rock Warriors...

 

Anyone care to help organize those into districts?  Glen Ullin, Hebron, Almont, Richardton, Taylor, and New Salem were all in the same district at one time, I believe...

 

Further SW, it was Bowman, Hettinger, Scranton, Rhame, Reeder, and ? 

 

Anyone else want to chip in and help out?

Mott Cardinals and a Regent Rangers I believe were in Region 8.

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Mott Cardinals and a Regent Rangers I believe were in Region 8.

Yes, good ones. I can't place which district though. If I had to guess, I'd say Mott and Regent were district-mates of Elgin and New Leipzig.

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Yes, good ones. I can't place which district though. If I had to guess, I'd say Mott and Regent were district-mates of Elgin and New Leipzig.

Mott and Regent played district tournaments in Bowman in the 80s and early 90s. Not sure what district that was.

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Mott and Regent played district tournaments in Bowman in the 80s and early 90s. Not sure what district that was.

Region 8 consisted of Districts 29-32.

Pretty sure that Hebron, Glen Ullin, Richardton, Taylor, New Salem, and Almont consisted of one of those four districts.

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Used to be four districts per region, correct? Pretty sure 5, 6, 7, & 8 were Region 2. Regionals were played at Lewey Lee Fieldhouse at Mayville State, every year.

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Yes, good ones. I can't place which district though. If I had to guess, I'd say Mott and Regent were district-mates of Elgin and New Leipzig.

Mott to Regent to New Leipzig to Elgin encompasses four schools with about 45 minutes between them. They're all along Highway 21.

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Used to be four districts per region, correct? Pretty sure 5, 6, 7, & 8 were Region 2. Regionals were played at Lewey Lee Fieldhouse at Mayville State, every year.

Yes, 8 regions with 4 districts in each one. Region 8 was the SW corner of the state and covered Districts 29-32. The Regional tournament was typically played at Dickinson State, U, although I recall the '86 tournament being played at Dickinson High School.

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I can't help with region 8 but region 6 consisted of districts 21-24.  District 24 consisted of Tolley, Donnybrook, Kenmare, Mohall, Sherwook, Glenburn, Lansford, and Carpio.  District tournament was in Kenmare.  District 22 was Berthold, Des Lacs-Burlington, Surrey, Sawyer, Velva, Granville, and Deering.  Not as sure about the other two districts, but one consisted of Garrison, Washburn, and  other towns south of the lake.  The other district was Newburg, Westhope and other towns across the north central.

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I can't help with region 8 but region 6 consisted of districts 21-24.  District 24 consisted of Tolley, Donnybrook, Kenmare, Mohall, Sherwook, Glenburn, Lansford, and Carpio.  District tournament was in Kenmare.  District 22 was Berthold, Des Lacs-Burlington, Surrey, Sawyer, Velva, Granville, and Deering.  Not as sure about the other two districts, but one consisted of Garrison, Washburn, and  other towns south of the lake.  The other district was Newburg, Westhope and other towns across the north central.

Max, Underwood, and Willow City were with Garrison and Washburn, I believe. Add Souris in with Westhope and Newburgh. I've got the North Dakota Hoops book from 1985 around here somewhere...

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I can't help with region 8 but region 6 consisted of districts 21-24.  District 24 consisted of Tolley, Donnybrook, Kenmare, Mohall, Sherwook, Glenburn, Lansford, and Carpio.  District tournament was in Kenmare.  District 22 was Berthold, Des Lacs-Burlington, Surrey, Sawyer, Velva, Granville, and Deering.  Not as sure about the other two districts, but one consisted of Garrison, Washburn, and  other towns south of the lake.  The other district was Newburg, Westhope and other towns across the north central.

 

Nice work.  How about school nicknames?  I know Kenmare was the Honkers - awesome name!  Another one up that way was the Bowbells Eskimos.

 

Region 7 consisted of schools a few miles north of where I grew up.  I know the Killdeer Cowboys and Halliday Wolverines were in the same district and the region giant was the Watford City Wolves who were only a few miles from their rival, the Alexander Comets. 

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Max, Underwood, and Willow City were with Garrison and Washburn, I believe. Add Souris in with Westhope and Newburg. I've got the North Dakota Hoops book from 1985 around here somewhere...

 

Belfield played Newburg in the '86 boys state basketball title game...by then, they were Kramer-Maxbass-Newburg Eagles.

 

Found two more for Region 8 - Solen Sioux and the Flasher Bulldogs.  Cannonball eventually combined with Solen but I'm assuming they had their own team at one time as well. 

 

clear.gifclear.gifI had some friends in the W-P-R Wolfpack group - Woodworth - Pettibone - Robinson.  I think all three of those schools have been closed for a long time now. 

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I can't help with region 8 but region 6 consisted of districts 21-24.  District 24 consisted of Tolley, Donnybrook, Kenmare, Mohall, Sherwook, Glenburn, Lansford, and Carpio.  District tournament was in Kenmare.  District 22 was Berthold, Des Lacs-Burlington, Surrey, Sawyer, Velva, Granville, and Deering.  Not as sure about the other two districts, but one consisted of Garrison, Washburn, and  other towns south of the lake.  The other district was Newburg, Westhope and other towns across the north central.

 

District 21 (going north to south, more or less)

 

Max Cossacks

Garrison Troopers

Riverdale Knights

Underwood Comets

Turtle-Lake Mercer Trojans

Washburn Cardinals

Wilton Miners

 

Tourneys rotated between Garrison and Washburn for the most part.

 

All seven schools were also within McLean County (and all but Riverdale are still fielding their own teams, amazing in these times), so there were a ton of pretty heated rivalries.  In addition to the District, the County Tournament was a big deal for bragging rights.  Other teams in the county were the Butte Spartans (I think played in Region 4 in a district with towns like Drake and Anamoose) and the White Shield Warriors who played in Region 7 with schools like New Town, Parshall and North Shore.

 

Also, the Region 6 tournament was at the Minot Auditorium and that was a great place to see a game.  Very old school facility, even now it feels like you are in Hoosiers or something similar when watching a game there.  One of my favorite venues in the state.

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Former Region 5, District 20 guy until the family moved from Linton to Bismarck.

Linton Lions

Napoleon Imperials

Strasburg Clippers

Zeeland Vikings

Braddock Bobcats

Hazelton Tigers

Wishek Badgers

Emmons Central Knights

Hague might have been in this district as well?

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Former Region 5, District 20 guy until the family moved from Linton to Bismarck.

Linton Lions

Napoleon Imperials

Strasburg Clippers

Zeeland Vikings

Braddock Bobcats

Hazelton Tigers

Wishek Badgers

Emmons Central Knights

Hague might have been in this district as well?

 

8 teams in the district? Wow!  I kind of assumed all districts had 6 teams. 

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They all had 8 teams back in the day, like the late 70's early 80's

Old District 10:

Cavalier Tornadoes

Walhalla Eagles

Neche Indians

Pembina Wildcats

Drayton Bombers

St Thomas Tommies

Valley Raiders

Milton-Osnabrock Mustangs

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District 21 (going north to south, more or less)

 

Max Cossacks

Garrison Troopers

Riverdale Knights

Underwood Comets

Turtle-Lake Mercer Trojans

Washburn Cardinals

Wilton Miners

 

Tourneys rotated between Garrison and Washburn for the most part.

 

All seven schools were also within McLean County (and all but Riverdale are still fielding their own teams, amazing in these times), so there were a ton of pretty heated rivalries.  In addition to the District, the County Tournament was a big deal for bragging rights.  Other teams in the county were the Butte Spartans (I think played in Region 4 in a district with towns like Drake and Anamoose) and the White Shield Warriors who played in Region 7 with schools like New Town, Parshall and North Shore.

 

Also, the Region 6 tournament was at the Minot Auditorium and that was a great place to see a game.  Very old school facility, even now it feels like you are in Hoosiers or something similar when watching a game there.  One of my favorite venues in the state.

That makes sense.  District 23 must have been Westhope, Souris, Maxbass, Newburg, Willow City, Dunseith, and Upham. I'm guessing Antler and Kramer may have been in that district at some time.

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Nice work.  How about school nicknames?  I know Kenmare was the Honkers - awesome name!  Another one up that way was the Bowbells Eskimos.

 

Region 7 consisted of schools a few miles north of where I grew up.  I know the Killdeer Cowboys and Halliday Wolverines were in the same district and the region giant was the Watford City Wolves who were only a few miles from their rival, the Alexander Comets. 

Kenmare Honkers, Carpio Cardinals, Donnybrook Hi-Liners, Tolley Tigers, Sherwood Wildcats, Lansford Cubs, Glenburn Panthers, and Mohall Yellowjackets.  Only Kenmare, Glenburn, and Mohall survive today

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They all had 8 teams back in the day, like the late 70's early 80's

Old District 10:

Cavalier Tornadoes

Walhalla Eagles

Neche Indians

Pembina Wildcats

Drayton Bombers

St Thomas Tommies

Valley Raiders

Milton-Osnabrock Mustangs

District 29 had only 6 back in my day. I think I remember some complaints about the small number and it being easier to advance to Regionals. Golva closed and District 29 was left with only 5 teams.

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District 29 had only 6 back in my day. I think I remember some complaints about the small number and it being easier to advance to Regionals.

Well I am quite a bit older :)

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Came across a 1988 Region 8 Tournament program in my garage...

District 29: South Heart 1 New England 2

District 30: Glen Ullin 1 Center 2

District 31: New Leipzig 1 Elgin 2

District 32: Scranton 1 Bowman 2

Scranton defeated South Heart for 3rd Place and Glen Ullin defeated New Leipzig for the regional title.

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I would personally rather watch class A matchups.  Bismarck High vs. Minot High, Bismarck High vs. Century, Dickinson vs. Minot.  I ref class A, class B, and 9 man football and can fully appreciate the rivalries of class B.  I just struggle to watch the talent level of the teams in class B.  

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