WATCH: Class A title games set, Fergus Falls punches ticket to state, more in WDAY 10pm sports for March 11
It will be a rematch of last year's Class A Boy's Basketball Championship, as Minot and West Fargo punch their tickets to Saturday's title game.
FARGO— The stage is set for Saturday's championship game in Class A boy's basketball. The final semifinals game on Friday night, featured a rally by the top seed from the East, Davies, but West Fargo hangs on and advances to the title game for the second straight year with the 78-72 win. Carson Hegerle scored a team high 20 points for the Packers, while Davies freshman Mason Klabo led all players with 28. Davies went on a 12-2 run late in the game, but the Packers will play for the repeat on Saturday.
"It's a fun feeling for sure. Davies is a great team, but we just came out there and did our thing. We were playing Packer basketball and we knew that we were going to get it done in our hearts," said Hegerle.
In a back and forth battle in the other boys semifinals game, Minot defeats Sheyenne in a double overtime thriller 64-61. Jaeger Gunville sealed the deal for Minot with a three-point shot with 27 seconds to play. Darik Disette led all players with 25 points as Minot advances to the Class A title game for the second straight year. Michael Nhial led the Mustangs with 24 points and 12 rebounds. Saturday's title game will be a rematch of the 2021 championsho and is at 8:00 p.m. from the Bismarck Events Center. It will also be live on WDAY.
Bismarck Century and Minot will face off in the girls title game, that begins at 6:00.
For the first time since 2019, the Fergus Falls girls basketball team is heading to the state basketball tournnament in Minnesota. The Otters defeating Menahga Friday night in the Section 8AA championship game, 51-29. South Dakota State commit Ellie Colbeck leading all players with 34 points in the win. This is the sixth state appearance for the Otters in team history.
"It feels great, we worked really hard the whole season for this, especially with the last two years ending not how we wanted. it was a really great feeling. We really wanted it and we went out there and played like we really wanted it and that's ultimately what got the job done," said Colbeck.
UND opens the NCHC quarterfinals on Friday night with a 2-1 win against Colorado College. North Dakota takes a 1-0 lead in the best of three series at Ralph Engelstad Arena. It took 13 minutes for UND to get a shot on goal, but the shots started falling in the second period. In his first game back with UND since January, Jake Sanderson opened the scoring with his eight goal of the season. After the Tigers responded a minutes later. Fargo native Tyler Kleven netted his second goal in three games. That goal was ultimately the game winner. North Dakota will work to advance to the Frozen Faceoff on Saturday with a 6:07 puck drop.
For the first time since 2009, the Warroad boys hockey team will be playing in a state championship game. After being down 4-2 against third seeded Mahtomedi, the second seeded Warriors rallied forcing overtime and ultimately winning 5-4. Senior Matt Hand netted the game winner. Hand's line with Daimon Gardner and Jayson Shaugabay scored all five goals in the win. Warroad will face Hermantown in Saturday's Class A Championship game at noon. Warroad fell to Hermantown by one goal in overtime earlier in the season.
"Well we knew that we had to fight through everything and they're a great team and they stuck with us and played body. We knew that we had to get through that. If we were going to beat them, we had to beat them the right way and play our game," said Hand.
Check out the highlights in WDAY's 10:00 p.m. sportscast for Friday, March 11th.