Blue Jays Finish Third At Region; Powers Lake Ranchers Head To State
The 4 Bears Casino & Lodge Events Center was the site for the Region 8 Boys’ Basketball Tournament last week. The tournament tipped off on Monday, Mar. 6 with quarterfinal action. Powers Lake-Burke Central topped Mandaree, Stanley defeated Trenton, Divide County beat White Shield and Kenmare/Bowbells came out on top of Williston Trinity Christian to set up an all District 16 semifinal night.
On Tuesday, Mar. 7, Powers Lake-Burke Central defeated Stanley and Kenmare/Bowbells topped Divide County in close matchups to head to the championship on Thursday, Mar. 9.
In the third place game, Stanley defeated Divide County. Powers Lake-Burke Central topped Kenmare/Bowbells to claim the Region 8 title. The Ranchers will represent Region 8 in the State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament that tips off on Thursday, Mar. 16 in the Bismarck Events Center. The Ranchers will play the first game of the day at 1:00 p.m. against the number two seed Shiloh Christian.
As the tournament wrapped up on Thursday, awards were presented.
Named to the All-Tournament Team were Layton Krecklau and Max Dhuyvetter of Divide County; Luke Crosby and Jack Zimmer of Kenmare/Bowbells; Kyle Huseby, Luke Fraunfelter and Tyson Enget of Powers Lake-Burke Central; Tristen Barstad and Josh Hetzel of Stanley; and Carter Smith of Trenton.
The Region 8 Senior Athlete of the Year award went to Tyson Enget of Powers Lake-Burke Central. Stanley’s Kory Anderson was named the Region 8 Coach of the Year. The Spirit Award was presented to the Powers Lake Ranchers.
Stanley vs. Trenton
In the first game of the tournament, the Blue Jays met up with the Trenton Tigers on Monday, Mar. 6. Stanley held a four point lead at the end of the first quarter and continued to outscore the Tigers in each of the other three quarters on their way to the 64 to 52 win.