December 27: Boys, Hitchcock-Tulare vs. Edmunds Central, 11 a.m.; Boys, McIntosh vs. Grant-Deuel, 12:30 p.m.; Girls, McIntosh vs. Rosholt, 2 p.m.; Girls, Groton vs. Newell, 3:30 p.m.; Boys, Newell vs. Sully Buttes, 5 p.m.; Boys, Potter County vs. Rosholt, 6:30 p.m.; Boys, Dupree vs. North Star, N.D., 8 p.m.
December 28: (All Girls’ Games) Edmunds Central vs. McIntosh, 2 p.m.; Eureka vs. Wilmot, 3:30 p.m.; Ipswich vs. South Border, N.D., 5 p.m.; Aberdeen Roncalli vs. Herreid-Selby Area, 6:30 p.m.
December 29: (All Boys’ Games) Eureka-Bowdle vs. Northwestern, 1 p.m.; Summit vs. Faulkton, 2:30 p.m.; Ipswich vs. LaMoure, N.D., 4 p.m.; Aberdeen Christian vs. Herreid-Selby Area, 5:30 p.m.; Little Wound vs. Langford Area, 7 p.m.
— Sports writer Shawn Werre
Warner-Summit renew girls’ rivalry
It might be early in the season, but that does not mean the intensity will be less when Warner hosts Summit in a non-conference girls’ basketball game on Saturday.
When tip-off takes place around 8 p.m. at the Warner Gym, expect the atmosphere to be electric.
“We try to not look ahead too much, but you can’t help but kind of peek forward and know where this one’s at,” said Warner coach Stew Bohle of the significance of the contest.
Summit is currently rated number one in Class B and Warner is tied for fifth in the most recent poll.
The two met in a pair of memorable matchups last season.
Warner snapped Summit’s 30-game home winning streak dating back to 2006 with a win during the regular season before Summit gained revenge by beating the Monarchs in the Region 1B championship.
While Warner does not have nearly as long of a home winning streak at stake, the Monarchs are still difficult to beat on their home floor where they have won 10 straight games.
“We like to think that we do have a home-court advantage here,” Bohle said. “It’s a tough place for people to come in to play. We hope to have this place packed full of people.”
Bohle said the stiff early-season test will be an opportunity for his team to gauge where it’s at and a chance to gain some recognition against the two-time defending State B champions.
Interestingly enough, the two schools have a bit of recent history in volleyball as well. Summit lost just two matches this past fall and both came against Warner, the eventual state champion.
“I think it absolutely has some bearing on basketball,” Bohle said of the impact of those volleyball matches. “I think you can use that to your advantage on both sides.”
Sports writer Dave Vilhauer