North Border Sports Update 12/29/2007
N.D. Class B poll 12/25/07
1. Watford City (8 first-place votes), 5-0 record, 80 points, 1 last week;
2. LaMoure 4-0 72 2;
3. North Border 5-0 63 3;
4. Hankinson 5-0 51 5;
5. Hazen 4-1 37 4;
6. Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page 4-0 27 10T;
7. Linton 3-0 25 8;
8. Minot Ryan 3-1 22 6;
9. Lisbon 2-1 20 7;
10. Parshall 4-0 14 NR.
Others receiving votes: Minnewaukan-Leeds (4-1), Four Winds (2-1) Munich-Starkweather (2-1), Grafton (2-2), Dakota Prairie (4-1), Dickinson Trinity (5-1), North Sargent (5-0), Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood.
Grand Forks Herald Interview with North Border Basketball Player Dustyn Chale
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Chale is a returning regular on the North Border boys basketball team that finished third at the state Class B tournament last season. The senior guard, an all-district pick last year, had a game-high 16 points Friday as the unbeaten (5-0) Eagles, ranked third in the Class B state poll, topped ninth-ranked Grafton 48-42 in a matchup of District 4 powers.
GFH:North Border and Grafton are regarded as the teams to beat in District 4. How big was the win?
DC: It's huge. You have to get the wins whenever you can; any district win is a big one. And they've become rivals. It seems like every game we've played against them has been close.
GFH:Does this win make North Border the favorite in District 4?
DC:I think that, from winning (the region) last year, we had a bull's-eye on our backs. And we still have a lot to work on.
GFH:With yourself, Tanner Carpenter and Mike Smith, North Border has three of its top six players back from the team that finished third at state last season. How does this team compare to the Eagles of a year ago?
DC:We don't have the height like we had last year, when we tried to slow things down. This year, everybody has to crash the boards, then we try to push the ball upcourt. We like to play more up-tempo. And a couple of the new guys, Max Johnson and Josh Keller, have done a good job of stepping in and filling roles.
GFH:What are the areas North Border needs to work on in order to make another run at the state tournament?
DC:We have to cut down on our turnovers. We've had a lot of them so far. And we have to keep crashing the boards. And we have to work on playing within ourselves and accepting roles. We still have a lot to work on.
Boys Basketball 12/21
#3 in ND State Class B basketball, North Border Eagles defeated #9 ranked Grafton Spoilers 48-42
North Border 12 15 7 14 48
Grafton 9 6 10 17 42
North Border - Mike Smith 8, Josh Keller 9, Max Johnson 4, Dustyn Chale 16, Tanner Carpenter 11
Grafton - Paul Holand 3, Wade Berg 6, Kameron Collette 3, Andrew Wysocki 11, Henry Medina 6, Anthony Kliniske 13
Girls Basketball 12/21
North Border 6 8 13 11 38
Grafton 23 19 19 26 87
North Border - Megan McGauvran 2, Emily Stremick 10, Jessie Helland 4, Danika Carpenter 4, Samantha O'Hara 4, Maddie Bjornstad 5, Courtney Lee 1, Morgan Beattie 5
Grafton - Emily Hills 6, Samantha Baldwin 18, Morgan Thompson 2, Brooke Gaustad 8, Stephanie Hanson 2, Samantha Dusek 8, Kelsey Adamsen 19, Katie Houdek 13, Samantha Dravland 9, Megan Callahan 2