Linton boys, Hazen girls No. 1 in Class B

Linton remained No. 1 in the latest North Dakota Class B boys’ basketball poll.
Hazen took over the top spot in the girls’ rankings after Bottineau saw its 51-game winning streak snapped last week by Kenmare.
The Lions (15-0) remain the unanious No. 1 in the boys’ poll. Watford City (12-1) moved up one spot to No. 2.
New Rockford-Sheyenne (12-1) moved up three spots to No. 6, while Lisbon (13-1) fell three spots to No. 7. Carrington (12-2) is tied for 10th.
The Bison (19-0) got eight of 10 first-place votes in the girls’ poll, while Bottineau (17-1) got the other two and slipped to No. 2 in the final regular-season poll.
Kidder County (17-1) remained No. 4 and New Rockford-Sheyenne (16-1) stayed at No. 6.
The final boys’ basketall poll will be released next week.

Class B polls
1. Linton (10) 15-0 100 1
2. Watford City 12-1 89 3
3. Dickinson Trinity 12-1 75 5
4. Park River 14-1 60 6
5. Thompson 14-2 49 7
6. New Rockford-Sheyenne 12-1 46 9
7. Lisbon 13-1 42 4
8. Turtle Lake-Mercer 12-2 36 8
9. North Sargent 13-2 25 2
10. (tie) Central Cass 12-3 10 10
10. (tie) Carrington 12-2 10 —
Others receiving votes: Bowman County (12-3), Central Prairie (12-2), Fargo Oak Grove (12-3), Richland (10-5), Shiloh Christian (12-3).
1. Hazen (8) 19-0 98 2
2. Bottineau (2) 17-1 82 1
3. Hillsboro 15-1 81 3
4. Kidder County 17-1 66 4
5. Fairmount-Campbell-Tintah 17-1 48 5
6. New Rockford-Sheyenne 16-1 46 6
7. Hankinson 16-2 27 8
8. Kenmare 16-2 23 —
9. Fordville-Lankin-Park River 16-1 21 7
10. (tie) Finley-Sharon-Hope-Page 16-2 18 t10
10. (tie) Underwood 17-1 18 —
Others receiving votes: Beach (14-2), Central Cass (15-3), Carrington (14-2), Harvey (15-2).

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District 5 tournament pairings

Litchville-Marion-Montpelier is the top seed for the Class B District 5 girls’ basketball tournament, which tips off on Thursday at the Civic Center.

The Rebels (16-3), who enter the postseason on a 12-game winning streak, receive a first-round bye. Three first-round games are on tap for Thursday.

At 4:30 p.m., No. 4 Barnes County North takes on No. 5 Edgeley-Kulm. No. 2 Pingree-Buchanan-Kensal squares off with No. 7 LaMoure at 6:15 p.m. and No. 3 Ellendale takes on No. 6 Central Prairie at 8 p.m.

The tournament runs through Saturday. The top four teams advance to the Region 3 tournament on Feb. 23-26 in Hazelton.

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JC women stay at No. 25 in NAIA poll

Four Dakota Athletic Conference women’s basketball teams remain in the NAIA Division II top 25.

Jamestown College (16-7, 6-4 DAC), coming off a sweep of Dakota State and Mayville State, remains at No. 25 this week.

Black Hills State (20-5, 9-2 DAC), the DAC leader after sweeping Minot State and Dickinson State at home, stayed at No. 6.

Dickinson State (17-6, 8-2 DAC), now a half game behind the Yellow Jackets, slipped one spot to No. 13.

Valley City State (16-8, 8-2 DAC), tied for second with the Blue Hawks a half game back of Black Hills, moved up two spots to No. 19.

In the men’s poll, one DAC team is ranked.

Conference leader Black Hills State (21-4, 10-1 DAC), coming off a home sweep of Minot State and Dickinson State, remains at No. 6 this week.

Dickinson State (14-10, 7-3 DAC), swept on the road at South Dakota Mines and Black Hills, fell out of the top 25 but received votes.

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Wolves star out for season, A-Rod talks

A couple of national notes:

The Minnesota Timberwolves will play the rest of the season without star Al Jefferson, who tore his ACL late in the Wolves’ Sunday night loss to the New Orleans Hornets. Jefferson was having an All-Star worthy season for the thoroughly mediocre Wolves, who had been marginally more competitive since Kevin McHale took over as head coach.

Now you can pretty much pencil them in for a high lottery pick.

Alex Rodriguez talked to ESPN’s Peter Gammons and admits using performance-enhancing drugs from 2001-03 while playing for the Texas Rangers. A report surfaced over the weekend that A-Rod, now with the New York Yankees, had failed an anonymous steroids test in 2003. That was the season he won the American League MVP.

According to the Star-Tribune’s Joe Christensen, Joe Crede is seeking close to $7 million for a one-year deal. The Minnesota Twins have reportedly been interested in signing the former White Sox third baseman.

He would be an obvious upgrade, if: 1, He’s healthy; 2, The low-budget Twins can work a deal with agent Scott Boras; 3, He wants to spend a season playing on FieldTurf at the Metrodome with his bad back; 4, He’s healthy; 5, Some other team doesn’t outbid the Twins (who, did we mention, operate on a small budget?); and 6, He’s healthy.

If you think $5-7 million is an awful lot to expect the Twins to offer, keep in mind they offered Casey Blake $7 million per year for two years with an option before Blake signed a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers.

And it’s not like re-signing Nick Punto and Jason Kubel and bringing in Luis Ayala has blown the budget. Well, OK, maybe it has.

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JC/UMary wrestling cancelled

The Jamestown College wrestling dual against the University of Mary scheduled for Wednesday at the Hansen Center has been cancelled.

Both the Jimmies and the Marauders are dealing with a number of injuries, leaving both teams shorthanded.

The Jimmies will compete in the NAIA North qualifier on Saturday, Feb. 21 in Hastings, Neb. The NAIA national tournament is set for March 5-7 in Oklahoma City.

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