Sports

The Watford City High School boys varsity golf team will open its 2009 season on Friday, April 17 when the Wolves host a tournament at the Watford City Golf Course.

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Like all other North Dakota high school spring sports teams, the Watford City High School golf teams have patiently been waiting for the start of their season. And with four golf meets already cancelled because of snow-covered courses, LeRoy Bettenhausen, girls head coach, says his girls are ready to start playing.

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Let’s play ball! That’s the rallying cry of the Watford City baseball team as the Wolves anxiously await opening day action of their inaugural season. And after a snowy, wet spring the wait for the start of spring high school baseball is just about over for the Wolves as Watford City welcomes Des Lac/Burlington to town for a double header on Thursday at 4 p.m.

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Three Watford City football players, Justin Flatland, Jacob Quale and Kevin Sanford have been selected by the North Dakota High School Coaches Association to play on the 11 Man West Team in the 36th annual 2009 Shrine Bowl.

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Two McKenzie County basketball players, Kevin Sanford and Devin Yellow Wolf, have been selected by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportswriters and Sportsbroadcasters to the 2009 Class B All-State boys basketball team.

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The Watford City boys basketball team closed out its 2008-2009 campaign on a high note as the Wolves defeated the Bowman Bulldogs 62-46 in the consolation championship game of the State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament at the Minot State Dome on Saturday afternoon. Although Bowman got off to an early lead, Watford City's smothering defense and high powered offense soon tamed the Bulldogs.

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After losing a heart-breaking opening round game to Linton, Watford City bounced back to edge the North Star Bearcats 59-58 on Friday afternoon to advance to the consolation title game at the State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament. Once again, Watford City found itself in a fight to the very end. But this time, the Wolves tasted the sweetness of victory as Christian Schulz scored the game winning basket on a spinning layup with 11 seconds left in the game.

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The much hyped match-up between the top two ranked teams in Class B basketball lived up to its expectations as the Watford City Wolves, the No. 2 team in the state, took on the No. 1-ranked Linton Lions in opening round action of the State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament on Thursday afternoon. But unfortunately for the Wolves, the outcome of the game, which saw huge momentum swings, was disapp ointing as Watford City fell to the Lions 66-63 after battling back from a 16-point deficit midway through the third quarter.

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Watford City will be making a return trip to the North Dakota State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament as the Wolves defeated the Mandaree Warriors 77-63 in the Region 8 title game last Thursday evening. The Wolves, who ended the season with a 22-2 record and were ranked No. 2 in the final North Dakota Class B Poll, will take on undefeated Linton, the No. 1 ranked Class B team in the state, at 2:45 p.m. on Thursday in first day action at the Minot State Dome.

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The Watford City Oilers Pee Wee team traveled to Langdon for the State B3 Tournament on March 5-8, 2009.

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Watford City and Mandaree survived opening round action of the Region 8 Boys Basketball Tournament action on Monday as the Wolves defeated the Divide County Maroons 66-59, while Mandaree bested the Ray Jays 49-37. Watford City and Mandaree will now advance to semifinal action on Tuesday evening where the Wolves will take on Tioga and Mandaree faces Parshall.

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The Watford City High School wrestling program has been fortunate to be led by a coach with 87 combined coaching seasons behind his belt, 31 of those in wrestling. Dave Dougherty has been teaching and coaching at W.C.H.S. for 31 years, but this year will be his last.

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The Watford City Oilers Girls team played in the State Hockey Tournament on March 6, 7 and 8 in Mayville, and skated to a fourth place finish.

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The Watford City girls basketball team played their best game of the season on Thursday night as the Wolves defeated the Mandaree Warriors 64-50 to improve their season record to 10-15 and to take third place in the Region 8 Tournament. In the semifinal action of the tournament, the Wolves fell to New Town 43-34.

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Mandaree and Watford City will both be advancing to the Region 8 Boys Basketball Tournament, which starts on Monday, March 9 at the Williston State College. Mandaree pulled off the upset of the district tournament on Monday evening as the Warriors defeated the Wolves 71-65 to win the District 15 Tournament championship.

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Watford City kept its winning streak intact last Tuesday as the Wolves defeated the Beach Bucs 72-50 to improve their record to 3-0.

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The Watford City varsity girls basketball team saw their season record drop to 2-5 last Tuesday as the Wolves fell to a very talented Beach Bucs team 83-40. This coming week, the Wolves will travel to Trenton on Thursday before hosting Bottineau Saturday afternoon.

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The Watford City Oilers, led by Alt. Captain Jacob Quale, skated to an impressive 5-2 victory over the defending State Champions Grand Forks Stallions in Junior Gold hockey action on Friday evening.

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