Watford City athletes again had to struggle against strong winds on Saturday as the Wolves competed at the New Salem Track Meet at the Bismarck Community Bowl. “I feel our team ran extremely well in the meet,” stated Greg Brown, girls’ head coach.
Watford City’s varsity girls golf team finished in first place at the Ray Invitational State Qualifier on Friday, May 1. “I am pleasantly surprised with the win,” stated LeRoy Bettenhausen, girls head coach. “The ladies had a super team effort playing in cool, damp weather conditions this week.”
A cool, wet spring has definitely made the high school track season much more complicated this year as the dates of several meets this past week were changed because of inclement weather. But in spite of poor conditions, Watford City’s track teams are continuing to make big improvements in their performances.
The Watford City varsity boys and girls track teams opened their seasons on Tuesday, April 14 at the Mohall Track Meet, which was held at Minot State University. The Wolves’ girls team took third place with 85 points, while the boys team took fourth place with 95 points.
With this winter’s record snowfall and the late arrival of spring due to cold, wet temperatures, it may have seemed like track season was never going to happen in North Dakota. But at long last, Watford City’s boys and girls track teams are finally starting their competitive season as the Wolves will compete in the Mohall Invitational at Minot State University on Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.