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.
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.
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.
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.