For the second year in a row, the weather bested the top stock and cowboys during the Friday night performance of the McKenzie County Fair’s Rodeo. While heavy rain kept the fans out of the grandstands on Friday evening, clear sunny skies made for a wonderful night of rodeo action on Saturday.
Samantha Jorgenson, an eighth grader at Watford City High School, has earned a position on the North Dakota Wrangler Junior High rodeo team and will be traveling with fellow teammates to Gallup, N.M., from June 28 to July 4 to compete in the 5th annual Wrangler Junior High Finals Rodeo (WJHFR).
Watford City’s Nick Liebel, a sophomore, battled back from an 8th place standing after shooting a seven over par, 79, on the first day of the Class B Boys State Golf Tournament to take second place individually and earn All-State honors.
Watford City’s relay teams turned in outstanding performances at the State Track and Field Meet in Bismarck last Friday and Saturday as the girls 1,600 and 3,200 meter relay teams captured first place finishes for the Wolves, while the girls 800 meter relay team took third place. In the boys division, Watford City’s 3,200 meter relay team took second place while the boys 1,600 meter relay team took fourth place.
In spite of being a first-year team, Watford City had high hopes of making it to the State Class B Baseball Tournament this year. And the Wolves very nearly saw their dreams come true as they worked their way through the Region 7 Tournament before falling in the title game to Minot Bishop Ryan 5-4.
Karson Pederson earned the right to advance to the State B Girls Golf Tournament with a second place finish at the Region 6 Golf Tournament on May 6.
It may have taken longer than either Dave Dougherty or Greg Brown wanted, but with bright sunny skies and warm temperatures last week, Watford City runners finally had their chance to qualify for the State Class B Track Meet.
With wins over New Town and Williston Trinity Christian last week, Watford City will be advancing to the Region 7 Tournament as the No. 3 seed.
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.