All Star Review

Posted 7/19/17 (Wed)

An exciting all-star week tipped off on Monday in Bismarck when the best of Class A and Class B faced off in the 41st annual Lions All Star Game.

The girls got the day underway with a game that went back and forth all the way. Each team had opportunities to deliver knockout punches as early as quarter two, but the resiliency and effort from both squads when trailing prevented that from happening. For the Class B girls Macy Kvilvang and Harmony Burns stole the show and stuffed the stat sheet. Burns finished with 21 and 9 while Kvilvang, the future NDSU Bison, added 20 and 11. Kvilvang found herself with the ball behind the 3-point line with time expiring, her team down three. A buzzer beating shot rolled around and out ensuring a 77-74 victory for Class A. Leading a total team effort for the A girls were Lexi Robson and Emily Dietz who both tallied 13 points. Every player on the A roster scored in the game.

Night two of the showcase saw the scene switch to Fargo and Class A come out quick, building a commanding 18-point lead at halftime. It appeared as if the B girls had put their best foot forward the night before and would again come up short, this time by a larger margin. However, whatever Coach Perry Piatz told his team in the locker room changed their demeanor and the tide of the game. An 18-2 run led by Kari Wolfe and Maara Nelson got Class B back in the game. Out of the timeout Tylee Irwin reentered the game and pushed the A girls to a more comfortable spot. Irwin finished with 14 and 7. A late rally gave B the ball with just seconds on the clock down three but a good shot could not be found off the inbound and Class A completed the sweep with a 65-63 win.

From the hardwood in Fargo to the astroturf in Grand Forks. Sunday was Shrine day at the Alerus center where the 9-man game lived up to the excitement hinted at by the rosters. The eastern offense was dangerous. Senior POY Calen Schwabe orchestrated a unit that could attack you every possible way. Speed out of the back field in Jake Ihland and Adam Diedrich was paired with the unstoppable downfield threat of Cody Mauch who caught 2* touchdown passes from Schwabe. The defense for the west impressed me tremendously, slowing down the east and allowing Brody Cahill to come up with answer after answer to keep the game close. Cahill’s third rushing touchdown gave the west a 21-20 lead, their first of the day. The east answered with a controversial touchdown pass from Schwabe to Mauch. Mauch received the ball in the end zone and took two steps before losing control of the ball that spun out of bounds. An argument could be made that the catching process was not complete but the officials ruled it a touchdown and the extra point was good; an extra point that would turn out to be the difference. In a game full of sensational offensive and defensive performances, a missed PAT on the final score of the game propelled the east to a 28-27 victory.

Next up on BEK Prime is the State B Legion Baseball Tournament from Steele. Game 1 is Wednesday July 26th and games run through Sunday the 30th.