It took some time for North Star to get its game in order.
But once the Bearcats did, they left little doubt as to why they are the top-ranked Class B team in North Dakota.
Jacob Hagler’s steal and layup midway through the first quarter was the impetus to a 19-3 run that gave his team a 23-9 lead after the first eight minutes and the Bearcats rolled to an 89-35 win over the Four Winds-Minnewaukan junior varsity team in the first game of the annual Ramsey County Invitational on Thursday at the Devils Lake Sports Center.
North Star will face Dakota Prairie in one semifinal game tonight while Four Winds-Minnewaukan’s varsity team will take on Rolette-Wolford in another semifinal contest.
The Bearcats were originally scheduled to play the Devils Lake junior varsity in the first game. Warwick, which was slated to take part in the tournament, was forced to withdraw earlier in the day when the school revealed it only had five healthy players on the roster.
The Bearcats, who have appeared in each of the past two state championship games, placed four players in double figures in Thursday’s season-opening contest.
Hagler and fellow senior Daniel Grande combined for 35 points with Hagler finishing the game with a team-high 19 points. Grande finished with 17 points in the winning effort.
Christian Kvilvang and Johnny Heisler added 14 and 12 points, respectively, for the Bearcats.
Four Winds-Minnewaukan was paced by Jason Feather, Dason Alberts and Darwin Three Irons, who all scored six points in the game.
FW-M JV 10 9 6 10 — 35
North Star 23 19 19 28 — 89
FW-M JV (35): Jason Feather 6, Dason Alberts 6, Darwin Three Irons 6, Zac Alberts 4, Jonathon Hill 4, Steve Redfox 3, Devin Littlewind 2, Colton Three Irons 2, Oliver Gourd 2.
North Star (89): Jacob Hagler 19, Daniel Grande 17, Christian Kvilvang 14, Johnny Heisler 12, Alex Weston 7, Steven Hunt 6, Jayden Komroskey 5, Brooks Larson 5, Aaron Armentrout 2, Matthew Hunt. 2
Dakota Praire 43,
Dakota Prairie made the most of a 22-9 run to end the game as the Knights picked up their first win of the season with a 43-35 win over Lakota-Adams-Edmore.
Chris Brogdon led the way for the victors with 16 points, including four 3-pointers, and teammate Bryce Messner also reached double figures by scoring 13 points in the contest.
The Raiders were led by Eric Haugland’s 15 points and 10 points from Kaden Martinson.
L-A-E 6 7 13 9 — 35
Dakota Prairie 6 13 7 17 — 43
L-A-E (35): Eric Haugland 15, Kaden Martinson 10, Zac Sundre 6, Ryan Thompson 2, Thomas Boe 2.
Dakota Prairie (43): Chris Brogdon 16, Bryce Messner 13, Colton Anderson 7, Dalton Flaagan 3, Kasey Flaagan 2, Jon Lund 2.
Four Winds-Minn. 104,
Devils Lake JV 47
After defeating Grafton to open the season, Four Winds-Minnewaukan ran its season record to 2-0 with an impressive 104-47 win over the Devils Lake junior varsity.
Page 2 of 2 - The No. 10-ranked Indians placed five players in double figures in the lopsided win.
Collin Delorme, a transfer from Warwick, made the most of his FW-M varsity debut by pouring in 18 points to lead the Indians. Trayvon McKay and Austin Longie finished the game with 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Hadley Smith (14) and Ryan Hill (10) also reached double figures.
The young Firebirds were paced by Hunter Cichos and Brett Peterson who each had nine points.
Devils Lake JV 9 13 11 14 — 47
FW-M 25 27 29 23 — 104
Devils Lake JV (47): Hunter Cichos 9, Brett Peterson 9, Brian LeBeau 8, Austin Erickson 7, Kevin Osborne 6, Frank Knowski 4, Austin Wellman 3, Sean Olson 1.
Four Winds-Minn. (104): Collin Delorme 18, Trayvon McKay 16, Austin Longie 15, Hadley Smith 14, Ryan Hill 10, Brody Cavanaugh 9, Jasten McKay 5, Jason LaRock 4, Ben Barragan 4, Abe Comer 3.
Rolette-Wolford 49, Munich-Starkweather 47
Nicholas Myhre provided the winning margin when he took an inbounds pass and connected with just .9 seconds remaining in the contest to lift Rolette-Wolfrd to a 49-47 win over Munich-Starkweather in the final game of the opening day. It was his only field goal of the second half after connecting on three shots from the floor in the opening 16 minutes of play.
Casey Julson scored a game-high 21 points to lead the Comets and teammate Trevor Gottbrecht also reached double figures with 10 points. Myhre finished with nine points.
Lucas Dick and Garrett Hoffman scored 16 and 12 points, respectively, to lead the Magic Storm.
R-W 13 13 15 8 — 49
M-S 12 12 9 12 — 47
R-W (49): Casey Julson 21, Trevor Gottbrecht 10, Nicholas Myhre 9, Theodore Martin 4, Jalen Pfeifer 3, Clay Entzi 2.
M-S (47): Lucas Dick 16, Garrett Hoffman 12, Mitchell Kreklau 6, Tyler Goesser 5, Lowell Dick 4, Luke Weston 2, Dilan Peebles 2.