Home sweet home. energy and compete," Marshall stated. "We would love to have a good crowd come on out and support us. It's great to be back at home in front of our fans."

Home sweet home. That is what the Lake Region State College men and women's basketball teams are thinking. Not only are the squads excited to be back on the floor of the Devils Lake Sports Center, but just to be back on the court in general.


Both teams are in action Wednesday evening (tonight) at home. The LRSC women take on Northern State University JV at 6:30 p.m. and the men host Rainy River Community College. The women last played a month ago in a victory over Concordia JV Dec. 4. LRSC's men defeated Mayville State JV in its last action Dec. 11.


For the women, the game is a chance at redemption. Northern State JV knocked off LRSC Nov. 23 at the Sports Center. It was a close game throughout as the Wolves used a large run late to walk away with a 67-56 victory. The defeat is one of four on the Royal's record this season.


It,s a matchup that features clashing styles. The Wolves feature excellent size and strength while LRSC has a combination of perimeter play and post presence provided by Cassidy Nelson. With an opportunity to avenge one of its losses and get momentum going into Mon-Dak Conference play, the Royals are looking to start 2017 on a winning track.


"Northern State is a very good basketball team. They are big and physical all over the court," Danny Mertens, LRSC head coach stated. "Northern State has a great program in place and a great system in place. It's one of those teams that make you better by playing them."

The Royal men also have a tough game in front of itself Wednesday in the form of Rainy River Community College. Out of International Falls, Minn., the Voyageurs bring a 7-1 record to town. The team features the guard combination of freshman Davarius Wright and sophomore Ira Johnson. Together the perimeter players average 35 points a night.

"Rainy River has a good basketball team. They have been successful this season and will be ready to go," Jared Marshall, LRSC second-year head coach, commented.

With the long layoff, the coach is looking for his team to work together against Rainy River.

"I want to see our guys really come out, play with energy and compete," Marshall stated. "We would love to have a good crowd come on out and support us. It's great to be back at home in front of our fans."