A look at the top five performances of the 2015-16 Devils Lake and Lake Region State College seasons.
Journal Sports Editor
Photos from each performance can be found on page 6 of today's Journal.
5. Kristal Flowers vs. Dawson Comm. College (Jan. 10, 2016)
In an 89-81 win against Dawson Community College, Kristal Flowers was a force for the Lake Region State College women’s basketball team.
A sophomore who transferred to the Royals this season, few teams were able to match up with the 6-foot-1 center.
This game was no different.
Flowers finished with 23 points off 10-of-16 shooting and going 3-for-6 from the free throw line. Even more impressive, she grabbed 20 rebounds, 11 defensive and nine offensive.
"We're going to be in games if we can win the rebounding edge, and in the last two games we've won it,” LRSC head coach Danny Mertens said after the game. “You get days like today from Kristal. When you get 23 points and 20 rebounds, that's a good day at the office. That's what she's got to do for us."
Flowers averaged 11.9 points and 9.9 rebounds per game for the Royals in the 2015-16 season.
4. Ryan Clark @ Dakota College at Bottineau (Jan. 25, 2016)
The Lake Region State College men’s basketball team needed every bit of Ryan Clark’s performance in a 101-99 overtime win at Dakota College at Bottineau.
The 6-foot-7 sophomore from Adelaide, Australia, scored 40 points and tallied 19 rebounds as the Royals improved to 18-5 overall and 3-2 in the Mon-Dak Conference.
“Ryan Clark with a monster game tonight,” LRSC head coach Jared Marshall said. “They really put focus on AJ (Nywesh) tonight trying to take him out so we went to Ryan again and again. He really came through for us.”
Clark was basically a walking double-double for the Royals in his two years of starting with a career average of 13.5 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He is also LRSC’s all-time leading rebounder with 636 and was named to the Mon-Dak All-Conference second team this season.
3. Mason Kostecki vs. Jamestown (Dec. 29, 2015)
Despite a 92-82 loss to Jamestown, Devils Lake boys basketball senior Mason Kostecki had a memorable shooting performance.
He showed his school record-breaking nine 3-pointers a week earlier was no joke. Kostecki nailed another nine 3-pointers against Jamestown and finished with 28 points.
His play off the bench helped the Firebirds climb back from a 54-40 halftime deficit, but the Blue Jays shot 69 percent from the field to get the win.
“He’s a great addition to our team,” Firebirds head coach Derek Gathman said about Kostecki after the game. “He makes our offense a heckuva lot better.”
Kostecki went on to break the school record in 3-pointers made in a season.
“I wouldn’t be where I’m at without (my teammates) honestly,” Kostecki said in a February interview. “They’ve set me up and helped me be where I’m at and beat those records.”
2. Mackenzie Irwin vs. NDSCS (Jan. 13, 2016)
In a competitive game between two top teams in the Mon-Dak Conference, freshman Mackenzie Irwin played hero off the bench for the Lake Region State College women’s basketball team.
She scored 25 of her 27 points in the second half, including 19 in the fourth quarter, to help erase a 12-point halftime deficit and get the 74-67 win.
The victory kept the Royals undefeated in conference play at 3-0.
The turning point in the game may have been when head coach Danny Mertens yelled at Irwin in the first half to shoot the ball or she’ll be sitting on the bench.
“I think that was the first thing that kind of set in my mind that I didn’t want to be on the bench, so I needed to start scoring or doing something,” Irwin said after the game. “At halftime, (Mertens) motivated us and tried getting us going. I think that overall gave me confidence to want the ball in my hands.”
1. Bradley Davidson @ EDC indoor track meet (April 8, 2016)
At the Eastern Dakota Conference indoor meet in Fargo, Devils Lake senior Bradley Davidson showed he was one of the top track and field athletes in the state of North Dakota.
Davidson won the 60-meter dash, 200-meter dash and the long jump.
He ran a 7.16 in the 60-meter, a 23.34 in the 200-meter and had a top mark of 21-03.25 in the long jump.
Earlier in the season, Davidson won the 60-meter dash and placed third in the long jump at the Class A State Indoor Championships.
An ankle injury sidelined Davidson for a few weeks of the season, but he returned to take part in three events at the state outdoor meet last weekend in Bismarck.
He ran a 11.31 to place sixth in the 100-meter dash. He also ran in the 200-meter and 400-meter dashes, but did not reach the finals.
Davidson is a football commit for the University of Mary in Bismarck and plans to play running back.
Thursday's Journal will feature the top five moments of 2015-16.