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Tom Mix, Published March 06 2013

North Dakota Class B boys state basketball tournament preview capsules

LaMoure-Litchville-Marion vs. Dickinson Trinity

LaMoure-Litchville-Marion Loboes

Coach: Darren Thielges

Record: 21-2 Region 3 champions

State tournament history: This is LaMoure’s fourth appearance at state and first since 2008. … The Loboes won the 1976 Class B title. … Prior to forming a co-op with

LaMoure this season, Litchville-Marion had made five trips to state.

Road to state: The No. 10-ranked Loboes opened the Region 3 tournament with a 55-35 win over Kidder County and followed up with 53-44 win over Linton-HMB and a 62-47 win over South Border in the region title game.

Key players: Sophomore guard Anthony Olson (15.8 ppg), freshman forward Drew Thielges (14.1 ppg) and senior Jared Meiklejohn (14.9 ppg) all have double-figure scoring averages.

Dickinson Trinity Titans

Coach: Gregg Grinsteinner

Record: 22-2, Region 7 champions

State tournament history: Trinity is making its 10th appearance and first since 2011. … The Titans have won state titles in 2004 and 2006.

Road to state: Opened the region tourney with a 66-46 win over New England and defeated Heart River 72-54 in the semifinals. … Trinity’s biggest win came in the final when it defeated No. 1-ranked Beulah 64-52.

Key players: The No. 3-ranked Titans are led by 6-foot-3 senior guard Jacob Volk (20.0 ppg, 6.6 rpg). … Senior forward Isiah Binstock averages 11.6 ppg and 8.8 rpg. … NDSU football commit Jesse Kubick averages 10.9 ppg for the Titans.

Milnor vs. Bismarck Shiloh Christian

Milnor Bison

Coach: Benjamin Nelson

Record: 19-6, Region 1 champions

State tournament history: Fourth appearance and first since 2004. … The Bison have made it to the state title game twice, 2004 (lost to Dickinson Trinity) and 1966 (lost to Kenmare).

Road to state: Opened the Region 1 tournament with a 74-58 win over Enderlin. … Defeated Central Cass 80-73 in the semifinals and topped Fargo Oak Grove 73-70 in the title game.

Key players: Junior Briton Bussman is averaging a team-best 24.7 ppg and is also averaging 7.6 rpg. … Junior Wyatt Mund is scoring 17.4 ppg and has a 9.6 rpg average. … Landon Mund is the lone senior on the team and is tallying 11.6 ppg for the Bison.

Shiloh Christian Skyhawks

Coach: Mike Dwyer

Record: 17-7, Region 5 champions

State tournament history: The Skyhawks are making their ninth state appearance.

Road to state: Shiloh Christian opened the Region 5 tournament with a 56-34 win over Washburn in the quarterfinals and followed with a 63-46 win over Flasher in the semifinals. … The Skyhawks defeated Garrison 72-41 in the title game.

Key players: Senior guard Donovan Lambert averages 19.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg and shoots 46.4 percent from the floor. … Senior Walter Bearstail scored 16 points and six rebounds in the Skyhawks’ Region 5 title game victory.

Cavalier vs. Trenton

Cavalier Tornadoes

Coach: Dan Stutlien

Record: 19-5, Region 2 champions

State tournament history: The Tornadoes are making their fifth state appearance and first since 2010.

Road to state: The Tornadoes opened the region with a 59-43 win over May-Port-CG in the quarterfinals and followed with a 58-42 win over Drayton-Valley-Edinburg. … Cavalier defeated Grafton 57-50 in the title.

Key players: Six-foot junior Ryan Chrest is averaging 18.9 ppg for the Tornadoes. … Brock Robbins, a 6-foot-1 sophomore, averages 15.2 ppg and 6.3 rpg. … Six-foot-4 senior Spencer Robbins (6.5 ppg) shoots 66 percent from the field (60 of 91).

Trenton Tigers

Coach: Bob Turcotte

Record: 22-2, Region 8 champions

State tournament history: Trenton is making its second appearance at state. Its only other appearance came in 2004.

Road to state: The No. 8-ranked Tigers cruised through the region winning all three of its games by an average of 37.3 points. … Trenton opened with a 78-44 quarterfinals win over White Shield followed by a 69-43 win over Watford City in the semifinals and a 91-39 win over Tioga 91-39 in the title game.

Key players: Trenton is led by 6-foot-3 senior Jade Bentz (17.6 ppg, 13.0 rpg). … Senior Lane Huck averages 13.5 ppg and 8.2 rpg. … Seniors Mike Rademacher (16.6 ppg) and Trenten Hove (11.7 ppg) also average double figures.

Four Winds-Minnewaukan vs. Rugby

Four Winds-Minnewaukan Indians

Coach: Rick Smith

Record: 22-2, Region 4 champions

State tournament history: This is the first state appearance for the Four Winds Minnewaukan co-op. Four Winds made three state appearances (2006, 2007, 2008). … Minnewaukan made four state appearances prior to the co-op.

Road to state: The No. 5-ranked Indians opened region with a 64-34 win over Benson County followed by an 84-48 win over St. John and a 66-56 title win over

No. 2-ranked North Star.

Key players: Senior Austin Longlie (15.7 ppg), senior Collin Delorme (14.6 ppg) and Trayvon McKay (14.3 ppg) all average double figures.

Rugby Panthers

Coach: Mike Santjer

Record: 24-1, Region 6 champions

State tournament history: This is Rugby’s 11th state appearance and first since 1997. … Rugby has won five state championships (1940, 1941, 1948, 1951 and 1952).

Road to state: At region, the Panthers claimed a 74-58 win over Minot Ryan, a

69-47 win over Des Lacs-Burlington and a 54-39 title win over Westhope-Newburg.

Key players: Senior Kyle Lovcik leads Rugby with 18.5 ppg and 6.8 rpg. … Senior Josh Michels (10.3 ppg) and sophomore Brad Heidlebaugh (13.4 ppg) also average double figures.

Compiled by Tom Mix