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Power Rankings 1/11/12 (South Dakota Boys)

The best team I’ve seen this year is the Pierre Governors. They began the year with a loss at home to Watertown. I think that initial impression has clouded people’s vision of just how good the Govs are. They came into the year with questions about how good their backcourt was. Sophomore Conrad Adam has stepped in nicely in the backcourt along...
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Power Rankings 1/11/12 (North Dakota Boys)

Dexter Werner is climbing to a new level in Boys Class A basketball. His point totals are going higher and higher as the year goes on and Bismarck is reaping the benefits. Werner has three games in a row over 20 points and has carried his team to an 8-1 record. But watch out for the sophomore Taylor Schafer who gives the Demons another outside...
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Power Rankings 1/11/12 (South Dakota Girls)

South Dakota Girls Brandon Valley's Heidi Hoff is setting new standards for excellence in South Dakota. Tuesday night she torched Roosevelt with 45 points a new school and state record for Class AA. Hoff made 16 field goals and Roosevelt was doing everything they could possibly do to shut her down. Mitchell gets their first dose of Hoff next...
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Power Rankings 1/11/12 (North Dakota Girls)

West Fargo was on the short end of the score versus Grand Forks Red River last Thursday but how they bounced back to beat the defending champion Fargo North Spartans was enought to convince me that they are still number one. In their loss Cassidy Thorson was the only West Fargo player in double-digits, then two days later they regrouped and found...
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Is it a "Buzzer Beater" or not? (not)

The basketball "buzzer beater" is a sublime moment in sports.  Radio and TV guys scream like idiots.  Fans go nuts, babies cry, drinks spill.  And referees have to make sure the shot did, in fact, beat the buzzer. But the buzzer is not really what has to be beaten. I bring this up after the recent Wisconsin-Michigan State game.  Wisconsin...
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Power Rankings 1/4/12 (North Dakota Boys)

The big matchup at the Bismarck Civic Center is set between Mandan and Bismarck this Thursday night. I expect a close game with a lot of offense. I think Mandan has the edge in the backcourt but stopping Bismarck's Dexter Werner will be a challenge. Lost in this big matchup is the unblemished play of Grand Forks Red River. Mack Arvidson and Mac...
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