On the eve of his 15th year of college hockey coverage, Grand Forks Herald Beat Writer Brad Schlossman joins MidcoSN’s Alex Heinert to preview the upcoming season for University of North Dakota hockey. The two talk about the team’s impact newcomers (7:03), project how this year’s group will look compared to the Penrose Cup-winning team of 2019-20 (18:45), and look ahead to what the schedule and format for this NCHC season could look like (35:32).
The 2020 High School volleyball season in South Dakota is scheduled to start competition on Tuesday, August 25. This round-up will give you an idea of what to watch for.
You could say Bismarck Century led the Class AAA race from wire-to-wire last season. The Patriots finished their first perfect season in program history by taking down Sheyenne 10-0 in the Dakota Bowl. Despite losing a strong class of seniors, I think Century still has the inside track on winning the title. The talent level in Class AAA should be high again with several players already committed to play division one football. Read about the players and find out how I ranked the teams in the state’s highest division.
New faces at the top. Last year ended a 10-year run of either Shanley or St. Mary’s playing in the Class AA state championship game with Hillsboro-Central Valley topping Beulah 35-12 for the hardware. Now, the question is if we’ll see another fresh face breakthrough and make the Class AA championship game for the first time in a while. As you’ll see in my rankings, I’m predicting a Dakota Bowl mainstay to return to form in 2020.
To be the champs, you have to beat the champs and lately, nobody has been able to take down Langdon-Edmore-Munich. The Cardinals are fresh off a second consecutive undefeated season and have a ton of talent returning. While the Cardinals are the favorites, I really like the strength of this division with a ton of gifted players returning. Let’s take a closer look at the teams that I feel are the strength of Class A this fall.
Will a loaded region four produce another state champion or will the teams wear each other down before the postseason begins? Last year’s 9-man season started as a guessing game with many of the perennial powers bolting for the Class A division. Kidder County went from off the radar to making a big splash capturing the program’s first state championship. Read to find out the challenges that await them in 2020.