Tomorrow’s Thursday and that means prep columns from me and North Dakota preps beat writer Heath Hotzler.
Heath’s column will talk about some of the interesting things he’s seen on Jan. 20 throughout the years including a game where North’s Tyler Koenig scored 19 points, 15 rebounds and seven blocks in a 74-48 win over Valley City in 2001.
My column will also talk about basketball, specifically, the use of the shot clock in Minnesota.
I asked area coaches like Moorhead girls coach Jim Kapitan and Barnesville coach Todd Henrickson if Minnesota needs to institute the shot clock all the time and the affects the shot clock could have on a game and potentially, a program.
Look for that and area prep standings in tomorrow’s Forum.
Surely everyone is able to take something from the Valley News Live-Scheels Shootout.
For the coaches and players, it’s a chance to be on TV. For parents, it’s a chance to see their kids play in the Fargodome. For my bud and fellow Forum sports repoter Heath Hotzler it’s a chance to eat cookies and drink soda between quarters.
This is my first time covering the game and what I took away from it all was the presentation. There are cameramen around every corner and that was evident during the first game between Fargo North and Moorhead.
Moorhead’s Matt Fernholz landed funny on his right knee forcing the trainers and coaches to come look at him. Sure enough, there was the cameraman, which was an odd sight to see in these parts where high school games aren’t requently televised. Anyone who has been to a major college game or the NBA, is use to seeing these things in the stands.
You see it on the high school level too. Just not at the Fargodome.
The other odd thing to see was the Fargodome. Perhaps this is nothing new for anyone that has seen a game here. But it just feels like the more I come here, the more impressive this place gets with the different ways the floor can be shifted.
The west end bleachers were pushed in leaving just enough room for a scorer’s table and benches. Then there’s the court. Sure it’s a dome that holds around 20,000 but for high school basketball, it gives it a nice, somewhat hometown gym kind of feel.
Until there is a TV timeout.
FS North spokeswoman Becky Ross said a few minutes ago Moorhead will continue to host Hockey Day Minnesota on Feb. 12.
There had been questions from some regarding if Moorhead would continue to host Hockey Day Minnesota because the team had players suspended along with head coach Dave Morinville following a hazing investigation.
Moorhead lost 3-1 to Minnetonka on Saturday, the first game following the investigation.
The SpudsÂ will play inÂ the 1:30 p.m. outdoorÂ game against Hill-Murray. The first game, at 10 a.m., will pit Roseau against Wayzata.
By this point, it would be safe to say most people have had their say about the potential hazing incident involving the Moorhead boys hockey team.
It still is not clear what happened but we could find out more today as suspensions, if needed, could be given out today.
If you want more about what “happened” and who’s involved, ask your neighbor or someone else because everyone has a hypothesis as to what happened. But what we will talk about is how all this has gone on at a point when it looked like things were getting better for Moorhead.
The Spuds haven’t exactly had the easiest start to the year. Moorhead lost quite a bit of its scoring talent and has had to rely on a class that’s taking its turn when it comes to being leaders.
People were grumbling about not winning Section 8A this season especially after the 6-0 pounding by Duluth East at home a few weeks ago. Moorhead turned it around winning four of its last five games including last night’s 8-0 drubbing over Thief River Falls. One of those wins also includes the 2-1 upset over previously undefeated, top-ranked Wayzata.
Eight goals is a season-high that surpassed the five goals that was just scored on Tuesday at home against East Grand Forks. Keep in mind, the investigation started right after Christmas Break and school just resumed this week.
It has only been one game. Yet, is last night proof that Moorhead can work past the speculation and drama en route to winning more games? Getting over a slow start is different than what has possibly occurred if an investigation deems it to be hazing or anything near that.
Who knows? But one thing is for sure, last night was certainly a start.