On July 9, for the 42 time in this state’s history, we will answer the age old question: Who is better on the basketball court Class A or Class B?
Class A Boys
Their roster includes Mandan’s Trae Steckler who was the top senior West region basketball player. The roster also includes three state champions in Kade Amundson and Josh Sipes from Century and Chandler Albertson from Minot.
For Trae Steckler, this is a special event because it’s the last time he will get to play high school basketball with his twin brother Camren.
“It’s going to be a good time. I get to play one last game with my brother,” Trae said. “That’s one thing I wanted to do. There is one more game and my brother and I got invited and that was just one thing that was important to me is that we get to play with each other one last time.”
Class B Boys
The Class B Boys come in with an absolutely loaded squad. They have Kyler McGillis from St. John, who was a finalist for Mr. Basketball, and Stanley’s Wyatt Hanson, who won the Mr. Basketball award. We spoke from Wyatt as well as Isiaiah Kludt from Hettinger-Scranton about what it means to play in this game.
“Its super cool,” Hanson said, “especially with the level of talent these guys have. They’re all great players and it’s just fun to come out and hoop with them.”
“Playing against them was fun,” Kludt said. “but being on their side of the ball is kind of a special opportunity. Being able to see how they maneuver and how they like to run the floor.”
The Class A boys have dominated recently. Class A has won eight of the last 10 matchups. The game tips off Monday at 8 p.m. or following the girls game at Legacy High School.
Class A Girls
On the girls side, things have been a little more competitive. The Class A and Class B girls started their practices today at Legacy High school.
The roster features Bailey Otterness and Mariya Kinnebrew from the state champion Century Patriots. Class A will also feature the WDA senior basketball athlete of the year Tonya Dvorak.
Dvorak said it’s special to be the third St. Mary’s player in the last eight years selected. Alli McCoy from Minot, who is the only Class A player from the Minot-Williston area.
“It means a lot to me,” Dvorak said, “Its’ where I come from. I want to represent them well and show off what I can do and make sure the fans are happy.”
“I think I’m really going to enjoy this,” McCoy said. “There are a lot of girls here that I thought were my rivals and now we’re here playing together, so I think it will be fun.”
Class B Girls
Grant County and Killdeer meet for the state title. On this team, there are two girls from Grant County and two from Killdeer. And believe it or not, Taylor Roehl from Grant County and Trae Murray from Killdeer will actually share a hotel room.
“Oh you know the championship game,” Sydney Anderson from Killdeer said. “No, I actually know Taylor and Lexi for a couple of years now. We’ve become really good friend from competing with each other.”
“No we haven’t brought it up,” Roehl said. “Anything really. We talk about our college plans and what we’ve done over the 4th of July.”
If you go back to 2015, Class B swept the series. Since then, the results have been in favor of Class A.
The Girls tip off Monday at Legacy high School at 6 p.m.