Changing Class B sports

Robbin Plesuk, Max

Ryan Holmgren’s article in the sports section of the March 30 Minot Daily News had some very interesting points. I hope that his push to have Minot Ryan moved up to Class A in North Dakota high school sports might become a reality. This year alone Fargo won the State Class B Boys’ Basketball Tournament. Fargo also won the State Class A Boys’ Basketball Tournament and a Fargo team won the State Class A Girls’ Basketball Tournament. Minot won the State Class B Girls’ Basketball Tournament with a win over a Bismarck team.

In my opinion these Class B teams that come from our major cities in North Dakota are ruining Class B sports. We will most likely never see an Epping playing a Hillsboro for a state championship again. I believe attendance declines and lack of interest at the state tournament are reflected in these trends. Like Holmgren said there is not much fun in watching a team getting beat by 70 points. Most Class B State Tournaments are dominated by schools from Class A towns. At one point, the Dickinson Trinity boys’ team went to the state tournament six years in a row. This is a major reason why three to four smaller schools have to co-op together just to field a team that is competitive with teams from these larger towns.

Yes, I am from a smaller town and you could say I’m just crying sour grapes but I like to watch good competitive sporting events. When it comes to state finals I like to see different towns represented with an occasional “Cinderella” story.