25 Bold Predictions for the 2018-19 NBA Season

By Mike Kuehn and Evan Baker

The 2018-19 NBA season should be another season full of excitement. We have made our bold predictions for this year in the points below.

  • Lebron misses the Finals for the first time in 8 years (Heat 2011-2014) (Cavs 2015-2018)
  • Celtics beat the Warriors in 7 games, become NBA champions
  • Raptors beat 76ers in 6 in Eastern Conference playoffs
  • Kawhi stays in Toronto after Eastern Conference Finals appearance
  • Nuggets become 4 seed in the West, home court advantage in first round of playoffs
  • Minnesota makes playoffs with Jimmy Butler, misses playoffs without him
  • Giannis Antetokounmpo, Lebron James and Stephen Curry lead race for MVP
  • Joel Embiid wins DOY
  • Markelle Fultz has a breakout year for the 76ers
  • Kristaps Porzingis makes Eastern Conference All-Star starting Lineup
  • Heat earn the third seed in the Eastern Conference behind Celtics and 76ers
  • Spurs miss playoffs for first time in 21 seasons
  • Lauri Markkanen makes Eastern Conference All-Star team
  • Kevin Knox wins ROY award for the Knicks
  • Lakers make Western Conference Finals, lose to Warriors in 6
  • Pacers make a top 4 seed in the Eastern Conference
  • Kevin Love returns to double-double form in Cleveland
  • Donovan Mitchell hits the sophomore slump, has down year
  • Paul George leads Thunder in points
  • Brandon Ingram wins Most Improved Player
  • Healthy Warriors win 65+ regular season games
  • Pistons make the Eastern Conference Playoffs
  • Lou Williams wins back to back Sixth Man of the year awards
  • Clint Capela makes Western Conference All-Star team
  • Healthy Lakers win 55+ regular season games

 

Region 5 Volleyball Scoreboard: Skyhawks top Comets

Bismarck –  The Shiloh Christian Skyhawks topped the Underwood Comets in Region 5 volleyball action. Junior Graycin Wanzek paced the Skyhawks with a team-high 15 kills, while senior Josey Griess dished out 32 assists.

Shiloh will be back in action when they travel to Center on October 16th.

Shiloh Skyhawks Volleyball (Photo by Hannah Schaefbauer)
Shiloh Skyhawks Volleyball (Photo by Hannah Schaefbauer)

The Shiloh Christian Skyhawks topped the Underwood Comets in Region 5 volleyball action. Junior Graycin Wanzek paced the Skyhawks with a team-high 15 kills, while senior Josey Griess dished out 32 assists.

Shiloh will be back in action when they travel to Center on October 16th.

Shiloh Christian 25 25 25  (3)

Underwood   15 16 11  (0)

Kills (SC): Wanzek 15, Martin 9, Nelson 6

Assists (SC): Griess 32, Schaeffer 2, Martin 1

Digs (SC): R. Mischel 14, K. Mischel 12, Martin 6

Aces (SC): Griess 5, Nelson 5, Wanzek 3, R. Mischel 2, K. Mischel 1

Blocks (SC): Nelson 1, Wanzak 1
Region 5 Scoreboard

Standing Rock 0
Turtle Lake-Mercer/McClusky 3

Killdeer 1
Garrison/Max 3

New Salem-Almont 3
Grant County 0

Washburn 0
Wilton/Wing 3

North Dakota 9-Man Football Playoff Preview

The North Dakota 9-man football playoffs begin this Saturday, October 13. Eight teams received a bye week for the opening round and will not participate until next week. Those teams are Ray/Powers Lake, St. Johns, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood, New Salem/Glen Ullin, Thompson, Napoleon G-S, Richland, and New Rockford-Sheyenne.

First round playoff match-ups (games will be played on Saturday, October 13th):

West

Surrey Mustangs vs North Prairie Cougars
The Surrey Mustangs (Region 6 #3 seed) enter the first round with only two blemishes on their record (Ray-PL and Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood). The North Prairie Cougars (Region 4 #3 seed) battled through a tough schedule and finished with a 5-4 record. This could be a game to keep a close eye on. (Winner will move on to play New Salem/Glen Ullin)

Shiloh Christian Skyhawks vs North Star
The Skyhawks (Region 5 #2 seed) are coming off their only loss of the season (New Salem-AG).  North Star (Region 4 #4 seed) enters that game with a 5-3 record. North Star began their season with a strong start but tailed off toward the end of the season with 2 straight losses (St. John and TGU).

A couple of key players to watch in this game, first from Shiloh Christian is senior running back Canaan Fagerland (#32) and for North Star senior wide receiver Gavin Miller (#7). This game will be televised on BEK TV at 2pm CST on Saturday, October 13. Winner will move on to play Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood)

Richardton Taylor-Hebron Raiders vs Divide County Maroons
The Divide County Maroons (Region 6 #4 seed) will make the trip down to Richardton with a 4-4 record. The Raiders (Region 5 #3 seed) were 5-2 in Region 5 play, their only losses were to New Salem/GA and Shiloh Christian. One player to watch in this match-up will be the Raiders senior quarterback Logan Hoff (#10). (Winner will move on to play St. John)

TGU Titans vs Central Mclean Cougars
The TGU Titans (Region 4 #2 seed) posted a record of 5-3. Meanwhile, the Cougars (Region 5 #4 seed) earned their way into the playoffs in their final regular season game of the year with a win over the Beach Buccaneers to put them at 5-3. One player to watch in this game will be the junior wide receiver of the Cougars Ty Snyder (#4). (Winner will move on to play Ray/Powers Lake)

Junior receiver Ty Snyder goes up for a catch against Shiloh defense. Photo courtesy of Tim Mitzel
Junior receiver Ty Snyder goes up for a catch against Shiloh defense. Photo courtesy of Tim Mitzel

East

May-Port CG vs Cavalier High School
The May-Port CG Patriots (Region 1 #3 seed) will play host to the Cavalier Tornadoes (Region 2 #3 seed). May-Port finished the regular season at 6-2 while Cavalier finished at 5-3 overall. Both teams have a history of producing solid football teams so this should be an interesting match-up. (Winner will move on to play Napoleon G-S)

Oakes Tornadoes vs Four Winds Indians
The Oakes Tornadoes (Region 3 #2 seed) finished the regular season with a 7-1 record. They will host to the Four Winds Indians (Region 2 #4 seed) who finished with a 5-3 record and strong ending to their season (four straight wins). (Winner will move on to play Richland)

Kidder County Wolves vs Hankinson Pirates
Kidder County Wolves (Region 3 #3 seed) will host the Hankinson Pirates (Region 1 #4 seed). Hankinson got off to a rough start on the year but ended up winning their last 3 games to finish at 4-4. Meanwhile, the Wolves had an up and down season and finished with a 5-3 record. This game will be televised on BEK TV at 2pm CST Saturday, October 13. (Winner will move on to play New Rockford-Sheyenne)

Larimore Polar Bears vs Lamoure Litchville/Marion Loboes
The Larimore Polar Bears (Region 2 #2 seed) and the Lamoure Litchville/Marion Loboes (Region 3 #4 seed) finished the regular season with identical 4-4 records. Both teams have had their share of ups and downs this year, this should be an interesting game. (Winner will move on to play Thompson)

North Dakota Class B Volleyball Scoreboard (9-27-18)

North Dakota Class B Volleyball Scoreboard (9-27-18)

Garrison/Max 13 25 18 21                 (1)
Shiloh Christian 25 23 25 25          (3)

Flasher           3
Wilton/Wing  0

Washburn     2
New Town    3

New Salem-Almont                    3
Turtle Lake-Mercer/McClusky   0

Grant County        0
Center-Stanton   3

Skyhawks secure playoff berth for 8th straight year

Article by, Mike Kuehn

The Shiloh Skyhawks defeated region rival Hettinger-Scranton Nighthawks 36-12 on Friday night.

The Skyhawks got the win but struggled offensively at times with 3 of their 5 starting lineman out of the lineup. The Shiloh defense, however, found a way to shut down the Nighthawks offense for a majority of the first half.

Junior receiver Cole Walth started off the scoring for Shiloh with a 60-yard punt return for a touchdown. This is the second game in a row Walth has returned a punt for a touchdown. The 2-point conversion came on a pass from junior quarterback Jaden Mitzel to senior wide receiver Mike Kuehn to make it 8-0.

Junior quarterback Jaden Mitzel takes snap against Hettinger defense (Photo courtesy of Tim MItzel)
Junior quarterback Jaden Mitzel takes snap against Hettinger defense (Photo courtesy of Tim Mitzel)

On the first drive for the Shiloh offense senior running back, Canaan Fagerland ran in a 4-yard score and the drive was capped off by another pass from Mitzel to Kuehn for the 2-point conversion.

Early in the second quarter, Fagerland scored another touchdown, this time he did it by reeling in a 15-yard pass from Mitzel. Mitzel threw for another 2-point conversion, this time to junior running back Trey Brunelle making the score 24-0.

Mitzel would add another touchdown pass to Fagerland, which gave the Skyhawks a 30-0 lead.

Hettinger-Scranton put together their best drive of the game right before halftime. Senior quarterback Jeran Anderson and senior wide receiver Kyle Berwick connected for a 8-yard score right as the first half buzzer was sounding.

Shiloh opened the second half with a heavy emphasis on the run game. The Skyhawks capped the opening drive of the second half with a 3-yard score from Fagerland, his fourth touchdown of the game. The score gave the Skyhawks a 36-6 lead.

Berwick ran in a 25-yard score with 1:10 to go to in the fourth quarter. The score cut the lead to 36-12, but Shiloh would recover the onside kick to secure a playoff spot for the eighth straight year.

Shiloh moves to 6-0 overall (5-0 in the region) with the win, while Hettinger moves to 2-4 overall (1-4 in the region).

Shiloh Skyhawks 16 14 6 0 (36)
Hettinger-Scranton Nighthawks 0 6 0 6 (12)

Passing: SC; J. Mitzel 7/11 152yds 2TD, J Kolling 1/2 for 7 yds

Rushing: SC; C. Fagerland 12 for 110 yds 2TD, C. Strand 5 for 23 yds, C. Walth 2 for 18 yds, T. Brunelle 1 for 12 yds, J.Mitzel 5 for 5 yds, J. Kolling 2 for 4 yds, I. Johnson 3 for 4 yds, B. Kuehn 1 for 0 yds

Receiving: SC; C. Fagerland 4 for 110yds 2TD, T. Brunelle 1 for 25 yds, S. Huntington 1 for 10 yds, C. Strand 1 for 7 yds, C. Walth 1 for 7 yds

 

Shiloh Skyhawks 16 14 6 0

Hettinger-Scranton Nighthawks 0 6 0 6

 

Passing: SC; J. Mitzel 7/11 152yds 2TD, J Kolling 1/2 for 7 yds

 

Rushing: SC; C. Fagerland 12 for 110 yds 2TD, C. Strand 5 for 23 yds, C. Walth 2 for    18 yds, T. Brunelle 1 for 12 yds, J.Mitzel 5 for 5 yds, J. Kolling 2 for 4 yds, I. Johnson 3 for      4 yds, B. Kuehn 1 for 0 yds

 

Receiving: SC; C. Fagerland 4 for 110yds 2TD, T. Brunelle 1 for 25 yds, S. Huntington 1 for 10 yds, C. Strand 1 for 7 yds, C. Walth 1 for 7 yds

Shiloh soars on Homecoming night

Article by, Noah Wilder

The Shiloh Skyhawks homecoming game against the Beach Buccaneers was a blowout. The Shiloh Skyhawks played their 2018 Homecoming game last friday a night and won 58-6.

When the game began, it seemed like Beach could keep pace with the Skyhawks.The first touchdown of the game was by senior running back Canaan Fagerland with a 53 yard score. Junior quarterback Gage Swanson provided the tying score for the Buccaneers to make it a 6-6 tie.

However, when the second quarter arrived the game became a different story. Shiloh had a scoring frenzy that came from all 3 aspects of the game. The quarter started with a 2 yard touchdown run by Canaan Fagerland and was followed by a 2 point conversion by Trey Brunelle.

Canaan Fagerland (32) rushes against Beach defense
Canaan Fagerland (32) rushes against Beach defense. (Photo courtesy of Tim Mitzel)

A 41-yard completion for a touchdown from junior quarterback Jaden Mitzel to junior wide receiver Trey Brunelle gave the Skyhawks a 20-6 lead. Senior wide receiver Mike Kuehn caught the 2 point conversion to make it 22-6.

Then came the Skyhawks special team play that seemed to close the door on the Buccaneers. Junior wide receiver Cole Walth returned a 54 yard punt to blow the game open, and junior tight end Josh Lardy caught the 2 point conversion to make the game 30-6. 

Jaden Mitzel (4) drops back for a pass against the Beach defense
Jaden Mitzel (4) drops back for a pass against the Beach defense. (Photo courtesy of Hannah Schaefbauer)

Shiloh forced a three and out and on the ensuing drive. Fagerland ran in a 36 yard touchdown for a score. Fagerland then laid the dagger with a 35 yard interception returned for a touchdown and Shiloh now sits at a 42-6 lead.  Brunelle added a 2 point conversion to make it 44-6.

The third quarter began for the Skyhawks with a solid drive capped off by an 11 yard touchdown run from senior fullback Carter Strand to make the game 50-6.

That was followed up by a fourth quarter rushing touchdown from sophomore running back Braiden Kuehn and a 2-point conversion by Isaac Johnson to end the game at 58-6.

Shiloh moves to 5-0 overall (4-0 in the region) and Beach moves to 1-4 overall (1-3 in the region).

Shiloh Skyhawks 6 38 12 8 (58)

Beach Buccaneers 6 0 0 0 (6)

Passing: SC; J. Mitzel – 3/5 for 66 yds, 1TD

Rushing: SC; C. Fagerland – 8 for 131 yds, 3 TD, B. Kuehn – 2 for 54 yds, 1 TD, C. Strand – 6 for 37 yds, 1 TD, I. Johnson – 6 for 29 yds, J. Mitzel – 2 for 12 yds, T. Brunelle – 2 for 7 yds

Receiving: SC; T. Brunelle – 1 rec. for 41 yds, M. Kuehn – 1 rec. for 23 yds, C. Strand – 1 rec. for 2 yds

Skyhawks fly by Cougars

Article by, Mike Kuehn

The Shiloh Christian Skyhawks came into Friday night’s game with a perfect 3-0 record, but they would find themselves locked in a tough battle early on with the Central Mclean Cougars.

The Skyhawks battled all throughout the first half with a tough Central Mclean Cougars team and didn’t show much for a team that was ranked third in the state.

Shiloh ’s offense is known for its powerful run game, but it was their passing attack that got the momentum rolling for the Skyhawks. Junior quarterback, Jaden Mitzel, and senior wide-receiver Mike Kuehn connected for three first-half touchdowns to give Shiloh Christian a 38-18 lead at halftime.

Mike Kuehn (Shiloh Christian) vs. Central Mclean (Photo by Tim Mitzel)
Mike Kuehn (Shiloh Christian) vs. Central Mclean (Photo by Tim Mitzel)

Central Mclean looked to their passing game early and found success with a touchdown pass from quarterback Trapper Jacobs to Ty Snyder. Then the Cougars looked to their rushing attack. Central Mclean found a ton of success pounding the ball inside, scoring two rushing touchdowns but also failing on every two-point conversion.

With less than 2 minutes to go in the first half, the Skyhawk offense took the field, trying to score one last time before halftime and go up three scores. The offense pounded the ball towards the beginning of the drive but once they reached the red zone, they went back to Mitzel and the passing game. Mitzel found Trey Brunelle from 19 yards out and the Skyhawks went up 38-18 to end the first half.

The second half was a different story for Shiloh. The Skyhawks offense began to dominate the run game.  The Skyhawks found success with their running attack, which was led by the offensive line who saw some issues with players coming in and out due to cramping.

Shiloh battled through adversity though and senior running back Canaan Fagerland led the offense with two touchdowns.

The rushing attack continued for the Skyhawks and was topped off by a long run from junior running back Cole Walth and a touchdown by sophomore running back Braiden Kuehn.

Shiloh moves to 4-0 overall (3-0 in the region) and the Cougars move to 2-2 overall (1-2 in the region).