Bismarck State College and United Tribes Technical College continue to score at a clip few can keep up with.
After an 0-2 start, the Mystics have won five of six. The play of freshman Austin Slaughter has been a big reason for the hot streak. The Grand Forks Red River product averaged 31.5 points, 13 rebounds and five assists in a pair of wins for the Mystics last week. For his efforts, Slaughter was named the NJCAA Division I national player of the week.
Team-wise, BSC is averaging 107 points per game. They host Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College on Friday at 8 p.m. and Gillette College on Saturday at 2.
United Tribes has won 12 of 14 games on the campaign and rank second in NCJAA Division II in scoring at 108.4 points per contest.
The Thunderbirds have five players averaging more than 11 points per game led by Rob McClain (18.2). They host Gillette on Friday and NHSC on Saturday in their final games of December.
The University of Mary indoor track and field team is off and running tomorrow at the NDSU Classic in Fargo.
The Marauder women return a stacked roster. Coach Dennis Newell's team was picked second behind Minnesota State Mankato in the preseason coaches' poll.
Lexi Zeis was named the Northern Sun's preseason athlete of the year. Zeis leads an accomplished group of distance runners, who guided the Marauders to a runner-up finish at the D-II national cross country meet last month in Indiana.
Kate Fox, Jaiden Schuette, Bree Erickson and Julia Hammerschmidt add to the Marauders' riches in the distance events.
Senior All-American Tonie-Ann Pandohie tops the sprints and hurdles contingents.
The Marauders men were picked fourth in the preseason NSIC poll.
Junior Luxon Glor is poised for another big season. The junior from Winnipeg won the 60 meters at last year's NSIC indoor meet. He also was second in the 200 and third in the long jump.
Derek Myers earned top three finishes in the 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs last season. The youthful roster also will rely on two-time all-conference performer Teegan Olson in the middle distances.
The 23-ranked U-Mary wrestling team has a challenging pair of duals looming.
The Marauders host ninth-ranked Upper Iowa (1-0) on Saturday and No. 18 Minnesota State Mankato on Sunday (1-0). Both matches start at 2 p.m.
Coach Adam Aho's Marauders are 2-0 in duals this season and had seven placers at the Dragon Open in Moorhead last Saturday.
On The Road
The Marauder basketball teams venture south this weekend to play at Wayne State (Neb.) on Friday and Augustana (S.D) on Saturday.
The first part of its schedule is front loaded for the U-Mary women. After losing to Minot State to open conference play, the next four teams on the schedule -- MSU Moorhead, Northern State, Wayne State and Augustana -- were the top four preseason choices in the coaches’ poll.
Naomi Rust, a Bismarck High grad, is averaging 7 points and 2.6 rebounds per game for Augustana. Rust is a senior.
The Marauders are 0-3 so far in the league. Wayne State has one conference loss. Augustana is 3-0.
The trip's no layup for the Marauder men either. Wayne State and Augustana are both 6-3 on the season.
The Marauders are averaging 80 points per game over their last three, but have just one win to show for it.