FARGO -- Century didn’t just win two state championships Saturday night in Fargo. The Patriots made history.
In sweeping the Class A title games at the Sanford Health Athletic Complex, Century became the first West Region school to win both basketball championships in the same season. It’s also the first time any school has won both titles since the girls basketball season was moved to the winter in 2002.
Furthermore, Century became just the fifth school to accomplish the feat and first since 2001-02. The other occurrences being Fargo South (1985-86), Fargo Shanley twice – 1996-97 and 1997-98 – and Fargo North in 2001-02.
Neither championship came easy. The girls rallied past Mandan (55-51) before the boys outlasted a scrappy effort from West Fargo Sheyenne, 63-56.
“It’s a great day for our school,” said Century boys coach Darin Mattern. “I’m really happy for Ron (Metz) and his staff. These opportunities don’t happen very often. It takes a lot of hard work and dedication from a lot of people.
“We’re going to enjoy it. It’s a great accomplishment and something everybody can be proud of.”
Treyton Mattern, Darin’s son, turned in a terrific title game performance with 20 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists – all team-leading.
“To achieve your ultimate goal as a team is a special feeling,” Treyton Mattern said. “Every kid that plays high school basketball dreams of winning a state championship. Right now, we’re getting to live the dream.”
Kade Lynch capped a big state tournament for the Patriots with 19 points, while tournament MVP Josh Sipes, a University of Mary recruit, had 13 points and 5 rebounds.
“It’s a surreal experience. Honestly, I’m a little overwhelmed right now,” Sipes said. “We had the bitter disappointment last year of coming up short. But this makes up for it. You can’t beat this.”
Century spent much of the season ranked No. 1 and won its last 21 games of the season.
“I think it just comes down to a group of guys that came together for one common goal,” Sipes said. “There are a lot of great teams out there. To win 21 straight games, it’s just remarkable. You don’t really expect a run like that.”
The Patriots got contributions got from several players throughout the tournament. In the semifinal win over Mandan on Friday, Tyler Hauglie knocked down a pair of key 3-pointers. On Saturday, fellow reserve Devyn Vance hit nothing but net on a first-half 3-pointer with the Patriots trailing 14-9.
The Patriots won on a night where leading scorer Kade Amundson was held to one point. The 6-foot-6 future Marauder made a large impact in other ways, however. Amundson blocked five shots, dished out four assists and had two steals.
Amundson, Hauglie, Lynch, Sipes, Vance, Oakley Martin and Edward Jones were suiting up for the final time.
“We had a great group of seniors,” Darin Mattern said. “That’s a group of kids we’re going to miss an awful lot.”
They’ll be remembered as champions.
“We proved we’re a great team,” Sipes said. “We’re going out on top. It’s unbelievable.”