1. VICTORY NO. 300: Linton-HMB football coach Dan Imdieke posted his 300th career victory on Sept. 14, when his Lions defeated Fargo Oak Grove 52-0.
Imdieke became just the second North Dakota high school football coach to reach that milestone. The first to do so was Watford City’s Fred Fridley in 2010.
Imdieke has been the head coach at Linton since the 1977 season. His list of accomplishments includes 35 winning seasons, 12 state championship game appearances, and five state titles (1980, 1990, 2000, 2003 and 2004). He has 303 career victories.
Imdieke will be inducted into the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Hall of Fame next summer.
2. BEULAH BASKETBALL: Beulah captured its first-ever Class B boys basketball state championship in March.
The Miners, who finished 25-3, closed out the season on a 16-game winning streak and was named the high school male team of the year by the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
At the state tournament in Grand Forks, Beulah defeated three unbeaten teams — No. 3-ranked Central Cass 65-48 in the quarterfinals, No. 2 Berthold 54-50 in overtime in the semifinals, and No. 1 and defending state champion North Star 51-49 in the championship game. The Miners snapped North Star’s 51-game winning streak.
Beulah needed a big comeback in its semifinal game to reach the state final. The Miners trailed Berthold by 15 points (27-12) at halftime, but rallied to force overtime.
In the final, Jesse Hettich scored what proved to be the game-winning basket with 11 seconds remaining. He and Trevor Zacher later teamed up to block a last-second field goal attempt in the lane to preserve the victory.
Zacher, who scored 18 points in the championship game, was named the tournament MVP.
3. BEULAH BASEBALL: Beulah claimed its first Class B baseball state championship since 1956 in early June at Jamestown’s Jack Brown Stadium.
The Miners (27-5) needed a final at-bat rally and extra innings to win the title game against Grafton. With two out and nobody on base in the top of the seventh inning, and the Miners trailing 3-2, Brett Koch drew a walk and then scored the tying run on Karson Hintz’s long double to the left field corner. After Trevor Zacher, the Beulah relief pitcher, threw a 1-2-3 bottom of the seventh, the Miners plated two runs in the top of the eighth. Zacher then pitched a scoreless bottom of the eighth to put the finishing touches on a 5-3 victory.
Zacher picked up two victories in the tournament. He allowed a run in seven innings of work in Beulah’s quarterfinal victory. Zacher was named the tournament MVP.
4. HAZEN FOOTBALL: Hazen claimed its first football state championship since 1996 with a convincing 55-28 victory over Westhope-Newburg-Glenburn in the Class A state final at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks.
The Bison won their last eight games and finished 10-2. They defeated defending state champion Stanley-Powers Lake 14-0 in the semifinals. Stanley-PL had won its previous 22 games.
In the championship game, junior running back Briar Bornemann set a Dakota Bowl record with 286 yards rushing on 27 carries. He also scored four touchdowns. Senior quarterback Stetson Carr rushed for 106 yards, passed for 177 (8-for-10) and totaled four touchdowns (three rushing).
Carr, defensive lineman Michael Maas, and linebacker Hunter Fears were named to the all-state first team.
5. SHILOH STATE CHAMPION: Senior Donovan Lambert became Shiloh Christian’s first state champion in October, when he claimed top honors in the Class B cross country state meet.
Lambert, a senior, finished second in 2011.
The Shiloh girls cross country team won its first Class B West Region championship earlier in the month.
(Michael Weber is a sportswriter for The Tribune.)
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