Wednesday Roundup: Section 8AA well-represented in Minnesota polls

The Perham Yellowjackets remained No. 6 in this week’s Minnesota Basketball News Class 2A basketball polls on Wednesday with two teams from Section 8AA in the polls.

Caledonia remained No. 1 in Class 2A with Waseca second, Lake City third, Minneapolis North fourth, St. Croix Prep fifth and the Yellowjackets sixth. East Grand Forks, Minnesota Valley Lutheran, Eden Valley-Watkins and Osakis round out the top 10.

Eden Prairie is ranked first in Class 4A, Minnehaha Academy first in Class 3A, and BOLD No. 1 in Class A.

Section 8AA is also well represented in the girls Class 2A poll.

Fergus Falls in second behind Sauk Centre with Rochester Lourdes third, New London-Spicer fourth, Proctor fifth and Providence sixth. Fellow 8AA member Pelican Rapids comes in at No. 7 with Waseca eighth, Goodhue ninth and Pine City 10th.


Jamestown, Devils Lake top Class A polls

The Jamestown Blue Jays continue to command the top spot in the N.D. AP Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association poll released Wednesday while the Devils Lake Firebirds’ lead in the girls poll continues to shrink.

Jamestown received 16 of the 18 first-place votes in the boys poll to outdistance Fargo Davies for the top spot. West Fargo Sheyenne is third, Bismarck fourth and Minot fifth.

The vote total is much closer with the girls. Devils Lake had 10 first-place for 82 points while Bismarck Legacy picked up eight votes for 80 points for second.

Bismarck Century, Fargo Shanley and Grand Forks Red River round out the top five.



Changes could be coming for Class 3A football teams

Fargo North, Fargo South, Grand Forks Central and Grand Forks Red River all could move down a class in N.D. football from Class 3A to Class 2A under the new guidelines for football classifications that were approved last week by the N.D. High School Activities Association.

There are options for schools to opt either up or down a division. However, No. Class 3A or 2A programs can opts down to Class A football.

The plan now has 11 teams in Class 3A and 11 in Class 2A. Those numbers could change depending on whether a team opts to change divisions.

Under the current rules, Class 2A football would be made up of Wahpeton, Fargo North, Red River, Fargo South, Jamestown, Watford City, Devils Lake, Fargo Shanley, Valley City, Bismarck St. Mary’s and Turtle Mountain.

One area school would be Class 1A in Milnor-North Sargent (which will be renamed Sargent County).

Tri-State, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood, Hankinson and Richland would remain in the 9-man ranks



Twins trade reliever to Nationals

The Minnesota Twins traded reliever Ryne Harper to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday..

Washington sent minor league right-handed pitcher Hunter McMahon to the Twins in the deal.

Harper went 5-2 with one save and a 3.81 ERA in his first major league season in 2019. The 30-year-old right-hander pitched scoreless relief in 17 of his first 18 appearances with Minnesota.

McMahon is a 21-year-old who was a ninth-round pick out of college last June. He went 2-1 with a 0.71 ERA in nine games with the Gulf Coast League Nationals.



(Broadcasts in parentheses)


BOYS BASKETBALL: Milnor-North Sargent at Tri-State at Rosholt, 7:30 p.m.; Hankinson at Wyndmere-Lidgerwood at Wyndmere, 7:30 p.m. (KBMW); Fargo Oak Grove at Richland, 7:30 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Frazee at Breckenridge, 7:30 p.m.

HOCKEY: B-W Blades at Sauk Centre, 7 p.m.

MEN’S BASKETBALL: NDSCS at Williston State College, 7:30 p.m.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: NDSCS at Williston State College, 5:30 p.m.

WRESTLING: Breckenridge at Underwood Triangular, 5 p.m.; Grand Forks Central at Wahpeton, 7 p.m.



BOYS BASKETBALL: Perham at Breckenridge, 7:30 p.m.; Wahpeton at West Fargo, 7:30 p.m.; Hankinson at Fargo Oak Grove, 7:30 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL: West Fargo at Wahpeton, 7 p.m.; Maple Valley at Tri-State at Fairmount 7:30 p.m.; Sargent Central at Wyndmere-Lidgerwood at Lidgerwood, 7:30 p.m.; Enderlin at Richland, 7:30 p.m.; Milnor-North Sargent at Kindred, 7:30 p.m.

GYMNASTICS: Wahpeton-Breckenridge at Valley City, 5 p.m.



BOYS BASKETBALL: Richland vs. TBD at Dakota State Shootout, Madison, S.D., TBD

GIRLS BASKETBALL: Breckenridge vs. East Grand Forks at Moorhead, 9:30 a.m.

WRESTLING: Wahpeton at Larimore Invitational, all day