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Miners stay at No. 1, Titans at No. 3 heading into Tuesday showdown

For the third consecutive week, Beulah is the unanimous No. 1-ranked team in the Class B boys basketball poll, voted on members of the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Dickinson Trinity (12-0) held onto the No. 3 spot for the third week in a row as it prepares to host the Miners (11-0) in a District 14 showdown at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson.

North Star (9-1), which Beulah defeated in December, stayed at No. 2. The top eight teams remained unchanged. Strasburg-Zeeland, unbeaten at 10-0, jumped into the poll at No. 9 while Des Lacs-Burlington fell from No. 9 to 10.

Class B Rcd Pts LW

1. Beulah (13) 11-0 130 1

2. North Star 9-1 113 2

3. Dickinson Trinity 12-0 107 3

4. Rugby 10-1 82 4

5. Carrington 9-0 74 5

6. Fargo Oak Grove 8-2 59 6

7. Four Winds-Minn. 8-2 55 7

8. Trenton 8-0 38 8

9. Strasburg-Zeeland 10-0 20 NR

10. Des Lacs-Burlington 7-2 13 9T

Others receiving votes: Central Cass (8-1), Berthold (9-1), LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (9-2), Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky (9-1), Maple Valley (6-2), Cavalier (9-2).

Minot Ryan stays atop Class B girls poll

The Minot Ryan girls basketball team is still the top-ranked team in Class B.

The Lions (6-0) were one first-place vote shy of a unanimous No. 1 appointment by the voting members of the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, despite receiving all the first-place votes in last week's poll.

Grafton, also 6-0, stayed at No. 2 and received the lone other No. 1 vote. Napoleon (6-0) and Thompson (7-1) stayed at Nos. 3 and 4, respectively, while New Town (7-1) jumped into the top five and previously unranked Maple Valley (6-1) leapt to No. 6.

Beach (4-2) and Grant County (7-2) received votes in the poll.

Class B Rcd Pts LW

1. Minot Ryan (12) 6-0 129 1

2. Grafton (1) 6-0 114 2

3. Napoleon 6-0 97 3

4. Thompson 7-1 91 4

5. New Town 7-1 73 6

6. Maple Valley 6-1 42 NR

7. Benson County 7-0 40 9

8. Shiloh Christian 7-1 28 10

9. Hillsboro-CV 6-2 24 7

10 (tie). Kindred 6-2 21 5

10 (tie). Northern Cass 6-0 21 NR

Others receiving votes: Velva (5-0), Larimore (6-0), Ray (7-0), Linton-HMB (5-2), Grant County (7-2), Beach (4-2).

Dustin Monke

Monke came to The Dickinson Press in July 2006 as the newspaper's sports editor and was hired as its managing editor in March 2013. During his tenure at The Press, Monke has won multiple awards for sports reporting, feature reporting, column writing, page design and photography. He was a key part of The Press winning the North Dakota Newspaper Association's General Excellence and Sweepstakes awards in 2009 and 2012, and oversaw The Press' Sweepstakes and General Excellence wins in 2014, as well as its national first-place honors for Community Leadership in the Inland Daily Press Association and contributed to the first-place Inland award for Investigative Reporting. As the newspaper's editor, he writes an occasional Sunday column, is a member of The Press' Editorial Board, contributes feature stories and breaking news, designs pages, and oversees the day-to-day operations of the newsroom and editorial staff. In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and action movies, exercises whenever his schedule allows, and spends every minute he can with his wife and son.

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