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North Star and Beulah open season at Nos. 1 and 2, Trinity is No. 5

The teams who played in last season's Class B state championship game are at the top of the first boys basketball media poll of the season, though their rankings don't are the opposite of how they finished last March.

Defending state champion Beulah received two first-place votes and a No. 2 ranking while the team it beat in the title game, North Star, had eight first-place votes to take the No. 1 spot it held for the final seven weeks of the 2011-12 regular season.

Dickinson Trinity opens the season ranked No. 5 after defeating Divide County in its season opener on Dec. 1. The Titans visit No. 7-ranked Shiloh Christian at 6 p.m. MST Saturday in Bismarck.

Last season, Beulah and North Star were intertwined from beginning to end. The Miners were ranked No. 1 the first three weeks until they lost to North Star on Dec. 22. The Bearcats were ranked No. 1 the rest of the season, falling only to the Miners 51-49 in the state championship game. That loss snapped a 53-game win streak for North Star, which had won the 2011 state championship.

The poll is compiled by members of the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

Class B Rcd Pts

1. North Star (8) 0-0 98

2. Beulah (2) 0-0 89

3. Fargo Oak Grove 1-0 76

4. Cavalier 0-0 62

5. Dickinson Trinity 1-0 51

6. Des Lacs-Burlington 0-0 45

7. Shiloh Christian 0-0 38

8. South Border 0-0 25

9. Carrington 1-0 21

10. Four Winds-Minnewaukan 1-0 16

Others receiving votes: Turtle Lake-Mercer-McClusky (0-0), Trenton (0-0), Rugby (0-0), LaMoure-Litchville-Marion (1-0), Central Cass (1-0), Powers Lake (1-0).

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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