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Volk, Zacher meet on court as teammates

Press Photo by Dustin Monke Dickinson Trinity's Jacob Volk, right, dribbles past Beulah's Trevor Zacher during the Region 7 championship game on Feb. 28 at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. Volk and Zacher step on the court as teammates to play for Class B during the Lions All-Star series beginning today in Fargo.

Dickinson Trinity's Jacob Volk and Beulah's Trevor Zacher know each other very well.

Over the last six years, the two have stepped on the basketball court to play against each other in a clash of top-ranked teams in Class B District 14 and Region 7 championships.

However, Volk and Zacher will take the floor as teammates during the Lions All-Star series beginning today in Fargo and concluding Wednesday in Bismarck.

"It's extremely fun to play with Volk," Zacher said. "He's really good. He's a stud. We know each other's game so well, so there's kind of that trust factor there."

Volk added: "It will be nice playing with him finally. We've been going head-to-head for the last six years, but it will be nice to be on the same team."

Each player had standout careers for their high school teams. Both were named Mr. Basketball finalists -- a rarity for players who play in the same district. Volk averaged 20 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals. Zacher supplied 18 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals per game.

Volk, who finished his prep career second in Trinity history with 1,177 points, was an all-state first-team selection and helped the Titans take fifth place at the 2013 Class B state basketball tournament and fourth place as a sophomore in 2011 when he led the team in scoring. The Titans' standout is committed to play basketball at Dickinson State.

"It's an honor to be voted," Volk said of being named to the all-star team. "I know most of these guys through AAU basketball, so we know each other that way. It will definitely be fun."

Zacher helped Beulah win the 2012 Class B state basketball championship. During the Miners' 2012 state title run, Zacher was named Most Valuable Player in the tournament. He is committed to play basketball at South Dakota Mines.

"It's a prestigious award, because not many people get to play in this game," Zacher said. "It should be really exciting."

The Lions All-Star series isn't the first all-star game Zacher has competed in this summer. He also played quarterback for Team North Dakota during the Badlands Bowl football game.

"Basketball is definitely my first love," Zacher said. "At the beginning of the season, it was never about playing well enough to be in an All-Star game, but it just kind of happened."

Volk and Zacher, who have been roommates since practice started Friday, said the Class B team has continued to gain chemistry throughout each practice.

"During the first three days of practice, we were still just progressing and getting a feel for each other's game," Volk said. "After the three days now, we are starting to get to know each other pretty well."

Zacher added: "It takes a while to play with a team, but everyone here has a high basketball IQ. It hasn't been hard and everyone is just playing together."