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Hettinger-Scranton’s height could give them an upper hand this season

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Blake Larson shooting from the paint.
The Dickinson Press filed photo
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The Hettinger-Scranton NightHawks are returning defensive minded players and with some height. This season they have eight players who are six feet or taller and could go a long way for them with good boxing out and consistent shooting. The returning starters are not afraid to go after a ball and look to grow from last season’s 11th place finish in Region 7.

The NightHawks had an overall record of 3-19 and won only a single region game in the regular season. Developing his own methodology, second year head coach Jeremy Fordahl could be on the cusp of a competitive season.

They are a three senior team, two of which are coming into the season with previous varsity experience. Forward Alex Burrer had minimal experience last year, but guard Bennet Jorgenson was one of their top three-point shooters. He collected 27 shots from the outside, averaging 7.5 points per game. He also tallied 33 steals and 33 assists.

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Bennett Jorgenson returning to a defensive position.
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Returning juniors Maddox Pierce, Joey Perkins and Forrest Forthun each offered good point scoring for the Night Hawks, but Pierce is by far the leader of the group. Last season Pierce tied Jorgenson in three pointers and had 11.3 PPG. He averaged five rebounds per game and had 39 steals, 10 blocks and 40 assists.

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Maddox Pierce moving the ball past mid court.
Josiah C. Cuellar / The Dickinson Press

6’ 3” Forthun will be well utilized on the low post, last year averaging seven points a game.

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Perkins will be a big part of the team defense. Last season he was one of the team's best rebounders averaging four boards a game. He also tallied eight blocks, 18 steals and 40 assists.

Hettinger-Scranton will also have some returning underclassmen, including starting center, their six foot, four inches Blake Larson. Larson showed a lot of potential as a freshman, finishing last season with a 7.2 PPG and 4 RPG.

Josiah C. Cuellar was born in San Angelo, Texas, a small rural community in the western part of the state known for its farming, ranching and beautiful Concho River. A Texas A&M San Antonio graduate specializing in multi-media reporting, Cuellar is an award winning photographer and reporter whose work focuses on community news and sports.
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