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'Dogs pick up conference win over Wibaux


February 3, 2023

Helen Stevens

Junior Ethan Frye handles the ball during the Bulldogs' win over the Longhorns on Friday, January 27th in Ekalaka.

In a half junior varsity game versus Wibaux at home on January 27th, the JV 'Dogs defeated the JV 'Horns by 10 points, 29-19. CCHS JV shot 4 of 12 (33 percent) on free throws, hit 5 three-pointers and 5 shots from inside the arc. Blue had 8 turnovers. Ethan Mellon had a game-high 16 points on 4 three-pointers. Alec Helvik and Will Ree each had 6 for Wibaux.

CCHS JV 17 29

Wibaux JV 9 19

CCHS JV: Ethan Mellon 16, Jace Pardee 5, Preston Jensen 3, Roger Beach 2, Clay Rost 2, Kaleb Frye 1, Eldon Morris 1.

Wibaux JV: Will Ree 6, Alec Helvik 6, Colter B. 5, Cade Helvik 2.

The CCHS Junior Varsity Bulldogs fell to the Baker JV Spartans, 39-70 on Tuesday night in Baker. Seven 'Dogs scored in the contest; 12 scored for Baker. Full stats from the game were not available.

CCHS JV 5 18 25 39

Baker JV 18 41 56 70

CCHS JV: Preston Jensen 11, Roger Beach 8, Eldon Morris 7, Ethan Mellon 6, Zander Ashbrook 3, Kaleb Frye 1, Christian Ashbrook 1.

Baker JV: Drake Graham 18, Jesse Brawley 9, Cru Schwartz 9, Quinn Griffith 7, Caden Barth 6, Lucas Gundlach 6, Dawson Christenson 4, Chase Follmer 3, Jackson Moser 2, Jerrick Moser 2, Kane Olsen 2, Turner Smith 2.

The varsity Bulldogs got their first conference win of the season by defeating the Wibaux Longhorns in a game that came down to the wire at CCHS last Friday. The 'Dogs had a one-point lead at the half and widened the gap to six by the end of the third quarter. Wibaux overcame the deficit, though, and had a one-point lead with under two minutes to go. At about the 1:40 mark in the fourth, Wyatt Melton hit a shot to put the 'Dogs back up by one. On Wibaux's next possession, scrappy full court defense from the 'Dogs led to a jump ball which gave them the ball back. On their next possession, senior Bulldog J.W. Elmore hit a three-pointer that gave CCHS a four-point, 52-48, lead with one minute remaining.

After a missed three-point attempt by the 'Horns, Kaleb Frye was fouled and made one free throw that gave Blue a five point lead. Wibaux came back and hit a three with 30 seconds remaining to draw within 2. They were then forced to foul. After missing the first attempt at the line, Melton hit the second free throw to give the 'Dogs their final point, and a three-point cushion.

Wibaux did have one last chance. Though they turned it over on the next possession, a quick foul put Elmore back at the free throw line for the 'Dogs. Elmore missed both free throws. The Longhorns raced down the court after collecting the rebound and got a decent look at a three-pointer with time expiring. The shot clanged off the front iron, and the Bulldogs held on, 54-51.

Blue shot 11 of 24 (46 percent) on free throws. As a team, they hit 5 shots from behind the arc. Important for the win was the fact that they limited turnovers, committing only 15 while the Longhorns had 26. The 'Horns made 5 of their 15 free throw attempts.

CCHS 15 27 41 54

Wibaux 12 26 35 51

CCHS: Wyatt Melton 22, Kaleb Frye 12, Jace Pardee 6, Brayden Bucholz 4, J.W. Elmore 4, Chace Loehding 4, Ethan Frye 2.

Wibaux: Kreed Eskew 16, Wyatt Ree 15, Birch Obrigewitch 8, Samuel Braden 4, Will Ree 3, Colter Bacon 3, Trey Knight 2.

On Tuesday in Baker, the Bulldogs lost to the Class B Spartans, 44-82. The 'Dogs shot 9 of 16 (56 percent) on free throws and committed 18 turnovers. The 'Dogs were only down by one, 11-12, after the first quarter, but Baker outscored Ekalaka 26-9 in the second frame to blow the game open. J.W. Elmore had a team-high 12 points for CCHS, Spartan Cooper O'Connor led all scorers with 20 in the contest.

CCHS 11 20 27 44

Baker 12 38 56 82

CCHS: J.W. Elmore 12, Chace Loehding 7, Kaleb Frye 6, Ethan Mellon 5, Brayden Bucholz 5, Jace Pardee 4, Wyatt Melton 3, Preston Jensen 2.

Baker: Cooper O'Connor 20, Gentre Coulter 17, Ethan Gundlach 12, Bryant O'Connor 11, Riley Williams 8, Nathan Schallenberger 8, Rory Lingle 6.

Helen Stevens

Bulldog freshman Wyatt Melton (3) blocks Longhorn Birch Obrigewitch (11) January 27th in Ekalaka.

This Thursday, February 2nd the Bulldogs will play at Jordan. Next Friday they travel to Terry before playing Broadus on senior night, February 11th at home. There will also be a junior varsity boys basketball game at home next Tuesday, February 7th.

District 4C Standings

(as of Jan. 30)

Broadus; 6-0; 9-3

Jordan; 4-2; 6-7

Terry; 4-4; 9-5

Wibaux; 2-4; 4-10

Plevna; 1-3; 1-9

CCHS; 1-5; 2-11


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