Saturday 11th December 2010

by monke

The 59th annual Hettinger Holiday Classic boys basketball tournament kicks off Monday with only four teams.

From the sounds of it, the tournament won’t make it to it’s 60th anniversary. Hettinger and Scranton are two of the four teams in the tournament, and they are set to co-op next year.

This is a fine example of how much of a population decrease we’ve seen in southwest North Dakota over the years.

This used to be one of the best holiday tournaments around. Numerous state tournament teams won the whole thing, including a few state champions. Then, about 10 years ago, after co-ops and school closures eliminated a few teams, Hettinger had to begin inviting Class A junior varsity teams just to round out the tournament. Finally, in 2008, Williston’s JV won it.

This year’s tournament will have Hettinger, Scranton and South Dakota schools Harding County and Lemmon. It will be held Monday and Friday at Roberts-Reinke Gymnasium. Be sure to check it out if you live in the area.

Hettinger County Classic

At Roberts-Reinke Gymnasium, Hettinger

Games Monday

Harding County vs. Scranton, 6 p.m.

Hettinger vs. Lemmon, 7:30 p.m.

Games Friday

Third place: Monday’s losers, 6 p.m.

Championship: Monday’s winners, 7:30 p.m.

PAST CHAMPIONS

1952 ………….. HETTINGER

1953 …………………LEMMON

1954 ………….. HETTINGER

1955 ………….. HETTINGER

1956 ………….. HETTINGER

1957 ………….. HETTINGER

1958 ………………F T. YATES

1959 ……………………….MOTT

1960 ………….. HETTINGER

1961 ……………………….MOTT

1962 ……………………….MOTT

1963 …………… ST. MARY’S

1964 ………….. HETTINGER

1965 …………… ST. MARY’S

1966 ………….. HETTINGER

1967 …………… ST. MARY’S

1968 ………….. HETTINGER

1969 ……………………….MOTT

1970 …………………. TRINITY

1971 ……………………….MOTT

1972 …………… ST. MARY’S

1973 …………………..MOTT

1974 ………….. HETTINGER

1975 …………… SCRANTON

1976 …………………. TRINITY

1977 ………………….REEDER

1978 ………………..BOWMAN

1979 ………………….REGENT

1980 ………….. HETTINGER

1981 ………………….REEDER

1982 …………………. TRINITY

1983 …………………. TRINITY

1984 ………….. HETTINGER

1985 ………..NEW LEIPZIG

1986 ……………………..MOTT

1987 ………….NEW LEIPZIG

1988 …………… SCRANTON

1989 ………………..REEDER

1990 ………….. HETTINGER

1991 ………….. HETTINGER

1992 ………….. HETTINGER

1993 ………….. HETTINGER

1994 …………………. RHAME

1995 …………….. BISON, SD

1996 …………… SCRANTON

1997 …………… SCRANTON

1998 …………… SCRANTON

1999 …………… SCRANTON

2000 …………… SCRANTON

2001 ……… MOTT-REGENT

2002 ………….. SCRANTON

2003 …….. MOTT-REGENT

2004 ………….. HETTINGER

2005 ………….. HETTINGER

2006 …….. MOTT-REGENT

2007 …….. MOTT-REGENT

2008…………… WILLISTON

2009… HARDING COUNTY

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