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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, JANUARY I 0, 2018 Pase 7 i By Kevin Skavhaug Moon of some serious cold weather Before America's native peoples changed over to the English way of identifying the months of the year, they had their own way to describe the time of year. The Lakota, for example, called February the "Moon of the Popping Trees," June was the "Moon of Good Berries," and September was the "Moon of the Brown Leaves." etc, etc. Looking around town these past two weeks; I'd say we're in the "Moon of the Open Car Hoods." The temps have been horribly hard on car batteries and between jumps and charg- ers, there have been more car hoods open to remedy the prob- lem than the typical year. At least at my house anyway. And for good reason. After all, we (ND) held claim to the coldest temperature on the planet one day last week. So is it colder now than it ever has been? Scientists claim, that a few hundred million years ago it was quite a bit colder than it is now. They point to a couple things to prove their point: 1) glaciers and 2) the much her- alded Neanderthal Worldwide Hockey League (NWHL). i Which brings me to my point today, our beautified out- door hockey rink right here in Park River. According to Parks and Rec. director Jesse Irvine, we have had an "official" outdoor rink in the Little Park for the past four years. This year decora- tive lights were added that re- ally make it pop at night. Plans are to one day have the rink in a location where a warming house would be available. But prior to our one official outdoor rink, there were nu- merous back yard rinks scat- tered around town. When I grew up I remember at least five backyard rinks around town and those were just the ones within walking distance of Park Ave. Most of these rinks were large enough for two full teams to play and were complete with side boards and nighttime flood lights pretty cool. But I don't see kids playing outdoor hockey anymore. Maybe there aren't any back- yard rinks anymore. Back then itwas a wintertime passion.Af- ter supper on the weekdays it was offto someone's backyard for a game of hockey. Satur- days and Sunday afternoons were pond hockey days. I froze many a toe playing on those rinks. If rinks weren't available, or if it was just a small neighbor- hood gathering of boys, the frozen street worked just fine. Throw two snow chunks at each end of the make shift rink for the goal boundaries and we were good to go. Out of cour- tesy, cars knew to not come down those streets when a game was on. Maybe they were afraid of a puck through the window, but in any case, they left us pretty much alone. Shoot, if we could have got- ten someone to clean the snow off of it, the river would have been a great place to have a pickup game of shinny. So maybe January could be the "Moon of the Street Hockey game" or something like that. Perhaps if kids get bored enough with their Xboxes we'll see some kids playing outside on the street or on someone's backyard rink. Was a pretty good way to make use of our wonderful winter- time weather. Left: Spoilers Dalton Albrecht gets behind the Aggie defense for a basket. Dal- ton led all scorers with 24 points in the Spoilers 5845 win over the Aggies in Park River. Right: Aggies Nathan Zavalney drives to the basket as Grafton Spoilers Ri ley Hanson rushes back on defense. Nathan led all Aggie scorers with 17 points in the Aggies 58-45 loss in Park River. By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The Aggie boys basketball team had a busy week after the holiday break. On Tuesday the Aggies easily de- feated Griggs County 71-44. The Aggies press created steal after steal and that resulted in layup af- ter layup. The baskets in this one came as easy as picking Cherries off the tree, but it helped the Ag- gies to even their season mark at 2-2. PRFL broke open an 11-11 tie late in the first quarter going on a 10-0 run over the Iast threemin- utes to lead 2 1 211 laft r From there it was over. The Aggies led 42-25 at the half. Nathan Zavalney would lead the Aggies in scoring with 19 points. Spencer Skavhaug added 12.and Jace Jehlicka 11. On Friday the Aggies had a much stiffer test in the Cavalier Tornadoes. But the Aggies were up to the task and played by far their most aggressive and complete game of the season. Good passing,' defense and shooting gave fans a taste of what may be to come for this year's Aggies. The Aggies were jelling from the get go in this one, jumping out to an 18-5 lead midway through the first quarter. But the momentum fell off when foul troubles started to pile up for PRFL. By the end of the quarter the Tomadoes had closed the gap to 24-17. For the first time this season the Aggies were hitting from three point land. Brice Wood had two and Nathan Zavalney one while Jace Jehlicka had three as they all lit it up from three land to help the Aggies to a 36-28 lead. A basket by Jacob Ham closed out the half for PRFL up 40-32. But the Tornadoes would take over in the second half. By the end of the third they had tied this one at 52-52 and outpaced the Aggies down the stretch to take a 75-69 win. Adam Zavalney paced the Ag- gies with 19, Jace Jehlicka had 18 and Spencer Skavhaug, 10. Andre Carrier led all scorers with 21 for Cavalier. ii !??i:~!~i(i!i!j~ On Saturday the Aggies hosted. undefeated Grafton and dropped a ' 58-45 affair. The Aggies missed . too many shots early, falling be- ' hind the Spoilers 21-6 early in the second quarter. The Aggies would get as close as 13 when Nathan Zavalney hit back to back driving layups to make it a 38-25 game midway through the third. But every time the Aggies made a run the Spoilers were there to an- swer. Riley Hanson had a monster night, hitting five three pointers to spark the Spoiler outside attack and Dalton Albrecht dominated in- side in scoring. Nathan Zavalney led the Aggies with 19. Jace Jehlicka added 10. Dalton Albrecht led all scorers with 24. Riley Hanson 17. With the loss the Aggies season record falls to 2-4 and 2-3 in Re- gion play. / Photos: Larry Bid Top Left: Park River/Fordville-Lankin Aggies Jace Jehlicka gets some serious air as he drives to the basket against Cavalier. Jace scored 18 prints h the Aggies 75-69 loss to the in Cavalier. Top Right: The agony of defeat! Jenna Zavalney can't believe whats happening on the basketball court in the dosing seconds of the Park River/Fordville-Lankin basketball game with Cavalier in Cavalier. The Aggies had as much as a 13 point lead inthe first half and a eight point lead at half- time. The Aggies saw all that evaporate in the second half as they fell to the Tornadoes 75-69. Spencer Skavhaug sitlJng out most of the fourth quarter with a sprained ankle didnt help the Aggie cause. Sitting with Jenna is Anne Welch who can't watch anymore. SiSng behind the two is Anita Zavalney Jen- na smother. Jenna has two brothers Nathan and Adam who start for the Aggies. Jenna and Anne were standout starters on two Aggie State Qualifying basketball teams and Jenna was a standout starter on two state qualifying volleyball teams. Bottom Left: Aggies Spencer Skavhaug hollers for a time out as he battles with Cavalier's Jayden Wheeling (left) and An- dre Carrier for control of the basketball. Bottom Right: Aggles Bryce Wood drivespast the Tomadoes Kooper Henke on his way to the basket. Bryce scored nine points in the Aggie loss.