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THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 7, 2018 Page 7 By Kevin Skavhaug - Roadside Assistance IfI do my figurin' right, I'd say that I've been behind the wheel of a school bus for about, oh, say, 1252 times in my 30, years of having a bus license. Between regular bus routes, substitute bus routes, football games, basketball games, golf meets, track meets, music con- tests, math meets, field Irips, pep buses or just a jaunt or two to Wolf Ridge, almost all of these have been uneventful. Except for four. Four times out of those 1252 trips I've had a mechanical is- sue. Stalled, jelled, blown, elec- trical or just plain old gremlin inducedl In each of these four cases the bus came to a stop and that was that. So back to my figurin'. That makes one dead bus for every 300 trips out (I said I drove to math meets, not competed in them). But anyway, we' re just rounding up to the nearest tenth anyway. I remember each one well. The latest happened last Thursday. I had taken a group of most- ly squirrelly junior high kids to Fargo for the Tri College Math Meet. Things were going well until we reached Fargo. Some- thing didn't quite smell right. But made it to the meet lo- - cation and all was: well Tlaat :. changed on the way home, about the 13th avenue exit, northbound on 129, right in the middle of Fargo. So we're sitting on the shoul- der ofi29, waiting for some as- sistance. I think all the kids had a cell phone with, so me not, owning one wasn't an issue. Fi- nally, a patrol car pulls up be- hind us and directs traffic (as Chuck Porter said, "this is the one time it was okay to have the cop lights on behind us). In any case, it all ended fine. We hitched a ride home with the Midway bus (thanks to them by the way) who was passing by on their way home and our wait was a short one. But what made this event ironic was who happened to be on board. The very first time.I had a bus break down Was sometime nortl}, of 20 years ago. We were coming home from a junior high basketball tournament in Adams and the cheerleaders (who rode with their parents to the game) wanted to ride home on the bus with the team. I said yes and we left Adams on a, negative 25 degree January night and headed east. About five miles out of Adams the en- gine.jells up and we're sitting dead. It took about 2 minutes for that bus to be as cold as the air outside. We got cold in a hur- ry. I remember that one of the cheerleaders had on just sandals. Sockless. Remember now this was the pre-cell phone era so as- sistance wasn't as simple as a phone call away but luckily a suburban came not too long into the ordeal by and hauled the girls back to the gym. They even came back for the team. A good" Samaritan to say the least. The iron) is that on Thurs- day, the daughter of the sock- less cheerleader from 20 some- thing years ago was on the bus. The weather outside this time was fine. Plus all the kids had socks and shoes on so no one was in any danger of freez- ing but what are the chances that of just the four times I've broke down, a mother and daughter are involved in the first and now the last? Lessons get learned this way. Make sure you have good clothes on when traveling in the North Dakota winter and per- haps just as important now a days, bring a kid who has a cell phone. By Kevln Skavhaug of The Press PARK RIVER, N.D. -- The plan, ac- cording to Head Coach Seth Kuchar, was for the Aggies boys basketball team to end their regional play-in game in the first quar- ter. Objective complete. The Aggies Vaulted out to a 12-0 lead and for all-intents and.pur- poses, finished offthe Finley-Sharon/Hope- Page Spartans by the time the first quarter buzzer sounded. The Aggies led 27-6 after one quarter of play and a 64-4l win, earning them a trip back to the Region 2 boys basketball touroament. Spencer Skavhaug helped get the ball rolling with eight points in the first three min- utes. From there it was all hands on deck as- nine of ten players figured in the final scor- ing. Jace Jehlicka would lead the Aggies with 21 on the night. Adam and Nathan Zavalney each had 12 and Skavhaug would end with 10. The 14-7 Aggies will face offagainst Hat- ton Northwood in their opening round game. Wintery weather delays Class B region play across North Dakota All eight North Dakota High School Ac- tivities Association Class B Boys Region Bas- " ketball Tournaments had to be postponed due to forecasted heavy snow and poor travel con-- ditions. Tournaments now started Tuesday, March 6 rather than Monday. The NDHSAA State Class B Boys Basketball Tournament seed- ing will now be announced on statewide tel- evision at approximately 8 p.m. CST on Sat- urday, March 10 in between championship games at the Super A State Basketball Tour- nament in Fargo. Revised schedule listed below: Region 2 Quarterfinals - Tuesday, March 6 (starts 3 p.m. at Betty Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks) Semifinals - Thursday, March 8 (starts 6 p.m. at Betty Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks) 3rd place, Championship - Saturday, March 10 (starts 1 p.m. at Betty Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks) Top Left: Aggies Adam Zavalney puts in two of his 12 points in the .Aggies win. Top Right: ,a,g gies Jace Jehlicka dnves between two Spa n defenders on his way to the basket. Jace led all scorers with 21 points in the Aggies 64-21 win. Bottom Right: Park RJver/Fordville-Lankin Aggies Nathan Zavalney ddves to the basket against Finley-Sharon/Hope-Page in a Re- gion 2 play-in game in Park River. Nathan scored 12 points in the Aggie 64-21 win. The Aggies entered the Region 2 Tournament as the fifth seed. Photos: Larry Biri