N.D. state tournament begins today

The North Dakota state high school tournament starts today in Ralph Engelstad Arena, and I don’t remember a tournament that has been more up-for-grabs as this one.

Tom Miller wrote this story for Thursday’s paper, detailing how basically every team from the East split with each other during the regular season.

There will be a couple of D-I prospects playing in the tournament in Red River’s Jacob Benson, a St. Cloud State commit, and Bismarck Century’s Alec Rauhauser, who scored a goal that ended up on SportsCenter a couple of weeks ago. There are several others who could develop into D-I players as well.

I will be following the state tournament from afar in Denver, but will drop a few predictions for the sake of conversation.

Fargo North (No. 4 East) and Bismarck Century (No. 1 West) should be a great first-round matchup (Century beat the Spartans to start the year), but I’m going to say the East goes 4-0 on Day One and we have a showdown between the East Region tournament champion, Red River, and the defending state champion, Fargo North, in the finals. Red River 5, North 2. MVP: Benson.

Let’s hear all of your picks.