DICKINSON, N.D. - The Boys Class B State Basketball Tournament gets underway on Thursday and the Titans from Trinity will again be there representing Region 7.
Dickinson Trinity advanced to the state tournament with a 63-60 win over Beulah.
The Titans head coach says they have that elusive combination of both chemistry and athletic ability.
"It's exciting every time you have a chance to get there," said head coach Gregg Grinsteinner. "It's a goal for a different group every year that you have and this group is no different. They've worked their tails off. We had no idea where we were going to be. We knew we had a couple pretty good players coming back from last year's team that went to state but the team chemistry really came around about halfway through the season. The kids decided there is something, we have something special here."
"We wanted to get back there from last year. It was a good experience. We had a lot of fun but we want to take it one step farther from last year and make the state championship game. It's what we always dreamed of and we fell short last year but we thought with the people coming back we could do it again so se just put in hard work," said Lucas Jones, Trinity senior.
The Titans are the number 2 seed for the "B". Four Winds-Minnewaukan is number one. It was a game against the Indians during the regular season that helped Trinity get back to state.
Trinity senior Shawn Stoltz said: "Late December we lost to Four Winds by about 30. It wasn't a good experience, but we brought a lot of good things out of it and the stretch out of it we didn't play very well but it happened early in the year. So, we were able to overcome that and play our best ball at the end of the year, and that's what's most important."
"It just shook us a little bit when we got beat by Four Winds and it kind of woke us up and had us play better the rest of the year so far hopefully we keep it us like that," said Alex Scherr, Trinity senior.
Trinity plays Ellendale in the first game on Thursday at the Minot State Dome at 12 p.m. Mountain Time/1 p.m. Central Time.