POWERS LAKE, N.D. - The Powers Lake community is proud to have their Ranchers back at the Class B State Tournament. It's a trip that's been in the making since 1939.
"It's really cool that we're going to State for the first time in 80 years," said Cade Nordloef, who has brothers and cousins on the team. "They worked really hard every practice and every game and put a lot of effort into it."
The Ranchers rode through some tough challenges to win Region 8.
"Everybody's stepping up when they need to," said Chandra Rystedt, mother of sophomore forward Carter Rystedt. "We've had injuries throughout the year that have made us try different things, and so when everybody was healthy we've got a pretty good rhythm going."
Powers Lake lies 75 miles away from the site of the Tournament, the Minot State Dome. You can bet the Ranchers section will be rocking.
"The community has been behind this team from the very beginning. There's been a lot of support at the ball games and helping to make sure that the kids are all involved in the sports and have as much encouragement as they can get. I don't think anyone is going to have a voice left after the game," said lifelong Ranchers fan Donna Griesbach.
The celebration of making it back to State is on, but come Thursday, it's all business for the Ranchers. Powers Lake against #3 Richland Thursday at 2:45 p.m.