By Thomas A. Kvamme
State football fans will have a chance to cheer on the University of Mary Marauders as they tangle with the Carroll College Saints before a state-wide television audience on Saturday.
The Marauders will be involved in an NAIA championship series first-round game and that will take place in Bismarck.
However, you can sit back and enjoy the action in the comfort of your home as the KX Network will offer the game live beginning at 1 p.m.
The Marauders are ranked No. 7 in the latest NAIA poll, while Carroll College of Helena is listed at No. 9.
However, Carroll comes in as the two-time defending national champions.
The Saints are the Frontier Conference Champions while the Marauders are the Dakota Athletic Conference champs.
These two schools have met five times overall, with Carroll winning three of those games, including last year's 49-7 second-round playoff win in Helena.
We understand the game will also be offered on a tape delay in all of Montana, Wyoming and parts of Colorado later in the day.
That's some pretty good exposure for the athletes.
You can bet John McGinley will be playing close attention, having once served as the quarterback for Carroll.
Speaking of Mary, we also have learned both the men and women qualified for the NAIA cross country nationals to be held Saturday in Louisville, Ky.
The women have a local runner in Watford City's Robin Deutsch who is a freshman on the team.
We wish them the best of luck.
TURKEY TROT 8K
Here's something you might want to get involved in.
The first annual Turkey Trot 8K prediction run is set for Thanksgiving Day.
It will begin at 9:30 a.m., allowing you some time to get yourself good and hungry for the big bird and all the goodies.
You are asked to come to Chris and Deb Kemp's house at 1322 4th ave. east to get in on the fun.
There will also be a 2-mile fun walk/run as a part of the festivities.
Prizes will be awarded to runners with the closest prediction time.
Now that is before you eat the turkey and trimmings.
It should be noted no watches will be allowed and everyone is welcome.
You can check in with Sue Ceglowski at 572-1717 or Deb Kemp at 577-5188 for further details.
Sounds like a hoot.
ICE THE COYOTES
A special Meet the Coyotes night has been designated for Monday for the Williston hockey program.
This will take place beginning at 6 p.m. at the Raymond Family Community Center.
It will all begin with a free-will supper, followed by a silent auction.
At 6:45 p.m. that evening all boys and girls involved in hockey programs from Mini-Mites to varsity level will be introduced.
This will be followed by a scrimmage from the Coyote varsity squad.
Everyone is invited to stop out and check out the action.
BEAT THE SCOPE
It proved to be a double whammy, and it still hurts as we have to report that Dan Bundy somehow lucked out and won again.
On top of that his Green Bay Packers managed to win out as well. Ouch!
Oh well, better days are ahead and once Randy Moss is healed up a rematch is in order.
Meanwhile Bundy closed out at 9-5 to win $25 for St. Joe's.
That puts him back on the Scope Scoreboard for the fourth time and he stretched his overall lead to three games.
Others in the hunt this week included Ken Slater of Economart, Dave Edwards of Delaney Distributing, and Sean Pitman at 8-6.
Pitman fell hard on Monday Night, I guess the price of loyalty can be high.
Don Mrachek checked in at 7-7.
GUESTS THIS WEEK
This week Bruce Clark of the Economart bakery takes the plunge for store bragging rights.
The other guest will be Darold Halvorson of Arnie's Motorcycle who comes back for a second try.