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Page 8, The Mirror March 11, 2015 Braves bow out of regionals in first round By Mike Manston Of The Mirror Early o11, things were looking OK for the Bouineau Braves in the opening round of the Region 6 tournament at the Minot State University Dome. Bottineau scored on the opening tip for a 2-0 lead and stretched it to 9-2 before the No. 3-ranked Berthold Bombers came to life. Berthold took the lead at 10-9 later in the first quarter and never looked back en route to 65-45 win to reach Tuesday's re- gional semifinals. The Bombers led by as many as 23 dur- ing the game, that featured their leading scorer, Austin Lee, going off for a game- high 26 points, including 21 in the first half. Berthold led 16-12 a[ier one period and 35-24 at the half. The Bombers outscored the Braves 21-10 in the third quarter to put the game on ice. Two other Bombers, Garrett Hanson and Jordan Nelson also chipped in big for the winners. Hanson finished with 13 points and Nel- son added 13 rebounds and had eight mark- ers. Bottineau got double digits from Parker Engelhard with 14 and Alex Bristol with l 1. Freshman guard Max Henry chipped in with nine points as the Braves closed the season with an 8-14 overall record. Bottineau center Jacob Kvernum, who averaged double tigures throughout the sea- son, was held to .just four points for the Braves. No. 2-ranked Rugby easily stopped Sur- rey 67-30 and No. 6-ranked Our Redeemer's bounced back from the district upset to Minot Ryan with an impressive 69-51 win over Drake-Anamoose in the opening round. The tournament will conclude Thursday with the winner qualiting for the Class B state tournament March 19-21 in Bismarck. The All-District 11 team Back Row: Nick Effertz, Velva; Parker Englehard, Bottineau; Brad Heidlebaugh (Senior Athlete of the Year), Rugby; Paul Folden, Sawyer; Zach Miller, Rugby; Nolan Hovland, Rugby; Cordell Volson, Drake/Anamoose Front Row: Lee Reinowski, Drake/Anamoose; Colton Lund, Sawyer; Tate Wyman, Westhope Newburg; Eli Luna, TGU; Kolter Schell, TGU; and Tanner Bernhardt, Rugby. (Not Pictured) Coach of the Year: Mike Santjer, Rugby. (Photo courtesy of Dorothy Martwick) Elk and moose licenses now up for grabs North Dakota's elk and moose hunting seasons are set with more licenses available in 2015 than last year. However, the bighorn sheep hunting season will be closed for the first time since 1983. A total of 301 elk licenses are available to hunters this fall, an increase of 40 from last year. Unit E1 has an additional 15 any-elk and 15 antlerless licenses, and unit E3 has an increase of 10 antlerless licenses. In addition, the split season antlerless elk only portion of El is eliminated t r o- vide additional hunting opp,,rtu- nity and address late-season depredation issues. A total of 131 moose licenses are available in 2015, an increase of 20 from 2014. Units M9 and M 10 have more licenses than last year due to high cow survival and calf recruitment. Hunting units M1C and M4 will remain closed due to a continued downward trend in moose numbers in the northeastern part of the state. The bighorn sheep hunting season is closed this year due to significant sheep mortality in 2014 caused by bacterial pneu- monia. North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife chief Jeb Williams said an intensive search during last year's rut re- vealed a majority of mature rams in the badlands were among the sheep lost to disease. "The sum- mer 2015 survey will provide more information as to when G rant aimed at youth h u nters Wildlife, shooting, fraternal and nonprofit civil organizations are urged to submit an application for the Encouraging Tomorrow's Hunters program, a State Game and Fish Department grant pro- gram developed to assist recruit- ment of the next generation of hunters and shooters. The maximum grant allowed is $3.000. The program cun'ently helps fund approxmmtely 40 club and or- ganizational events and projects, with an average grant of $1,550. Grant funds help cover event expenses, including promotional printing; event memorabilia such as shirts, caps or vests: ammuni- tion and targets, and eye and ear ested in conducting a youth hunt- protection. Past funding has enabled sev- eral groups to conduct youth pheasant and waterfowl hunts, while others have sponsored trap and other shooting events, includ- ing archery and rifle shooting. Any club or organization inter- ing or shooting event can get more information, including a grant application, from the Game and Fish Department website, gf.nd.gov, or by contacting out- reach biologist Pat Lothspeich at 701-328-6332. The deadline to apply for a 2015 grant is April 19. Game and Fish may be able to re- establish a sheep season," Williams said, Online applications are now available by visiting the Game and Fish Department's webte-, gf.nd.gov. Paper application s will be on the website for printing, and at license vendors the week of March 9. The deadline for ap- plying is March 25. Elk and moose lottery licenses are issued as once-in-a-lifetime li- censes in North Dakota.