Out-of-state teams are coming from Niskayuna, N.Y., Lawrenceburg, Tenn., Weimar, Texas, Cambridge, Ohio, Coventry, R.I., El Segundo, Calif., and Beaverton, Ore. There are three teams from North Dakota. Williston qualified as the host team, Fargo qualified by winning its state tournament, and Grand Forks qualified by winning the regional.And then this:
Pool play for the 10-team tournament is scheduled to open Saturday in the oil patch city that recently adopted the title of "Boomtown USA," after watching its population soar from 15,000 to 35,000 people in less than five years. That happened after experts figured out how to extract oil from the rich Bakken shale and Three Forks formations.
The rush has helped bump up the average annual salary in Williams County, home to Williston, to $78,364 in 2012, tops in the state and more than triple the average wage in the county a decade ago. The Williston area has increased its hotel space from 600 rooms four years ago to 1,700. The population explosion also has brought less desirable increases in traffic and crime.