Midgets take home-course advantage
Throughout the early stages of the Dickinson High girls golf season, the team has multiple medalists finishes, but no top team finishes.
The Midgets have placed runner-up in three of the four invitationals.
However, Dickinson is looking for its first first-place finish as a team when it hosts the Dickinson Invitational at 9 a.m. Friday at the Heart River Golf Course.
"We've been so close -- within a couple of strokes -- the last couple of meets," Dickinson senior Rachel Jahner said. "Throughout practice, we are trying to continually improve so we can finish and get a win for the season.
"Whenever we come out (to Heart River Golf Course), we have a goal to get better on this or that. We've been seeing the improvement in practice and now we just have to carry it over into a tournament."
Dickinson seniors Jahner and Riana Cooper create a formable 1-2 combination as both have placed in the top five in all four tournaments. Jahner has won medalist twice including the East-West Classic to open the season on Aug. 13 at the Jamestown Country Club.
Cooper said it's always comforting to be able to play at home. The Midgets have had an entire week off between tournaments to prepare of their lone home invitational.
"It's always an advantage coming here, because it's the longest course we play and it's our home course," she said. "There's improvement from the tee box to the green all the time. If it's coming out of the trees or coming out of the sandtrap, there's improvement."
Dickinson's head coach Sara Berglund can see the team improving every day. Though it doesn't always show up on the scorecard, the skills are getting more defined.
Nonetheless, Berglund is always hoping those more defined skills turn out on the scorecard.
"We've had about seven or eight days of solid practice," Berglund said. "We've been able to work on exactly what we needed to work on to make sure we can start scoring and cut down on some strokes. I think the girls are ready for their home tournament. They feel a little bit more confident at home."
Beach seeks to weather the Storm
The Grant County-Flasher football team hasn't had any trouble putting up points in its transition from 11-man to 9-man this season.
In the two wins this season, the Storm have posted 40 and 70 points. With their efforts, GCF is currently ranked No. 3 in the latest 9-man football poll.
Beach, which also has a 2-0 record, is looking to slow down its opponents' high offensive output as it hosts the Storm at 6 p.m. on Friday.
"Grant County-Flasher is a team who made the playoffs in 11-man football last year," Zier said. "They have a lot of their kids back and they aren't missing a beat. They are probably one of the best teams I've seen in 9-man. It's going to be a pretty tough challenge for us on Friday."
The Buccaneers are looking to limit their own misfortunes as well. During the team's last game, Beach had six turnovers against Hettinger-Scranton. Zier is looking for his team to become more consistent both offensively and defensively.
"We have work on more than a couple things right now," Zier said. "We are playing pretty inconsistent football. We got lots of things to work on."
However, Zier's message to his players hasn't change from the first week of practice until now.
"We just want to take it one game at time," Zier said. "We want to try to get into a position where we can get ourselves in the playoffs."
Dickinson High volleyball readies for 1st home match
The Dickinson High volleyball team was able to learn about itself this past weekend after a recent road trip to the Bismarck Century Tournament.
The Midgets concluded the tournament going 3-4 and now they are getting ready for their first home match of the season against Bismarck St. Mary's at 7 p.m. today.
"No. 1, it is the first home match and No. 2, it is homecoming week," Dickinson head coach Jay Schobinger said. "You just never know how kids are going to react during that stuff. I guess we will find out."
In Dickinson's first tournament of the season, senior Keely Hutchens led the team with a two-day total of 42 kills, while junior Marissa Schroeder added 27 and junior Meryl Kovacs had 24. Lillie Meduna served up 46 assists, while Madison Schobinger supplied 45. Mackee Hoffmann posted 64 digs.
With the Midgets graduating a host of seniors -- who saw a majority of the playing time last year -- Jay Schobinger knows the experience isn't going to come overnight and certainly not in one weekend.
"In the beginning of the season, it's good, it's mediocre and then it's 'uh oh' not so good," Schobinger said. "Overall, I was pretty pleased on the weekend. I told the girls early on, 'I'm not saving you. I'm not calling a timeout all weekend. You are here you are going to go, play and find out what you can do.' There were a couple sets where we were down and they battled back and found a way to win."