Championships tell story of Dickinson High’s decadeIf an athletic department’s success is measured by the amount of state championships it wins, then Dickinson High had its best decade in school history.
By: Dustin Monke, The Dickinson Press
If an athletic department’s success is measured by the amount of state championships it wins, then Dickinson High had its best decade in school history.
In the previous six decades, the Midgets had totaled 23 state championships in five sports.
From 2000 to 2009, they had 16 titles in six sports.
This made choosing a dozen Midgets for our Athletes of the Decade series incredibly difficult. (See Page B3 for the complete list.)
Sure, there were some easy choices.
Our Dickinson High list consists of seven winners of state player of the year honors.
There were also several athletes whose numbers, honors and skills gave them cases for inclusion on the list who had to be left off, which was the difficult part.
How does one trim a list to 12 with a baseball program that has established itself as one of the state’s best, a boys basketball team that competed for West Region titles every year and a cross country program that had a dominant reign for the first five years of the decade?
Trust me. It was difficult.
Great basketball players such as Tate Kick and Andrew Brown were left off the list. Track standouts Derik Brugger and Chad Oukrup barely missed the list too.
Gymnast Suzy Reisenauer? She just missed the cut along with volleyball and basketball standout Betsy Moormann.
Football and baseball standout Luke Sandman? An honorable mention selection as well. And Sandman was just one of the many excellent baseball players to come through Dickinson this decade.
As for the volleyball team that won back-to-back titles from 2005 to 2006, those teams were chock full of talent, including two standouts who made the list.
Choosing the Dickinson High list truly came down to picking the athletes who excelled at multiple sports — something which seems to be a dying art at the Class A level.
Nonetheless, Dickinson had its share of athletes who excelled at that art, and they are the ones we chose to grace our Athletes of the Decade list.
Monke is the Sports Editor of The Dickinson Press. He can be e-mail at email@example.com. Read his blog at www.areavoices.com/monke.