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The atmosphere at the Roughrider Tournament championship game between Dickinson Trinity and Killdeer felt a little like another kind of title game. Killdeer coach Rick Dufault said he got the same feeling from the sidelines as the Cowboys pulled away for the 51-42 victory over the Titans on Saturday night before an estimated crowd of more than 1,300 people at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "The wind came up, the weather was winter-like, the snow was blowing around.
BISMARCK -- Dickinson High's Jennifer Bachamp won the event she had trouble with last week and the Midgets gymnastics team fell 2.55 points shy of Minot High at the Bismarck Invitational on Friday. Bachamp won the balance beam with a score of 8.975. The Midgets struggled as a team in the event last week at the Dickinson Invitational. Minot won the meet with a 143.725. Dickinson had a 141.175.
Every team has to start somewhere. The Dickinson High girls hockey team broke into the win column with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over Devils Lake on Thursday at the Dickinson Recreation Center. "We're pretty excited about it," Dickinson senior forward Katie Krogh said. "I think this will get our confidence back on track. This win gets us motivated for another win." The Midgets fought for every goal and spent much of the first two periods in Devils Lake's zone.
While Dickinson High junior Ben Brown tried to maneuver himself into a dominate position and stay in the lead against Bryan Overton of Baker, Mont., his younger brothers watched from the edge of the mat, standing as close as they could to the match. Justin Brown, a freshman, yelled encouraging statements at Ben while eighth-grader Alex Brown watched with a silent intensity, absorbing everything his oldest brother was doing right and noting all he did wrong. "We try to make it every single match," Justin said.
Former Dickinson State football star Tony Biesiot and current Blue Hawks assistant coach Pete Stanton are among the 51 applicants for Minot State's vacant head football coach position. Biesiot, an All-American linebacker for the Blue Hawks in the late 1990s, is the son of current DSU football coach Hank Biesiot and is currently an assistant coach at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He was the defensive line coach at Minot State during the 2003 season. The Dickinson native also worked as a graduate assistant at Chadron (Neb.) State, was the offensive line coach at Sacramento (Calif.) City
BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Dickinson State women's basketball team survived a back-and-forth battle with Rocky Mountain College on Thursday night and held on for a 53-51 nonconference victory, snapping an eight-game losing streak. DSU coach Guy Fridley credited his defense with strong play down the stretch. "We showed tonight what type of defensive team we could be," Fridley said. Brittany Mesa led a revamped Blue Hawks starting lineup with 14 points.
Dickinson High girls basketball coach Greg Jung said he doesn't know how much longer he'll be able to live through his cardiac kids. "They're going to give me a heart attack," Jung said, jokingly. The fifth-ranked Midgets trailed 26-10 with more than six minutes remaining in the first half, but responded with a 23-4 run before the end of the half en route to a 71-42 win over Williston in West Region play Thursday at the Dickinson High School gymnasium. Dickinson failed to generate any kind of consistent offense for the first 13 minutes of the game.
Rich Dufault wasn't overly enthusiastic about the Killdeer boys basketball team's performance in the Roughrider Tournament semifinals on Thursday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center at Dickinson Trinity. But, the coach just shook his head and smiled after the Cowboys' 68-59 victory over Richardton-Taylor, which put Killdeer in its first Roughrider championship game since 1998. "We didn't shoot real well, but we shot well enough to win," Dufault said. Senior guard Jacob Wheeling hit his free throws down the stretch and junior guard Austin Dufault finished off several fast breaks for
Williston senior guard Brad Johnson drove through the lane and threw up a shot.
The Richardton-Taylor boys basketball team knew it has a tough road to travel if it wants to reach the Region 7 tournament in March. Of the six teams in District 14, the Raiders are already a team some prognosticators have put on the proverbial chopping block. However, the Raiders proved Tuesday in the quarterfinals of the Roughrider Tournament why they should be taken as seriously as any other team in their district with a 56-44 victory over Bowman at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center at Dickinson Trinity. "These kids, they have a lot to prove this year," Richardton-Taylor first-ye