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Once again, the Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team built an early lead, watched it slip away and needed a late-inning boost to get the win. The Roughriders scored five runs in the first inning and watched as the Sturgis Titans slowly chipped away and tied the game twice. However, Travis Tooley's two-out, two-strike base hit to center field in the sixth inning scored Alex Koppinger, giving Roughriders the 9-8 lead and eventually the win Thursday in the first game of their regular-season doubleheader finale at Southside Municipal Ballpark. The win also snapped the Roughriders
Sixty-four-year old Ken Decker was the first man to drive a race car at the Southwest Speedway. Now, 34 years later, he sits in the bleachers and watches as his grandson Justin Decker, an 18-year-old third-generation racer, runs near the top of the race track's Pure Stocks division.
The Southwest Speedway didn't give Phil Penney the greatest first impression when he arrived there for the first time in 2000. Penney took one look at the track and wanted the racing to begin so he could get back on the road as quickly as possible. Now, the 28-year racing veteran, who has raced at more than 100 tracks in North America and Australia, calls the Speedway one of his favorites. "I can't name them in order, but I can say this place is in the top 10," Penney said prior to Wednesday's Dakota Classic Modified Tour at the track south of Dickinson. Wednesday was the first of the Tour
Southwest Speedway promoter Bob Steier is prepared for the race track to host its first two-night event in several years. For the first time in its 17-year history, the Dakota Classic Modified Tour will race at the Speedway both today and Thursday. Both races are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The Southwest Speedway's Pure Stocks will run Wednesday and Street Stocks run Thursday. "We have definitely earned the right to host it for two nights," Steier said.
MOTT - Ryan Dittus said he doesn-t mind beating his father Rick in a motocross race. In fact, when the two ride in the same race, the 16-year-old said trying to beat his 42-year-old father never crosses his mind. "Usually, when the adrenaline kicks in, you don't think of something like that," Ryan said. So, when Ryan took an early lead over his father Saturday, he went to that mindset and never looked back as he went on to win the first 250cc A Class event at the Hettinger County Fair motocross races. The Miles City, Mont., father and son team were two of hundreds of motocross racers who f
Dickinson's Betsy Moormann gets to take one last shot at Grand Forks Red River's Kayla Ystebo before the two become teammates and roommates at Northern State in the fall. Moormann is one of three players from Dickinson High's Class A state championship volleyball team, and one of six from the area, to be selected to play in two North Dakota Optimist All-Star volleyball matches. The matches are Tuesday in West Fargo and Wednesday in Bismarck. Both matches begin at 7 p.m. CDT. "That'll be pretty cool to play against her," said Moormann, a 6-foot-1 all-state middle hitter.
A new day brings many challenges. Thursday's challenge was to find a local story to help fill today's two sports pages. While I took a couple of minutes to plan for the worst and stress about what I was going to do with the section on only my second day on the job, a great opportunity for a local story - not to mention the basis for a column - walked into the office. It was a man stopping by to tell me about his son, a pre-teen athlete whose story is featured in today's section. This is a great example of what I hope to bring to readers of The Dickinson Press' sports pages.
Austin Mack is just a typical 12-year-old who likes sports. The Dickinson boy plays soccer, baseball and basketball and runs both track and field and cross country. Hes also involved in competitive dance. Sound exhausting?
All season, Jamestown Post 14 American Legion baseball coach Robbie Jamison has stressed his team's need for clutch hitting in close games. "That's what we've been trying to teach," Jamison said. "That mental toughness.
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