Meaghan is the sports reporter for the Dickinson Press, focusing primarily on Dickinson State athletics. After graduating from James Madison University last May, she moved from New Jersey to North Dakota to start pursuing her career in sports journalism.
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Scott Gymnasium was stunned on Sunday afternoon. With five seconds remaining, the University of Manitoba's Morgan Cross hit the game-winning jumper to defeat Dickinson State 64-63. In the second half, the Blue Hawks led by 11 points before Bisons' forward Samantha Pyke scored to get her team within single digits, 52-43. The momentum switched to Manitoba which went on a 19-7 run to take a lead 62-59.
It was all for Janae Moore. As the final seconds of the Dickinson State women's basketball game ran off the clock, senior guard Dawne Degel rushed the game ball over to Moore's -- a junior forward who tragically died in a car crash in August -- family sitting behind the team. The Blue Hawks defeated the University of Manitoba 63-40 Tuesday night in the Scott Gymnasium in honor of their fallen teammate, surrounded by students and fans all wearing T-shirts in her honor. "Every time you sink a shot it's all you can think about, that she was there," Degel said. Senior guard Mariah Duran added:
Most of the teams the Dickinson State football team have faced this season are what you see is what you get. The Blue Hawks play against one of the more puzzling teams, Montana Tech, in the Frontier Conference at 1 p.m. today in Butte, Mont. At first glance, the Orediggers' 1-4 record would suggest the team is struggling. But Tech has only lost each game by one or two scores. Its worst loss came from Southern Oregon University, 59-32 on Oct. 5. But like Carroll College last week, the Orediggers are coming off its bye week and a hard loss and is ready to search and destroy.
The Dickinson State volleyball team's performance was nothing short of a roller coaster ride. What started out as a match with all the potential to turn into a win against Westminster College (Utah) quickly got away from the Blue Hawks and turned into a 25-13, 22-25, 25-15, 25-15 win for the Griffins on Thursday at Scott Gymnasium. DSU head coach Jon Stenman said the key for his team to beat Westminster was in serve receive, which happened in set two. The Blue Hawks scored ten points off their serve, which lead to their first Frontier Conference set win of the season.
Tuesday night, the Trinity football team played under the lights of the Biesiot Activities Center for the last time this season.
Originally, the Trinity volleyball team was scheduled to play at Watford City on Tuesday night. But after a change of schedule, the Titans hosted the Wolves at Knights of Columbus Activities Center to precede a football game between the schools. Trinity swept Watford City 25-17, 25-18, 25-14 for the nonconference win. "It was kind of a slow-paced game," Trinity head coach Rayma Braaten said. "Both of the teams were kind of in the low, so I think it's harder as a player to find a way to pick it up.
The Dickinson State volleyball team felt invincible after Friday's home win over Presentation College. But after facing a Frontier Conference opponent, the feelings slowly faded. The Blue Hawks fell to Montana Tech 25-18, 25-19, 25-23 Saturday afternoon in the Scott Gymnasium. Despite losing both games to the Orediggers this season, the Blue Hawks played better than on Sept. 27, when they were swept 25-11, 25-10, 25-12. "This time we made them have to adjust to our defense because we were picking things up," libero Tasha Malana said.
Clad in pink and literally wearing a hard hat on the sidelines, the Dickinson State volleyball team finally brought home a victory for its fans Friday night in the Scott Gymnasium. The Blue Hawks got their revenge win against Presentation College 25-20, 25-12, 25-16 and played their best all-around game this season. "It's definitely the way you want to play when you're at home," setter Kelly O'Connor said. "We had lots of energy, we didn't make many mistakes, we were pretty efficient tonight." After a lackluster loss at the University of Great Falls on Oct.
One win has changed everything. After last week's 27-7 homecoming victory over the University of Jamestown, the Dickinson State football team has gained a boost of much needed confidence, and a new outlook on its season and self-worth. The win came just in time as the Blue Hawks travel to Frontier Conference opponent Carroll College, which is ranked No. 7 in the NAIA Top 25 poll, at 1 p.m. today in Helena, Mont. The Saints are a team which has always given DSU fits on offense and defense.
Behind the walls of the Dickinson State football locker room, people passing by could hear elated cheers, singing and banging. The emotion tucked within the locker room best sums up how the team felt after winning its first game of the season. The Blue Hawks defeated the University of Jamestown 27-7 Saturday afternoon in front of a proud homecoming crowd.