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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This weekend, the Dickinson State volleyball team has a pair of Frontier Conference matchups at home which could help put the team's own game into perspective. The Blue Hawks host the University of Great Falls at 4 p.m. today in Scott Gymnasium and Montana State-Northern at 2 p.m. Saturday. Both teams have qualities DSU can relate to as well as take advantage of while the team still searches for its first win.
The weather at the Biesiot Activities Center wasn't the only thing dreary Saturday afternoon. The Dickinson State football team looked lifeless on the field as the Montana Western Bulldogs won big, 55-21. Falling 0-3 on the season, DSU head coach Hank Biesiot wasn't pleased with the start his team got off on and blames a little on himself. "I think we just got outcoached and outplayed in every phase of the game today," Biesiot said. "Our start was something you can't have on the road or at home and that falls on the coach a little bit.
The Dickinson State volleyball team finally played their home opener Saturday night at Scott Gymnasium. The gym was packed with fans and student athletes, bringing an electric intensity that helped fire up the team. Perhaps a little too much. The Blue Hawks lost in straight sets 25-14, 25-17, 25-12 to the No. 25 ranked Rocky Mountain College. Seniors Melissa Avila and Kelly O'Connor think that the atmosphere and the experience of finally being home made the younger girls a little too nervous and unfocused.
The Dickinson State football team returns home today to face a team they are not entirely sure what to expect from. Shrouded in mystery are the Montana Western Bulldogs who take the field against the Blue Hawks at 1 p.m. at the Biesiot Activities Center. DSU head coach Hank Biesiot said Montana Western's schedule situation is unique and poses a little challenge for fully understanding what to expect from their offense and defense. "A lot of teams have played two games in the country, they played one," head coach Hank Biesiot said. "And Southern Oregon has a different type of offense.
It has been a long season so far for the Dickinson State volleyball team. The team is off to a rough start going 0-8 with all matches on the road. But the Blue Hawks will finally play on their home court at 7 p.m. today against the Frontier Conference's top-ranked team, Rocky Mountain College, in the Scott Gymnasium. Seniors Melissa Avila and Kelly O'Connor both agreed the entire team is excited and a home match is just what the team needs. "I'm amped," O'Connor said. "I'm so excited to play in this gym." Avila added: "We've been on the road for too long.
Since the Dickinson State football team played opened its season against Mountain State-Northern last Thursday, it gives the Blue Hawks a couple extra days of practice this week. DSU travels to Billings, Mont., at 1 p.m.
BELFIELD -- The Heart River football team's homecoming was one to forget as No. 4-ranked Killdeer came to town. The Cowboys' new offense continued to work wonders by scoring in bunches. Killdeer used an offensive onslaught on the ground and through the air to defeat the Cougars 49-14 in a Class 1A, Region 4 game on Friday. Heart River has had a tough beginning to its season, playing back-to-back ranked opponents and losing to each by double-digits. "We got a lot of work to do first and foremost," Heart River head coach Mike Williams said.
Under the lights of the Biesiot Activities Center, a crowd of Dickinson State athletes, coaches and fans cheered as the men and women's cross country teams finished their final laps. The runners competed in the second DSU Twilight Time Trial Thursday night, an event head coach Michael Nekuda created to evaluate his runner's progress, showcase his team's talent to the general public and for the runners to just have fun competing against each other.
In the past, the Dickinson State men and women's cross country teams were just a blip on the radar. But since head coach Michael Nekuda took over, things have changed and the teams want the recognition they deserve. So when the preseason rankings were revealed, Nekuda was pleased. "We are on the radar this year and it showed by having our preseason rank of 17th," Nekuda said. "That's a great sign because now we can only move up from there." To live up to the expectations, the teams have been diligently training by running twice a day, at least three or four times a week.
I have ridden many waves at the Jersey Shore in my lifetime, but I have never ridden on the back of a horse. I assumed that when I moved to North Dakota that I would slowly but surely get acclimated to western-style living. My parents even had a bet to see how long it would take until I became "westernized." "I told (your mom) last week that I expected you to be on a horse within a month," my dad texted me Monday morning. Turns out he was right. I'm more of a city kind of girl. I like the fast-paced lifestyle, I love getting dressed up and always being kept busy.