Meaghan is the sports reporter for the Dickinson Press, focusing primarily on Dickinson State athletics and rodeo. After graduating from James Madison University (Va.) in May 2013, she moved from New Jersey to North Dakota to start pursuing her career in sports journalism.
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Ramon Miller will never settle for a life of mediocrity. One day, he wants people to know his name and associate him as one of the greatest runners of all time. After numerous NAIA championships and two Olympic medals, including a gold during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as the anchor leg of the 1,600-meter relay, he's on the right track. The former Dickinson State track and field phenom was given the Golden Hawk award on Friday night, which is the highest achievement award the DSU Alumni & Foundation gives out annually. "It hasn't hit me yet.
Homecoming is a time for celebration, reminiscing and tradition. For the Dickinson State football team, it's also an opportunity for redemption. The Blue Hawks host rival University of Jamestown at 1 p.m. in hopes of impressing their alumni with the team's first win of the season. "Homecoming is big for everyone and we got a lot of people counting on us whether it's family, teammates or the school," senior left tackle Ryan Payne said.
Line up. Score. Repeat. In the blink of an eye the Southern Oregon football team's offense would be halfway down the field or already in the endzone. The Dickinson State football team couldn't catch its breath as the Raiders sped past them Saturday afternoon, 66-21. DSU fell to 0-5, the program's worst start under head coach Hank Biesiot. "It was an old fashioned butt kicking," Biesiot said. "I thought they looked good it kind of was advertised as we thought, their quarterback is a good player and had a good day.
The Dickinson State football team hasn't been able to catch a break this season. Each team they have played has been a top contender in the Frontier Conference and armed with quarterbacks who've proven to be tougher and more talented than the last. The Blue Hawks host Southern Oregon University, a team whose 1-3 record doesn't truly reflect its aggression and talent, at 1 p.m. today at the Biesiot Activities Center. The Raiders won their first game last week against Eastern Oregon University, 73-20, which were the second-most points in school history.
In the first home match of the season, the Dickinson High volleyball team had a disappointing five-set loss to Minot. But Tuesday night the Midgets were able to provide their fans with a win, their first at home this season. The gym was packed and fans cheered as Dickinson defeated Mandan High in straight sets 25-23, 25-20, 25-20. After coming off two tough losses to Jamestown and Bismarck Century, the Midgets worked on all aspects of their game and the team overall was pleased with the change in their performance.
The difference between the Dickinson State volleyball's performance on Friday and Saturday was night and day. However, both results ended the same -- a loss. Montana State University-Northern won in straight sets 25-16, 25-13, 25-12 Saturday at the Scott Gymnasium, putting DSU at 0-11 on the season. Despite the loss, DSU head coach Jon Stenman was pleased that his team came out with more intensity and enthusiasm, compared to Friday's disappointing loss to University of Great Falls. "Effort today wasn't the issue," Stenman said.
HAVRE, Mont. -- Just minutes into the first quarter, Montana State University-Northern's Zach McKinley scored on a 51-yard touchdown. Less than a minute later, David Arteaga had a 100-yard fumble return for the Lights. Dickinson State was never able to recover from the early deficit and loss for the second time this season to Northern 49-24 on Saturday. "It was a tough start to the game," DSU head coach Hank Biesiot said.
Coming into the season, Dickinson State volleyball head coach Jon Stenman knew it was set up to be a challenge. But he didn't expect his team to be 0-10. The University of Great Falls swept the Blue Hawks 25-9, 25-12, 26-24 in a Frontier Conference match on Friday at Scott Gymnasium. In the first two sets, the team was sluggish and off balance, as if the team wasn't there. "Just a lackluster performance," Stenman said. "There's no other way to say it. We weren't ready to play." In both sets, the Argos dominated the court going on four-, five- and six-point runs at a time.
Under the lights of the Biesiot Activities Center, the Dickinson State football team began its season with a 14-0 loss to Montana State-Northern on Aug. 29. Almost a month later, the Blue Hawks travel to Havre, Mont., at 1 p.m. today to seek revenge against the Lights at their own home field.
After three weeks of searching, the Dickinson State athletics department has found its new women's basketball head coach. On Friday, DSU officially announced the hiring of Mark Graupe as the interim coach for the 2013-14 season.