Cotton is the sports editor at The Press, where he covers the area's high schools. He came to The Press as the Multimedia Editor in May 2015 after graduating from the University of Northern Colorado with his master's degree in Sociological Practice. He holds undergraduate degrees in Journalism and Sociology from UNC, as well.
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MAYVILLE — Two weeks removed from its last game action, a 37-3 non-conference loss to Northwestern College (Iowa), the Dickinson State football team got back to its winning ways with a 52-7 rout of Mayville State on Saturday. The Blue Hawks and Comets battled through the first quarter, which ended with DSU leading 9-7, but the second quarter is really when the visitors took control.
With 11 minutes, 9 seconds remaining in the second quarter on Friday, the Dickinson Trinity student pep band struck up a rendition of Queen's "Another one bites the dust" during a timeout. Despite being a relatively early juncture in the game, it was an appropriate tune. The Titans victory against Southern McLean was never in much doubt.
BELFIELD — The Bowman County football team improved to 4-1 overall on Friday with a 50-0 rout of Heart River. In just the first half, Alex Madrigal returned an interception for a touchdown and rushed for a score, teammate Adam Powell rushed for two touchdowns and Tristen Peterson added a score on the ground. Adam Pettersson supplied a field goal, and the Bulldogs led 34-0 after the opening two quarters.
BEACH — Gage Swanson’s 67-yard interception return for a touchdown gave the Beach football team a two-score lead in the fourth quarter against Mott-Regent-New England on Friday, and the cushion came in handy. The Wildfire responded with a 22-yard pass from Josh Wallace to Tanner Zentner, but they would get no closer. The Buccaneers came away with the 38-30 victory in 9-man Region 5 action, snapping a two-game losing streak and improving to 4-2 overall with a 3-2 mark in the region.
HAZEN — Aaron Vallejo rushed for two touchdowns, and Derek Ferebee threw two scoring passes to Mason Dolbec, helping the No. 3-ranked Beulah football team defeat Hazen 38-0 on Friday in Class 1A Region 4 play. The Miners improved to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the region. The win was their third shutout of the season.
NEW SALEM — Braden Zuroff’s three rushing touchdowns on Friday helped the New Salem-Almont-Glen Ullin football team improve to 6-0 this season following a 38-6 win against 9-man Region 5 opponent Richardton-Taylor-Hebron. Zuroff scored on runs of 61, 11 and 10 yards, all in the first half. Quarterback Evan Henke also scored on a 1-yard rush, and the Holsteins led 26-0 at the half.
The Dickinson Trinity defense enters into today's matchup with Southern McLean riding back-to-back shutouts of Hazen and Heart River. After an opening loss to Bowman County, it appears as though the Titans (2-1) have regrouped and put that performance definitively in the rearview mirror.
As the Dickinson High football team has stumbled to an 0-4 start this season, the role of the team's seniors has become even more important. Many of the players in that group, however, are playing extensively for the first time in their careers this year. "We might have some seniors playing, but their game experience level isn't really high," head coach John Tuchscherer said. Still, by the very nature of being the eldest members of the team, they carry a lot of responsibility.
The Dickinson High volleyball team made quick work of visiting Turtle Mountain on Thursday, posting a sweep of the Bravettes to snap a four-match losing streak. The Midgets won by set scores of 25-8, 25-9, 25-9 at DHS gymnasium. "We tried some new things against Century (last week), put some kids in some new spots, and we've gradually gotten a little more competitive," Dickinson head coach Jay Schobinger said. "We've started to play a little harder and get a little more in sync."
MANDAN — The Dickinson High girls golf team did not record a team score on Tuesday at the Mandan Invite at Prairie West Golf Course. Bismarck St. Mary's led the way with a team score of 337, and Bismarck Century (350) and Mandan (355) rounded out the top three. Dickinson senior Sydney Charchenko led the Midgets with a score of 104. Sophomore teammates Shelby Steier and Madelyn Filkowski followed with scores of 122 and 147, respectively. Sydney Smith of St. Mary's led all individuals with a score of 79, and teammate Gabby Easton placed third with an 82.