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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JAMESTOWN — Bismarck High's softball team was ahead from the start, but one big inning really put away Dickinson High. The Demons led 1-0 after the first inning of Saturday's West Region softball championship game, but six runs in the fifth inning put the finishing touches on what was eventually a 7-4 victory. The Midgets responded with three runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning, and another in the sixth, but that's all they would muster. Dickinson will enter next week's Class A state softball tournament in Mandan as the No. 2 seed from the West Region.
BISMARCK — At the West Region Last Chance Meet on May 15, Dickinson High freshman Macey Sabrosky was a surprising bright spot, leaping 34 feet, 6 inches in the triple jump to qualify for the state meet by distance. Two weeks later, Sabrosky made good on her first trip to state. She ranked 11th among Class A girls in the triple jump entering Friday, the first day of the North Dakota State Track and Field Meet at the Bismarck Community Bowl, and she left with an eighth-place finish.
BISMARCK — Faith Beck chose the best possible day to have the best pole vault of her career. The Dickinson Trinity junior vaulted a school record 10 feet, 6 inches, which topped the field and won her the Class B girls pole vault championship on Friday at the Bismarck Community Bowl on the first day of the North Dakota State Track and Field Meet. A week ago, Beck reached 10 feet at the Southwest Region meet in Beach, winning the event, but she knocked the bar off on all three attempts at 10-6.
KILLDEER — It is shaping up to be a redemption year for Katelynn Lane. At least, that's what the Killdeer senior is hoping for. Last season, Lane tripped while competing in the preliminaries of the 100-meter hurdles, and she finished in 20.02 seconds, 18th out of 18 qualifiers. "'Tripped' is one way to put it. I've definitely had issues in the past, but I also have not had a year like I've had this year," Lane said. "I've had a lot of adrenaline before races in the past, but this year I know how to handle that."
For Dickinson High's home series against Bismarck Legacy on May 9, head softball coach Amanda Mickey decided to switch around the team's pitchers. Senior Abby Jones would pitch the first game, junior Amber Sickler would pitch the second game, and they would relieve each other in the circle if the need for that arose. The Midgets swept the Sabers that day and have lost just once since then, 9-3 to Minot Bishop Ryan on May 18. The only series since that Legacy sweep in which the Jones-Sickler order was not used was May 12 against a hapless Williston squad.
Everybody is fast, but not everybody is patient. Runners in the 100-meter dash must straddle the line of "don't move too soon" and "move as fast as you can." They must not jump the gun, but they must beat everybody off the line. So thin is the margin for error that it once led famed U.S. sprinter Carl Lewis to say, "If you make one mistake in the 100 meters, you lose. If you have a bad start, you have 99 yards to be pissed."
Dickinson High senior Megan Erickson enters the state track and field meet ranked first in the 100 meters (11.96 seconds) and third in the 200 meters (25.37). Last season, she entered ranked sixth in the 100 and 15th in the 200, but she placed fifth and seventh, respectively. "I know my feet are a lot stronger than they were last year, and I feel my mentality is stronger than what it was," Erickson said. "I go in more positive, I visualize things. I just feel more confident."
Mike Herauf was looking sharp. He took off his jacket and rolled up the sleeves of his white button-down shirt. His silver tie was tucked neatly underneath a black vest, which matched his suit pants. But instead of leather dress shoes to complete the look, Herauf opted for Nikes — gold and white with black laces. As the sun beat down on him, Herauf picked up the vaulting pole he brought with him and began stretching. It was June 13, 2016, and Herauf was set to take his senior pictures.
RAY — The Dickinson High boys golf team placed seventh at the Williston Invite on Monday at The Links of North Dakota. The Midgets turned in a team score of 349, just four strokes behind sixth-place Jamestown’s 345. Minot earned the top team spot with a score of 320, and Bismarck St. Mary’s followed at 324.
BEACH — The Beach boys are going to state after all. After narrowly missing out of qualifying in the 800 meters during last week's Last Chance Meet in Dickinson, Beach High School teammates Josiah Orluck and Jared Wojahn both qualified by place on Saturday during the Southwest Regional Track Meet on their home track. Bowman County's Alex Madrigal won the event in 2 minutes, 3.46 seconds, but he had already qualified the event. By placing second and third, Orluck (2:04.20) and Wojahn (2:04.61) accomplished a goal they had as teammates all season.