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 — A series of five consecutive pins put Dickinson High's wrestling team well ahead of Jamestown on Thursday, and the Midgets came away with a 58-11 West Region dual victory.
Bismarck High went on plenty of runs. But the Demons never had the one stretch that got them all the way back into the game against Dickinson High on Thursday. The No. 3-ranked Midgets boys basketball team started fast — with a 12-2 run to start the game — and weathered the storm from there, picking up an 85-77 West Region win at DHS gymnasium. With the win, Dickinson sweeps the season series with Bismarck after also winning 66-63 in December.
Just two days after one of its best offensive games of the year, the Dickinson High girls basketball team was back struggling to score. Bismarck High took advantage early, leading by as many as 20 points in the first half on its way to a 54-28 victory at DHS gymnasium. "There was just no offensive flow tonight, and I think that's the biggest frustration because when we run our offense, there's a lot of good things that happen," Dickinson head coach James Hayden said. "I felt the offense was too stagnant tonight.
HETTINGER — The Hettinger-Scranton girls basketball team erased a nine-point halftime deficit against Dickinson Trinity on Tuesday thanks to a 19-point third quarter that tied the game through three periods. After that, the Night Hawks outlasted the Titans in the fourth, scoring 16 points to their 13, to come away with a 49-46 Region 7 victory.
BISMARCK — The Bismarck St. Mary’s girls basketball team held an eight-point lead at halftime against Dickinson High on Tuesday, and the Saints built from there to take a 69-52 win. Jayde Lawlar and Gabby Jung each scored 12 points for the Midgets, and Peyton Selle and Kelsey Privratsky each tallied six points. “Offensively, we finally had some shots fall for us. We worked the ball around well and played as a unit,” Dickinson head coach James Hayden said.
JAMESTOWN — The Dickinson High boys hockey team picked up a big win on Tuesday, defeating Jamestown 3-1 and breaking a tie in the West Region standings with the Blue Jays after both entered the game 5-4. The win improves the Midgets to 8-4-1 overall and 6-4 in the region. The Blue Jays scored first on a shorthanded goal from Braden Sherfy 12 minutes, 33 seconds into the first period.
BISMARCK — The Dickinson High boys basketball team saw four players score in double-figures on Tuesday, making for a well-rounded effort in a 93-77 victory at Bismarck St. Mary’s. Aanen Moody scored 30 points to lead all scorers, and he added three steals and four rebounds. Jordan Meidinger followed with 20 points, 10 rebounds and one block. Eli Jung was again impressive, adding 12 points and 14 rebounds.
The Dickinson State softball team was tabbed as No. 21 in the NAIA Softball Coaches’ Preseason Top 25 Poll, which was released Tuesday. The Blue Hawks went 46-12 last season while winning the North Star Athletic Association conference tournament and earning a bid to the NAIA Tournament. DSU went 19-3 in the NSAA in 2016. The Blue Hawks begin their season on Feb. 18 in Aberdeen, S.D., but they do not play at home until April 1.
The Dickinson State football team announced the signing of Bismarck High linebacker Justin Bergquist on Tuesday. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Bergquist was a Class 3A first-team all-state selection as a senior, when he helped the Demons reach the state title game. He had 137 tackles, along with four sacks, as a senior. The Blue Hawks women’s track and field team also announced the signing of Zoee Boschee and Savanna Walker on Tuesday.
Dickinson State's Jay Liggins and Abby Honeyman earned the first North Star Athletic Association Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week honors, according to a news release Tuesday. Liggins, a sophomore from Bismarck, won the triple jump and long jump at the Myrle Hanson Invitational last Friday in Spearfish, S.D. In the triple jump, he logged a measurement of 13.12 meters (43 feet, 0.5 inches), and in the long jump, he came in at 6.53 meters (21 feet, 5.25 inches).