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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GILLETTE, Wyo. — Dickinson's Qwint Stroh turned in a 72-point saddle bronc ride during Saturday's short go at the National High School Rodeo Finals. He placed seventh among the riders in the final round, and he finished 14th overall. Stroh tallied 75 points in his first ride earlier in the week, and that was enough to sneak him into the top 20 for the short go despite not registering a score in his second ride. His 72-point ride in the final gave him an average of 147 points. Houston Brown of Miles City, Mont., topped all riders with an average of 234.
GRAND FORKS — The Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team managed a split with Grand Forks on Thursday to avoid ending the regular season on a six-game losing streak. Dickinson entered the evening on a four-game skid and lost the first game to the Royals 5-0. In the nightcap, Lucas Jones allowed four hits and two earned runs in a complete game victory. Dickinson's offense got going in the final two innings to help him out, and the Roughriders escaped with a 4-2 win.
The Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team has just completed arguably the most difficult portion of its regular season schedule. After a nine-game road trip to Jamestown and the Gopher Classic in Minnesota, the Roughriders returned home last weekend for a three-game set against Rapid City Post 22, where Dickinson was outscored 31-9 but still took one game in the series.
All Annie Praus ever wanted was a belt buckle. In the rodeo world, the flashy accessory signifies a ride well done, a successful outing. Praus has grown from that modest goal as a junior high schooler, and now she's focused on something bigger.
BISMARCK — In this week's Lions All-Star Basketball series, pitting Class A's best against Class B, Hazen forward Wyatt Carr combined for 11 points in two games. His Class B squad lost both matchups — 99-82 on Monday in Bismarck and 109-100 in Fargo on Tuesday — but the fact he was able to play at all was what he called "a blessing." After being named second team all-state in Class B as a junior — when he averaged 29.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and six assists per game for the Bison — Carr seemed poised for another stellar year as a senior.
DULUTH, Minn. — Less than a full day removed from a 16-10 offensive slugfest against Duluth Lakeview on Tuesday, the Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team found itself in a pitchers duel in Wednesday's rematch. Dickinson's Tristen Brunk pitched a 1-0 complete game shutout with six strikeouts. He allowed just four baserunners all game: two walks and two singles.
DULUTH, Minn. — The Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team struck for six runs in the top of the seventh inning on Tuesday to create some much-needed separation from Duluth Lakeview (Minn.) in an eventual 16-10 victory. After trailing 8-3 after three innings, Dickinson scored its final 13 runs in the final three frames to escape with the win. The Roughriders collected a dozen hits in the contest but also had three errors. Duluth also had 12 hits but was undone by five miscues in the field.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Dickinson Roughriders wrapped up play at the Gopher Classic over the weekend by going 1-2 in their final contests. The weekend began with a 10-9 walk-off loss to Champlin, Minn., in eight innings on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday morning, the Roughriders tallied an 8-0 victory against Mankato, Minn., behind a no-hitter from Morgan Wardner. On Sunday afternoon, in Dickinson's rematch against Creighton Prep, a Nebraska team that had already beaten the Roughriders 10-0 this summer, Dickinson fared somewhat but was still saddled with a 6-2 loss.
BISMARCK — With a final opportunity to be a high school athlete, Aanen Moody put up a performance that made him such a successful one in the first place at Dickinson High. Moody, a University of North Dakota commit, scored a game-high 23 points during Monday's Lions All-Star Basketball game at the Bismarck Event Center, helping the Class A boys to a 99-82 victory over their Class B counterparts.
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. — The Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team had an up-and-down day on Friday, hitting well in a loss to Northfield, Minn., and defending poorly in a victory against Bloomington on the first day of the Gopher Classic. The Roughriders (17-7) scored 13 runs through three innings against Northfield, but the River Rats scored in each inning, eventually claiming a 16-15 victory.