The Press Staff
Kaden Kuntz, a junior at Dickinson Trinity high school, won three events at the Class B state track meet on Saturday, May 19 at the MDU Resources Community Bowl in Bismarck. He started the day with a victory in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.99 seconds, followed by a win in the 200 with a time of 22.36 seconds, just .18 faster than the second place runner. Shortly after, Kuntz jumped a winning distance of 20 feet, 11.5 inches in the long jump. His first-place finishes helped the Titan boys team win the meet with a team score 80 points.
Jordie McNeilly, a senior catcher for the Dickinson High girls softball team, was named the 2018 West Region Senior Athlete of the Year. In the West Region Tournament from Thursday, May 24 to Saturday, May 26 held at Fort Lincoln Softball Diamond, McNeilly was 5-for-12 (.417) with two home runs, two doubles and eight runs batted in. The Midgets went 2-1, qualifying for the Class A State Tournament for the sixth consecutive season. DP: What did it mean to you to be named your region's Senior Athlete of the Year?
Chris Zubke, a senior on the Dickinson High baseball team, batted .545 over four games against Bismarck and Mandan. During that stretch, he walked twice while driving in and scoring two runs. On the mound, Zubke defeated the Demons on Tuesday, May 8, allowing two earned runs on five hits, three walks and six strikeouts. DP: How long have you been playing baseball? CZ: "I've been playing baseball since I was six years old." DP: What's your favorite part about it? CZ: "It's just a fun sport with your friends."
• On Friday, May 25, a 30-year-old male from Dickinson was arrested for domestic violence/simple assault. • A 23-year-old Dickinson woman was arrested on a Morton County warrant for failure to pay a fine on Friday, May 25. • A 42-year-old female from Dickinson arrested for failure to comply on a theft of services charge on Friday, May 25. • On Friday, May 25, a 32-year-old female from Belfield was arrested for driving under the influence on the 400 block of Broadway.
Grace Zimmerman, a senior on the Hazen track and field team, was named the 2018 South Central Senior Athlete of the Year. At the regional meet on Saturday, May 19, Zimmerman was victorious in the 100-, 200- and 400-meter dashes. She also teamed with seniors Elise Hintz, Katie Duttenhefer and freshman Paige Erhardt to capture the 4x200-meter relay race. DP: What did it mean to you to earn your region's Senior Athlete of the Year?
Mott-Regent senior Hunter Crist was named the Class B Southwest Region male senior athlete of the year at the Southwest Region meet on Saturday, May 19 at the Biesiot Activities Center. Crist won the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.48 seconds and captured victory with a close finish in the 300-meter hurdles, beating the second place finisher by just 0.03 seconds with a time of 39.75 seconds. He competed in both hurdle events in the state meet on May 25 and 26. DP: How long have you been running track? HC: "Since I was a seventh-grader."
Jett Mattson, a junior for the Heart River boys golf team, won the Region 5 Individual Qualifier at the Pheasant Country Golf Course on Thursday, May 3. Needing a score of 78 to qualify for the Class B state tournament, Mattson won the qualifier, defeating senior teammate Trace Jacobson in a playoff after the duo shot a low score of 72. DP: How long have you been playing golf for?
Abi Brooks and the Dickinson State softball team won the North Star Athletic Association tournament on Monday, May 7. Brooks, a junior pitcher for the squad, threw the entire final outing in a three-game series against Jamestown, allowing six hits and striking out one in the 1-0 victory. Over the six postseason games that weekend, Brooks threw 33 innings, including two full games. She allowed 39 hits while dismissing 10 batters. She finishes the season with a 2.44 ERA. DP: How long have you been playing softball and what is your favorite part?
Dylan Skabo, a senior on the Dickinson State baseball team, wrapped up his college sports career this past weekend in the final series of the season before the Blue Hawks baseball program is cut. Skabo, a four-year starter at shortstop, went 4-for-11 on the weekend, scoring one run and driving in one RBI. The Blue Hawks lost two close games 4-3 and 3-0 on Saturday, April 28 against Presentation College (S.D.), before the Saints topped them 8-1 on Sunday. On the season he had a .313 batting average and .406 slugging percentage.
Mataya Mortensen and Taya Hopfauf, eighth-graders on the Dickinson High girls softball team, each contributed to the Midgets' 6-0 stretch in the last week of April. On the mound, Mortenson was 3-0, including a five-inning no-hitter in the second half of a doubleheader against Mandan. She has collected 19 strikeouts during her three wins. In the opener against the Braves, Hopfauf hit for the cycle with four RBIs and four runs scored. During the week, Hopfauf was 16-for-23 with three home runs, four walks, seven extra base hits, 27 RBIs and 15 runs scored.