The Press Staff
Taia Klaman, a sophomore defender for the Dickinson High girls hockey team, scored a hat trick during a critical 4-1 victory over Jamestown on Thursday, Feb. 8. After assisting on a first period goal from freshman defender Madison McChesney, Klaman scored her three goals in the second period. The victory over Jamestown gave the Midgets 16 points on the season, surpassing Williston for eighth place in the standings. On Saturday, Feb. 10, Dickinson qualified for its first state tournament appearance since the 2014-15 season.
Karen Hopkins, a junior guard on the Dickinson State women's basketball team scored a team-leading 18 points in a 87-61 loss to Waldorf (Iowa) on Friday, Feb. 9 and netted 13 points on Saturday in the Blue Hawk's 74-58 loss to Viterbo (Wis.). She also added seven rebounds and four steals over both games. She leads the team with 30 steals on the season. DP: Where are you from and why did you choose DSU? KH: "Oklahoma City. I have to say the coaches had a big part in it. They really persuaded me to come down here. The community as well, how it's a close knit community."
The felony jury trial for two who are alleged to have been involved in a homicide in Bowman County in 2016 continued on Friday with lengthy testimony from a man who claimed the two kidnapped him after witnessing the suspects hit and stomp on the victim's body. Madison Beth West, 27, of Dickinson, and Chase Duane Swanson, 22, of Bowman, have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, a Class AA felony. A Class AA felony faces a maximum of life in prison without parole.
The state continued presenting its case on Thursday, Feb. 15 in the felony jury trial involving two individuals in the alleged homicide of a Rhame man at a motel in Bowman in 2016. Madison Beth West, 27 of Dickinson, and Chase Duane Swanson, 22 of Bowman, have been charged with conspiracy to commit murder, a Class AA felony. The charges stem from the death of Nicholas Johnson, 23 of Rhame, who was found dead in a room at the El-Vu motel in Bowman on Aug. 20, 2016. A Class AA felony faces a maximum of life in prison without parole.
Shelley Kathrein, a sophomore on the New England girls basketball team, averaged 15 points, seven rebounds and 3.7 steals per game during a three-game stretch between Jan. 29 and Feb. 3 where the Tigers went 2-1. She scored 22 points in a Feb. 3 loss to Hettinger-Scranton and collected five steals in a Jan. 29 victory over Richardton-Taylor. DP: How long have you been playing basketball and what is your favorite part about it? SK: I've been playing since I was in the fourth grade and I'm a sophomore now. My favorite part is playing with a team and getting a team win."
Cody Johnson, a sophomore on the Dickinson State wrestling team placed second in the 197-pound weight bracket. He went 4-for-5 on the day, falling in the championship match 16-8. He won his first match by technical fall and his next by a 16-3 major decision. He won the semifinal with a pin just 54 seconds in the match. DP: How long have you been wrestling and what's your favorite part about it?
The final word was "extravaganza". "E-X-T-R-A-V-A-G-A-N-Z-A. Extravaganza." With that, Julianna Kadrmas of Hope Christian claimed her victory in this year's Stark County Spelling Bee Wednesday, Feb. 7, an event that saw over 30 students from area schools square up and "spelldown," competing to see who will represent Stark County at the state spelling bee later this year.
On Friday, Jan. 26 against Minot, Gabby Jung, a junior guard for the Dickinson High girls basketball team, filled up the stat sheet. Scoring a game-high 23 points while collecting six steals and three blocks, Jung led the charge as the Midgets rallied for a 55-54 comeback victory after being down by 14 in the first half. In her next game against Watford City, Jung poured in 22 points, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks in a 76-47 win on Monday, Jan. 29. DP: How long have you been playing basketball and what is your favorite part about it?
The Dickinson State women's basketball team came as close to a win as they have in a long time on Saturday versus Dakota State (S.D.), aided by freshman Madison Hansen. The 5-foot-10 Broadus, Mont. native scored eight points and collected eight rebounds in the first half of the game, which the Blue Hawks went on to lose 61-56, Saturday Jan. 27 at Scott Gymnasium. Hansen got into foul trouble early in the second half, causing her to sit most of the remaining minutes.
Shooting 4-for-7 from behind the arc, Carter Gallo, a senior guard on the Dickinson State men's basketball team scored 14 points in the team's 79-72 win over Jamestown on Friday, Jan. 19 in Jamestown. The next day in his team's 71-58 loss to Mayville State, Gallo couldn't find the basket from the three-point arc, but he did go 3-of-9 from the floor and 3-for-5 from the foul line to score nine points. He also added nine rebounds over the two games. DP: Where are you from and why did you choose DSU?