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James Kary joked about his team's solid batting practice before Saturday's game against Mandan. The Dickinson High baseball team's bats weren't joking on Saturday at the Southside Municipal Ballpark. The Midgets plated nine runs in the first inning en route to a 12-5 West Region win against Mandan. The Braves came back to win the nonconference game 9-1, which included an Aaron Janz two-run home run. "The focus for the team has just been getting better and better," Dickinson head coach Pete Dobitz said.
The Mott-Regent girls track and field team has seen its up and down years. Fortunately for head coach Ron Benson, the past couple seasons have been way up. "We've had years without these kind of athletes," Benson said. "Some schools have them every year. It's been our turn now and it won't last forever, but I enjoy every day of it." The main element in the Wildfire's return to greatness is a core of returners mixed with a few newcomers. Mott-Regent's nucleus include juniors Marah Friez and McKayla Roll and sophomore Abby Honeyman. The three runners have combined to qualify for 10 events.
As the Dickinson High boys golf team enters the midpoint of the season, head coach Sara Berglund is looking for more consistency. The Midgets will look to control their consistency by traveling to Hankinson for the two-day East-West Invitational that starts Friday and concludes Saturday. "We're really excited," Berglund said. "It's always a good experience playing with different golfers. Not only with the guys from the West, but you get to see a lot of golfers from the East.
There's a saying "More is better." There's also a nursery rhyme of "Rain, rain go away come again another day." Well, let's hope that isn't the case, especially here. We need more -- rain -- and plenty of it. Due to the lack of snowfall this winter, the ground this spring has been dry and a little dusty. There was a glimmer of hope last week when it rained most of Friday and part of Saturday, but there's no way that is enough. It doesn't matter who I talk to on the phone, whether it's about outdoors or sports, we always end up talking about the weather.
Dickinson High's Alex Huschka was cool, calm and collected on the mound throughout Tuesday's entire game. The junior led the Dickinson High baseball team to a West Region conference win over Bismarck St. Mary's 6-1 at the Southside Municipal Ballpark. The Midgets went for the sweep winning the nonconference game 3-2. "I just felt in control," Huschka said. "I just tried to slow everything down and hit my spots." The Midgets (11-7, 6-3 West) got back to their winnings ways after taking a tough 5-2 loss against West Region top-seed Bismarck Century on Saturday.
The Dickinson High boys track and field team's plan was to nab as many individual state-qualifying times as possible at the Coca-Cola Invitational. The plan worked to perfection. Dickinson qualified three runners in both the 400- and 1,600-meter runs on Saturday at the Badlands Activities Center. "It was a great day," Dickinson co-head coach Jay Schobinger said. "We're really pleased." Michael Porter, who had come within hundredths of a second from qualifying in the 1,600 weeks ago, finally ran his state-qualifying time and won the event at 4 minutes, 30.92 seconds.
Dickinson High head baseball coach Pete Dobitz said to his players, "You guys are thinking too much. Just play the game of baseball." Those words of encouragement seemed to resonate with players as the Midgets overcame an early deficit to defeat Bismarck High 6-3 in the West Region game and won the second game 7-4 for the sweep Friday at Southside Municipal Ballpark. "It was nice to get a win on our turf," Dobitz said. "I like the fact that we were behind and able to come back, it means a little bit more." Dickinson's main component in the region win was pitcher James Kary.
Versatility is the keyword when talking about Dickinson High senior Dallas Zastoupil. The Dickinson High senior has helped the 400- and 3,200-meter relay teams qualify for the Class A state meet, making him just as capable in sprint events as he is in middle distance races. "Dallas is very versatile," Dickinson co-head coach Jay Schobinger said. "Coach (Shawn) Leiss and I knew he was going to be 4-by-800 guy. He's somebody that we can use in the 100 all the way up to the 800.
There haven't been many areas for the Dickinson High baseball team to complain about -- except for maybe its constant presence on the road. The Midgets get the chance to play multiple games at Southside Municipal Ballpark since their April 20 home opener against Jamestown beginning with a doubleheader against Bismarck High at 4:30 p.m. Friday. "We've only had one game on there and it wasn't a win," Dickinson High senior Taylor Thiel said. "We're excited to get back out there and try to get one." The Midgets have started the season with a 6-6 overall record and are 4-2 in the West Region.
Spotting a moose in southwestern North Dakota might be a rarity, but it does happen. In 2010 moose were seen around Dickinson and last week a moose was seen traveling in Fargo. "I think moose that venture into southwest North Dakota are pioneering," said Randy Kreil, North Dakota Game and Fish Department Wildlife Division chief. "They probably won't be spending too much time there." There's one thing a moose population needs to survive -- a solid supply of water -- and that isn't found in southwestern North Dakota. "Primarily they are looking for areas with water and cover," he said.