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The calls for turkeys are coming to a close -- at least for the fall season. The weather in North Dakota usually plays a strong influence on hunting seasons and turkey season is no different. North Dakota fall turkey closes on Sunday and the weather, so far this season, has been fairly mild. "Weather always plays a big part on how enjoyable the hunting season can be," said Aaron Robinson, North Dakota Game and Fish upland game biologist.
Brothers fight. When they're on the same team, they tend to compare stats. The Fischer brothers from Bowman County very much fit that mold. But at the end of the day, all they want to do is make each other better. Brandon and Tanner Fischer, two starters for the Bulldogs' boys basketball team, look to each other on and off the court. "It just seems like another teammate," Tanner said. "After the games, we are always comparing how we did and competing against each other in that way.
One team had the No. 2 ranking in Class A girls basketball. The other only had one win on the season. Nevertheless, the one-win Dickinson High girls basketball team pushed the second-ranked Bismarck Century into overtime. The Patriots, however, pushed back, becoming too much to handle in overtime as they defeated the Midgets 66-57 in a West Region game on Thursday at DHS gymnasium. "I'm proud of the girls with the way we played tonight," Dickinson head coach Dan Pender said. "We had our opportunity to win and they knocked down a three to tie the game. The girls played their hearts out.
The Dickinson High and Bismarck Century boys basketball teams were in for a rough-and-tumble battle -- one each head coach knew was coming. The Patriots buckled down on defense in the second half and made important free throws down the stretch to defeat Dickinson 60-57 in a West Region game on Tuesday at DHS gymnasium. "Anytime you go on the road in the WDA, it's always going to be a dogfight," Century head coach Darin Mattern said. "Dickinson is very athletic.
The Dickinson High boys hockey team would love to have the first 10 minutes of the first period back. Jamestown scored three first-period goals en route to a 4-1 West Region win over Dickinson on Saturday at the Dickinson Recreation Center. "It's a failure to play three periods of hockey again," Dickinson head coach Tom Folske said. "It wasn't being ready. I'm going to put that on the head coach. That's not going to happen again." In fact, it didn't take long for Jamestown to get comfortable on the road ice. Austin Rene scored the Blue Jays' first goal 1 minute, 39 seconds into the game.
When Cydni Stedman's number was called she answered, despite battling illness. In fact, the Beach girls basketball team has battled a barrage of illnesses the past few weeks, including all-state junior point guard Hailee Farstveet and freshman starting guard Brooklyn Zachmann, who did not play. Despite the illness, the Buccaneers used Stedman's 18 points to defeat Region 7 opponent Dickinson Trinity 64-31 on Thursday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "The kids are sick," Beach head coach Bob Waldal said.
During the 2010 and 2011 seasons, the Dickinson boys hockey won a total of five games. The Midgets have already totaled five wins this season, but in the words head coach Tom Folske used on multiple occasions, the team is still learning to win. "Finishing games is the big thing and being in the game all the way to the end," he said. "They have learned that. Saturday (against Jamestown) will be a big test to see how far we've come." After a 2-0 loss against non-region opponent Devils Lake on Dec. 29, the Midgets are back to West Region play when they host they Blue Jays at 4:15 p.m.
Editor's Note: The Dickinson Press' Top 10 sports stories of 2012 countdown continues through Sunday. The promise was there. The potential was there. All the Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team needed was a little confidence. Or perhaps a swift kick in the right direction. The Roughriders' Cinderella run at the Central Plains Regional Tournament is The Dickinson Press' No. 3 sports story of the year. "I thought in every tournament we played throughout the season, we showed promise," Dickinson head coach Cory Hansen said Wednesday during a phone interview.
Last winter was a treat, a present, but it was so painful. Painful? I don't mean a physical pain, but it was more of an emotional hurt. It was like waking up on Christmas morning and realizing your parents left to go to Florida without you. It was like there were no presents. Snow is the most free present of all. Your parents don't have to pay for it, you don't have to wish for it and it's something that everyone can enjoy. However, the mild winter last year did have its advantages.
Dickinson High senior Rachel Schroeder always knew she wanted to play college volleyball. She just had to find the right fit. That came in the form of Bismarck State College, where she signed a letter of intent to play beginning in the fall 2013 season. "(BSC head volleyball) Jeni Walsh's husband coached my brother (Kyle) in baseball, so we had a family in already," Schroeder said. "I went to one of their open gyms on a Sunday and it just clicked.