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KILLDEER -- The fans at the Killdeer High School gymnasium got to watch the Jaime Murschel show. Except for when Richardton-Taylor's Haley Butterfield, Halle Olson and Logan Olson each tuned to their own programming. Beulah used Murschel's 21-kill performance en route to a 25-14, 25-21, 25-27, 22-25, 15-11 win in the semifinals of the Region 7 tournament on Tuesday, putting the Miners one step closer to reaching the Class B state tournament for a second consecutive year. "When Jaime is really focused and relaxed, she has the ability to terminate balls at a really high percentage," Beulah he
Black Hills State didn't allow a halftime deficit, an injury to its starting point guard and early foul trouble deter it from the task at hand. The task was winning, and in the second half, there was little the Dickinson State women's basketball team could do to stop the Yellow Jackets. Chelsey Biegler scored 19 of her game-high 35 points in the second half as BHSU racked up 57 points after halftime en route to an 82-60 nonconference win over DSU on Saturday at Scott Gymnasium. "They took it to us in the second half and we didn't respond very well," DSU head coach Caleb Harrison said.
The Dickinson State volleyball team controlled the first set. Unfortunately, that seemed to wake up University of Great Falls (Mont.) hitters Kelsey Van Uden, Gabby Bienkowski and Alyssa McEwan. The offensive trio had a combined 43 kills to lead the Argos past the Blue Hawks 21-25, 25-13, 25-19, 25-22 on Friday at Scott Gymnasium. "We had a couple players that I thought really stepped up," Great Falls head coach Arunas Duda said.
Then Dickinson Trinity's newly appointed head volleyball coach, Rayma Braaten was in awe when she saw Aly Schieno practice for the first time last fall. Schieno, who saw limited playing time as a sophomore, got her coach's attention as a junior. As a senior she's one of the most feared hitters in Region 7 with 1,151 career kills. "I was very surprised," Braaten said. "When I saw her level of play, I didn't know there were people around here that could play at that level. I was impressed.
The thought for Region 7 volleyball coaches going into their respective district tournaments was that any team could win. That mindset isn't changing as eight teams prepare for the Region 7 Tournament that begins at 3 p.m. Monday at the Killdeer High School gymnasium. "There are some teams that have an advantage in certain positions and certain rotations," Beulah head coach Kevin Peterson said.
When Stetson Carr stepped onto the field to start as a sophomore, Hazen head football coach Rick Philion knew he had a special player. During his three years of playing quarterback and defensive back for the No. 4-ranked Bison, the now 6-foot-2, 187-pound senior and his teammates are on a revenge tour. They travel to No. 1-ranked Stanley-Powers Lake for the Class 1A state semifinals at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. "Without a doubt, I think they are the team to beat," Philion said. "They return a lot of good kids from last year's team.
Beulah head football coach Jim Dooley isn't going to lie, the Miners have a tough road ahead of them. The No. 3-ranked Miners travel to No. 1-ranked Fargo Shanley for the Class 2A semifinal at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at Sid Cichy Stadium in Fargo. "We not overly confident going in," Dooley said. "It's quite a task for us." Since moving down to Class 2A in 2009, the Deacons have reached the semifinal game every season. On top of that, Shanley is 6-0 in playoff games at Sid Cichy Stadium. "Shanley is a tough team," Beulah senior quarterback Trevor Zacher said.
Through the snow, wind and mid-20 degree temperatures, the Bismarck High boys and girls cross country teams stayed hot. The Demons swept the individual and team championships, including senior Jake Leingang's third straight individual title during the Class A state cross country meet on Saturday at Heart River Golf Course in Dickinson. "He's very special and very deserving," Bismarck co-head coach Darrell Anderson said. "He runs extremely hard. He's matured a lot as a runner.
Shiloh Christian senior Donovan Lambert observed and learned from former Parshall standout Ken Wells. On Saturday, Lambert put Wells' lessons to work. The Shiloh Christian senior won the Class B boys state cross country individual title at Heart River Golf Course. "Ken is one of my close friends and he's always been good," Lambert said. "Ken pushed me a lot." Lambert, who was also named Class B boys senior athlete of the year, saw plenty of Wells in the past few years. He finished second behind Wells at last year's state meet. "It's really good accomplishment," Lambert said.
In the previous five cross country seasons, Dickinson High's Meleah Leiss has seen many changes. A majority of those changes were on the roster as her father, Shawn, stood at the head coaches' helm. "This is my first year without him," Meleah Leiss said. "It's been weird I guess. I miss him, but Mousseau does a great job." As Leiss entered her senior season, her father stepped down as head coach and James Mousseau, who was an assistant under Shawn for two years, took over the head coaching duties.