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The eras of Bart Starr to Aaron Rodgers can relish with many of the Green Bay Packers fans who received a special Christmas gift. Christmas is a time for giving, but some Dickinson residents received an extra piece of Packers' memorabilia in their stockings -- a stock. "When they came out with the shares, I knew I wanted one," said Perry Kovash of Dickinson. "I know, dollar-wise, it doesn't have much, but from the standpoint of just being part-owner of that team excited me." On Dec. 6, the Green Packers issued 250,000 new stock shares to be sold for $250 a piece.
Editor's Note: The Dickinson Press' Top 10 sports stories of 2011 countdown continues through Dec. 31. Each story in the countdown will be presented as a column with the reporter's take on why the story was impactful this year. Cole Frenzel is living the dream he always wanted. After a successful high school career, Frenzel spent the next two years honing his craft at the University of Arizona, playing in the Pac-10 against some of the best college baseball players in the country. On June 8, Frenzel learned he would be playing against the best players in the world.
BEACH -- A slow start didn't shake the Beach girls basketball team one bit. The No. 10-ranked Buccaneers piled a 20-point lead heading into the fourth quarter en route to a 65-37 win over Killdeer on Thursday. "We were able to reverse the ball and play better defense," Beach senior Kelcee Dykins said. "We moved our feet a lot better. Killdeer has some height, but we have some speed and getting position helped us." Beach head coach Bob Waldal said his team has yet to get off to that great start. "I just wish we would start out better than what we are doing," he said.
The fifth eagle this year will have its second chance out in the wild. After a bald eagle was brought from nearby Finley in September, Theodore Roosevelt National Park will release it back into the wild today at 1 p.m. "It's always exciting to give an animal a chance at survival," said Valerie Naylor, Theodore Roosevelt National Park superintendent.
The elk reduction program is a gift that keeps on giving. The 12-week reduction program started Oct. 18 and ended Dec. 22 with 462 elk harvested. "It exceeded all of our expectations for the second year," said Valerie Naylor, Theodore Roosevelt National Park superintendent. "We had really cooperative weather, which made it easier." The number of elk this year exceeded last year's total by 56 and did so in a shorter amount of time. The real winners in the reduction program are the food pantries throughout the state of North Dakota.
Nobody can be perfect forever and for the Beach girls basketball team, it happened at one of the worst possible times. The No. 1-ranked Buccaneers were on a 51-game win streak until they met No. 2-ranked Kenmare in the first round of the Class B state tournament on March 17. They finished the season with a 26-1 record and a fifth-place finish in the state tournament. The Buccaneers' unbeaten regular season and shortfall at the state tournament is The Dickinson Press' No. 6 Sports Story of 2011.
The chances of Jess Herauf not excelling in a sport are slim to none. Herauf had a memorable senior season. In track and field, she won two state titles and was named co-senior athlete of the year. She was the 2010 Gatorade player of the year and Class A senior athlete of the year in volleyball. In basketball, she was named to the Class A all-state second team for the second consecutive season. Her successful senior season at Dickinson High School is The Dickinson Press' No. 7 Sports Story of 2011. Herauf doesn't need to focus on multiple sports anymore -- just one, track and field.
Editor's Note: The Dickinson Press' Top 10 sports stories of 2011 countdown continues through Dec. 31. Each story in the countdown will be presented as a column with the reporter's take on why the story was impactful this year. Acacia Fossum set the bar very high as a seventh-grader. Fossum won three individuals titles, including the all-around championship, and helped Dickinson High gymnastics finish second as a team for its third-straight year at the 2011 state meet. This year, Fossum and many returners are back for the Midgets.
The eighth-ranked Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team saved its best for the fourth quarter. The Titans' defense tightened up in the final quarter to defeat District 14 rival Killdeer 68-50 on Thursday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "They found out tonight that when our defensive energy can be cranked up, we can be good on the offensive end," Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said.
The weather outside isn't frightful, which helped the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. The Christmas Bird Count is held in Theodore Roosevelt National Park South and North units. The annual bird count is in its 112th year on Sunday and Monday is the world's longest-running citizen science event. "It was way warmer and way less snow," said Halliday resident Deb Lancaster with a laugh. "The other two years we did it was pretty cold.