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Dickinson eighth-grader Keana Kudrna has reached the top of the mountain in her division. Kudrna is traveling to Minneapolis to compete in the USA Gymnastics Region 4 Championship on Sunday. The eighth-grader is competing at Level 8 and has qualified for the Super 8 state team competition. "Level 8 is the first level that can go to regionals," Dickinson High head coach Kent Van Ells said.
Though finding and keeping employees in western North Dakota can be a challenge, state parks shouldn't have a problem this summer, said Gordon Weixel, North Dakota Parks and Recreation public information officer. "We've always had our challenges of bringing people in, but we usually can fill the positions," he said Wednesday. The 13 parks kick start their busy seasons May 18. The problems that pose a threat to finding employees at state parks can range from location, pay and other opportunities available in the surrounding communities. "Some parks offer places where seasonal workers can st
The bats were in full force Tuesday at Gress Softball Complex. Well, at least for the Dickinson High softball team. The Midgets used a 10-run first inning to defeat Dawson County (Mont.) 18-2 in five innings. "It was good to see our bats come to life again," Dickinson head coach Bill Butterfield said. "They kind of took a hiatus for the last few games. We hit some real good shots." Dickinson totaled 16 hits to go along with no errors on the field.
With the season past the halfway mark, the Dickinson State softball team is tired of taking splits. The Blue Hawks' magic didn't happen Saturday as they dropped the first game 9-2 against Mayville State, but won the second game 6-3 at Gress Softball Complex. "We know how to do it," DSU head coach Kristen Fluery said. "Last weekend we got the four against Valley City. We just have to stay consistent on what we are doing. We've got to have our pitchers on.
The Dickinson High girls head tennis coach is no slouch when it comes to play on the court. Just ask senior Brooke Lietzke. "I've seen him play and he's a very, very good tennis player," she said. James Kramer embarks on his second stint as head coach of the Dickinson girls tennis team and through the first two weeks of practice he's already pleasantly surprised with the talent level. "I came in thinking I'm going to go back to square one and really put some emphasis on fundamentals," Kramer said.
The Dickinson Trinity boys golf team wasn't impressed with its finish at the Class B state tournament last year. But with everyone back and a new head coach behind them, the Titans are anxious to get back on the course. "We've got a young pretty solid team this year," Trinity head coach Tyler Reisenauer said.
The Dickinson High boys golf team doesn't have Jarl Abrahamson to rely on anymore. Instead, the Midgets are looking to three seniors and a junior to take the lead this spring. "The three seniors are really going to step up well in the leadership roles," Dickinson head coach Sara Berglund said. "You can tell they want to take on that leadership role.
Zach Miller has taken over the reins as the top golfer for the Heart River boys golf team, which returns many players this season. Miller qualified for the Class B state tournament last year and head coach Jerry Perdaems said the team will be leaning on him. "He's the only golfer we had last year that was able to qualify and attend state," Perdaems said. "He's back to lead us." Though Miller is only a sophomore and hasn't grown into being that vocal leader yet, his play on the golf course leads by example. "Zach isn't much in the lineup that leads vocally," Perdaems said.
The Dickinson High baseball team has a new addition this season -- a new field. Fieldturf is being installed at Southside Municipal Ballpark, putting the Midgets on the road until the project is completed later this month. Though Dickinson will be one of the select few teams to play on artificial turf -- it's a surface similar to Fisher Field at the Badlands Activities Center -- this high school baseball season, the players know it will be a major adjustment. "On ground balls, we're working on coming up quicker, because on the turf it's going to coming hard at us," Dickinson senior Taylor T
The number of all hunting licenses has taken a decline this year and there's no surprise that turkeys are next in line. Hunters this spring season are going to have to work to fulfill their license, much like the pheasant season. "It's probably going to be a little more of a challenge, especially in the western part of the state," said Stan Kohn, North Dakota Game and Fish Department upland game supervisor. "A lot of the western units have a decreased number of licenses. It's primarily a production issue.