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Night Hawks' upside: Hettinger-Scranton has a good collection of talented and experienced skill players as well as experienced linemen. Night Hawks' downside: Depth is a question and there are several young and untested players stepping into the varsity level. Hettinger-Scranton head football coach Randy Burwick feels this is the best team he has had in a long time. To his credit, the Night Hawks have many players coming back with experience, as well as some talented up-and-comers. "We feel real good," Burwick said. "The kids came into camp looking really good and really fit.
Bulldogs' upside: The young team can look to build around two talented sophomore running backs, Chandler Braaten and Bondon Scott. Bulldogs' downside: The team has no depth at all with just 21 players on the roster. The Bowman County football team's first season after losing Scranton, its co-op partner of nine years, was a tough one. Despite a 0-9 season, Travis Hagar said the team is further along now than it was at this point last season. "We're definitely growing leaps and bounds above last year at this time," he said.
Buccaneers' upside: Beach has 33 players out for football and returns a good deal of experience on the line. Buccaneers' downside: They have to replace 3 college-bound players, including lineman Landon Lechler, QB Jake Hardy and linebacker Lloyd Weinreis. In 9-man football, the final product on the field can be a numbers game. The Beach football team has the numbers with 33 players listed on its roster. However, the experience isn't quite there -- yet. "The positive thing is that our numbers are up and we're at 33, which is good for us," Beach head coach Mike Zier said.
The Dickinson High volleyball team has grown accustomed to winning in recent years. That mindset and those expectations aren't changing this year as the Midgets have four senior returning starters taking the floor. "We have six seniors, who are going to see a lot of playing time," Dickinson head coach Jay Schobinger said. "They've gone out and proven themselves.
My time at The Dickinson Press has just passed a year in mid-July and I've had many different experiences in that time, but not quite like the experience I had last Thursday night. I've always been a night owl and being a sports and outdoors reporter is exactly the job to use my goofy sleeping schedule to my advantage. After working late Thursday night putting together the final touches on the football preview with my sports editor, Dustin Monke, I stayed later reading through the preview three or four times and didn't arrive home until 1:30 a.m. I knew when I pulled up to my house I was go
In her first year as Dickinson Trinity's head volleyball coach, Rayma Braaten inherited a senior heavy lineup. In her second year, Braaten has one returning starter and a lineup full of unknowns. However, she said with a smile, "Teams might not be afraid of us, but they should be." The Titans return senior starter Alyson Schieno, who was one of top hitters in Region 7 last season, juniors Katelyn Grinsteinner and Gretchen Weir and sophomore Katelyn Dockter, who came off the bench last year. "Right now I have one starter from last year," Braaten said.
The regular season opener for elk is nearly a month away, but an unknown mystery is already taking shape. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department had to euthanize an elk near the Slope and Billings county border this past week, because of unknown circumstances. "An owner from southern Slope County said there was a bull elk laying off the road a couple hundred yards," NDGF Department big game supervisor Bruce Stillings said.
The first time Dickinson and Omaha (Neb.) PI Midwest met each other in the Central Plains Regional Tournament, the Nebraska state champions put on a 10-run thumping. Oh, what three days and three wins did for the surprising Roughriders American Legion baseball team. Dickinson battled until the end, but didn't have enough firepower as Omaha took a 7-3 win in the second meeting between the two teams of the tournament in the play-in to the championship game Monday on Astoria Field at Southside Ballpark. The loss ended the host team's remarkable run to the final day of the tournament despite en
All throughout the season, Dickinson Roughriders head coach Cory Hansen said he had a special team. It was an American Legion baseball team that never gave up, fought to the end and climbed out of early deficits. But, they could never get over the hump and accomplish something special. It turns out, Hansen was right. On Sunday night, something special finally happened.
Two things can happen when Minnesota American Legion baseball teams as familiar as Eden Prairie and Edina play each other. It will either be a pitching duel or a hitting parade. This time it was an offensive showdown at the Central Plains Regional Tournament. "Eden Prairie is in our district, they are coached very well and they are a very good hitting team," Edina head coach Nick Kennedy said.