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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.
Dickinson High boys basketball head coach John Wilson couldn't be any prouder the way his team stuck with No. 2-ranked Minot High. For the majority of the second half, the Midgets kept the game the game interesting and continued to nip at the Magicians' heels. However, Minot didn't waiver in the second half, defeating West Region opponent Dickinson 65-52 on Saturday at the DHS gymnasium. "I'm extremely proud of my team," Wilson said. "We had a lot of reasons that these young high school kids could have said we don't have a chance.
Shooting from the free-throw line was troubling at times for the Dickinson High boys basketball team. The Midgets finished 11 of 22, but made free throws at the most important time. Dickinson senior Alex Huschka and sophomore Mark Erickson each supplied a free throw in the final 20 seconds to help preserve a 51-48 win over Dawson County (Mont.) on Friday in their home opener at the DHS gymnasium. "We've been in this situation before," Dickinson head coach John Wilson said. "Luckily, we've done enough at the end to win games. It's kind of been our thing.
The Dickinson High wrestling team jumped out to a 24-9 lead after the first six matches and even weathered Mandan's Zachmeier storm en route to its fifth dual victory of the season. The Midgets collected six pins to defeat the Braves in a West Region dual 42-32 on Thursday at DHS gymnasium. "We got a lot of energy off of getting pins," Dickinson sophomore Clayton Tangen said. "Going up against their tough wrestlers, we didn't get pinned." Tangen, who wrestles in the 145-pound weight class, solidified the dual with a pin.
After starting the season with three consecutive wins, the Dickinson High boys hockey team fell on some hard times, going 1-4 in its next five games. But after a pair of three-goal periods, the Midgets found themselves back in the win column Thursday night, defeating Watford City 6-1 in a nonconference game at the Dickinson Recreation Center. "We definitely needed a win," Dickinson junior forward Alex Turcotte said. "Coming off a three-game losing streak, we were kind of a bummed out team.
Editor's Note: The Dickinson Press' Top 10 sports stories of 2012 countdown continues through Sunday, Dec. 30. The road to a Class B state title wasn't easy. Well, neither was the road the Region 7 championship for the Beulah boys basketball team. The Miners knocked off three undefeated teams at the Class B state tournament en route to a state champion is The Dickinson Press' No.
The Dickinson High girls hockey team picked up its first win of the season Thursday. The Midgets netted goals in the second and third periods to beat Watford City 2-1. McKenna Love scored with 1 minute, 56 seconds left in the second period, while Kayla Wallace added the game-winning goal in the third.