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Cole Frenzel isn't the first to say baseball is a humbling game and he sure won't be the last. Frenzel, who is a Dickinson High School graduate and a 2011 seventh-round draft pick of the New York Mets, was called up from Class A short-season Brooklyn (N.Y.) Cyclones to Class A Savannah (Ga.) Sand Gnats on July 12. "Baseball is a really humbling game, but it's a lot of fun," Frenzel said. This is Frenzel's second trip to Savannah in the 2012 season. "It's been good," Frenzel said. "Savannah is a great place. The weather is hot down here, so you've got to make sure you're staying hydrated.
Brady Dutchak didn't know it was gone until he saw it clear the fence. The soon-to-be senior at Dickinson High hit his first-ever home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game 8-8. "That my first home run ever, in any league," Dutchak said.
The North Dakota Governor's Walleye Cup is one of the most lucrative fishing tournaments in the state. In turn, the tournament attracts a number of the best anglers from around the area starting Friday and ending Saturday with Sunday serving as a makeup day at Lake Sakakawea. "When you have a hefty payout, you are going to get your top anglers in state to come out and compete for first place," Heart River boys basketball coach Greg Pruitt said. "It should be a fun tournament and a lot of competitors.
Dickinson Trinity's Brandon Sickler and Killdeer's Tate Harris know each other well. The two live 35 miles away, play basketball in the same district and are standouts on the football field. Though Sickler plays football in Class 2A and Harris plays in Class A, the two will take the football field one last time as teammates for the North Dakota 11-man West team in the 2012 Shrine Bowl that begins at 3 p.m. MDT today at Fargo Shanley High School. "It's a great feeling to be chosen by the coaches to come and represent the west side of the state," Sickler said.
Prairie dogs are a keystone species in nature, but when out on the loose, they can create many problems for farmers and ranchers. Theodore Roosevelt National Park has many prairie dog towns, and in 2011, the colonies combined for 11,000 acres. "We map the acreage of the prairie dog towns, and it varies from year to year depending on availability of vegetation," said Eileen Andes, TRNP chief of interpretation. "The last couple years there's been a lot of vegetation because it was so wet.
Confidence. Check. Refreshed. Check. Ready to start playing again. Oh yeah. The Dickinson Roughriders American Legion baseball team had a week off to rest in preparation to play the second half of their season starting by traveling to the Minot Vistas at 3 p.m. today at Hoeven Field. "We've got all of our arms back," Dickinson assistant coach Andy Tomanek said. "I know we were hurting for arms there for a while. It seems like everyone was getting sore.
Ryan Peters is still learning, but winning during that process doesn't hurt. Peters, a 16-year-old racer from Mandan, won the Open A Division and 250cc A Division during the first day of the North Dakota Motocross Association races at the Southwest Motocross Track on Saturday. "It was cool," Peters said. "I had to work hard in one of the motos. I didn't get the greatest start, but other than that, it was a good day." The Mandan racer won both motos in the 250cc A to win the overall.
Randy Sandvick said, "You never forget how to race." Sandvick took a three-year hiatus from racing, but he finally found himself in the feature race in the IMCA Modifieds on Friday at the Southwest Speedway. "I've been here three nights now," Sandvick said. "My car is '09 and it sat on my hoist for two years and two months." The Killdeer resident, who focused the last three years on his oil business, knew he had the car to win. However, before the first lap was over there were multiple cautions. "This thing is bad fast. These guys don't have a prayer," he said with a laugh.
Ryan Weber is just having fun. The 18-year-old from Dickinson took a little down time for the Fourth of July before the two-day North Dakota Motocross Association races at the Southwest Motocross Association Track which start at 10 a.m. Saturday. "I just want to go out there and have fun at my hometown track," Weber said. "I want to ride well for my family and friends that will be there." Weber sits in first in the NDMA's Open B Division with 224 points. He leads Garret Roen of Douglas by 11 points.
There was no shortage of offensive power in the opening game of an American Legion baseball doubleheader between the Dickinson Roughriders and Grand Forks Royals on Wednesday evening. The two teams combined for 28 runs on 24 hits. On the scoreboard and in the win column, the Royals came out ahead with 15-13 and 4-1 wins on Wednesday at the Southside Municipal Ballpark. "We had chances in both games to get it done," Dickinson head coach Cory Hansen said. "We want to be within striking distance. It's really disappointing.