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The Killdeer and Hettinger-Scranton wrestling teams had their ups and downs, but saw solid production throughout the first day of the Class B state tournament. The Cowboys are currently seventh in team scores with 41 points and reached the semifinals of the Class B state dual tournament Thursday at the Bismarck Civic Center. The team leading the way after the first day is Lisbon with 72.5 points, while Carrington has 61 and Oakes rounding out the top three with 61. Killdeer sent six wrestlers to the quarterfinals.
Larry Thompson gets pointed out by his students in stores, though some don't know his name and when they say, 'Mommy, look it's a grumpy old man.' Thompson will be the first to laugh about the situation as he was named Hunter Education Instructor of the Year for towns of 5,000 to 20,000 people. "My wife said my jaw dropped and hit the table, because I was so shocked," Thompson said.
The Dickinson High wrestling team is headed to the state tournament with the largest number of qualifiers in Bruce Heppner's 10 years on the team's coaching staff. The Midgets have 15 wrestlers traveling east on Interstate 94 for the Class A state tournament that begins today at the Bismarck Civic Center. "Coach said that's the most he's ever had coaching," Dickinson sophomore Devin Berger said. "Two years ago it was 13 and now we broke that record. Coach is pretty happy." Dickinson's trip to the state tournament is led by senior Alec Lindsey at 138 pounds.
The Killdeer High wrestling team is confident after winning back-to-back Region 4 titles. But it still has a tough road ahead of it. The Cowboys take their talents on the road for the Class B state tournament that starts today at the Bismarck Civic Center. Killdeer qualified as Region 4's top-seeded dual team and is sending 12 individuals for the tournament. The Cowboys qualified 14 wrestlers last season, which head coach Shane Olson said was a little unheard of.
The turnover department has stifled the Dickinson High girls basketball team for most of the season. But when its offense is running, anything is possible. Dickinson made free throws down the stretch and played solid defense en route to a 61-60 win over Custer County (Mont.) on Tuesday at the DHS gymnasium. "Both teams fought very hard and we missed a shot to win it," Custer County head coach Cary Veis said. "It was just a good basketball game." The Midgets (5-12) took a 55-46 lead with 7 minutes, 50 seconds left on a Leslie Beaudoin layup.
Coaches preach strong starts and finishes. The Beulah boys basketball team took that to heart in the District 14 tournament championship game. The Miners jumped out to an eight-point lead en route to a 67-58 win over Dickinson Trinity on Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "They (Beulah) executed very well," Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said.
From the opening tip to the final possession, the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team controlled every facet of the Saturday's game. The No. 1 seed Titans jumped out to big lead en route to a 62-29 win over No. 4 seed Killdeer in the semifinals of the District 14 tournament at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "We did a much better job against their zone tonight than the first time we played them," Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said.
Through 10 minutes, the Beulah boys basketball team appeared like it was going to breeze into the District 14 championship game. Hazen had different ideas. The Miners staved off a second-half comeback by the Bison for a 70-62 semifinal win Saturday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "Credit to them (the Miners), they came out blazing and played defensively right away," Hazen head coach Randy Johnson said.
KILLDEER -- The Killdeer wrestling team wanted to repeat as the Region 4 champions and their wish came true. The Cowboys qualified 12 of its 14 wrestlers for the Class B state tournament while scoring 220 points to become back-to-back region champions Saturday at Killdeer High School. "We're happy to get the regional title," Killdeer head coach Shane Olson said. "We're hoping to carry some of that momentum into state." Killdeer's individual champions were eighth-grader Derek Tabor at 113 pounds, Logan Schaper (126), River Voight (152) and T.J. Moore (285).
The second half for the Killdeer boys basketball team is one memory they would soon like to forget. The No. 4 seed Cowboys made up for frustrating third and fourth quarters in overtime to defeat No. 5 seed Richardton-Taylor 58-55 in the opening round of the District 14 tournament Friday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "We weren't playing as good as we should have," Killdeer sophomore center Calum Blankenship said.