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The Williston girls swimming and diving team's season is in full swing and the swimmers from Dickinson know what it takes to be at the top of the state standings. The co-op between Dickinson and Williston in swimming isn't unfamiliar to most people, but head coach Thomas Wheeling said it's a little different coaching kids in towns separated by more than 2 hours, 125 miles and countless oil rigs. "It's a unique situation having your team in two different cities," he said. "The first week is really nice, because they are up here all week long.
The black-footed ferret, which had been thought twice extinct and has been on the endangered species list since 1967, is making a comeback. The resurgence of black-footed ferrets is due in large part to the National Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Program, a multi-partner project lead by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. But plans to bring the ferrets back to North Dakota aren't concrete. "We don't have any firm plans to reintroduce black-footed ferrets," said Jeff Towner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service North Dakota field supervisor.
Class A boys and girls cross country teams got the first taste of the course where their state meet will take place Saturday morning. The Dickinson cross country, typically run on the back nine at Heart River Golf Course, made the switch to the front nine for the Becki Wells Invitational. The state meet will also be held on the front nine course. Bismarck High didn't have any trouble with the change of scenery, claiming the boys and girls team wins. "It's always an advantage to see your competitors," Dickinson head coach James Mousseau said. "We'll go back and look at the results.
Confidence is important. The Dickinson High volleyball team gained a big boost of confidence after defeating defending West Region champions Bismarck Century 3-2 on Thursday. "That was absolutely huge," Dickinson senior middle hitter Rachel Schroeder said.
The Dickinson High football team had the start it wanted, needed and used to its advantage. However, the Midgets didn't account for Ryan Gesellchen. Bismarck Century's senior running back found the end zone three times as the No. 5-ranked Patriots held on, despite four turnovers, to defeat Dickinson 20-13 in a Class 3A, West Region game Friday night at the Badlands Activities Center. "We bounced back," Dickinson senior fullback Alec Stieg said. "No matter what happened, if they came down and scored on us, we were just fired up to get on the board for ourselves.
The Dickinson High football team learned its most important lesson of the young season last Friday. Luckily that lesson, on how not to start a game, came before West Region play began. "We're trying to forget the last game and move on from there," Dickinson junior offensive lineman Blake Vance said. "We're focusing on the strong points of the team and trying to continue how we played during the third quarter when we made our comeback." The Midgets had 11 plays of offense in the first quarter, including four fumbles that resulted in 22-0 lead for Custer County, Mont. "The No.
The chance only comes up once in a lifetime for residents of North Dakota. The chance is to shoot an elk or a moose, so hunters better make it count. "I just figured it took a lifetime to get it," Dickinson's Dale Zietz said with a laugh. "It took how many since they first started doing it and I finally got it." However, North Dakota residents are still able to apply for a landowner preference license, said North Dakota Game and Fish Department wildlife supervisor Randy Kreil. "You get one opportunity, unless you are eligible for a landowner preference license," Kreil said.
Killdeer head football coach Lou Dobitz has no doubt this week's Class 1A, Region 4 game against No. 5-ranked Hazen is going to be a battle. Hazen head coach Rick Philion agreed with that statement. "With teams like that, you just have to make sure you are technically sound," Philion said. "They are so physical and so big that you're not going to get many opportunities against a team like that." However, the coaches have different reasons why it is going to be a battle.
For the Dickinson High boys and girls cross country team, each meet and each practice are stepping stones to one date -- the North Dakota state cross country meet on Oct. 27. That's not to say the Midgets aren't looking forward to their lone regular season home meet. "This one, we are a little more prepared and we had two weeks in between this meet and the last meet," Dickinson head coach James Mousseau said. "We're looking for a jump in improvement. It would be nice to see the times come down for the kids.
Dickinson native Tyler Reisenauer had hopes when the weekend started to win his third straight Kevin Bergman Labor Day Classic title. After three days of competitive golf, his hopes turned into reality. But not before a little drama ensued with Deon DeWitt. "It was a good match," Reisenauer said. "God, he's good. I lucked out.