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At every track meet, the announcer gets on the loud speaker for the final call for an event. It's the final call for state qualifiers for the Dickinson High track and field teams. The Midgets' final chance to qualify is at the West Region Meet on Saturday at the Bismarck Community Bowl. "The number one goal is seeing if we can get even more state qualifiers," Dickinson co-head coach Jay Schobinger said.
Fire up the upset machine, the Dickinson High girls tennis team is looking for a state tournament berth. The Midgets are the No. 8 seed heading into the West Region Tournament starting today in Bismarck, but both coaches and players are feeling confident. "In the postseason, it's a 3-2 format and we'll be playing three singles, two doubles," head coach James Kramer said. "Players came only play one or the other. When you are the eighth seed, you are obviously are kind of at a disadvantage." Dickinson played with a 3-2 format last weekend at the Fargo Invitational. Senior and No.
There's no doubt the population of people on the western side of North Dakota has spiked. The correlation between population and number of incidents reported to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is apparent especially in Stark County. Stark County has made the top 10 incident reports by county three of the last four years. "Any time you have a population increase, the number of calls are going to increase," said Bob Timian, NDGF Department Enforcement Division Chief and Chief Game Warden. "In Dickinson, if you go from 15,000 people to 30,000 people virtually everything goes up.
Geographic consensus made Bismarck State College the right choice for Dickinson's Jesse Kessel, Mott-Regent's Nate Fries and Hettinger-Scranton's Ben Laufer. The three players will take their basketball talents east, signing with the Mystics on Wednesday. "We're really excited about all three of them," BSC head coach Jason Harris said. "You always want to get the best players you can." Harris is getting three players who were among the scoring leaders in Class B's Region 7 and Class A's West Region. Kessel, who played for Dickinson High, led his team averaging 17.8 points per game.
It was a bittersweet home finale for the Dickinson High baseball team. On senior day, the only two Dickinson players with base hits were the only non-senior starters. Williston shut out the Midgets 4-0 in the West Region game Tuesday at the Southside Municipal Ballpark. The Midgets won the nonconference game 7-3. "It was a big deal," Dickinson senior Korey Kallenbach said. "It's the last time being at home during my high school career.
James Kary joked about his team's solid batting practice before Saturday's game against Mandan. The Dickinson High baseball team's bats weren't joking on Saturday at the Southside Municipal Ballpark. The Midgets plated nine runs in the first inning en route to a 12-5 West Region win against Mandan. The Braves came back to win the nonconference game 9-1, which included an Aaron Janz two-run home run. "The focus for the team has just been getting better and better," Dickinson head coach Pete Dobitz said.
The Mott-Regent girls track and field team has seen its up and down years. Fortunately for head coach Ron Benson, the past couple seasons have been way up. "We've had years without these kind of athletes," Benson said. "Some schools have them every year. It's been our turn now and it won't last forever, but I enjoy every day of it." The main element in the Wildfire's return to greatness is a core of returners mixed with a few newcomers. Mott-Regent's nucleus include juniors Marah Friez and McKayla Roll and sophomore Abby Honeyman. The three runners have combined to qualify for 10 events.
As the Dickinson High boys golf team enters the midpoint of the season, head coach Sara Berglund is looking for more consistency. The Midgets will look to control their consistency by traveling to Hankinson for the two-day East-West Invitational that starts Friday and concludes Saturday. "We're really excited," Berglund said. "It's always a good experience playing with different golfers. Not only with the guys from the West, but you get to see a lot of golfers from the East.
There's a saying "More is better." There's also a nursery rhyme of "Rain, rain go away come again another day." Well, let's hope that isn't the case, especially here. We need more -- rain -- and plenty of it. Due to the lack of snowfall this winter, the ground this spring has been dry and a little dusty. There was a glimmer of hope last week when it rained most of Friday and part of Saturday, but there's no way that is enough. It doesn't matter who I talk to on the phone, whether it's about outdoors or sports, we always end up talking about the weather.
Dickinson High's Alex Huschka was cool, calm and collected on the mound throughout Tuesday's entire game. The junior led the Dickinson High baseball team to a West Region conference win over Bismarck St. Mary's 6-1 at the Southside Municipal Ballpark. The Midgets went for the sweep winning the nonconference game 3-2. "I just felt in control," Huschka said. "I just tried to slow everything down and hit my spots." The Midgets (11-7, 6-3 West) got back to their winnings ways after taking a tough 5-2 loss against West Region top-seed Bismarck Century on Saturday.