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There was no doubt in Tanner Halter's mind that he wanted to end his high school golf career with a bang. Halter posted a 74 and was one stroke away from all-state honors at the Class A boys state golf tournament on Wednesday at Heart River Golf Course. "It's definitely a lot better than Tuesday," Halter said. "I just went out there and told myself that I have a play a little catch up today, since that wind set me back. I was really happy ending my senior year with that score." The Midgets finished in a tie for ninth place after shooting a 318 on the second day.
The scene in movies on an early morning campground is always peaceful and quiet. Eileen Andes, Theodore Roosevelt National Park chief of interpretation, said that was not the case at all during the 58th annual birdwalk Sunday. "I'm not a morning person to be out at the park at 6:30 in the morning and be in an area like the campground that's near the river. It's amazing how many bird sounds you hear," Andes said.
The Dickinson High golf team had a solid day from its Nos. 1 and 2 golfers, but the biggest surprise came at the end of the day. Freshman Alex Priebe, who is the team's No. 6 golfer, posted an 85 to help give the Midgets a 340 after the first day of the Class A state golf tournament on Tuesday at Heart River Golf Course. They are tied for ninth place in a field of 12 teams. "He really played well, I'm really happy for him," Dickinson head coach Sara Berglund said. "He really stepped up. He was hitting the ball well and straight.
West Fargo has been waiting for this moment for the last three years -- a solid round to start the state tournament. The Packers used sophomore Riley Johnson's even par on a blustery day to take the a seven-stroke lead after the first day of the Class A state golf tournament on Tuesday at Heart River Golf Course. "We've never fared well at the start of the state tournament," West Fargo co-head coach Chuck Gad said. "We've always gotten so far behind the first day and our goal (this year) was to get a good chance. I think we did that.
West Fargo co-head coach Steve Anderson stated it like, "There are no surprises here, we've played each other enough, so we all know what's going on." The six teams and individuals from the East Region made the journey to Dickinson to join the teams and individuals from the West Region for the Class A state golf tournament that starts at 9 a.m. today. "It's another tournament.
MANDAN -- Dickinson head coach Pete Dobitz said all season that when it was all said and done, senior Taylor Thiel was going to get his hits. Boy was Dobitz right. Thiel drove in the game-winning run to win the Class A state baseball consolation title game 4-3 against Bismarck St. Mary's on Saturday at Veteran's Memorial Ballpark. "We've talked with him all year about just go up there, hit like you can and good things are going to happen," Dobitz said. "Early in the year, he was hitting the ball right at people.
Tanner Halter always had the swing. The only piece missing the last three seasons was the mental strength to forget about good and bad shots and look forward to the next approach. "When I was younger, I always got mad after shots, because I was trying to do as well as the older guys on the team," Halter said.
Usually when I talk about trips, it's when I venture back to Watertown, S.D. This time is different. With the school year over and the national holiday of Memorial Day, the McGregors packed up the minivan and took the seven-hour trip to Dickinson. It was the second time my family has visited me. The first was back in late July during a tornado warning to bring the rest of my clothes, furniture, and other odds and ends. During that trip, they also brought my beloved Shiba Inu -- Coco -- along. This time they wanted to see the sights of Medora.
The West Region tournament was full of "oohs" and "aahs." The biggest "aah" came on the No. 18 green during the second playoff hole when Dickinson senior Tanner Halter hit his 12-foot birdie putt. The putt had perfect speed and almost perfect line. "I thought, right as it came off the club face, it was going in the hole," Halter said. The putt lipped out and Bismarck St. Mary's sophomore Jake DeForest tapped in his birdie putt to seal the West Region individual championship. "The course was playing really tough," DeForest said.
There's no doubt that from very first practice four years ago to now, the Dickinson High softball team has grown by leaps and bounds. The Midgets highlight of these past four years culminated last Saturday when they clinched their first state tournament appearance. The Class A state tournament starts when the Midgets play Fargo North on Thursday in West Fargo. "What this means for a program and where our program is at -- it's a big deal," Dickinson head coach Bill Butterfield said. "The girls know it is. They felt that they should have gone last year and I felt the same way.