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In the 24 years of my life, this will be the first Thanksgiving I won't spend with my family. Not being able to make it back home for the Thanksgiving gives me time to reflect on all the memories I had with my family during this holiday. A majority of the memories that stand out in my mind weren't spent around the dinner table. The memories were spent out in my grandpa's field hunting pheasants. When I was a younger, there was no doubt where Thanksgiving was going to take place. It was at Grandma and Grandpa Timmerman's house.
The Dickinson High boys hockey team took a step in the right direction Tuesday night. The direction was a six-goal, statement West Region win. The Midgets used a four-goal second period to upend Williston 6-0 on Tuesday at the Dickinson Recreation Center. "The first period told the story," Dickinson head coach Tom Folske said. "We came out flying and then we let up a little bit. We had a little talk between periods and they realized that they can do it.
The Dickinson High girls hockey team was within reach Tuesday night. That was until Williston tore off an eight-goal gash in the second period. The Coyotes used the period to defeat Dickinson 12-2 in a North Dakota state standings game at the Dickinson Recreation Center. "The way it started out, Dickinson were playing their positions real well," Williston head coach Mat Ekblad said. "They were plugging up the passing lanes. We were overloading sides. We made our adjustments and spread out the ice a little more.
MINOT -- Dickinson High senior outside hitter Abby Grove wasn't going to let a spike to nose by West Fargo's Courtney Suppa ruin her final high school volleyball match. Instead, the 5-foot-11 senior plugged up each nostril with tissue and stepped back onto a re-energized court in the third set. Grove lead the resurgent Midgets to a win over West Fargo 13-25, 25-22, 29-27, 25-17 during the third-place match in the Class A state volleyball tournament on Saturday afternoon at the Minot State Dome. "I knew that I had to sit out, but I hurried up to get back in," Grove said with a smile.
MINOT -- The Bismarck Century and Dickinson High volleyball teams are known for their knock-down, drag-out, five-set matches. This wasn't one of those matches. The Patriots, the No. 1 seed from the West, swept Dickinson, the No. 3 seed from the West, 25-23, 25-15, 25-18 in the semifinals of the Class A state volleyball tournament Friday at the Minot State Dome. "Early on in set two, we had a couple things not go our way that gave Century the momentum," Dickinson head coach Jay Schobinger said. "They took it and ran with it.
MINOT -- From the start of Friday afternoon's consolation semifinal match, Flasher senior outside hitter Micaela Meyer had Dickinson Trinity's number. The 5-foot-9 senior supplied a match-high 33 kills to lead Flasher past the resilient Titans in five sets, 26-28, 25-18, 25-20, 19-25, 16-14 during the Class B state volleyball tournament at the Minot State Dome. "We struggled for most of the match, but we started pushing at the end," Trinity head coach Rayma Braaten said. Meyer had another task at hand when facing Trinity. Her job was to limit Trinity senior outside hitter Alyson Schieno.
MINOT -- Throughout the 2012 season, Dickinson High outside hitter Abby Grove has been lights out. Stepping onto the court of the Minot State Dome for the quarterfinals of the Class A state volleyball tournament on Thursday, there was no difference in the 5-foot-11 senior's game. Grove supplied 17 kills, 12 digs and two aces to lead Dickinson, the No. 3-seed from the West, past Fargo Shanley, the No. 2 seed from the East, in five sets 25-23, 16-25, 13-25, 25-17, 16-14. "We knew after the second and third sets we just had to get it going," Grove said.
MINOT -- Linton-HMB's sophomore outside hitter Nicole Nieuwsma might have been shocked when she was named to her all-district team. But the shock and awe finally wore off at the time it mattered the most. Nieuwsma recorded 14 kills to lead the Region 3 champion Lions past Region 7 champion Dickinson Trinity 25-16, 25-13, 25-14 during the Class B state tournament quarterfinals on Thursday at the Minot State Dome. "I think mentally we weren't prepared for it," Dickinson Trinity head coach Rayma Braaten said. "At the beginning, we were playing without thinking about it.
After Mike Odermann passed away in a hunting accident in 2009, his younger brother, Jacob, thought about never hunting with a gun again. About a year and half later, Jacob was bailing hay on his family's farm north of Belfield when he got the idea of creating a scholarship in his brother's honor. "I played with the idea in my mind, while I was bailing hay and I told my twin brother, John, about the idea," Jacob said. "Mike was a special guy. He would always do what he could to help everybody out, regardless on how it affected his life.
Rayma Braaten loves and respects the game that has given her family a lifetime of memories. Braaten, now in her second full season as Trinity's head volleyball coach, wants to instill those same morals in her players. "My whole reasoning behind coaching is because I love this sport so much and I respect it so much," she said. "It has given so much to me and my family. I also want to impact the girls and make a difference in lives. So far, she's been right on key. "She's amazing," Trinity senior Ali Kovash said. "She's more than just a coach. She's our friend when we need it.