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The Williston Coyotes didn't come away with another West Region girls swimming and diving title, but their sights remain high heading into this weekend. The Coyotes had previously won back-to-back West Region titles, but placing second by six points to Bismarck Century is all the motivation they'll need Friday and Saturday at the North Dakota state meet in Grand Forks. "It's a pretty big motivator," said Kristi Roller, who coaches Dickinson's side of the co-op. "We wanted to beat Century, but it's going to be even tougher at state.
The semifinal encore to Dickinson Trinity and Heart River's battle didn't go to five sets, but ended it with Beulah besting rival Hazen to reach the Region 7 championship match. The Miners used a strong first set to sweep Hazen 25-21, 25-15, 25-14 on Tuesday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "We were so ready before the game," Beulah senior outside hitter Meghan Battest said.
The Dickinson Trinity volleyball team didn't bring its 'A' game, but its 'B' game was enough to get the job done. The Titans used a strong offensive start to sweep Hettinger-Scranton 25-18, 25-14, 25-15 in the Region 7 tournament quarterfinals on Monday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "We aren't there yet," Trinity head coach Rayma Braaten said.
Every game between Hazen and Beach went down to the wire. Only 12 points separated the two teams as the Bison defeated the Buccaneers, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23, 25-21 in the quarterfinals of the Region 7 Tournament on Monday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "I think we had to play really hard and I'm not really sure we played our game like we wanted to play it," Hazen head coach Linette Irwin said.
Two is good. Three is better. The Williston Coyotes, a co-op of Dickinson and Williston swimmers, are looking for their third straight West Region title today in Mandan. "I think it's going to be really exciting," Williston coach Thomas Wheeling said. "It's definitely going to be a three-team race with Century and Minot. It should be really close." Dickinson side coach Kristi Roller hopes tapering down of practice distances allows the swimmers to cut down on times today. "We're hoping to do really well," she said. "We're going down in our yards and started our taper this week.
Dickinson State head coach Maura Bronte didn't envision that her first season would be a winless one. Black Hills State rallied in the first and second sets en route to a 25-23, 26-24, 25-18 sweep that ended DSU's season with a record of 0-27 on Friday at Scott Gymnasium. "I'm thoroughly impressed with my team," Bronte said. "A lot of teams who are winless don't compete and we definitely fought for every point that we got.
Winning means everything at tournament time. The first step has been taken and now the next leg of the journey begins. Eight volleyball teams are vying for a spot in the state tournament in the Region 7 tournament, which starts at 3 p.m. Monday at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "In the past, there really was always a dominant team in the region," Heart River head coach Craig Pool said. "This year, there are some good teams there and everybody has a chance." Could it be a district champion? A No. 3 seed? Or maybe the underdogs from Bowman County?
The decline in deer licenses and recent hit of epizootic hemorrhagic disease in southwestern North Dakota might have taken a dip on deer season, but Sportsmen Against Hunger sights are still high. Four local meat processors around southwestern North Dakota help in the SAH with distributing venison to local families. "It's a really good program," said Dean Evenson, owner of Dean's Meat Market in Dickinson. "I hope it works out for everyone." SAH joined with North Dakota Community Action Partnership in 2004 for a venison donation program.
BOWMAN -- The Heart River volleyball team brought home quite a bit of hardware, winning the District 13 championship Tuesday night and sweeping the individual awards. The top-seeded Cougars swept second-seeded Beach 25-22, 25-18, 25-20 at Bowman County High School's Solberg Gymnasium. "We managed to keep the lead even thought it was really tight, a couple points here and there," said Heart River head coach Craig Pool, who was named District 13 Coach of the Year. Miranda Kadrmas, who led Heart River with 18 kills, seven blocks and 14 digs, walked away with the District 13 Outstanding Senior
RICHARDTON -- The Dickinson Trinity volleyball team wanted to bring its 'A' game to the District 14 tournament semifinals Monday night. By spreading the ball around, the Titans grabbed a spot in the Region 7 tournament and a trip to the district championship match. The No. 3 seed Titans were supported by big performances at the net by Alyson Schieno and Nikki Grinsteinner to defeat No. 2 seed Hazen 25-17, 25-20, 21-25, 25-13 at the Richardton-Taylor High School gymnasium. "We definitely showed that we are going in high momentum right now," Grinsteinner said.