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The see-saw effect has been a factor in a majority of the Dickinson High boys basketball team's games this season. An upswing is the first half is usually followed by a downslide is the second half. The No. 8 seed Midgets will attempt to put two quality halves together against No. 1 seed Bismarck High in the West Region Tournament quarterfinals that starts at 2 p.m. today at the Bismarck Civic Center. "We've definitely struggled playing a full 36 minutes," Dickinson senior guard Tanner Halter said.
Dickinson swimmers are rocking bleached hair and mohawks going into North Dakota boys swimming and diving state meet. Dickinson is in a co-op with Williston and the boys have been waiting all season for the state meet that begins Friday in Mandan. "We're pretty excited," Dickinson senior Luke Schields said. "We've been practicing since November and we've had morning practice. It's good to see it finally playing off." Every team in the West Region dyed and cut their hair for their meet.
The pressure mounted on Dickinson eighth-grader Acacia Fossum for nearly 30 minutes after Bismarck High senior Mackenzie Keidel hit her season-best and state-title winning score of 9.867 in the vault. Finally, Fossum stepped on the floor for her final event of the season at the North Dakota gymnastics individual meet. Fossum was close to perfection on her floor exercise routine and posted a 9.867 to the secure back-to-back state championships in the all-around and floor exercise Saturday at Dickinson High School gymnasium. "I knew I needed at least a 9.8 or so," Fossum said.
A Belcourt technical foul gave the Dickinson High girls basketball team a new lease on playoff life. The Midgets overcame a double-digit deficit to defeat Belcourt 67-58 in the West Region Tournament play-in game on Saturday night at DHS gymnasium. "It was a nice thing that we got going and Ali Moody got us going at about the 10-minute mark," Dickinson head coach Dan Pender said. "She just stepped it up here and I think every girl really stepped up." Whitney Wallette committed the Bravettes' technical foul with 9 minutes, 3 seconds left in the second half.
There were tears of joy and tears of sorrow after the North Dakota state gymnastics meet's team competition ended Friday night. The Minot gymnastics team were the ones crying tears of joy after coming away with its fourth straight state championship at Dickinson High School gymnasium. "It always comes down to the wire here in Dickinson," Minot co-head coach Marisa Upton said. "It was close going in and the girls stepped up on floor really well.
The Dickinson High gymnastics team has been on the cusp of being state champions for the last three years. Falling runner-up to Minot High in the last three state meets, the Midgets are ready to end the Majettes run as they host the North Dakota state gymnastics meet starting today at DHS gymnasium. The team competition begins at 4 p.m. today and the individual championships start at noon Saturday. "We definitely want this," Dickinson senior Shalesa Wariner said.
Climbing to varsity status for any athlete can be a long and tiresome. But for senior Shalesa Wariner, the path was a little rocky. After much progression since her seventh-grade year, Wariner is now an integral part for the Dickinson High gymnastics team that hosts the North Dakota state meet beginning today at DHS gymnasium. "When I first started, I definitely wasn't one of the better ones," Wariner said. "I don't think they were expecting me to be one of the better ones either, but I really wanted to be good at this sport.
Tanner Halter picked the perfect time to have the best game of his senior season. The Dickinson High boys basketball team overcame a tough second half to defeat Williston 56-47 in the West Region Tournament play-in game on Thursday at the DHS gymnasium. "The guys hit some shots when we had to," Dickinson head coach John Wilson said. "We've just been talking about our mental toughness. We have to learn about tight situations. Good teams don't change what they are doing." In the last three games, the Midgets (8-12) have had trouble in the second half.
When Belfield district game warden Jerad Bluem started in 2009, he might not have expected to be honored this quickly. Bluem was presented the North Dakota Wildlife Officer of the Year award in the annual North Dakota Game and Fish Department staff meeting in December at Bismarck. "I was pretty shocked," Bluem said. "It's not an award that they give out every year. It was a little unexpected." Accepting the award in front of the all the game wardens in North Dakota is an experience that Bluem will never forget. "They do all the awards at one time and I got it presented then," he said.
The ceiling has been set high for the No. 9-ranked Beach girls basketball team. After losing six seniors from last year's team, the Buccaneers have found major success with a squad comprised of mostly underclassmen. "We lost six seniors last year," Beach head coach Bob Waldal said. "Our bench (from last year) is the kids that are basically playing this year. We've been real pleased." Beach has one senior on the team this season, Kelcee Dykins. She leads the team with 17.4 points per game.