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At first glance, the Dickinson Trinity volleyball roster looks young. Don't be afraid to take a second look. They are young. The team has seven juniors, three seniors, two freshmen and one sophomore as the Titans head to their first Class B state tournament since 2008. "We've showed a lot and everyone is doing what we can do," Trinity junior hitter Jillian Stockert said. "There are a lot of young teams out there." Trinity travels to the state tournament as the Region 7 champions to play Linton-HMB, the Region 3 champions, at 11 a.m.
The fans that packed the Dickinson Recreation Center for Tuesday night's North American Hockey League exhibition game got more than what they bargained for -- a shootout. Wesley Iverson netted the Minot Minotauros' final goal in the shootout to defeat the Bismarck Bobcats 6-5. "We came here to promote hockey for the city of Dickinson and I think both teams put on a good show," Minot head coach Marty Murray said. "It was good for the fans to see what our league is about." Bismarck held an advantage after Joe Giordano's second goal of the game with 16 minutes, 3 seconds left.
The North American Hockey League is a stepping stone to bigger and better things. Dickinson hockey fans will see a glimpse of some the best young talent in the world as the Bismarck Bobcats play the Minot Minotauros in a Junior A, Tier II exhibition game at 7 p.m. today at the Dickinson Recreation Center. "We're very excited all the way from the hockey board to the coaches to the kids," said Dave Hanneman, Dickinson Hockey club coordinator. "Just to have that caliber of a hockey game at our rink, it's going to be a great night.
KILLDEER -- The past two years, the Dickinson Trinity volleyball team hasn't defeated Beulah during the regular season or the postseason. That was until Thursday night at the Killdeer High School gymnasium, when Dickinson Trinity senior outside hitter Alyson Schieno went up for the final point and punched the Titans' ticket to the Class B state tournament with a 25-20, 16-25, 20-25, 25-12, 15-13 victory over the Miners in the Region 7 Tournament championship match. "I knew it was going down and I was just hoping that they didn't get it," Schieno said.
Dickinson Trinity's Ketti Ringwall won her first individual West Region title in the 100-yard freestyle last Saturday. Fast forward less than a week and the junior has an individual state title on her mind. "I've been focusing on the 100 and 200 freestyle all year," Ringwall said. "I'm really hoping to come out strong at state." Ringwall and the rest of the Dickinson swimmers, who co-op with Williston, return back to Bismarck Aquatic Center for the two-day North Dakota swimming and diving state tournament that begins at 2:30 p.m.
In the wild, deer have many competitors whether it's other predators, disease, or in the western North Dakota's case, oil activity. Being license numbers down to 65,300, which is a decrease of 44,650 from last year, hunters should still be excited for deer season. "Hunters are always excited about deer gun season in North Dakota," said Jeb Williams, North Dakota Game and Fish Department assistant wildlife chief.
The Dickinson Trinity and Beulah volleyball teams know each other quite well. The Titans and the Miners met in the 2011 Region 7 championship and 2012 District 14 championship matches with Beulah being the benefactor of the two matches. Trinity and Beulah will meet for the third time this season during the Region 7 championship match at 7:30 p.m. today at the Killdeer High School gymnasium. "I think we can definitely play with them," Trinity head coach Rayma Braaten said. "We showed that we can be competitive with them.
After Hazen's loss to Heart River on Sept. 14, Bison head coach Rick Philion said the player that took it the hardest was one who never took a snap. That player is 5-foot-7, 155-pound junior running back Briar Bornemann. "Some of those early games where we struggled, he took that kind of hard," Philion said. "He knew that him not being able to play made a huge difference.
KILLDEER -- There was a loud, nearly deafening roar when Dickinson Trinity senior Alyson Schieno put down her 38th kill. "We probably had one of the best crowds we've ever had in three years of varsity," Schieno said.
KILLDEER -- The fans at the Killdeer High School gymnasium got to watch the Jaime Murschel show. Except for when Richardton-Taylor's Haley Butterfield, Halle Olson and Logan Olson each tuned to their own programming. Beulah used Murschel's 21-kill performance en route to a 25-14, 25-21, 25-27, 22-25, 15-11 win in the semifinals of the Region 7 tournament on Tuesday, putting the Miners one step closer to reaching the Class B state tournament for a second consecutive year. "When Jaime is really focused and relaxed, she has the ability to terminate balls at a really high percentage," Beulah he