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Dickinson didn't have to pride itself just on pitching and defense in the regular season finale. The bats were rumbling and the Roughriders' second baseman Mason Schiff accounted for three hits and four RBIs in opening game 8-2 win, but dropped the nightcap 5-2 against Williston in a non-divisional American Legion doubleheader game on Friday at the Southside Municipal Ballpark. "It was a good step in the right direction coming into state," Schiff said.
Dickinson has always been able to hang its hat on being a team that never gave up. Korey Kallenbach and Luke Herauf answered their team's need for big hits late, but the Roughriders weren't able to come up the final clutch hit. Despite late inning heroics, Mandan edged the Roughriders 7-6 in a non-divisional, nine-inning American Legion game on Thursday at the Southside Municipal Ballpark. "I even noticed tonight guys stepping up, and we just feel like we are due," Dickinson assistant coach Andy Tomanek said. "It's almost like we are owed something already by the baseball gods.
Al Lundgren didn't just have the quick hand and eagle eye for trapshooting. He made an impression on the state of North Dakota that will last a lifetime. "It's a big honor, because I was with my grandfather when I was little," said Kris Hastings, a grandchild of Al Lundgren.
Lions All-Star Basketball Series Today (all times CDT) At Bismarck Civic Center Class A Girls vs. Class B Girls, 6 p.m. Class A Boys vs. Class B Boys, 8 p.m. Wednesday At Fargo Civic Auditorium Class A Girls vs. Class B Girls, 6 p.m. Class A Boys vs. Class B Boys, 8 p.m. Dickinson Trinity's Nikki Grinsteinner and Beach's Kelcee Dykins grew accustomed to playing against each other. Today, the two will step on the court as teammates for the Class B Lions All-Star girls basketball team.
Lions All-Star Basketball Series Today (all times CDT) At Bismarck Civic Center Class A Girls vs. Class B Girls, 6 p.m. Class A Boys vs. Class B Boys, 8 p.m. Wednesday At Fargo Civic Auditorium Class A Girls vs. Class B Girls, 6 p.m. Class A Boys vs.
Cole Frenzel isn't the first to say baseball is a humbling game and he sure won't be the last. Frenzel, who is a Dickinson High School graduate and a 2011 seventh-round draft pick of the New York Mets, was called up from Class A short-season Brooklyn (N.Y.) Cyclones to Class A Savannah (Ga.) Sand Gnats on July 12. "Baseball is a really humbling game, but it's a lot of fun," Frenzel said. This is Frenzel's second trip to Savannah in the 2012 season. "It's been good," Frenzel said. "Savannah is a great place. The weather is hot down here, so you've got to make sure you're staying hydrated.
Brady Dutchak didn't know it was gone until he saw it clear the fence. The soon-to-be senior at Dickinson High hit his first-ever home run in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game 8-8. "That my first home run ever, in any league," Dutchak said.
The North Dakota Governor's Walleye Cup is one of the most lucrative fishing tournaments in the state. In turn, the tournament attracts a number of the best anglers from around the area starting Friday and ending Saturday with Sunday serving as a makeup day at Lake Sakakawea. "When you have a hefty payout, you are going to get your top anglers in state to come out and compete for first place," Heart River boys basketball coach Greg Pruitt said. "It should be a fun tournament and a lot of competitors.
Dickinson Trinity's Brandon Sickler and Killdeer's Tate Harris know each other well. The two live 35 miles away, play basketball in the same district and are standouts on the football field. Though Sickler plays football in Class 2A and Harris plays in Class A, the two will take the football field one last time as teammates for the North Dakota 11-man West team in the 2012 Shrine Bowl that begins at 3 p.m. MDT today at Fargo Shanley High School. "It's a great feeling to be chosen by the coaches to come and represent the west side of the state," Sickler said.
Prairie dogs are a keystone species in nature, but when out on the loose, they can create many problems for farmers and ranchers. Theodore Roosevelt National Park has many prairie dog towns, and in 2011, the colonies combined for 11,000 acres. "We map the acreage of the prairie dog towns, and it varies from year to year depending on availability of vegetation," said Eileen Andes, TRNP chief of interpretation. "The last couple years there's been a lot of vegetation because it was so wet.