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A majority of fantasy football owners are done with their drafts. There's still one place, no matter the level of knowledge or skill, where someone in Dickinson can still be a part of a draft in a sport involving pads -- just a different kind. The Dickinson men's hockey league's draft is coming soon and the group is preparing for record-high numbers this season. "A lot of the times, it's the luck of the draw, because we don't know half the guys are that even out there," Dickinson's Brad Willer said.
BELFIELD -- Heart River's Seth Ewoniuk was crowned Belfield's homecoming king during halftime, but that was the least of his worries. Ewoniuk ripped off two touchdown runs in the second half to lead the No. 2-ranked Cougars over No. 5-ranked Hazen 28-20 in a Class 1A, Region 4 game on Friday. The senior rushed for a career-high 308 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries. "It still hasn't soaked in yet, even 15 minutes after the game," Ewoniuk said. "I still don't believe it.
The five-set match between West Region opponents Dickinson High and Jamestown High had a little bit of everything Thursday night. Dickinson head coach Jay Schobinger said, in a five-set match, fans do get to see a little bit of everything. "That pretty much had it all," he said with a smile. After rolling through opponents at home, the Midgets used a strong fourth set to set up a 26-24, 11-25, 24-26, 25-19, 15-11 win at the DHS gymnasium. "They were good competition," Dickinson senior outside hitter Abby Grove said.
High school football teams across the nation, no matter what level, will sit down once a week to watch game film and work on correcting mistakes. The Dickinson High football team grasped its mistakes on film and look to correct them in a must-win game against Class 3A, West Region opponent Jamestown at 6 p.m. today. "This is a double-pressure situation," Dickinson head coach Dennis Morris said. "We consider Jamestown a must win. It is a must win if you want to look at playoff options." Dickinson's players recognize the mistakes have to be fixed in hopes of not running into No.
The heart, soul and drive of any offense begins with how well an offensive line can shut down opposing defenses. In the case of No. 2-ranked Heart River, a run-happy team with three quick backs, it's no different. "All three of our running backs realize they get the yards because of the job the offensive line does," Heart River head coach Dave Hendrickson said. "Not that you have to have a gaping hole all the time. If we can just get a crease or a seam, our small running backs can get through, that's the name of the game." Heart River doesn't normally pass during games.
The Williston girls swimming and diving team's season is in full swing and the swimmers from Dickinson know what it takes to be at the top of the state standings. The co-op between Dickinson and Williston in swimming isn't unfamiliar to most people, but head coach Thomas Wheeling said it's a little different coaching kids in towns separated by more than 2 hours, 125 miles and countless oil rigs. "It's a unique situation having your team in two different cities," he said. "The first week is really nice, because they are up here all week long.
The black-footed ferret, which had been thought twice extinct and has been on the endangered species list since 1967, is making a comeback. The resurgence of black-footed ferrets is due in large part to the National Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Program, a multi-partner project lead by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. But plans to bring the ferrets back to North Dakota aren't concrete. "We don't have any firm plans to reintroduce black-footed ferrets," said Jeff Towner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service North Dakota field supervisor.
Class A boys and girls cross country teams got the first taste of the course where their state meet will take place Saturday morning. The Dickinson cross country, typically run on the back nine at Heart River Golf Course, made the switch to the front nine for the Becki Wells Invitational. The state meet will also be held on the front nine course. Bismarck High didn't have any trouble with the change of scenery, claiming the boys and girls team wins. "It's always an advantage to see your competitors," Dickinson head coach James Mousseau said. "We'll go back and look at the results.
Confidence is important. The Dickinson High volleyball team gained a big boost of confidence after defeating defending West Region champions Bismarck Century 3-2 on Thursday. "That was absolutely huge," Dickinson senior middle hitter Rachel Schroeder said.
The Dickinson High football team had the start it wanted, needed and used to its advantage. However, the Midgets didn't account for Ryan Gesellchen. Bismarck Century's senior running back found the end zone three times as the No. 5-ranked Patriots held on, despite four turnovers, to defeat Dickinson 20-13 in a Class 3A, West Region game Friday night at the Badlands Activities Center. "We bounced back," Dickinson senior fullback Alec Stieg said. "No matter what happened, if they came down and scored on us, we were just fired up to get on the board for ourselves.