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Quiet on the track. As the head judge lifts his arm to fire off the starting shot, no Dickinson High senior takes it to heart more than Joseph Sickler. Sickler, who is known as a quiet leader on the Dickinson High track and field team, prepares for his final run at the Class A boys state meet that starts Friday at the Bismarck Community Bowl. "This is my sixth year in track and this is my last meet," Sickler said. "I just want to go for it and give it my all." The Dickinson High senior doesn't need to talk when his running and work ethic speak for itself.
The 26-hour plane ride and seven-hour drive to the Eden Trophy Hunting camp was worth every second. Dickinson resident Amber Beld, along with seven other women from around the United States, traveled to Namibia, Africa, on April 29 to May 12. "It was amazing," Beld said. "It was beyond amazing." Though hunting was the main part of the trip, Beld was also able to help out people in need. During their 10-day trip, Beld and company visited two villages to donate items. "We went to two local villages and donated clothing," Beld said.
Dickinson High senior Morgan Grosulak has sang in front of more than 2,000 people at the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis. So running in the Class A North Dakota state track and field meet this Friday and Saturday at the Bismarck Community Bowl should be less stressful. Right? "I get more nervous to sing definitely," Grosulak said.
The Killdeer boys track and field team made sure Larry Walker's final region meet was one to remember. After being disqualified in the 800-meter relay, the Cowboys rattled off wins to claim the boys team title at the Southwest Region track and field meet on Saturday at the Badlands Activities Center. "Isn't it awesome," said Walker, who was named Southwest Region boys Coach of the Year. "It's so cool to be able to finish out like this. It wasn't necessarily me that earned the award.
Jokes will be put aside when the boys sprinters from the Class B Southwest Region take to the starting line. However, respect and laughter will be waiting for them at the finish line. The 14 teams from southwest North Dakota travel to the Badlands Activities Center today for the Southwest Region track and field meet, which begins at 10:30 a.m. Killdeer's Lewis Keller and Lewis Dobitz, Bowman County's Michael Palczewski and Heart River's Seth Ewoniuk will be the sight for many coaches, athletes and parents.
The Dickinson High softball team's focus has been getting the bats going early. The Midgets didn't have much trouble Friday, driving in runs early taking a sweep of West Region opponent Jamestown 18-0 and 12-2 on at the North Softball Complex. "One of our focuses this last week was to get that first game and get us going right away," Dickinson head coach Bill Butterfield said. "Our second game has usually been our good game as far as hits.
At every track meet, the announcer gets on the loud speaker for the final call for an event. It's the final call for state qualifiers for the Dickinson High track and field teams. The Midgets' final chance to qualify is at the West Region Meet on Saturday at the Bismarck Community Bowl. "The number one goal is seeing if we can get even more state qualifiers," Dickinson co-head coach Jay Schobinger said.
Fire up the upset machine, the Dickinson High girls tennis team is looking for a state tournament berth. The Midgets are the No. 8 seed heading into the West Region Tournament starting today in Bismarck, but both coaches and players are feeling confident. "In the postseason, it's a 3-2 format and we'll be playing three singles, two doubles," head coach James Kramer said. "Players came only play one or the other. When you are the eighth seed, you are obviously are kind of at a disadvantage." Dickinson played with a 3-2 format last weekend at the Fargo Invitational. Senior and No.
There's no doubt the population of people on the western side of North Dakota has spiked. The correlation between population and number of incidents reported to the North Dakota Game and Fish Department is apparent especially in Stark County. Stark County has made the top 10 incident reports by county three of the last four years. "Any time you have a population increase, the number of calls are going to increase," said Bob Timian, NDGF Department Enforcement Division Chief and Chief Game Warden. "In Dickinson, if you go from 15,000 people to 30,000 people virtually everything goes up.
Geographic consensus made Bismarck State College the right choice for Dickinson's Jesse Kessel, Mott-Regent's Nate Fries and Hettinger-Scranton's Ben Laufer. The three players will take their basketball talents east, signing with the Mystics on Wednesday. "We're really excited about all three of them," BSC head coach Jason Harris said. "You always want to get the best players you can." Harris is getting three players who were among the scoring leaders in Class B's Region 7 and Class A's West Region. Kessel, who played for Dickinson High, led his team averaging 17.8 points per game.