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The first 18 minutes couldn't have gone smoother for the Dickinson High boys basketball team. The second 18 minutes was a different story. The No. 3-ranked Mandan climbed out of a nine-point deficit in the second half en route to an 81-68 win over Dickinson in West Region game Tuesday at DHS gymnasium. "If we look at our season stats, we are outscoring our opponents in the first half," Dickinson head coach John Wilson said. "We were up nine and they ended on a 31-9 run. The same teams are out there.
Whatever the message the Mandan girls basketball team received at halftime seem to pay dividends for the remainder of the game. The Braves picked up the pace in the second half to defeat Dickinson High 55-38 in a West Region game and regular-season finale for both teams Tuesday at the DHS gymnasium. "We were lethargic in the first half," Mandan head coach Len Stanley said. "That's not taking anything away from Dickinson. Dickinson played well.
Hazen's performance in the first quarter of its Region 7 boys basketball tournament told the story of how the final game of the quarterfinal was going to play out. The Bison jumped out early and defeated Bowman County 75-38 on Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "The big thing that we talked about was coming out with some intensity on defense," Hazen head coach Randy Johnson said. "I think that if we did that defensively our offense would work." Johnson's observation was correct. The points did come and they came fast.
The No. 5-ranked Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team knew it couldn't allow Mott-Regent to stick around in the game, even with Wildfire senior center Nate Fries on the bench in street clothes. The Titans stepped up the defensive pressure in the second half en route to a 69-54 win in the quarterfinals of the Region 7 tournament on Tuesday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "You've got to give credit to Trinity," Mott-Regent head coach Wayne Heckaman said. "We're a well-balanced team and I think we got wore down a little bit in the second half.
BISMARCK -- Hettinger-Scranton senior Sean Elkins had a special T-shirt made and wrote "4 Calvin" on his shoes. The last thought on his mind Saturday was losing. Elkins defeated Central Cass junior Adam Dullea in a 12-2 major decision to repeat as a state champion at 138 pounds at the Class B state wrestling tournament at the Bismarck Civic Center. "It's awesome," Elkins said. "I immediately thought of Calvin and that last period that flurry at the end just cutting him and taking him down.
BISMARCK -- The upset train that Alec Lindsey was riding for a majority of the tournament came to an end against defending state champion Ryan Blees of Bismarck High. Lindsey ended his high school wrestling career with a runner-up finish at 138 pounds at the Class A state wrestling tournament on Saturday at the Bismarck Civic Center. "I just wanted to go out there and wrestle with a solid defense," Lindsey said. "He's just really quick on his shot and he changed a lot of stuff from the last time we wrestled.
BISMARCK -- Alec Lindsey bought a first-class ticket to his first Class A state wrestling finals match. The Dickinson High wrestling team's lone senior came away with 5-4 decision against No. 2 seed Anjelo Shepherd of West Fargo in the semifinals of the individual tournament Friday at the Bismarck Civic Center. Lindsey came into the tournament as the No. 6 seed and has defeated the No. 2 and 3 seeds at 138 pounds to reach the state championship. And the senior leader couldn't be happier about it. "It feels awesome," said Lindsey, who attends school is South Heart.
BISMARCK -- Sean Elkins isn't a stranger to the Class B state wrestling tournament finals. But if he wins the state championship today, it won't be for himself. It'll be for Calvin Steeke. Elkins, the Hettinger-Scranton senior by way of Hebron, came away with a pin at 5 minutes, 50 seconds over Harvey-Wells County's Quinten Koble in the semifinals of the state individual tournament on Friday at the Bismarck Civic Center. "The whole last two weeks we've been all wrestling for Calvin," Elkins said.
To the people who know Rick Mellmer and what he's offered to the Dickinson Wrestling Club, it was only a matter of time before he was inducted into the North Dakota Wrestling Hall of Fame. After being nominated by Dave Michaelson, who was the Dickinson High's coach for several years, Mellmer will enter into the Hall of Fame today during the final day of the state wrestling tournament at the Bismarck Civic Center. "I've always wondered when it was going to happen," said Luke Mellmer, who is Rick's youngest son and a Midgets assistant coach. "All the stats kind of tell the story.
The Dickinson High wrestling team had two wrestlers reach the semifinals for the first times in their careers Thursday at the Class A state tournament. Senior Alec Lindsey and sophomore Devin Berger led the Midgets with two wins in the tournament's first day at the Bismarck Civic Center. "That was a huge match for Alec," Dickinson head coach Bruce Heppner said. "It's his senior year, his last big high school tournament. He wasn't on the podium last year, but he's determined to be on the podium this year." Lindsey, who is the No.