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The Dickinson High wrestling team is headed to the state tournament with the largest number of qualifiers in Bruce Heppner's 10 years on the team's coaching staff. The Midgets have 15 wrestlers traveling east on Interstate 94 for the Class A state tournament that begins today at the Bismarck Civic Center. "Coach said that's the most he's ever had coaching," Dickinson sophomore Devin Berger said. "Two years ago it was 13 and now we broke that record. Coach is pretty happy." Dickinson's trip to the state tournament is led by senior Alec Lindsey at 138 pounds.
The Killdeer High wrestling team is confident after winning back-to-back Region 4 titles. But it still has a tough road ahead of it. The Cowboys take their talents on the road for the Class B state tournament that starts today at the Bismarck Civic Center. Killdeer qualified as Region 4's top-seeded dual team and is sending 12 individuals for the tournament. The Cowboys qualified 14 wrestlers last season, which head coach Shane Olson said was a little unheard of.
The turnover department has stifled the Dickinson High girls basketball team for most of the season. But when its offense is running, anything is possible. Dickinson made free throws down the stretch and played solid defense en route to a 61-60 win over Custer County (Mont.) on Tuesday at the DHS gymnasium. "Both teams fought very hard and we missed a shot to win it," Custer County head coach Cary Veis said. "It was just a good basketball game." The Midgets (5-12) took a 55-46 lead with 7 minutes, 50 seconds left on a Leslie Beaudoin layup.
Coaches preach strong starts and finishes. The Beulah boys basketball team took that to heart in the District 14 tournament championship game. The Miners jumped out to an eight-point lead en route to a 67-58 win over Dickinson Trinity on Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "They (Beulah) executed very well," Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said.
From the opening tip to the final possession, the Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team controlled every facet of the Saturday's game. The No. 1 seed Titans jumped out to big lead en route to a 62-29 win over No. 4 seed Killdeer in the semifinals of the District 14 tournament at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "We did a much better job against their zone tonight than the first time we played them," Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said.
Through 10 minutes, the Beulah boys basketball team appeared like it was going to breeze into the District 14 championship game. Hazen had different ideas. The Miners staved off a second-half comeback by the Bison for a 70-62 semifinal win Saturday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "Credit to them (the Miners), they came out blazing and played defensively right away," Hazen head coach Randy Johnson said.
KILLDEER -- The Killdeer wrestling team wanted to repeat as the Region 4 champions and their wish came true. The Cowboys qualified 12 of its 14 wrestlers for the Class B state tournament while scoring 220 points to become back-to-back region champions Saturday at Killdeer High School. "We're happy to get the regional title," Killdeer head coach Shane Olson said. "We're hoping to carry some of that momentum into state." Killdeer's individual champions were eighth-grader Derek Tabor at 113 pounds, Logan Schaper (126), River Voight (152) and T.J. Moore (285).
The second half for the Killdeer boys basketball team is one memory they would soon like to forget. The No. 4 seed Cowboys made up for frustrating third and fourth quarters in overtime to defeat No. 5 seed Richardton-Taylor 58-55 in the opening round of the District 14 tournament Friday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "We weren't playing as good as we should have," Killdeer sophomore center Calum Blankenship said.
Dickinson Trinity head coach Alysia Barman called a timeout 3 minutes into the first quarter and it paid off. The Titans scored 17 and 21 points in the second and third quarters to upend Killdeer 65-32 in a District 14 girls basketball game on Thursday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "We've been trying to stress starting and finishing quarters," Barman said. "We called a timeout three minutes and got after them a little bit." Trinity (10-7, 4-1 District 14) struggled from the floor in the first quarter and didn't score for almost 4 minutes.
The No. 5-ranked Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team hasn't played at home since Jan. 3, but that wait is finally over. The teams from District 14 will hop on the bus and travel to Knights of Columbus Activities Center in Dickinson for the District 14 Tournament that begins at 5:30 p.m. on Friday. Though the top three teams in the district have a combined record of 49-7 and the bottom three are 9-48, coaches said this tournament isn't going to be easy. "We told the kids in the postseason that we don't take anybody for granted," Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said.