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Jesse Kessel was alone in a dimly lit Dickinson High School gymnasium, working on his basketball game. After practice was cancelled on Monday, Kessel thought it was a good opportunity to get some extra work in. He said the eight weeks of practice he got without playing a game wasn't enough. Kessel, who came into the season as the Midgets' most experienced varsity player, hit a bump in the road the Saturday before the first game of the season. The senior guard was suspended for six weeks due to a violation of team conduct.
The Beach and Carrington girls basketball teams have great respect for each other. After Beach entered last season's Class B state tournament as defending state champion only to get knocked out in the opening round last season, Carrington climbed its way to the state title. "I first of all have a tremendous amount of respect for them," Beach head coach Bob Waldal said. "They're 2011 reigning champions and they have every back." On Saturday, the No. 7-ranked Buccaneers meet the No.
The Hettinger-Scranton and Killdeer wrestling teams are familiar with each other and both head coaches know it's going to be a tough dual when they meet at 6 p.m. Friday in Killdeer. The Night Hawks and the Cowboys will battle for the No. 1 seed in Region 4 tournament. "We've got some matches that are definitely toss-up matches that we have to win," Hettinger-Scranton head coach Randy Burwick said. "There's no doubt about it. They're a pretty good wrestling team.
The South Dakota Mines women's basketball team controlled the boards and, in turn, the outcome of Saturday afternoon's game. The Hardrockers used a momentous second half to overcome a nine-point halftime deficit and defeat Dickinson State 74-68 at Scott Gymnasium. "We went into the locker room (at the half) up nine points," DSU junior guard Yianna Nadeau said. "The big thing was is that weren't getting our offensive boards down.
The Dickinson High boys basketball team held every Bismarck High player in check -- except Dexter Werner. The Midgets nearly pulled off an upset over Class A's No. 1-ranked team, but the Demons drained three free throws in the final 30 seconds to hold on for a 66-60 West Region win Friday night at DHS gymnasium. "I'm very proud of our kids and they are turning the corner," Dickinson head coach John Wilson said. "I think they can still walk out of here with their heads held high." Werner, a North Dakota State basketball recruit, made two free throws to finish with a game-high 35 points.
The Bismarck High girls controlled the tip to start the game and continued to roll from there. The Demons used a solid first half to defeat Dickinson High 86-41 in a West Region game on Friday at DHS gymnasium. Dickinson (1-7, 0-6 West) started the game with a 5-2 lead after a 3-pointer by Ali Moody and a layup from Taylor Cooper. From there, Moody and Cooper each committed three fouls limiting their time in the first half.
Penalties led to power-play goals that put the Dickinson High boys hockey team in an early hole. Mandan netted three goals in the first period as it defeated Dickinson 4-1 in a West Region game on Thursday at the Dickinson Recreation Center. "All that we could do is take it one shift at a time," Dickinson head coach Tom Folske said.
The deer hunting season might be over, but the time to meet deer on the road is always there. There are peak times to see deer crossing the roads, such as the spring months, when deer are on the move after winter and the fall months, when deer are in the rutting season, and then the daily times are dawn and dusk. The North Dakota Game and Fish Department warns people of deer crossing the highways during the early morning and late evenings.
The New England boys basketball team has had some good wins and some close losses. The Tigers aren't looking too closely at their record though. They're trying to become a strong team by the end of the season. "We are steadily improving," New England head coach Luke Powers said. "We are working hard every day to get better and realizing as a team that our goal is to play great at the end of the year." The Tigers' (8-3, 1-1 District 13) defense has been lights out for the last couple games.
The No. 4-ranked Trinity boys basketball team doesn't have much to hang their heads about this season. The unbeaten Titans play their final home game of the season and celebrate their senior night against Hettinger-Scranton on Friday. "It's going to be emotional," Trinity senior Christian Stockert said. "We're going to be our best to hopefully end it on a good note." Trinity's (12-0, 3-0 District 14) undefeated season almost ended Tuesday night when it narrowly escaped Beulah, 58-54.