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The Dickinson High girls head tennis coach is no slouch when it comes to play on the court. Just ask senior Brooke Lietzke. "I've seen him play and he's a very, very good tennis player," she said. James Kramer embarks on his second stint as head coach of the Dickinson girls tennis team and through the first two weeks of practice he's already pleasantly surprised with the talent level. "I came in thinking I'm going to go back to square one and really put some emphasis on fundamentals," Kramer said.
The Dickinson Trinity boys golf team wasn't impressed with its finish at the Class B state tournament last year. But with everyone back and a new head coach behind them, the Titans are anxious to get back on the course. "We've got a young pretty solid team this year," Trinity head coach Tyler Reisenauer said.
The Dickinson High boys golf team doesn't have Jarl Abrahamson to rely on anymore. Instead, the Midgets are looking to three seniors and a junior to take the lead this spring. "The three seniors are really going to step up well in the leadership roles," Dickinson head coach Sara Berglund said. "You can tell they want to take on that leadership role.
Zach Miller has taken over the reins as the top golfer for the Heart River boys golf team, which returns many players this season. Miller qualified for the Class B state tournament last year and head coach Jerry Perdaems said the team will be leaning on him. "He's the only golfer we had last year that was able to qualify and attend state," Perdaems said. "He's back to lead us." Though Miller is only a sophomore and hasn't grown into being that vocal leader yet, his play on the golf course leads by example. "Zach isn't much in the lineup that leads vocally," Perdaems said.
The Dickinson High baseball team has a new addition this season -- a new field. Fieldturf is being installed at Southside Municipal Ballpark, putting the Midgets on the road until the project is completed later this month. Though Dickinson will be one of the select few teams to play on artificial turf -- it's a surface similar to Fisher Field at the Badlands Activities Center -- this high school baseball season, the players know it will be a major adjustment. "On ground balls, we're working on coming up quicker, because on the turf it's going to coming hard at us," Dickinson senior Taylor T
The number of all hunting licenses has taken a decline this year and there's no surprise that turkeys are next in line. Hunters this spring season are going to have to work to fulfill their license, much like the pheasant season. "It's probably going to be a little more of a challenge, especially in the western part of the state," said Stan Kohn, North Dakota Game and Fish Department upland game supervisor. "A lot of the western units have a decreased number of licenses. It's primarily a production issue.
The temperature outside might have been cold, but the Dickinson High softball team didn't have to wait long for its bats to warm up. Dickinson used a five-run sixth inning to defeat Minot High 10-8 in the opener of a West Region doubleheader, but dropped the nightcap 12-4 on Tuesday at Gress Softball Complex. "They scored a couple, we were able to answer the bell and come back," Dickinson head coach Bill Butterfield said. The Midgets sent Haley Butterfield into the pitcher's circle for Game 1. The sophomore posted 11 strikeouts in a home loss against Bismarck Century on Thursday.
MEDORA -- When Bully Pulpit Golf Course general manager Dave Solga left Giants Ridge Golf and Ski Resort in northern Minnesota to help construct a golf course in the North Dakota Badlands, he knew it was going to be special. In Solga's words, "the course is a diamond in the rough." However, last year's flooding from the Little Missouri River left debris on the course and some holes unplayable. Today, the course is inching back to normal and Solga plans for all 18 holes to be ready by April 26. "In an effort to deal with this material, we chose to create a feature that boarders the river on
The Dickinson High softball team didn't hit its stride offensively Thursday, though head coach Bill Butterfield believes that will come. In the meantime, West Region opponent Bismarck Century scraped together a sweep over the Midgets on Thursday at Gress Softball Complex. Century won 10-0 in afternoon game and took the evening game 2-0. "We just have to get the bats going," Butterfield said. "It's nothing we are worried about at this point.
The Dickinson Trinity boys track and field team has four seniors, but it's the non-seniors who are expected to be the team's big competitors this season. It's the beginning of April and the Titans have already competed in their first outdoor track meet. "We had a meet last week in Hazen and saw some pretty nice things," Trinity head coach Craig Kovash said. "Some kids performed really well. Kids like Paul Gardner, who is a returning state qualifier in the 800.