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Running events shouldn't be a problem for the Dickinson High boys track and field team. It's the field events that could be the surprise of the season. The Midgets open up their track and field season at 1 p.m. today in the Western Dakota Association Preseason Meet at the Bismarck Community Bowl. "We feel that we have a pretty good shot at being a top six or seven team, maybe higher," Dickinson co-coach Dave Michaelson said. "We have some nice senior leadership." Six of seven Dickinson seniors will be competing on the track.
It's a drive that takes four mugs of coffee, blaring techno music and turning on the air conditioning. The air conditioning is needed no matter how cold it is. If the heater is on, there's a greater chance of falling asleep. Oh, and did I mention I take this trip at midnight, so I don't have to spend one quarter of the next day driving home. This is the routine I use when I make the six-and-a-half hour trip home, but when leaving Dickinson to go to Watertown, S.D. it takes seven-and-a-half hours due to the time change. The first time I made this trip was in November for Thanksgiving.
A true test was the type of game the Beach girls basketball team needed before heading to the Class B state tournament. Hazen gave the Buccaneers that Thursday night in the Region 7 tournament championship. Beach fought back from an 11-point deficit in the third quarter to defeat Hazen 69-60 for its third consecutive region title at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "Before the game, (Hazen head coach) John (Ward) said, 'We've got to give it our best,'" Beach head coach Bob Waldal said. "When shook heads, he said, 'Bob, we gave it our best.' It was a good game for us.
In the second grade, Dickinson Trinity sophomore Ketti Ringwall began losing her hair because of the medical condition known as alopecia. She didn't know why at first, but now she doesn't mind it. It could be a coincidence that Ringwall became a swimmer. "It's a good thing to have for swimming, I guess," she said with a laugh, referring to the fact that swimmers typically have to find ways to tuck their hair neatly under a swim cap. This week, Ringwall heads to the biggest meet of her young career, the USA Swimming Central Zone spring sectional meet in Pleasant Prairie, Wis. Ringwall will
The hunting season last year didn't quite meet the standards from the past, but there's the possibility that it will get much worse. The state of North Dakota has 829,000 acres of Conservation Reserve Program set to expire Sept. 30. "I think it's like 34.7 percent is going to be lost on Sept. 30," said Matt Flintrop, Dickinson Farm Bill wildlife biologist. "I think in Stark County it's going to be 50 percent of our acres. In this particular region, it's very important." The general signup to renew contracts for CRP starts Monday and lasts until April 6.
The Hazen and Bowman County girls basketball teams went down to the wire and, due to foul trouble, each team went to the free-throw line time after time. The teams combined to shoot 64 free throws as the Bison edged the Bulldogs 52-50 in the semifinals of the Region 7 tournament on Tuesday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "It was a game against two very evenly matched teams," Bowman County head coach Pam Fisher said. "Both teams got into foul trouble and tried to put together some semblance with bench personnel. Give Hazen credit.
The Bowman County girls basketball team knew they were outmatched in the middle and had a specific game plan -- sandwich Beulah's two 6-foot-2 posts. The Bulldogs' preparation helped them take Kaycee Link and Anna Iverson out of the game en route to a 56-39 win over Beulah in the quarterfinals of the Region 7 Tournament on Monday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "We knew that we needed to handle their inside game," Bowman County head coach Pam Fisher said. "We just tried to pack the zone in and give up the outside shot if necessary.
The Killdeer girls basketball team was in a back-and-forth battle with Hettinger-Scranton until the final four minutes of the Monday afternoon's game. The Cowboys used the final four minutes to build up a 10-point lead en route to a 59-49 win in the quarterfinals of the Region 7 tournament quarterfinals at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "I think we got more confident in our shooting," Killdeer senior Heidi Ottmar said. "We pushed the ball more when we needed to and we were smarter with the ball.
BISMARCK -- For eight seniors on the Dickinson High boys basketball team, it was the final game and the toughest of their career. Bismarck Century overcame a 12-point deficit in the second half to edge the Midgets 53-52 in the West Region Tournament consolation semifinals on Friday at the Bismarck Civic Center Exhibition Hall. "You never want to walk off the floor and say you lost your last game of the year," Dickinson head coach John Wilson said.
BISMARCK -- The Jamestown girls basketball team was waiting for Kyra Dewald to get out of her late-season funk. Dewald's breakout performance came at the right time. The Blue Jays used a strong second half to defeat Dickinson 68-54 in the West Region Tournament consolation semifinals on Friday at the Bismarck Civic Center Exhibition Hall. "We played well," Dickinson head coach Dan Pender said. "They played with a lot of heart and got after it the whole game." Dewald scored 17 of her game-high 21 points in the second half.