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The eighth-ranked Dickinson Trinity boys basketball team saved its best for the fourth quarter. The Titans' defense tightened up in the final quarter to defeat District 14 rival Killdeer 68-50 on Thursday at Knights of Columbus Activities Center. "They found out tonight that when our defensive energy can be cranked up, we can be good on the offensive end," Trinity head coach Gregg Grinsteinner said.
The weather outside isn't frightful, which helped the Audubon Christmas Bird Count. The Christmas Bird Count is held in Theodore Roosevelt National Park South and North units. The annual bird count is in its 112th year on Sunday and Monday is the world's longest-running citizen science event. "It was way warmer and way less snow," said Halliday resident Deb Lancaster with a laugh. "The other two years we did it was pretty cold.
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The Dickinson High wrestling team went up and down the weight classes, coming away with 12 placewinners Saturday at the Dickinson Classic. Senior Alec Lindsey led the way, winning the team's only individual title at 138 pounds as the Midgets placed seventh in the tournament held at DHS gymnasium. "Right now the boys are wrestling as one and not 22," Dickinson head coach Bruce Heppner said. "They are all there matside, whether it's a dual or a tournament.
Two short-handed goals in the second period were the turning point for the Minot boys hockey team Saturday afternoon. Dickinson found themselves shorthanded because of a penalty at the start of the second period and Minot used that to full advantage, defeating its West Region opponent 3-0 at the Dickinson Recreation Center. "Anytime you take penalties you are taking a big risk," Dickinson head coach Tom Folske said.
The Dickinson boys hockey team needed to contain Oahe's Austin Wagner -- and they did. The Midgets limited their mistakes en route to a 4-3 win over the high school team from Pierre, S.D., on Friday at the Dickinson Recreation Center. "That's the biggest thing we've had problems with this year is finishing what we started," Dickinson head coach Tom Folske said. "We usually have a good period here and there.
The Dickinson High wrestling team is off to a great start and finds themselves in second place heading into the final day of its own tournament. The Midgets compiled 87 team points Friday, trailing only Williston's 150 at the Dickinson Classic at the DHS gymnasium. "The boys were coming off a loss on Thursday and started out strong," Dickinson head coach Bruce Heppner said, referencing the Midgets' loss to Williston in a dual. "We have five guys in the semifinals and they picked up the slack from Thursday." Dickinson's five that are headed to the semifinals at 11 a.m.
The Dickinson High girls basketball team staved off a rally for its first win of the season. The Midgets saw their 20-point lead dwindle, but held on to defeat Dawson County (Mont.) 53-47 on Thursday night at the DHS gymnasium. "I think we just got nervous," Dickinson head coach Dan Pender said. "We haven't been in those positions a lot.
The Dickinson High wrestling team took an early lead, but Williston finished the show. The Coyotes put together six straight wins en route to defeating West Region opponent Dickinson 40-26 on Thursday at the DHS secondary gymnasium. "We knew we had to come out tough from 106 to 138," Dickinson head coach Bruce Heppner said. "Williston's got a solid team all the way throughout the lineup." After a major decision from Dickinson's Alec Lindsey at 138-pounds, Williston picked up the pace.
The Dickinson High wrestling team has another busy week ahead of them. The Midgets will compete the next three days, hosting Williston in a dual at 6:30 p.m. today and the Dickinson Classic on Friday and Saturday. "It's going to be a long week," Dickinson senior Thomas McCarty said. "It should be a good week, though. We've done well so far this season." Dickinson isn't a stranger to a high number of matches in a row, but Midgets first-year head coach Bruce Heppner wants to make sure his boys stay healthy. "It takes a toll on the boys," Heppner said.