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The philosophy in football is that defense wins championships. The same can be said for American Legion baseball and the Dickinson Roughriders' pitching and defense has been the growth spurt during the early goings of this season. "We're slowly progressing into a more pitching and defensive-mentality team," Dickinson head coach Cory Hansen said. "We are just working on getting those timely hits with runners in scoring position." However, if the offense is struggling to put runs together, then the team is going find themselves on the losing side of the scoreboard.
Caleb Harrison likes basketball. Hold that thought. The 29-year-old from Christchurch, New Zealand loves basketball. "I'm very passionate about basketball, that kind of shows from me moving from New Zealand to the United States," Harrison said. "This is such a passionate basketball area. The fans are extremely knowledgeable." Harrison, who didn't get the opportunity to play college basketball because Christchurch College of Education didn't have a basketball program, put his hat in the ring for the Dickinson State women's head basketball coaching job.
Joshua Nielsen knew what he wanted for the rest of his life before he stepped foot in high school. The 22-year-old from North Yarmouth, Maine, is on a journey that isn't for the faint of heart. He's traveled nearly 2,800 miles from his hometown and has been working the last two weeks in Dickinson. "My family never told me this until I left, but when I was 13, they were talking about how they would wake up one morning and I was going to be gone," Nielsen said. "It's something that I've talked about forever." Nielsen's final stop is going to be in Alaska, where he hopes to climb Mt. Denali.
The school year is over and state golf tournaments are done, but high school players continue using the summer months to improve. Dickinson Trinity's Nathaniel Knopik shot an even-par 72 on a sunny day with a light breeze to win the championship flight of the season-opening Western Dakota Junior Tour on Monday at Heart River Golf Course. "I'm just striking the ball well," Knopik said. "I hit 12 greens in regulation and I was under 30 putts.
Dickinson's Madison Deibert and Heart River's Quinn Steffan are on two different paths in their volleyball careers. However, the duo will be united in the North Dakota High School Coaches Association Optimist All-Star Matches for the West Team. The matches are scheduled for 7 p.m. CDT Monday at Fargo South and at 7 p.m. CDT Tuesday at Bismarck Century. "I've been very fortunate, I've coached four of them and we just emphasized to the kids that it's a great opportunity to go, have fun and play at a high level," Dickinson High volleyball coach Jay Schobinger said.
Team Montana didn't let four turnovers flounder a strong performance. Montana retook the lead midway through the third quarter and never gave it up, defeating Team North Dakota 27-15 in the 19th annual Badlands Bowl all-star high school football game on Saturday at the Badlands Activities Center. "I thought we did a really good job in the passing game in the first half," Montana head coach Terry Thomas said.
Rod and Tim Oksendahl aren't strangers taking the football field together. However, this time the father and son are coaching side-by-side for Team North Dakota when the all-star high school football team takes on Team Montana at the Badlands Bowl, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at the Badlands Activities Center. Rod Oksendahl is North Dakota's head coach and his son coaches the team's offensive backs. "It's a fun thing for us to step out onto our field and feel each other out," Tim said. "Both of us have the same set on how we coach.
Have you ever had an idea sit in the back your mind and the longer it sits the larger it grows? Alex Lintott, who is 31 and lives in Chicago, had one of those ideas and will soon be embarking on a nearly 4,000-mile solo cycling ride from Seattle to New York City starting in the middle of July. His journey will take him through Dickinson. "I just graduated from school and with the summer coming up, I had a couple months off before I start my job," Lintott said. "I wanted a way to give back.
What: Badlands Bowl, Montana vs. North Dakota All-Star high school football game Gametime: 6 p.m. Saturday Place: Badlands Activities Center Tickets: $10 Adults, $5 Kids ages 12 and under Tailgate Party: 3 p.m. at College Park, $6 per person The game has changed, but storyline remains the same. Chad Mosbrucker has taken the football field countless times. However, the Mott-Regent wide receiver will be playing in his first 11-man football game when he suits up for Team North Dakota at 6 p.m.
The Dickinson Roughriders had two solid pitching performances, but the bats didn't wake up until the nightcap. The Roughriders dropped the opening game against Jamestown Post 14 2-0 and finished the day with a 5-1 win in an American Legion baseball doubleheader on Friday at the Southside Municipal Ballpark. "I'm real happy with the pitchers," Dickinson head coach Cory Hansen said. "My basic focus is pitching, defense and timely hits. We couldn't get any timely hits in the first game.