Sam covers Dickinson State athletics for The Press. He is a native of Somerville, Massachusetts, where President Barack Obama once lived, and is a 2015 graduate of Emerson College in Boston. He likes basketball, newspapers, Gil Scott Heron and sneakers, among a few other things. Before The Press, he worked as an assistant in the sports department at The Boston Globe.
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Dickinson State women's basketball finished the season at No. 22 in the nation, it was announced Wednesday in the final NAIA Division II women's basketball poll of the season. The Blue Hawks, who stayed in the early- and mid-20s throughout most of the season, had their season end two weeks ago to Eastern Oregon in the first round of the national tournament. Marian (Ind.), which repeated as national champions, finished first in the final poll. North Star Athletic Association opponent Jamestown, which reached the quarterfinals of the national tournament, finished eighth.
In a final pair of games before the opening of conference play this weekend, Dickinson State baseball was swept by Minot State by scores of 13-10 and 21-2. The games, originally to be played in Bismarck, were rescheduled yesterday to Watford City with Minot State as the home team. In the first game, the Blue Hawks held a 10-9 lead after three innings, but relinquished four unanswered to the Beavers for the defeat. Jon Koessl picked up the loss for DSU.
In the summer and fall of 1999, Jerry Krause, the embattled general manager of the Chicago Bulls during the team's dynasty throughout the '90s, was trying to rebuild his team back into a winner after the second retirement of Michael Jordan and the departure of Scottie Pippen. He selected both Elton Brand and Ron Artest in the first round of that summer's NBA draft and, a few months later, signed another rookie — undrafted Doug Swenson out of Creighton, a native of Halliday, N.D., who still lives and ranches in his hometown.
Dickinson State's scheduled baseball double-header Wednesday against Minot State has been canceled, according to a Tuesday press release from DSU head coach Jason Watson. The Blue Hawks were supposed to meet the Beavers in Bismarck at Shiloh Christian High School, which has an all turf field. Watson learned Tuesday that the field was no longer available. There is no word yet on whether the games will be made up or not. DSU is 10-10, and begins conference play this Saturday against Presentation College in Aberdeen, S.D.
The outlook seemed grim at times, said head coach Jason Watson, and their best baseball wasn't always on display, but thanks in part to a three-game winning spurt to close out the trip, the Blue Hawks reached their magic Tucson, Ariz., spring break number. They hoped for a 7-3 trip, which would get them back to .500 at 10-10 on the season, and that's what they ended up doing. The defining moment, said Watson, was against Marian (Wisc.) on March 16.
Dickinson State women's basketball coach Mark Graupe, who has compiled a 45-17 record in his last two seasons with the Blue Hawks, was named as one of two finalists for the opening as head women's basketball coach at Minot State, according to a press release on Monday from the Minot State athletic department. Graupe, whose teams have reached the NAIA Division II National Tournament two years in a row, declined to extensively comment about the announcement, electing, he said, to let the process play out.
How about UCLA? That Lonzo Ball kid seems good, but his father seems the type who'd sell a beach house on the shores of Patterson Lake. What about the other Blue Bloods? Kansas? Duke? North Carolina?
Three members of the Dickinson High gymnastics team were named to the 2017 all-state team this week. Freshman Ayanna Fossum was named to the first team, and junior Faith Beck and sophomore Meghan Ackerman were each named to the second team. Also on the first team were Bismarck High’s Julia Red Wing, Rachel Dillman and Kate Dillman; Anna Suppes of Fargo Davies; Olivia Schoffstall of Minot; and Michaela Thibert and Taylor Johnson of Valley City.
Dickinson State first baseman Jacob Cuch, who entered the bottom of the 10th-inning 0 for 3 on the day, changed his fortune with one swing, hitting a one-out, two-run home run that gave the Blue Hawks a walk-off 7-6 victory over Marian (Wis.) Thursday in Tucson, Ariz. That was one of 10 hits on the for DSU, which improved to 8-10 on the season in its second-to-last-day in Arizona.
Dickinson State's Megan Klein picked up one final distinction on her way out the door. The senior center, a two-time North Star Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year and the Blue Hawks all-time leading rebounder who led the nation in boards the last two seasons, was named an NAIA Division II all-American Thursday. Last year, she was named an honorable mention, this year she was awarded a spot on the third-team.