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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All motivational cliches aside, Dickinson State track and field senior Jose Chorro knows this year feels different than others when he takes a few minutes to sit down after practice. That's because, physically, he feels it. "I've been in the program for five years now, and I've been more sore after practice than any other year," said the runner, laughing. "But it's been amazing. Not only me. I've talked to teammates, we feel like we're better prepared. After our first meet, I feel like I'm already in pretty good condition. About as good as I felt at conference last year."
Besides eight points from Richardton-Taylor's Matt Naumann, the Raiders were completely shut out in the second quarter. Conversely, Dickinson Trinity, which had overcome a slow start and an 8-2 deficit to take a 22-10 first-quarter lead, raced past the Raiders in the second for 27. If a 12-point difference after one was too early to call a blowout, then a 31-point lead at half meant the No. 5-ranked Titans were well on their way to a victory Tuesday night at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
They tried double-teaming him, they tried fouling him, and the Jamestown junior varsity team, sitting courtside, tried good-heartedly taunting him, but for Dickinson High's Aanen Moody, it seemed to be just another day at DHS gymnasium. Despite their best efforts, the senior torched the Blue Jays with a consistent bevy of acrobatic layups, well-timed passes and three-pointers, finishing with 44 points on 17 of 27 shooting in a comfortable wire-to-wire 87-56 Midgets win Saturday evening.
Dickinson High raced out to a hot start—a three-pointer by Jayde Lawlar and a running layup by Gabby Jung on the Midgets' first two possessions—but couldn't sustain that upstart momentum for the rest of the game, eventually falling to Jamestown 47-26 Saturday afternoon at DHS gymnasium. After the Blue Jays went on a mini-run of their own to counter the 5-0 Midgets start, pushing the lead to 13-5 with 6:55 left in the first half, Dickinson kept pace for those final minutes, and closed out the half strong, trailing 18-14.
Dickinson State women's basketball coach Mark Graupe is handing out free sodas, but only to those who can debunk his theory. All season long — the beginning, the quarter mark, and now, past the halfway point — it's been his go-to talking point. He's held onto a staunch conclusion that no other team at the NAIA Division II level has played a tougher schedule than his 24th-ranked Blue Hawks.
GREAT FALLS, Mont. — The Dickinson State wrestling team dropped a dual at the University of Great Falls (Mont.) on Friday by a score of 31-10. The Blue Hawks saw Sean Elkins record a major decision at 157 pounds and Seth Ehland win by forfeit at 149 pounds, but the Argonauts were otherwise in control, winning three weights by major decision, one by pin and another by technical fall.
There was a moment, down 2-0, when Mandan High had a path back into its game Thursday night against Dickinson High at the West River Ice Center. An influx of three straight Midget penalties late in the first period that spilled into the second period gave the Braves an extended advantage and, on two separate occasions, a 5-on-3 attack. But a sturdy penalty killing Dickinson defense, plus an answer by goalie Gabe Vaagen for everything Mandan had, ended the threat, and after two more Midget goals later that period, effectively ended the game.
For the Dickinson State men, who, after a hot start to their North Star schedule, were abruptly awoken from their honeymoon after two straight conference losses last weekend, the last two nights of cruise-control basketball was exactly the break they needed. The Blue Hawks (12-7) followed up a 51-point win over Trinity Bible College on Tuesday with another cupcake, a 117-60 win over Oglala Lakota, a team that finally made its way from South Dakota to Dickinson after two canceled trips earlier in the season.
For Dickinson State wrestling head coach Justin Schlecht, his first year in charge last season was something to be proud of. The Blue Hawks sent seven wrestlers to nationals, produced four all-Americans, three of which are seniors this year, and finished eighth in the country at the national meet in Topeka, Kan., last March. In April, his interim status was dropped, and this year — his second at the helm — the figurative bar has been set.
On Wednesday night, a day after beating Trinity Bible College by nearly 50 points, the Blue Hawks once again reached the century mark in what quickly turned into an apparent easy win. But if Tuesday's win was a decisive rout, then Wednesday's contest was something in a different class. After a 28-0 first quarter, more of the same transpired over the last 30 minutes, with an eventual final tally of 102-22 — an 80-point victory that probably would have been a record-breaking margin had the Blue Hawks not beat the Bravehearts by 106 last season.