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LEMMON, S.D. — The Hettinger-Scranton football team dazzled in its 2018 debut, scoring 14 points in the first frame and 15 in the final, defeating Lemmon (S.D.) 44-24 on Friday, August 17 in Lemmon. The Night Hawks struck first thanks to a 31-yard pass from quarterback Jaxon Mellmer to Jeran Anderson. Anderson caught five throws for a team-high 86 receiving yards. Moments later, Lemmon answered with a monster play. Quarterback Cody Thompson completed a 75-yard heave to Peyton Anderson to put Lemmon on the board.
Over the past four years, the Glen Ullin-Hebron boys basketball team has had four different coaches. The lack of consistency has showed in their play. Despite talented and athletic rosters, the Bearcats have had losing records every year since the 2005-06 season, including a 1-11 Region 7 record last winter.
As futons and notebooks fly off the shelves, the parking lot of the Biesiot Activities Center fills, both of which only mean one thing: school is in session and football season is here. Technically, the season is still more than two weeks away, but fall practices started for the Dickinson State football team on Sunday, August 12. In a matter of days, a 50-man summer workout squad gave way to a 100-plus man roster, complete with key returners, talented transfers and a wide-eyed group of freshmen recruits.
GERING, Neb. — In order to stay alive and bring the Expedition League Championship game to Dickinson, the Badlands Big Sticks needed to win over Western Nebraska on Saturday, Aug. 11. The Pioneers made sure that didn’t happen, taking the game 16-4 and winning the inaugural championship in front of their own fans at Oregon Trail Park Stadium.
I wish I kept track of how many hours I spent at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark this summer, because it was a lot. I had it easy, though. For the players on the Badlands Big Sticks, they played game after game even after enduring long bus rides through endless prairie. In 67 games over 79 days, the Big Sticks went 34-33, finishing second in the league and taking the Lewis Division with a crazy come-from-behind win over the Souris Valley Sabre Dogs.
Long after the stands had cleared and the sprinklers kicked on, Bobby Jackson knelt at home plate, head in his hands. He, along with the rest of the Omaha Burke Black Bulldogs were not ready to go home, but their time had come. A 5-3 loss to North Dakota State champion West Fargo eliminated the Nebraska state champs from the Central Plains Regional Tournament on Saturday, Aug. 11, at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.
Right around the time the heat hit 100 degrees, Millard West (Neb.) starting pitcher Tyler Bandiera seemed to hit a wall. He walked the first two batters in the fifth inning, beginning a sequence that allowed Rapid City Post 22 (S.D.) to take back the lead. He walked four and struck out one over four innings. Rapid City took advantage, defeating Millard West 5-4 in a loser-out game on Day 3 of the Central Plains Tournament on Friday, Aug. 10, at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.
West Fargo and walkoff. The two seem to go together, as for the second time in three days, the Patriots came from behind to win in the final frame. Down 4-1 in the bottom of the seventh, West Fargo put up timely hits and took advantage of walks to come away with a 5-4 victory over Dubuque County (Iowa) during the Central Plains Regional Tournament on Friday, Aug. 10, at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark. With the win, West Fargo is the only undefeated team remaining in the tournament.
Tristen Roehrich was nearly perfect. The West Fargo pitcher threw a complete game against Millard West (Neb.), allowing three hits and no runs. The right-hander earned the shutout win as the Patriots topped the Wildcats 2-0 on Thursday, Aug. 9, in the Central Plains Regional Tournament at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.
"Let's turn one!" Tri-City Red (Minn.) head coach Niklas Anderson yelled to his infield, referring to a double play. Wayzata Post 118 (Minn.) batter Sam Westermeyer had just reached on an error with one out in a tie game in the bottom of the seventh. With Post 118 in the home dugout, they could end the game with a go-ahead run on first.