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Hazen senior Elise Hintz got the Bison loyal screaming when she tied the Region 7 quarterfinal game against the Heart River girls basketball team at 47 with just 10 seconds remaining in the game. With the Hazen defense pressuring the Cougar ball handler, it seemed the game would go to overtime, but the whistle blew with 2.6 seconds left. Heart River senior Bayli Krance had been fouled. Krance's two made free throws sealed the Cougars' 49-47 win over Hazen on Monday, Feb. 19 at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center.
The Hettinger-Scranton girls basketball team held off two strong surges from Glen Ullin-Hebron and sunk key free throws, earning a 61-54 win in the quarterfinal round of the Region 7 tournament on Monday, Feb. 19 at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center. The Bearcats battled back from a 10-point deficit, taking their first lead with three minutes remaining in the contest. After going down 54-49, Nighthawk freshman Sam Oase fouled out, which could have spelled trouble for the team.
FARGO — Jaren Berger led the Dickinson High wrestlers at the Class A individual state tournament, finishing third in the 120-pound weight bracket. Berger won the consolation semifinal by tie breaker, 6-5 over Mandan's Will Kleinknecht, then took the 3rd place match with a 5-3 decision over Bismarck's Laken Boese. Brendan Johnson (126), Tod Irwin (138) and Tate Nordby (152) all finished fourth in their respective brackets.
BAKER, Kan. — Led by sophomore Gresh Jones, who placed first in the 133-pound weight class, the Dickinson state wrestling team finished third in the Heart of America conference tournament. Jones, along with four other Blue Hawks qualified for the NAIA national tournament on March 2 and 3 in Des Moines, Iowa.
BROOKINGS, S.D. — The Dickinson State men’s indoor track and field team took home their fourth straight NSAA conference title. The women’s team took second. Junior Cain Boschee won both the 60 and 200 meter sprints, while junior Jay Liggins took first in long and triple jump. On the women’s side of competition, Blue Hawk senior Paitton Herbst won the 600, 800 and 1600 meter races.
The Dickinson Trinity girls basketball team played one of its best games of the season on Friday night, and they had to. In the first round of the Region 7 tournament, the No. 8 Titans faced No. 9 Beach in a game that was anybody's to take for most of the night. However, early in the fourth, with a 53-48 lead, the Titans went on a 16-4 run. Aided by 25 points from freshman forward Abbey Kubas, Dickinson Trinity defeated Beach 72-59 at the Knights of Columbus Activities Center on Friday, Feb. 16.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — Despite staying with Presentation College (S.D.) for most of the first half, the Dickinson State women’s basketball team ended the regular season with a 72-60 loss on Friday, Feb. 16. The Blue Hawks (5-24, 0-16 NSAA) were only down 15-14 after one quarter, and stayed with the Saints (12-13, 8-7 NSAA) for much of the second, but an 8-2 run at the end of the quarter gave Presentation a 42-33 lead at the half, its greatest advantage so far.
ABERDEEN, S.D. — Despite holding a small 37-36 lead at the half, the Dickinson State men’s basketball team went on to defeat Presentation College (S.D.) 84-74 in the last game of the season on Friday, Feb. 16. Blue Hawk (14-12, 9-7 NSAA) senior Marcus White earned a double-double with 25 points and 11 rebounds. Seniors Carter Gallo and Jerry Shevlin followed with 14 and 12 points, respectively.
FARGO — With nine Dickinson High wrestlers starting the second day of the Class A individual state tournament in the quarterfinal round, only two advanced to the semifinals. In the 138-pound quarterfinal, Troy Berg defeated Bismarck Century’s Shane Fleck by a 5-0 decision. In the 152-pound quarterfinal, Tate Nordby won with a 3-2 decision over Matthew Rader of Bismarck Century.
FARGO — In the opening round of the Class A individual state wrestling tournament, nine of 14 Dickinson High athletes won their matches. In the 132-pound bracket, Midget Koletan Hafey finished the first match quickly, pinning Tanner Thiel of Wahpeton in 30 seconds.