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The Badlands Big Sticks signed five more players to the roster ahead of the start of the inaugural season, according to a press release. Kaleb Binstock, a Grand Forks Central High graduate, will be a first-baseman / outfielder for the Big Sticks. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound player recently completed his junior season at the University of Jamestown where he led the Jimmies with a .404 batting average and 12 home runs.
The Dickinson State basketball program offers a range of camps for athletes in kindergarten through 12th grade. On Tuesday and Wednesday, June 5-6, the DSU coaching staff and current players will host the youth camp for boys and girls entering kindergarten through sixth grade. The camp runs from 9 a.m. - Noon and will go over the basic fundamentals such as dribbling, passing, shooting and more. The cost is $50.
Even after just the first leg of the boys 4x100 relay, Joseph De La Cruz knew his team would get the victory. The senior, who came out of the blocks for Beulah, was right. He and his relay team of junior Johnnie Brown, freshman Nate Battest and senior Tyler Erickson earned first place in the relay with a time of 44.38 seconds, qualifying for the state meet both by time and positioning. The win proved important, as the Miners earned second overall with a team score of 123, just one point over Bowman County.
Returning for its 44th year, is the Best Friends Mentoring Program Family Fun Day race on June 30 during Roughrider Days at Dickinson State University. The event, which now features a 10K as well as the classic 5K, will also coincide with DSU’s Centennial Celebration.
Zach Miller, a senior golfer at Dickinson State University, was one of 180 scholar-athletes named by the NAIA. In order to be nominated by an institution's head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, must appear on the eligibility certificate for the sport and have attended two full years as a non-transfer or one full year as a transfer.
WILLISTON — In the final meet before the West Region competition, the Dickinson High boys golf team finished seventh with a combined score of 360, while Bismarck Century took the crown with a team score of 316. Jamestown barely topped Dickinson by one point for sixth place. Bismarck and Mandan earned 350 and 351 team points, placing fourth and fifth respectively, while Williston squeaked into third with a score of 348. Minot, which had six golfers in the top 10, was second with a score of 319.
At the Dickinson Trinity athletics awards banquet, senior Faith Beck and junior Aric Knopik were named the Athletes of the Year. Beck, who competes in gymnastics and track and field, will continue her education and athletics at Bemidji State in Minnesota next year. She will study nursing while competing in pole vault and the 100-meter hurdles. She won pole vault in the 2017 state track meet, and has qualified to defend her crown this season. She has also qualified for State in the 100 hurdles, 100-meter dash and the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.
MINOT — Cutting the contests short with a 10-run lead, the Dickinson High girls softball team left Minot with two substantial wins by margins of 13-3 and 12-1. In the first game, the Midgets scored 13 runs on 14 hits, led by junior Kamryn Kuntz and eighth grader Taya Hopfauf, who each had a pair of doubles. Senior Amber Sickler threw the entire outing, allowing four hits and two walks while striking out four. Majettes senior pitcher Rylee Terrel also went the distance, striking out two and walking three.
The Region 5 boys golf state qualifier could not have been any closer. With all but one group of number one golfers in, Dickinson Trinity sat unsteadily in third with a team score of 358, just one stroke ahead of Beulah. However, in that final group was Hazen senior Isaak Obenauer, who golfed a 44 on the back nine. If he put up a 42 or lower, the Bison boys would secure third place and a trip to State in Mapleton. If he golfed a 43 to tie, third place would go to the team with the best fifth golfer.
WILLISTON — In the first of two blowout wins over Williston, Dickinson High softball senior pitcher Amber Sickler shutout the Coyotes while allowing just one hit and striking out six. The Midgets won 10-0 and in game two, eighth-grade hurler Mataya Mortensen allowed two hits and struck out six in an 18-3 victory on Friday, May 11.