For Dickinson High’s Kobe Krenz, the COVID-19 pandemic took away a full season in addition to a goal he's had for years.
When news broke that the Class A boys state basketball tournament was going to be suspended, the Midgets were in the middle of a game vs. Devils Lake.
They were cruising to a victory and a rematch against Mandan the next day, while Krenz sat at 984 career points.
For weeks, Krenz hoped the final game of the season was going to be played so he could reach 1,000 points.
“It was definitely a little sad. I wanted to reach that milestone from the very beginning when I started to play varsity,” he said. “At the end of the day, it didn’t happen.”
He was the third-leading scorer in the Western Dakota Association, averaging over 24 points per game.
In the WDA tournament opener vs. Mandan, Krenz went 1-12 shooting and scored only three points, so he was determined to play well in what would have been the final game of his high school basketball career.
“I think I would have hit it in the final game,” he said. “The first time we played them in the WDA tournament, I played bad. It was looking for revenge I guess you could say.”
He will always remember the state tournament and playing in the Scheels Center at North Dakota State University’s campus even though the ending wasn’t what he had hoped and dreamed for.
As if losing out of reaching a historic milestone wasn’t enough, Krenz next had to deal with losing the baseball season.
That season initially was postponed, but on May 1, it was canceled and Krenz would never play another game in a Midget uniform.
Looking back is tough, knowing what could have been, but he is just happy to be back out on the diamond.
He is playing summer baseball with the Dickinson Roughriders, who just started practicing, and while it may not be the same as playing school baseball, it is something he is glad he is able to do this summer.
“I was very sad (when the season was canceled). I love baseball a lot,” he said. “We just started some summer ball practices so that is nice to get back into so that I am not just sitting at home bored and not doing anything.”
While his final basketball and baseball seasons at Dickinson High did not end how he wished, this is not the end of Krenz’s athletic career as he is hoping to play both in college.