Crusade continues: Titans take Region 7 Championship

Trinity defeated the Glen Ullin-Hebron Bearcats in a title game Wednesday evening.

The Titans were presented with the Region 7 title during a brief, post-game award ceremony.
We are part of The Trust Project.

DICKINSON — A large crowd of cheering fans in red swarmed into the Trinity Catholic High School gym Nov. 9 to witness the Titans claim another Region 7 title for the sixth year in a row. The no. 1 seed Titans defeated the Glen Ullin-Hebron Bearcats with relative ease in a shut-out 3-0 victory.

During a post-game award ceremony, Breanna Sisson, Titans head coach was named Coach of the Year. Ava Jahner, Oliva Kessel and Delaney Deschamp were voted to the All-Region volleyball team along with 12 other girls from Beulah, Bowman County, Glen Ullin-Hebron, Hettinger-Scranton, Killdeer and New England.

All-Region selections Delaney Deschamp, left, Olivia Kessel and Ava Jahner.
Amber I. Neate / The Dickinson Press

Trinity senior defensive specialist Nevaeh Muckle played in the last volleyball game of her high school career. Muckle was the only senior on the team this season and said this final triumph was a lot to take in.

“We built the team back up again. I’m so happy and surprised that we did so well,” Muckle said. “Even though I wasn’t starting, it was really good. As a team, even if you are on the bench or starting, we all support each other and come together as one. It’s overwhelming. I’m still nervous and ecstatic.”

The Titans charged into set one with a contagious energy that set the pace for the match. The Bearcats targeted Trinity’s empty far back corners but the Titans quickly retaliated with solid blocks at the net. Kaley Schats and the Christensen’s, Taylor and Cassidy, were offensive weapons for the Bearcats.


“Sometimes we have a little dip in the first set, but we came out strong and didn’t look back,” Sisson said. “We dug into some film and made sure we were trying to pick out some tendencies... Our defense, especially up at the net blocking, took a lot of shots away from their great hitters. We were able to put the ball into Delaney’s hands so we could run our offense.”

Ava Jahner leaps to slam a spike over the net.
Amber I. Neate / The Dickinson Press

In the second set, the Titans rhythmically made passes to their setter to plant the ball. Jahner was on fire with raining fists at the net, putting up 3 blocks and 12 kills. The Titans put pressure on the Bearcats and forced them to retrieve deep back court shots. Both teams competed clean with minimal errors and violations in the game.

“We played really well,” Jahner said. “I thought Glen Ullin threw a lot of stuff at us that we ended up handling, but I didn’t know if we would be able to. They definitely picked at our weaknesses. They are a well-balanced team and all of their hitters can hit any shots. We had to read the ball as best as we could.”

Going into the third, the Titans were riding on a high and ready to sweep the set. They were first to put up a kill and worked through two ties and a lead change, before closing the door on the Bearcats with a 10-point advantage. Deschamp saved several low balls with a gliding dive to keep the rally flowing.

Olivia Kessel and Delaney Deschamp shut the Bearcats down with a block.
Amber I. Neate / The Dickinson Press

“We went out and really wanted this win,” Kessel said. The third set we went on our heels a little bit but then we really dug back again. We fought for this one.”

The Titans will advance to the State tournament next week in Bismarck, Nov. 17-19.

Trinity def. Glen Ullin-Hebron 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-15)
Team Leaders: Kills – 12, Ava Jahner; 10, Olivia Kessel; 9, Helena Pavek, Bella Kovash; 6, Melissa Zach; Aces – 1, Delaney Deschamp, Nevaeh Muckle, Zach; Blocks – 5, Kessel; 3, Jahner; Digs – 15, Kessel; 12, Jersey Erie; 9, Serenity Pavlicek; 7, Deschamp; 6, Jahner; Assists – 42, Deschamp

A sea of Titans gathered in support of their team at the Region 7 championship on Nov. 9.
Amber I. Neate / The Dickinson Press
DICKINSON — It was a bleak home game season opener for the Dickinson Midgets girl’s hockey team Dec. 2. Their heads hung low following a brutal 9-2 loss against West Fargo United. The opening day loss comes as the season starts and memories of last year's difficult 4-16 season are still fresh.

Amber Neate grew up in rural Skull Valley, Arizona. Her passion of covering sports of all types, including personal favorites wrestling, hockey, rodeo and football, began at an early age.

She obtained her Associate of Arts Degree from Yavapai Community College before attending Northern Arizona University for a three-year journalism program. While at NAU, Neate worked as an Assistant Sports Editor for the Lumberjack Newspaper as well as a hockey commentator for KJACK Radio.

Gaining her experience working for a small community paper, The Wickenburg Sun, as a general news and features reporter, her love for sports and a small-town community brings her to Dickinson to cover southwest North Dakota sports.

What to read next
The Bulldogs' record books has a new name at the top in Ellie Powell who clinched 1,135 kills on the volleyball court. In an exclusive interview with The Dickinson Press, Powell highlights her priorities and goals as she faces her final season of high school athletics before transitioning to Valley City State University.
The board unanimously voted Thursday to formally accept — not approve — the proposed three-class basketball system as presented and will now move forward with studies of finance and the impact to existing or new staff.