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Dickinson High School celebrates All-State Team selections

Five of the best DHS baseball and softball athletes were named to the All-State team, including Troy Berg, Isaac Daley, Taya Hopfauf, Reese Hauck and Jenna Decker.

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Isaac Daley was one of five DHS student athletes to be selected for the 2022 All-State Team.
Photo / courtesy of Isaac Daley
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DICKINSON — Dickinson High School’s Class A Baseball and Softball All-State Teams have been determined. Both teams concluded their seasons with strong, fighting finishes. A total of five DHS student athletes and one coach stood out from the rest and were crowned with this distinguished recognition.

DHS seniors Troy Berg and Isaac Daley were selected for the 2022 Class A Baseball All-State Team for their consistent leadership and superior athletic performances all year. Both boys demanded excellence of themselves and others. Daley was the starting pitcher for 10 games throughout the season, (37.2 innings) and struck out 53 batters. Berg also received the NDHSCA POWERade Outstanding Senior Athlete title.

“They are very talented athletically but their leadership and drive to do better and to make our team better is what made us be successful,” Pete Dobitz DHS boys’ baseball coach said. “Their stats definitely show it, but their leadership is something I would put my finger on as to why we were as good as we were. It’s because of those two guys.”

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Seniors Troy Berg and Isaac Daley completed their final year of high school baseball as two of the best players in the state.
Photo / courtesy of DHS baseball

Dobitz himself was named NDHSCA SUBWAY Coach of the Year but this wasn’t his first time receiving a coach of the year recognition. He says the teams outstanding performance is the result of a top-notch coaching staff. At age 52, Dobitz generates practice plans but doesn’t do a lot of demonstrating or modeling game plays or technique.

“I let my assistant coaches do it because they are much younger than I am,” Dobitz said. It’s a great honor and my name goes on it, but it should include Stephen Greenwood, Mason Schiff, Alex Fransen and several others, because they are the guys that make our team better. I’m humbled by it…but I have an unbelievable group of men that work with me.”

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Dobitz led the Midgets to a 26-4 overall season record and a 3rd place State win.

Jenna Decker, Reese Hauck, and Taya Hopfauf were selected for the 2022 Class A Softball All-State Team. All three girls performed solid at the plate this year and were role models for their piers on and off the field.

DHS Girls’ softball fell just short of a Class A Championship win but ended their season with an overall 32-2 record and a 16-0 home record.

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As a team, DHS girls softball didn't lose a single game at home this year.
Photo / courtesy of DHS softball

“It feels good to be titled as one of the best in the state,” Hopfauf said. "I worked all year to be able to make the All-State team. To be one of the select few who made it is a big honor and a great accomplishment.”

For Decker, this was her second All-State title in a row. She says she is excited to be recognized with top-notch players like Hauck and Hopfauf and that her coach, Amanda Mickey, helped her in more ways than she can describe. Specifically, Mickey taught Decker new batting techniques and helped her strengthen her confidence as a player.

“I felt like my hard work paid off,” Decker said. “I worked as hard as I could at practice and didn’t take any shortcuts when we did drills and conditioning. I focused on myself and how I can make my team better.”

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.

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