High school notebook: DHS ready to be home after surprising start

At the start of the season, Dickinson High girls golf coach Sara Berglund didn't really know what to expect from a roster which includes three freshmen and one eighth-grader.

Rachel Lantz
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Dickinson senior Rachel Lantz putts on Hole No. 4 during the Dickinson Invitational on Sept. 5 at Heart River Golf Course.

At the start of the season, Dickinson High girls golf coach Sara Berglund didn’t really know what to expect from a roster which includes three freshmen and one eighth-grader.
The underclassmen had big shoes to fill after the graduation of standouts 2013 North Dakota Class A state champion Rachel Jahner and West Region runner-up Riana Cooper.
The unknown has since been quelled.
Through the first three invitationals, Dickinson has posted a team average of 393.8, which is ranks sixth best in the West Region.
“With having those big shoes to fill and not that much experience, it’s kind of hard to know what to expect,” Berglund said. “I was pretty excited when the year started, because I didn’t know what to expect at all. To see how much they have improved this early in the season is really fun for us. Hopefully, we just keep improving every tournament.”
Dickinson’s top scorer is senior Rachel Lantz with an average of 93. The three freshmen are Sydney Charchenko, Daisia Wallner and Sydney Getz. Dickinson’s lone junior is Becca Fry, who is coming off her season-best performance with a 97 during the Turtle Mountain Invitational, and the eighth-grader Gabby Knopik.
Lantz is pleased with how the underclassmen have stepped up.
“I’ve been really surprised on how well the team is playing this year,” she said. “They are playing so well. They are definitely stepping into those big shoes. They’ve kicked it into high gear and have been playing very well.”
The Midgets don’t have to travel for this week’s invitational. They are hosting the Dickinson Invitational at 9 a.m. Friday at Heart River Golf Course.
Heart River Golf Course is one of the longer courses in the state and Berglund believes the familiarity should bode well for the team. In the previous two invitationals, the Midgets posted back-to-back scores of 386 which are season lows.
“I know the girls are really excited for it,” Berglund said. “I am too, because I’m excited to see how they do.”
Lantz said there’s added excitement playing at home and a little bit of a relaxing feel.
“Playing on our home course gives us a lot of confidence,” she said. “We play on it all the time. The fact that it is one of the longer course in the state gives us an advantage.”
Midgets cross country teams building confidence
The Dickinson High boys and girls cross country teams made Greg Jung’s first meet as the head coach quite memorable.
As a team, the Midgets won the boys and girls divisions during the “Orr”inginals Invitational on Aug. 23 in Jamestown.
“Our kids are running and training with a lot of confidence,” he said. “That did wonders for us on both the boys and the girls side. The kids come to practice, they don’t complain and it’s business as usual. As a coach, you can’t ask for much more than that.”
In addition to winning both team titles, Dickinson senior Jackson Binstock won the boys individual champion. The Midgets had five runners place in the top 20 on the boys side, while the girls had three.
Despite not coming for the last two weeks, the Midgets are prepared to host the Becki Wells Invitational at 9 a.m. Saturday at Heart River Golf Course.
“This is our only chance all year to run in front of the student body and some of the other people that don’t get a chance to go to other cross country meets,” Jung said. “Our kids are excited, but they are probably more excited to just to run in a competition.”
Bright spots show for Dickinson volleyball team
When a roster is half sophomores and freshmen, expect ups and downs.
Dickinson head volleyball coach Jay Schobinger knew there was going to be highs and lows during the two-day Bismarck Tournament.
“We played well at times and then other times we didn’t look very good,” Schobinger said. “We took 14 kids on Friday, 13 on Saturday and over half of them were sophomores and freshmen.”
Despite going 2-5, the Midgets played four teams from the East Region - Grand Forks Red River, Fargo South, Fargo Shanley and Fargo Davies - which reached the North Dakota Class A state tournament last season. Some individual efforts from the tournament included senior Meryl Kovacs with 17 kills, 10 aces and nine blocks, while freshman Lexi Jordheim had 26 kills.
Dickinson senior setter Lillie Meduna posted 41 assists, while freshman Raegan Linster had 31.
Schobinger was impressed with the team’s ability to stay focused.
“We played some pretty good teams,” Schobinger said. “We played against some of the best players in the state and our kids didn’t get intimidated or at least they didn’t show it. That was encouraging. We are going to go out, play some good teams and they showed some poise.”
The Midgets begin the West Region schedule hosting Minot at 4 p.m. Saturday at DHS gymnasium.
“We are going to do some experimenting early in the season,” Schobinger said. “...We have to go out and find those kids that can play consistently well. It’s going to be a process and it’s going to take some time, but it’s going to be a fun process.”

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