High school notebook: Killdeer XC relying on youth

The Killdeer girls cross country team roster doesn't include many upperclassmen. However, that hasn't deterred the Cowboys from being one of the top Class B teams in the state. No. 2-ranked Killdeer, which finished runner-up during the 2013 state...

Trae Murray
Press Photo by Royal McGregor Killdeer freshman Trae Murray runs during the Becki Wells Invitational on Saturday at Heart River Golf Course.

The Killdeer girls cross country team roster doesn’t include many upperclassmen.
However, that hasn’t deterred the Cowboys from being one of the top Class B teams in the state.
No. 2-ranked Killdeer, which finished runner-up during the 2013 state cross country meet, are receiving top times from freshmen and eighth-graders.
“It’s kind of exciting and the young kids are still growing, so they are getting bigger, stronger and faster,” Killdeer head coach Nathan Horgeshimer said. “Hopefully, it’s something that can keep going for a while.”
During the Becki Wells Invitational on Saturday, Killdeer had four of its top five times turned in by freshmen and eighth-graders.
Leading the way for the Cowboys is a trio of freshmen Sydney Anderson, Trae Murray and Danielle Benz. Killdeer’s eighth-grader is Shawnee Hensen. The four runners finished in the top 40 against some of Class A’s top teams - Bismarck Century, Bismarck High and Dickinson.
“It’s a little different, because Sydney, Trae and Danielle have been the younger girls for the past couple of years and now they are little more confident,” Horgeshimer said. “They know some of the other girls in the region, so they know who they are competing against.”
Killdeer has two seniors, Jurnee Murray and Angel Calkins, and one junior, Amber Kukla. The rest of the 12 runners are either freshmen, eighth-graders or seventh-graders.
Horgeshimer is pleased with where the program is headed in the future. He wants his team to continually get better every week before the North Dakota Class B state meet on Oct. 25 at Souris Valley Golf Course in Minot.
“They’ve all set their goals pretty high with where they want to be individually and as a team,” he said. “It’s going to be an interesting road, because there are a few good teams in the East and the West Region right now is loaded with talent.”
The Killdeer boys have a roster of nine runners, which is more than a year ago. The runners include seniors Lewis Dobitz and Trenton Rohr, who are also standout players for the Cowboys’ football team.
“We got more numbers out this year, so that’s always good,” Horgeshimer said. “We bring back a couple kids with experience. The boys have done a good job recruiting. I think they got sick of having two or three kids running. They’ve been finding some younger kids who aren’t in football.”
DHS volleyball team learning through trial and error

Each day is a learning experience.
It’s going to be when there a wealth of juniors, sophomores and freshmen vying for varsity playing time.
The Dickinson High volleyball team is experiencing an influx of youth, which is learning the ins and outs of playing against West Region opponents.
“Every time we play, we are going to learn things,” Dickinson head coach Jay Schobinger said. “We are throwing a few kids in the fire, persay, and they are going to have to learn them fast.”
After the first six matches of the season, the Midgets are 2-4 overall and 0-1 in the West Region.
Minot defeated the Midgets 3-1 in their first West Region match of the season. Dickinson handily won the second set 25-16, but were edged 25-22 in the first and third sets.
“I thought we could come into the game and compete, and we did,” Dickinson senior setter Lillie Meduna said. “If we keep that up and keep getting better, we can become a really good team. Us battling like that just showed our potential and our ability to succeed.”
With the first West Region match out of the way, the Midgets can evaluate the game before hosting Bismarck High at 7 p.m. today.
“We got film and we are going to sit down and watch it, so they can see,” Schobinger said. “They’ve heard us say things and now they get to watch themselves. Watching film will be very valuable for them right now.”
Trinity volleyball team continues to improve

The Dickinson Trinity volleyball team wanted to figure out its strengths and weaknesses.
Trinity found more strengths than weaknesses opening the season with a sweep against Mott-Regent.
“It was definitely good to have that first game and see everyone in game situations,” Trinity head coach Rayma Braaten said. “Mott played us really well and that helped us figure some things out. It was definitely a learning experience.”
The Titans then went 4-1-1 during the Coal Country Invitational on Saturday. Trinity defeated Hazen, Kenmare, Ray and Shiloh Christian. The one tie was against Lisbon and defending Region 7 champion Beulah handed the Titans their only loss.
Despite the team having a 5-1-1 record, Braaten said Trinity is looking to improve in every facet of the game. Trinity travels to Bowman County at 7 p.m. today.
“The one thing that I’ve seen this year that I didn’t in other years is the girls taking the initiative to work toward something they need to learn more,” Braaten said. “They stay after practice and work on that skill. They have realized that there are a lot things that we need to work on and they are putting in the work.”

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