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It's official: Dassinger, Karsky sign to DSU football program

For many reasons, most football players don't stay with the game after high school, with the biggest being the sheer competition. The amount of athletes searching for a scholarship or even just a school to take interest is immense. Those who are ...

Dickinson Trinity seniors Logan Karsky (left) and Hunter Dassinger (right) signed on to play football at Dickinson State in the main lobby of their high school on Wednesday, Jan. 24. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Dickinson Trinity seniors Logan Karsky (left) and Hunter Dassinger (right) signed on to play football at Dickinson State in the main lobby of their high school on Wednesday, Jan. 24. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

For many reasons, most football players don't stay with the game after high school, with the biggest being the sheer competition. The amount of athletes searching for a scholarship or even just a school to take interest is immense. Those who are able to keep playing in college are a talented and lucky few.

Dickinson Trinity seniors Hunter Dassinger and Logan Karsky are two of those few.

With classmates, teammates, coaches and teachers watching, the pair of Titans signed on to play football for Dickinson State.

"We tell the kids all the time, football is a finite game and you're only going to be able to play for a little while," Trinity football head coach John Odermann said. "Especially for those seniors, it becomes a little bit real for them, a bit more tangible that each game your senior year, depending on injury or whether or not you win or lose in the playoffs, that may be the last game of football you ever play. You're not strapping on the pads at age 40 and playing a pick up game of football. To have four kids be able to go on to that next level and have four or five more years of playing football, is awesome, for our school and our program and especially for those kids."

Karsky and Dassinger are just half of the Titans going on to play the game in college. Last month, Noah Sickler and Jacob Kubas signed to University of North Dakota and North Dakota State, respectively.

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"It's been really gratifying for us as a coaching staff to see these kids develop," Odermann said. "You kind of know which kids have the attitude and the acumen to develop into those college level players but some guys surprise you. Noah Sickler was a guy when he was a freshman, sophomore, wasn't sure what he thought about football. A guy like Logan Karsky really developed the last few years and now both those guys are going on to play college football."

Karsky didn't truly love the game until his junior year season with the Titans, while Dassinger fulfilled a childhood dream by signing with the Blue Hawks.

"As a kid I always wanted to play college football," Dassinger said. "My freshman year I thought it was highly possible. I've always been going to the Dickinson State games and that's why I chose DSU because of growing up around the team."

The 6-foot, 205-pound teammates attended summer football camp at DSU, which is where head football coach Pete Stanton first saw them. From there, Stanton kept up with them, especially through the past season in which the seniors helped the Titans go 8-2 overall, top their region and finish the season in the Class A playoffs semifinal, just one game shy of the championship.

"You look at what they did their senior year, I think two things is they play hard and they sacrifice," Stanton said. "Both of them put on a 50's jersey and jumped in on the offensive line and did a good job for them there and got after it and played hard. On offense this year they both went to guard and I thought that was a key in the season."

Despite their offensive performance, the two are joining the Blue Hawks as linebackers, although Karsky has a chance to play fullback as well.

Although they'll likely redshirt, as most freshmen do at Dickinson State, preparing for the transition into college ball is already on Karsky's mind.

"This summer I'm going to be hitting the weight room hard again," Karsky said. "I know Hunter will to, getting ready. I think we start lifting as a team in July. That's another good thing about staying in town is being able to lift with the team in the summer."

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Odermann has seen at least one player advance to the next level over the past few years, never gets tired seeing them succeed.

"I'm excited to have them close to home so they can join a couple of their Trinity brothers over there in Ty Nordby, Jarett Lee that are already on coach Stanton's team over there that we can go watch on Saturday's," Odermann said.

Surrounded by classmates, coaches and teachers, Dickinson Trinity seniors Logan Karsky (left) and Hunter Dassinger (right) celebrate joining the DSU football program on Wednesday, Jan. 24. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)
Surrounded by classmates, coaches and teachers, Dickinson Trinity seniors Logan Karsky (left) and Hunter Dassinger (right) celebrate joining the DSU football program on Wednesday, Jan. 24. (Shelby Reardon / The Dickinson Press)

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