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Beck, Knopik named Dickinson Trinity Athletes of the Year

Dickinson Trinity junior Aric Knopik and senior Faith Beck pose with their Athlete of the Year awards. (Photo Courtesy of Gregg Grinsteinner)

At the Dickinson Trinity athletics awards banquet, senior Faith Beck and junior Aric Knopik were named the Athletes of the Year.

Beck, who competes in gymnastics and track and field, will continue her education and athletics at Bemidji State in Minnesota next year. She will study nursing while competing in pole vault and the 100-meter hurdles.

She won pole vault in the 2017 state track meet, and has qualified to defend her crown this season. She has also qualified for State in the 100 hurdles, 100-meter dash and the 4x100 and 4x200 relays.

This winter she helped the Midgets gymnastics team to its 12th state championship in program history and was named to the All-State second team as well as the WDA All-Conference team.

Knopik is a three-sport athlete who is quarterback in the fall, guard in the winter and hurdler in the spring.

He helped the Titans football team reach the Class A semifinal game following a 6-1 regular season record. Over 10 games he threw 839 yards for 14 touchdowns, throwing four interceptions.

In the winter, the basketball team fell to Beulah in the Region 7 championship game in a double-overtime thriller. Knopik averaged 17 points and 10.7 rebounds over the three games.

While the track season has yet to conclude, the 6-foot-4 athlete has broken the school record in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.98 seconds and the high jump with a height of six feet, 4.5 inches. He has qualified for the state meet in both events as well as 300-meter hurdles, high jump and the 4x400 relay.