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Top Sports Stories of 2015: No. 7-tie: Killdeer football and Dickinson State softball

Killdeer football returns to state championship Even after losing the state championship in 2014 and losing its opening game of the 2015 season, the Killdeer football team still knew it could get back to that state game.The Cowboys did just that....

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Killdeer senior running back Derek Tabor, left, throws a block for teammate Zeb Doe during the Cowboys’ win over Velva-Sawyer in the Class 1A semifinals Nov. 7 at home. (Press Photo by Colton Pool)

Killdeer football returns to state championship

Even after losing the state championship in 2014 and losing its opening game of the 2015 season, the Killdeer football team still knew it could get back to that state game.
The Cowboys did just that.
After losing to Dickinson Trinity at home to start the season, Killdeer (9-2) went on a nine-game winning streak to win the Region 4 championship in the regular season and earn a berth in the North Dakota Class 1A championship in November.
But like the season before, Killdeer lost to Park River-Fordville-Lankin, this time 38-14 in the Fargodome.
“It hurts. It hurts a lot,” Cowboys senior fullback Zeb Doe told The Press after the championship. “But all you can do as a good senior captain is encourage the juniors to get us back here next year.”

DSU softball returns to College World Series

The Dickinson State softball team didn’t go into the North Star Athletic Association as the top seed, but it sure came out of the tournament on top.
No. 2-seeded DSU swept top seed University of Jamestown 10-2 and 9-7 to claim the conference championship and punch its ticket to the NAIA Softball National Tournament Opening Round in May in Madison, S.D.
In the elimination round, the No. 6 seed University of Mobile (Ala.) edged the No. 10-seeded Blue Hawks 2-1 in the NAIA Softball World Series later in the month.
In the tournament, DSU outscored its opponents 46-12 and pulled off four straight elimination victories.
Seniors Claudia Torres and Regan Lawrence were named to the all-NSAA team along with juniors Alex Vargas and Monique Yslas, sophomore McKenzie Kenobbie and freshman Alexzandria Watson.
DSU head coach Kristin Fleury was named NSAA coach of the year.


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Claudia Torres
Former Dickinson State softball player Claudia Torres celebrates a play during a double-header against Mayville State April 12 at the North Softball Complex. (Press File Photo)

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