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MOORHEAD, Minn. — With victories in the women's javelin and men's pole vault, Dickinson State sophomores Alyssa Wisher and Hoyt Zander hit the qualifying mark for nationals. Just a handful of Blue Hawks traveled to the Cobber Twilight Meet at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., so the teams didn't place well in the team standings, but individually, were fantastic.
Game one between the Dickinson State softball team and Presentation College (S.D.) ended with a rather unusual double play. In the top of the seventh, the Blue Hawks led 6-0. Saints junior Maranda McLaren flied out to left field for the second out of the inning, and Celia Cerezo dashed home from third, hoping to put her team on the board. However, she failed to tag up, so when the Blue Hawks tossed the ball to third, she was called out.
Dickinson High senior Alanta Tormaschy has topped the shot put charts all spring, and she has no plans to stop. While her state-qualifying throw of 37 feet, four inches wasn't her personal best, it was still good for first place at the Pankratz Meet on Tuesday, April 23, at the Biesiot Activities Center. With help from three individual victories on the girls side, and five on the boys side, the Midgets track and field teams both won. The boys earned 164 team points, while the girls earned 170.
Junior Shelley Kathrein had two wardrobe changes during her track meet Tuesday. When she started the day high jumping, she donned a New England jersey with an orange tiger on it. Later, for the 4x100 meter relay, she wore a red and yellow Wildfire jersey, and to conclude the meet, Kathrein and her fellow 4x400 runners were back to bearing the Tigers logo. With the new co-op between Mott-Regent and New England, constant uniform changes may be one of the only downfalls. The biggest upside, is having more numbers, meaning the team is more competitive.
When Robert "Bob" Weiler started working at KDIX the station was about a year old, the building was located in the Park Square Mall, and the on-air talent wrote all the advertising by hand. Initially, Weiler's job was centered on the ads, as he worked as an announcer after graduating from Joe Beck's School for Radio in Minneapolis. In 1953, when the play-by-play broadcaster left ahead of basketball season, Weiler was plopped behind the mic.
During a doubleheader with Presentation College (S.D.) and a four-game series against Bellevue University (Neb.), freshman third baseman Caitlyn Welch appeared in four games. Over 11 at-bats, she recorded five hits, including a double, three RBIs and three runs scored. She also drew a walk and struck out just once. Welch fought through a 10-game hitless streak, but now has a base knock in four of her last six games. DP: Where are you from and why did you choose Dickinson State?
With one out and a runner on first in the top of the seventh, Dakota State (S.D.) senior Taylor Poe drilled the ball into deep right field, where Dickinson State sophomore Emilie Sickler gathered it at the wall. After collecting the cut-off throw, senior second baseman Kayla Stephens whirled and fired to senior catcher Jordan Menke. With a sprawling tag, Menke kept the Trojans off the board, nabbing Dakota State freshman Sarah Torres as she tried to run behind the plate and tag it.
After Dickinson State senior Tyler Quilling's first attempt at triple jump, the official yelled out, '14.56.' With that, Quilling and all nearby Blue Hawk athletes and coaches cheered, as the mark of 14.56 meters met the NAIA 'A' qualifying standard for the national meet. He ended up taking second in the event, as Talon Staudinger of the University of Mary barely bested him with a 14.6 on his final jump. " I've been kind of struggling this outdoor season, had a couple tweaks in my legs" Quilling said. "But what a way to get it, at the home meet, right?"
On hole No. 18, Dickinson State sophomore Carter Klein sent a putt trickling by the hole. His second attempt was just a few feet out, but that too went wide. Finally, his third went down and he shook his head in frustration. If Klein has sunk the first putt attempt, he would have won the men's side of the Blue Hawks Spring Invite. Instead, he tied for third with 75 strokes, three over par, on Thursday, April 18, at Heart River Golf Course.
With his decision to play basketball and golf at Dickinson State University, Stanley High senior Seth Hetzel is joining a growing group of dual-sport athletes donning the Blue and Grey. Hetzel said he was deciding between Dickinson State and Lake Region State College, but the fact that both his parents and sister are Blue Hawks aided in his final choice. He also said the agriculture program feeling like a family was a factor, and of course, the ability to continue being an athlete was a huge appeal as well.