The Press Staff
Dylan Skabo, a senior on the Dickinson State baseball team, wrapped up his college sports career this past weekend in the final series of the season before the Blue Hawks baseball program is cut. Skabo, a four-year starter at shortstop, went 4-for-11 on the weekend, scoring one run and driving in one RBI. The Blue Hawks lost two close games 4-3 and 3-0 on Saturday, April 28 against Presentation College (S.D.), before the Saints topped them 8-1 on Sunday. On the season he had a .313 batting average and .406 slugging percentage.
Mataya Mortensen and Taya Hopfauf, eighth-graders on the Dickinson High girls softball team, each contributed to the Midgets' 6-0 stretch in the last week of April. On the mound, Mortenson was 3-0, including a five-inning no-hitter in the second half of a doubleheader against Mandan. She has collected 19 strikeouts during her three wins. In the opener against the Braves, Hopfauf hit for the cycle with four RBIs and four runs scored. During the week, Hopfauf was 16-for-23 with three home runs, four walks, seven extra base hits, 27 RBIs and 15 runs scored.
Abby Kessel, a sophomore pitcher for the Heart River girls softball team, collected wins on the mound against Central McLean, Watford City and Wilton-Wing. The hard-throwing right-hander posted double-figure strikeout totals in each contest, amassing 35 strikeouts during that stretch. DP: How long have you been playing softball? AK: "(I've been playing) since I was seven." DP: What's your favorite part about it? AK: "Just being with the team and bonding." DP: What are the team goals this year?
Rayleen Ortiz, a junior on the Dickinson State softball team hit two home runs and two doubles over four games against Dakota State, helping the Blue Hawks win three of the four games on Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22. She went 7-for-11 at the plate, was hit by a pitch and walked once. DP: Where are you from and why did you choose DSU? RO: "I'm from southern California, like the Los Angeles area. I chose DSU because of the school here and how it's just a small town, I love all of the small classrooms, and because of softball."
As of Wednesday afternoon, Stark County has a burn ban restriction in place due to the high fire rating. When the fire danger index is in the high, very high or extreme/red flag warning categories, all burning (including outdoor/backyard fire pits, fireplaces, charcoal grills and smokers) are prohibited, the Dickinson Fire Department said in a press release Thursday. Gas grills are allowed when following grilling safety guidelines.
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The North Dakota Highway Patrol will be conducting a "Trooper on a Train" enforcement detail from Mandan to Dickinson on Wednesday, April 25, the department announced in a release Tuesday.
Halie Karlen and Lauren Jorda, juniors on the Dickinson High girls tennis team, earned victories in singles and doubles action against Baker High School (Mont.) on Saturday, April 14 from the West River Community Center. Karlen defeated the Spartans' No. 1 Tesla Erickson 8-3. After missing the entire 2017 season, Jorda outlasted No. 2 Madison Moore 8-3. The duo joined forces to pick up an 8-4 doubles victory over Moore and Sheyanna Janeway. DP: How long have you been playing tennis for? HK: "I started in seventh grade."
Mackenzie Grubbs, a freshman on the Dickinson State track and field team, nearly had two top-10 finishes at a track meet at the University of South Dakota on Wednesday, April 11. She finished eighth in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 15.25 seconds, and earned 11th in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:05.42. DP: Where are you from and why did you choose DSU? MG: "I'm from Upton, Wyoming and I chose DSU because Coach Walker is an awesome hurdle coach and I was super excited to work with him." DP: How long have you been doing track and field for?
Ryan Absher, a senior on the Dickinson State baseball team, pitched a complete game in the Blue Hawks 13-5 victory over Waldorf University on Friday, April 6. The Utah native gave up eight hits and struck out five. The following day, the Blue Hawks dropped both contests to the Warriors, 5-4 and 11-3. Absher hit a triple in each game. He had one of four DSU hits in the first game, and was the only Blue Hawk batter with multiple hits in the second game. DP: Where are you from and why did you choose DSU?