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BELFIELD — The Heart River baseball team was just three runs away from its first win in program history going into the top of seventh inning against Shiloh Christian. Down 7-5, all the Cougars had to do was stop the Skyhawks, then continue scoring runs as they had in the previous inning. However, the inning got away from them, and Shiloh Christian piled on three more runs to seal the 10-5 victory. Earlier, the Skyhawks defeated Heart River in a seven inning game 9-3 at John J. Steiner American Legion Field in Belfield in Tuesday, May 8th.
Two years after completing his college football career in 2013 at Dickinson State, Antwan Smith found himself in at an open tryout for the Bismarck Bucks, an expansion team in the Champions Indoor Football League. It didn't take long for Smith to adjust to grow into his horns, as he had 58 tackles over 12 games in the 2017 season. In his and the Bucks' second year, Smith leads the conference with 62 tackles on the year over eight games. His 56 solo tackles, is the most in the league.
A benefit of having a 13-man roster, rather than 30, is the ability to fit your whole team in a hotel room. The 2018 Dickinson State baseball team took advantage of this odd convenience on a few occasions on the road. Watching 'Fired Up!' brought the small, scrappy team closer in the final year of the baseball program at DSU.
On three occasions over the course of a doubleheader at Dickinson, the Minot High baseball team had a big, run-scoring hit with two outs down. In the first inning of game one, Dickinson dismissed two of the first three batters, but a three-run home run from Alex Schimke put the Magicians on the board. Minot went on to win 15-0. In the second game, it happened twice more. A two-out, three-run triple in the top of the seventh propelled the Magicians to a 9-2 win, sweeping the Midgets on Thursday, May 3 at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.
The Dickinson High baseball team got its first win of the season Thursday night and its leader earned a career achievement. In the first of two games, The Midgets topped Mandan 12-2 in less than six innings. Freshman Nathaniel Jilek ended the outing when he drove in freshman catcher Logan Bentz, triggering the 10-run rule. Nine Dickinson errors and a rapid fire Mandan offense combined for a 16-6 Braves victory in the nightcap on April 26 at Dakota Community Bank & Trust Ballpark.
After two years of heading the Dickinson State track and field team, and guiding the quarterbacks on the football team, Nick Walker is resigning. He is returning to Bowman, where he previously taught and coached. In his place, Shayne Wittkopp will take over as head coach for the Blue Hawks track and field teams. "Number one, to be able to spend more time with family would be the biggest reason," Walker said of his decision. "I'll be teaching and coaching there. What I'll be coaching, I don't know."
Malayna Schneider is making Midgets history. Lia Bradley has only coached the Dickinson High tennis team for three years, but as far back as she can go in the records, she has never seen a seventh-grader play at the varsity level. What's more, young Schneider is undefeated on the season in singles matches. She defeated Bismarck High's Natalie Schuh in two close games, by scores of 7-5 and 6-4. She earned one of three match wins in the Midgets 6-3 loss to the Demons on Tuesday, May 1.
WAVERLY, Iowa — As Jamestown swept the North Star Athletic Association men’s and women’s golf championships, the Dickinson State women’s team placed fourth with a combined score of 1,468, while the men finished fifth with a score of 1,355 on Tuesday, May 1 at Prairie Links Golf Course in Waverly, Iowa.
BISMARCK— A seven-run seventh inning gave the Dickinson High baseball team a 10-9 victory over Bismarck St. Mary’s, their first conference win of the season. The Midgets took the momentum into the nightcap, topping the Saints 8-0 and completing the sweep on Tuesday, May 1. Down 9-0 going into the sixth inning, the Midgets bats got hot, putting up 10 runs over the next two innings.
WAVERLY, Iowa — After the first day of the North Star Athletic Association golf championships, freshman Carter Klein and junior Riley Helmick lead the Dickinson State men’s and women’s golf teams on Monday, April 30 at Prairie Links Golf Course in Waverly, Iowa. Helmick sits in 12th place, shooting a 99, 83 and an 84 in each round, combining for a total of 266 strokes. The DSU women are in fifth place with a team score of 1114, while the men are in sixth with a combined score of 1010.