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RICHARDTON — The Bowman County volleyball team almost didn't complete the 3-0 sweep against Richardton-Taylor. Up 23-21, the Bulldogs gave up three of the next four points, tying the game at 24. After a Raiders attack hit the net, Bowman County was one point away from another Region 7 win. The Raiders returned the ensuing serve, but Bulldogs senior middle blocker Ellie Stafford jammed in the final kill, sealing the set 26-24. With two earlier wins of 25-15 and 25-19, Bowman County downed Richardton-Taylor 3-0 on Thursday, Sept. 20, at Richardton-Taylor High School.
Paul Chapman, a student-athlete at Dickinson State in the late 1980's, was selected to be inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame this year. The Edmonton, Canada native played football at DSU from 1986-1989, getting named to the All-Conference team his freshman year. He was the first three-time All-American out of Dickinson State, with Rory Farstveet mirroring that success a few years later. He was also inducted into the DSU Hall of Fame in 2002.
The closest to glory in the NAIA playoffs that the Blue Hawks ever flew was in 1991. In the NAIA Div. II bracket, the Blue Hawks made it as far as the semifinals before falling 47-25 to Pacific Lutheran (Wash.). Three-time All-American and four-time All-Conference player Rory Farstveet was on that team. Now, he's adding another accomplishment to the list as he's inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame, though he still wishes 'national champion' could be at the top.
Down 12-6 halfway through the third set against Bismarck Century, the Dickinson High volleyball team called a timeout. Upon the Midgets' return to the court, the student section started jumping up and down yelling, 'hop 'til we score!', repeatedly. The fans weren't hopping for long, as a kill from junior outside hitter Peyton Selle ended the volley.
MINOT — After a competitive opening set, which fell 27-25 in Minot State’s favor, the Beavers got the best of the Dickinson State volleyball team winning the next two sets with decisive scores of 25-13 and 25-16, earning the 3-0 win on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at the Minot State Dome. Shelby Spuller led Minot State with 14 kills, three blocks and two aces.
Lisa Townsend, a junior on the Dickinson State cross country team, was the top-finisher for the Blue Hawk women at the Minnesota State University - Moorhead Dragon Twilight race. Townsend completed the 5K in 19 minutes and 40 seconds on Friday, Sept. 7, earning 16th place. DP: Where are you from and why did you choose DSU? LT: "I'm from Douglas, Wyoming and I chose DSU for the teaching program and for running." DP: How long have you been running and what is your favorite thing about it?
LA CROSSE, Wis. — Making up for junior quarterback Hayden Gibson's second half-opening interception, Dickinson State junior defensive back Lewis Dobitz intercepted a potential touchdown pass from University of Wisconsin - La Crosse quarterback Ben Schramski in the end zone. From there, the Blue Hawks scored on their next three drives, tallying 21 points in the third quarter alone. Amassing 532 yards of offense, Dickinson State defeated the nationally-ranked and previously-undefeated NCAA Div. III Eagles, 35-17 on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
After a four and a half hour drive to Billings, Mont. last weekend, the Dickinson State football team is bussing 10 hours in the other direction to take on NCAA Div. III University of Wisconsin - La Crosse on Saturday, Sept. 16. "It shouldn't affect us if we keep it business-like. If we approach it as we should, we should be ready to play," senior receiver Randy Ivey said of the long trip. "I'll probably do some homework, look at some film, just relax."
Down 22-17 to Briercrest College (Canada) in the third set, the Dickinson State volleyball team forged a comeback. Kills from sophomore Alyssa Wisher and senior outside hitter Kylie Hadley helped tie the game at 24. The teams exchanged points for 10 more volleys, but an out of bounds hit from the Clippers put the Blue Hawks up 30-29. With the crowd roaring, Hadley leapt up on the left side, connected with the ball and sent Scott Gymnasium into pandemonium as she landed the set-ending kill.
BELFIELD — Dickinson Trinity senior Kaden Kuntz stretched the Titans lead over Heart River to 24-0 at the half with a 51-yard rushing touchdown, what looked like it would be the longest play of the game. However, in the third quarter, he outdid himself, running 52 yards to score. Kuntz’ two touchdowns pushed the Titans to a 40-6 win over Region 4 opponent Heart River on Friday, Sept 14, in Belfield.