OK, some of you were a little ticked that I didn’t finish putting the Top 10 stories and the Athletes of the Decade links on the blog.
Here’s the deal.With 60- to 70-hour weeks associated with being a one-man show in the sports section, blogging and Twittering have taken a backseat to priority No. 1 — good old-fashioned ink. That and a Christmas blizzard nearly stopped us short of putting out both the Top 10 and the AOTD graphics. I’ll try to do as much blogging and Tweeting as possible until I my new partner in crime arrives (which I assure you is happening) but don’t expect a bunch … until RIGHT NOW!
Here is a rundown of the topics that we’ll be covering this week (in order by date):
– Dickinson State wrestling: Unbeaten 197-pounder Jake Kallestad looks to stay undefeated on the season when the Hawks host Chadron State at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The senior is 16-0 and Chadron State typically has solid talent in the upper weights.
– Dickinson High boys basketball: The reeling Midgets (4-4) try to snap out of a three-game slump this week, but it’s not going to be easy. They visit fourth-ranked Mandan and 6-foot-7 center Bryan Kielpinski at 6:30 p.m. Thursday and host Belcourt on Friday night. They lost to Belcourt 74-71 in mid-December on the road, which happens to be the Braves’ only win this year. The height-challenged Midgets (had to be said sometime) are going to need big production out of a suddenly mortal Joe Hanstad, who has fought off illnesses the past two weeks and is averaging just 14 points per game during their skid.
– Dickinson High girls basketball: The Midgets (2-6) get Jess Herauf and Brie Lynch back for a pair of games they have a chance at winning. Dickinson hosts Belcourt on Friday and visits Mandan on Saturday. Dickinson handed Belcourt one of its two losses in December and Mandan, now without coach Greg Amundson, is off to a 4-5 start and definitely beatable.
– Dickinson State women’s basketball: The 25th-ranked Blue Hawks (12-6) ride a six-game win streak into Friday night’s game against 13th-ranked Black Hills State (13-5). Simply said, this rematch of last year’s Dakota Athletic Conference title game a win is huge for gthe team that gets it. Since the departure of two players, DSU is unbeaten and during its run, All-American senior center Kia Herbel has been playing as good as she ever has. The Blue Hawks host South Dakota Mines (9-10) at 4 p.m. Saturday.
– Dickinson State men’s basketball: It’s a pivotal weekend for several DAC teams as six of the eight teams in the conference have 3-2 conference records. Friday night’s opponent, Black Hills State, entered the season as the toast of the DAC and fell out of the NAIA Division II Top 25. The Yellow Jackets (13-6) got back at No. 23 today but they may not be as hot of a team as the Blue Hawks (8-10), who are coming off a heartbreaking one-point loss to No. 16 Minot State (14-5). Interestingly, the Blue Hawks have been able to piece together a good run thanks to big performances from several players, including junior guard Nathan Lebsock, who is averaging 18.9 points in the past eight games. Saturday night’s game against South Dakota Mines (10-8) should be a really good one too. Mines has been up and down all season but has either beaten or held its own against some tough teams, just like DSU.
– Dickinson High boys hockey: A rough season could get even worse this weekend when the Midgets host Bismarck High (third in the West) and Williston (first in the West) on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
– Beach vs. Killdeer girls basketball: Beach is still the unanimous No. 1 in the Class B media poll while Killdeer fell out of the poll after climbing to No. 3 last week. The Cowboys lost big to Dickinson Trinity and fell to Linton in the clutch. Both the Titans and Lions are good teams and I still think that if any team can give Beach a run for their money this year, it’s Killdeer because of its size and physicality. The Bucs and Cowboys play at 7 p.m. Saturday night in Killdeer.