Well, as you can see, I haven’t blogged for a week now. As you also probably realize, there isn’t much going on to blog about. It’s southwest North Dakota in July. Unless you’re haying, you’re probably not all that busy either. Nevertheless, there are a couple interesting nuggets I’ll throw at you today.
— The future of baseball in Dickinson was on display Tuesday … just not in Dickinson. Both the 11-year-old and 10-year-old Cal Ripken teams won state championships at nearly the same time in different cities. The 11s came defeated Grand Forks 8-7 in 8 innings during their state tournament in Bismarck. The 10s defeated Mandan 11-4 for the title in Grand Forks. The 10s had to play what amounted to be a best-of-3 with Mandan, beating them in the semifinals, then losing in the first championship game Monday night before defeating them today. Both teams move on to their Midwest Plains Regional Tournaments. The 11s go to Boonville, Mo., while the 10s head to Lyons, Kan. Both tournaments begin July 29.
— There is still no news on the DSU softball coach position. This concerns me quite a bit. Either hire Kristen Fleury or don’t. Don’t let her stew in the interim position forever. It’s not right. Sure the Blue Hawks didn’t win the DAC Tournament, but they won the DAC regular-season title and still made it to the NAIA national tournament. Considering the circumstances, she did a pretty good job after being thrust into the position at the end of July last year. It didn’t help that Minot State turned a corner this year and gave DSU some much-needed competition after being on the brink of doing so for a couple seasons.
— The Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo started Tuesday but only a handful of area guys are starting early. Dickinson saddle bronc riders Shaun Stroh and Dusty Hausauer are up during Saturday and Sunday’s performances, along with Mandan bareback rider Ty Breuer. One of the first local guys to start is Seth Murphy, who is up Wednesday and Thursday in the calf roping and again Saturday and Sunday in Steer wrestling.
— Entry forms for the 62nd annual Kevin Bergman Labor Day Golf Classic can be found at the course website. The registration deadline is Aug. 27.