Eye on southwest ND sports

Head Coach Randy Burwick provided me some early information on the Night Hawk football team.

Sheldon COLUMN BOXHead Coach Randy Burwick provided me some early information on the Night Hawk football team. He likes the number of players out as he has 35 including three new ones, Ben Dalley, Brock Rhoads and Tate Resner. The sophomore class has the largest contingent with 15. He also noted that the team is working hard in practice. Burwick’s assistants are Rob Warbis, Larry Tibor and Jason LeFebre. Dave Erickson was pulled out of coaching retirement and is handling the junior high team. There are 15 players out for the junior high team. Dave, welcome back to the coaching ranks.

Speaking of the start of high school football, I drove my granddaughter back to San Antonio, actually, we went as far as Thackerville, Okla., and my son met us there. But on the way back we stayed in a motel in Enid, Okla. I was reading a column in the Enid News & Eagle’s sports page written by Tony Capobianco that described a coach’s tactics in getting ready for the upcoming 8-man football schedule. The Pioneer football team has a unique way of starting training camp every August. A school bus will fill up with all the players, go to some random location two miles from the practice field, and the team will be left there to run back in the blistering summer heat. Coach Gus Overstreet stated, “We’ve got to see who’s tough”.

Stephanie Howe is again running the cross country program and currently has eight personnel out. They are Peyton Tuhy, Levi Howard, Brian Bartholomy, Sidra Sadowsky, Morgan Hutzenbiler, Cale Schalesky, Elizabeth Bartholomy and Mitchell Dalley.

Found out in an article by Parker Cotton in the Dickinson Press that the Richardton-Taylor-Hebron Raiders football team suffered a blow when Jaden Olson, their second leading rusher from last year, broke a leg when competing in high school rodeo. They are not sure if he will be able to return this year. Their leading rusher, Denver Colgrove, graduated.

Also from the Dickinson Press, the official player count for the Dickinson State football team is 118, 23 more than last year and 28 more than two years ago.

Sports schedule for the coming week is as follows:

– Aug. 20, Varsity Football vs Wyndmere/Lidgerwood at Shiloh

– Aug. 22, JH Football at Bowman

– Aug. 25, Cross Country at Killdeer

– Aug. 26, Varsity Football vs Richardton/Taylor at Hettinger

– Aug. 27, Varsity Volleyball Tourney at Killdeer

See you at the games!