Night Hawks’ senior Kristy relishing leadership role

Stephen Kristy is in an unenviable role.

Sure, he’s the Hettinger-Scranton boys basketball team’s first option to score and grab rebounds. The Night Hawks’ defense revolves around him too. But Kristy is also charged with shepherding a talented, yet very young team on which he is one of two seniors. And it doesn’t bother him in the slightest.

“I kind of like the role of leadership,” he said.
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FUTURE IS NOW: Sophomore Janae Moore shining bright setting the standard for young Hawks

Janae Moore, shown on Nov. 26, 2011, drives to the basket.

Janae Moore is trying to set a standard.

The Dickinson State sophomore has the attitude and demeanor of an upperclassman — of which there aren’t many on the Blue Hawks’ roster — and all season she has played like one too.

“That’s what makes me most excited is if she just stayed where she is right now, she’s a great player,” DSU first-year head coach Caleb Harrison said. “We’ll get to the end of the season and her numbers are going to go up and she’s going to be playing at an even higher level.”

Moore, a 5-foot-11 forward from Sidney, Mont., leads the Blue Hawks in just about every major category coaches expect a frontcourt starter to lead — and even some they wouldn’t.

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Moody living in the moment: DHS graduate relishing title game experiences

North Dakota State sophomore receiver Nate Moody takes on Southern Illinois defensive back Anthony Thompson on Oct. 27 at the Fargodome.

Nate Moody believes that sometime in his future, he will look back and realize how special today actually is.

This morning, Moody will snap on his helmet for the biggest game of his career and try to help No. 1-ranked North Dakota State win its second consecutive Division I Football Championship Subdivision title when it meets No. 5 Sam Houston State at 11 a.m. today at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas.

The 2011 Dickinson High School graduate said being back in Frisco and playing for another title is a surreal accomplishment he never expected when he joined NDSU as a preferred walk-on.

“I don’t really have words to put to it,” Moody said. “It was a great experience last year, it’s going to be another great experience. Hopefully I just realize, someday, what this actually is. Even last year isn’t all that realistic to me and even to a lot of other people. We’re still playing football.”
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