11 episodes

Coming to you from the vast and windy plains near Hebron, North Dakota, this is an explorative journey into life in small towns and midwestern dreams of big time high school basketball. I'll bring you real stories from real people in small towns of North Dakota and South Dakota and the upper midwestern United States. Who are we in these small northern towns and what's this fascination with getting to the state tournament all about. Interviews, storytelling and more.

The DakotaBall Podcast James Wolner

    • Sports
    • 5.0, 13 Ratings

Coming to you from the vast and windy plains near Hebron, North Dakota, this is an explorative journey into life in small towns and midwestern dreams of big time high school basketball. I'll bring you real stories from real people in small towns of North Dakota and South Dakota and the upper midwestern United States. Who are we in these small northern towns and what's this fascination with getting to the state tournament all about. Interviews, storytelling and more.

    STATE – DBP12

    STATE – DBP12

    Congrats to the Killdeer Cowboy's girls squad headed to state!



    I have been on the road due to some life changes - here is a quick update regarding the girls regionals and state tourney in 2018.



    To listen to the girls state B tournament visit http://740thefan.com/



    I am also working on a brand new podcast series which is also related to small town basketball.  Look for that in the coming months.



     

    • 8 min
    Paint it Black . . . and Orange – DBP 11

    Paint it Black . . . and Orange – DBP 11

    The 2017/18 Killdeer Cowboys



    In this episode the Cowboys of Killdeer travel to Glen Ullin North Dakota to play the GU/Hebron Lady Bearcats.  We listen in, meet some new people and find out how the game goes.



    This episode of the Dakotball Podcast is brought to you in part by Dacotah Clayworks owned and operated by the award winning potter Robin Reynolds of Hebron North Dakota.  f you would like to learn to make pottery using the raku technique,  Dacotah Clayworks offers hands on workshops in two sessions for groups of 4 to 6 people.  Contact Robin by phone at 701 878 4060 or visit her website ndclay.net.

    • 25 min
    Jamboree – DBP 09

    Jamboree – DBP 09

    Bob Waldal



    In this episode we travel to the Shiloh Christian Basketball Jamboree at the Bismarck Event Center.  16 girls teams and 16 boys teams made the journey in sub zero temperatures to enjoy 16 games of basketball indoors on Saturday January 13th.  We meet 9 North Dakota basketball coaches and get their thoughts on dealing with parents, why free throws percentages seem to be dropping over the years, and many share their memories and thoughts of a North Dakota Basketball coach, the late Bob Waldal.  Also we'll bring you up to speed on the Glen Ullin / Hebron Lady Bearcats basketball season.



    Interviews with Dan Welder Kidder County, Adam Hill Mott Regent, Carter Fong Dickinson Trinity, Jared Kautzman Underwood, Lisa Jenkins Wilton-Wing, Ashley Viveros Killdeer, Daryl Bearstail  Shiloh Christian, Jaden Schoch Bowman County and Mark Goldberg, Beach ND



    This episode is made possible in part by The Dark Canoe Art Studio, run by Hebron, North Dakota artist Aron Anderson.    Aron has won awards for his work including best of show and first place in the mixed media division at the 2017 Badlands art show, held annually in Dickinson, North Dakota.



    And by the Glen Ullin / Hebron Bearcat booster club - supporting all things bearcats.  FaceBook Page



    And by kristinjoydiede.com where the search for Kristin Joy Diede and Robert Michael Anderson continues.



    See sponsors for more info.



     

    • 1 hr 10 min
    The Road to Minot – DBP 08

    The Road to Minot – DBP 08

    Number 23 Kennedy Zuroff



    This episode is made possible in part by The Dark Canoe Art Studio, run by Hebron, North Dakota artist Aron Anderson.    Aron has won awards for his work including best of show and first place in the mixed media division at the 2017 Badlands art show, held annually in Dickinson, North Dakota.  See sponsors for more info.



    Kicking off the girls' basketball season, this episode comes to you in three parts.



    Part I - Five year starter Kennedy Zuroff of the Glen Ullin/Hebron Lady Bearcats.   Part II - Mitch Lunde - The 2018 Girls' State B tournament director held in Minot North Dakota on March 1st, 2nd and 3rd, 2018.    Part III - The Road to Minot - past guests share advice to young student athletes.



    Special thanks to the following for their support of this episode:  Dakota Community Bank & Trust Hebron, ND,  The Hebron Herald Newspaper,  Jack & Jill Groceries, Hebron, ND, Western cooperative Credit union Hebron ND, Zuroff Repair, Hebron, ND, Solem Law Office Hebron, ND, 



     



     

    • 41 min
    Gwen Sebastian – DBP 07

    Gwen Sebastian – DBP 07

    Meet country music singer-songwriter Gwen Sebastian.   Gwen was born in Hebron, North Dakota, home of the dakotaball podcast.  Gwen speaks out about growing up in this small Midwestern town, about playing basketball at Hebron High School , touring with Miranda Lambert,  as well as about her appearence on 'The Voice'  and her current life in Nashville Tennessee.  Gwen's new album 'Once upon a time in the West' is coming on Nov 17th.  She will be performing her 4th annual 'Home for the Holiday's' concert in Bismarck on November 24th.  Ticket available at etix or at gwensebastian.com.



     



    Gwen Sebastian meets with the dakotaball podcast and talks about growing up in a small town, highschool basketball and more

    • 30 min
    Kiana Schatz, A Lady Bearcat – DBP 06

    Kiana Schatz, A Lady Bearcat – DBP 06

    In Episode 6 we meet Kiana Schatz and her father Byron.  Kiana is a returning starter on the Glen Ullin / Hebron lady bearcats basketball team.  The lady bearcats were the Region 7 champions during the 2016 / 2017 season here in North Dakota.   Kiana, Byron, community members, peers and other's share their thoughts on Kiana as a student, a basketball player and as a member of the local communtity.   Go Bearcats!



     



    Kiana Schatz with her mother Mindy and her father Byron. She holds the team region championship plaque and all region team plaque.

    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

mmstern ,

OUTSTANDING!!

Fantastic attention to detail and beautiful story-telling. Exceptional job of making the listener feel as if they are part of the story. I look forward to each episode and look forward to seeing this podcast continue! Great job!

Thedarkcanoe ,

Superbly done...

Absolutely love this podcast, and I’m not even a big fan of sports. It gives a refreshingly honest look at life in these small town communities.. the good as well as the not so good. With the local radio shows not getting even close to talking about “What’s on my mind.” this podcast is a breath of fresh air.

RabidPrarieDog ,

Good commentary on small town life

Great podcast, and I'm not even a basketball fan! Always want to know more about the state I now happily call home, North Dakota

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