Dickinson State Athletics Announces Fall Booster Award Winners
DICKINSON, ND- The Blue Hawk Booster Club is pleased to announce the winners of the Fall 2017 Booster Awards for Honorary Letterman Award, Loyalty Award and Outstanding Achievement Award. The Awards Ceremony will be held at the Ramada Inn at 5:30pm on Saturday, November 11th following the DSU Football game vs Mayville State.
The award winners will be announce at halftime of the game. The Dickinson State senior football players will be honored throughout the game and at the ceremony. This event is open to the public, Boosters, friends, and fans.
Eric Boettcher '98
Eric received a B.S. in Accounting from DSU in 1998. He and his wife Stephanie have three children, Jaclynn, Sophia and Jacob, and five grandchildren. Eric is currently employed by B&B Hot Oil Service as an accountant. Boettcher was an All-NDCAC and All-District receiver in 1992 and 1993, either holds or is one of the top three receiving records holders at DSU. He was the 1994 Henry Weinbergen Male Athlete of the Year, a four year letter winner and a member of the 1990-1992 football teams inducted into the DSU Hall of Fame. In addition, he was the 1991 indoor 55 meter high hurdles Conference Champion and a four year track letter winner.
Boettcher was inducted into the DSU athletic hall of fame in 2010. Eric has been a Blue Feather Athletic Association/Booster member for 20 years and has been the President of the Blue Hawk Touchdown Club for the past 5 years. He has been instrumental as a leader and supporter of Blue Hawk football and Blue Hawk athletics.
Honorary Letterman Award
Mike and Jim Parke
Mike and Jim Parke are Dickinson natives. They both attended DSU for short periods of time out of high school. Mike attended DSU from 1969-1971, he was then drafted into the Army in 1971. After serving in the Army and finishing up classes at DSU, Mike graduated with a degree in accounting from Moorhead State University in 1976. He was hired by Eide, Bailly, CPA's and relocated back to Dickinson. Mike has been a Booster Club member since 1977. He can be seen at most activities on DSU's campus. Mike currently owns and manages his own CPA business, which specializes in investment management. He is very involved in various boards around Dickinson.
Jim attended DSU in 1968 & 1969. He graduated from North Dakota State University with a chemistry degree. He then joined the ROTC at NDSU and wound up as a helicopter pilot. He served four years in the Army. After his service, he attended the University of Washington and graduated with a second degree in Forestry. After working in the Seattle area for six years, he moved back to Dickinson. He worked with his brother as a Certified Financial Planner at Parke Investment Management. Jim is currently working at Dickinson State University helping revive Woods Hall. Since he relocated back to Dickinson, Jim has been a supporter of Blue Hawk athletics. He tells people that while he graduated from NDSU and UW, Dickinson State is MY school.
Outstanding Achievement Award
Pete grew up in New England and graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1988. He grew up in a family of 15 and competition was fierce in the house and backyard with football, basketball and baseball. Pete played baseball for the Blue Hawks graduating with a science degree.
Pete currently teaches science at Dickinson High School. He is also the Head Coach of both the baseball and wrestling programs. While coaching the Midgets, he led the baseball team to seven WDA regional titles and four Class "A" state championships. The fifth title was won by the Midgets in 2004 when Coach Dobitz was serving a tour of duty as a member of the North Dakota Army National Guard in Iraq. Dobitz has been named WDA Conference Coach-of-the-Year twice and Coach-of-the-Year for the State of North Dakota. He was named one of eight finalists for National Coach of the Year this past summer. Dobitz has compiled 399 career wins in his 20+ years coaching baseball. He has also coached wrestling for 15 years, the past five as the head coach.
Pete and his wife Joyce, have five children: Michael, Sarah (who attends DSU and competes in both Volleyball & Softball), Zachary, Beth, and Samuel.