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U-Mary cross-country runner Alexis Zeis.

Tom Stromme

 "Don't look back. Something might be gaining on you," Satchel Paige, the great baseball pitcher admonished.

 Well, Alexis Zeis needn't have bothered. Not much has been gaining on her lately.

 Zeis' prowess as a University of Mary distance runner allowed her to take a bow on three separate occasions at the Bismarck Quarterback Club's awards dinner Wednesday night.

 First and foremost, she was named Bismarck's female college athlete of the year. Then she was named U-Mary's top women's cross country and indoor track athlete.

 Zeis, a University of Mary junior, was one of five athletes of the year honored Wednesday night. The others were U-Mary senior Bryan Jefferson (college male athlete), Century high school senior Jacob Rader (high school male athlete) and seniors Regan Dennis of Century and Cara Haussler of Bismarck (co-high school female athletes).

 Haussler was also picked for honors in two different BHS sports, volleyball and track.

 St. Mary's junior Britta Curl was honored for her contributions to three different athletic programs at two different locations. She was named the outstanding player on the state champion Bismarck Blizzard, a girls hockey combine that draws athletes from all Bismarck schools.

 Curl was also named St. Mary's outstanding girls soccer and girls track athlete.

 Long-time Bismarck coaches Roger Haug and Julie Stavn were also cited for their decades-long contributions to athletics in the Capital City. They were recipients of the annual Rog Higgins award. Higgins became a Bismarck landmark as a professional baseball pitcher and sportscaster prior to his death in 2003.

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