Dockter family members unite to watch NDSU
Thousands of fans from North Dakota (and other states) made the 1,000-plus mile trip to Frisco, Texas, to watch the North Dakota State Bison Football team defend its NCAA FCS Championship with a 39-13 victory over Sam Houston State on Jan. 5. Among the fans were the sons and grandchildren of former Zeeland residents Alfred and Elaine Dockter, who now reside in Wishek. Pictured above at the game are, from left, Cameron and Shannon Dockter of Fargo; Travis Dockter of Rochester, Minn.; Hailey Dockter of Fargo, Tim and Rhonda Dockter of Linton; and Joel Dockter of Aberdeen, S.D. Cameron is a 1979 graduate of Zeeland High School and he played on the Viking’s State Championship Football teams in 1977 and 1978. He is currently an assistant football coach for Fargo South High School, and some of his former players suited up for NDSU in the title game. Joel is a 1982 graduate of Zeeland High School, and he also played football for NDSU, and was a member of three Bison teams (1983-85) that reached the Division II National Championship game. NDSU won the Division II National title in 1983 and 1985. Travis (son of Tim and Rhonda) is a 2011 NDSU graduate, and Hailey (daughter of Tim and Rhonda) is a junior at NDSU. Another one of Alfred and Elaine Dockter’s sons, Jeff, who is not pictured, is a 1984 graduate of Zeeland High School, and he went on to play football at NDSU. Jeff was a member of the Bison’s National Championship teams in 1985 and 1986.
Dozens of Emmons County natives and current residents attended the FCS National Championship game in Frisco, Texas, to support the NDSU Bison. Among them were, from left, Tim Dockter, Alan Senger, Jim Weisser and Randy Meidinger, all of Linton.
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