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Minot High junior Spencer Ross putts toward the golf simulator Monday during an indoor practice held at the Minot High Central Campus.

Migrated indoors

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Three days ago, the Minot High School boys golf team teed up its first team win of the young season at the Tom O’Leary Golf Course in Bismarck. On Monday evening, the Magicians were taking their swings in the basement bowels of the Minot High Central Campus. The snow-covered links at the ...

Adams, Park garner All-Rookie honors

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Minot Minotauros forward Alex Adams and goaltender Austin Park have been selected to the Central Division All-Rookie team for the 2016-17 North American League Hockey season. Adams was also named to the All-NAHL rookie second team. Adams led the league in goals (29) as a rookie during the ...

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Minot Minotauros defenseman Jake Dittel (25) battles for position against Aberdeen Wings defenseman Filip Dusek (6) in the second game of the NAHL opening round playoff series on April 15 at Maysa Arena. Photo courtesy of Steve Silseth.

Stinging reflection

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Two hundred and seventy-four miles. But, it felt a lot longer than that, as the Minotauros sat on the team bus and made the lengthy trek back to Minot from the Odde Ice Center in Aberdeen, S.D., after having their season come to close Saturday night in double overtime. Meanwhile, Aberdeen was ...

MSU baseball splits against Duluth

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BRAINERD, Minn. — Due to the snow coming on the radar, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference baseball doubleheader between Minot State and Minnesota Duluth was moved two hours southwest of Duluth to Brainerd, Minn. on Sunday. The Beavers (22-16, 17-13 NSIC) tried to make the most of the ...

MSU women’s golf saves best round for finale

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MORTON, Minn. — The Minot State University women’s golf team fired a 329 in the final round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women’s Golf Championships, the Beavers best round of the tournament Sunday at Dacotah Ridge Golf Club. MSU finished in fifth in the tournament, ...

Beavers softball falls twice at WSU

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WINONA, Minn. — The Minot State University softball team ran into a buzz saw of Winona State pitching, getting shutout twice by the Warriors in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference doubleheader Sunday at Alumni Field. The Beavers (20-17 overall, 12-12 NSIC) outhit WSU in the first ...

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Minot Minotauros goaltender Austin Park looks around the screen of Aberdeen's Colin Raver in Game 4 of the first round of the NAHL Playoffs.

Double OT disaster

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ABERDEEN, S.D. — The Minot Minotauros season came to close Saturday night in Aberdeen. Despite getting the game into double overtime, Minot eventually fell 3-2 to the Aberdeen Wings and lost the first round North American Hockey League series 3-1. The Wings grabbed a 2-0 lead about halfway ...

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Minot High sophomore Jaycie Rostad throws the ball over to first base in the second game of doubleheader against Legacy on Saturday at the South Hill Softball Complex.

Lucy hits walk-off home run, resilient Majettes split Legacy

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By the time senior Jocelyn Lucy reached first base, her teammates had already poured out of the dugout and were awaiting her arrival back at home plate. She couldn’t help but smile as she rounded second. “I had never done that before,” Lucy said. “It feels amazing.” The Minot High ...

Tonini tosses one-hitter, Magi baseball splits

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BISMARCK — Minot High junior Carson Tonini did it all in the first game against Century on Saturday. Not only did he throw a five inning, one-hit complete game shutout, he knocked in all the Magi’s run in the 3-0 victory with a two-run triple and a sacrifice fly. The second game wasn’t ...

Minot's Derek Frentz (7) raises his arms in celebration after the Minot Minotauros score a goal in their NAHL playoff game Friday in Aberdeen. 
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Season saver

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Facing elimination, top seeded Minot came into Aberdeen Friday night and served notice their best of five game series was far from over. Powered by four first period goals, the Minotauros cruised to a 6-1 win over the Aberdeen Wings and now trail 2-1 in the series. From the onset, this game ...

With a second chance at perfect season, the Dickinson High School baseball team certainly looked like the best squad in the West Region with an 8-0 victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Minot High School Friday evening at Corbett Field.
The Magicians (8-4), however, regrouped and responded in the nightcap with a 4-2 victory to drop the Midgets to 13-1 overall. Minot has now split their last four series.
“We didn’t have any life in us whatsoever in Game 1,” MHS coach Pete Stenberg said. “We told them, ‘Hey, you guys have to pick things up here, otherwise we are going to be dropping two.’ And that’s not something we want happening here at home, or at any place.”
The Midgets found themselves in a peculiar situation with an unblemished record once again to start the twin bill. Dickinson lost to Williston earlier in the year, but the Coyotes forfeited their first eight games of the season because they played with an ineligible player.
“That’s a good ball team we just beat there,” Stenberg said about Dickinson. “But, we had an opportunity, where we have to think that we can take two (wins) from them, not just one. We got to get that type of approach in every single doubleheader now. That’s what we are lacking, to compete for two full games.”
Dickinson starting pitcher Kendall Jones threw a one-hitter in the first contest. Minot sophomore Kyler Stenberg broke up his no-hit bid in the bottom of the fourth with a single.
While Minot’s offense was held in check, the Midgets’ bats went off. Shawn Stoltz brought in the opening run in the top of the first inning on a sharply hit ball to second base, which was given as an error but easily could have been called a hit.
Regardless, Stoltz would get his RBI in the third inning. After another error was called on a liner hit toward the shortstop to bring in Dickinson’s second run, Stoltz continued the hard hitting with a ball drilled back up the middle and grazed off Minot’s sophomore starter pitcher Alex Schimke.
Schimke’s day on the hill was finished two batters later, as Lucas Jones deposited a two-run double to right center. Magi senior Tyler Nord stepped in and surrendered two more runs in the third: an RBI single to Chase Ballard and a sacrifice fly provided by Shawn Steffan.
“We weren’t crisp on the mound in the first game,” Pete Stenberg said. “We didn’t give Alex (Schimke) any support either, as we weren’t really aggressive with our at-bats. Through four innings, their pitcher had only thrown 39 pitches from what we had counted. So, we got to make him work a little bit.”
The Magi’s fifth error of the game helped plate Dickinson’s eighth and final run of the contest in the top of the fifth.
Schimke avenged his rough outing on the mound by giving Minot its first lead of the day in the bottom of the first inning in Game 2. A base knock over the head of the second baseman brought home junior Lofton Klabunde, who was the starting pitcher for the Magi in the nightcap.
Klabunde was aided in the early going by his junior catcher Creighton Rudolph.
Showing off his arm like he did with the Minot High football team in the fall as the starting quarterback, Rudolph threw out a Dickinson runner at second base in the second inning and then nabbed a runner at third base in the third inning to maintain the 1-0 advantage.
“That gets you a little momentum,” Rudolph said. “You take away two guys off the base paths and the get the outs, so it’s a big play to make. Just fortunate that it happened. Guys are going to challenge you, you just got to be ready for it.”
Much like Schimke in the first contest, a loss of command cut Klabunde’s outing short in the top of the fourth. His stint ended following a bases loaded, one-out RBI single to Tanner Ouellette.
Kyler Stenberg relieved Klabunde and worked out of the jam with two groundouts to keep the score tied at 1-1.
Schimke surfaced once again in the bottom of the fourth with his second RBI of the game on a single.
Later in the inning, Carson Gillund extended Minot’s lead to 3-1 by sliding under the tag at home plate after a grounder from senior Broden Wunderlich. A perfectly placed bunt from junior Zachary Pedersen allowed Wunderlich to scamper home, 4-1.
“The first game we came out a little flat,” Rudolph said. “We were lacking energy, lacking focus at the plate and sloppy defensively. Then, the second game, we got it back together. We got the energy back and I think you could see how the result was different.”
The Midgets pulled a run back in the top of the fifth with a two-out RBI single to right by Austin Boswell.
But, as it would turn out, that was the end of the scoring. Kyler Stenberg held off the Midgets in the final two innings, stranding three runners, to secure the 4-2 victory.
The Magi have a quick turnaround with a road doubleheader against Bismarck Century this afternoon starting at noon.
Alex Eisen covers Minot High School, Minot State athletics and high school sports. Follow him on Twitter @AEisen13.

Minot High baseball deals Dickinson another first loss

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With a second chance at perfect season, the Dickinson High School baseball team certainly looked like the best squad in the West Region with an 8-0 victory in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Minot High School Friday evening at Corbett Field. The Magicians (8-4), however, regrouped and ...

NSIC, MidCo announce expanded live coverage

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BURNSVILLE, Minn. - The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference announced an expanded one-year agreement with Midco Sports Network for live coverage of 20 football games in the 2017 season. The partnership will include 11 weeks of the “NSIC Thursday Night Game of the Week”, airing each ...

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Bishop Ryan pitcher Alex Burckhard delivers a pitch to home plate during Ryan’s doubleheader with Surrey Thursday at Corbett Field in Minot.

Ryan baseball sweeps Surrey

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The Bishop Ryan baseball team found ways to win two different types of baseball games Thursday at Corbett Field. Ryan starting pitcher Alex Burckhard outlasted Surrey’s Jayden Wetzel in a 1-0 pitcher’s duel in Game 1, then the Lions opened the floodgates in Game 2, winning 10-2 in five ...

MSU softball adds Holland, DeLong

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Minot State University head softball coach Bill Triplett announced the addition of Taryn Holland and Dakota DeLong to the program’s 2017 recruiting class Thursday. Holland, a 5-foot-6 first baseman from Clancy, Mont., and DeLong, a 5-foot-7 catcher/third baseman from Hudson, Fla., signed ...

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Bishop Ryan sophomore Sealy Rovig makes contact for an RBI base hit in the second game against Minot High on Thursday.

Lions tame Majettes

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The latest installment of the in-city rivalry on the softball diamond between Bishop Ryan and Minot High School went the Lions’ way on Thursday at the South Hill Complex. Bishop Ryan (8-4, 8-4 West Region), the designated home team despite both squads playing at their home venue, knocked ...

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Minot State linebacker Sam Stange (47) runs through the padded block provided by Fed Joseph (11) during spring practice on Wednesday at Herb Parker Stadium.

Building the dam

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Overlooking the field at Herb Parker Stadium with his team below, Mike Aldrich liked what he saw from his office vantage point and couldn’t resist in directing a comment toward co-offensive coordinator Derek Edholm. “You know, we are a lot better than what I was expecting,” the ...

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Minot State's Trevaun Smith (3) makes the double play as Bemidji State University's Cole Easley (5) slides unsuccessfully into second base in the third inning of the first game of the doubleheader on Wednesday at Bemidji State University.

Minot State baseball splits, ends five-game win streak

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BEMIDJI, Minn. – The Minot State University baseball team split a pair of games at Bemidji State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play on Wednesday at the BSU Baseball Field. The 5-2 win in Game 1 saw MSU push its win streak to five games, only to have it snapped in Game 2 by ...

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Minot State pitcher Jenn Spencer (7) delivers a pitch to home plate during an NSIC softball doubleheader Tuesday at Herb Parker Stadium.

Clean sweep

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The Minot State softball team received strong efforts from the circle on Tuesday, lifting the Beavers to a doubleheader sweep of Bemidji State at Herb Parker Stadium. MSU took the first game 4-2, then won the second game 5-3. In Game 1, MSU’s catalyst, Jordan Grant, got things started ...

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Minot High junior Zachary Pedersen attempts to beat out the throw from Jamestown's Andrew Nohrenberg in the first game of a doubleheader played Tuesday at Corbett Field.

Magi baseball settles for another split

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Winning the first game and dropping the second has started to become an unwanted routine for the Minot High School baseball team. For the third consecutive series, that’s exactly what transpired in Tuesday’s doubleheader against Jamestown at Corbett Field. The Magi (7-3, 7-3 West Region) ...

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Bishop Ryan’s Shayla Elm is out on a close play at first as Bismarck Legacy first baseman Alexis Hoffman catches the ball just before Elm touches the base during their Class A West Region softball contest at South Hill Softball Complex on Tuesday. Legacy swept the Lions winning 10-6 and 17-5.

Legacy too much for Ryan softball

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During all of Tuesday’s Class A West Region softball doubleheader at the South Hill Softball Complex, the Bishop Ryan Lions were slow out of the gate offensively. And it cost them. The Bismarck Legacy Sabers took full advantage en route to a 10-6 and 17-5 win to sweep the Lions. “Both ...