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Minot State utility player Rachel Burdette takes a swing at a pitch in a game played last season at Herb Parker Stadium.

MSU softball notebook: Home opener ahead

After typical North Dakota winter weather spoiled the previous home opener attempts, this afternoon the Minot State University softball team will take to Herb Parker Stadium for the first time this season. The Beavers, sporting a 6-5 overall record, will host Montana State Billings (12-17) at ...

Minotauros capture first division title

BROOKINGS, S.D. — With a 3-2 victory over the Brookings Blizzard and a Minnesota Wilderness loss Saturday night, the Minot Minotauros claimed the club’s first regular season Central Division title. The Minotauros (36-16-4), in their sixth season as a franchise, had finished second the ...

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Minot State women’s basketball head coach candidate Mark Graupe speaks to the Minot community during an on-campus interview Friday at MSU.

N.D. native Graupe hoping for chance to lead MSU women’s basketball

Minot State women’s basketball coaching candidate Mark Graupe has spent a good portion of his life in North Dakota. If given the chance, he won’t hesitate to expand on his memories in regards to tending to his family farm in Crosby or from coaching basketball at Lake Region State ...

Minotauros notebook: Coming to a close

There are only five more games left in the regular season for the Minot Minotauros and they are on pace to make some history. With a 35-16-4 overall record, the Minotauros are two wins shy of tying the franchise record for the most victories during the regular season. More significantly, ...

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Humble and hungry

With the ball in his hands and the game out of reach, the Minot High student section started chanting “Three-peat” with three fingers pointed to the sky. A few minutes later, a smiling KyJuan Johnson and the rest of the Magicians were displaying that same salute. While many high school ...

FW-M’s McKay heads Class B boys All-State team

Tronis McKay has gotten a lot of individual awards in basketball. He’d trade them all in for one more win during the boys high school basketball season. McKay and his Four Winds-Minnewaukan teammates came up one win shy of a repeat title in the North Dakota Class B state tournament, losing ...

Bats help MSU sweep Dickinson State

WATFORD CITY, N.D. – Minot State University overcame an early deficit to win game 1 and then blew out Dickinson State in game 2 to earn a pair of nonconference NCAA Division II baseball wins Wednesday at Roughrider Complex. The Beavers (8-3 overall) trailed Dickinson State (10-12) 6-0 after ...

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Leaving a legacy

Before entering Our Redeemer’s gymnasium, supporters and visitors alike are greeted by a Knight statue that overlooks the program’s past accomplishments. History that is put on display for all to admire. “I like looking at the trophy case out in the foyer and just looking back on all ...

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Minot State women’s basketball head coach candidate Sean Page speaks to the Minot community during an on-campus interview Wednesday at MSU.

Page hopes to ‘rebuild’ MSU women’s basketball

When Newberry College women’s basketball coach Sean Page made his case to take over the Minot State program Wednesday, he didn’t shy away from divulging the challenge that could await him. “How big of a rebuild is it? Well, how big is the biggest you can have? I mean, this team won four ...

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Magi senior KyJuan Johnson (1) rises up and knocks down a 3-pointer in the first half of a West Region game against Bismarck High earlier this season.

Minot’s Johnson highlights Class A boys All-State team

FARGO — Dickinson senior Aanen Moody is piling up awards as fast as he piled up points during his career with the Midgets. The 6-foot-3 guard was named to the North Dakota Class A boys basketball all-state first team for a second consecutive season. Moody was voted the state’s Mr. ...

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Minot State utility man Michael Borst (20) makes a sliding catch during a game earlier this season.

Racking up wins

It’s only been nine games into the college baseball season, but there’s already something different about Minot State this year. For starters, the play on the field appears vastly improved, as the Beavers have raced out to a 6-3 start despite finishing 10-33 in 2016. MSU turned some ...

All-State team released for Class A girls

Voters didn’t have to look far when it came time to choose this year’s state Class A all-state girls basketball team. They just dusted off last year’s team and returned three players to the elite 10. Tylee Irwin, a 6-foot senior forward from Wahpeton and Akealy Moton, a 6-0 senior ...

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Several Minot High boys track and field athletes jog around Duane Carlson Stadium Monday in warm up laps before practice.

On your marks

With warmer temperatures and snow melting, the high school spring sports season is upon us. Both the Minot High School boys and girls track and field teams are in action today for the first time this season in Williston. While it’s not going to be a large meet, it’s a welcomed warmup to ...

Minot State announces two finalists for WBB opening

Minot State University has narrowed its search for the program’s next head women’s basketball coach to Sean Page and Mark Graupe, Director of Athletics Andy Carter announced Monday. The two finalists will receive on-campus interviews with Page scheduled for Wednesday, March 22 and Graupe ...

Kindred’s Reinke highlights Class B girls All-State team selections

With a total of 110 games won this season and five different regions represented, the 2016-17 Class B girls basketball all-state first team selections are proven winners from across the state of North Dakota. Four of the five first-teamers played at state tournament. Three of them helped ...

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Hillsboro/Central Valley players celebrate winning the North Dakota Class B boys basketball state championship, while Four Winds/Minnewaukan's Tronis McKay (25) and Jacob Yankton (23) walk back to their bench after Kyle Henningsgard game-winning 3-pointer.

Perfect finale

The net rippled. The clock struck zero. Hillsboro/Central Valley senior guard Kyle Henningsgard threw his arms up in the air. The student section rushed the floor. Confetti fell. The Burros won their first state championship since 1981 on a 3-pointer by Henningsgard at the buzzer. No. 3-seeded ...

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Bishop Ryan's Mason Hedberg (5) shoots a fadeaway shot during the North Dakota Class B boys basketball state tournament fifth-place game Saturday at the MSU Dome in Minot.

Stout defense lifts Trinity over Ryan in fifth-place game

After losing its opening North Dakota Class B boys basketball state tournament opener in heartbreaking fashion Thursday, Dickinson Trinity was determined to make amends. Trinity did just that Saturday, holding Bishop Ryan to 37.8 percent shooting from the floor en route to beating the Lions ...

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Ellendale's Brennen Vance (15) tries to convert a layup during the North Dakota Class B boys basketball state tournament third-place game Saturday at the MSU Dome in Minot.

Ellendale tops Fargo Oak Grove to claim third

Through the first half of Saturday night's third-place contest in the North Dakota State Class B boys basketball state tournament, it seemed the Fargo Oak Grove Grovers were going to shoot themselves to a win. The Grovers had knocked down 8 of 17 attempts from behind the 3-point arc in the ...

Stanley rallies past Turtle Lake- Mercer/McClusky to claim 7th place

In every basketball game there is often a single play that can determine the outcome of the contest. During the seventh-place game in the North Dakota State Class B boys basketball tournament Saturday at the Minot State Dome, the Turtle Lake-Mercer/McClusky Trojans seemed to be in control of ...

MSU women’s hockey season ends in the national semifinals

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Despite a three-goal rally, the Minot State women’s hockey team had its memorable run at the American Collegiate Hockey Association Division II National Tournament come to end Saturday evening in the semifinals. One win away from what would have been the program’s first ...