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Burlington players Noah Zietz, Jarrett Vendsel, Arron Grandy and John Koronka (left to right) pose for a picture with the American Legion Baseball Class B West Region championship plaque on Sunday in Lansford.

State bound Bulldogs

There was more than just hardware on the line Sunday when the Burlington Bulldogs beat Hazen for the American Legion Baseball Class B West Region championship. Seeding at the state tournament hung in the balance, as both teams wanted to avoid a first round meeting against three-time defending ...

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Burlington's Noah Zietz (right) and Jarrett Vendsel (left) prepare to exchange a high five after beating Hazen 3-1 for the Class B West Region title on Sunday in Lansford.

Pitching prevails

LANSFORD - Ice pack on his shoulder and grin on his face, the effort exerted from Burlington’s starting pitcher Noah Zietz had paid off. With a dominating complete game outing on Sunday, Zietz helped the No. 2-seeded Bulldogs upend top-seeded Hazen Astros, 3-1, to claim the American Legion ...

Metros win region, advance to state

BEULAH — The Minot Metros already had the odds stacked against them heading into the Class A Northwest Region championship. Having lost one game in the double-elimination tournament already, Minot had to beat Beulah twice Sunday to claim the region title, though it had already clinched a ...

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Pictured are several championship trophies the University of North Dakota athletic department earned throughout the 2016-2017 school year, displayed as part of UND Sports Day at the state fair. At the event, several UND coaches and student athletes signed autographs for fans at the North Dakota State Fair on Sunday in Minot.

UND athletics at the State Fair

Garrick Hodge/MDN Pictured are several championship trophies the University of North Dakota athletic department earned throughout the 2016-2017 school year, displayed as part of UND Sports Day at the state fair. At the event, several UND coaches and student athletes signed autographs for fans ...

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A Minot Mallards baseball cap sits perched on a roof overhang at the entrance of Corbett Field, formerly known as the Minot Municipal Ballpark. The Mallards once called this stadium home decades ago.

Remembering the Mallards

It’s been 20 years since the Minot Mallards vanished for a third time. From being the baseball team that captivated the city in the 1950s and 1960s to finding new life in the 1990s, the remnants of the once popular ball club in Minot has slowly diminished over time. Spotting a Mallard’s ...

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Hazen pitcher Jayce Zuern looks over to first base in an American Legion Class B baseball tournament game on Saturday in Lansford.

Hazen holds off Burlington to force a rematch

LANSFORD — Hazen only needed two hits to force a second game in the American Legion baseball Class B West Region championship series against Burlington. With an advantageous home run and a seventh inning spurt, the top-seeded Hazen Astros avenged a 5-2 loss on Friday to the No. 2-seeded ...

Five MSU student athletes named to NABC Honors Court

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Minot State University men’s basketball ranked with the nation’s elite as five individual student-athletes were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches 2016-17 Honors Court, the program announced Friday. The NABC Honors Court recognizes those men’s ...

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Burlington's Jarrett Vendsel swings and makes contact on Thursday for a two-run double in the first inning against Stanley in the American Legion Class B West Region baseball tournament in Lansford.

Bulldogs pounce

LANSFORD — The No. 2-seeded Burlington Bulldogs unloaded on Thursday for 16 runs on 17 hits to emphatically get one step closer to an American Legion Baseball Class B West Region title. While the bats went off, Burlington’s starting pitcher Noah Zietz was just as dominant on the mound. He ...

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In a photo taken at last year's NPRA Championship Bull Riding event at the North Dakota State Fair, Dylan Madsen of Presho, S.D., attempts to stay on his bull, but ultimately fails to do so.

Bull riding, rodeo, racing and more at the State Fair

The 2017 North Dakota State Fair gets underway today at the fairgrounds. For those looking to get an adrenaline rush or unleash their competitive side, here is a rundown of the sporting and outdoor events taking place over the next week and a half. NPRA Championship Bull Riding headlines the ...

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Minot High graduate Darrien Nelson will play collegiate volleyball at Marshalltown Community College in Iowa this fall.

‘Too short,’ yet college awaits

Standing a modest 5 feet 6 inches, recent Minot High School graduate Darrien Nelson was dealt a huge blow to start her senior year. She was told she was too short. Deprived of height as a middle blocker, Nelson didn’t make the cut for the Majettes volleyball team. This coming after she was ...

BR assistant LaCroix named ORCS boys basketball coach

There is a new chapter in the Our Redeemer’s-Bishop Ryan rivalry. On Wednesday, it was announced that former Lions basketball assistant coach Mark LaCroix was selected as the new ORCS boys basketball coach. LaCroix takes over for Jeremy Feller, who accepted a position with the Minot State ...

Let’s play ball

LANSFORD - Coming into the season, the Burlington legion baseball team was confident it would have a shot at a state tournament appearance. The team now has a chance to do just that, but will need to finish at least second in the West Region Class B Tournament beginning Wednesday in Lansford. ...

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Minot Vistas’ Johnny Tubbs makes contact with a pitch in an American Legion baseball game against Williston on Friday at Corbett Field.

Heavy hitters

The quickest way to put runs on the scoreboard includes a jog around all the bases. The Minot Vistas have been doing a lot of that this season. With two more long balls on Friday against Williston, the Vistas have racked up 16 home runs this season. That’s seven more than they had last ...

MSU’s Kivett sets coaching staff

Minot State University head softball coach Dave Kivett has finalized his coaching staff, adding three assistant coaches for the 2018 season. Joining the Beavers is Courtney Kivett and rejoining the program are Ashley Lanz-Gilstad and Rachel Burdette. Both Lanz-Gilstad and Burdette played for ...

Three Minot locals to attend USA Hockey Development Camp

Minot High School Majettes Madie Olson and Dessa Flom, plus Minot native Olivia Hanson will be skating in the girl’s U18 USA Hockey Player Development Camp this week at the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center on the campus of St. Cloud State University. The trio advanced out of the North ...