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The Minot High School gymnastics team lines up at the start of the Western Dakota Association regional tournament held Feb. 17 at the Gymagic Center in Minot.

Valuable experience

Over half of the Minot High School gymnastics team are middle schoolers. So, it only makes sense that coach Robbie Wechau would classify this season as a “development year.” “I think we have had a pretty good season and we have improved as the season has gone on,” Wechau said. “We ...

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Our Redeemer's Morgan Olson (20) dribbles the ball in the District 12 championship game against Bishop Ryan on Feb. 11. Both teams advanced to the Region 6 tournament starting today at the Minot Auditorium.

Region 6 tournament opens today with a trip to state on the line

At the start of district tournament action on Feb. 9, Region 6 had 15 teams vying for a spot in the Class B girls basketball state tournament. That field has now nearly been reduced in half. The remaining eight teams will open up Region 6 tournament action today at the Minot Municipal ...

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Bishop Ryan's Jordan Will, bottom, makes his move in trying to pin Hettinger-Scranton's Jacob Schalesky, top, during the Class B 220-pound state title match Saturday at the Fargodome. Will won the championship by pinning Schalesky.

The Will to win

FARGO — There was no one better in the North Dakota Class B 220-pound weight class all season than Bishop Ryan’s Jordan Will. The senior wrestler proved that sentiment in dominating fashion Saturday at the Fargodome, pinning Hettinger-Scranton’s Jacob Schalesky in 2 minutes and 42 ...

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Bishop Ryan's Konner Beeter, right, wrestles Rugby's Kaden Jaeger, left, during the Class B 152-pound match Saturday at the Fargodome. Beeter won the title by pinning Jaeger.

Beeter uses heartbreak to fulfill life long dream

FARGO — When Konner Beeter walked off the mat for the final time a year ago, he was crushed. The Bishop Ryan wrestler had just been defeated in the state championship and didn't really know how to put losing the biggest match of his life into words. So, he didn't. Instead, he was ...

Goatending record set, Minotauros win 4-3 in OT

CLOQUET, Minn. — The Minot Minotauros had an eventful Saturday night in Minnesota, which ended with a 4-3 overtime winner for Minotauros’ Nate Pionk to claim another extra time victory over the Minnesota Wilderness in back to back nights. Minotauros’ goaltender Austin Park also set a ...

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Bismarck's T.J. Irey (29) gathers in the puck in front of the Minot net before resetting and shooting the puck past Patrick Heide and goaltender Odin Nelson as part of his hat trick, all in the second period, of the West Region hockey tournament championship game at the VFW Sports Center on Saturday.  Photo courtesy Mike McCleary, Bismarck Tribune.

Bismarck blanks Magi hockey for WDA title

It is official: The Bismarck Demons are champions of West Region for the second consecutive season. Bismarck secured a No. 1 seed in the upcoming state tournament with a 6-0 victory over the Minot Magicians in the West Region championship on Saturday evening at the VFW Sports Center. “I ...

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Minot State's Jeremy Johnson (11) steals the puck away from a Midland skater Saturday evening at Maysa Arena. The No. 1 Beavers won 4-2 on Senior Night.

Senior Night success for No. 1 Beavers

Alex Eisen/MDN Minot State's Jeremy Johnson (11) steals the puck away from a Midland skater Saturday evening at Maysa Arena. The No. 1 Beavers won 4-2 on Senior Night.

MSU women’s basketball falls in a shootout

BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Minot State University women’s basketball team got its second highest point total of the season and the most in conference play, but it wasn’t enough to overcome perfect Bemidji State’s free throw shooting. BSU hit all 27 of its free throw attempts to hold off ...

MSU men’s basketball shoots past BSU

BEMIDJI, Minn. — The Minot State University men’s basketball got everything it needed Saturday. The Beavers pulled away from Bemidji State for an 86-69 win and got the help they needed from Minnesota Crookston knocking off the University of Mary to earn the North Division’s fourth and ...

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Bishop Ryan's Jordan Will, right, grapples with Central Cass’ Cade Merrigan, right, during their 220-pound semifinal matchup at the state wrestling tournament Friday at the Fargodome.

Ticket punched

FARGO — Bishop Ryan wrestling has a chance to make school history today at the Fargodome. The Lions have never boasted three individual state champions in one season, but that could change as Kersey Harris, Konner Beeter and Jordan Will each earned state title berths in their respective ...

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Minot High's Brody Armstrong, left, tries to take down Bismarck Century's Izaiah Bitz, right, during their 126-pound semifinal matchup at the state wrestling tournament Friday at the Fargodome.

Minot High’s Armstrong has chance to capture second championship

FARGO — Minot High wrestler Brody Armstrong has never been one to lack confidence. Heading into the state wrestling tournament, the junior 126-pounder declared no one was going to stop him from winning his second straight state title. So far, he’s been right. Armstrong vaulted ...

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Velva's Justin Helseth, left, takes control of Carrington's Colton Buskness during their 195-pound semifinal matchup at the state wrestling tournament Friday at the Fargodome.

Velva’s Helseth has chance to realize dream

FARGO — The saying “the third time’s the charm” is a cliche in most circles, but Velva wrestler Justin Helseth doesn’t care. After experiencing heartbreak in the semifinals the last two seasons, Helseth made the most of his third opportunity by beating Libson’s Spencer Schwab by ...

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Rugby's Kaden Jaeger, bottom, tries to escape from Velva's Jon Thomas, top, during their 152-pound semifinal matchup at the state wrestling tournament Friday at the Fargodome.

Rugby’s Jaeger pins his way into title match

Rugby wrestler Kaden Jaeger already knew he was an underdog heading into the 152-pound bracket as a No. 6 seed. But that hasn’t stopped him from taking down the No. 3 and No. 2 wrestlers in the bracket to vault his way to today’s state title match. It might have been hard to believe ...

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Minot High's Elijah Huff, left, prepares to grapple with Bismarck's Nolan Hintz, right, during their 285-pound match in the Class A dual meet semifinals Friday at the Fargodome.

Magi, Lions take fourth in team duals

Minot High wrestling coach Justin Racine wishes his team could have placed a little higher in the Class A team duals portion of the state wrestling tournament Friday at the Fargodome. The Magicians were close to having a chance to compete for their first team dual championship in school ...

Minotauros outlast Wilderness in a shootout

CLOQUET, Minn. — After 65 minutes of scoreless action, the Minot Minotauros defeated the Minnesota Wilderness 1-0 Friday night in a shootout. Michael Talbot scored the shootout winner for the Central Division leading Minotauros. Goaltender Austin Park stopped 34 shots and four shootout ...

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Minot High junior Chandler Albertson (4) buries a 3-pointer in the first half Friday evening in a conference game against Mandan at Minot High School.

No. 2 Magi celebrate Senior Day with 73-58 win over Mandan

Senior Day for the No. 2-ranked Minot High School boys basketball team started with a scoring outburst of a healthy junior Chandler Albertson and finished with three points for senior Jack Ziegler off the bench. The Magi (19-1, 16-1 West Region) only led by a point at halftime, but outscored ...

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Minot High eighth grader MiKayla Kippen completes her floor routine Friday evening at the West Region Tournament at the Gymagic Center in Minot.

Minot gymnastics take fourth at West Regional

With the home support behind them at the Gymagic Center Friday evening for the Western Dakota Association gymnastics regional meet, the Minot High School gymnastics team placed fourth with a team score of 139.075. Bismarck High won the event with 143.150 points for its fifth West Region title ...

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Bishop Ryan's JJ Johnannsen, right, grapples with Bowman County's Mitch Stuber, left, during the 170-pound match at a Class B dual meet at the North Dakota state wrestling tournament Thursday at the Fargodome. Johnannsen won the match 9-5.

Opening statement

FARGO — Bishop Ryan wrestling coach Steve Lipp knew at the beginning of the season his team would have a chance to make the semifinals in the Class B team duals portion of the state wrestling tournament. His prognostication held true Thursday, as Ryan defeated Bowman County 45-28 in the ...