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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 ...

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Vistas' Conor Taney (17) makes a leaping catch with Easton Bennett (18) watching on in the first game against Williston on Friday at Corbett Field.

Flair for the dramatics

Roaming back and making a catch in front of the imposing 400-foot sign in center field, Lofton Klabunde headed back to the Minot Vistas’ dugout in disbelief. Had he gone to any other part of the ballpark, Klabunde would have had a home run. “I thought it had a chance,” Klabunde said. ...

Recruiting main focus for Graupe several months into MSU tenure

New Minot State women’s basketball coach Mark Graupe didn’t mince words Wednesday when discussing the state of future MSU recruiting classes. “We’re behind,” Graupe said. The former Dickinson State coach has been trying to cover lost ground by venturing on several recruiting ...

MSU men’s basketball honored by NABC for academic excellence

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (– Minot State University men’s basketball earned the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award for the 2016-17 season, the association announced Wednesday. The award is in its fifth season, created by the NABC Committee on ...

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University of Mary forwards Gabbie Bohl shoots over two Winona State defenders in a 2017 NSIC first round tournament game. Photo courtesy of Mo Schroeder, University of Mary Athletics.

Minot to Marauders

While former North Dakota Miss Basketball finalists Gabbie Bohl (2015) and Cassie Askvig (2016) shared the Magic City when they were in high school, they never shared the same court. The Minot natives finally put the two together in Bismarck. Bohl, out of Bishop Ryan, and Minot High product ...

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Metros Jacob Widdel (17) holds on a Velva runner Monday in the first game of a doubleheader at Corbett Field.  The Metros won game one 11-5 and game two 20-2.

Metros sweep Velva

Alex Eisen/MDN Metros Jacob Widdel (17) holds on a Velva runner Monday in the first game of a doubleheader at Corbett Field. The Metros won game one 11-5 and game two 20-2.

EISEN: One year later at the MDN

Hard to believe, but 365 days ago I started my tenure at the Minot Daily News. Out of all the sports reporting jobs I applied for out of college, I’ll admit North Dakota wasn’t a state on my wish list. Yet, when I was offered the job, I put my preconceived notions aside and decided to go ...

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Heat 8 of the IMCA Modifieds in the Dakota Classic Modified Tour exit turn four Sunday evening at Nodak Speedway.

Round 2: Dakota Classic Mod Tour

The 28th annual Dakota Classic Modified Tour (DCMT) took over Nodak Speedway on Sunday with 90 IMCA Modifieds and 42 IMCA Stock Cars vying for results on the dirt track oval in Minot. Due to the large number of registered cars, the second night of six consecutive days of racing on the tour ...

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Tristan Tidwell, 10, from Stanley stands next to his junior dragster on Saturday at the Magic City International Dragway.

In his father’s footsteps

Launching his black with green lettering No. 199 junior dragster down the tarmac at 61 mph, 10-year old Tristan Tidwell is the youngest in his family to experience the acceleration adrenaline rush at the Magic City International Dragway (MCID). Straight line drag racing has been a tradition ...

Burlington legion team hoping for state run

With two games remaining in region play, the Burlington Legion baseball team has its eyes set on the No. 1 seed for the region tournament. Burlington is in the driver’s seat for the region’s top seed with a 8-2 region record (9-7 overall) and can lock it up by besting Stanley and Tioga ...

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After getting a toss from first baseman Lofton Klabunde, Vistas pitcher Eli Stewart (11) completes the out against the Jamestown runner on Friday in an American Legion baseball game at Corbett Field.

Balanced contributions

The early season grace period of playing with unfamiliar teammates is over in North Dakota Legion baseball and the Minot Vistas have undeniably found their groove. With production coming from every spot in the lineup and on the mound, the Vistas (17-8, 9-5 N.D. Legion) extended their winning ...

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Drivers and their crew prepare in the pits for racing at Nodak Speedway on July 4.

Life in the pits

Vibrant splashes of colors on the cars shined in the sun before a special night of racing on July 4 at Nodak Speedway. It was the final night of the Tougher than Dirt Tour. A grueling slate of five races in five days for the IMCA Sport Mods and IMCA Hobby Stocks. Exhausted faces were ...

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Robby Rosselli (0) leads a pack of IMCA Sport Mods in his heat race Tuesday evening at Nodak Speedway.

Racing on the Fourth

There were fireworks on and off the track at Nodak Speedway on Tuesday. On a scorching Fourth of July evening, Minot’s Robby Rosselli (IMCA Sport Mods) and Tyler Lucy (IMCA Hobby Stocks) were crowned winners in the Tougher than Dirt Tour. The features on the night were won by Minot’s ...

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Minot's Lofton Klabunde connects with a pitch during a Legion baseball game Sunday at Corbett Field in Minot.

Home cooking

Corbett Field has been a safe haven for the Minot Vistas this season. After thrashing Pierre Post 8, S.D., 9-1 Sunday in the Heilman’s Performance Invitational championship, the Vistas improved their record at Corbett Field to 10-1 this season. In their three-day home tournament, Minot was ...

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Cody Nelson (10N) from Kenmare beats out Eric Harpole, Bismarck, in the first IMCA Stock Cars heat race on Sunday at Nodak Speedway.

Tougher than Dirt Tour highlights racing at Nodak

The Tougher than Dirt Tour brought out the best in the IMCA Sport Mods and IMCA Hobby Stocks Sunday night at Nodak Speedway. Each class ran four heat races and two ‘B’ features to determine the starters for their respective main features. Taming the dirt at the end of the night were ...

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Glenburn’s Trent Marquart drives to the basket in a game against Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood during a game earlier in his high school career.

Making a name for himself

No matter the sport, Glenburn soon-to-be senior Trent Marquart has made a name for himself. Throughout the course of his high school career, the four-sport athlete has found success in football, basketball, track and field and golf. And as Marquart prepares to enter his final year of high ...

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Minot Vistas’ Lofton Klabunde (7) rounds third base and heads home in a semifinal contest against Inside Pitch Saturday evening at Corbett Field in Minot.

Vistas reach championship in home tourney

Leading Inside Pitch 6-4 in the top of the seventh inning, the Minot Vistas were one out away from punching their ticket to the title match. Cade South, however, had other ideas, as he lifted a three-run home run to deep left field. “That kid got all of it,” Vistas coach Pat Arntson said. ...