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Bishop Ryan's Sealy Rovig (12) looks for the pass around Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood's Leah Feland (21) Friday at Bishop Ryan. The Lions defeated the Mavericks 54-37.

Early run leads Lions to 54-37 win over Mavericks

What started as a tie game quickly turned south for the Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood Mavericks. The Bishop Ryan Lions dominated their home court Friday to earn a win against the Mavericks, 54-37. “We were tied up at five, and then (Bishop Ryan) went on a 14-0 run that we couldn’t come back ...

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Minot State's Brandon Green (3) guards St. Cloud State guard Gage Davis (20) during a men's college basketball game Saturday at the MSU Dome in Minot. 

A defensive mindset

He doesn’t always stand out in the box score. But opposing Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s basketball coaches are certainly including Minot State senior guard Brandon Green in their game plans. When the 2016-2017 season ended, MSU coach Matt Murken told his returning ...

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Bishop Ryan's Eden Kramer (left) and Grace Candrian (right) fight for a loose ball with Our Redeemer's Karolynn Winger (middle) in a District 12 girls basketball game played Tuesday at Bishop Ryan.

Bruising rivalry affair

The referees let them play Tuesday evening and allowed two intercity rivals to go right at each other. In the first District 12 match of the season for both girls basketball teams, Bishop Ryan (3-5) pushed past Our Redeemer’s (3-4) for a dominating 63-32 victory on its home floor. Both ...

Magi hold on for 73-66 win over Jamestown

JAMESTOWN — A much improved Jamestown team (3-5, 1-4 WDA) pushed the No. 5-ranked Minot High School boys basketball team (6-1, 4-1 WDA) to the limit Tuesday evening in Jamestown. The Magicians had to overcome a tight second half to edge out a 73-66 victory. “We had to battle,” MHS coach ...

EISEN: New Year resolutions for the local sports scene

It’s that time of year when people try to reinvent themselves with goals to do better in this new year. While I have never managed to stick to any of my own New Year resolutions for more than a month or so and have since stopped making them, I still had this urge to offer some friendly ...

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Minot State's Luis Ricci Maia (11) puts up a layup during a men's college basketball game Saturday at the MSU Dome.

MSU men make late surge, improve to 12-1

Sometimes, stories just write themselves. The Minot State men’s basketball team fell into a large deficit early, was beaten on the boards, went 4-of-12 on free throws and trailed for more than 37 straight minutes in Saturday’s game against St. Cloud State at the MSU Dome. Yet, the ...

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Bishop Ryan junior Ben Bohl (3) goes up for a reverse layup Saturday evening in a game against Thompson at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.

No. 2 Ryan rallies late for a dramatic OT win over No. 3 Thompson

Two of the Top 3 Class B boys basketball teams collided Saturday evening at the Our Redeemer’s Christian School invitational held at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. The prominent early season showdown didn’t disappoint. No. 2-ranked Bishop Ryan (5-0) overcame a 10-point third quarter ...

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Minot State's Holly Johnson (23) shoots a floater during a women's college basketball game Saturday at the MSU Dome.

MSU WBB erases 11-point fourth quarter deficit, snaps losing streak

Staring at a large deficit in the fourth quarter, a familiar feeling crept in for the Minot State women’s basketball team. The Beavers were on the verge of dropping their sixth straight game by double digits, this time after an 11-day layoff. But MSU refused to let itself continue to be ...

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St. John senior Kyler McGillis (35) converts on a fast break layup against Hazen in a boys basketball game held Saturday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. St. John won 80-67.

No. 4 St. John soars past Hazen

Al Christianson/Photo special to the MDN St. John senior Kyler McGillis (35) converts on a fast break layup against Hazen in a boys basketball game held Saturday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. St. John won 80-67.

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Our Redeemer's senior Noah Abel (3) makes the game-winning shot over Beulah's Derek Ferebee (12) in a Class B boys basketball game played Saturday evening at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. The Knights won 61-60.

Abel’s game-winning shot at buzzer lifts ORCS

The crowd erupted as Beulah inbounded the ball with with 15 seconds left. The scoreboard read 59-58 favoring Our Redeemer’s. Beulah’s Jacob Weigel worked his way to the basket and converted what the Beulah crowd thought could only be the go-ahead shot. Noah Abel and the Our Redeemer’s ...

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Majettes sophomore Becca Tschetter (right) shields the ball away from a Williston defender Friday in a West Region game at Minot High School. The Majettes won 64-51.

‘Refuse to lose’

It’s been a rather brutal and unforgiving calendar year for the Minot High School girls basketball team. Coming into Friday’s West Region conference game against Williston, Minot had only won two games in 2017 — a WDA Tournament play-in game against Turtle Mountain Community High School ...

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Our Redeemer's Leyton Lang takes a shot Friday in a game against Watford City at the Minot Municipal Auditorium.

ORCS Knights conquer Watford City 71-51

Our Redeemer’s and Watford City came out swinging during the first quarter Friday as a part of the Hoopsters Classic at Minot Municipal Auditorium. Ultimately, the game got away from the Wolves and the Knights were victorious, 71-51. Though they won, Our Redeemer’s head coach Mark ...

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Minot State's Russ Davis (20) drives to the lane during a men's college basketball game earlier this season.

MSU MBB ready for showdown with SCSU, Gage Davis

Two of the biggest early season storylines in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s basketball season will align tonight. The first is of course, the unprecedented success of Minot State, the biggest surprise of the season after starting 11-1 despite a 14-15 finish last year. ...

Magi wrestling nabs Top 10 at Rumble on the Red

FARGO — Eighty-five varsity teams and hundreds of wresters invaded the Fargodome for the prestigious Rumble on the Red tournament over the last two days. Amidst the tough competition, Minot High School took 10th as a team with 104.5 points and finished as the best North Dakota school in the ...

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Minot High sophomore Jaxon Gunville (right) guards Williston's Brady Aberle (5) on the perimeter in a West Region game played Thursday evening at Minot High School.

Defense digs in

The No. 5-ranked Minot High School boys basketball team was unusually held in check for a majority of the first half Thursday evening against Williston. Unable to get its lethal offense going at times, the Magicians (5-1, 3-1 WDA) turned to its stingy defense to lockdown the Coyotes (1-4, 1-3 ...

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Stanley's Abby Iverson (23) drives past Our Redeemer's guard Karlee Zablotney at a girls high school basketball game Thursday in Minot.

Blue Jays soar over Knights

A fast start by the Stanley girls basketball team was all it needed to take down Our Redeemer’s in the final matchup of the ORCS Invite Thursday at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. The Blue Jays defeated the Knights 65-46. Stanley couldn’t do anything wrong from the getgo, starting the ...

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Des Lacs-Burlington junior Kyley Lauf goes up with the ball Thursday in a game against Watford City. Lauf led the team in scoring with a total of 25 points in the Lakers' 56-43 win over the Wolves.

Lakers wash out Wolves 56-43

The Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers ended the calendar year with a win, while the Watford City Wolves have some lessons to learn going into the new year. The Lakers defeated the Wolves 56-43 Thursday night at the Our Redeemer’s Girls Basketball Invitational at the Minot Municipal Auditorium. The ...

Tauros captain Adams commits to Bemidji State

Minot Minotauros captain Alex Adams announced on Sunday that he has committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Bemidji State University. Adams is the third Minotauro to commit this month to a NCAA DI program, joining Colby Enns (University of Nebraska-Omaha) and Grant Loven (Northern Michigan ...