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Minot High junior Damyn Boyce chips the ball around a tree on hole No. 9 in the Class A boys state golf tournament on Monday in Grand Forks.

Trees and a hard place

GRAND FORKS — After slicing his opening tee shot into the rough, junior Kessler Heilman found himself surrounded by trees and wanting to reach the safety of the fairway. “I hit my drive right off the fairway, off a terrible bounce and I was behind trees, so I was just going to punch ...

Various race cars fight for position during the Nodak Speedway races on Sunday in Minot.

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Going for gold

A month into the racing season at Nodak Speedway, some racers are starting to create separation in the points standings of their respective race classes. On Sunday in the B Modifieds, Minot’s Jeff Hooker emerged victorious after starting in the fourth spot. It was his third podium finish ...

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Eighth grader Brooklyn Benno (17) throws a pitch with her Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark teammates watching on from the dugout in the third-place game at the Class B state softball tournament in Jamestown.

Placing on the podium

JAMESTOWN — After losing for the first time all season in the Class B state softball semifinals on Friday, the Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark Lakers didn’t hang their heads for long. The resilient bunch unloaded a lopsided seven-run, second inning and held on late to upend Watford ...

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Bishop Ryan catcher Joey Zeece (right) gets the force out at home plate ahead of Shiloh Christian's Canaan Fagerland (9) in a Class B state baseball tournament fifth-place game on Saturday at Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown.

Ryan baseball outslugs Shiloh Christian 13-12 for fifth place

JAMESTOWN — In the first two games of the Class B state baseball tournament, No. 5-ranked Bishop Ryan scored eight runs. In the fifth-place game on Saturday against Shiloh Christian, they got the bats going to a tune of 13 runs on 17 hits. That was just enough to hold off the Skyhawks, ...

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MLSGKB shortstop Talon Thompson fields a ground ball on Saturday in the seventh-place game at the Class B state baseball tournament at Jack Brown Stadium.

MLSGKB capitalizes on Rugby errors for seventh place

JAMESTOWN — Having both lost its first two games of the Class B state baseball tournament, there was a common feeling of disappointment and thoughts of what could have been between Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood/Glenburn/ Kenmare/Bowbells and Rugby in the seventh-place game on Saturday. But, ...

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Minot Ryan senior Emma Garber delivers a pitch against Dickinson High on Saturday in the Class A state softball tournament.

Dickinson pulls away from Ryan in third-place game

MANDAN — Emma Garber and Abby Jones were both in a groove in the circle. But it was Jones’ lineup that broke through first. Through the top of the fourth inning Saturday in the Class A softball state tournament third place game, Dickinson High’s Jones had allowed two unearned runs and ...

Big sixth inning lifts Majettes softball to fifth-place finish

MANDAN — Entering the sixth inning of the Class A softball state tournament fifth-place game, Minot High was engaged in a tight contest with Valley City. After holding Valley City scoreless in the top half of the inning, the Majettes entered the bottom frame hoping to extend their slim 3-2 ...

West Fargo wins Class A state baseball title

MANDAN — The West Fargo baseball believed they could win a state championship. But never did the Packers imagine they would win the way they did. West Fargo totaled seven hits and drove in 10 runs and Dickinson never came close as the East Region No. 1-seeded Packers defeated the West ...

Packers earn 20th consecutive state softball championship

MANDAN, N.D. -- Pat Johnson’s hat is too worn out at this point for him to wear it during practices so he saves it for games. The hat is faded in several spots and the sewn-in lettering is gone, replaced by another worn out spot where “WF” used to be. The West Fargo head softball coach ...

Klinnert pitches gem, leads Kindred-Richland to Class B state softball title

JAMESTOWN — Theresa Klinnert's arm was a little sore after Saturday's North Dakota Class B state softball tournament championship game. The pain was worth it, though. Kindred-Richland's ace pitcher fired her third straight complete-game shutout of the tournament as the Vikings edged ...

Davies shuts out Shanley for championship

FARGO—For the second time in four years the Fargo Davies girls soccer team is at the top of the state. The Eagles topped Fargo Shanley 1-0 on Saturday, June 3, for the North Dakota state championship at Sid Cichy Stadium. "The improvement that they made from the beginning of the year to now ...

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Bishop Ryan's Mason Hedberg (5) tags out Rugby's Landon Foster (34) at second base with Eli Stewart watching on in a Class B state baseball contest on Friday at Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown.

Ryan baseball recovers from early stumble to surpass Rugby

JAMESTOWN - Understandably, both teams would have rather been playing in the Class B state baseball semifinals against each other. But, instead, No. 5-ranked Bishop Ryan and unranked Rugby played for pride on Friday in the consolation side of the bracket at Jack Brown Stadium in ...

Egge still alive in state tennis consolation bracket

GRAND FORKS - Minot High singles player Raquel Egge will have a shot at a fifth-place championship when play resumes today at the state tennis tournament in Grand Forks. In Day 1 of the individual bracket Friday, Egge went 2-1. First, she bested Shanley’s Dina Rabadi 6-4, 6-2, but then ...

Hankey’s homer sparks Class B baseball win over Kindred-Richland

JAMESTOWN, N.D.—Jackson Hankey has big-time football in his future. But before that, he's got some unfinished business on the diamond. Hankey's long three-run home run sparked Park River-Fordville-Lankin's 9-3 win over Kindred-Richland in semifinal action of the Class B state baseball ...

Packers top Sheyenne; advance to title game

MANDAN — Andy Gravdahl knew what was coming. The West Fargo junior's friend, Luke Wasem, was at the mound for West Fargo Sheyenne. The night before, Gravdahl had been trying to get out of Wasem who was pitching, but Wasem wouldn't budge. When Wasem took the mound in relief, Gravdahl knew he ...

Ryan loses heartbreaking semifinal matchup

MANDAN — Things were looking mighty gloomy for the Bismarck Demons in their semifinal game with Minot Ryan. They were down 6-0 after five innings and held without a hit by Minot Ryan pitcher Emma Garber. Then suddenly, the tide turned. The Demons plated five runs in the bottom of the ...

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Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark senior Erica Moen (12) grounds out to first base, but brings in an RBI in a Class B state semifinal game against Central Cass. The Lakers lost 9-3.

Ship finally sinks

JAMESTOWN - A lightning delay and a little rain held off the start of the Class B state softball semifinals match between Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark and Central Cass on Friday at Lyle “Trapper” Lawrence Field. It turned out to be a warning sign of rough waters ahead for the ...

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Three Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark players celebrate, as Patriots' Dallas Jorgensen walks by, after the winning run was scored for the Lakers in a 6-5 victory over May-Port-C-G in the first round of the Class B softball state tournament in Jamestown.

Never say never

JAMESTOWN — Down three runs with three outs remaining; no problem. The Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark softball team just doesn’t know how to lose. The undefeated Lakers (20-0) used an improbable four-run seventh inning to stun May-Port-C-G in the first round of the Class B state ...

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Bishop Ryan senior Joey Zeece gets hit by a pitch in the sixth inning of a first round Class B state baseball tournament contest against Carrington on Thursday at Jack Brown Stadium in Jamestown.

Somber first-round defeat for Ryan baseball at state

JAMESTOWN - No. 5-ranked Bishop Ryan had a forgettable opening day at the Class B state baseball tournament in Jamestown. In the words of head coach Fred Nelson, “We are a better team than that and we know that. That’s the disappointment. We are better than that and now people here ...