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Now they count

This is what the early part of the season is for. The Bishop Ryan boys basketball team began the year with expectations higher than ever. After falling short of the Class B state title the past two seasons in heartbreaking fashion, the Lions returned this time around as the top-ranked team in ...

Top 10 SPORTS Stories of 2018

Editor's note: The following is a compilation of the top Minot area sports stories of 2018 as voted on by the newspaper's sports staff. But first, some honorable mentions in no particular order. The Minot State women's soccer team reaches the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in program ...

Clear eyes, full hearts

Kyle Beisch wasn’t in the building, but his agony was still present on the Minot State sideline. While the junior guard was back home mourning the loss his mother, the Beavers — playing with heavy hearts for their teammate — picked up their first conference win of the season. The ...

MSU women hang around, fall short against rival U-Mary

The deficit maxed out at 17 points in the middle of the third quarter. At that point, the Minot State women’s basketball team could have easily thrown in the towel. But, the Beavers continued to claw and scratch. Looking to avoid getting swept in the season series with its rival, the ...

Lion Tamers

Frustration. That’s the best way to describe the look on the Bishop Ryan players Saturday night. The No. 6-ranked Lions (4-2) found themselves in quicksand against the No. 1-ranked Thompson Tommies (7-0) at the Minot State Dome in front of an unofficial home crowd that largely consisted of ...

Minot High swimming and diving makes a splash at Mandan Pentathlon

MANDAN — Caught between the holidays, the Minot High School swimming and diving Magicians travelled to Mandan Saturday for the Mandan Pentathlon. The meet, which differs from a normal meet, is set up that every swimmer swims 100-yards of each stroke and a 50 freestyle for a combined time. It ...

Minotauros regain third in the Central Division, hold off Bobcats

After dropping to fourth place in the Central Division standings following a 5-4 loss to the Bismarck Bobcats on Friday, the Minot Minotauros wasted no time in retaliating to get the spot back. The Minotauros (18-12-1) avenged Friday’s road defeat with a 4-2 victory over the Bobcats ...

Majettes hockey paces themselves in a blowout win over Williston

Stamina control and recouping energy were more of a challenge than scoring goals in the first period for the Minot High School girls hockey team. The Majettes, playing with 10 skaters and goaltender Amber Borkhuis in the opening period, buried three goals early on to set the tone. When ...

Beulah defeats St. John, Brandt gets 400th win

Full-court presses, double teams and a tweaked left ankle couldn’t stop Chad Morsette Jr. The Beulah senior showed out against a Saint John team (3-4) that had no answer on Saturday at the Dale Brown Classic, lifting the Miners to a 50-31 victory with a 19-point performance. “I thought ...

Hoopster Classic breakdown

Clock winding down in the third game of the Hoopster Classic at the Minot State Dome, Rolla senior guard Weston Martell flipped up a shot at the rim in desperation. It dropped with a kiss off the glass. The buzzer-beating runner in the lane completed a 14-point second half comeback for the ...

Braving the storm

The first period went to Mandan. Everything else was all Minot High. The Minot High School girls hockey team skated off the ice after the first period with an uphill battle to overcome. Despite salvaging the period with a late goal by junior Alyssa Aguirre, the Majettes still found themselves ...

Postponements and cancellations this weekend for winter sports

With the recent dusting of snow and difficult road conditions, numerous high school sporting activities this weekend have been postponed or canceled. As of Thursday evening, here is the current situation for local teams and events. Minot High School has postponed both varsity basketball games ...

Evolution of a role player

Setting screens, grabbing rebounds and taking charges — a battered and bruised Tessa Olson has never been afraid to put her body on the line to help the Our Redeemer’s girls basketball team come away with a win. The lone senior on the Knights’ squad this season has taken her fair share ...

Heart of a Lion

The Lions live for moments like Friday night. The Bishop Ryan boys basketball team (4-1) survived a scare on Friday against Dunseith (4-3). After the Lions led by as many as 15 points in the second half, the Dragons rallied to put themselves in a position to win in the closing moments. But ...

Nedrose GBB avenges previous loss against ORCS

Two weeks ago, the Our Redeemer’s girls basketball team beat the Nedrose Cardinals at their own invitational tournament. Nedrose (8-1) got some payback Friday evening by avenging its only loss this season with a 67-56 road win at Our Redeemer’s (3-4). “It was really nice to come back ...

Magi basketball downs Watford City, 76-52

The Minot High boys basketball ended its three-game road stretch on a high note Friday, toppling Watford City, 76-52. The Magicians earned the win thanks in part to some sound defense and a healthy dose of scoring from its upperclassmen in the second half to improve to 4-1 (4-1 WDA) on the ...

Still searching

It’s about how you start just as much as how you finish for the Bishop Ryan girls basketball team. The Lions (1-6) found themselves playing from behind all night against Stanley (5-5) at home on Thursday. Despite some late-quarter pushes and a few buzzer-beating buckets, inconsistency ...

Magi swimming and diving cruise past Mandan, 132-54

MANDAN — Taking first in almost every event on Thursday, the Minot High School boys swimming and diving program continues to flex its muscles early in the season. The Magicians defeated the Braves, 132-54, at Mandan Aquatic Center. Individually, William Walker-Rozo took first in both his ...

Beavers receive votes in collegiate baseball preseason poll

TUCSON, Ariz. — Minot State received votes in the Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division II Preseason Poll as announced on Wednesday. The Beavers, who captured the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference regular season title last season, received votes in the first poll of the season. Minot ...