Sports Columns

EISEN: Dissecting the Class A, Region 3 football standings

Wiping away the raindrops from my glasses, I wanted to make sure I could see the conclusion to this classic. After trailing 7-0 for three quarters last Friday night against regional rivals Bishop Ryan, the Des Lacs-Burlington Lakers composed two touchdown drives in the unsavory elements to ...

On to the next chapter in my life

Over the course of the last eight years, I have been lucky enough to have had the opportunity to cover high school sports and junior college athletics in North Dakota. Over this time, I have met tons of people, developed a lot of relationships and created life-long friends. But as the old ...

JONES: Region 6 volleyball title is wide open

Believe it or not, exactly one month from today (Aug. 14), high school volleyball teams around the state will begin practice. And those teams are about six weeks away from the first matches of the season. While there is always excitement and optimism at the beginning of a new year, that ...

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Minot State's Ryan Fila (2) stiff arms University of Sioux Falls defensive back Austin Schaffer (38) during an NSIC football game last season at Herb Parker Stadium in Minot. The Beavers hope to build on their three conference victories a season ago.

Hodge: Predicting MSU men’s NSIC wins

Editor’s note: This is part two of a two-part series in breaking down and predicting what the maximum (ceiling) and minimum (floor) number of conference wins each Minot State athletic program could achieve next season. Individually scored sports and non-school sanctioned (club) sports are ...

Eisen: Predicting Minot State conference wins for the women’s programs

Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series in breaking down and predicting what the maximum (ceiling) and minimum (floor) number of conference wins each Minot State athletic program could achieve next season. Individually scored sports and non-school sanctioned (club) sports are ...

Tonight’s District 12 tourney title game is bound to be memorable

When Bishop Ryan and Our Redeemer’s Christian School take to the hardwood this evening at the Minot Municipal Auditorium in the Class B District 12 boys basketball tournament title game, an obvious question has to be asked - will it come down to a last second shot? When it comes to district ...

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Beavers' Austin Kilian celebrates with his teammates after scoring MSU's fourth goal of the game against Williston State Saturday evening in Minot.

EISEN: Streaking Beavers thrive when game is on the line

Winning 16 straight games and narrowly escaping defeat time and time again is not only an outlandish plot for a would be award-winning television series, but is currently real life for the No. 1-ranked Minot State men’s hockey team. Some can argue that they have been getting lucky, but at ...

Austin Smith keeps level head after 53 point performance

In this day and age of athletics, humility is a characteristic that is easily lost among some athletes. But for Williston Trinity Christian School senior Austin Smith, it's all about keeping a level head. Smith scored a career-high of 53 points in a 75-62 win over Burke County on Jan. ...

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Minot High junior Peyton Lamoureux (24) rises up for a 3-pointer against Bismarck High in a West Region game played Jan. 7 at Minot High School.

EISEN: Magi basketball too reliant on the three-ball?

While having the privilege to sit press row – or, better put, the fold up table stationed behind the scorer’s table and in front of the opposing supporters – at Minot High School boys basketball home games, I hear things. By now I’m immune to the heckles of the crowd disputing ...

No need for excessive lopsided scores

People who know me will tell you I have a passion for high school athletics. I live for it. And in a way, I feel like covering high school athletics is my calling in life. When I see something in high school athletics, I view as a wrong, however, it kind of gets my blood boiling. Last ...

JONES: Race for boys Region 6 title is up for grabs

At the beginning of the boys basketball season last year, you kind of had a feeling Our Redeemer’s Christian School was going to have a special season. And the Knights did. Finishing second at state is nothing to hang your head over. And two years ago, the Rugby Panthers won the ...

Region 6 girls basketball figures to be dogfight

Bishop Ryan has been the talk of Class B girls basketball in recent years. And with good reason. The Lions have won three of the last four state titles. An upset at the hands of Velva last season in the semifinals of the Region 6 tournament prevented Ryan from making a run at a fourth state ...

A salute to the Knights

There are so many words that can be said to describe the Our Redeemer’s Christian School volleyball season. For starters, congratulations are in order. While the Knights fell short of the goal they had been eyeing for a few years now – a state championship, there is nothing to be ashamed ...

My moment with the Champ

Over the course of my life, I have had a lot of experiences that have left me in awe.And those experiences have left a lasting impact on me, even if it has taken me years to realize that.One such occurrence happened when I was the ripe old age of 10 in the late 80s.For those that don't know me, ...

Opposite directions

As the Class A West Region softball regular-season concludes this week, the Minot High and Bishop Ryan teams are heading in two different directions.Minot (20-6 overall, 16-6 region) - which has won nine of its last 12 contests - continued its strong play Monday afternoon with a doubleheader ...

Liftee, Fast sign with Beavers

Minot State women's basketball announced the signing of Hunter Liftee and Alyx Fast to join the Beavers for the 2016-17 season.Liftee is a junior college transfer from Kamuela, Hawaii, who played the past two seasons at Arizona Western College, while Fast prepped at Centralia High School in ...

MELLENBRUCH: So long, Minot

I didn't even apply for this job.After graduating college in May 2013, I always knew I'd need to venture out in pursuit of my first professional gig, but I never expected to leave my beloved home state of Minnesota for the better part of three years.The Devils Lake Journal gave me my start. The ...

MELLENBRUCH: Get out the vote for Maysa Arena

What are you doing right now? Yes, this very moment.Sitting at your desk at work? Waking up at home with a morning cup of coffee?Wherever you are, make sure you do one thing today.Vote.But not for a person or law. Vote for a building. Your building.Vote for Maysa Arena."This is a great little ...