Sports Columns

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 ...

DENEGA: Nova gave the college basketball season a fitting end

The 2015-2016 college basketball season was wild, fantastic and unpredictable.Right to the glorious end.Villanova and North Carolina gave the men's college basketball season the ending it so appropriately deserved.The No. 2-seeded Wildcats claimed the national title after junior forward Kris ...

DENEGA: Minot High traded its target for another banner

Minot High's boys basketball team carried a large target placed on its back prior to the start of the 2015-2016 season.After winning the state championship in 2015 - the Magicians' first since 1999 - everyone was gunning to dethrone Minot.And while the Magicians hit a couple speed bumps - two ...

MELLENBRUCH: Winczewski already one of North Dakota’s all-time greats

There aren't many coaches in the history of North Dakota high school basketball that have laid claim to four state titles.Even fewer to have won two championships for two different schools.On Saturday, Minot High boys basketball coach Dean Winczewski secured his place in both companies.The ...

DENEGA: Minot State star Tyler Rudolph was snubbed by NSIC

Minot State sophomore forward Tyler Rudolph just capped a breakout season for the Beavers.And for his efforts he was named to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference's second-team all conference, a distinction normally welcomed for a blossoming Division II star.But in Rudolph's case, it was ...

JONES: Patience paying off for Ryan GBB

At the beginning of the season, Bishop Ryan girls basketball coach Julie Stewart stressed the importance of being patient with this year's squad.With the departures of the Hannah Stewart, Madison Wald and Gabbie Bohl, the Lions entered their 2015-16 season seemingly void of veteran experience ...

The Magi are still a deserving No. 2

Ahead of Monday's West Region boys basketball showdown between No. 1 Century and No. 2 Minot High, I knew the atmosphere at Magic City Campus would be one to remember.I didn't even need to walk into the building to get my first taste of it.After pulling into the parking lot around 7 p.m. - ...

MELLENBRUCH: Don’t blame Walsh, even though you want to

In 2009, when the Minnesota Vikings lost the NFC Championship game in heartbreaking fashion, I blamed Favre.Yes, the man who brought us there.Yes, the man who led the Vikings to 12 regular-season wins and the NFC North title.Yes, the man who threw up a middle finger to the team I hate most - ...

MELLENBRUCH: Beavers are clearly the team to beat

Last October, Minot State's men's hockey team traveled south with a 6-2 record, winner of four consecutive contests ahead of a four-game stretch against Oklahoma and Central Oklahoma. The Bronchos - the eventual national champion - and Sooners were both nationally ranked at the time, as were ...

JONES: Knights are the clear favorite for Class B title

I will readily admit that I have never played a single game of competitive volleyball in my life, but over the years, I've watched enough matches to know what I'm talking about.As the Our Redeemer's Christian School Knights head into the 2015 Class B state tournament - which begins today at the ...