Sports Columns

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 ...

JONES: Craziness continues in Region 3 football

This year's Class A Region 3 football season has been one of the most entertaining spectacles I've ever been witnessed in all my years as a sports writer, a run that stretches more than a decade and covers two states.And in the thick of postseason play, we still aren't done talking about these ...

DENEGA: Minot High captures 1st West Region title since 2007

No. 1 Minot High completed the first of its two season-long goals Wednesday night at Duane Carlson Stadium.The Magicians took care of Goal 1 in their regular season finale, topping No. 5-ranked Dickinson with an authoritative 24-0 win to secure their first West Region title since 2007."It's ...

JONES: Entertaining Region 3 will be fun to watch in postseason

The 2015 Class A Region 3 football season is far and away the best football I've covered in a long, long time.While not all games throughout the regular season were the most competitive contests, each week provided a new twist and turn to the region standings.And when all the dust had settled, ...

DENEGA: Magi need not worry about first defeat

No. 1 Minot High suffered its first setback of the 2015 season on Friday night, a 27-7 loss to No. 2 Bismarck at the Community Bowl.But the sky is not falling.The Magicians have nothing to be ashamed of. They lost to the No. 2, which had its back up against a wall with one West Region loss in ...

DENEGA: Minot-Bismarck winner will be the winner on Nov. 13

One versus two.They're always coveted, must-see matchups.And this week is no exception.This Friday at 7:30 p.m., the best two teams in the Class AAA football - No. 1 Minot High and No. 2 Bismarck - will battle for position in the West Region standings.And the winner will not only have a leg up ...

MELLENBRUCH: Rebelo’s return can lead MSU to unprecedented success

The first time I met Minot State soccer player Emilie Rebelo, I made an embarrassing mistake.Just over four months after arriving in Minot, I strolled into Planet Pizza - during the team's preseason party last August - to meet with MSU players and coaches to gather quotes for a season preview, ...

DENEGA: Still work to do for Magicians after West Fargo win

Minot High's football team opened its season with a 20-12 win over West Fargo on Friday night.The win was nice, but Minot coach Barry Holmen was quick to point out the work still left to be done.Here are my three observations:-Powerful combo-Seniors Matt Marler and Austin Nagel combined for 153 ...

HOLMGREN: Hannah Stewart should have played in Lions All-Star Game

If you're following the North Dakota Lions All-Star game series this week, which features the top boys and girls basketball talent from the class of 2015, you're probably asking yourself this question: Where in the world is Bishop Ryan's Hannah Stewart?That's a great question, and it's one in ...

HOLMGREN: Thanks for the Magic City memories

This is not my final article at The Minot Daily News. That'll be my column in Tuesday's paper on our all-area girls basketball team.However, Saturday was my last day as sports editor.As of today, my time in Minot has come to an end. A bittersweet end.Now you can take your praise and/or ...