Sports Columns

HOLMGREN: By keeping things simple, Bishop Ryan came close to perfection

As the final seconds ticked off the clock at the Minot State Dome on Saturday night, Bishop Ryan solidified its place in history as one of the all-time greatest dynasties - if not the greatest - in North Dakota Class B girls basketball.The Lions' recent four-year run was unprecedented, and ...

DENEGA: Against all odds, Jays advance to Region 8 tourney

One week after an unspeakably tragedy, the Ray boys basketball team had something it could hang its hat on.Monday night in Stanley, in a gym packed to the rafters full of neon green-clad fans, the Jays defeated Powers Lake to advance to the Region 8 tournament."I'm real happy for our kids and ...

HOLMGREN: Hagler’s dominance lifted Bearcats to championship

On Nov. 12, 2013, North Star's Sarah Hagler went off for a staggering 43 kills and 33 digs in a heartbreaking five-set loss to Lakota-Edmore in the Region 4 tournament semifinals.When the fax with that box score came in, former Minot Daily News sports writer Mike Kraft and I stared at each ...

HOLMGREN: Minot mourns loss of Randy Nelson, ‘a gentle giant’

I never had the pleasure of meeting Randy Nelson.In many ways, that makes this column easier to write.For his family, friends and everyone he touched along the way, finding the words to describe him is a task as tall as the 6-foot-2 man himself. He meant so much to so many people, from Minot to ...

HOLMGREN: Minot High showed resolve during playoff run

GRAND FORKS - Think back to the months leading up to the 2011 football season.Half of Barry Holmen's coaching staff was flooded out. A quarter of his players faced the same reality.On Friday, the Magicians played for the Class AAA state championship, ending a revitalizing playoff run.They fell ...

HOLMGREN: Time for another Magi title

In Moorhead, Minn., Howard Theige is keeping tabs on the Minot High football team's thrilling playoff run.He wants the Magicians to end their 34-year state title drought as much as anybody.Theige, 78, knows exactly what it feels like to end a dry spell like that.From 1967-83, Theige coached ...

MELLENBRUCH: High expectations a risk for Week 8 waiver pickups

Week 7 produced arguably the most plentiful selection of waiver wire pickups of the season, especially at running back.And I'm not particulary high on any of them.If you had to go with one this weekend, St. Louis running back Tre Mason provides the best long-term solution. For a St. Louis ...

HOLMGREN: Beavers shouldn’t take Minnesota Crookston lightly

Only eight of 167 Division II football teams remain winless.Two of the eight square off on Saturday.Minot State, riding a 10-game losing streak, hosts Minnesota Crookston, saddled by an 11-game skid.On the road this season, the Beavers have been, at times, hard to watch.But at home, they've ...

MELLENBRUCH: Week 7 fantasy favorites

RB DeMarco Murray, Dallas-You think Adrian Peterson was good in 2012? This guy is on pace to do something even more special. Already with 785 rushing yards on 159 carries - league-leading totals in both categories by a distance - Murray has been arguably the NFL's best player through six weeks, ...

MELLENBRUCH: Week 5 fantasy favorites

I originally wrote a fantasy-football column for last week's games.Thankfully, it didn't run in the paper. My top two sleeper picks were Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins and San Diego running back Donald Brown, both of which produced sub-projection point totals. Not my best judgments ...

HOLMGREN: Despite 0-4 mark, MSU shows signs of improvement

Of 167 Division II football teams, only 21 are winless.Minot State is one of those struggling programs. But I'm telling you to remain positive for two reasons:1. Because the Beavers are making as much progress as any team in the country. Probably the most.2. Because MSU has opened with as tough ...

Area Scoreboard 9-24

College VolleyballDivision IIMinnesota State-Moorhead 3, Minot State 0MSM 28 25 25MSU 26 14 21MSM: Kills, Maggie Gruber 12, Morgan Gradishar 10; Assists, Casie Baer 25; Aces, Sydney Foss 2; Blocks, Kaitlyn VanWinkle 2; Digs, Amber Kremske 15.MSU: Kills, Mallory Sall 17, Jen Dixon ...

HOLMGREN: Bishop Ryan vs. Shanley is good for N.D. girls basketball

Shortly after Bishop Ryan's girls basketball team won its second straight Class B title - tying a state record in the process with 57 consecutive wins - I wrote a column arguing that it's time for a Class A team to finally schedule the Lions.On Tuesday, my wish was granted.Ryan Advancement ...

HOLMGREN: Prep football fans to decide Pigskin Player of the Week

If Fridays alone don't provide enough competition for area prep football fans, I've got some good news.Beginning today, The Minot Daily News is rolling out a new feature: our Pigskin Player of the Week.Each Monday, we'll announce our three finalists for the award. Now's here's where you, the ...

HOLMGREN: Stewart repeats as area player of the year

Selecting all-area teams is never easy. That's why I owe a hearty thank you to Bishop Ryan junior forward Hannah Stewart for immensely easing what normally would be my toughest decision. She made choosing the area's top player a cinch.Stewart, the cornerstone of the Lions' historic (and still ...

KRAFT: DL-B’s Holte, Rugby’s Santjer highlight 2014 all-area team

What a wild, crazy and unpredictable boys basketball season it turned out to be.We witnessed the Rugby Panthers fall a game short of running the table. We saw North Star punch its ticket to the state tournament with a buzzer-beater to beat Four Winds-Minnewaukan in double-overtime in the Region ...

HOLMGREN: Hoffner could return to Mankato, but should he?

If you were fired from a job and legally proved the dismissal was wrongful, would you even want to return to that workplace?Minot State football coach Todd Hoffner is facing that dilemma at this very moment.On Wednesday, an arbitrator ruled that Hoffner had been wrongfully fired by Minnesota ...

HOLMGREN: It’s time for a Class A school to play Bishop Ryan

A week ago, the unthinkable nearly happened.The Bishop Ryan girls basketball team's second straight perfect season just about withered away. Class B's unanimous No. 1-ranked team appeared vulnerable for the first time all year.Instead, I had a front-row seat to history.Trailing No. 3 Shiloh ...

ALLAR: Hoffner highlights list of intriguing applicants

For Minot State University fans already versed in prominent Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference figures, Todd Hoffner should ring a bell. Hoffner's name sticks out among the rest of the 93 coaches who had applied for the MSU head coaching vacancy as of Tuesday afternoon.Hoffner went 34-13 ...

HOLMGREN: Larson, Kramer share top all-area honor

In between bites of chicken, the two young men most responsible for putting Minot back on the prep football map lauded each other with high praise for their accomplishments.If you'd let them, they'd camp out at Buffalo Wings & Rings all day, reminiscing memorable hits and clutch plays. ...