Regional school sports programs successful on two levels

Countless studies and experts attest the fact that organized sports can be tremendously beneficial for young people.

Discipline, teamwork, fair play and providing structure for a student’s time are just a few of the benefits of organized athletics. There are obviously health benefits as well. Playing sports can set in motion a lifestyle that carries on through a lifetime.

Winning or losing matters less than being an active participant.

That said, most athletes would prefer to win. While providing all the benefits of organized sports, our region’s teams, individual athletes and programs are something about which to be proud.

Just to mention a few spring sports outcomes in our area, Rugby girls track and field won the state championship and three high school baseball teams performed well – Minot High (Class A, 2nd), Bishop Ryan (Class B, 7th) and Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood/Glenburn (Class B, 8th). Softball teams also put in good performances: Minot High (Class A, 6th), Des Lacs-Burlington/Lewis & Clark (Class B, 3rd), Bishop Ryan (Class B, 6th) and Velva/Drake-Anamoose (Class B, 8th).

Minot High girls soccer took 2nd at the state tournament. Minot High girls tennis took 3rd at state and most, recently, the Minot High boys golf team took 8th at state.

At the university level, Minot State baseball broke numerous Division II school records in its best season in program history.

Our region is rich in talent, including those who instill the values that come with organized sports. Young people today have a wealth of opportunities.

Congratulations are due every student athlete, their schools, coaches, volunteers, faculty and families.

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