Flight 701 girls basketball team wins End of Summer Shootout

The Flight 701 (15U) girls basketball team concluded a very successful summer by winning the Noah’s Ark End of Summer Shootout in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin.

The tournament was held July 26 through July 28 and teams from eight Midwest states participated.

Coached by Brad Kroupa from White Shield and Kent Kroupa from Phoenix, Arizona, Flight 701 finished with a 5-0 record and held their opponents to only 70 total points.

The team was comprised of student-athletes from various cities in the northwest and north-central North Dakota, including Minot, Garrison, New Town, Trenton and Belcourt.

Earlier in the summer, Flight 701 15U and 17U girls teams participated in and took second place in the West Coast National Championship in Las Vegas, Nevada (July 11-14). Both sides represented North Dakota by finishing second in their divisions. There was competition from all 50 states, as well as international teams.

Flight 701, based out of Garrison and established in 2016, was created to foster the positive development of youth through basketball. Flight 701 offers skill and player development training for individuals, small groups and teams. Flight 701 also provides opportunities for competitive basketball with summer travel teams.

Minot native Brent Brekke to lead Division I St. Lawrence hockey

After being an assistant coach for two decades, Minot native Brent Brekke will finally get his opportunity as the man in charge behind the bench this upcoming season.

Brekke was named the head coach for the St. Lawrence University men’s hockey program in May with the new season starting in October. The Saints are a part of the NCAA Division I Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC).

The former Quebec Nordiques’ 1991 ninth-round draft pick out of Western Michigan University ventured into coaching during the 1997-98 season with the now-defunct Chicago Freeze (NAHL). He then had long tenures as an assistant/associate coach at the Division I level with Cornell University (1999-2008) and Ohio’s Miami University (2008-2018).

Brekke spent the 2018-19 season with Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York (NCAA Division I), before moving 20 minutes down the road to join St. Lawrence in Canton, New York.

St. Lawrence has a rich history with nine Frozen Four appearances but haven’t reached the NCAA Tournament in 12 years. Last season, the Saints posted a 6-29-2 overall record.

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