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Alex’s Tale of the Tape #881, Date: Jan. 12, 2018

The Minot High School boys hockey team scores four goals in the second period to take care of the Jamestown Blue Jays, 5-1, at Maysa Arena in Minot.

Out of the five goals, three of them came from the “dirty areas,” MHS co-head coach Jason Bennett said. Smashing in rebounds and getting redirects in the front of the net were paramount.

Look no further than Minot’s second goal on a shot from the blue line by defenseman Zachary Pedersen. With bodies in front, Pedersen fluttered a shot toward the goal. What should have been an easy save, somehow found the back of the net.

“It was like a pitching wedge,” Bennett said. “It was about a 30-yard chip shot and he put it up and over (Matthew) Schneider’s shoulder and gave us some momentum.”

Other Minot goals came from Ian Abrahamson, Samuel Opozda, Logan Braaten and Hunter Cope.

Alex’s Tale of the Tape #410, Date: Apr. 8, 2017

The Minot High School softball team sweeps Devils Lake in its home opener with a pair of 13-3 and 11-2 wins. Minot did most of its damage early on, as the Majettes plated half of their runs (12) in the first inning across both games of the doubleheader.

MHS finished with 13 hits in the first game, and every player in the starting lineup picked up an RBI. Rylee Terrel, Jocelyn Lucy and Jaycie Rostad each had two hits.

The offense kept rolling in the nightcap. Jenna Andrysiak tossed a complete game with seven strikeouts — matching what her sister Marisa Andrysiak did in Game 1 — and went 3-for-4 at the plate with an RBI.

“It’s still early in the year, and the girls are really aggressive,” MHS head coach Gerard Cederstrom said. “So, we are making some mistakes, whether it’s at the plate or in the field or running the bases. But, I’d rather have an aggressive mistake than a passive mistake.”

Alex’s Tale of the Tape #20, Date: Aug. 21, 2016

The Velva football team prepares for the upcoming 2016 season. The Aggies’ 29-man squad features mostly sophomores and juniors. The team only had three seniors and four freshmen.

Nicholas Effertz took over the starting quarterback spot from Shad Vedaa, who graduated and went on to play for Minnesota State Moorhead.

The Aggies also had to replace the entirety of their backfield. But, they had an anchor on the offensive and defensive line with Justin Helseth.

“We return a lot of good athletes who are very versatile,” Velva head coach Larry Sandy said. “This is a crew we are happy to be working with. While 29 (players) for a high school team is not an overall abundant number, I think we got a good core of players who we are going to be able to fill the roster out with.”

The 2016 Velva squad ended up finishing 7-3 overall and was knocked out of the Class A playoffs by Des Lacs-Burlington in the quarterfinals, 18-14.


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