Remember when? (#4)

Share memorable sports memories to help pass the time

A chunk of the former outdoor's basketball court from the White House. Photo submitted by Aaron Ament.

Editor’s note: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic suspending national and local sports until further notice, the Minot Daily News sports department would like to use this unprecedented time to gather and share some memorable sports stories that have impacted you, our loyal readers. Click here for more information about this new initiative.

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Submission: Aaron Ament, Minot

Eight years ago, for my 40th birthday, my brother, who worked at the time for tennis/basketball court refurbishing company on the East Coast, was asked to fix the outdoor basketball court at the White House when Barack Obama was president. He sent me a nice chunk of the old court they were tearing out, and a photo of him having fun on the court before the demolition.

I often wondered where on the court that piece came from. Being a political fan more than a basketball fan, I don’t know what part of the court has a yellow and white stripe at this angle.

Perhaps a reader can narrow it down. I mostly think of my brother now when looking at this framed chunk of political and recreational sports history.

Alex’s Tale of the Tape #213, Date: Dec. 9, 2016

The Minot High School girls hockey team broke in the new Pepsi Rink at Maysa Arena with an 8-1 outpouring against Jamestown. It was the first time the Majettes had played at the new rink.

Minot had six of its goals scored by seniors with Bryanna Bergeron showing out with a four-goal performance and Mackinzy MacIver scoring twice. Lindsey Larson and Lily Bonebrake added the other two goals.

“I never know what to expect until you actually play a team for the first time,” MHS head coach Weylin Wahlstrom said. “One thing that I was expecting, though, was for my seniors to come out and play a really good game and play hard… For them, this is their first and last year in this rink and new facility. They were pretty fired up to be here.”

Alex’s Tale of the Tape #1,541, Date: Jan. 5, 2019

Following all the hype and excitement of winning its first conference game of the season in overtime the night before, the Minot State women’s basketball team came out historically flat against Concordia-St. Paul.

The Golden Bears won 58-46 inside the Minot State Dome.

MSU women’s basketball head coach Mark Graupe was far from reserved when voicing his thoughts after the game.

“We were hungover,” Graupe said. “We thought we won the national championship (last night) — don’t get me wrong, yesterday’s win was special — and we celebrated. But, I started coaching in 1987, and that second half might have been the worst basketball I’ve ever had to sit through in my 31 years. I couldn’t watch.”


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