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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. ...

KRAFT: State champion Bishop Ryan leads all-area honors

The Bishop Ryan girls basketball team achieved its ultimate goal of capturing the program's first state title since 1993, capping off a perfect 27-0 season.Sophomore forward Hannah Stewart led the Lions in points (21.9), rebounds (10.5), steals (4.7) and blocks (3.2) per game and was named ...

ALLAR: Turcotte, Hagler exemplified excellence

As a scribe of small-town North Dakota sports, I've grown accustomed to littering my stories with absurdly long names of teams that co-op for athletic competition.In basketball, there are teams like Lakota-Adams-Edmore, Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood and Park River-Fordville-Lankin.I understand that ...