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Des Lacs-Burlington and Velva each kick off their own Class 11A playoff game starting today.

Class 11A football playoffs first round overview

The North Dakota Class A football playoffs get underway today with eight games across the state. Here is a look at the first-round matchups. No. 1 Hillsboro/Central Valley (8-0) vs. Westhope/Newburg/Glenburn (5-3) At Central Valley High School, 2 p.m. Notable win: HCV def. ...

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Minot’s Jed Pietila (26) fights for the puck in Minnesota’s zone Friday at Maysa Arena. The Minotauros won 5-3 Friday.

Minotauros snap four-game skid

Garrick Hodge/MDN Minot’s Jed Pietila (26) fights for the puck in Minnesota’s zone Friday at Maysa Arena. The Minotauros won 5-3 Friday.

Round two of ND nine-man playoffs features several marquee matchups

Round Two of the Nine-man Football Playoffs begins later today at various high schools around the state. Each school is hungry for victory, but only eight teams will advance to the Quarterfinals. Schools that battled their way out of the first round include: New Rockford-Sheyenne (Region 2, ...

MSU volleyball swept by No. 5 Minnesota Duluth

DULUTH, Minn. - The Minot State women’s volleyball team fell to No. 5 Minnesota Duluth in three sets (16-25, 9-25, 9-25) in Duluth, Minn. on Friday night. The loss drops the Beavers to 4-17 (0-12 NSIC) while the Bulldogs improve to 18-2 (11-1 NSIC) on the season. Emily Falldorf led the ...

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Minot State's Elijah Mosley (44) lays a hit down on a quarterback during a college football game earlier this season.

MSU football preparing for matchup with heavyweight Minnesota Duluth

Last weekend, Minot State football faced a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference team with serious NSIC North Division championship aspirations. A 40-14 defeat later, the Beavers don’t have much time to lick their wounds as they prepare for another North Division heavyweight in Minnesota ...

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Minot's Austin Dollimer (12) tries to control the puck in Bismarck's zone. Photos courtesy of Steve Silseth.

Minotauros can’t convert chances in 4-1 loss to Bismarck

Despite having a 20-7 shot advantage the first two periods, the Minot Minotauros couldn’t find a way to grind out a win over the Bismarck Bobcats Thursday, dropping a 4-1 contest at Maysa Arena. Minot outshot the Bobcats 25-15 in the game. With the loss, the Minotauros lost their fourth ...

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Minot State guard Madison Wald (3) drives to the lane during a women's college basketball game last season at the MSU Dome.  Photos courtesy of Sean Arbaut/Minot State athletics

Graupe hoping MSU women’s hoops will ‘surprise’ in 2017

Last season, the Minot State women’s basketball team was depleted by injuries. The often shorthanded Beavers struggled to a 4-25 record, by far their worst in the Division II era. Shortly after the year ended, longtime MSU coach Sheila Green Gerding stepped away from the program after ...

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Minot High's Creighton Rudolph (17) throws a pass downfield during a high school football game Wednesday at Duane Carlson Stadium in Minot. Photo courtesy of Sean Arbaut.

Trivial beatdown

There wasn’t much to play for Wednesday night, as the Minot High School football team was already guaranteed its 21st consecutive playoff appearance and locked into the No. 3 seed out of the West Region. But, on senior night, the Magicians (6-3, 4-2 WDA) still wanted to put on a worthy ...

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Minot State's Tyler Rudolph (24) tries to convert a layup during a men's college basketball game last season.

Senior-laden MSU men’s basketball team hoping to take next step

There seems to be an imaginary checklist hanging in the Minot State men’s basketball office. Each year, the team pushes itself to accomplish something that has never been done before in the program’s brief Division II history. In the 2015-2016 season, the Beavers finished with an ...

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Minot High's Elise Klein (4) goes for a kill during a high school volleyball match Tuesday at Minot High.

Century spoils

Minot senior Kali Askvig couldn’t help but chuckle and shake her head in disbelief after witnessing fellow teammate Morgan Theis narrowly avoid getting a gruesome bruise. Theis, lying on the court after a kill attempt by Century’s Lauren Ware knocked her off her feet, was left helpless ...

Bean, Kreutz open with 76 at Ichabod Invitational

TOPEKA, Kan. — Minot State golfers Matthew Bean and Matthew Kreutz each fired an opening round 76 on day one of the Ichabod Invitational hosted by Washburn on Monday at the Topeka Country Club. Bean and Kreutz are tied for 25th overall in the individual standings after carding five-over par ...

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Minot State’s Angela Lothspeich (15) skates in front of her bench in a game against Wisconsin-Eau Claire Sunday afternoon at Maysa Arena in Minot.

Rinse and repeat

After a pair of unpleasant defeats to the University of Minnesota to start the season, the Minot State women’s hockey club found its scoring touch this weekend with 14 goals across two games. The Beavers (2-2) skated past the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire on Saturday 7-3 and then hit ...

MSU women’s soccer extends streak to six

WINONA, Minn. – The Minot State women’s soccer team extended their season-long winning streak to six matches after a 4-1 victory at Winona State on Sunday afternoon. The win improves the Beavers to 9-4-1 (8-3 NSIC) on the season while the Warriors drop to 7-6-1 (6-4-1 NSIC). Minot State ...

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Bemidji State quarterback Jordan Hein (7) takes off for a 42-yard touchdown in the first quarter Saturday afternoon against Minot State at Herb Parker Stadium.

Beavers bashed

A halfback pass for a touchdown offered hope, as the Minot State football team clawed back to within 12 points on the perfectly executed trick play. But, the Bemidji State Beavers bunkered down and shut out their Beaver counterparts in the second half for a decisive 40-14 victory at Herb ...

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Beach junior linebacker Jared Wojahn (85) chases after TGU quarterback Garrett Bailey (10) on Saturday in the opening game of the 9-man football playoffs.

Buccaneers run all over TGU in 9-man playoff opener

BEACH — The Beach High School football team wrapped up its fourth playoff victory in school history early on against visiting Towner-Granville-Upham on Saturday in the opening round of the 9-man playoffs. Buccaneers senior quarterback Josiah Orluck and junior running back Clay Mattern each ...

Minot High soccer claims fifth at state

JAMESTOWN — The Minot High School boys soccer team got a little revenge en route to a fifth-place finish at the state tournament. The Magicians (13-6-1) got goals from Nicolas Pecoraro and Noah Schmidt on Saturday to take down Century, 2-1, in Jamestown on the final day of the state ...

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Several members of the Velva football team celebrate after scoring a touchdown during a high school football game.

Undefeated

The formula for the Velva football team to capture the Class A, Region 3 regular season championship Friday night was simple. Just win. The undefeated Aggies (8-0, 7-0 Region 3) did just that with a convincing 42-13 road victory over Bishop Ryan at Herb Parker Stadium. “We knew early on ...