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I am Jason Spain, former Head Soccer Coach at Minot State University and a former NCAA Division I head coach. I will be running the Sports Department at The Dakotan.

This sports section will focus on hard working, local athletes. We aim to have the latest standings and scores of all sports in North Dakota.

Our goal at the Dakotan is to tell the stories of North Dakota sports, not just the results, but also the work and the journey. Many stories will center around student athletes, but other stories might focus on someone else involved in the program – coaches, administrators, and support staff – anyone that inspires or impacts the lives of others in the sport. There are lots of amazing stories, and we want to tell them!

If you have a story idea, shoot me an email! [email protected]

Sports

Mustangs Clinch Region Championship Berth

MINOT — The Surrey Mustangs cliched a spot into the Region Six Baseball Championship Monday backed by a strong start by Senior Pitcher Kekoa Munos. Munos kept Velva batters at bay, tossing four no-hit innings, allowing two base runners on walks in the first and second innings. Velva Senior First…
May 24, 2022

NODAK Speedway Kicks Off 2022 Season

MINOT — It only took three weeks, but mother nature decided to play along and let the NODAK Speedway kick off the 2022 dirt racing season Sunday. All five of the speedways regular car classes and drivers took to the track. The April blizzard and recent rain made track preparation…
May 23, 2022

Strong Winds Didn’t Slow Down High School Rodeo Competitors

BISMARCK — The strong winds this past weekend did not slow down the National High School Rodeo Association (NHSRA) competitors. “Being a part of the NHSRA, the world’s largest rodeo association is special. I compete in the tie-down, steer wrestling & team roping. Each event is unique down to the…
May 18, 2022

Horse & Culture Lovers Unite

MINOT — The North Dakota Horse Expo is an educational event featuring everything equine. Lectures, live demonstrations, shopping, youth events, wagon rides, clinics, “Equi-ganza!” and door prizes! The ND Horse Expo is hosted by the non-profit volunteer group, the North Dakota Equine Association, at the State Fair Center in Minot…
May 13, 2022

BESPYS: A Red-Carpet Night for the Beavers

MINOT — The theme for the night on May 2 was Dress to Impress for Minot State Athletics. Athletes walked the red carpet and got their photo taken by athletics photographer Sean Arbaut. Filling up the MSU Dome floor was every team on campus dressed up for the annual BESPYS,…
May 8, 2022

Sunnyside Superheroes take on 5k

MINOT — When you ask someone what the definition of a superhero is, you usually get an answer that would include someone with special powers like Batman or Captain America. If you were to ask Sara Medalen however, she would tell you that the kids she works with every day at…
May 7, 2022

Minot State Athletics put on Mental Health Panel

It’s been an entire month of planning and coordinating, but this last weekend all the hard work came to fruition. This past Tuesday, April 26, the Minot State Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) and the Diversity and Inclusion Council put on a mental health panel for the more than 400…
May 1, 2022

Waiting for the call

For NFL fans second only to the Super Bowl, the biggest day of the year is the NFL Draft. It is an opportunity for teams at the bottom of the league to land the next franchise cornerstone player and pull them out of purgatory and for teams that made the…
April 24, 2022

AIM Hits the Target

WASHBURN — There's never too much snow to go fishing. Just ask any of the hardy competitors in the AIM Weekend Walleye Series that kicks off April 24 at Graner Bottoms on the Missouri River below Bismarck. Fishing is about having fun, and for AIM anglers that includes competing against…
April 18, 2022

Melting Pot of Minot State Athletics

Entering the 2021-2022 school year there were 14 athletic teams on the campus of Minot State University. Next fall the 15th team in Women’s Wrestling will join MSU Athletics. Excluding Women’s Wrestling since their roster is not yet finalized as they continue starting the program, there is only one team…
April 17, 2022

North Dakota Winter Show Junior High Rodeo Kicks Off Spring Season

VALLEY CITY — Junior High rodeo contestants from around the state gathered this past weekend, April 8-10 in Valley City for the kickoff to their spring rodeo season. A total of 375 runs and rides were made in thirteen different rodeo events. 94 contestants, their horses, and families took part…
April 13, 2022

Game and Fish Briefs

Paddlefish Snagging Season Opens May 1 North Dakota’s paddlefish season opens May 1, and tags are only available for purchase online at the state Game and Fish Department’s website, gf.nd.gov, and during normal business hours at Game and Fish offices in Bismarck, Dickinson and Williston. Snaggers buying tags online should plan accordingly and…
April 11, 2022

Student Athletes Come Together to Promote Diversity and Inclusion

Very few communities are as diverse as the athletic community on a college campus. When you add the addition of Minot State’s higher than most international student population, MSU Athletics is one of the most community of people. From players to coaches all the way up to the athletic offices,…
April 10, 2022

Riding into Minot

MINOT — “Rodeo Minot is an awesome opportunity to keep rodeo and performance horse jackpots alive during the winter. This event keeps it local and keeps our industry thriving,” Kalsey Kronberg, roping announcer/secretary from Keene stated. Korral Supply hosted its 2nd Annual ‘Shootout’ Open Ladies Breakaway Roping and Team Roping…
April 4, 2022

Changes on College Campus with Name, Image, and Likeness

Very few divisive topics have hit centered stage more in college athletics than allowing players to receive financial compensation for their play. For years the NCAA has argued that paying players transcends the athletes from amateurs to professionals. This has changed with the new Name, Image, and Likeness (NIL) rule…
April 3, 2022

Director of Fun

Fans of Minot State Men’s and Women’s Hockey will recognize him as the voice of Beaver Hockey and anyone who follows MSU Baseball knows he ended his career in the record books. Celestino “Sal” Rodriguez finished his playing days on the baseball diamond as Minot State’s all-time leader in homeruns.…
March 27, 2022

Bass Bracket Fishing

March Madness on the Water STANTON – A bass fishing version of bracketology was introduced at Nelson Lake this month. And what fun it was! The event was the culmination of a winter fishing circuit conducted by bass fishing enthusiasts of the Badlands Bass Bandits, a fishing club that made…
March 27, 2022

Student Archer Showcase

NASP Stages State Final MINOT — The parking lot was filled with cars. The hallways were packed with moms and dads, relatives, and participants. Welcome to the National Archery in the Schools Program State Finals staged at the State Fair Center under the direction of the North Dakota Game and…
March 20, 2022

New Face of the Beaver Defense

With spring break coming to a close, spring practices for the Beaver Football team are just getting started. Over the next month, the Beavers are allotted 14 practices and 1 spring game for offseason training. Football, unlike the rest of college athletics, is very restricted and limited in the amount…
March 20, 2022

Boat Ramp Troubles

Lake Sakakawea’s Emerging Problem RIVERDALE — It has an ugly look to it, boat ramps on Lake Sakakawea ending in the mud or water too shallow to launch a boat. Adding to the low water woes is that there seems little likelihood of rescue by usual spring runoff to raise…
March 15, 2022

Fish House Removal

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department reminds all ice anglers to use caution as the spring melt begins to get underway.
March 14, 2022

This is College Baseball

Minot State Baseball has been predicted to finish as one of the top teams in the NSIC this spring and deservedly so. The Beavers return of 30 veteran players from last year’s team, that went 22-12 in conference play. Experience is key for this Beaver team with many of whom…
March 13, 2022

Rodeo Minot: Success Comes from Behind the Chutes

For ten days in April, All Seasons Arena in Minot trades in ice for dirt. The dust, the mud, the broncs, and the bulls show up April 1-10, bringing action-packed rodeos and performance horse events including: equine clinics, team roping and the fastest horses in the region attending the ‘High…
March 13, 2022

Step into the Outdoors

State Parks Hiking Challenge BISMARCK — It is a terrific way to step into some of the most scenic places in all of North Dakota, enjoy some quality family time, and reap the health benefits of hiking in the outdoors. North Dakota State Parks has brought back it’s Hiking Challenge…
March 13, 2022

Headed to the Hall

National Honor for Minot Official MINOT — A Minot man has achieved the highest honor possible for his profession. Jeff Risk will be inducted into the National High School Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held July 1 in San Antonio, Texas by the National Federation of State High…
March 12, 2022

Philled In: Mental Game

Sports are athletes' escape from the world. For me stepping on the football field, the basketball court, or the baseball diamond was an opportunity to block out reality for an hour or so. Seeing athletes playing their respective sports is where I have seen many at their happiest. It never…
March 6, 2022

Sports Scores

Saturday Results State Hockey Girls 5th place Jamestown 2 / Mandan 1 OT 3rd Place West Fargo 4 / Bismarck 3 OT Championship Fargo North-South 2 / Fargo Davies 1 Boys 5th Place Jamestown 4 / Mandan 2 3rd Place Fargo South-Shanley 6 / West Fargo Sheyenne 0 District 12…
February 27, 2022

A City on the Ice

Smiles and Fun on Lake Audubon COLEHARBOR — Her smile was wider than the icehouse door she had just opened. Avery Geiger, 8, Mandan, proudly brought a perch to weigh-in headquarters shortly after 10 a.m., the starting time for the annual Bis-Man Reel & Rec Ice Fishing Derby. It wasn’t…
February 27, 2022

Hooked on Helping

Muskie Anglers Make a Difference FARGO — The room was filled with excellent fishermen. As such, only the reckless told tales of catching monster fish, many of them, some too long to measure. Ah, it is best to know and respect your audience. A boastful angler expecting praise or a…
February 20, 2022

Sports Scores

Saturday Results Boys WDA Hockey Tournament State Qualifiers #2 Minot 3 #4 Bismarck 0 Minot W3 seed @ State Tournament #9 Mandan 3 #7 Bottineau-Rugby 1 Mandan W4 Seed @ State Tournament Championship #1 Jamestown 3 #3 Bismarck Legacy 0 State Wrestling Individual Placements for MHS and Bishop Ryan Minot High…
February 19, 2022

Eight Kenmare Wrestlers Qualify for State

KENMARE — Eight high school wrestlers will represent the Kenmare-Bowbells-Burke Central Honkers in the state Class B Wrestling Tournament including two wrestlers seeded second and third in the tournament. Everyone of them has a shot of placing, according to their head coach. Danny Mogren, who has been at the helm…
February 17, 2022

Honkers Off to State Class B

KENMARE – For the first time in 19 years, a Kenmare-based wrestling team is going to the state Class B Wrestling Tournament. Co-oping with Bowbells and Burke Central, the Honkers open the tournament against the No. 1 Lisbon Broncos. Head coach Danny Mogren was in his first year as head…
February 16, 2022

A Perfect Release

Student archers take aim in Garrison  GARRISON — A patient instructor was helping a young archer determine the proper aiming point. Moments later the light swish of a released bowstring and flight of an arrow was followed by the distinctive thunk of a target being struck. Young archers were eagerly…
February 13, 2022

MSU Hockey Knocks off Liberty in Weekend Series 

Men’s Beaver Hockey kept the train rolling with two more wins against a ranked opponent this past weekend.   No. 3 ranked Liberty welcomed Minot State into Lynchburg, Virginia on Saturday boasting a 17-8 record looking to better it by two games.   With the hosts starting things off, the Beavers began…
February 7, 2022

A North Dakota Legacy x3 

The community of Minot has benefited from Minot State University in many ways.  Some of the benefits are long lasting residual over the years.  The stories of Rick Hedberg, Kevin Bohl, and Chris Lamoureux  are intertwined and have had a lasting impact on the Minot community.  The three each had…
February 3, 2022

"Holesome" Fun on Devils Lake 

Annual event attracts thousands  DEVILS LAKE — If you drill them, they will come. My oh my, did they ever — thousands of them.  About 5,500 holes were drilled through the ice on 6-Mile Bay in advance of several thousand ice anglers eager to try their luck at enticing northern…
January 30, 2022

Carpe Diem or Seize the Day

Occasionally, a special person comes along that changes the world in an amazing way.  Palmer Thompson is just that person.    Palmer was born with spina bifida, it is a birth defect in which there is an incomplete closing of the spine and the membranes around the spine during early development…
January 23, 2022

Bike Racing, North Dakota Style

Annual Flakes of Fury Race on Jan. 22 Not all bicycling enthusiasts have their gear in winter storage, and the Flakes of Fury Fat Tire Bike Race is one good reason they don’t.   The 10.5-mile race, slated for Jan. 22 at Fort Stevenson State Park three miles south of Garrison,…
January 14, 2022

Derby Day at Lake Darling 

Ice Fishing for a Cause FOXHOLM – Neither blowing snow that caused white-out conditions, nor sub-zero temperatures and wicked windchills, could keep a dedicated group of hardy ice anglers from participating in the annual ice fishing derby held at Lake Darling.   Despite less-than-ideal conditions, nearly all the 50 registered 2-person…
January 14, 2022

Hardwater Action

Ice Angler Shares the Fun COLEHARBOR–It may be hard to explain but the experience is a blast, particularly when a plan comes together.  Theopolis Toliver, Minot, thoroughly enjoys ice fishing and helping others share in the fun. On Lake Audubon recently Toliver was having some early success catching smallmouth bass.…
January 13, 2022

Counting Casts 

Weird, but works  Here’s an angle to angling that is almost too quirky to admit. I am a cast counter.   No, I am not looking for any therapy or support group to help me with what many consider to be a weird problem. I like doing it and will continue…
January 9, 2022

Sharp Shooting and Fast Horses

ND Mounted Shooters keeping it ‘Old School’  Equine mounted shooting is one of the fastest growing equestrian sports in the country. While riding a horse, contestants compete in this fast-action timed event, using two .45-caliber single-action revolvers loaded with five rounds of blank ammunition. Following a variety of patterns, while…
January 8, 2022

Burgum, Gianforte Stake Friendly Wager on NDSU and Montana State Game

BISMARCK – North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte have staked a friendly wager on Saturday’s NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) title game between the Montana State University Bobcats and the North Dakota State University Bison, who are vying for their ninth national title since 2011. The…
January 6, 2022

Hoeven, Daines Make Friendly Wager on Bison-Bobcat Matchup

WASHINGTON, D.C.–Senator John Hoeven this week agreed to a friendly wager with Montana Senator Steve Daines ahead of the FCS National Championship game in Frisco, Texas, this weekend.   On Saturday, January 8, the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Bison will take on the Montana State University (MSU) Bobcats at Toyota…
January 5, 2022

Roughrider Poker Tour Crowns North Dakota State Poker Champ  

West Fargo man takes top prize for the second time in three years   BISMARCK—Josh Dahlstrom, West Fargo, captured the North Dakota State Poker Title in Bismarck on Sunday, Jan. 2. Dahlstrom has now won the title two out of the last three years.   The critical point for Dahlstrom occurred when…
January 4, 2022

MAFB Curling League Ramping Up  

First night is January 4  Curling is one of those sports that creates conversation. Mention curling to those who have not participated, and you will often hear remarks like, “I really don’t understand curling,” or “it doesn’t make a lot of sense.” Those who have picked up the broom and slid the curling rock down…
January 1, 2022

Top ND Poker Players Descend on Bismarck

ND State Poker Title Tournament this weekend  BISMARCK—Over New Year’s weekend, Bismarck will play host to the North Dakota State Poker Title Tournament. Every year this tournament, the biggest poker tournament in North Dakota, draws more than 700 poker players from across all of North Dakota, as well as Montana and…
December 29, 2021

A Coach’s Christmas Dream

What does a coach want for Christmas?  I think a dream recruit that changes your program forever would be an ideal gift for any coach.  Coaches are always looking for that once-in-a-generation recruit that can change their program and possibly get them their next contract.  What would the perfect recruit look…
December 25, 2021

Outdoor Activities in Minot

MINOT—Winter weather can make for a good excuse to stay inside, but the snow and ice can also provide some worthwhile activities outside.  During the winter, the park district maintains four outdoor rinks for skating, hockey, or just learning at Polaris Park, Roosevelt and Perkett Schools, and Corbett Field. All will be open soon, depending on the temperature.   “With the nice weather, it…
December 16, 2021

MHS Soccer Coach Done

Bachmeier quits to spend more with family MINOT—Creighton Bachmeier was hired eight years ago to lead the Minot High School boys’ soccer team. He led Minot to eight straight state tournament appearances.  This past fall there was 10 former Minot High boys’ soccer players playing collegiate soccer. A clear sign of a…
December 13, 2021

True Grit

Adaptive Sports Replace Boring Therapy MINOT—My day at the YMCA was done. My pool workout was over, and I was headed home. Distracted a bit by a friend saying hello on her way into the YMCA, I turned back toward the doors leading into the parking lot and found myself…
December 13, 2021

Bass Bandits Select 2022 Tourneys 

Innovations Announced  BISMARCK – Less is more. Although the Badlands Bass Bandits will be cutting their tournament series from nine to six for 2022, it is hoped to increase participation in the circuit and also allow for a major event.  For the first time ever, the state will host an open bass fishing tournament that…
December 9, 2021

Minot Soccer Player Looking to Go Pro! 

A former North Dakota Girls’ Soccer Gatorade Player of the Year and Minot High School and Minot State University graduate has her sights set on going pro.  Sofia Lewis says she is looking to take her talents to Europe to play soccer professionally. She says her dream would be to play in Spain, where she can immerse herself in…
December 9, 2021

Triple Threat in Minot 

Zach Hendrickson excels in multiple sports MINOT—In an age where many athletes focus their energy into one main sport, seeing an athlete who excels in three separate sports is increasingly rare.  However, 18-year-old Zach Hendrickson of Minot is one of those rarities.   Hendrickson plays basketball and golf for Our Redeemers Christian…
December 2, 2021

High-Tech Indoor Golf Experience Comes to Minot

X-Golf provides cutting-edge golf simulator technology MINOT—With winter weather right around the corner, many golfers may see no other option than to put away their bags until spring rolls around again. But the arrival of X-Golf brings the latest in indoor golf experience to Minot and the surrounding area.   According to Silas Sneed, franchise…
December 2, 2021

What I'm Thankful for has Changed Over the Years

When I was little, I loved Thanksgiving. We would always travel to my grandparents’ house for Thanksgiving – Nana and Papa as we called them.  I looked forward to seeing them and my cousins – all three of them were older than me:  Shauna, Eric, and Todd.  I always thought Todd was the coolest person in the world.…
November 25, 2021

Minot's Own "Coach Carter"

I have been gone a few years since being the Head Women’s Soccer Coach at Minot State University.  I am back in Minot now and wanted to tell a story about Minot State athletics that many may not know.  There is a considerable amount of “winning” going on within the…
November 24, 2021
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