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Panthers rebound from home volleyball loss, crush Eagles 3-0

A 3-1 volleyball loss at home against the Nedrose Cardinals Sept. 14 may have stunned the Panthers for a day or so, but it didn’t define them, according to Head Coach Jessica Fritz. The Panthers emphasized that point in Newburg two days later, when they defeated the Westhope-Newburg Eagles ...

Panther girl golfers state bound

Before the Rugby Panthers stepped onto their home course for Region 4 girls’ qualifiers in Rugby Sept. 15, Coach Angie Zietz said she was “pretty confident we’ll have a team go to state.” By the tournament’s end, Zietz’s prediction had come true. The team of Libby Dulmage, ...

Panthers cross-country teams top A, B schools at Bill Jansen Blue/White

Rugby’s Panthers cross-country team traveled to a meet in Valley City that has special significance to Coach Bill Jansen Sept. 18. The Blue and White Bill Jansen Invitational bears the name of Jansen’s father, a legendary North Dakota class A coach whose name is legend both in Valley ...

Panthers cap week of wins by sinking Region 6 rival

The Rugby Panthers capped a week of volleyball wins with vindication against a Region 6 rival that had dashed their hopes for a place at state in 2020. The Panthers started their week Sept. 7 in their home gym against the St. John Woodchucks. Rugby High’s players marked the evening with a ...

Panthers notch more wins against cross country teams

For a second time, Panthers cross country runners competed against class A and B teams and placed at the top in team and individual times. Rugby’s varsity girls finished first in team points among nine schools competing at the Graham’s Island Invitational Race in Devils Lake Sept. 11. ...

Panthers see defeat in Cando game

After the Rugby Panthers defeated the North Star Bearcats at the Bottineau Early Bird Invitational volleyball tournament Aug. 28, Panthers coach Jessica Fritz prepared for an entirely different game against them Aug. 31. “We’re two teams that could go back and forth a lot,” Fritz said. ...

Panther cross country racks up more wins

The Rugby Panthers Cross Country team added individual race wins to their season of team wins at the Griggs/Midkota Titan Invitational in Cooperstown Saturday, Sept. 4. Fourteen teams participated in the meet, held at the Cooperstown Country Club. Rugby took first place in the girls’ ...

Panthers swat down Blue Jays 38-14 in Stanley

For the second time this football season, the Rugby Panthers traveled to unfamiliar territory to take on a team they haven’t faced in recent years – and came home with a win. The Panthers stood at 1-1 as they boarded the bus for a two-hour ride to Stanley. Coach Travis Risovi had ...

With new faces, Panthers begin season with tournament win

With new faces on the volleyball court, the Rugby Panthers started their 2021 season off as they had last year – by winning the Bottineau Invitational Early Bird Tournament Aug. 28. “We knew this season was going to look different. We weren’t sure how it would look. To be able to come ...

Bishop Ryan scratches out fourth-quarter win against Panthers

After studying film of North-West Region rivals Bishop Ryan Aug. 24, the Rugby Panthers seemed to have the Lions’ number when they met on Johnsen Field Aug. 27. Wherever Lions moved on the gridiron, they found Panthers ready to stop them. “Our kids battled like crazy. I’m proud of ...