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Rugby golfers shoot for state

With girls’ golf season in full swing, new Rugby Panthers coach Angie Zietz says she likes what she sees so far. “The girls are doing great,” Zietz said. “I’m impressed and quite excited for the season.” The 10-member Region 4 class B team co-ops with Leeds High School. ...

Panthers cross-country runners show strength against class A teams

Rugby High School’s Panther Cross Country team showed their strength to class A competitors at the Jamestown “Orr” iginals Invitational, held at the Parkhurst Recreation Area in Jamestown Aug. 21. The Panthers placed first among class B schools and fifth overall in the varsity girls’ ...

Panthers shut out South Prairie in muddy season opener

Mud and a slippery field at South Prairie High school proved to be no obstacle for the Rugby Panthers against the Royals in the varsity football season opener south of Minot. The Royals took their home field looking for a fresh start after a winless 2020 season. The Panthers, who came just ...

Despite injuries, regional changes, Panthers ready for football season

Despite changes in regions for North Dakota high school football and three injured players, the Rugby Panthers charged into practice in mid-August to prepare for the challenges. Coach Travis Risovi, who brought the young team last year to wild card status for post-season play, said he ...

With hopes for a three-peat, Panthers begin cross country season

On a rare rainy day for a drought-stricken summer, the Rugby Panthers gathered in the parking lot near Johnsen Field on their first day of cross country practice. The crowd of eager high school and junior-high age youngsters chatted excitedly with their friends about school and the year ...

Jansen named National Girls’ Track and Field Coach of the Year

Rugby cross country and track coach Bill Jansen capped the 37th year of his coaching career with distinction as National Girls Track and Field Coach of the Year for the National High School Athletic Coaches Association (NHSACA). But Jansen hasn’t finished coaching yet. He hopes to devote ...

Local youth trap shooter brings more awards home to Rugby

Another young Rugby trap shooter has brought top honors back to his hometown from state-level competition. Kordell Kraft, son of Scott and Melissa Kraft, Rugby, finished the Amateur Trap Shooting Association’s North Dakota State Shoot in Bismarck July 25 as the top junior overall in the ...

Rugby-born Special Olympics North Dakota CEO retires

Rugby-born Kathy Meagher, who served as president and CEO of Special Olympics North Dakota retired from her post in early 2021 with a large collection of awards for a lifetime of service. Meagher’s list of honors goes back to her high school years in Rugby, where she stepped on to a career ...