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Panthers end season with 41-8 win over Braves

The Rugby Panthers topped off a “great year” of football with a 41-8 win against the Bottineau Braves Oct. 16 at home. The Panthers began the evening in the hunt for a playoff berth before a Harvey-Wells County victory against Westhope took them out of contention. “We did our part, ...

Panthers take regionals, look for ‘even better’ state race

Rugby’s Panthers cross country runners are well-positioned for a state title after finishing regionals in Cooperstown with a top-ranked girls’ team, six all-region runners in the girls’ 5,000-meter event, one all-region runner in the boys’ 5,000-meter race, and a Coach of the Year. ...

Win against WNG Sioux caps ‘fun’ week for Panther football players

The day before the Rugby Panthers took the field in Westhope Oct. 9 for a game against the Westhope/Newburg/ Glenburn Sioux, the offensive line gave a unique welcome to assistant coach Luke Bacon. The team donned T-shirts in green and gold, a nod to Bacon’s alma mater NDSU, with Bacon’s ...

Blessum makes thousandth VB kill at Bottineau

The Rugby Panthers took down two district opponents on their rivals’ volleyball courts last week, but their game in Bottineau Oct. 8 had fans for both teams cheering for a Rugby player. Panther middle hitter Brooke Blessum made her 1,000th career kill in the game against the Stars in the ...

Hills, wind in Harvey no deterrent for Panther cross country runners

Rugby High School’s Panther cross country runners took a short trip to a small meet in Harvey just before competing at home last weekend, but that didn’t mean the day was easy for them. The wind howled and a few raindrops sprinkled here and there. The Harvey golf course had plenty of ...

Rugby Booster Club Invitational boosts Panther XC confidence

Cool sunshine with little wind on their home turf made conditions perfect for Panther cross country runners to top personal best times and build confidence Oct. 3 at the Rugby Golf Course. The Rugby Booster Club Invitational brought together 25 teams from throughout North Dakota to compete in ...

Panthers grab onto Cardinals for home win

When the Rugby High Panthers took their home turf at Northern Lights Field to face the Carrington Cardinals Oct. 2, they knew they were in for a fight. The Cardinals had come to the game with a 4-2 record and a noticeable advantage in weight, height and ages of players. “That’s their ...

Panthers fall to Lions in another weekend battle

The Rugby Panthers faced yet another weekend battle on the volleyball court with a top team in the state, this time at home. Two weeks after a loss in Thompson against the former North Dakota champion Tommies, the Panthers hosted the Linton/HMB Lions in Rugby’s Hanneman Gym Sept. ...

Local student launches state high school volleyball guide

For years, coaches, journalists and fans of high school sports in North Dakota have relied on The Hoopster, a guide published to highlight basketball teams in schools around the state. The book inspired Brooke Anderson, a Rugby High volleyball player, to put together one for her ...