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Panthers see second place finish at CNDC

A tough climb to the final round of the 2020 CNDC Class B High School basketball tournament earned the Rugby Panthers second place in their home gym Dec. 19. The three-day tournament began Dec. 17 in Rugby High’s Hanneman Gym, when the Panthers squared off against the TGU Titans. The ...

Braves start season in second place for West Region hockey

The Bottineau-Rugby Braves started the first week of a shortened season with two wins after a loss against Minot in their opening game Dec. 15. The wins put the Braves in the number two spot in the west region for North Dakota high school hockey teams. All three games took place on their ...

Rugby High winter athletes ready for season

With masks on their game faces, Rugby student athletes prepared last week for a busy season of competition in basketball, hockey and wrestling. “I’d say it’s one of our best years of practice before we’ve had a game,” Rugby High School Panthers basketball coach Jen Brossart said of ...

Blessums placed on all-state volleyball team

Two Rugby High School seniors have been named to the North Dakota High School Coaches’ Association 2020 Class B All State Volleyball Team. Brooke and Sarah Blessum, cousins who participate in multiple sports including volleyball, received the honor for the second time in their career, ...

Panthers see losses, gains at VB season end

As the Rugby High School Panthers headed into post-season volleyball play, the team found themselves without their crowd of loyal boosters, then without their head coach and finally, without their standout middle hitter. Each loss became an obstacle for the Panthers to overcome even before ...

Panthers advance in regionals

The Rugby High Panthers batted down the Panthers of Glenburn in three games to advance in the Region Six Class B Tournament Nov. 10 at Rugby High’s Hanneman Gym. Notably absent in the sparsely filled gym was Panther Head Coach Jessica Fritz. However, a Rugby fan created an effigy of their ...

Panthers take District 11 title for seventh year in a row

For the seventh consecutive year, the Rugby High Panthers clinched the District 11 volleyball championships and prepared for regional play Nov. 10 as a top-seeded team. Like everything else in 2020, however, regionals will look different for the Panthers. Still, Jessica Fritz said the ...

Rugby Panther girls repeat state cross country win

The Rugby High Panthers left town the morning of Saturday, Oct. 24, for the North Dakota High School Athletic Association Class B meet in Cooperstown with a regional title, a number one-ranked runner and hope for a repeat of their 2019 girls’ state cross-country win. They came back that ...

Panthers wrap up regular VB season, look ahead to districts

The Rugby High Panthers wrapped up two games ahead of districts this week, winning both and hoping for good health in the playoffs. The Panthers traveled to Surrey first to face the District 12 Mustangs on Oct. 20, which was a busy night for District 11 vs. 12 matchups as teams throughout the ...

Panthers sharpen claws for post-season play

Games against a Region Six opponent and the defending state Class B champions helped the Panthers to sharpen their claws last week for post-season volleyball play. The Panthers started their game week Thursday, Oct. 15, in Mohall, where they faced off against the Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood ...