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Panthers ‘click’ at districts, win title

The Rugby Panthers have found their groove, just in time for tournaments. After a season spent battling illnesses, injuries and the ever-present possibility of quarantine, the Rugby Panthers traveled to Bottineau High School Feb. 26 ready for the District 11 tournament. One player, ...

Braves state bound after 2-1 win against Bismarck in regionals

Following a season and post-season marked with ups and downs, the Bottineau-Rugby Braves earned a berth at state after defeating the Bismarck Demons 2-1 Saturday, Feb. 20, at MAYSA Arena in Minot. The Braves went into post-season play with a number six ranking and a desire to prove ...

Panther wrestlers travel to Fargo Dome for state tourney

The bus carrying Rugby Panther wrestlers, their families and boosters left the Rugby Armory parking lot for state in Fargo with high hopes Wednesday, Feb. 17. The team bus received the customary sendoff from local first responders, sirens blaring and lights flashing as they approached U.S. ...

Panthers face Dragons, look ahead to districts after loss

A lot had happened between the CNDC tournament in December and Feb. 19, two dates when the Dunseith Dragons faced the Rugby Panthers on the basketball court in Charlie Hanneman Gym. And if the Panthers’ 57-61 loss to the Dragons was a disappointment in December, their 66-77 loss to ...

Panthers sharpen claws with win over Bishop Ryan Lions

The Rugby High Panthers sharpened their claws for post-season play with the first of two tough home games on their regular schedule, winning 51-44 against the Bishop Ryan Lions of Minot. The Lions brought high energy to the Panthers from the start, scoring their first basket just after ...

Panthers take districts, head for regionals in Minot

When the Rugby Panthers took their home court in Charlie Hanneman Gym for the District 11 Championship Tournament Feb. 11 through 13, they started a new season of play from scratch. Although the Panthers enjoyed the advantage of a home venue and the number one seed because of their regular ...

Bottineau-Rugby Braves take Mandan in 8-0 shut out

An 8-0 shutout at Rugby’s Al Wentz Arena Feb. 11 against the Mandan Braves gave the Braves of Bottineau-Rugby the sendoff they needed for west regionals in Jamestown. Bottineau-Rugby Head Coach Jesse Nostdahl said the win in Rugby represented a “stretch of our best hockey.” “We ...

Braves fall to Patriots 5-3 at home

A 2-0 win over Bismarck High School Jan. 29 motivated the Bottineau-Rugby Braves to battle No. 1-ranked Minot High and No. 2-ranked Bismarck Century High in early February. However, the No. 6-ranked Braves fell to the Magicians 8-2 in Minot. At home in Bottineau Arena Feb. 6, the Braves ...

“Grind” takes Panther wrestlers all over state

Toward the end of their season, North Dakota high school athletes and coaches talk about “getting into the grind,” and Rugby High’s wrestlers are no exception. For the Rugby Panthers, the “grind” has taken them all over the state in recent weeks. The evening before they traveled ...