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Coach Q&A: Barry Holmen, Minot High School

If ever there were a team that deserves become a sentimental favorite, it would be Minot High. The Magic City is still recovering the flood that devastated much of the city this summer. And Magicians head coach Barry Holmen thinks football may provide some much needed therapy. Q. What’s your general outlook for 2011? A. We’re very...
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Reflecting on Huron/Harrisburg

This summer I shared my thoughts on the proposed reshaping of the South Dakota high school football classification system. In case you've forgotten, the idea of an 11AAA class, consisting of schools with an enrollment of 800 or higher, has been hatched in the interest of competitive balance. To my knowledge, it has not been discussed in any...
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Coach Q&A: Jay Long, Black Hills St.

The 2010 season was littered with peaks and valleys at Black Hills State. After winning six of their first seven games, the Yellowjackets stumbled with three straight losses to end the season, including a 23-20 double overtime defeat at the hands of arch-rival South Dakota Tech. A lot has changed since then. BHSU, now in its second year of...
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Coach Q&A: Myron Schulz, UMary

The University of Mary football team got a off to a rough start in 2010, winning just once in its first seven games. But the Marauders found their stride late, reeling off three straight wins to close the season. Needless to say, Myron Schulz is hoping to see his team pick up where it left off. Q. What were the factors that went into the...
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Long Road For Laqua

It takes time, energy and, perhaps most importantly, patience to rebuild a program. Those are all things Steve Laqua is keeping that in mind during his rookie season at Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Fresh off a four-year stint as head coach at Fargo Shanley High School--a run that included consecutive North Dakota Class 2A...
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Coach Q&A: Steve Laqua, MSU-Moorhead

There is a new man in charge of the Minnesota State University, Moorhead football program. Steve Laqua was introduced Jan. 28 as the 17th head coach in program's 92-year history. He spent the previous four years as head coach at Fargo Shanley High School, where he led the Deacons to consecutive state titles in 2009-10. Laqua's introduction to...
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