It’s been 13 years since the Minot High baseball team has won a state championship but this year’s team might be poised to be in the running. 64 players were on hand for last night’s opening night of practice and despite the loss of 5 starters, the Magicians return some key position players and have more than enough arms on the mound led by one of the state’s top prospects in Carson Tonini. Add to that fact that the Magicians were playing some of their best baseball at the end of last season and are the pre-season number one pick in the west and the Magicians would have to be considered one of the top contenders in the state. Something new this year is that the west region will be playing non-conference doubleheaders which means the teams will face each other twice but only one of the doubleheaders will be a counter in the west region standings. The Magicians open their season April 6th when they host Grand Forks Central.