North Dakota Sports

A tale of two series: UND, Bulldogs both look different since October meeting

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- The bus ride home was long. That tends to be the case when it’s a five-hour overnight drive after back-to-back losses. UND had just been swept by Minnesota Duluth for the first time since 1995 -- and it didn’t sit very well. But that series was a catalyst for some ...

Grand Forks Central grad emerging on UND’s blue line

GRAND FORKS — It wasn’t an easy introduction to college hockey for Casey Johnson. He was scratched in two of his first three games. When he did get in, the coaches had to carefully manage his minutes and situations. They double shifted a veteran defenseman to play with him and try to help ...

Time to get serious

GRAND FORKS — Since the University of North Dakota joined the Big Sky Conference in 2012, the schedule-makers haven’t been necessarily kind to the Fighting Hawks. Each season, it seems, UND plays traditional Big Sky powers Montana and Weber State on back-to-back weekends. And that’s ...

NDSU offering Bo Pelini’s son spices up recruiting season

FARGO — Bo Pelini looked stressed out in the post-game press conference on Nov. 5 -- and we all assumed it was because his Youngstown State offense at the time couldn’t score against an intramural flag football team. North Dakota State won 24-3 and Pelini said in the NDSU Team Room in the ...

Bison men suffer first Summit setback with big loss at Denver

DENVER — North Dakota State’s unbeaten streak in Summit League men’s basketball came to a crashing halt Saturday with a 79-55 loss at Denver. It was NDSU’s second-worse loss of the season. The Bison suffered an 85-55 loss at nationally-ranked Xavier earlier this season. They also had a ...

UND lands WHL draft pick

GRAND FORKS — Luke Reid was taken in the second round of the Western Hockey League draft. But it took just a couple of phone conversations, some web surfing and YouTube watching for the defenseman to decide he’s not going to play in Canadian major juniors. Reid, a 2001-born offensive blue ...

Eagles’ Wentz finishes 2016 season among top 3 in NFL jersey sales

A trio of rookies have the three most-sold jerseys in the National Football League this season, including Bismarck native and current Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz, according to nflshop.com. Wentz finished with the third-highest number of jerseys sold this season. He was edged ...

Colton Poolman adjusting to new defensive partner — his brother

GRAND FORKS — Colton Poolman has practiced with a new defensive partner for two weeks. They’ve played one game together. “I think we’re kind of starting to get used to each other,” Poolman said, “as weird as that sounds.” It does sound a little strange, because that new ...

Ratelle ready for next shot at the NFL

GRAND FORKS — Will Ratelle’s frequent flier miles have paid off. The former North Dakota football star, who signed a futures contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday, didn’t a play a down of regular-season football in 2016, but the Edina, Minn., native has kept plenty ...

Late night at the movies pays off for UND men’s basketball

GRAND FORKS — A week ago, the University of North Dakota team left the Stott Center at Portland State for its hotel. Once back at the hotel, UND players watched — in its entirety — Portland State’s 99-62 dismantling of the Fighting Hawks in the teams’ Big Sky Conference opener. “We ...

Blais continues recruiting sons of UND legends

GRAND FORKS — Mason Morelli grew up hearing stories about the University of North Dakota hockey program. His grandfather is a legend, having scored the overtime winner in the 1959 national championship game, giving UND its first title. His father, Matt, played for four years at the school ...

Klieman says he has not been contacted about Minnesota job

FARGO — It appears you can cross North Dakota State head football coach Chris Klieman off the list of reported candidates to be the next head coach at the University of Minnesota. Klieman said Wednesday he has not been contacted by the Gophers. NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen also said ...

NDSU walkon proves credentials were no fluke

FARGO -- The basketball resume of Jared Samuelson is practically off the charts, from leading his high school basketball team to a Nebraska state title to being named the state’s Mr. Basketball. The Division I basketball recruiters, however, thought otherwise. As North Dakota State head ...

Reigning state champs rolling along

FORT TOTTEN — Rick Smith tries to load up as tough a schedule as possible for his Four Winds-Minnewaukan boys high school basketball team. Regardless of the outcomes, Smith sees those games as a win-win situation. "Playing a tough schedule is so beneficial,'' Smith said. "Those tough teams ...

Gersich leading UND hockey through the season’s first half

GRAND FORKS — It took half a season for the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team to lose the same number of games that it did all of last season. In the process, four thoughts immediately came to mind. ® No. 1: This is not last year’s team. A year ago, UND was stacked at every ...

NCAA grants Bison linebacker DeLuca another year of eligibility

FARGO — The NCAA on Wednesday, approved the medical hardship for North Dakota State linebacker Nick DeLuca, who will get another year of football eligibility and return for his senior season next year. The action was expected since DeLuca had met the general NCAA standards for a hardship. To ...

Iowa coach ditches handshake with UND and regrets it

IOWA CITY, Iowa – University of North Dakota basketball has deep ties to the state of Iowa. UND coach Brian Jones played at Northern Iowa; assistant Jeff Horner led the Hawkeyes to the Big Ten championship in 2006; and the program is targeting the state more and more in its ...

Miller: UND-Iowa basketball finish was a bad look for both schools

If you’re an Iowa fan, it was bush league. If you’re a North Dakota fan, it was giving it your all until the final buzzer. In reality, it wasn’t a good look for either school. The late-game drama in Iowa’s 84-73 win over the University of North Dakota on Tuesday, Dec. 20, in Iowa City ...

NDSU’s Morgan making most of opportunity with Tanguay out

FARGO — North Dakota State junior Grant Morgan started the season as a defensive tackle hoping to further his contributions in the Bison football lineup. He’s ending the year as a go-to starter who’s being counted on to make a difference. The signature play to date came last weekend when ...