North Dakota Sports

Tough trip ahead

GRAND FORKS — North Dakota took care of its Big Sky Conference men’s basketball business at home the past two weeks. Now, UND has a chance to put itself in position to possibly seal the deal this weekend on the road. The Fighting Hawks are 10-3 in the league and 15-8 overall as they ...

UND’s Tyson Jost making an impact in locker room, too

GRAND FORKS — Listen closely to some of the comments coming out of the UND men’s hockey locker room when Tyson Jost’s name is mentioned. You’ll hear things that aren’t often said about rookies in these parts. At Wednesday’s weekly press conference, junior forward Trevor Olson and ...

Bison hope to return to postseason behind veteran pitching staff

FARGO — It was over 10 years ago when Tod Brown accepted the head baseball coaching position at North Dakota State. At the time, the Bison had Newman Outdoor Field to offer but that was about it. At the time, Brown said he told himself that was a great starting point. You could say the ...

NDSU men’s basketball finding ways to avoid the mid-major slump

FARGO -- Take a historical view of the North Dakota State men’s basketball program in the Division I era and it started like most mid-major programs have lived for years. There were the highs and then there were the lows. It’s a general roller-coaster of talent that most schools outside of ...

Hockey programs anxiously await NHL’s Olympics decision

GRAND FORKS — The NHL has not yet decided whether it will be sending its players to the 2018 Olympic Games in South Korea. But you can bet that it’s closely being followed by a number of college hockey teams. If the NHL does not send its players, it could have major implications on the ...

Two Bison reach 1,000-point club in dismantling of Denver

FARGO — The 1,000-point club at North Dakota State inducted two more members on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 11. Juniors A.J. Jacobson and Paul Miller both reached the milestone in career points, but the Bison effort was far from a two-man show. And it really wasn’t about offense. NDSU got ...

Upward bound for UND as Hawks blow out Idaho

GRAND FORKS — It’s been an up-and-down season for North Dakota’s Carson Shanks. There was no question, however, where Shanks’ season was trending Saturday at The Betty. The 7-foot junior was trending upward, as his play off the bench was the spark in UND’s 88-65 Big Sky Conference ...

Tickets for UND-Minnesota Vegas game immediately sell out

LAS VEGAS — The game is still almost two years and 1,500 miles away. But the tickets are already gone. North Dakota’s showdown against rival Minnesota that will be played on Oct. 27, 2018, in Las Vegas sold out in a mere couple of seconds Friday afternoon, leaving many fans angry that the ...

Up next for UND men’s basketball: another hot team

GRAND FORKS — North Dakota just played two of the more dynamic offensive players in the Big Sky Conference — Eastern Washington’s Jacob Wiley and Bogdan Bliznyuk. The trend of high-scoring league players facing UND, however, continues today as the Fighting Hawks host Idaho — led by ...

Krzyzaniak an ‘extraordinary’ defender for North Dakota

GRAND FORKS — Halli Krzyzaniak was 12 years old when she tagged along with her mother’s city league hockey team to the IIHF Women’s World Championship. It was being held in the MTS Center in Winnipeg, Manitoba, about a two-hour drive from her hometown of Neepawa. Krzyzaniak walked in ...

Hooker scores 35 points to lead UND past EWU in Big Sky men’s basketball

GRAND FORKS — Quinton Hooker realizes he has a limited amount of home games remaining in his North Dakota men’s basketball career. So he wants to make the most of his remaining appearances left at The Betty. Few will forget his latest performance, one that led UND past Eastern Washington ...

NDSU believes reduction in state funding will not adversely affect athletics

FARGO -- The shot heard around the state -- a directive to the North Dakota Legislature to cut higher education costs -- will most likely be felt in the athletic department at North Dakota State. But the aftershocks are expected to be minimal to the point the general public may not even ...

Miller: Seales provides boost off bench

GRAND FORKS — The spotlight was tough to come by Thursday night at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. North Dakota’s Quinton Hooker had it for a while, scoring 35 points in a full 40 minutes. Eastern Washington’s Jacob Wiley stole it some, pocketing 33 points in 40 minutes. Even EWU ...

UND rallies, upends Northern Colorado in overtime

GRAND FORKS — For nearly 35 minutes, North Dakota didn’t give its fans much to cheer about. That changed drastically in the closing minutes. Led by another surge from Quinton Hooker — the Big Sky Conference preseason player of the year — UND somehow managed to overcome a subpar ...

Summit League crowded at the top after USD men defeat NDSU

FARGO — The Summit League is turning into a men’s basketball scrum after all. That attempt by North Dakota State to run away from everybody? The University of South Dakota galloped into Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex on Saturday afternoon and lassoed the Bison back to ...

No place better than home for UND men’s basketball team

GRAND FORKS — When it comes to scenery, there aren’t many better trips for the University of North Dakota men’s basketball than the one that takes the Fighting Hawks each season to Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. But we’re talking scenery, not the demands of travel and two games in ...

Is Jason Zucker untouchable? He should be for Wild

ST. PAUL — Minnesota Wild left winger Jason Zucker is currently the only NHL player from Nevada. Las Vegas to be exact, home of the NHL’s newest franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights. Less than six months ago, it seemed like a match made in heaven. It was something of a foregone conclusion ...

Former Cavalier, Shanley football coach ready for another challenge

MAYVILLE — Rod Oksendahl figured he was done with coaching when he resigned in November as head football coach at Fargo Shanley High School. "I had every intention of pulling the plug,'' Oksendahl said. "It just felt the right time. I actually went two more years than I'd intended when I ...

Gersich emerging as one of country’s top goal-scorers

GRAND FORKS — The 11,634 seats in Ralph Engelstad Arena are empty Monday mornings. Underneath the soft humming of the lights, there are a few sounds that echo throughout the building: the crack of a hockey stick hitting the ice, the thud of a puck hitting the glass, the ping of the goal ...

‘Retention is key’ for Bison football recruiting process

FARGO — The North Dakota State football program made it official with 25 players on Wednesday, the first day recruits can sign an NCAA letter of intent. That’s 25 players who are expected to be on campus in August for the first day of practice. But whether most stick around for a few years ...