North Dakota Sports

Kolpack: This Missouri Valley preseason team has a different feel to it

FARGO – The summer-is-over memo came across the email account at 9:02 a.m. on Monday, July 24. It was the job of Ryan Perreault, the North Dakota State associate director of athletics for communications, to deliver the news. It was the all-Missouri Valley Football Conference preseason team, ...

Ex-teammate: Garcia can be ‘pretty special’

By Mike Berardino St. Paul Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS — Matt Belisle pitched only the 2015 season with Jaime Garcia in St. Louis, but the Twins reliever came away highly impressed with the veteran left-hander who nearly became his teammate again this week. “Absolutely,” Belisle said ...

West Fargo’s Metz loses heartbreaker in Junior Greco-Roman title match

By Chris Murphy Forum News Service FARGO — West Fargo High School graduate and North Dakota State wrestler-to-be Brandon Metz paced frantically on the Fargodome turf on Saturday, July 22. He walked with purpose, but what he was looking for was nowhere to be found. Metz had just lost the ...

UND’s possible NFL-bound cornerback lost for season with injury

GRAND FORKS — Just days after Deion Harris was named preseason first-team all-Big Sky Conference, the University of North Dakota star cornerback -- arguably the school’s top NFL prospect since Jim Kleinsasser -- sustained a lower-leg injury Wednesday, July 19, and will miss the entire 2017 ...

Former UND star Weston Dressler finding his groove in Winnipeg

By Tom Miller Forum News Service GRAND FORKS — Weston Dressler wore green and white for a long time. The former University of North Dakota wide receiver donned it in Grand Forks for four years, then for eight seasons with the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. The colors have changed -- ...

‘Big Sexy’ in the house – Bartolo Colon, 44, makes Twins debut Tuesday

By Mike Berardino St. Paul Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS – Twins ace Ervin Santana knew Bartolo Colon was not of this Earth back in 2005. It wasn’t just the 21-win season with the Los Angeles Angels that led to Colon’s only Cy Young Award, one that rightfully should have gone to Twins ace ...

11-man East beats West 20-14

GRAND FORKS — Zach Gutterud didn’t expect to touch the football. Jackson Hankey figured to be more of a factor on defense. But the two scored the tying and winning touchdowns as the 11-man East team rallied to defeat the West 20-14 in the annual North Dakota Shrine Bowl on Sunday at the ...

Youth trapshooting continues to grow in popularity

GRAND FORKS — Jon Secord sits in the middle of the Grand Forks Gun Club on Monday night, activity buzzing all around him. One high school student interrupts to ask if he can borrow a gun for the night. “Sure,” he says. Secord instructs one of his co-workers to help the student. This ...

McFeely: Carson Wentz knows he walks a fine line when preaching his faith

FARGO — The story has been told before about the deepening of Carson Wentz’s faith. He was at a North Dakota State football practice his freshman year when a fellow quarterback, Dante Perez, asked if Wentz had ever read the Bible. After initially rejecting the question because Wentz ...

Reunion time for Tommies

MAYVILLE, — A reunion of sorts didn't take long for members of the 2016 Thompson High School football team. The Tommies capped an undefeated season last November by winning the program's first 9-man state championship. Three of the key players to the Tommies' explosive offense will be ...

Denver set to be heavy favorite

GRAND FORKS — The University of Denver solidified itself as perhaps college hockey’s biggest preseason favorite in more than a decade this week when standout forward Dylan Gambrell announced that he was returning to school for his junior season. That means -- as of now -- the defending ...

From rivals to linemates at the Shrine Bowl

MAYVILLE — For the past two seasons, Nick Stahl was on the opposite side of the Grand Forks intra-city football rivalry with Brady Terrill and Aaron Knutson. Stahl was a starting defensive lineman for Red River High School, while Terrill and Knutson were two-way starters on the line for ...

Wentz launches foundation focused on helping others

OXBOW — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz formed his own foundation by blending three personal interests: his faith, his love of the outdoors and dogs. “To some people it’s kind of random what we’re focusing on, but at the end of the day it’s what I’m passionate ...

‘This is home’ says Wentz on bringing Eagles receivers to Fargo

FARGO — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had a quick response when asked why he brought wide receivers from the Eagles to Fargo to train. “This is home,” said Wentz, the former North Dakota State star quarterback. For the second straight day, Wentz and Eagles wide receivers ...

Title game foes now teammates for Lions all-star game this week

By Greg DeVillers Forum News Service FARGO — What might have been is a matter of inches for Tronis McKay. With a state championship on the line, Kyle Henningsgard spotted up for a 3-point shot in the right corner of the basketball court. McKay rushed to defend from Henningsgard's left ...

We are the champions (of the offseason)!

By Tom Powers St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL — Honestly, I don’t know how we do it. As soon as the games stop, we are unbeatable. Once again, the rest of the nation is inhaling our exhaust fumes. As the sports world looks on in amazement, we here in Minnesota are awash in A+ draft ...

Twins rookie who sent minor league on fire gets his chance

By Mike Berardino St. Paul Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS -- In long, dull game for a solid Target Field crowd, the highlight was a pop out. Twins rookie Zack Granite popped out to left as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of a 5-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, but it was an 11-pitch at-bat ...

Twins leave too many runners on base, fall to Orioles 5-1

MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite an 11.69 ERA over Wade Miley's previous six starts, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter stood by his left-hander and gave him one more start before the All-Star break. Miley overcame his recent issues -- mainly control of his pitches -- to provide a boost for ...