North Dakota Sports

NDSU increasing number of reserved tailgating spots

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO -- That line of tailgating vehicles that has been assembling the night before North Dakota State football games may not be as long this fall. The athletic department is turning more spots into reserved areas that will in theory reduce the crush into ...

The stakes have never been higher for Wild. It’s high time they play like it

By Brian Murphy St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL -- Monday was a mental health day for the Wild, one more loss to the Blues away from a devastating first-round sweep and five months of shameful recuperation. Apparently, it is more comforting to pad the walls at home instead of banging their ...

Why can’t Wild score? ‘That’s a great question,’ says Boudreau

By Chad Graff St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL -- On an off day meant for a mental break, Wild coach Bruce Boudreau’s face was the same shade of red it’s been the past few days. Fresh off the best regular season in franchise history and armed with a deep forward unit that deposited more ...

Vikings excited to be back at Winter Park for offseason workouts

By Chris Tomasson St. Paul Pioneer Press EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- At 6:37 a.m. Monday, Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph tweeted, “Like a kid on the first day of school!!" That’s because players were back during the day at Winter Park for seven weeks of voluntary offseason workouts. “The ...

Wild not ready to hit the panic button

Dane Mizutani St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. LOUIS — Perhaps the most memorable moment of the past decade for the Minnesota Wild franchise came in 2014, when Nino Niederreiter unleashed a bardown snipe in overtime of Game 7 against the Colorado Avalanche. That shot heard around the world — ...

Football still Newman’s lifeblood after 14 seasons

By Brian Murphy St. Paul Pioneer Press DALLAS — Three months after the Vikings concluded their macabre 2016 season, the analytical gears are still meshing in the restless brain of Terence Newman. The veteran cornerback and former social science major is chilling on a bench outside the ...

Santana, Twins blank White Sox in dominating win

By Mike Berardino St. Paul Pioneer Press As Ervin Santana prepared to put the finishing touches on the second complete-game one-hitter of his career, the Twins right-hander stepped off the pitching rubber and briefly basked in the moment. “Throw strikes,” he thought to himself Saturday ...

Twins’ Gimenez set his sights high for 2017 season

By Mike Berardino St. Paul Pioneer Press DETROIT — Two full weeks into his Twins career, Chris Gimenez’s unsinkable optimism already is on display. Hours before making his first start at first base for his new team, Gimenez expertly parried a Detroit TV question about the surprising ...

New team, new challenges for Bison softball program

FARGO -- It’s a yearly trip to the NCAA softball tournament that has happened so often over the years for North Dakota State that you could almost pen it on the calendar. So here it is deep into 2017 and the Bison are sitting with a 17-23 overall record. Moreover, they actually -- and take a ...

NDSU’s Sertic shuts down UND offense

GRAND FORKS – North Dakota State pitcher Jacquelyn Sertic was a little concerned in the bottom of the seventh inning when University of North Dakota’s Marina Marzolino lofted a high fly ball to deep centerfield with two outs and a runner on, aiming to tie the ballgame. “I was watching ...

Gophers keep NDSU bats silent in taking season series from Bison

FARGO — Some of the plumbing hasn’t been turned on yet at Newman Outdoor Field. And when it comes to the North Dakota State offense, neither has some of the electricity. It was there for the taking for the Bison against the University of Minnesota in winning the season three-game baseball ...

Johannesson finding his niche at UND

GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota offensive coordinator Paul Rudolph wasn’t searching out for any help at running back this offseason. The Fighting Hawks were bringing back two all-Big Sky Conference backs in juniors John Santiago and Brady Oliveira. But Minnesota Gophers transfer ...

Woodside, NDSU’s greatest player, retires from basketball

FARGO — For the last eight years, Ben and Amanda Woodside have virtually traveled the world in the name of Ben’s professional basketball career, with more stops than both could have ever imagined. That is about to change. Next year, he is following her career. “The roles have ...

UND says women’s hockey, swimming cuts are final

GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota’s decision to eliminate women’s hockey along with men’s and women’s swimming and diving is final, according to school spokesman Peter Johnson. Last week, the school announced the athletic budget cuts, which are a response to an expected ...

UND’s Gersich, Poganski set to return next season

GRAND FORKS -- Austin Poganski and Shane Gersich committed to North Dakota together. They won a national championship at UND together. And now they want to make one more run at a title together. Poganski and Gersich both confirmed Wednesday that they will return to school for another season ...

Smith retires from pro football, wants to leave while still healthy

FARGO — One of North Dakota’s all-time most decorated football players is leaving the game. Ryan Smith, the owner of three Division I FCS national title rings at North Dakota State, is retiring after three professional seasons in the Canadian Football League. The Wahpeton native said he ...

Fascinating insight into Wentz’s hunting passion

FARGO — It’s their field away from Carson Wentz’s field, where the only cameras are those in the hands of Carson or his brother, Zach Wentz. And for the fans of the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback, “Wentz Bros Outdoors” provides a glimpse into his life away from football. It’s just ...

Tucker Poolman signs with Winnipeg Jets

GRAND FORKS —Tucker Poolman was surrounded by cameras and microphones in Winnipeg’s MTS Centre. One reporter asked what he thought about the media circus surrounding his potential signing with the Jets -- the constant chatter on local talk radio, TSN Bob McKenzie breaking his situation ...

This time, NDSU’s Pro Day was more about the big guys

FARGO — Last year was more about the splash of Carson Wentz’s right arm and the national notoriety that went along with the star quarterback. With the NFL Network and ESPN at North Dakota State’s annual Pro Day, the Wentz wagon started rolling. This year was more about the two-ton Chevy ...