North Dakota Sports

Olson taking foundation he learned at NDSU football to Indiana State

FARGO — The golf game hasn’t gotten any better, but Grant Olson isn’t living in Terre Haute, Ind., these days to lower his handicap. The husband of LPGA Tour player Amy (Anderson) Olson is trying to turn around the Indiana State football program as an assistant coach. So far, the results ...

From foes to linemates: Jones, Kawaguchi finally team up

GRAND FORKS – Jordan Kawaguchi and Nick Jones of the University of North Dakota looked at each other. They shook their heads. And Kawaguchi said the first thing that came to his mind when he found out that he was going to start his college career as linemates with Jones. “Here we ...

Athleticism, grit has helped Hendricks pick up Bison defense at fast clip

FARGO — The total yards James Hendricks produced as a quarterback in high school added up to almost 3½ miles, which is a long way if you’re trying to sprint a 5K much less grind it out on a 100-yard football field. It made him a Division I prospect -- on offense -- and that’s where he ...

UND grad Poolman makes Winnipeg opening-night roster

GRAND FORKS – In six years, Tucker Poolman has gone from being cut by some North American Hockey League teams to making an NHL opening-day roster. The Winnipeg Jets made their final preseason cuts Tuesday, Oct. 3, and when they were done, the East Grand Forks (Minn.) Senior High and ...

Bison cruise to win over Missouri State

FARGO — North Dakota State played backward Saturday afternoon, Sept. 30, at the Fargodome. The run-heavy Bison went to the air early for offensive success. Junior quarterback Easton Stick passed for 121 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter to help spark No. 2-ranked NDSU to a 38-11 ...

UND looks to right the ship at UC Davis

By Tom Miller Forum News Service DAVIS, Calif. -- The University of North Dakota football program flew to the West Coast on Friday afternoon, Sept. 29, but more accurately limped to California. UND limped, both because the Fighting Hawks are trying to regroup from a pair of concerning ...

Bison dig into ND’s secret 9-man gold mine to find offensive line recruits

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO – There probably isn’t a county road in North Dakota that North Dakota State assistant football coach Randy Hedberg hasn’t driven. It’s his job, after all, to search all corners of the state to find the next Bison players. But in the case of ...

Bison offense: highly efficient, productive

FARGO — True, and there’s no debating it, the nonconference schedule for North Dakota State in the last month was two-thirds soft and one-third pretty good -- although that game ended up being a rout, also. And there’s also no debating this either: The offense was pretty good, no matter ...

UND hires consultants to review Faison, top athletic officials

GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy has hired a consulting firm to review top officials in the athletic department. UND athletic director Brian Faison told his head coaches to set up a meeting with a consulting firm between the days of Sept. 11-13, according to an ...

UND’s Jones happy for second shot at college hockey

GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota forward Nick Jones’ first shot at college hockey came at 18 years old. Now 21, he’s hoping to make the most of his second chance. The junior transfer from Ohio State has impressed coaches and teammates with his work ethic and competitiveness and ...

UND hockey media day an example of this team’s identity

GRAND FORKS — Jayson Hajdu walked briskly through the hallway outside of the University of North Dakota men’s hockey locker room Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 26, looking down at a clipboard in his hand. He poked his head in the visitors’ locker room, where three TV stations were set up, and ...

Dunn on impressive early-season record pace

FARGO — North Dakota State running back Lance Dunn hasn’t been timed in the 40-yard dash for a while and really doesn’t know what it could be right now. He just knows it’s faster than what it was last year. And that’s fast. Ask Robert Morris University (Pa.), which couldn’t get a ...

Twins’ Polanco honors grandfather’s memory with strong play

By Mike Berardino St. Paul Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS — It’s easy to forget now as he hits third for a Twins team steamrolling toward its first postseason berth in seven years, but for two solid months this summer Jorge Polanco wandered around in a fog. There were games to be played ...

Bison backup QB Davis expected to miss ‘at least four weeks’

By Eric Peterson Forum News ServiceFARGO — North Dakota State took a hit to its quarterback depth over the weekend. Bison head coach Chris Klieman said Monday he expects fifth-year senior backup Cole Davis will miss “at least four weeks” with a shoulder separation. Redshirt freshman ...

Kolpack: Bring on the Missouri Valley Football Conference, thankfully

FARGO — At least Robert Morris University’s third trip to Fargo didn’t come without setting some sort of record. The Colonials had six kickoff returns. In the first quarter. You won’t be able to find that in any record book, of course, but it reached the point that by the sixth time, ...

DETROIT — Wherever he goes these days, Byron Buxton has a new constant companion: A rectangular blue box called the True Wave that helps speed his recovery from a bone contusion in his left hand. “That’s my best friend,” Buxton said Saturday afternoon, Sept. 23, as he sat at his Comerica Park locker. In between baseball activities at the park and during his down time at the hotel or while flying from city to city, Buxton has found relief in hooking up a small, oval-shaped electrode patch to the back of his hand and letting the electronic stimulator work its magic. “You don’t feel anything” while it’s on, Buxton said, but that changes once he removes the patch and holds his hand down by his side. “I feel a rush of blood,” Buxton said. “It’s like a tingling feeling but it feels good.” Since suffering the injury on an awkward swing on Wednesday, Aug. 30, Buxton has made 20 starts and hit .293 with a .361 on-base percentage in 83 trips. However, he also has 24 strikeouts against just five unintentional walks in that span. Seven of those strikeouts came during an 0-for-10 showing this week in his first career series at Yankee Stadium. Facing Yankees reliever David Robertson in Monday night’s sixth inning, he fouled off a pitch and immediately felt a stinging sensation shoot through his injured hand. “I think I got a backup slider or backup cutter and it was inside,” Buxton said. “I was trying to keep my hands inside and fouled it off. As I was swinging, I was like, ‘I feel good, I feel good.’ Then I got to that one point and I was like, ‘Ouch!’ Right after that, I was like, ‘Wow, that didn’t feel good!’ “ Buxton walked around for 10 seconds or so, let his hand “calm back down” and stepped back into the box to complete his strikeout. After that Sept. 18 game, he was using the True Wave when he asked the Twins’ medical staff for a favor. “I was like, ‘All right, I’ve got to do something,’ “ he said. “I asked them, ‘Can I take this machine home?’ They said, ‘Yeah, you can take it home.’ And I haven’t taken it back to them since.” Buxton has been using the stim machine now for about 10 days, but since the first night at Yankee Stadium he’s been using it for up to 45 minutes at a time in two different periods “right before I actually fall asleep.” He uses it in the morning when he wakes up as well, then more at the ballpark, before and after games. “I do a little laser, and that usually calms it down and keeps (the pain) manageable,” he said. “Whenever I put it back on, it gives my hand a little more comfort. It’s been feeling a whole lot better the more that I do it.” Through the first two games of this series against the Tigers, Buxton was 4 for 8 with two doubles, four runs batted in and three runs scored. New approach to international scouting The decision to part ways with longtime Twins international scouting coordinator Howard Norsetter had as much to do with a changing bonus structure for international talent than any other factor. Under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, major league organizations will pursue amateur players and professionals under the age of 25 with the same modest bonus pools. That means, for instance, Japanese two-way sensation Shohei Otani, expected to sign with a big-league team this winter, will count against the same 2017-18 bonus pool as 16-year-olds from Latin America. The Twins, who traded for an extra $500,000 in bonus-pool money from the Washington Nationals, have $5.75 million to spend in that realm during this period. “Historically you did have markets all over the place where you could run independently,” Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said. “The way the bonus structures worked, there was no cap, there were no limitations. Now we have it all under one umbrella. Where we devote our time, our resources and otherwise, we’ve revisited that to some degree.” Under this “restructuring,” Falvey said the Twins would likely “re-appropriate some resources” toward Latin American countries. Fred Guerrero, 37, has served as the club’s Latin American scouting coordinator for the past several years and could take on a larger role under this new structure. “I know that most teams now have one person managing the pool because it all comes out of the same pot,” Falvey said. “In our minds we wanted to make sure we streamlined that moving forward.” Briefly Falvey said the Twins have advance scouts on site for all potential American League postseason opponents but will wait to scout National League teams until the postseason begins, should they secure the final AL wild-card spot. They also could have minor-league managers and special assistants Torii Hunter, LaTroy Hawkins and Michael Cuddyer conduct video scouting of potential postseason opponents. The Cleveland Indians juggled their rotation for next week’s series against the Twins at Progressive Field. Right-handers Josh Tomlin and Danny Salazar will start on Tuesday and Wednesday with Thursday’s starter now likely to come from either Trevor Bauer or Carlos Carrasco. Mike Clevinger is heading to the bullpen.

FARGO — North Dakota State running back Lance Dunn’s yards-per-carry average is starting to look like a typo in the Bison football statistics. After three games, the junior is averaging nearly 14 yards per attempt. Dunn needed only three carries to gain 111 yards and run for three scores ...

Montana State hands UND its second straight blowout loss; Hawks drop to 1-3

GRAND FORKS — In two previous meetings, the University of North Dakota pushed Montana State around -- using a dominating run game to rack up big numbers and wins against the Bobcats. Montana State apparently was tired of the UND treatment So the Bobcats took out plenty of frustration ...

UND seeks to regroup, continue Big Sky win streak against Montana State

GRAND FORKS -- Simply put, the University of North Dakota football team -- a top 10 team at the time -- got smacked in the mouth last week. South Dakota put a 45-7 drubbing on UND, which came into the game ranked No. 10 in the FCS. It was supposed to be the FCS game of the week in the ...

Robert Morris head coach building program the old school, NFL way

FARGO — There’s a lot of history in Robert Morris University, starting with the namesake of the school. He’s one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence, among other ventures. The football program is not shy about tapping into history, either. The head coach, John Banaszak, was ...