North Dakota Sports

Clock strikes midnight on Cinderella Packers in state loss

West Fargo players and coaches admit even they were hesitant to think they could make a run to the semifinals of the Class A state volleyball tournament. But with that unexpected goal out of the way, aspirations are likely to be set much higher in the coming years. The Packers' surprise ...

Stick continues to learn the QB trade from Wentz

FARGO — Every day Easton Stick shows up for work at the North Dakota State football complex, a part of Carson Wentz also comes with him. Give the Bison quarterback and his teammates credit for Stick’s 44-3 record as a starter, but also give an assist to Wentz. The Philadelphia Eagles ...

Defending champ Century drops Davies in state volleyball semifinals

Early in Friday's Class A state volleyball tournament semifinal match, a Fargo Davies student was heard expressing a sentiment many coaches have likely felt when facing Bismarck Century star hitter Lauren Ware this season. "It's not fair." Arguably the most dominant player in the state, Ware ...

UND football’s season on the line at Northern Arizona

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Many of the recent FCS playoff scenarios circulating online by media prognosticators have been kind to the University of North Dakota. The common view is the Fighting Hawks as a first-round host. The only issue for UND and coach Bubba Schweigert? This is all assuming a ...

Shanley falls to Mandan in five sets in state volleyball

Down 2-0 to Fargo Shanley, Mandan had to dig deep. All-around ace Olivia Moe, one of seven Mandan seniors, had a better remedy for the Braves. “We knew we could do it, we just had to get our heads out of our butts,” Moe said. “We have a very senior-heavy team. We try not to get too high ...

Kolpack: Stick joins NDSU’s exclusive ‘Five-Touchdown Club’

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — This weekend in the Springfield-Branson area of Missouri was peak season for colorful fall foliage. Just beyond Plaster Stadium, under clear skies, shades of yellow, green and orange leaves glistened in the sunlight. Inside the stadium, the color of note was red, as in the ...

No. 1-ranked Bison clinch MVFC title outright, roll past Missouri State

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - North Dakota State didn’t waste any time in wrapping up sole possession of the Missouri Valley Football Conference championship. The No. 1-ranked Bison scored touchdowns on their first four possessions against Missouri State on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 10, at Plaster ...

Valley, FCS playoff prospects are a mess

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Yes, North Dakota State's victory over Missouri State was impressive. Quarterback Easton Stick was surgical early, the Bison defense could've been arrested for assault and larceny and if head coach Chris Klieman's phone hasn't been buzzing with job offers from bigger ...

Nelson pick-6 lifts UND past Portland State, 17-10

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — Lenny Nelson IV picked off a tipped Davis Alexander pass and returned it 58 yards for what proved to be the game-winning touchdown early in the fourth quarter of North Dakota's 17-10 comeback victory over Portland State on Saturday afternoon. Facing an unrelenting ...

Backup quarterback lifts Thompson to 9-man state football title

FARGO — When standout quarterback Cadyn Schwabe went down with a game-ending collarbone injury early in the third quarter, Clay Odenbach got an unexpected call. The junior responded by leading Thompson to three second-half touchdown drives. That helped the Tommies beat New Salem-Glen Ullin ...

Cardinals capture title, snap 23-game win streak for H-CV

FARGO — Langdon Area-Edmore-Munich junior linebacker Sidney Ullyott admits that for him to be 160 pounds, he'd need to be soaking wet. But he also knows that has nothing to do with his ability to play football. "It doesn't matter how much you weigh," Ullyott said. "You just gotta work every ...

Final-play stop gives Bismarck 3A football title

FARGO — Bismarck High didn’t make a lot of stops against Bismarck Century Friday in the North Dakota Class 3A state championship football game at the Fargodome. But it made the plays when it had to. The Demons broke up a fourth-down pass on the last play of the game to hold on for a 21-16 ...

UND returns to Miami University after last year’s fateful series

OXFORD, Ohio — The players walked through the loading dock Thursday afternoon, Nov. 8, to haul their gear back into Goggin Ice Arena. It was sunny, the temperature was around 50 degrees. The players were upbeat, on a four-game winning streak ahead of this weekend’s series against Miami ...

Petrino, blocked punt helps Idaho beat UND

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — Mason Petrino threw an 8-yard touchdown pass to Jeff Cotton Jr. with 27 seconds left to help Idaho rally for a 31-27 win over North Dakota on Saturday. Petrino finished 27-of-50 passing for 277 yards and two scores with no interceptions. Cotton had 10 receptions for 137 ...

Bison survive scare, edge Youngstown State for share of MVFC title

FARGO — North Dakota State once again climbed to the summit of the Missouri Valley Football Conference, but Youngstown State made the Bison scratch and claw to get there Saturday afternoon, Nov. 3, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. The No. 1-ranked Bison scored 10 points in the ...

Heart of Bison Gold: Michaels back on Dome microphone

FARGO — Veteran North Dakota State football fans can count on two fingers the number of public address announcers that they have heard over the years at home games. The voices become so familiar that it’s like part of their fabric of the game. One was missing for the last five weeks. On ...

Hawks come up short

GRAND FORKS — A run-stopping defense and a methodical offense. It was the formula the University of North Dakota utilized to run off three consecutive easy victories over Northern Colorado, Montana and Sacramento State. On Saturday, Oct. 27, Weber State gave the Fighting Hawks a dose of ...

Bison linebacker Brown goes all-out on special teams

FARGO — Jaxon Brown has heard the stories about his father's football career at the University of Minnesota. Some family members and friends of Guy Brown tell Jaxon of a player who was a warrior on kickoff coverage for the Gophers. Which probably explains why Jaxon is perfecting that role ...

No. 1-ranked Bison defeat Illinois State, remain in first place in Valley

FARGO — North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick inflicted damage early, the Bison defense was solid and special teams delivered difference-making plays. That three-phase elixir carried No. 1-ranked NDSU to a 28-14 victory against No. 7-ranked Illinois State on Saturday, Oct. 20, in ...

UND views linebacker Tanner Palmborg’s injury as long term

GRAND FORKS — A rare blemish on an otherwise stellar Saturday, Oct. 13, for the University of North Dakota football team was a knee injury to starting outside linebacker Tanner Palmborg. On Monday, UND coach Bubba Schweigert confirmed the negative outlook. “It’s not official but it ...