North Dakota Sports

Klieman doesn’t expect new kickoff fair catch rule to change Bison mindset

FARGO — The NCAA has changed its kickoff rules for this football season, allowing return teams to fair catch the ball anywhere inside the 25-yard line and have it count as a touchback. North Dakota State head coach Chris Klieman doesn’t think the rule change will alter how his team ...

Hawks’ Week 1 opponent presents plenty of unknowns

GRAND FORKS — The Mississippi Valley State football program is known for alums Jerry Rice and Deacon Jones. As for the 2018 Delta Devils, who knows? The official website still doesn’t have a 2018 roster and the Southwestern Athletic Conference school in Itta Bena, Miss., has a first-year ...

Andrew MacWilliam hopes to be a leader for Sabres prospects

GRAND FORKS — Andrew MacWilliam wore a captain’s letter before coming to the University of North Dakota. He did it again in college. Since leaving school, he’s worn an ‘A’ with the Toronto Marlies, Manitoba Moose and the Rochester Americans, who last season snapped their longest ...

Celtics’ Kyrie Irving honored by mother’s Sioux tribe

FORT YATES (AP) — Standing on a bison pelt, Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving was smudged with sacred grasses, presented with traditional quilts and eagle feathers and given a Lakota name that means "Little Mountain" as he was welcomed Thursday into his mother's Standing Rock Sioux tribe. The ...

UND names Ketteringham as starting quarterback

GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota football team has named a starting quarterback. Junior Nate Ketteringham, a transfer from Sacramento State, has won the three-man race, the program announced Tuesday morning. Ketteringham, who is 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds, arrived in Grand Forks in ...

Celtics’ Irving to visit reservation

BISMARCK (AP) — Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving is set to visit the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, where his late mother was once part of the tribe. The Rapid City Journal reports that the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe will hold a ceremony for Irving on Thursday in honor of his first visit to ...

Halfway through August, it’s business as usual for Bison football

FARGO — Looking for a couple of backup linebackers and checking out the true freshmen to see if they can immediately play at a top NCAA Division I FCS level. That’s about where North Dakota State is at with the “fall camp” version of August practice winding up Monday, Aug. 20. From a ...

FCS powerhouse NDSU poised to keep its perch

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — At least one ticket broker advertising upcoming events for the Fargo area is promoting prices at $68 for O.A.R., $71 for Jason Mraz, $90 for Toby Keith, $93 for LeAnn Rimes, $103 for Blink 182 — and $122 for the college football game between Delaware and North Dakota ...

Bridges developing into a ‘shutdown’ cornerback

FARGO — It was a year ago at this time when Marquise Bridges was going into his sophomore season as one of those guys who maybe had a chance to help the team. He was down a ways on the North Dakota State cornerback depth chart after all. With starters Jalen Allison and Jaylaan Wimbush not ...

UND football will conduct live scrimmage today

GRAND FORKS — Fall camp for the University of North Dakota football program hits the halfway mark today. Fighting Hawks coach Bubba Schweigert will use the midway point, Practice No. 12, to conduct a 50-play live scrimmage at Memorial Stadium starting at 9 a.m. in order to evaluate his ...

After losing five starters, UND volleyball enters new league with a new look

GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota volleyball coach Mark Pryor isn’t anxiously awaiting the Summit League preseason volleyball poll, which will come out later this month. “Don’t care,” Pryor said Tuesday afternoon as his team went through drills at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. ...

Bison fullback Robbins expected to be a versatile piece in team offense

FARGO — North Dakota State fullback Brock Robbins hasn’t found the end zone during his Bison career, even though he was a touchdown-scoring machine when he played high school football for the Cavalier Tornadoes. His college touchdown drought could end this fall, however, with the 6-foot-1, ...

Bison trying to find ways to get their deep stable of running backs the ball

FARGO — It’s a fact in football that only one ball is allowed on the field during a game. It’s a fact North Dakota State returns a wealth of experienced running backs uncommon for most Division I FCS programs. Bruce Anderson. Lance Dunn. Ty Brooks. Seth Wilson. Adam Cofield. Demaris ...

UND hockey lands No. 1 USHL draft choice

GRAND FORKS — Stephen Halliday was selected No. 1 overall in the United States Hockey League draft this spring. That already puts him into impressive company. He joined a list that features three-time Stanley Cup champion Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, NCAA champion Jimmy Hayes of ...

Turf wars: More schools are installing artificial turf

FARGO — Artificial turf has become almost a fictitious character thought to have the answers to all of life’s problems for athletic directors. It symbolizes a hope for less injuries to athletes and a safe haven from Mother Nature. But is it the answer? “We couldn’t be happier with our ...

Plenty of options on Bison defense to replace Tre Dempsey’s leadership

FARGO — The unquestioned leader on the North Dakota State defense last year was free safety Tre Dempsey, who could be quiet and unassuming off the field but vocal between the lines. Dempsey has since graduated, taking his skillset to another facet of life. The issue of his replacement this ...