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McFeely: Bison defense a nightmare for Northern Iowa

FARGO — If somebody in Cedar Falls, Iowa, wants to scare the stuffing out Eli Dunne on Halloween, they’ll dress in a green and yellow football jersey with the No. 49 on it. The Northern Iowa quarterback will be seeing it in his nightmares for awhile anyway. Nick DeLuca, the North Dakota ...

No. 2 Bison overpower Northern Iowa, remain undefeated

FARGO -- North Dakota State maintained its stronghold on the Missouri Valley Football Conference Saturday afternoon, Oct. 28, with just that -- strength. A relentless defense was too much for Northern Iowa to handle and the Bison went on to a 30-14 victory before 18,687 fans at Gate City Bank ...

The gift of Nick: Adoption was a blessing for the parents of Bison linebacker

FARGO — This having-a-child thing was hard. As the years went by, each one seemingly more painful than the previous, Chery DeLuca would look at friends, neighbors or anybody out and about with a family, and wonder why me. Why couldn’t she have a little boy or a little girl? She wanted to ...

Kolpack: Toughest player on the field Saturday may be the Bison head coach

FARGO – Asked to name the toughest player on the North Dakota State football team, head coach Chris Klieman said he wouldn’t want to do that out of the risk of discrediting the other players. Suffice to say, there are plenty of options on the team. “We have a lot of tough kids,” ...

Poganski searches for first point

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Austin Poganski started the season with more career college hockey points than anyone on the University of North Dakota roster. Three weeks in, he hasn't been able to add to that total. Poganski, UND's senior captain, is oddly one of two skaters on the roster who ...

Bison punter Koonce adds new role to his nationwide football experience

FARGO — Football has taken Jackson Koonce on a road trip to more places than he probably could have imagined. From his hometown of Oceanside, Calif., to Southern Methodist University (Texas) for a couple of years and then to North Dakota State, the country has been reduced in size in his ...

O’Reilly scores in OT to rally Sabres past Bruins, 5-4

By KEN POWTAK, Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres hope their exciting victory can turn around what's been a slow start so far. Ryan O'Reilly scored 2:59 into overtime to give the Sabres a 5-4 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night, capping a comeback from a pair of ...

Faison era ends at UND

GRAND FORKS — Brian Faison stood behind a podium in the new, $19.5 million High Performance Center on the grounds where an abandoned hockey rink sat when he arrived nine years earlier. In the back of the room, six Division I trophies -- all earned in the last 18 months -- were displayed on a ...

Another rough day for UND in 41-17 loss to Montana

MISSOULA, Mont. -- In one of the prettiest settings in college football, the University of North Dakota football team played one of the ugliest games of the Bubba Schweigert Era. Playing without starting quarterback Keaton Studsrud, the Fighting Hawks’ offense sputtered as No. 24 Montana ...

UND ready to play in rowdy environment in Missoula

MISSOULA, Mont. —This won’t be the first time this season the University of North Dakota football program has traveled west into the mountains to face a fast-paced offense in an unfriendly environment. UND opened the season at Utah against a Top 25 FBS program in front of more than 45,000 ...

Schools, parents, players weigh decisions to play against concussion concerns

GRAND FORKS — Dom Otto wasn't sure how he suffered his first concussion. There was no specific hit on the football field that stood out. It was only because his head continued to hurt that he went to see a trainer and the concussion was diagnosed. The second concussion was a no-doubter, ...

Middle of the road: UND picked fifth, sixth in Big Sky men’s hoops polls

GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota wasn’t picked to win the Big Sky Conference men’s basketball race last season. But the Fighting Hawks surprised many, winning the league’s regular-season title and the postseason championship to earn the program’s first berth in the NCAA ...

Impassioned letter from Belfour helps get 1987 team back together

GRAND FORKS, N.D. -- A couple of weeks ago, Ed Belfour sent an impassioned plea to his former teammates to make it to Grand Forks this weekend. He remarked that after his Hockey Hall of Fame career that included a Stanley Cup, he still considers the 1986-87 UND team as special as any team ...

Kolpack: It’s a gauntlet on steroids for NDSU

FARGO — If you want a lesson in Murderers’ Row football scheduling, try being Don Morton in 1981. The North Dakota State head coach faced road games at Northern Michigan, Northern Arizona and Northern Colorado to open the season and then the home opener against North Dakota. The Bison ...

Davies reaches state soccer semifinals for first time

JAMESTOWN — Looking for the program’s first trip to the North Dakota state soccer semifinals, Fargo Davies coach Ian Costello wasn’t concerned with his team allowing a goal inside the opening three minutes on Thursday night. “I think I got the guys a little too jacked up,” he said. ...

South claims state tennis championship

GRAND FORKS — Fargo South was one set away from losing in the first round of the North Dakota state boys tennis tournament Thursday morning, Oct. 12. Longtime coach Vic Youngs started to think about what could be next. “In the back of my mind, I’m trying to stay positive,” South coach ...

UND defenseman Johnson savors first-career goal

GRAND FORKS – It was 12:37 a.m. back in Grand Forks when Casey Johnson wired a wrist shot into the upper corner of the net for his first-career goal, giving the Fighting Hawks a 3-2 overtime victory at Alaska Anchorage. His family didn’t miss it. Johnson’s parents, aunts, uncles and ...

Brooks’ return to NDSU lineup lasted one play, now coping with another injury

FARGO — North Dakota State sophomore Ty Brooks showed his value at Eastern Washington early last month when he returned a kickoff 41 yards. It came after the Eagles scored to take a 7-3 lead, which to date has been NDSU’s only deficit this season. Starting from near midfield, it didn’t ...