North Dakota Sports

Tanguay open to position switch as training for pro football shot begins

FARGO — Former North Dakota State defensive lineman Nate Tanguay leaves next week to start training for a shot at professional football. It’s a quest that may even include a position change to the offensive line. Whatever it takes to get there, he said. “I don’t know if it will ever ...

Incoming athletic director looks to rekindle rivalries, develop programs

GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota athletic department enters a new era next fall, moving the majority of the school’s sports programs from the Big Sky Conference to the Summit League. The football team will soon follow to the Missouri Valley Football Conference. On the morning ...

UND hires Eastern Washington’s Bill Chaves as next athletic director

GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota has hired Bill Chaves from Eastern Washington as the school's next athletic director. The school has set a press conference for 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 16, in Ralph Engelstad Arena to introduce Chaves. Chaves signed a four-year contract worth ...

Hawks down Weber State in another solid performance

GRAND FORKS — Weber State, most likely, made its final trip to The Betty on Saturday, Jan. 13. And that’s too bad. The University of North Dakota-Weber State games in the Big Sky Conference have been some of the more highly competitive and entertaining games the Hawks have had since their ...

Bemidji State’s Zach Whitecloud drawing big NHL interest

GRAND FORKS — Hall of Famers Steve Yzerman and Rob Blake hovered outside the Bemidji State locker room after a game against Bowling Green last month. The two NHL legends were there on business. They are the general managers of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Los Angeles Kings -- and they ...

Ex-UND star Boeser named to NHL All-Star Game

GRAND FORKS – In his last trip to Amalie Arena, Brock Boeser had a goal and four points in the NCAA national championship game, leading the University of North Dakota to its eighth title. When he goes back in a couple of weeks, it will be as an NHL All-Star. Boeser was named to the NHL ...

UND hockey players aware nobody is guaranteed lineup spot

GRAND FORKS – University of North Dakota coach Brad Berry watched the college football national championship game Monday night, Jan. 8, with his 12-year-old son, Bauer, and noticed something that looked familiar. Alabama benched starting quarterback Jalen Hurts at halftime, looking for a ...

The last time NDSU played on grass was last trip to Frisco

FRISCO, Texas -- The last time North Dakota State played on a grass field, Carson Wentz was improving his stock that made him the No. 2 overall draft pick in the National Football League. The scene, at Toyota Stadium in the 2015 Football Championship Subdivision title game, should look familiar ...

No more Blais as new Omaha coach comes to Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS -- Dean Blais won’t be cracking jokes at today’s University of North Dakota fan luncheon. He won’t be standing behind either bench. He won’t be delivering an entertaining analysis to the media after the game. After a long, decorated college hockey career as a head coach ...

Vikings could have another Thielen story with the signing of Brandon Zylstra

FARGO — The grade-school assignment was simple. Draw a picture of yourself of what you want to be when you grow up. It didn’t take very long for Brandon Zylstra to produce a picture that his mother would later display after his high school graduation. The artwork showed Zylstra wearing a ...

Bison, Dukes have been on collision course for FCS showdown

FARGO (AP) — The North Dakota State Bison and their fans owned Frisco, Texas, for five straight championship seasons, not only on the football field but in area hotels, restaurants and sports bars. Now returning after a one-year interruption, the Bison will find suburban Dallas a bit more ...

For Urzendowski, it was 38 seconds of great memories at Toyota Stadium

FARGO -- This week, RJ Urzendowski will return to the scene of perhaps the greatest one minute in the history of North Dakota State wide receivers. At the least, it was 38 seconds of drama at the highest stage of Division I FCS football. A true freshman in the 2014 title game, Urzendowski ...

Bison prepared for the bevy of on- and off-the-field Frisco activities

FARGO — North Dakota State has implemented almost its entire game plan in advance of facing James Madison University of Virginia on Saturday for the Division I FCS national championship. That includes pinpointing the best bowler on the team. Before trying to win the football game, redshirt ...

UND opens Big Sky play Friday against league favorite Idaho

GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota wrapped up its most demanding nonconference schedule in program history with an overtime loss at No. 19 Gonzaga on Dec. 16. The Fighting Hawks nearly pulled off the upset of the college basketball season — leading much of the game against the ...

UND commit Hain ready to face future team

GRAND FORKS — In March, Gavin Hain lined up against two of his future University of North Dakota hockey teammates when his Grand Rapids High School team played against Ethan Frisch, Carter Randklev and the Moorhead Spuds for the Minnesota state boys championship. Hain had a hat trick in that ...

Bison athletic director worries about coaching ‘burnout’ with recruiting

FARGO — The plan in landing North Dakota State’s 2018 football recruiting class began last January when the Bison staff returned from the American Football Coaches Association annual convention. It was obvious that the NCAA was going to approve a new early-signing date for Division I in ...

Bison stampede into FCS championship game with 55-13 victory

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Bruce Anderson scored five touchdowns — four in the first half — and North Dakota State rolled up 642 yards offense in crushing Sam Houston State 55-13 on Friday night to advance to the FCS championship game. The second-seeded Bison will face the winner of Saturday's ...