North Dakota Sports

Montana State trying to catch top-level FCS teams in facilities arms race

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — Montana State head football coach Jeff Choate began his press conference this week with a reference to practicing football during the winter in Bozeman, Mont. There’s nothing more Choate would like under his tree this Christmas than an indoor ...

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UND elevates Danny Freund to offensive coordinator By Tom Miller Forum News Service GRAND FORKS — A familiar face will be the new offensive play-caller for the University of North Dakota football team. UND has promoted wide receivers coach Danny Freund to offensive coordinator, the ...

Valley rewards Bison players at record all-league pace

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — The North Dakota State football program broke another school record on Monday, Nov. 26. This one speaks to the level of authority the Bison had on the Missouri Valley Football Conference this fall. NDSU put 15 players on either the all-Valley ...

Where does former UND coach Dave Hakstol stand after Flyers fire GM?

By Brad Elliott Schlossman Forum News Service PHILADELPHIA - The Philadelphia Flyers fired general manager Ron Hextall on Monday morning, Nov. 26, after a 10-11-2 start to the season. The Flyers have already used five different goaltenders this season and have the worst save percentage in ...

Bison get No. 1 overall seed in FCS playoffs

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — For the eighth straight year, players from the North Dakota State football team will have the opportunity to go home for Thanksgiving. The caveat: Their season is not over. The Bison were awarded the No. 1 overall seed on Sunday morning, Nov. ...

Bismarck Century wins fourth straight volleyball title

Bismarck Century got its volleyball four-peat at the Minot State Dome Saturday night, but Mandan made the Patriots earn it. With much of the near full house cheering for Mandan, the Patriots put together a clutch 9-0 run in the fourth set to erase an 11-7 deficit before closing out the set, ...

UND’s playoff hopes sink as Northern Arizona upsets Fighting Hawks 31-16

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — University of North Dakota football followers spent the week trying to decode what needed to happen for the Fighting Hawks to make the FCS playoffs. On Saturday, Nov. 17, the UND football team took care of the most important angle of postseason scenarios. The Fighting ...

No. 1-ranked Bison cruise to victory, cap undefeated regular season

FARGO — North Dakota State put an exclamation point on an undefeated regular season Saturday afternoon, Nov. 17, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. The No. 1-ranked Bison piled up more than 600 yards and steamrolled to a 65-17 victory against Southern Illinois in Missouri Valley ...

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 ...