North Dakota Sports

Zimmer to take time off from Vikings after 8th eye surgery

By Chris Tomasson St. Paul Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS — Vikings coach Mike Zimmer will leave the team for a short period to recover from his eighth eye surgery, including missing organized team activities this week. “Coach Zimmer will be taking time away from the team to dedicate to ...

Finishing with a flurry

GRAND FORKS — During his first three years at North Dakota State, former Grand Forks Red River standout Danny Palmiscno was a backup catcher. This season, Bison coach Tod Brown sees something different. "He's got the golden egg, and he's not letting it go," Brown said. The golden egg is ...

Tuwei makes it four straight Fargo Marathon wins for native Kenyans

FARGO — For almost 20 miles, David Tuwei and Bernard Too were almost like buddies running around the streets and bike paths of Fargo-Moorhead. It was a different story the last six. Tuwei broke away to win his second men’s Scheels Fargo Marathon in three years finishing with a time of 2 ...

UND undecided on the future of Hyslop Pool

GRAND FORKS — On the south end of the University of North Dakota campus, at the corner of Demers Avenue and 42nd Street South, Ray Richards Golf Course sits unused and empty. UND's administration closed the course this year as the school said it needed to narrow its focus during a budget ...

Bison upset defending national champion, fall to Tulsa

NORMAN, Okla. — North Dakota State’s bid to reach the championship game of the NCAA regional softball tournament at the University of Oklahoma fell short when Tulsa scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning to beat the Bison 2-1. The loss came just hours after the Bison upset ...

Tesfaye repeats as women’s champion at Scheels Fargo Marathon

FARGO — Two Scheels Fargo Marathons. Two convincing and dominating performances by the hometown kid. Fargo South graduate Semehar Tesfaye, now living and training in Boston, went wire-to-wire in taking the women's division Saturday, May 20, with a time of 2 hours, 38 minutes, 9 seconds. She ...

Kolpack: Volleyball coaching change was a win-win for everybody

FARGO — It's debatable whether an elephant could fit through the big double doors at Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse on the North Dakota State campus, but figuratively speaking it has left the room. That cloud that surrounded the head volleyball coach's contract not being renewed after this ...

At 92, WWII vet enjoys the Fargo Marathon 5K because he likes to compete

FARGO — Rolf Slen was a navigator on a B24 bomber in World War II that flew 40 missions over the Pacific Ocean, with targets in the Philippines, China and Japan. The last mission came a few days before Japan surrendered. So when it comes to the Fargo Marathon 5K Hero Run/Walk on Friday ...

Hockey’s Steve Johnson highlights Hall of Fame class at UND

GRAND FORKS — At age 50, Steve Johnson was still setting hockey records at the University of North Dakota. The former national champion forward, Hrkac Circus line member and Hobey Baker Award finalist added another distinction to his storied hockey career last spring. When UND won the NCAA ...

NDSU’s Anderson adjusting from small-town star to D1 softball

FARGO — The high school softball statistics of North Dakota State sophomore Vanessa Anderson look like something out of a video game. She hit .607 her senior year and left Byron High School in the southeastern corner of Minnesota with seven state prep records. She had all of nine at bats as ...

Marathon timing devices getting even smaller for this year’s event

FARGO — The Scheels Fargo Marathon has gone through some changes in its 13 years of existence, mostly in the form of route changes and an increasing number of participants. The timing company that has kept track of all the runners and walkers has also seen some adjustments over the ...

Secret to sudden success for Twins’ Berrios: It’s the ball, stupid

By Mike Berardino St. Paul Pioneer Press CLEVELAND — Saturday afternoon's gem against the Cleveland Indians marked the third time Jose Berrios went directly from Triple-A Rochester to a major league mound, but this time he had an extra benefit on his side. No, not the smudgy pink bill of ...

NCAA selection committee: Gophers softball didn’t have enough Top 25 wins

By Dane Mizutani St. Paul Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS — A little more than 24 hours removed from winning the Big Ten tournament, the Gophers softball team sat in the Stadium Village Buffalo Wild Wings with nothing left to do except celebrate their NCAA tournament berth. Hosting an NCAA ...

Timberwolves owner: Draft lottery luck ‘has not been with us’

By Jace Frederick St. Paul Pioneer Press NEW YORK — A number of people around the Timberwolves organization have asked owner Glen Taylor why he isn’t making the trip to New York for Tuesday's NBA draft lottery. Taylor represented the Wolves at the lottery two years ago, when Minnesota ...

NDSU wins fourth straight Summit softball tourney

FARGO — North Dakota State softball coach Darren Mueller took his dog for a walk Saturday morning, picking up some rocks along the way. He had preached to his team that there are three kinds of people: jellybeans, marshmallows and rocks. Marshmallows melt when put over a flame. Jelly beans ...

Bison women maintain dynasty with 10th straight title

FARGO — At this rate, North Dakota State may have to consider expanding its indoor track and field facility. They're running out of room to hang all the banners. The Bison women continued their onslaught on the Summit League winning the outdoor title for the 10th consecutive season Saturday, ...

Bison men take eighth straight Summit outdoor track title

FARGO — It was a warm day at the men's Summit League Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday afternoon, May 13. The heat was applied by North Dakota State. The Bison capitalized on a dominant performance by their throwers with enough firepower on the track to take their eighth ...

A year later, former UND baseball players finding success in new homes

GRAND FORKS — When Jeff Dodson was told his Univeristy of North Dakota baseball program was cut last April, the former head coach fielded a call from Southern Miss assistant coach Chad Calliet. The call originally covered condolences from an old friend but quickly turned to ...