North Dakota Sports

Wentz launches foundation focused on helping others

OXBOW — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz formed his own foundation by blending three personal interests: his faith, his love of the outdoors and dogs. “To some people it’s kind of random what we’re focusing on, but at the end of the day it’s what I’m passionate ...

‘This is home’ says Wentz on bringing Eagles receivers to Fargo

FARGO — Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had a quick response when asked why he brought wide receivers from the Eagles to Fargo to train. “This is home,” said Wentz, the former North Dakota State star quarterback. For the second straight day, Wentz and Eagles wide receivers ...

Title game foes now teammates for Lions all-star game this week

By Greg DeVillers Forum News Service FARGO — What might have been is a matter of inches for Tronis McKay. With a state championship on the line, Kyle Henningsgard spotted up for a 3-point shot in the right corner of the basketball court. McKay rushed to defend from Henningsgard's left ...

We are the champions (of the offseason)!

By Tom Powers St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL — Honestly, I don’t know how we do it. As soon as the games stop, we are unbeatable. Once again, the rest of the nation is inhaling our exhaust fumes. As the sports world looks on in amazement, we here in Minnesota are awash in A+ draft ...

Twins rookie who sent minor league on fire gets his chance

By Mike Berardino St. Paul Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS -- In long, dull game for a solid Target Field crowd, the highlight was a pop out. Twins rookie Zack Granite popped out to left as a pinch hitter in the eighth inning of a 5-1 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, but it was an 11-pitch at-bat ...

Twins leave too many runners on base, fall to Orioles 5-1

MINNEAPOLIS -- Despite an 11.69 ERA over Wade Miley's previous six starts, Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter stood by his left-hander and gave him one more start before the All-Star break. Miley overcame his recent issues -- mainly control of his pitches -- to provide a boost for ...

X Games brings hype, culture of action sports to Minnesota

MINNEAPOLIS — Helmets and pads will be donned by elite athletes this month at U.S. Bank Stadium, but don’t expect everyone to be wearing Vikings purple and gold. Minneapolis is gearing up to host its first Summer X Games, the top annual competition for action sport athletes to compete for ...

U.S. Bank Stadium provides ideal locale for X Games

By Robb Jeffries Forum News Service MINNEAPOLIS — Come rain or shine, X Games Minneapolis will go on. That factor played a sizeable role in bringing the four-day sporting event to the Twin Cities starting July 13. After three years just outside Austin, Texas, organizers were looking to ...

Twins sign Colon to boost starting pitching

By John Shipley St. Paul Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS -- Looking for pitching help, the Twins went to a reliable source on Friday, agreeing to terms with amaranthine right-hander Bartolo Colon, who agreed to terms on a minor league contract but seems a lock to join the major league ...

Izzo: Worst-case expansion scenario for Summit League could be fatal

FARGO — As we prepare to head into the heat of the summer, the Summit League needs to be prepared for a different milestone: The possible dissolution of the league. This may seem like overreaction, but after the news of the departure of Indiana Purdue-Indianapolis last week, the league and ...

UND signs basketball coach Jones to four-year contract extension

GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota men’s basketball coach Brian Jones signed a four-year contract extension, the school announced Thursday, ending a lengthy process that included a two-month extension in order to buy more time for negotiations. UND athletic director Brian Faison said ...

UND remains confident in Summit League despite IUPUI move

GRAND FORKS – In January, the University of North Dakota announced its intent to leave the Big Sky Conference for the Summit League and Missouri Valley Football Conference. Before UND even officially lands in the Summit League in the 2018-19 school year, however, the conference has lost a ...

Bison football recruiting class reaches double digits at record pace

FARGO — Those days of North Dakota State getting a rush of football verbal commitments in November or December are so far in the rearview mirror that you can’t see them anymore. This week, in the middle of summer, the Bison hit the jackpot of sorts with six commits in one day. It’s ...

Nashville takes UND forward Grant Mismash in second round of NHL Draft

GRAND FORKS — An uncharacteristically quiet NHL Draft day for the University of North Dakota ended Saturday afternoon with only one name being called. Incoming rookie forward Grant Mismash was selected by the Western Conference champion Nashville Predators in the second round, No. 61 ...

Oksendahl, Enget earn NDAPSSA Special Achievement award

By GREG DEVILLERS The Grand Forks Herald Rod Oksendahl started a new phase in his long coaching career when he accepted a position as assistant coach on the Mayville State University football team this winter. Oksendahl is leaving behind a lifetime of success after 43 seasons at the high ...

Hughes’ return provides glimmer of pitching hope

By Mike Berardino St. Paul Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS — Coming off a depressing four-game sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Indians, the Twins finally got some encouraging news on Monday, jUNE 19. Right-hander Phil Hughes, out since May 21 with shoulder stiffness, traveled to Triple-A ...

UND football program names Schwenzfeier as recruiting coordinator

By Tom Miller Forum News Service GRAND FORKS — Fifth-year University of North Dakota football assistant coach Joel Schwenzfeier has received a new job title. UND head coach Bubba Schweigert tagged Schwenzfeier on Monday, June 19 as the program’s recruiting coordinator, a position vacated ...