North Dakota Sports

UND to vet assistant hockey coach candidates

GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota will now be able to dig into the applicants for its vacant assistant coaching position. The job posting closed Friday, May 10, after being open for two weeks. The unique part about this posting is that, unlike the last two times an assistant ...

UND men’s basketball coach accepts Illinois State job

GRAND FORKS — The only head men’s basketball coach the University of North Dakota has known in the Division I era is leaving Grand Forks. Fighting Hawks coach Brian Jones has accepted the associate head coaching position at Illinois State. Jones, 48, spent 13 seasons leading UND. The Rock ...

Former UND cornerback Harris nets rookie camp invites from Packers, Redskins

By Tom Miller Forum News Service GRAND FORKS — When the NFL draft ended Saturday, April 27, former University of North Dakota cornerback Deion Harris was a little nervous about not hearing much. “It was quiet,” Harris said. “I thought maybe it was over, but then I figured some team ...

NDSU names Kansas assistant as next head women’s basketball coach

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — Jory Collins was a successful head women's basketball coach at the NCAA Division II level. North Dakota State is banking he can do the same thing in Division I. The Bison named the University of Kansas assistant as the school's next head coach ...

2018 deer season summarized

A total of 48,717 North Dakota deer hunters took approximately 31,350 deer during the 2018 deer gun hunting season, according to a post-season survey conducted by the state Game and Fish Department. Game and Fish made available 55,150 deer gun licenses last year. Overall hunter success was 64 ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Wednesday – Lake Darling opens for boat fishing. Wednesday – Paddlefish snagging season opens. May 11 – Pheasants for the Future Fishing Derby, New Town Marina, 720-6510. May 11 – Souris River Basin Longbeards Lake Darling Fishing Derby, 721-5546. May 12 – AIM Fishing Derby, Four ...

Scholarships available for students

The North Dakota Game Wardens Association, Ray Goetz Memorial Fund and Kupper Chevrolet are together sponsoring scholarships for graduating high school seniors or current higher education students, majoring in law enforcement, wildlife management, fisheries or a related field. Applicants must ...

It will be a weekend of business and pleasure for Bison football

FARGO — The weekend for North Dakota State's football team will begin with a national championship ring ceremony and football scrimmage beginning at 6 p.m. Friday night, April 26. It will end for head coach Matt Entz Sunday afternoon at Target Field in Minneapolis when the Minnesota Twins ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Saturday – ND Sport Fishing Congress Annual Banquet. Bismarck AMVETS, 223-3093. Saturday – Badlands Bass Bandits Tourney, Lake Tschida, 6:30 a.m. May 1 – Paddlefish snagging season opens. May 11 – Pheasants for the Future Fishing Derby, New Town Marina, 720-6510. May 11 – Souris ...

Increase in bighorn sheep population

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s 2018 bighorn sheep survey, completed by recounting lambs in March, revealed a minimum of 283 bighorn sheep in western North Dakota, up 7 percent from 2017 and equal to the five-year average. Altogether, biologists counted 84 rams, 161 ewes and 38 ...

Paddlefish snagging opens May 1

North Dakota’s 2019 paddlefish snagging season opens May 1 and is scheduled to continue through May 21. However, depending on the overall harvest, an early in-season closure may occur with a 24-hour notice issued by the state Game and Fish Department. Legal snagging hours are from 7 a.m. to ...

Ohio prep enrolls early to join Reinholz in NDSU kicker competition

FARGO — It was around the middle of his junior year in high school in Powell, Ohio, when Griffin Crosa figured he would have enough academic credits to get his diploma early. So this January, the North Dakota State football recruit got a jump-start on college and enrolled for the spring ...

Outdoors Calendar

Friday – Full moon, 6:13 a.m. April 27 – ND Sport Fishing Congress Annual Banquet. Bismarck AMVETS, 223-3093. April 27 – Badlands Bass Bandits Tourney, Lake Tschida, 6:30 a.m. May 11 – Pheasants for the Future Fishing Derby, New Town Marina, 720-6510. May 11 – Souris River Basin ...

Game and Fish sponsors Earth Day project

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department is once again celebrating Earth Day by sponsoring clean-up days on publicly owned or managed lands. With Earth Day recognized April 22, each member of a school, Girl Scout, Boy Scout, 4-H club or youth organization who participates in cleaning up ...

Spring mule deer survey begins today

The state Game and Fish Department’s annual spring aerial mule deer survey is set to begin today, Monday, in western North Dakota. Weather permitting, the survey takes a week to complete. During the survey period, people could notice low-flying small airplanes over some parts of the ...

NASP state tournament results

A record 820 archers competed in the North Dakota National Archery in the Schools Program state bull’s-eye tournament March 22-23 in Minot. Oakes students claimed top honors in the elementary (grades 4-6) and middle school (grades 7-8) divisions, while Hankinson received the top prize in the ...

FARGO — After getting a taste of college football by playing in four games last season, Saybein Clark was expected to see more of the field next fall for North Dakota State. Now he may see it a lot. Bison head coach Matt Entz confirmed Wednesday, April 10, that running back Seth Wilson tore the ACL in his knee last Friday in practice and is expected to miss next season. He had surgery this week. That immediately bumped Clark up another spot in the Bison running back line. He got more than enough work during Wednesday morning’s practice. Clark looked gassed after finishing the two hours of drills and plays. “I knew I was going to be put in the rotation a lot more than I was last year,” Clark said. “But with the injury to Seth Wilson, I’m in there more than I ever thought I would.” NDSU was so deep in the backfield last year that Clark, a highly touted recruit out of Sioux City, Iowa, was afforded the ultimate learning season. He got enough work in practice to play in four games, the maximum allowable under a new NCAA rule that preserved his year of eligibility. There will most likely be no more waiting in the wings. Wilson’s departure leaves the Bison with seniors Ty Brooks and Dimitri Williams and junior Adam Cofield in the backfield. The Bison also signed incoming freshmen Jalen Bussey from Tampa, Fla., and Kobe Johnson from Lawrenceville, Ga. Clark ran for over 4,100 yards in his high school career at Bishop Heelan Catholic High School. His signing with NDSU created some buzz after he picked the Bison, despite holding a scholarship offer from the University of Iowa. He averaged 6.5 yards per carry last fall for the Bison on his 14 attempts. There also wasn’t room for many carries with senior running backs Bruce Anderson and Lance Dunn. “Lance and Bruce were big role models for me,” Clark said. “Coming in, I played a lot different than they expected. I bring some different things to the table but they taught me in general things that they do to be better at college football.” Admittedly, college football was a big change last fall for Clark and he said it hit him fast. “The welcome-to-college-football moments happened all the time in fall camp,” he said. “You just get used to the grind and get used to practicing as a Division I football player. You know what you need to bring to the table every day and how hard you have to work to be good.” Wilson’s injury was of the noncontact variety. The knee appeared to give out after he planted to make a cut. “I never thought that would happen but injuries happen when you least expect them,” Clark said. “Then you have to step up, learn the book, eliminate mental errors, go out there and do what you can.” At 6-foot-1 and 206 pounds, Clark is the biggest Bison back, although Williams and Cofield are 202 and 204 pounds respectively. The 5-9, 182-pound Brooks is the big-play threat — he averaged 7.1 yards per carry last season. NDSU reached the halfway point of spring football practice on Wednesday and it’s clear Clark will be a bigger part of the running back mix than he was a week ago.

FARGO — After getting a taste of college football by playing in four games last season, Saybein Clark was expected to see more of the field next fall for North Dakota State. Now he may see it a lot. Bison head coach Matt Entz confirmed Wednesday, April 10, that running back Seth Wilson tore ...

At 6-foot-6, freshman Mathis next candidate for big Bison receiver

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — Maybe the North Dakota State football fascination with a big wide receiver began with Mike Dragosavich in 2003. The 6-foot-5 recruit made some head turns in spring ball of 2004 with some big plays catching the ball. Problem was head coach Craig ...

Bison concerned knee injury to running back Wilson could be serious

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — North Dakota State’s hope of getting through spring football without a major injury may be over. Running back Seth Wilson, in line to be a featured player next fall, is sidelined with what is believed to be a serious knee injury. Bison head ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Saturday – Spring Turkey opener. Saturday – Maple Sugaring Day, Ft. Stevenson State Park, 9 a.m.-3p.m., 337-5576. April 19 – Full moon, 6:13 a.m. April 27 – ND Sport Fishing Congress Annual Banquet. Bismarck AMVETS, 223-3093. April 27 – Badlands Bass Bandits Tourney, Lake Tschida, ...