North Dakota Sports

UND’s Alm adjusting to life on offense

GRAND FORKS — When Logan Alm spent time with former high school teammates and coaches this offseason, he gave them the news he’s now a tight end. They laughed. Alm played on the offensive and defensive lines at Hawley (Minn.) High School. He said he hasn’t touched a ball in a game since ...

Bison volleyball leaning on seniors like Purnell to ease the transition

FARGO -- The large banners hanging on the east wall of Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse are a tribute to the success of North Dakota State volleyball. Two names on the banners hope to bridge the past with the future. Two banners pay tribute to Jennifer Lopez as the Summit League Player of the Year ...

Bison administration not taking packed dome crowds for granted

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO -- It would probably be easy for the North Dakota State athletic front office to put an “open for business” sign on the front door and do nothing else. Fans would still buy football tickets. Once again, it took less than an hour last week for Gate ...

Cook flashes receiving prowess in Vikings preseason win

By Chris Tomasson St. Paul Pioneer Press ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — As Dalvin Cook conducted an interview following Thursday night’s preseason opener at Buffalo, a Vikings teammate walked by and said, “Happy birthday, rook.” The rookie running back didn’t put up gaudy running numbers in ...

Vikings’ offensive line struggled vs. Bills, but too early to judge

By Chris Tomasson St. Paul Pioneer Press MINNEAPOLIS — It might not be fair to judge the Vikings’ offensive line until Riley Reiff returns, but Mike Remmers is not making any excuses. Minnesota was shaky on the line in Thursday, Aug. 10’s 17-10 win at Buffalo in the preseason opener. ...

Buxton in the hitting groove, but his defense even more impressive

By John Shipley St. Paul Pioneer Press DETROIT — Byron Buxton has started August the way he started the month last season: hitting. The Twins center fielder entered Friday night’s game against the Tigers at Comerica Park hitting .226, but .290 since returning from the disabled list on ...

Larger Bison senior class making for an edgier fall football camp

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — Perhaps the natural reaction of North Dakota State not winning a Division I FCS national title for the first time in five years is to have a little edginess during August football practices. That’s probably true, said senior safety Tre ...

UND volleyball picked to win the Big Sky Conference

GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota volleyball team, the defending Big Sky Conference regular season and tournament champions, are the overwhelming favorite to repeat in the 2017 league coaches poll, which was released Friday. The Fighting Hawks received 10 of a possible 11 ...

Former UND captain, NHL defenseman Matt Smaby added to staff

GRAND FORKS – Matt Smaby started becoming interested in coaching hockey the last few years, but he wanted to learn more. “I asked myself, ‘Who are my favorite coaches I’ve ever played for or who are guys I respect?’ Bubs is at the top of the list,” Smaby said of University of North ...

UND offensive lineman Mat Cox reclaiming his spot

GRAND FORKS – As University of North Dakota football practice ended earlier this week, most of the 100-some players ran off the field at the High Performance Center to the locker rooms at Memorial Stadium. The offensive linemen were especially gassed after running sprints after ...

NDSU’s Jones up for the challenge; Illies out four weeks

By Jeff Kolpack Forum News Service FARGO — Gate City Bank Field was nearly empty late Wednesday morning, Aug. 9, except for some defensive players getting extra work in the southeast corner. You could make a case it’s the direct result of Greg Menard going down last week. North Dakota ...

Floyd looks to prove himself with Vikings before suspension

By Chris Tomasson St. Paul Pioneer Press ST. PAUL — Michael Floyd insists he doesn’t feel he has to make a good impression with the Vikings on Thursday, Aug. 10. But it wouldn’t hurt. The 27-year-old receiver from St. Paul signed with his home-state team in May, a month after players ...

Rodgers is UND’s new man in the middle

By Tom Miller Forum News Service GRAND FORKS – The way the University of North Dakota’s defense is structured, opposing running backs are funneled to the middle of the field and an inside linebacker is most likely to lead the team in tackles. In 2015, it was senior Will Ratelle with ...

UND All-American, Olympic silver medalist Dan McKinnon dies

GRAND FORKS — Dan McKinnon drove from Warroad, Minn., to Grand Forks with Cal Marvin in the mid-1940s with the goal of convincing University of North Dakota Athletic Director Glenn “Red” Jarrett to add men’s hockey as a sport. Jarrett told them: “If you can get me a team, I’ll get ...

NDSU’s Menard out for the season with knee injury

FARGO — North Dakota State lost another defensive star and this one before the season began. Bison head coach Chris Klieman confirmed Monday morning, Aug. 7, that senior Greg Menard will be lost for the season with a knee injury suffered in practice. Klieman said Menard, who played as a true ...

Thompson opens football practice, prepares to defend title

THOMPSON — On Monday, the first day of practice for the 2017 high school football season, there was little talk here about the undefeated Thompson team that won the 2016 9-man state championship. "Coach only talked about it at the beginning (of practice), to remind us that it was a great ...

Danny Freund is UND’s WR coach and spark from the sidelines

By Brad E. Schlossman Forum News Service GRAND FORKS — Danny Freund’s first job out of college was a good one. He had a desk at JHT Holdings Inc., where he worked as a financial analyst for a successful transportation company in his hometown of Kenosha, Wis. Freund sifted through ...

Davis adept in backup quarterback role for the Bison

By Eric Peterson Forum News Service FARGO — North Dakota State senior quarterback Cole Davis played an integral role in one of the biggest moments in Bison football history. Davis was the holder for the game-winning 37-yard field goal against the Iowa Hawkeyes last September at Kinnick ...

UND’s veteran leaders mark first day of practice

GRAND FORKS -- With the first practice of the college football season, most of the University of North Dakota coaching staff hit the Memorial Stadium field Thursday for their fourth season in Grand Forks. For some UND players, it was also their fourth or fifth fall camp. UND head coach Bubba ...