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North Dakota Sports

Spring breeding duck numbers tallied

The North Dakota Game and Fish Department’s 72nd annual spring breeding duck survey conducted in May showed an index of 3.4 million birds, up 20 percent from last year. Migratory game bird supervisor Mike Szymanski said the index was the 22nd highest on record and stands 40 percent above the ...

OUTDOORS CALENDAR

Thursday – Happy Fourth of July! July 9 – Velva Wildlife Club Grand Opening/Banquet, 1901 Highway 52 West, 5:30 p.m. July 13 – Badlands Bass Bandits Tourney, Lake Oahe, Mobridge, SD, 6:30 a.m. July 13 –Van Hook Association Kid’s Fishing Derby, 240-8320. July 14 – AIM Fishing ...

McQuade softball tournament by the numbers

By SCOOTER PURSLEY Bismarck Tribune How does a person start to break down a softball tournament as large as the Sam McQuade Charity Softball Tournament? Well, just about everything can be broken down by numbers. So, let’s crunch some numbers, starting with 0.57. That’s the amount of ...

McQuade softball tournament underway

BISMARCK — The 44th annual Sam McQuade Charity Softball Tournament started Friday with a record number of 464 teams participating. The three-day tournament features 15 different classes, from Women’s Recreational to Men’s Masters 50+. There are 40 fields in use across seven complexes in ...

UND goalie Scheel back on NHL radars

By Brad E. Schlossman Forum News Service GRAND FORKS — Adam Scheel was passed over in the 2017 NHL Draft. He was passed over for a second time last summer. Scheel dropped off of the radar of NHL teams and arrived at the University of North Dakota in the fall unheralded, expected to back ...

Being a North Dakota sports hero has become much more lucrative

FARGO — Roger Maris was coming off back-to-back American League Most Valuable Player awards and just finished a season in which he hit a record 61 home runs, yet still found himself scraping for every dollar from the vault of the New York Yankees. Maris, according to New York Times reports, ...

Mandan receiver becomes UND football’s first 2020 commit

GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota football program stayed in-state to land its first verbal commitment of the 2020 recruiting class. Mandan wide receiver Elijah Klein announced his commitment Tuesday morning. The 6-foot-7, 205-pound senior-to-be led the state in receiving yards ...

NELSON: New UND coach charged with making men’s basketball a big deal again

GRAND FORKS — The distance between Aberdeen, S.D., and Fargo is roughly 200 miles. It’s the same distance between Aberdeen and Sioux Falls, S.D. That geographical description underscores the fact that 23,388 residents of the Hub City have to drive a fair distance to take advantage of what ...

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 ...