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LOCAL CLIPBOARD: Football, baseball, softball


Mayville State names head football coach

John Haines has been named head football coach at Mayville State.

A 2000 graduate of Mayville State, Haines returns to his alma mater after spending the last year as offensive coordinator at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Mo.

“He brings a plethora of successful coaching experience, and we look forward to having him take the reins and build on the good foundation that has been established over the last short while,” said MSU Athletic Director Mike Moore. “We’ve got great momentum, and we expect that the program will continue to grow.”

At Central Methodist, Haines served under former Mayville State head coach Jody Ford.

Haines served as the offensive line coach at Lindenwood University in Missouri from 2009 to 2011.

Prior to Lindenwood, Haines served as head coach at Vermillion (Minn.) Community College in 2008. Haines’ team posted a 9-3 record, won a MCAC conference championship and was named the league’s and NJCAA Region 13’s Coach of the Year. Vermillion had the top-ranked statistical offense and defense in the conference.

Dating back to 2002, Haines has previous collegiate assistant coaching experience at Southwestern College, Mount San Jacinto College, College of the Redwoods and Humboldt State (Calif.), as well as at Mayville State.

Haines earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education from Mayville State and a master’s degree in kinesiology from Humboldt State.

Haines takes the helm at Mayville State after former Comets head coach Derek Schlieve resigned July 18 to take a position with Spring Hill High School in Longview, Texas.


GF Storm take state title

The Grand Forks Storm won the Babe Ruth 14-year-old state baseball championship over the weekend in Fargo. The Storm defeated Bismarck 7-3 in the championship game. The Storm went undefeated in the tournament.

Team members include: Isaac Burger, Alan Carlson, Jackson Carr, Noah Chine, Matt Clauson, Braden Costello, Aaron Knutson, Jaxon Kriewald, Max Marvin, Will Raymond, Conner Richardson, Mason Salquist, Joey Schindler and Grant Schumacher.

Coaches are Gage Salquist and David Spies.

Grand Forks now advances to the Midwest Plains Regional, scheduled for Booneville, Mo., beginning July 30.

Women’s softball

UMC hires coach

CROOKSTON — Don Stopa has been hired as the new softball coach at Minnesota-Crookston.

Stopa comes to UMC after spending the past three seasons at Louisburg College, a junior college in Louisburg, N.C.

During his time at Louisburg, Stopa led the Hurricanes to a 70-56 mark and helped to produce 14 All-Region players, two National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) All-Americans and six NJCAA All-Academic award winners. In addition to his duties as softball coach, Stopa was also the sports information director for Louisburg.

A native of Vancouver, British Columbia, Stopa spent three years at Pima Community College in Tucson, Ariz. working with both the baseball and softball teams, as well as serving as the sports information director. In 2011, he helped the Aztecs to a 51-14 mark and No. 9 ranking in the NJCAA poll. He also helped the team compete for a regional championship, finishing just one game short of a trip to the national tournament.

Men’s hockey

Anthem singer retained by UND, REA

UND Athletics and the Ralph Engelstad Arena announced Monday that Mark J. Lindquist has been retained as the full-time national anthem singer at UND men’s hockey games for the 2014-15 season.

 Lindquist sang at multiple UND Athletics events during the 2013-14 season and his rendition of “The Star Spangled Banner” has become an anticipated portion of the North Dakota hockey game experience, according to UND officials.

Lindquist is a nationally recognized speaker and world-touring entertainer who has performed live for over a half-a-million people throughout his career. As an actor, he has appeared in ABC’s “Lost,” CBS’ “Hawaii Five-O” and the Universal Studios movie “Battleship.”

Currently, he travels the country performing the national anthem for collegiate and professional sports teams, delivers keynote addresses for businesses, associations, conferences and school assemblies, as well as educational financial seminars in cities across America.

This summer, he has performed at the College World Series and will be performing at Fargo Redhawks and Minnesota Twins games in July, as well as for the Los Angeles Dodgers in August.

“It’s such an honor to become a consistent part of such a storied hockey program. The national anthem is my favorite song to sing and I am proud to bring my rendition to UND Athletics and the Ralph Engelstad Arena,” said Lindquist.

Lindquist resides in Fargo, N.D., and co-founded Breath Is Limited Motivational Speaking LLC as his way of bringing a message of hope, passion, perseverance and joy to people all over the world ( He is also a partner at The 7 Mindsets out of Atlanta, Ga.