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Saturday began with UND's lone senior, 6-foot-9 Dale Jones, suffering from back spasms. He wouldn't be able to play his final home game with his teammates. Saturday ended with UND's 79-66 loss against Northern Colorado before 1,895 fans at The Betty, a game in which the Fighting Hawks failed to make a 3-pointer. For the first time in the program's Division I era, UND was held scoreless from beyond the arc.
Boys hockey Jamestown 4, Grafton-Park River 2: Jamestown scored the first two goals en route to its win over Grafton-Park River on Friday in the consolation round of the North Dakota state boys hockey tournament. Devin Hoffmann and Jace Thompson scored for the Blue Jays before Grafton-Park River picked up the next two goals from Sam Keeley and Taylan Sangrait. Jamestown's Alex Senf. an eighth-grader, got the game-winner at 16:10 of the third period. Bennett Carter came up with 22 saves in goal for Grafton-Park River.
Boys hockey East Grand Forks 4, Kittson County Central 1: A short-handed goal by Carter Beck in the second period broke a 1-1 tie and led East Grand Forks Senior High to a quarterfinal win in the Minnesota Section 8A tournament Thursday night at the Civic Center. Kittson County Central grabbed a 1-0 lead in the first period on a goal by Josh Rynning at 13:34. Senior High's Jake Hjelle tied the game at 1-1 at 10:18 of the second before Beck got the game-winner at 14:18.
ST. PAUL—Warroad is off to a good start at the Minnesota state Class A girls hockey tournament. The Warriors captured an efficient 5-0 win over New Ulm on Wednesday in the quarterfinal round of the tournament at the Xcel Energy Center. Warroad advances to Friday's semifinal round at 1 p.m. Warroad, the No. 1 seed in the tournament, was in control throughout, scoring one goal in the first period, two in the second and two in the third to improve to 23-3-2. New Ulm dropped to 23-5-1.
Boys basketball East Grand Forks 62, Barnesville 60: Sam Votava's 19 points led East Grand Forks Senior High to a home win over Barnesville on Tuesday night. Julian Benson added 14 for the Wave. Senior High shot 50 percent from the field. The teams were tied at 32 at halftime Grand Forks Central 62, Valley City 58: Grand Forks Central received balanced scoring in its home win over Valley City on Tuesday night. Debyn Johnson led Central with 18 points while Chris Demuth and Jacob Ohnstad each added 13.
UND and Northern Arizona are two teams that have been in a growing process throughout the season. That's probably why mistakes were made by both teams at critical times during Saturday's Big Sky Conference game before 1,970 fans at The Betty. But UND grew a little more than its opponent after its 86-81 overtime win over Northern Arizona. The Fighting Hawks overcame a near collapse at the end of regulation and Northern Arizona's 80 percent second-half shooting to improve to 5-10 in the Big Sky and 10-17 overall while NAU dropped to 1-13 and 4-23.
Most Big Sky Conference teams don't mind the fact that North Dakota is set to leave the league next season, simply because it seems like trains, planes and automobiles are needed to get to Grand Forks. "I think it was cheaper for us to go to Hawaii this year than North Dakota," said Idaho State women's basketball coach Seton Sobolewski.
In the past, there have been games the UND women's basketball team should have won but lost. On the flip side, there have been games UND should have lost but won. One can put UND's contentious 80-67 win over Weber State on Thursday night before 1,604 fans at The Betty in the latter category. UND, somehow, overcame a handful of obstacles against Weber State, the Big Sky Conference leader, to improve to 4-8 in the league and 11-12 overall. Weber dropped to 8-3 and 16-6.
Virgil Hill is coming back to North Dakota to promote another night of boxing. The former light heavyweight champion, who grew up in Grand Forks, will promote a boxing card Saturday night in Fargo The headline bout will be Ron Cruz against Ravshan Hudaynazarov for the Global Boxing Organization super welterweight championship. The night of boxing is set for the Delta Hotel in Fargo. There will be approximately eight amateur fights on the card and six pro bouts.
The last time Faith Dooley started a basketball game was when she was a senior at Central Cass High School. That was four seasons ago. Since that time, she went on to become one of UND's all-time volleyball greats, leading the Fighting Hawks to back-to-back Big Sky Conference championships and two NCAA Tournament appearances.