Brad Elliott Schlossman
Schlossman is in his 13th year covering college hockey for the Herald. In 2016, he was named the top beat writer in the country by the Associated Press Sports Editors. He has voted in the national college hockey poll since 2007 and has served as a member of the Hobey Baker and Patty Kazmaier Award committees.
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In the early 1990s, Sheri Kleinsasser and Dani Parkos were two of Grand Forks' most dominant athletes. Kleinsasser led the UND women's basketball team to a mark of 96-19 in four seasons and she left the school as its all-time leading scorer. Parkos won state championships for Grand Forks Central in both discus and shot put, unleashing throws that are still among the five best in North Dakota state track history. Now, their paths have come together in Fargo. Kleinsasser, who is married and goes by Sheri Stockmoe, and Parkos, who also is married and goes by Dani Parkos Fluge, have decided to
UND junior defenseman Taylor Chorney has agreed in principle to terms with the Edmonton Oilers and is expected to sign a three-year, entry-level contract on Monday or Tuesday. Chorney, who earned second team All-American honors and first team all-Western Collegiate Hockey Association honors during his college career, flew to Edmonton today for the team's development camp. He is expected to undergo a physical before finalizing the deal. Chorney was drafted in the second round in 2005 by Edmonton.
In his last competitive round before state, Nick Schaefer erased the bad memories from last year. The Grand Forks Red River senior earned medalist honors at the East Region meet Wednesday at King's Walk by beating Fargo Shanley's Derek Steiner in a one-hole playoff. "It was a lot better than last year at state," said Schaefer, who lost in a playoff to South's Ben Freeman a year ago. "It was nice to finally win one of these 19th-hole playoffs." Schaefer, who trailed South's Adam Gronaas by four shots at the turn, worked his way back into contention with steady play.
Josh Greene suffered a torn labrum playing hockey, had it repaired after the season and didn't throw a pitch until the final week of baseball season. Still, the Devils Lake senior could be an X-factor at the North Dakota state baseball tournament, which begins today in Mandan. The 6-foot-3, hard-throwing right-hander is on a strict, 50-pitch limit. But he is expected to make relief appearances for the 17-9 Firebirds. "Coming into the year, if he hadn't been injured, he would have been our No.
For the past three decades, Lawrie Skolrood has held careers he describes as "somewhat paramilitary, very structured with moments of excitement and adrenaline." Skolrood to be enshrined Former UND football player Lawrie Skolrood will be inducted into the Saskatchewan Roughriders Plaza of Honor this fall. Skolrood, who spent 14 seasons in the Canadian Football League, played in his native Saskatchewan for 10 years. He played at UND from 1971-73 and earned a degree in physical education. His induction will take place on Oct.
One East Grand Forks Senior High thrower is well known in the area as a defending section champion. The other didn't even come out for track until this spring. Both of them grabbed first-place finishes for the Green Wave at the Lions Invitational on Monday. Senior Joey Hanson, as expected, won the discus with a throw of 151 feet, 10 inches. The defending section champ beat out West Marshall's Blaine Deschene (138-0), Red Lake County's Kyle Willett (130-10) and teammate Jesse Riojas (123-8) to get the first-place finish. "Joey is our star," Senior High boys coach Kirk Misialek said.
One St. Louis Blues fan may have been more excited than most when T.J. Oshie signed a three-year contract with the team last week. Rick Zombo, a former standout defenseman at UND, makes his home in St. Louis, where he is the director of The Hockey Academy. He trains hockey players ranging from beginners to professionals. And he's always keeping his eye on two teams. "I'm a Blues fan and I'm always following and paying attention to UND," Zombo said.
After Ryan Duncan won the 2007 Hobey Baker Memorial Award, some thought there wasn't anything left for him to accomplish in college hockey. To the contrary, the standout winger will have several milestones sitting in front of him this fall, when he returns for his senior season. Duncan has informed UND that he will be back to complete his college career rather than sign a free-agent pro contract. That means he will have a chance to further solidify himself among the program's best.
In search of more playing time, UND sophomore forward Michael Forney has decided to spend next season in the United States Hockey League. After that, his destination is unknown, but he could be back with the Sioux in 2009. "I left on pretty good terms with coach (Dave) Hakstol, and there's an option to come back" said Forney, who will play in Green Bay.