Mark is the Sports Anchor at WDAZ. He comes to Grand Forks from his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. Mark graduated from Butler University in 2016 and started working at WDAZ in July of that year. Mark is the Monday-Friday Anchor for the 6 and 10 O'clock shows. During his time as the Sports Anchor at WDAZ, he has covered events like March Madness, Super Bowl 52, and interviewed many athletes--from kindergarteners to professionals. Mark loves playing and watching sports as much as he enjoys covering them--when he was in high school, he was the captain of his varsity basketball team, and he played on Butler's club basketball team. Mark's favorite part of being a sports anchor is capturing and sharing the moments in sports that connect the community. Aside from broadcasting and reporting, Mark loves when he has the opportunity to be the play-by-play announcer for athletic events. In his spare time, you can find Mark shooting hoops, eating ice cream, or hanging out with his wife, Kelly, and their cat, Stella. Fun fact: Mark loves math so much, he added a math minor, just so he could take more college calculus courses.
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The Knightriders are preparing for their opening game on Tuesday, Nov. 20. Grand Forks made it to the state tournament last season but fell in the first round to West Fargo, 4-1. The Knightriders weren't happy with their finish or their 9-15-1 overall record and worked hard this offseason to improve. This squad has continued to bond and their team chemistry is at an all-time high which allows them to play fast. The Knightriders start the season against Fargo Davies at Eagles Arena on Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m.
Red River volleyball happy with their growth this season Now to the volleyball court where Red River is into the EDC tournament as a 7 seed this season. The Roughriders have a roster that includes 6 sophomores and 3 seniors. Throughout this season, this team has grown and has improved their play from week to week.
Hometown Star: Hayden Overby Now we turn it over to our Hometown Star segment where this week we focus on a three sport athlete in Thompson. In addition to making an impact on the football field, baseball diamond and basketball court, this individual strives to make a difference in the community as well.
Now to UND women's basketball where the team had their media day on Wednesday, Oct. 24. The Fighting Hawks bring back a solid senior class led by Lexi Klabo who is on the 2019 Cheryl Miller Award Watch List. In addition to 6 seniors, North Dakota has five freshman, three sophomores and one junior. The Fighting Hawks will rely heavily on their senior leaders and hope their chemistry as a team will lead them to success this season. The UND women's basketball team opens up their regular season in less than two weeks on the road against Syracuse.
EDC volleyball: Central wins, Red River falls Central defeats Wahpeton, 3-1. Red River falls to West Fargo Sheyenne, 3-1.
This week we focus on an individual who lets his actions speak louder than his words. William and the Central boys soccer team will play in the state tournament tomorrow for the first time since 2014. The Knights and Bismarck are scheduled to kickoff at 2:15 at Cushman Field.
UND falls to 6th ranked Pittsburgh, 3-0.
The Grand Forks Central boys soccer team accomplished something that hasn't been done in four years. For the first time since 2014, the Knights made it to the state tournament. Central had a solid season finishing with a 10-5-1 overall record and placed third in the east. The Knights have outscored their opponents this season by 15 goals and are a confident group heading into the quarterfinals on Thursday. Central will take on the second seed out of the west in Bismarck High School in the quarterfinals. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:15 at Cushman Field.
Now to the tennis courts where Central is 14-0 as they enter the state tournament on Thursday. The Knights will enter the tournament as the number one seed out of the east region. Central won the region tournament last Thursday for the first time in 31 years and they defeated their rival Red River to accomplish it. The team wants to keep that momentum going as they enter the biggest tournament of the year. Now we look at Red River where they are 12-2 coming into the state tournament with their only two losses of the season coming to Central.
Central takes down EGF, 3-0.