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Growing up, UND running backs coach Malcolm Agnew was close with his older brother, Ray. "Where there was Ray, there was Malcolm," Agnew said. He sees that connection with UND standouts John Santiago and Brady Oliveira. "You get one, you get both," Agnew said. "They're actually like brothers."
The cold, snowy spring weather won’t stop the UND softball team from hosting a Big Sky Conference series this weekend. For the first time in the building’s 17-year history, the Alerus Center will host UND’s softball games against Montana on Friday and Saturday on the turf football field.
When Bubba Schweigert took over the head football coaching job at UND prior to the 2014 season, one of his first orders of business was to overhaul the program's run defense. Results were nearly immediate. After giving up 188.1 yards on the ground per game in Chris Mussman's last season in 2013, Schweigert's teams followed with averages of 102.5 in 2014, 100.1 in 2015 and 91.3 in 2016. The run-stopping expectation was set as UND's record improved, moving from 5-7 in Schweigert's first year to 7-4 in his second year and 9-3 in his third.
Former UND offensive lineman Ben Olson, a starter on the program's 2001 NCAA Division II national championship team, died Saturday in Lubbock, Texas. Olson, who was living in Greeley, Colo., was 37. "Our football family is saddened by his passing at such a young age," UND coach Bubba Schweigert said. "He was a really good football player for us. He was steady and developed into a strong performer. His family is definitely in our thoughts and prayers."
Speaking after the UND football practice Friday morning at the High Performance Center, Fighting Hawks offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Paul Rudolph's voice was hoarse and nearly gone all together. The way he's praising his highly anticipated quarterback battle, it's safe to say Rudolph didn't lose his voice ripping into his signal callers. "We're barely a third of the way through spring, and I think giving them all a fair chance is the best thing we can do," Rudolph said. "I've been really pleased with all three."
With UND four-year starting quarterback Keaton Studsrud graduating this offseason, there's a wide-open battle for his replacement taking place during the team's spring practices at the High Performance Center. One quarterback from last season, however, has withdrawn from that competition and now finds himself in another battle for playing time. Brad Heidlebaugh, a talented multi-sport athlete out of Rugby (N.D.) High School, is using spring ball to try to crack the depth chart at wide receiver.
When former UND 7-foot center Carson Shanks was contemplating a transfer destination last offseason, the Apple Valley, Minn., native didn't have any background on his eventual landing spot. "I had heard of Loyola Marymount, but to be honest I had never really heard of another Loyola," Shanks said. As March Madness plays out, fans around the country are having a similar experience as Shanks, who took advantage of the graduate transfer rule to land at Loyola Chicago.
ST. PAUL—The UND men's hockey season was put to bed Saturday night at about 8:30 p.m., hours after the team beat Minnesota Duluth 4-1 in the NCHC third-place game. Fighting Hawks fans, who started the day enjoying the pairing of St. Patrick's Day and the final day of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference tournament at the Xcel Energy Center, were left to ponder how the 15-year NCAA tournament streak could end this year. Many years, UND's resume and play in the conference tournament would have been sufficient for an NCAA tournament berth.
ST. PAUL—Everything was on the line for UND late Friday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center. The Fighting Hawks needed to win or the school's streak of 15 straight years in the NCAA tournament was going to be in serious jeopardy. St. Cloud State was in college hockey's Big Dance no matter what. In terms of motivation, there could have been some Husky hunger to play close to home in the Sioux Falls regional or simply knock a storied program like North Dakota out of the national picture.
ST. PAUL -- Everything was on the line for UND late Friday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center. The Fighting Hawks needed to win or the school’s streak of 15 straight years in the NCAA tournament was going to be in serious jeopardy.