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The UND football program's defensive backfield is one of the top units in the FCS, and the Fighting Hawks took steps toward strengthening that position group's future on Tuesday. UND received verbal commitments from Wisconsin natives and defensive backs C.J. Siegel and Kadon Kauppinen. Siegel and Kauppinen grow the 2018 UND football recruiting class to three. The program received its first verbal commitment of the recruiting season last week with Winnipeg offensive lineman Rain Slater.
Matt Clauson didn't have a big impact on the first 13 innings of the American Legion baseball doubleheader between Grand Forks and Minot, but the seventh inning of the second game was all about the Royals first baseman. Clauson's defensive play in the top of the seventh inning, and his offensive play in the bottom of the frame lifted Grand Forks to a 2-1 win over the Vistas on Tuesday at Kraft Field. The Royals won the first game 3-1.
Brooks Bollinger already goes down as one of Grand Forks' greatest athletes. Now, the former Grand Forks Central quarterback will be recognized as one of the University of Wisconsin's all-time greats. The 37-year-old Bollinger was one of 10 former Badgers announced Tuesday that will be inducted into the Wisconsin Athletics Hall of Fame. The group will be inducted Sept. 29. Bollinger, who's now head high school football coach at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul, Minn., led the Badgers to the 1999 Big Ten championship and 2000 Rose Bowl title.
The UND football program announced Wednesday its season opener for the 2020 season. UND will host Valparaiso on Sept. 3, a Thursday, at the Alerus Center. The Fighting Hawks will play the following week at Kansas State. Valpo plays in the non-scholarship Pioneer League. The Crusaders were 4-7 overall last year and 3-5 in league play. UND beat Valpo 69-10 to open the 2013 season. Jake Miller and Adam Shaugabay each ran for three touchdowns and Greg Hardin had both a receiving touchdown and a special teams score.
Late in the second game of an American Legion baseball doubleheader with Thief River Falls, the scoreboard in East Grand Forks went out. That was probably fine with the home fans. Thief River Falls used a six-run third inning to roll to a 9-4 win in the second game to salvage a split with East Grand Forks on Tuesday night at Stauss Park. East Grand Forks won the opener 11-3.
The UND men's basketball program dipped into rare recruiting ground to land its latest recruiting prospect. Jaqwan McCauley, a 6-foot-6 wing from Greensboro, N.C., gave his verbal commitment to play with the Fighting Hawks next season. McCauley just completed his sophomore season at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas. Tyler went 24-5 last season. NBA star Jimmy Butler went to Tyler Junior College. McCauley said his connection to North Dakota was a relationship between his junior college coach and UND assistant Jeff Horner.
As the UND athletic department continues to rebrand its uniforms and athletic apparel with the new Fighting Hawks logo, the school would also like the change to take place on the same apparel brand across all of its athletic programs. Currently, the UND football team wears Adidas, the men's basketball program wears Nike and the men's hockey team wears Reebok. The school would like to land a deal that puts the department's apparel under one roof.
Fifth-year UND football assistant coach Joel Schwenzfeier has received a new job title. UND head coach Bubba Schweigert tagged Schwenzfeier on Monday as the program's recruiting coordinator, a position vacated during the spring when running backs coach Kevin Maurice left the program for Eastern Washington. Schwenzfeier, of Hallock, Minn., is also the program's outside linebackers coach.
UND men's basketball player Geno Crandall was arrested Sunday morning and booked into Grand Forks County jail on suspicion of driving under the influence. "We are aware of the situation involving Geno Crandall and are still gathering the pertinent information," UND men's basketball coach Brian Jones said. "We will not provide any further comment at this time." Crandall, an all-Big Sky Conference second team pick, averaged 15.5 points last year as a sophomore. He helped the Fighting Hawks reach the NCAA tournament for the first time in program history.
The Park River American Legion baseball team wasn't happy with its over-aggressive base-running on Sunday in the championship game of the Montgomery Memorial tournament at Kraft Field. Still, Grafton considered Park River's speed on the bases as the catalyst in the Pirates' 8-3 win in the rivalry matchup in the title game. "We didn't defend the running game well and that was the difference in the contest," Grafton coach Chad Kliniske said. "They made us look bad the way they run the bases."