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After four standout seasons with the UND golf team, Amanda Kaler has taken it easy on the course this summer. "I haven't played a lot since the season ended," said Kaler, who is attending graduate school at UND. "I've probably played six rounds since May 1." The light routine hasn't generated much rust. Kaler shot a 77 on Wednesday at Valley Golf Course in East Grand Forks to give the Fargo native a two-day total of 161 and first place at the Grand Forks women's all-city golf tournament. Kaler, who shot an 84 at King's Walk on Tuesday, ran away from the field.
Grand Forks Royals American Legion baseball coach Gabe Dahl has repeated throughout the year that giving up the big inning has been the team's biggest flaw. But on Thursday, the Royals were the ones hanging crooked numbers on the scoreboard. Grand Forks scored four runs in the first, eight in the fourth and four more in the sixth to highlight an 18-1 rout of Devils Lake in a loser-out game at the North Dakota Class A qualifier tournament at Kraft Field. "We were aggressive at the plate," Dahl said.
A brief rain shower didn't cool off Jamestown's bats. Instead, the lumber finally heated up during a 5-minute downpour. Jamestown scored four runs in a wet fourth inning and added three runs in the top of the ninth to knock off the Grand Forks Royals 10-7 on Wednesday night in the first round of the North Dakota Class A qualifier tournament at Kraft Field. Jamestown advances to play Mandan at 1 p.m. today, while the Royals play in a loser-out game at 4 p.m. against the loser of West Fargo and Devils Lake. "That's a tribute to our guys," Jamestown coach Shane Shoeneberg said.
Kraft Field hasn't treated the Grand Forks Royals American Legion baseball team too well this summer. The Royals have just one league win at their home ballpark. That'll have to change if the Royals want to advance to the North Dakota Class A state tournament. Grand Forks hosts the North Dakota Class A qualifier tournament beginning today. The tournament, which consists of the bottom six teams in the state standings, decides the final three teams to send to the state tournament. And the qualifier tournament could be even tougher than normal this season.
One of the top North Dakota high school seniors-to-be has chosen to play college basketball at UND. Madi Buck, a 6-foot forward from Bismarck Century, verbally committed to play for the Sioux on Monday. As a junior, Buck averaged 13.1 points per game, the second highest total in the West Region among underclassmen. "Probably the main reason was the coaching staff," said Buck, an all-West Region selection. "They seemed like they would be fun to play under.
In the move to Division I, UND athletic teams have taken part in tournaments after the regular season that were designed to aid transitional schools that can't truly compete in the NCAA postseason. That's the kind of idea Central Arkansas football coach Clint Conque is trying to emulate when he scheduled UND on Nov.
It was a night of firsts at River Cities Speedway on Friday. John Halvorson set the tone by winning the first late model race of his career while sprints driver Casey Mack followed with his first career win in Grand Forks. For the 21-year-old Mack, it was the first checkered flag after a number of close calls over the past five years at RCS. "This is what you dream about growing up with racing in Grand Forks," Mack said.
UND has made sure athletic director Brian Faison will see the school through its transition to Division I athletics. UND President Robert Kelley said Thursday that Faison's contract will be extended through June 2012. The athletic department will complete its transition to Division I in the fall of 2012. "I appreciate the president's confidence in me," Faison said.
The East Grand Forks American Legion baseball team looked like two separate teams in a doubleheader against Roseau at Stauss Park. East Grand Forks' Joe Hanson hit a solo home run in the sixth inning to seal a low-scoring, well-played 2-1 win in the first game. In the nightcap, EGF committed seven errors and allowed runs in each of the first five innings during a 10-3 loss Wednesday in a sloppy contest on a cold, windy night. Strong starts from EGF's Kyle Storbakken and Roseau's Logan Hulst made for a quick opener.
The UND women's volleyball team has added some firepower just in time for its second Division I season. Tiara Russell, a sophomore transfer from Marquette, and freshman Julie Paradine, the reigning Manitoba Female Athlete of the Year, will receive scholarships to play for the Sioux. "We're adding two really good athletes to the program," UND first-year coach Ashley Hardee said. "Both of these players should make an immediate impact for us." Russell, a middle blocker, is transferring to UND after a standout freshman season at Marquette.