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All three Grand Forks head high school hockey coaches didn't do any waffling in their stance on the possibility of shootouts being implemented in North Dakota. "I'm excited for it," Grand Forks Central boys coach Tony Bina said. Said Grand Forks Red River boys coach Bill Chase: "Love it. I want 'em." "Absolutely for it," Grand Forks KnightRiders girls coach Darin Schumacher said.
The UND women's swimming and diving team will finally have a chance to compete for a conference championship again. UND announced Wednesday that the school has accepted an invitation to join the Western Athletic Conference as an affiliate member in women's swimming and diving beginning with the 2011-12 season. The announcement comes following the conclusion of the WAC's Board of Directors meeting in Park City, Utah. The UND women's swimming and diving program was dominant in the North Central Conference of NCAA's Division II.
Al Carlson, other North Dakota state lawmakers and some of the most passionate Fighting Sioux nickname supporters have been playing with fire. Friday's news that UND's acceptance into the Big Sky Conference could be jeopardized by the nickname controversy has taken their cozy, controlled campfire and swept it into a full-blown, raging forest fire. There's no way to tip-toe around it, no way to sugarcoat it, no glass-half-full scenarios: This is messy. UND athletics, stuck with its hands tied thanks to the new state law drafted by House Majority Leader Carlson, which requires the school must
The Grand Forks American Legion baseball team didn't use the pitching-and-defense recipe Saturday afternoon like the Royals had in the first four games of the season, but nevertheless the team's winning streak has reached five games. Royals' cleanup hitter David Nelson went 3-for-4 with four runs scored and Grand Forks took advantage of five errors, four hit batsmen and three walks to pick up a 10-8 come-from-behind victory over East Grand Forks at Kraft Field. The Royals, who improved to 5-0, completed the three-game weekend sweep of East Grand Forks. "That's what's called winning ugly," s
The Grand Forks Royals American Legion baseball team's shutout streak came to an end Friday after 24 consecutive scoreless innings. The Royals' winning streak, meanwhile, chugged along. Grand Forks won its fourth straight game to open the season as it beat East Grand Forks 6-2 at Stauss Park, clinching the three-game series. The Royals (4-0 overall) won 8-0 over East Grand Forks (0-4) on Thursday. Grand Forks will attempt the sweep at 3 p.m.
At East Grand Forks Senior High's home meet a couple of weeks ago, Green Wave senior Marshal Pederson leaped a personal-best 42 feet, 7½ inches in the triple jump. The accomplishment didn't exactly trigger a celebration. "He was disappointed," Senior High coach Kirk Misialek said. The dissatisfaction came from Pederson's hopes of breaking the school record. He came a foot short as Gabe Valtierra, who competed for the Green Wave in the early 1990s, holds the top Senior High mark at 42 feet, 8½ inches. Misialek, however, reminded Pederson that there'll be a few more chances.
The Grand Forks Royals American Legion baseball team is still waiting to give up a run this season. Through three games and 21 innings, the Royals are tossing a shutout. The latest blanking came Thursday behind a strong five-inning outing from Taylor Steen as the Royals rolled to an 8-0 win over East Grand Forks at Kraft Field in the first meeting of a three-game series. The teams meet again at 7 Friday night at Stauss Park in East Grand Forks. The series finale will be played Saturday at 3 p.m.
Neither Grand Forks high school baseball team advanced to this year's North Dakota Class A state tournament, failing to finish in the top four of the East Region. Yet there's still plenty to be excited about for the Grand Forks Royals American Legion baseball team, which hosts East Grand Forks at 7 Thursday night at Kraft Field in the first of a three-game set. Grand Forks' expectations are still high thanks to reinforcements from a variety of sources. First, the Royals' top two pitchers from a season ago -- 2010 high school graduates David Nelson and Ryne Anderson -- have returned for thei
Fargo Shanley senior Trent Olson couldn't have mapped out a better swan song. Olson has played for the Deacons for six years, chosen as captain for four years and -- on his last day of his high school golf career -- snagged medalist honors to deliver the Deacons their first state team championship in 13 years. Olson fired a two-day total of 147 at King's Walk on Tuesday to beat the North Dakota state meet field by three strokes as the Deacons snapped Fargo South's string of seven straight state championships. Olson also gave Shanley its first state individual champion since Andy Doeden won
When the seemingly inevitable took place at Apollo Park and West Fargo won its 14th straight North Dakota state girls softball title, the crowd went almost silent. "We know everyone is cheering against us," West Fargo pitcher Kacie Johnson said. "But we're used to it. We shake it off and use it to fire us up." The loathing of the Packers is rooted in their constant success, which was on display again Saturday as West Fargo beat Bismarck Century 7-2 in the state championship game. "It was a classic West Fargo game," Century coach Kevin Ziegler said.