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After initially being discouraged about potential transfer landing spots, former North Carolina quarterback Braden Hanson had his dad print off a list of college football teams whose starting quarterback graduated last year. The UND football team was second on that list.
Legendary women's basketball coach Gene Roebuck, a 25-year veteran at UND, has announced he will retire at the end of this season. Roebuck, a native of Velva, N.D., transformed UND into one of the powerhouse programs of NCAA Division II -- winning national titles in 1997, 1998 and 1999 -- and has taken the school through a transition to Division I status. "I am proud to have represented this university with pride and respect," said Roebuck through a release. "After five years of the transition, the program is going in the right direction.
When the Grand Forks Red River boys basketball team faltered out of the gates Thursday against rival Grand Forks Central, Roughriders guard Mack Arvidson knew the remedy. "We know we have to bear down on defense if our shots aren't falling," Arvidson said. So the Riders clamped down on the Knights. The ramped-up defense would turn to offense as Red River traded steals into points en route to a 63-42 win over the Knights in the Central gymnasium. The Riders, who are ranked No. 1 in the state poll, stayed undefeated at 10-0.
Not a bad way to welcome back the North Dakota-North Dakota State men's basketball rivalry to Grand Forks. It had everything a rivalry needs -- insulting chants, a little scuffle, down-to-the-wire action and fans storming the court. UND rolled out the red carpet to welcome back the Bison for the first time since 2004, then yanked it out from underneath them with a surprising 59-54 win Tuesday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena. First and foremost, it's a landmark win for UND because it's a revered result among fans, broadcast on statewide television and a positive injection into the program's p
The UND men's basketball team's Jekyll and Hyde appearance is almost entirely tied to its home and road splits. UND has thrived at home with a 7-1 record. Meanwhile, North Dakota has been far different on the road, supported by an 0-8 mark. Will the home friendliness translate to success with tonight's game against North Dakota State being played at Ralph Engelstad Arena, instead of next door at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center? "We had a chance to get some shots up this morning to try to get used to the environment," UND coach Brian Jones said.
Everyone knows the staple of Dave Hakstol's UND hockey teams. The eight-year run under Hakstol has been known for the annual post-Christmas push. In that time frame, North Dakota is 80-57-12 (.577 winning percentage) before Christmas and 118-45-17 (.703) after the holiday. Are we in for another end-of-the-year rally? UND showed us the cases for and against this weekend at Ralph Engelstad Arena, as it scored a rousing 2-1 win over Minnesota on Friday before faltering 6-2 to the Gophers on Saturday. Hakstol hopes the letdown in the series finale is just a blip in an otherwise impressive str
UND defenseman Andrew MacWilliam, wearing a construction helmet in the postgame press conference as the recipient of the team's hard hat award, tried to think back to the last time he scored a goal. "Does practice count?" the junior asked. In his 102nd career game with North Dakota, MacWilliam might have been the best player on the ice. That's not that rare, of course.
The competition for UND's starting quarterback job next fall just got even more interesting. An official at the University of North Carolina confirmed Monday that quarterback Braden Hanson will transfer to North Dakota for his final year of eligibility. Hanson, who saw limited action during his three years in Chapel Hill, recently graduated from UNC. Hanson, who was the North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year out of high school, was the No. 2 quarterback on the UNC depth chart in 2011.
The Grand Forks Red River boys hockey team features 13 seniors, but the Roughriders went to one of their youngest to stay undefeated Thursday night. Sophomore forward Jacob Benson scored with 5 minutes, 2 seconds left in the third period as Red River beat East Grand Forks Senior High 6-5 in an offensive shootout at Purpur Arena. Benson's second goal of the game improved Red River to 10-0, while the Green Wave dropped to 9-3 with two of those losses at the hands of the Riders. "I got a nice chip off the boards from (teammate Taylor Steen), and I heard the coaches yell 'speed,'" Benson said.
The Grand Forks Central boys hockey team put up more resistance to undefeated Grand Forks Red River Tuesday night than some had expected. Still, nothing has been able to completely stop these Roughriders. Andy Norman and Casey Fugleberg each scored two goals as Red River pulled away from the Knights 6-1 in the teams' first meeting of the season at Purpur Arena. Red River, which won the Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic last weekend, improved to 9-0. The Riders scored at least six goals in a game for the seventh time this year.