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UND safety Cole Reyes and cornerback Deion Harris have been named Associated Press All-Americans, the organization announced Thursday. Reyes was a first-team pick, while Harris was a second-team selection. Reyes, who earned the Big Sky Conference's Defensive Player of the Year honors, made 70 tackles in his junior season. The Schaumburg, Ill., native had 6.5 tackles for loss, along with three interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Chris Logan has been cheering for UND for years. The UND hockey season ticket holder was at Madison Square Garden in New York to cheer on the Fighting Hawks against Boston College earlier this month. On Wednesday, Logan has a new reason to cheer for UND. He's been hired as UND's next women's soccer coach. Logan comes to UND from Northern Iowa, where he has been the head coach of the Panthers for the past year. "My wife is a UND graduate, and we're UND hockey fans," Logan said. "This decision was something for me on a personal level that I'm excited about."
The UND football team addressed a need for speed on Wednesday. The Fighting Hawks announced wide receiver Cameron McKinney has signed a grant-in-aid to play at UND and will join the program in January. The 5-foot-9, 165-pound McKinney spent his senior season in 2015 at Garfield High School in Seattle, after beginning his prep career with two varsity seasons at West Brook High School in Beaumont, Texas. McKinney was clocked at 4.31 seconds in the 40-yard dash at a camp in Nebraska this summer, according to Rivals.com.
When Grand Forks Red River took a four-goal lead in the second period, the Roughriders looked well on their way to a comfortable victory Tuesday night against Fargo South. Instead, though, the Riders were fortunate to have a South goal waved off in the final minute, a score that would have forced overtime. The undefeated, defending state champion Riders held off the South comeback effort to earn a 4-3 victory at Purpur Arena.
Minnesota Gophers redshirt freshman running back James Johannesson will transfer to UND, a source confirmed to the Herald. Johannesson, a former Fargo South standout, did not play in a game this season for Minnesota. The Gophers have two sophomores receiving a bulk of the carries in Rodney Smith and Shannon Brooks. Johannesson, the all-time rushing leader at South, finished his high school career with 6,158 rushing yards and 81 touchdowns and won the state championship at South in 2013.
The UND men's hockey team was frank in postgame comments after Saturday night's 3-1 loss to Western Michigan at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The message: We're fed up with inconsistency. UND, the defending national champion, will finish the first half of the season 9-6-3 overall and 3-4-1-1 in the NCHC. "We wanted to win a lot of games and just weren't good enough," UND forward Joel Janatuinen said. "We need to improve a lot. We have a whole second half to improve on our game."
The UND men's hockey team went an 11-game stretch this season in which the third and fourth forward lines combined for one goal. It's no coincidence that span also featured the Fighting Hawks' winless streak. But UND's depth scoring is back and that's a dangerous development for the defending national champion. For the third-straight game—also a three-game unbeaten streak—UND received scoring from one of the bottom two lines. It helped fuel a 5-1 win over Western Michigan on Friday night at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
The Grand Forks Central boys hockey team saw its best test of the season Thursday night against Fargo Davies. The Knights, though, were talented enough to stave off an upset. Four different Central players scored goals and goalie Kaleb Johnson made 19 saves to lead the Knights to a 4-1 win over Davies at Purpur Arena. Lucas Kanta, Gunnar Gibbs, Grant Johnson and Tyrese Murph scored goals for the Knights, who improved to 3-0. Central hadn't played a game in eight days and missed a couple of practices this week due to the recent blizzard.
After the 2015 UND football season, Leave No Doubt seemed to be the mantra for the 2016 season—a nod at the Fighting Hawks' omission from the 2015 FCS playoffs. In 2016, UND earned a No. 7 seed in the FCS playoffs and completed an unbeaten record in Big Sky Conference play before bowing out of the postseason tournament with a 27-24 loss last Saturday to Richmond. UND hits the offseason this week and the Leave No Doubt phrase has been outdated, so what's the slogan for 2017?
Blizzard Alivia hit Grand Forks on Tuesday, preventing many fans at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center from seeing a former North Central Conference rivalry renewed between UND and South Dakota State. Those that did brave the storm were shown why the Jackrabbits have become a dominant regional power. SDSU's potent 1-2 punch of Macy Miller and Madison Guebert combined for 51 points to lead SDSU to an 83-72 win over UND in front of an estimated 1,200 fans.