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Park River's Adam Swanson will enroll at UND in less than a month and start school for Pre-Med. Before he even starts on campus, though, he made some pretty good memories in Grand Forks on Sunday. Swanson threw six solid innings to lead Park River to a 9-3 win over the Bismarck Reps in the championship game of the North Dakota state Class A American Legion baseball tournament at Kraft Field.
When teammate after teammate walked into the Southgate Bar in Grand Forks on Saturday afternoon, some who hadn't seen each other since high school, Gary Olufson looked around and stated the obvious. "We got older," Olufson said with some fake confusion. Fifty years older to be exact. Fifty years ago, Grand Forks' American Legion baseball team went on a whirlwind trip from North Dakota to Nebraska to Memphis—a three-week swing that captivated the city and culminated in North Dakota's first appearance at the World Series since Legion ball started in 1928.
When Park River scored six times in the third inning, the Bismarck Reps were reeling. "We were hanging our heads," Bismarck's Treyton Mattern said. "We knew, though, if we wanted to stay we had to compete. The philosophy was to win every winning." The philosophy paid off. Bismarck chipped away at a seven-run deficit and pulled off a 10-9 win over Park River on Saturday in the North Dakota state Class A tournament at Kraft Field.
Park River's Adam Zavalney noticed a pitching change for Kindred, and he thought he would grab a heavier bat. Instead of the usual 33-ounce bat, he picked up a 34-ounce one. The extra weight was a good choice. Zavalney slugged a two-run home run over the right-field fence to spark a four-run fourth and give the Pirates some cushion in a 7-2 victory over Kindred in winners' bracket play at the North Dakota state Class A American Legion baseball tournament at Kraft Field on Friday. "I ended up getting under it and hit it out," Zavalney said.
Growing up in Grand Forks in the 1970s, Tom Montgomery would get to the ballpark early in the morning. He'd ask around to see what teams needed an extra guy. It usually resulted in playing all day. Tom learned baseball from his older brothers and his dad Robert, who played a little with the Grand Forks Chiefs minor league baseball team. Tom still comes to Kraft Field quite a bit now, but this time he's not asking into other games. He's watching a third generation of Montgomerys play ball in Grand Forks.
Growing up in Grand Forks in the 1970s, Tom Montgomery would get to the ballpark early in the morning. He’d ask around to see what teams needed an extra guy. It usually resulted in playing all day. Tom learned baseball from his older brothers and his dad Robert, who played a little with the Grand Forks Chiefs minor league baseball team.
In April 2016, Peter Stenehjem—like many UND hockey fans—traveled to Tampa, Fla., to watch the NCAA Men's Hockey National Championship. He joined a throng of UND fans enjoying Ferg's Live, an indoor-outdoor bar outside Amalie Arena. Ferg's Live, home to UND's pregame and postgame festivities, reported record sales after the Frozen Four. It's a memory Stenehjem draws from as he enters into his new role as co-chair of a UND Football Game Day Experience Committee, charged with ramping up the Alerus Center atmosphere.
Weston Dressler wore green and white for a long time. The former UND wide receiver donned it in Grand Forks for four years, then for eight seasons with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders. The colors have changed—Dressler now wears blue and gold of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The uniform is different, but the talent and production is still the same for the 31-year-old Bismarck native enjoying his second season in Winnipeg.
Dustin McWilliams labels his workouts in the years before taking up CrossFit as "the real easy stuff." The easy stuff, though, might mean something different to the average exerciser than it does to McWilliams. On a Friday afternoon, McWilliams was at Tundra CrossFit—a no-frills fitness facility in northwest Grand Forks—with about 20 of his workout partners.
When UND announced a contract extension for men's basketball coach Brian Jones last week, a raise for the assistant salary pool was a minor footnote. Coaches and administrators, however, know the importance of beginning to bump assistant pay closer to a competitive level. "The proof is in the pudding," Jones said after signing a four-year extension worth $140,000 annually. "I have had great assistant coaches, but it has been a stepping stone for young coaches.