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A couple of UND athletic programs that were considered for elimination this fall are receiving a financial shot in the arm through a crowdfunding project set up by the Alumni Association. Wings Up, an online campaign aimed at raising small amounts of money from a large number of people, kicked off Dec. 1 and is expected to continue through the end of June. The UND softball program has raised more than $10,000 and the swimming and diving programs have raised more than $14,000.
OMAHA, Neb.—With uncertainty surrounding the availability of UND's star forwards leading up to this weekend, the Fighting Hawks were happy to have Brock Boeser and Tyson Jost back in the lineup against Omaha. More specifically, the Fighting Hawks are delighted to have found those two just the right spot in their forward groupings. Boeser and Jost, the two most skilled skaters in UND's arsenal, played on separate lines this weekend. On Saturday, one of the two had a hand in six of UND's seven goals in another rout of Omaha at Baxter Arena.
OMAHA, Neb.—Tyson Jost has played three games in three days before. The star freshman forward for the UND men's hockey team has done it in the BCHL, and he's done it in tournaments as part of Team Canada. But he had never done anything like this. He had never only had 30 minutes of sleep and traveled more than 1,300 miles between games.
Grand Forks Red River forward Mason Salquist picked up a rebound after a Luke LaMoine shot and started to wrap around Fargo Davies' goal. Before Salquist completed the wraparound, though, he gave a no-look, backhand pass to Braden Costello at the doorstep. "They have that vision," Red River coach Bill Chase said of his top line. "It's fun to watch." That vision helped lead Red River to a 6-1 win over Fargo Davies on Thursday night at Purpur Arena.
Will Ratelle's frequent flier miles have paid off. The former UND football star, who signed a futures contract with the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday, didn't a play a down of regular-season football this season, but the Edina, Minn., native has kept plenty busy. Since parting ways with the Atlanta Falcons after four preseason games, Ratelle has been in Grand Forks since September—except for his tryouts around the NFL. Since leaving Atlanta, Ratelle has been flown to workouts with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Denver Broncos, New Orleans Saints and New York Jets.
Former UND linebacker Will Ratelle has signed another NFL contract. On Wednesday, Ratelle signed an NFL futures contract with the Kansas City Chiefs. A futures contract means the Chiefs can sign Ratelle to a deal for the following season and it doesn't count against roster limits for the current season. Kansas City (12-4) is the No. 2 seed from the AFC in the upcoming 2017 NFL Playoffs. A fullback at the pro level, Ratelle played in four preseason games with the Atlanta Falcons before hurting his ankle and coming to an injury settlement.
Braden Costello's scoring touch is back, and so are the dominant ways of the Grand Forks Red River boys hockey team. Costello, a UND hockey commit, recorded a hat trick to lead the Roughriders to a 9-1 victory over Bismarck Century on Friday afternoon at Eagles Arena. "Our line seems to be making passes and the chemistry keeps growing and it's good to get back in the groove with the linemates," Costello said. The standout junior forward had five goals in the last two days after a two-goal showing in a 7-1 win the previous night against Bismarck High.
After a frustrating first half of the season, Grand Forks Red River's top line returned to form in time to flex its muscle against one of the top programs from the state's West Region. Red River top-liners Luke LaMoine, Mason Salquist and Braden Costello combined to score five goals to lead the Roughriders to a 7-1 win over Bismarck High on Thursday night at Eagles Arena. "They knew that they had been working hard in practice," Red River coach Bill Chase said. "They got their feet moving and played smarter and got to open spots. We needed that."
The UND football program is addressing the future and the present in the defensive backfield during its latest stretch of recruiting. UND's three most recent prep recruits are defensive backs and the latest junior college transfer is a potential 2017 starter at safety. UND's prep defensive back recruits are cornerback Kyle Hieptas of Little Chute, Wis., safety Hayden Blubaugh of Aurora, Colo., and safety Thomas Gibson of Brookfield, Wis.
After a 38-point performance in a win over Portland State last February -- a performance that gave Quinton Hooker the UND Division I single-game scoring record -- the point guard walked back onto the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center floor for a race. About a dozen young kids waited to run from one end of the basketball court to the other against Hooker, who had just surpassed 1,000 career points in a game that he played the entire 40 minutes.