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Grand Forks Red River junior Adam Van Raden was edged out of a state championship last season by a single stroke on the last hole. It's going to take a strong effort to catch him this time. On the first day of this year's North Dakota state Class A boys golf meet Monday at the Grand Forks Country Club, Van Raden put some distance between himself and the field. In doing so, Van Raden also pushed Red River to a healthy 10-stroke lead on Day 1 of 2 of the event.
UND men's basketball player Drick Bernstine, a key piece in the Fighting Hawks' run to the NCAA Tournament last season, announced plans to transfer late Thursday night. Bernstine didn't say where he would transfer. Bernstine, the son of former NFL player Rod Bernstine, finished his junior year with an average of 8.3 points and 7.5 rebounds. He started 30 of UND's 31 games. Bernstine, a native of Aurora, Colo., was at his best against Arizona in the first round of March Madness in Salt Lake City. Bernstine scored 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.
The Grand Forks Red River baseball season has seen the ups and downs. From losing the team's first eight games and receiving a No. 7 seed in the East Region tournament to winning five of the last six games. One constant for the Roughriders, though, has been a 15-year-old freshman. Dane Montgomery has been the leadoff hitter and starting shortstop in all 22 games for the Roughriders, who take the No. 4 seed from the East Region into today's North Dakota state tournament in Mandan.
BISMARCK—Dale Lennon, a former UND football player and coach, is taking over for Roger Thomas once again. On Wednesday, Lennon was named athletic director at the University of Mary. He takes the place of Thomas, who announced in April his plans to retire from the position. Lennon, a Knox, N.D., native, was hired at Mary in 2016 in an administrative role after being let go as head football coach at Southern Illinois.
Grand Forks Central senior Ethan Knudson had never been a meet medalist. His team, the Knights, hadn't won the East Region meet for as long as anyone at the Grand Forks Country Club on Tuesday could remember. Those streaks were stopped at the region meet, where Knudson shot a meet-low 72 to lead the Knights to a team title—topping Grand Forks Red River by a single stroke. "It's amazing," Central coach Josh Cichy said. "I'm so proud of him. He's come a long way. If I could pick one kid to win, it would be him."
AUSTIN, Texas—The UND track and field program has its first national qualifier. Junior thrower Molli Detloff made school history Thursday by advancing to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Detloff, of Elk River, Minn., broke her own school record on all three of her hammer throw attempts at the West Preliminary. Her best throw went 213 feet, 2 inches. She entered the day with the school record at 202-6. Detloff finished fifth in the hammer throw. Maggie Ewen of Arizona State won the event with a throw of 232-3.
Quinton Hooker, one of the best men's basketball players in UND history, took the first step in his professional career this week. On Tuesday, Hooker worked out with the NBA's Houston Rockets—the 6-foot point guard's first NBA workout.
GRAND FORKS — During his first three years at North Dakota State, former Grand Forks Red River standout Danny Palmiscno was a backup catcher. This season, Bison coach Tod Brown sees something different. "He's got the golden egg, and he's not letting it go," Brown said. The golden egg is the starting catching role, which Palmiscno takes into this week's Summit League baseball tournament at Oral Roberts in Tulsa, Okla. Palmiscno is a leader on the No. 2 seed Bison—the highest seed NDSU has taken into the tournament.
On the south end of UND's campus, at the corner of Demers Avenue and 42nd Street South, Ray Richards Golf Course sits unused and empty. UND's administration closed the course this year as the school said it needed to narrow its focus during a budget crunch. Now, swimming enthusiasts in Grand Forks hope to avoid a similar fate. UND hasn't decided what's to become of Hyslop Pool after the university cut the men's and women's swimming and diving programs this spring.
The UND football team has landed a Division I transfer quarterback from its own conference. Nate Ketteringham, a transfer from Big Sky Conference member Sacramento State, has verbally committed to play with the Fighting Hawks, he confirmed Friday night. Ketteringham has two seasons of eligibility remaining.