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Grand Forks Central senior Wyatt Eagleson's home run in the sixth inning Tuesday evening against Grand Forks Red River was the first over-the-fence homer in his baseball career at any level. It still might not have been his biggest hit of the game. Eagleson, a 6-foot-4, 200-pound outfielder, followed his homer in the sixth with a one-hop blast to the wall in left field in the seventh to score the winning run in a 6-5 Central win over Red River at Kraft Field.
UND men's basketball coach Brian Jones has signed a two-month contract extension, the school said Tuesday afternoon. "We have agreed to a short-term extension with coach Jones in order to give us a little more time to work out the remaining details of a long-term contract," UND athletic director Brian Faison said. "I'm confident we will have a completed deal done quickly." Jones' previous contract ended April 30. His new, short-term deal, signed the last week of April, covers through the end of June.
A UND football ticket has become a much hotter item this offseason. UND has 565 new football season ticket holders as of Thursday, according to Derick Stoulil, the school's assistant athletic director for marketing. That new total also comes at a slightly higher price. UND increased season football tickets at the Alerus Center to start with the least expensive ticket at $80, rather than last year's $75. Last year, UND saw 334 new season ticket holders for a total of 4,355 season ticket holders.
The UND women's basketball program took a step toward solidifying its future backcourt this week. Claire Orth, of Circle Pines, Minn., gave her verbal commitment Wednesday to play college basketball at UND. The 5-foot-10 guard of Centennial High School averaged 10 points and 2 assists per game for the section runner-ups. "I think the biggest thing was how supportive the coaches were," Orth said. "They asked about things outside of basketball. They cared about things other than basketball, too."
In the bottom of the third inning, Grand Forks Central baseball coach Tim Gregoire visited senior pitcher Brock Reller on the mound after Grand Forks Red River cut the Knights' lead from four runs to one. "That was more to calm everyone else down," Gregoire said. "Brock's arm felt good. It was going to be hard to take him off the mound." The Knights didn't fret in the third and weren't challenged again. Rakeem Wright's three-run, inside-the-park home run in the next inning sparked Central's 16-3 win over Red River on Wednesday at Kraft Field.
Last month, UND senior-to-be Faith Dooley announced she'll play two years of women's basketball after she exhausts her final season of volleyball eligibility next year. On Monday, USA Volleyball made her schedule even more hectic. Dooley was one of 31 players selected to compete at the U.S. Collegiate National Team-Minneapolis. "There's lots of unknowns of what to expect, but I'm excited about it," Dooley said. "I think it'll be an awesome experience."
Another big swing by Marina Marzolino gave UND the program's Division I record for wins in a season. The Fighting Hawks picked up their 21st win of the year with a 2-0 win over Portland State on Saturday afternoon at Apollo Park. Marzolino, who hit a game-winning 3-run homer on Friday, hit a two-run shot in the fourth inning for the game's only runs. "She generates good power with her swing," UND coach Jordan Stevens said. "She takes good hacks."
Former UND offensive lineman Michael Coe grew up a fan of Emmitt Smith and the Dallas Cowboys. On Saturday, he agreed to an NFL contract with his childhood team. At the conclusion of the NFL draft, Coe signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cowboys. "It was a long day, seeing what was going to happen," Coe said. "I feel like I have a good opportunity in Dallas to make the roster." Coe and his agent chose between five different teams, opting for the Cowboys because Dallas was searching for depth on the line.
Elijah Grady's UND football career may have been brief in 2015, but the New Town, N.D., native has always drawn considerable buzz as a regional prospect with immense potential. On Saturday, Grady confirmed he's coming back to the Fighting Hawks after a year away from the program. He is eligible immediately and has three seasons of eligibility remaining.
Jordan Stevens took over as UND softball head coach three years ago. Pitcher Kaylin VanDomelen, a sophomore then, was recovering from hip surgery and unavailable during that 2015 season. Still, Stevens knew he had a good one that year without even seeing VanDomelen throw. "It started when she was on the sidelines," Stevens said. "She was just engaged and willing to learn. She even tried to be the best statistician she could be. That told me a lot about her character." Fast forward to 2017 and VanDomelen is no longer taking the stats, she's racking them up.