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Looking at the prep careers of Garett Maag of West St. Paul, Minn., and C.J. Siegel of La Crosse, Wis., it might be tough to tell whether UND football coach Bubba Schweigert or UND men’s basketball coach Brian Jones were more interested in recruiting the high school seniors to Grand Forks. Maag and Siegel are both averaging more than 20 points per game playing basketball this winter.
The college football recruiting calendar has changed this year. Instead of everyone cementing plans on the first Wednesday in February, an early signing period has been created and starts today. How programs handle the new format remains to be seen, but in Grand Forks, UND hopes to be signing most of its 2018 recruiting class before Christmas. The Fighting Hawks are expected to sign roughly 20 recruits to National Letters of Intent.
East Grand Forks Senior High put three shots on net in the first period. Green Wave coach Scott Koberinski said there wasn't any jump, excitement or energy. Senior High, however, saved its best for last. The Wave scored with 30 seconds left in the third period with a pulled goalie and then finished off Bemidji in overtime to win 3-2 on Tuesday night at the Civic Center. "The first period was god-awful," Koberinski said. "We switched up the lines and that gave us a jump. In the second and third, we played very well."
Grand Forks Red River and Grand Forks Central played the first game of the Gambucci Cup on Friday night. If the opener at Purpur Arena is any indication, the matchups for the Greater Grand Forks boys hockey traveling trophy are going to be fun. Red River and Central finished in a 2-2 tie before Tyler Savage's shootout goal and goalie Nate Bradbury's final save gave the Roughriders the extra point in the East Region standings.
The Moorhead boys hockey team is adjusting to what coach Jon Ammerman calls "the new normal." The Spuds have been followed around lately by a camera crew for a reality television show on Fox Sports North. To add to the hoopla, a second Moorhead star—Carter Randklev—announced this week his commitment to play college hockey at UND. With Randklev joining teammate Ethan Frisch as UND commits, Fighting Hawks coach Brad Berry has been a looming presence at recent games. The Spuds, however, haven't let the distractions affect their play.
When the UND football program talks about Memorial Stadium, it's usually in reference to the team's practice facility and former Division II home on campus. Chatter of Memorial Stadium on Wednesday took on a new meaning. The Fighting Hawks will play at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium in 2022 (Sept. 3) and 2026 (Sept. 19), UND announced Wednesday afternoon. UND will receive a $515,000 guarantee for the first game and $560,000 for the second.
BROOKINGS, S.D.—UND and South Dakota State's matchup Tuesday night is expected to be the final non-conference showdown between the two schools. The Fighting Hawks will leave the Big Sky Conference and join the Summit League next season. UND discovered at Frost Arena there is a significant gap between the Hawks and their new league's dominant team. SDSU turned the showdown of last year's NCAA tournament qualifiers into a laugher by halftime in a 99-63 victory in front of 1,874 fans.
Entering a timeout early in the second half, after North Dakota State guard Paul Miller scored on another drive to the basket, UND coach Brian Jones took a few steps onto the court and yelled out at nobody in particular. "Can someone guard him?" Jones pleaded. They couldn't. Miller scored 30 points on 12-for-16 shooting to lead NDSU to a 88-79 non-conference win over UND on Saturday night in front of 3,057 at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
North Dakota State's Paul Miller scored a game-high 30 points to lead North Dakota State over UND on Saturday night at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Miller was 12-for-16 from the field and 3-for-4 from the 3-point line. NDSU shot 59 percent from the 3-point line as a team. UND was led by 23 points from Marlon Stewart and 20 points from Geno Crandall. The Fighting Hawks were playing without starter Cortez Seales, who was attending a funeral.
With a tie game heading into the fourth quarter, UND women's basketball coach Travis Brewster huddled his team and drew up a play. As the huddle broke, UND junior Fallyn Freije whispered to her coach. "We got this, just relax," Freije said. Freijie was right. She scored a career-high 26 points and UND outscored North Dakota State 29-18 in the fourth quarter as the Fighting Hawks beat the Bison 79-68 in non-conference play in front of 2,571 fans at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.