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The UND football program's depth at cornerback took a hit this offseason. Backup corner Jahmere Irvin-Sills, a transfer from Mississippi State, has left the program, he confirmed on Thursday. As a sophomore in 2015, Irvin-Sills appeared in all 11 games as a reserve cornerback. He finished the season with 25 tackles and an interception in a win over No. 19 Montana State on Oct. 31. It's unclear where Irvin-Sills, a Rivals three-star recruit out of high school in Maryland, plans to transfer.
It's only July but the Big Sky Conference football media days are just around the corner. The annual event, held in Park City, Utah, at the beginning of next week hasn't had a ton of excitement for UND fans in the past if you're looking for hoopla. The Big Sky releases preseason all-conference teams and polls during the event, and the Fighting Hawks never got a lot of love, and deservedly so for the most part. The usual Park City hype is piled on Montana, Montana State and Eastern Washington—the three teams who previously have dominated the league.
The Grand Forks sports community is rallying around one of its own. Veteran Grand Forks radio voice Scott Swygman currently is being treated for Stage 4 kidney cancer, prompting friends and family of Swygman to organize a benefit to help defray medical expenses. Tim Hennessy, the longtime voice of UND men's hockey, has partnered with Swygman off and on for more than 20 years on the pair's Tim & Swyg in the Morning Show on 1440 AM The Fan. Hennessy said the feedback for the benefit has been remarkable.
At noon on Wednesday, Kade Spencer was in Crookston playing centerfield for East Grand Forks' Babe Ruth baseball team. About 2 p.m., the 15-year-old played in the second game of the doubleheader sweep in Crookston at first base. By 9:30 p.m., Spencer was on the mound for the East Grand Forks American Legion team, putting the finishing touches on an improbable 12-10 win over Fergus Falls at Stauss Park. East Grand Forks lost the first game of the Fergus Falls doubleheader 14-2 and trailed 9-0 in the top of the third inning in the nightcap before storming back.
UND track and field coach Kevin Galbraith has called his programs "the road warriors." The Fighting Hawks still will spend plenty of time traveling in the expansive Big Sky Conference, but UND will finally be able to host a meet, as well. The Fighting Hawks will host the UND Indoor Tune-Up on Feb. 18 at the High Performance Center, Galbraith announced Tuesday. It will be the first home indoor meet at UND since the spring of 1985.
The Fargo Post 2 American Legion baseball team had one of its worst defensive showings of the season Tuesday night against the Grand Forks Royals at Kraft Field. Ironically, a slick defensive play sealed Fargo's 12-11 win over the Royals in 12 innings in the non-conference matchup. Despite six errors, a red-hot Post 2—coming off a 6-0 championship performance at a tournament in Fargo last weekend—improved to 27-3, a record that includes just one loss to a North Dakota opponent (West Fargo).
Some members of the UND men's basketball team and coaching staff will feel right at home while playing on the road Dec. 20. That's when UND will play the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City for the first time since 1969, according to a schedule released by Iowa's athletic department on Thursday. The Fighting Hawks will have three Iowa natives on their roster during the 2016-17 season, including sophomore Cortez Seales, Creighton transfer Marlon Stewart and incoming freshman Billy Brown.
The UND football team announced its home start times on Tuesday, leaning to the 1 p.m. starts most of the year. The Potato Bowl matchup with South Dakota will start...
Brooks Bollinger never planned to coach with his dad, Rob. The former Grand Forks Central, University of Wisconsin and NFL quarterback didn't envision the opportunity to stand on the same sideline. Now, it's a dream come true. Brooks will enter his first season as head coach at Cretin-Derham Hall High School in St. Paul this fall, and he'll be joined by Rob as assistant coach.
Men's golf could be coming back to UND, contingent on meeting fundraising deadlines, the school announced Wednesday afternoon. "Men's golf has submitted a plan that I believe has the ability to attract the sustainable external funding necessary to reinstate the golf program if funding deadlines are met," UND interim president Ed Schafer said in a campuswide email. Schafer said the specific funding deadlines for the short term are Aug. 30, 2016 for the 2016-17 season and June 1, 2017 for the 2017-18 season.