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Roughly 20 years ago, UND men's basketball coach Brian Jones and Brad Davidson were professional basketball teammates in Australia. At the time, there was a strong connection between Jones, a center, and Davidson, a guard. "We hit it off straight-away and I've been in contact with him throughout the years," said Davidson. That connection is as strong as ever. Davidson, Australia's national shooting coach, was named a UND assistant on Wednesday. UND opened its preseason practices earlier this week and Davidson will join the program immediately.
PREP VOLLEYBALL Senior High downs Crookston East Grand Forks Senior High downed Crookston 25-13, 25-19, 25-13 at home on Monday. The Green Wave registered 15 aces on the night. Julia Warmack led all players with 10 kills, while Kayla Nelson dished out 31 assists. Senior High improves to 11-8 on the season and will play at Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton tonight. Fertile Beltrami outlasts Sacred Heart
UND 31, Cal Poly 24 CP 0 7 7 10 -24 UND 10 0 14 7 -31 First quarter UND: Keaton Studsrud 16 run (Reid Taubenheim kick), 7:58 remaining. Drive: 5 plays, 45 yards, 1:44 Key plays: Kyle Norberg's 5-yard run on third-and-2 from the 21 sets up Studsrud's score. UND 7, CP 0 UND: Taubenheim 25 field goal, 0:31. Drive: 11 plays, 28 yards, 5:27
UND let Cal Poly off the hook in the first half. A 10-7 UND halftime lead should have been more like a 24-0 advantage. In the second half, UND again let No. 16 Cal Poly off the ropes again—allowing the Mustangs within 2 yards of potentially tying the game with under two minutes to play. Yet, UND hung on—winning 31-24 on Saturday to improve to 2-0 in the Big Sky Conference and 3-2 overall. The seven-point difference was the largest among UND's five games this season.
Boys tennis 6 East Region singles tournament In Grand Forks, Friday
PREP TENNIS Locals reach semis at EDC Grand Forks Red River senior Jake Kuhlman won a pair of matches by identical 6-0, 6-0 scores to reach the semifinals of the East Region singles tournament on Friday. Kuhlman will play Zach Diekman of Fargo Davies in the semifinals this morning. A pair of doubles teams from Grand Forks also reached the semifinals.
GIRLS TENNIS Crookston wins Northwest Quad CROOKSTON—Crookston won five of the seven divisions to win Tuesday's Northwest Quad. It's the second straight year the Pirates have won the event. Crookston finished with 18 points while Thief River Falls was second with nine. East Grand Forks Senior High finished with eight followed by Moorhead with seven. Ally Tiedemann won at No. 1 singles with a 3-0 record. Senior High sisters Jenna and Emma Dietrich won the No. 1 doubles division.
The captain of the Delta flight headed to Omaha, Neb., on an early March day in 2003 informed us that we wouldn't be taking off from Fargo Hector International Airport. Some kind of mechanical problem, said the pilot. Scott Swygman was sitting next to me. Upon hearing the news, Swyg growled. And growled some more, as only Swyg could do. We had only eight hours to reach Kearney, Neb., where the UND men's basketball team was playing in an NCAA regional tournament. Swyg was scheduled to call the game for the UND radio network.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL LSU interim head football coach Ed Orgeron said Monday he plans to run a more creative offense with Steve Ensminger as the new offensive coordinator. LSU athletic director Joe Alleva introduced Orgeron at a press conference Monday, one day after longtime coach Les Miles was fired following a 2-2 start. Alleva also fired offensive coordinator Cam Cameron, who at $1.2 million was one of the highest paid assistants in college football. --One day after being fired by LSU, Miles is thinking about finding his next head coaching job.
Organizers of the Wild Hog Marathon likely will take a day or two to regroup. After that, however, work begins for next year's event. Saturday's initial marathon went well, according to organizers. Approximately 2,000 runners competed in the marathon, half-marathon, 10K and 5K races over the weekend. It was the first time in five years of the event that the Wild Hog sponsored a full marathon. Approximately 250 runners ran the full marathon. Steffan Reimer of Blumenort, Man., won the marathon, finishing the 26.2-mile course in 2 hours, 52 minutes and 17 seconds.