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UND wrapped up the 2016-17 season playing No. 2 seed Arizona in the NCAA men's basketball tournament in Salt Lake City. The nonconference portion of UND's schedule this season won't be much easier, based on the schedule released Wednesday by the Fighting Hawks. UND will play four NCAA Tournament teams from a year ago—Troy of Alabama, South Dakota State, Creighton and Gonzaga, the national runner-up last season. UND and Gonzaga will play Dec. 16 in Spokane. The teams haven't met since the 1972-73 season.
Don Shaw wanted to win the 11th annual John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational more than any other driver. And for good reason. Shaw was the brother-in-law of Seitz, and the annual event to honor Seitz carries special meaning for the Ham Lake, Minn., driver. His wish came true as Shaw won the 92-lap Seitz feature race Saturday night at River Cities Speedway, holding off two-time winner A.J. Diemel for a good portion of the demanding race before approximately 4,000 fans.
College volleyball 6 Saturday's results N.D. State over George Washington 25-16, 25-20, 25-9 Minnesota State-Mankato over Minnesota-Crookston 25-16, 25-8, 25-12 Northern State over Minn.-Crookston 25-9, 25-6, 25-8 UND 25-25-25, S.D. State 22-13-19 S.D. State—(kills, blocks, aces) Ashlynn Smith 8-1-0, Sierra Peterson 7-0-0, Payton Richardson 5-1-0, Mattison Munger (13 assists)
College volleyball 6 Friday's results Minn.-Crookston over Minot State 18-25, 25-21, 21-25, 27-25, 15-10 Minn.-Crookston over SD School of Mines 25-19, 25-19, 25-27, 26-24 UND Classic Appalachian State 3, South Dakota State 1 UND 25-25-25, George Washington 15-19-18 UND (kills-blocks-aces)—Teodora Tepavac 0-0-1 (16 digs), Sydney Griffin 4-2-0 (32 assists), Tamara Merseli 8-2-2, Jordan Vail 7-0-0, Faith Dooley 12-4-0, Ashley Brueggeman 7-0-0, Julia Kaczorowska 4-0-0, Maggie Smith 0-0-2, Tamika Brekke 0-0-2.
A.J. Diemel is becoming the driver to beat at the John Seitz Memorial Late Model Invitational. Diemel won Friday's pole dash at the 11th annual Seitz event, a win that means the Elk Mound, Wis., driver will start on the pole of Saturday night's 92-lap feature, which pays $9,200 to win. Diemel is looking to become the first three-time winner of the Seitz race. He won the event last year and in 2014. In 2015, he placed second.
The good news is that only one goal has been scored against UND so far this season at its Bronson Field home. The bad news is that one goal was inadvertently knocked into the net by a UND player on a redirect. On Sunday, an own goal was the difference in South Dakota's 1-0 win over UND—a home loss that dropped the Fighting Hawks to 2-3-1 on the season. In four prior home matches—two of them exhibitions—no opponent scored at Bronson Field.
The 2017 season for Jordan Adams has been a good one. The 21-year-old sprint car driver from Reynolds, N.D., had moved into second place in the season points race at River Cities Speedway before Friday night's races. His night, however, ended in a violent, wicked wreck—one of the worst The Bullring has seen in years.
Prep football 6 Friday's results Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 19, Fertile-Beltrami 14 Badger-Greenbush-Middle River 40, Red Lake 6 McGregor 50, Lake of the Woods 8 Barnesville 27, Dilworth-G-F 14 United North Central 22, Park Rapids 0 Pillager 36, Pelican Rapids 14 West Central Area 14, Breckenridge 6 Willmar 28, Fergus Falls 13 Hancock 62, Laporte 0 Bismarck St. Mary's 49, Valley City 0 Devils Lake 20, Central Cass 14 Wahpeton 34, Turtle Mountain 6
A week ago, Chris Ranten battled Mark Dobmeier for the win at River Cities Speedway. But Ranten came up short, like most drivers do on a weekly basis at River Cities Speedway. On Friday night, however, Ranten was the driver to beat—winning the 25-lap sprint feature on a lightning fast race track at The Bullring. Ranten started up front and held off Austin Pierce for the win during a race that featured a wicked crash involving Jordan Adams.
The Division I era in UND football began Aug. 28, 2008, against Texas A&M-Kingsville, which, to this date, remains a Division II school. UND routed Kingsville 48-18 before more than 11,000 fans at The Alerus Center. UND promoted the move to Division I in a big way back then, but it was hard for hard-core football fans to toe the company line, especially when the list of UND opponents read as such—St. Cloud State, Western Washington, Stony Brook, Sioux Falls, Lamar, Drake and the like.