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During the 2015-16 season, the UND men's basketball team finished with 17 wins, a run at a Big Sky Conference title and another postseason tournament appearance. But there could have been so much more. "On one of our (practice) shirts, it says, "finish" on the back of it," said UND forward Drick Bernstine. That's UND mission this season—to finish. A year ago, UND lost eight games by a combined 23 points.
UND men's and women's basketball may or may not stay in the Big Sky Conference. Speculation is growing that the Fighting Hawks may have a new basketball home—the Summit League—in the foreseeable future. The Big Sky has been UND's basketball home since 2012. At times, though, UND has not felt at home in the Sky—considering its location in the massive three time-zone league. But both programs have had varying degrees of success in the league.
Prep football 6 Minn. Section 8AAA Tuesday's results Pequot Lakes 35, Park Rapids 22 Perham 42, EGF Senior High 25 PER 10 6 14 12--42 EGF 7 0 6 12--25
Prep football 6 Saturday's results Fargo Shanley 28, Hillsboro-Central Valley 8 Kindred 41, Enderlin-Maple Valley 22 Fargo North 27, GF Red River 24 North 10 0 7 10--27 Red River 7 10 0 7--24 FN—Adam Hummel 5 run (Connor Fuglseth kick) FN—Fuglseth 25 field goal Red River—Matt Laturnus 7 run (Tyler Hoffarth kick) Red River—Parker Wenzel 1 run (Hoffarth kick) Red River—Hoffarth 22 field goal
Fargo North ended its season on a high note, stunning Grand Forks Red River 27-24 on Saturday at Cushman Field. The Spartans came into the game with one win. The only silver lining for Red River: The Roughriders already had qualified for the upcoming North Dakota Class AAA playoffs as the No. 4 seed from the East Region. "The team we had today was not the team we've had the past two weeks," said Red River coach Vyrn Muir. "Kudos to North; they took advantage of every situation we allowed them to have. That's why the game ended up the way it did."
AROUND THE BIG SKY UND safety Cole Reyes, who didn't play last Saturday in a win over Southern Utah, is questionable for today at Idaho State. Reyes, who is still third on the team with 39 tackles, practiced Wednesday and Thursday at the High Performance Center. UND wide receiver Luke Stanley, who was injured on a catch against Southern Utah, is out for today's game against Idaho State. Stanley, who has 26 catches for 381 yards and two touchdowns this year, didn't practice this week. He was on crutches during practice.
COLLEGE SOCCER Montana 1, UND 0 MISSOULA, Mont.—Hallie Widner scored in the closing minutes of overtime to give the Grizzlies the Big Sky win over UND on Friday. "I am so proud of the fight in this group," said UND coach Matt Kellogg "We played 90-plus minutes of great soccer and battled for everything." The Fighting Hawks dropped to 1-7-0 in the Big Sky and 2-12-2 overall. UND has been eliminated from qualifying for the Big Sky postseason tournament. Montana improves to 4-2-2 and 8-5-4 and sits in third place in the conference standings.
Grand Forks Central struck first but West Fargo Sheyenne's triple offense was too much to handle Wednesday night. The Mustangs took a 40-6 win over the Knights in the season finale for Central, which finished the season 1-8 overall. "We had a nice play called and the kids executed it well," said Central coach Bill Lorenz of the early score. "But we couldn't stop their run game. Their triple option has a lot of misdirection and we had a hard time adjusting to it."
UND senior guard Quinton Hooker is the Big Sky Conference Preseason MVP. The league made the announcement Wednesday. Hooker was one of six guards voted to the Big Sky Preseason All-Conference Team by media members after averaging 20.1 ppg and leading the Fighting Hawks to a nine-win improvement as a junior.
VOLLEYBALL Sacred Heart 3, Northern Freeze 0 NEWFOLDEN, Minn.—Jessica Remer and Katelyn Rudolph each had 10 kills to lead East Grand Forks Sacred Heart past the Northern Freeze on Tuesday. Molly Hanson finished with seven assists for the Eagles. Brita Swenson led the Northern Freeze with four kills. BOYS SOCCER Riders' Ahmed named all-state Mohamud Ahmed of Grand Forks Red River has been named to the North Dakota high school boys all-state soccer team.