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UND and Northeastern State play at different levels but there is a common thread that links the programs. Both are dealing with their own forms of transition. Northeastern State, an NCAA Division II team that will play UND on Saturday in the 45th annual Potato Bowl, is headed for a new home in 2012. The RiverHawks also are playing teams from the Division I FCS level this season and next, a significant change from the way things have been in Tahlequah, Okla. The RiverHawks will join the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in 2012.
There have been a number of times this season when Bob Martin has had to maneuver his way through heavy lapped traffic on the high-banked, quarter-mile track at River Cities Speedway. In Martin's path has been his son, Rayce, a 15-year-old who is one of a handful of rookie drivers in the RCS sprint class this season. "I want to drive my race but when I'm lapping (Rayce) I'm extra cautious because he's my kid and it's my equipment," Martin said. There may have been more moments of caution than usual this season in the sprint field at RCS, considering the number of young rookies racing this s
Broc Bellmore has no plans to change his first name. A few of his teammates, however, already have a new name for the Sioux defensive lineman from West Fargo, N.D. His teammates say Block is more fitting first name, considering Bellmore's ability to alter opponents' field-goal and extra-point kicks the last two seasons. Bellmore blocked a Northern Illinois field-goal attempt last week, a play that helped UND make a fourth-quarter run at the Huskies. It was the fifth blocked kick for Bellmore in UND's last 13 games. "We do our block party every week in practice," Bellmore said.
UND players addressed the media Tuesday before Sioux coach Chris Mussman. They knew what to say even though practice for the week had not yet begun. The players said there is no looking past NCAA Division II Northeastern State of Oklahoma, the team that will meet the Sioux on Saturday in the 45th annual Potato Bowl in the Alerus Center. The Sioux learned a harsh lesson last season after their home loss against the University of Sioux Falls, the eventual NAIA national champion.
The Great West Football Conference was formed in 2004 for a handful of Division I FCS programs that needed a home. The league's future now is shaky at best as two of the five Great West members -- Cal Poly and UC Davis -- are moving to the Big Sky Conference in 2012. UND and South Dakota also are seeking long-term homes for their football programs, adding to the league's uncertainty. But the Great West stood firm last week, one that will be remembered regardless of what happens to the league down the road. Great West members South Dakota and Cal Poly pulled off head-turning wins Saturday.
In 2006, Cody Skytland was leading a big-money race at River Cities Speedway. He was in great position to win the Harvest Bowl. However, he dropped out with mechanical problems in the final few laps after having the race covered.
DeKALB, Ill. -- Did the ball break the plane? UND coach Chris Mussman thought it did. Not once, but twice. A key moment in Northern Illinois' 23-17 win over UND on Saturday night came late in the first quarter when the Sioux had a third-and-goal from inside the Huskies' 1. Quarterback Jake Landry tried a sneak on third down.
East Grand Forks Senior High coach Scott Oliver praised the play of his seniors against Crookston. "We have 20-plus seniors and not all of them get a chance to play," Oliver said. "But I was really happy with the leadership and how hard our seniors play." He had just as much praise for his sophomore quarterback, one who played just as big of a role in Senior High's 34-20 win against Crookston on Friday night at Senior High Field. Gage Ausmus, Senior High's sophomore quarterback, rushed for 168 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Green Wave improved to 1-1 in its Section 8AAA win.