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Dustin Monsebroten was a regular at UND men's basketball games as a youngster. He had a passion for Sioux Green and White as he followed his favorite team during the early 1990s -- a time when UND men's basketball was a hot ticket in town. "I grew up an hour away from here and my dad took me to every home football and basketball game," Monsebroten said. "I've been bleeding green ever since." Monsebroten had a standout high school career at Marshall County Central before playing two seasons at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls.
Former UND coach Dave Gunther came to a recent Sioux practice to watch his former program prepare for a demanding road trip to Wisconsin-Green Bay and Wichita State. Sioux senior Daniel Harkins sat with Gunther for a few minutes and asked some questions. "I asked coach Gunther what to do when you play a big school one night and a small school the next night," Harkins said, referring to UND's all-encompassing schedule that includes Division I, II, III and NAIA programs.
After its first Division I Football Championship Subdivision season, UND hit the recruiting trail looking for immediate help on its offensive line. The search took the Sioux to California. They received immediate -- and perhaps -- long term help on the line. Sioux coach Chris Mussman said Monday that Santa Ana College offensive lineman Connor McKendry has signed with UND. McKendry is a 6-foot-5, 275-pound freshman from Costa Mesa, Calif. With UND losing three starting offensive lineman to graduation, McKendry is expected to provide immediate help.
After sitting out last season with a knee injury, it's taken a while for UND junior Kayla Bagaason to regain her shooting touch. Her touch is starting to come back. Bagaason, one of UND's top perimeter shooters two years ago, hit her biggest shot of the season against Seattle Pacific on Saturday afternoon -- a 3-pointer that helped lead the Sioux past the Falcons 69-60 in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Bagaason drained a 3-pointer with 5 minutes, 5 seconds to play to give the Sioux a 58-53 lead.
Through the first five games of the Herald Jason Stadstad Hockey Classic, Minnesota teams were 5-0 against their North Dakota opponents. Grafton-Park River, however, put a stop to the Minnesota dominance. The Spoilers scored five third-period goals to beat Roseau 6-3 on Friday night in Purpur Arena during the second day of the second annual Stadstad Classic. "It's nice that a North Dakota team beat a Minnesota team," Grafton-Park River coach Jay Haugland said. "That's a hard-working team we beat.
Grand Forks Central freshman goalie Blake Gierszewski came up with some quality stops early against Minnesota powerhouse Bloomington Jefferson. Bloomington Jefferson, however, kept firing the quality shots at the Central goalie. And the Jaguars kept on firing. By the end of the first period, Jefferson-- ranked No.
UND's 2008 football schedule contained a rare two-week break, a stretch Sioux coaches used for recruiting. The break may have been hard on UND players and fans, but it did help produce the first official Sioux recruit for the 2009 season. Cerritos College linebacker Matthew Moody signed with UND this week. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound freshman from Sonora, Calif., will enroll at UND for the second semester and will participate in spring football drills. "His ability to play both inside and outside linebacker is his strength," UND coach Chris Mussman said.
Under the circumstances, UND welcomes any win these days -- the days of the program's difficult transition to Division I men's basketball that also have been accompanied by a rash of injuries. Down to eight healthy players again, UND rallied from an 11-point deficit in the second half to beat Dickinson State 63-58 on Wednesday night before 1,782 fans in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. It wasn't a pretty win but it was an effective one for the Sioux, who improved to 6-3 -- a record that includes wins against Division I, Division II and NAIA programs this season. "Our guys showed a lot of c
UND has played road games at Arkansas, Toledo, Wyoming, Wisconsin-Green Bay and Montana State so far this season. It's the life of a nomadic first-year Division I women's basketball program. So when the Sioux do have an opportunity to play at home, they don't mind showing what they've learned in their first Division I season. "You can tell how we've progressed as a team," Sioux junior Whitney Ledger said.
UND left the University of Arkansas last week knowing it belonged on the same floor as the Southeastern Conference team. Arkansas beat the Sioux 85-73, not a bad showing for a first-year Division I program against an established SEC team with a freshman class regarded as one of the better ones in the country. When the Sioux returned from Fayetteville, Ark., they discovered a silver lining in their 3-6 record. "We sat down the other day and said there haven't been any games this year that we couldn't have won," UND senior Kierah Kimbrough said.