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Receiver Michael Crabtree still is making news, even though he hasn't run a pass route since Texas Tech's game last season against Mississippi in the Cotton Bowl. Crabtree, arguable the best receiver in Texas Tech history, is a holdout with the San Francisco 49ers -- the last NFL draft pick yet to sign. Another Tech receiver may make news this season, too. But his noise will come on the field -- starting with Saturday's game against UND in Lubbock. Detron Lewis, who was overshadowed by Crabtree last year, is Tech's go-to receiver this season.
In less than a week, UND will experience college football at its highest level. UND will travel to powerful Texas Tech on Saturday for a big payday along with a chance to see what major college football is all about. The Sioux are a long way from their glory days of Division II, which ended in 2007.
Rarely does Mark Dobmeier make a mistake in lapped traffic. He made a mistake trying to pass a car in his heat race, which cost him the win. But he was nearly perfect in the feature. And that meant trouble for the rest of the field as Dobmeier roared to the win in the 25-lap feature at River Cities Speedway on Friday night. The win came on track championship night. That meant an extra tall trophy for Dobmeier and the other winners. "Any time you can put a nice trophy on the shelf, it means a lot," Dobmeier said.
Officially, the UND volleyball team enters its second Division I season today when the Sioux open the Sycamore Classic against host Indiana State and Missouri-Kansas City. Unofficially, today's opener against Indiana State is the true start of UND's ascent into Division I volleyball. UND finished 24-8 last season, but only 11 matches came against Division I opponents.
On the surface, a 30-point lead late in the season isn't much when it comes to racing sprint cars. Upon further review, a 30-point lead may be insurmountable if the leader is Mark Dobmeier, the top driver at River Cities Speedway. The RCS track championship is scheduled tonight and along with it comes the chase for the season points title in all four classes -- streets, Midwest modifieds, late models and sprints. Dobmeier leads Bob Martin by 30 points, a seemingly healthy advantage. "If I have a bad night, Bobby can catch me pretty easily," Dobmeier said. A season points title at RCS wasn
The last players to leave Memorial Stadium on Wednesday were the Sioux offensive linemen. They stayed to watch film of the team's scrimmage the day before. "We're young," UND offensive line coach Rod Carey said. "We have to spend the extra time." Regardless of what was learned watching the film, it simply was a good day for the offensive line. Senior offensive linemen Kyle Bondy and David Koelln both were cleared to play by UND's medical staff, a welcome addition for a relatively inexperienced Sioux line that enters next week's opener at Texas Tech.
In two abbreviated challenges early in UND's preseason camp, the Sioux offense -- with only two returning starters from last season -- topped the defense. "We've joked that they've been clutch," Sioux defensive lineman Ty Boyle said. The challenges didn't last long. How much of a gauge the outcomes provided was hard to tell. On Tuesday, the Sioux held a controlled 60-play scrimmage at Memorial Stadium.
Sophomore linebacker Matt Moody was dismissed from the UND football team Monday for a violation of team rules. Moody was a junior college transfer from Cerritos Community College in Norwalk, Calif. The 6-foot-1, 217-pound outside linebacker entered UND's preseason camp No. 3 on the team depth chart. UND coach Chris Mussman was not specific on reasons for Moody's dismissal. "It's a violation of team rules," Mussman said. "It's one of those things that continually came up as an issue.
UND is through with two-a-day practices, a welcome relief for incoming freshmen. But senior captain Marcus Tibesar said two-a-days become easier as the years go by. That's probably one reason why Tibesar ended Saturday's practice at Memorial Stadium by running a couple of extra wind sprints alongside Sioux offensive linemen. "It was for moral support," UND coach Chris Mussman said.
Life on the road -- for a sprint car driver -- isn't all that glamorous. "It's a grind," driver Tim Kaeding said.