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UND quarterback Jake Landry is asked from time to time how far he can throw the football. "I don't know," Landry replies. Sixty yards? Seventy? He avoids the question again by saying, "With the adrenaline going in a game, who really knows?" An indication of his arm strength, however, came last week during practice. On a vertical pass play to receiver Chris Anderson, Landry unleashed the ball at the 20-yard line.
Defense comes first. That's the message new UND volleyball coach Ashley Hardee wants to deliver as the Sioux are in the middle of their spring season, which included scrimmages against Bemidji State and the University of Mary over the weekend in the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. "We're working hard on the defensive side of the ball," said Hardee, who came to UND earlier this year from New Mexico State. "We got our first taste of competition and things went well." UND beat Mary in three games, then swept Bemidji State. "We had a much better defense against Bemidji," Hardee said.
Traditionally, the effects of winter last longer in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks than they do elsewhere. One typical casualty of Greater Grand Forks winters is a late start to the high school spring sports season. Spring sports will have another late start in Greater Grand Forks, perhaps a lot later than usual. But conditions are as bad -- if not worse -- in other areas. "We might be in the best shape of any place from what we're hearing," Grand Forks athletic director Todd Olson said. "And that's rare.
Tim Tibesar, who spent two seasons as UND's defensive coordinator, said he still remembers how difficult it was to stop receiver Weston Dressler during Sioux practices. Four seasons later, Tibesar again will have a hand in trying to stop Dressler, the reigning Canadian Football League's rookie of the year. After spending the last three years as an assistant coach at Kansas State, Tibesar was named the linebackers coach of the Montreal Alouettes earlier this week. He'll join Montreal coach Mark Trestman's staff in June. As the Montreal linebackers coach, Tibesar again will have a hand in a
A handful of North Dakota high school teams have played for a state girls fastpitch softball championship in relative obscurity the past few seasons. Those same teams -- in addition to a few more -- will play for another title this season. But there will be a difference. The North Dakota High School Activities Association has sanctioned girls softball this season.
UND's search for a fifth home game this season is over. The Sioux didn't get the date they wanted, but they did get a game -- something that looked improbable a few weeks ago. The Sioux will play Stony Brook University of New York on Oct. 10 in the Alerus Center. UND was stuck on a 10-game schedule for the last few months after Idaho State backed out of a Sept. 12 return game in Grand Forks. UND searched far and wide for a Sept. 12 home game, which was supposed to serve as the 44th annual Potato Bowl.
UND's search for a fifth home game this season is over. The Sioux didn't get the date they wanted, but they did get a game -- something that looked improbable a few weeks ago. The Sioux will play Stony Brook University of New York on Oct. 10 in the Alerus Center. UND was stuck on a 10-game schedule for the last few months after Idaho State backed out of a Sept. 12 return game in Grand Forks. UND searched far and wide for a fifth home game, which would have served as the 44th annual Potato Bowl. Because of Idaho State's late decision to back out, UND's options of finding a Sept.
UND football players spent much of the past week helping local residents with sandbagging efforts along the rising Red River. The sandbagging drills have ended. Now, the Sioux will concentrate on drills that aren't as rewarding but are a lot more fun. UND opens its spring season today in the Alerus Center with the first of 15 scheduled practices, culminating with the annual Green-White scrimmage April 25. After spring drills, UND will launch its second Division I season -- opening at national powerhouse Texas Tech on Sept.
The Minnesota State-Mankato women's basketball program started the season with an interim coach. The Mavericks ended the season with a Division II national championship, a title that was secured with a wild 103-94 win against Franklin Pierce of New Hampshire last week in San Antonio. Despite an interim coach -- Pam Gohl -- the championship perhaps isn't a big surprise, considering the success the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference has enjoyed since the start of the school year. The NSIC has won three national Division II titles during the 2008-09 season. Concordia-St.
Two years ago, Grand Forks Red River finished its girls soccer season with a 7-8-3 record. A year ago -- with a new coach -- Red River finished 9-8-1 as the Roughriders advanced to the state tournament. Now Paulo Perez returns for his second season as coach, and he's hopeful the Riders will take yet another step forward now that his players are becoming more comfortable with his system. "We changed the whole system (last year) and the girls are getting to know it," Perez said. "They're adapting." A major change, Perez said, was the pace of play.