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Young basketball players were everywhere in Grand Forks on Saturday, thanks to the Junior Grand Am tournament sponsored by the Fast Break Club. And Minnesota Lynx star Lindsay Whalen enjoyed every minute of the day. She was in town to conduct a youth basketball clinic sponsored by The Timberwolves and Lynx Basketball Academy. For roughly 90 minutes, campers ran through drills at Red River High School before having the chance for autographs and pictures with Whalen—one of the top players in the WNBA.
River Cities Speedway has been called one of the top dirt tracks in the country. It is one of the few tracks in the country that run sprints and late models on a weekly basis. The track, however, will get even more exposure this summer as Midco Sports Network will televise a night of racing live at The Bullring on June 23. For Midco, it will be its first live broadcast of motorsports.The night of racing will be available to viewers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
UND sweeps SDSU UND opened its home softball schedule by sweeping South Dakota State on Wednesday at Apollo. The Fighting Hawks won 6-0 and 4-3. Junior Kaylin VanDomelen blanked the Jackrabbits in the opener, striking out eight batters and allowing two hits. VanDomelen also went 2-for-3 at the plate as did Lindsey Harford. Hannah Bergh threw all seven innings to get the win in the nightcap. Alicia Young led UND with a 3-for-4 performance while Marina Marzolino hit a homerun and drove in two runs for the Hawks.
Sonja Fox waited her chance to win a championship belt. When she got the chance, she didn't waste it. The Mandaree, N.D., boxer won by unanimous decision over Laura Ramsey in the main event of the Quicksilver Hill Championship Boxing card at Purpur Arena on Saturday night. The event was promoted by former light heavyweight champion Virgil Hill. And Fox also is trained by Hill, who now operates a gym in Los Angeles. Fox finished with a flurry in the six-round bout. The win earned her a regional women's heavyweight title belt in the American Boxing Organization.
Virgil Hill, the former light heavyweight champion of the world, grew up with boxing. And the former Grand Forks resident, who also won a Silver medal in the 1984 Olympic Games, is still doing his part to keep boxing alive. Hill was at Purpur Arena late Friday afternoon, overseeing the final preparations for Saturday night's boxing card in Grand Forks. Hill is the promoter of the Quicksilver Hill Championship Boxing card; the main event being the bout between Sonia Fox of North Dakota and Laura Ramsey for the American Boxing Organization women's title.
Boxing is back in Grand Forks. Former world light heavyweight champion Virgil Hill will put on a boxing card Saturday night at Purpur Arena. There are seven fights on the card, with boxing set to begin at 7 p.m. The main event will be Sonia Fox taking on Laura Ramsey for the American Boxing Organization women's title. Fox, who is from North Dakota, is 5-0 with two knockouts, while Ramsey is 10-6 with five KOs.
UND is scheduled to announce its athletic department restructuring plans Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Gorecki Alumni Center on campus. The school is expected to announce any cuts to the athletic department. The cuts are part of a school-wide effort to trim budgets because of an anticipated drop in state funding. UND President Mark Kennedy told the athletics department it needed to cut $1.3 million out of its budget and asked athletic director Brian Faison to send him proposals.
MINNEAPOLIS—Roseau won its first Minnesota state Class AA girls basketball title Saturday, beating Sauk Centre 75-64 in the title game. The Rams finished the season at 32-0. Kiley Borowicz led Roseau with 20 points while Kacie Borowicz added 19. Katie Borowicz added nine points for the Rams while Ivy Braaten finished with eight.
SALT LAKE CITY—UND wasn't expected to beat Arizona in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. But UND maybe wasn't expected to make a second-half push against the No. 2 seed Wildcats, either. All-in-all, No. 15 seed UND had some good moments during its 100-82 loss against Arizona on Thursday night, a game that didn't end until around 11:30 p.m. UND's journey to March Madness actually began two years ago when coach Brian Jones took his team to Europe for a four-game exhibition series. That came after what Jones calls the program's "lost" season, one that ended 8-22.
SALT LAKE CITY -- UND said it wouldn’t change its game against No. 2 seed Arizona. The Fighting Hawks stayed true to their word -- and their fast-paced style of play worked early on during their first-round NCAA Tournament game against Arizona on Thursday night at Vivint Smart Home Arena. But Arizona stayed true to its game plan, too. And that was a problem for the Hawks, who came in as the No.