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On Nov. 21, 2015, UND beat Cal Poly 45-21 in San Luis Obispo, a win that capped the regular season and gave the Fighting Hawks a 7-4 record. Seven wins, in preceding years, virtually guaranteed an NCAA FCS playoff berth. In two short years, it appeared, UND coach Bubba Schweigert had turned around the Hawks' football program. No way could the NCAA keep the Hawks out of the playoffs, considering their record, their late-season surge and a win over an FBS program (Wyoming). Wrong.
Wayne Anderson was in failing health the past few months. The River Cities Speedway managing partner, however, still had a goal. "His goal was to be in the infield for the second World of Outlaws show," said Darren Evavold, one of the RCS managing partners. "He didn't make it but he did make one final lap around the track." The WoO second show of the season is scheduled Aug. 28 at The Bullring. However, Anderson, a driving force for racing in Grand Forks for decades, died last week at age 76.
For the second time in the program's Division I era, UND will host a Big Ten program at The Betty. UND announced Wednesday that it will host Iowa Nov. 16 in Grand Forks, the marquee game of the Fighting Hawks' home schedule.
It was quiet Tuesday afternoon at Memorial Stadium, where media, surprisingly, are welcome and not required to genuflect nor notify UND athletic department officials 24 hours in advance of their requests. Ah, the perks of not living in the big time. UND football coach Bubba Schweigert, who, surprisingly, was available on five minutes notice, took a few minutes to show media members his program's new helmets—the first real sign that the Fighting Hawks' logo indeed will be around for the long haul. The Memorial Stadium quiet, however, is coming to an end.
Ironically, Wayne Anderson died Friday—race day at River Cities Speedway. A managing partner at RCS, Anderson was an icon of sprint car racing in Grand Forks and the region. He was a quiet man but his actions and support of racing in the region spoke loudly and were unmatched. He perhaps is the biggest reason why The Bullring is one of the top—if not the best—dirt tracks in the county. Before and after Friday night's program at RCS, drivers remembered Anderson as a driving force in sprint car racing.
Mark Dobmeier isn't thinking much about his winning streak at River Cities Speedway. Most race fans, however, are thinking and talking a lot about one of the hottest win streaks ever seen at The Bullring. Dobmeier won his eighth-straight feature Friday night at RCS, taking advantage of late caution flags to capture career win No. 123 in Grand Forks. No driver—in any class—has won eight straight features at RCS since the track was established in 1999. The previous record was seven straight, held by Dobmeier and street stock driver Jerry Messner.
Wayne Anderson, one of the managing partners of River Cities Speedway, died Friday. He was 76. Anderson was a fixture in racing in Grand Forks for decades. Since 1999, he and his partners operated RCS and he helped turn the quarter-mile race trace into one of the top dirt tracks in the county. Last year, a website in Pennsylvania ranked RCS as the top race track for sprint cars in the country. Anderson had been in ill health for some time. Fans at Friday night's races at RCS were informed of Anderson's death.
The Grand Forks Clash U15 soccer team captured a title in the recent Greater Grand Forks Soccer Club tournament held in Grand Forks. Team members: Back row, left to right- Coach CJ Cano, Sylver Osodo, Davie McLean, Jace Johnson, Maxx Andrade, Ben Kern, Jordan Robles, Alec Humble, John Aulich, Ethan Harsell, Alex Berger; Kneeling - Carter Krenelka, Stoker Short, Lucas Kanta, Nate Bye, Eric Olsen, and Kevin Brooks; (missing from picture Ben Stevens)
CARRINGTON, N.D.—J.R. Thielges has taken 12 teams to the North Dakota Class B American Legion baseball tournament. The veteran LaMoure coach can't recall many better state pitching performances from his teams in that time than the 1-hitter thrown by Brady Warcken on Thursday. "That's right up there with the best pitched games we've had,'' Thielges said. "You couldn't ask for anything more from him. "You give up one hit and you should win.''
In a way, there are two defending champions in the PGA Championship this week on the Lower Course at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield Township, N.J. World No. 1 Jason Day of Australia captured his first major title in the final Grand Slam event last season, beating Jordan Spieth by three strokes at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wis. And Phil Mickelson won the 2005 PGA, the last time it was played at Baltusrol, hitting a sublime pitch shot to within one foot of the hole for a closing birdie to beat Steve Elkington of Australia and Thomas Bjorn of Denmark by one shot.