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AROUND THE BIG SKY UND safety Cole Reyes, who didn't play last Saturday in a win over Southern Utah, is questionable for today at Idaho State. Reyes, who is still third on the team with 39 tackles, practiced Wednesday and Thursday at the High Performance Center. UND wide receiver Luke Stanley, who was injured on a catch against Southern Utah, is out for today's game against Idaho State. Stanley, who has 26 catches for 381 yards and two touchdowns this year, didn't practice this week. He was on crutches during practice.
COLLEGE SOCCER Montana 1, UND 0 MISSOULA, Mont.—Hallie Widner scored in the closing minutes of overtime to give the Grizzlies the Big Sky win over UND on Friday. "I am so proud of the fight in this group," said UND coach Matt Kellogg "We played 90-plus minutes of great soccer and battled for everything." The Fighting Hawks dropped to 1-7-0 in the Big Sky and 2-12-2 overall. UND has been eliminated from qualifying for the Big Sky postseason tournament. Montana improves to 4-2-2 and 8-5-4 and sits in third place in the conference standings.
Grand Forks Central struck first but West Fargo Sheyenne's triple offense was too much to handle Wednesday night. The Mustangs took a 40-6 win over the Knights in the season finale for Central, which finished the season 1-8 overall. "We had a nice play called and the kids executed it well," said Central coach Bill Lorenz of the early score. "But we couldn't stop their run game. Their triple option has a lot of misdirection and we had a hard time adjusting to it."
UND senior guard Quinton Hooker is the Big Sky Conference Preseason MVP. The league made the announcement Wednesday. Hooker was one of six guards voted to the Big Sky Preseason All-Conference Team by media members after averaging 20.1 ppg and leading the Fighting Hawks to a nine-win improvement as a junior.
VOLLEYBALL Sacred Heart 3, Northern Freeze 0 NEWFOLDEN, Minn.—Jessica Remer and Katelyn Rudolph each had 10 kills to lead East Grand Forks Sacred Heart past the Northern Freeze on Tuesday. Molly Hanson finished with seven assists for the Eagles. Brita Swenson led the Northern Freeze with four kills. BOYS SOCCER Riders' Ahmed named all-state Mohamud Ahmed of Grand Forks Red River has been named to the North Dakota high school boys all-state soccer team.
UND is set to embark on its fifth season in the Big Sky Conference. The Fighting Hawks have fared well since joining the league, finishing fifth or better in three of the past four years. Big Sky coaches and media following the league believe the Hawks again will be in contention for a regular-season title based on the preseason polls released Tuesday. UND was picked to finish second by the league coaches and fifth by the media. Defending champion Idaho edged UND by three points for the top spot in the coaches' poll.
PREP CROSS COUNTRY Green Wave girls finish strong PARK RAPIDS, Minn.—The East Grand Forks Senior High girls cross country team placed fourth at the Park Rapids Invitational on Monday. The Wave tied for third with Pequot Lakes, but the tiebreaker went to the Patriots, whose sixth runner finished ahead of the Green Wave's sixth runner. Senior High's Marin Garrett placed 12th individually out of 111 runners, finishing in 20:05.
For the past three seasons, Mari Rustebakke was locked in running the Grand Forks Red River High School volleyball team's offense. The setter became only the second three-time all-stater in the program's history. Rustebakke graduated last spring. Lexi Robson replaced Rustebakke and the Roughriders' offense made a smooth transition. Red River is 21-6 and sitting atop the East Region standings going into today's 7 p.m. match at Grand Forks Central.
Mayville State's Andrew Blake passes for 271 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Comets to a 35-28 win over Waldorf College of Iowa on Saturday in a North Star Athletic Association game. The win improved Mayville to 1-1 in the league and 3-3 overall. Waldorf fell to 0-4 and 1-7. Waldorf led 14-7 after one quarter but the Comets outscored the visitors 14-0 in the second quarter. Dondrei Hubbard led the Comets on the ground with 102 yards. Khari Kimbrough added 105 receiving yards for Mayville, hauling in nine passes.
North Dakota State posted a perfect score to win the women's division of the 15th annual Ron Pynn Classic on Saturday at Ray Richards Golf Course. The Bison won 15-50 over UND. NDSU sophomore Brittany Brownotter won the race in a time of 17:45.49. It was her second-straight Ron Pynn title. Bison senior Taylor Janssen was the runner-up in 17:53.5. Sophomore Emma Kusch Dahle placed third in 17:56.0, freshman Melina Kuerschner took fourth in 18:11.6, and sophomore Kayla Huhnerkoch finished fifth in 18:30.6.