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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.
UND methodically rolled past Southern Utah on Saturday, running and passing its way to a 45-23 win—a victory that was the Fighting Hawks' fifth in a row. At 5-2 overall, only Eastern Washington has as many wins among Big Sky Conference schools. It's now clear as Week No. 7 is in the books, that Bubba Schweigert's UND program indeed is one of the best in the league. We can now finally talk about the possibility of a Big Sky title and, gasp, the probability of UND reaching the FCS playoffs for the first time since moving up to Division I.
Today's local calendar Boys soccer Red River vs. Bismarck Century, 4:30 p.m., N.D state tournament in Fargo Crookston at EGF Senior High, 7 p.m., Section 8A first round Volleyball Red River at Devils Lake, 7 p.m. Girls swimming GF Central, Red River at Fargo North, 5:30 p.m. Girls tennis EGF Senior High at Section 8A tournament, Fargo College volleyball Montana State at UND, 7 p.m. Today's TV/Radio College volleyball Montana State at UND, FSN Sports Plus MLB
NHL Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby practiced Wednesday, two days after being diagnosed with a concussion, but will miss Thursday night's season opener. Coach Mike Sullivan confirmed Crosby would not play against the Washington Capitals at PPG Paints Arena when the Penguins raise their Stanley Cup banner. Crosby skated on his own for a second consecutive day before joining Pittsburgh for his first practice since sustaining a concussion in practice Friday. MMA
UND downed Canisius 4-1 on Saturday night at The Ralph to complete a nonconference weekend sweep of the Griffins. Tucker Poolman, Austin Poganski, Shane Gersich and Ludwig Hoff each scored goals for UND. Cam Johnson stopped 10 shots in goal for the Fighting Hawks. Canisius scored first and led 1-0 after the first period but the Hawks came back with two second-period goals.
Boys soccer 6 Thursday's results GF Central 1, EGF Senior High 1 First half—1. GFC, Alan Carlson 21:00 Second half—2. EGF, Edmond Jones 44:00 Goalie saves—GFC: Jackson Carr 4 ; EGF: Blake Felch 8 Boys tennis 6 State tournament Championship Red River vs. Bismarck Legacy (late) Third place GF Central 4, WF Sheyenne 1 Singles
In February of 2015, Grand Forks Herald Publisher Korrie Wenzel attended a high school basketball tournament at the Alerus Center. He thought it would be a good idea for high school football games to be played in the venue as well. That set in motion the plans that resulted in the creation of today's Sugar Beet Classic presented by The Grand Forks Herald and Altru Advanced Orthopedics. Grand Forks Central and West Fargo will meet at 4:30 p.m. today at the Alerus Center, followed by the Fargo Davies-Grand Forks Red River game at 7:30 p.m.
Roughly 20 years ago, UND men's basketball coach Brian Jones and Brad Davidson were professional basketball teammates in Australia. At the time, there was a strong connection between Jones, a center, and Davidson, a guard. "We hit it off straight-away and I've been in contact with him throughout the years," said Davidson. That connection is as strong as ever. Davidson, Australia's national shooting coach, was named a UND assistant on Wednesday. UND opened its preseason practices earlier this week and Davidson will join the program immediately.