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How much will $550 buy in Grand Forks these days? Well, let's see. You could: • Buy a laptop computer. • Pay a month's rent. • Throw a whopping party, buying 30 cases of "reasonably priced" beer in the process. • Purchase a couple months worth of groceries. • Buy a new set of tires. • Pay your monthly credit card bill. • Buy 400 copies of the Grand Forks Herald (please). Or, you could buy one ticket to next weekend's UND-Minnesota hockey series at palatial Ralph Engelstad Arena.
UND hopes to have a new athletic director in place by the end of December, said UND President Mark Kennedy. Brian Faison, the school's athletic director since 2008, announced his retirement Tuesday. He will retire Dec. 31 but will serve as a special advisor to UND athletics from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2018. The next athletic director will be UND's 15th since 1903.
MISSOULA, Mont.—Montana quarterback Gresch Jensen threw for 423 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Grizzlies past injury-riddled UND 41-17 on Saturday in a Big Sky Conference football game at Washington-Grizzly Stadium. UND dropped to 1-3 in the Big Sky and 2-5 overall while Montana improved to 3-1 and 5-2. UND played without quarterback Keaton Studsrud, who was out with an apparent knee injury suffered last week. He warmed up before the game but did not play.
UND wasn't picked to win the Big Sky Conference men's basketball race last season. But the Fighting Hawks surprised many, winning the league's regular-season title and the postseason championship to earn the program's first berth in the NCAA Tournament. The Hawks return only two starters from that 22-win team. So it's no surprise UND isn't picked to win the league again this season.
For the UND women's soccer program, the future is bright. The Fighting Hawks were 1-9 in the Big Sky Conference last year and 2-14-2 overall. As a result, they were picked to finish last in the league this season. That wasn't much consolation Sunday, however, as Idaho scored a late goal to down UND 2-1 in a Big Sky match at Bronson Field. The loss dropped UND to 2-4-0 in the league and 4-7-3 overall.
UND entered Saturday's game against Northern Colorado as a bruised, beaten and battered football team. The Fighting Hawks left the Alerus Center turf as a bruised, beaten, battered—but better—football team. How much better? That remains to be seen, but UND's roller-coaster 48-38 win over the Bears did right the Hawks' ship for at least a week. The way things have gone the past three weeks, that's all UND could ask for since the Hawks suffered blowout loss after blowout loss, injury after injury and the arrest of two of their players on drug charges.
UND broke a three-game losing streak Saturday, holding off Northern Colorado 48-38 before 10,234 fans at the Alerus Center. The win improved UND to 1-2 in the Big Sky Conference and 2-4 overall. Northern Colorado dropped to 1-2 and 2-3. It was a roller-coaster game for UND, which led 28-7 in the second quarter before falling behind 31-28 early in the third. But the Hawks scored the game's last 10 points to win its homecoming game, the 101st in school history UND finished with 562 total yards and gave up 331.
UND was picked to finish last in the Big Sky Conference soccer standings this season. It appears that the preseason poll was off the mark. Eastern Washington downed UND 2-1 in overtime Friday at Bronson Field. Eastern Washington is the only unbeaten team remaining in the league and UND's showing against the Eagles left Fighting Hawks' coach Chris Logan optimistic. "If we're competing against the best team in the conference, there is no reason we can't compete with anyone else," said Logan.
UC Davis 48, UND 24 UND 7 10 0 7 --24 UCD 21 17 3 7 --48 First quarter UCD: C. Spencer 5 run, Max O'Rourke kick, 13:01 remaining Drive: 6 plays, 80 yards, 1:59 Key plays: On the first play, Jake Maier hits Keelan Doss for 49 yards to the UND 31. UCD 7, UND 0 UND: John Santiago 81 run, Reid Taubenheim kick, 12:21 remaining. Drive: 2 plays, 91 yards, 0:34 Key plays: On the first play, Keaton Studsrud hits Izzy Adeoti for 11 yards UCD 7, UND 7
East Grand Forks Senior High knew it had to throw the football. And the Green Wave met the challenge. Senior High's passing game led the Wave to a 13-6 win over Thief River Falls on Friday night. It was a Section 8AAA win for East Grand Forks, which improved to 2-3 overall. Carter Beck hit Jake Hjelle on a 72-yard scoring strike the second quarter and Beck scored on a 7-yard run in the third quarter for the Wave.