COLLEGE NOTEBOOK: UND plans webcasts for revamped site
UND is planning to offer extensive video webcast coverage through its athletic Web site, director of marketing Chris Lee said Monday. Fightingsioux.com took on a new look last week when the school upgraded and relaunched the site through XOS Tech...
UND is planning to offer extensive video webcast coverage through its athletic Web site, director of marketing Chris Lee said Monday.
Fightingsioux.com took on a new look last week when the school upgraded and relaunched the site through XOS Technologies.
A major plan for the revamped site is to offer athletic webcasts for pay. Prices have not yet been determined.
In previous years, the school offered men's hockey webcasts through Dataflix, but Lee acknowledged that there were problems with it. Under the new site, Lee anticipates people will be able to watch Sioux sporting events like it was on television if they have a high-speed internet connection.
The athletic department hopes to webcast more than just the regularly televised sports, such as basketball, football and hockey.
"We know there is a market for it," Lee said. "We're still working out the logistics right now, but it should be ready to go this spring."
While the template is a lot different than the old site, the biggest difference will be interactive content.
Publications editor Matt Schill, who has been largely in charge of building site content, plans to webcast weekly interviews with coaches and athletes. There also will be a Sioux Extra content feature, which is the replacement for the now-defunct Sioux Illustrated magazine.
Other scheduled content includes live in-game statistics, breaking news e-mails, audiocasts, features and photographs for purchase.
UND entered a three-year contract with XOS to handle the Web site. XOS provides sites for several major NCAA Division I schools. The UND athletic staff browsed other XOS sites and they compiled their favorites of each to make their own.
"It's going to be pretty cool," Lee said. "We're excited about bringing fans closer to athletics."
Weston Dressler, a junior receiver, was named UND's most valuable offensive player, while Steve Brennan, a senior linebacker, was named the team's most valuable defensive player at the recent Sioux football awards banquet.
Senior defensive end Jared Enger received the Ira Frendberg Award for the most inspirational player, while receiver Brady Trenbeath was named the most improved player. Running back Ryan Chappell was named the rookie of the year.
Other awards went to Nate Rambeck, most valuable offensive scout; Kyle Krusentsjerna, most valuable defensive scout; Mitch Braegelmann, most valuable offensive lineman; Reed Manke, most valuable back; Dressler, most valuable receiver; Adam Wolff, most valuable defensive lineman; Brennan, most valuable linebacker; Brandon Hellevang, most valuable special teams player; and Jason Hoffschneider, most valuable defensive back.
Dressler, Manke, Wolff, Dan Ullsperger and Trent Christensen were named team captains for the 2006 Sioux.
Jeremy Anderson of Thief River Falls has become the top-rated NCAA Division III wrestler after winning his first 21 matches this season for Augsburg (Minn.) College.
The 5-foot-9, 157-pound junior is 31-2 this season. He recently won his weight class at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Invitational. Anderson dominated his bracket, winning with three major decisions and a first-period pin.
Anderson went 44-3 last season with Augsburg, which is the country's top-ranked wrestling team.
Augsburg has won nine national titles in the past 16 seasons.
-- Thief River Falls High School senior Andrew Black Lance has made a verbal commitment to play football at Northern Iowa, an NCAA Division 1-A program. Black Lance is projected as an offensive tackle. He also made recruiting trips to UND and St. Cloud State.
-- Former UND standout Adam Wolff played in last week's Texas versus The Nation all-star football game for college seniors. The game was played in the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, before 21,528 fans. Wolff, a nose guard, was credited with one assisted tackle in the game, which The Nation won 24-20. Wolff was scheduled to play fullback and nose guard. Wolff hopes to land an NFL contract as a free agent after the April draft.
-- Doug Patterson is the new offensive line coach for the St. Cloud State football team. Patterson replaces Paul Rudolph, who was named the Minot State coach last month. Patterson also will serve as the co-offensive coordinator at St. Cloud with current wide receivers coach Steve Crutchley.
-- East Grand Forks Senior High standout Katrina Brekke has signed a letter of intent to compete at North Dakota State College of Science. Brekke, a 5-foot-10 middle hitter, was an all-conference player as a senior and she finished her career with more than 1,000 kills.