The menu of live sports remained the same this past week with summer high school baseball and dirt-track racing continuing to be a pair of the few shows going on the local scene.

As is the case even in non-coronavirus times, awards season is in full swing in June and there was plenty of local flavor to keep tabs on for fans.

UND football recruiting, in-depth hockey coverage and other university odds and ends helped dot the Herald coverage.

Hopefully, in this section, you can find what you like to look for in one easy-to-consume place.

1. UND hockey gets defensive

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UND's Nick Mattson.
Herald file photo.
UND's Nick Mattson. Herald file photo.

Herald hockey writer Brad Schlossman took an in-depth look at the UND program's defensive corps.

UND has gone from a school with a reputation for big-bodied, physical D-men to a program with a new reputation for skilled, high-scoring blueliners.

Schlossman starts his series by looking at UND's 2011 loss to Michigan and the lessons learned.

Then, he gets into the recruits coming down the pipeline.

This week, look for more on the topic as the Herald dives into the success of college hockey d-men at the pro level.

2. Corcoran no stranger to checkered flag

East Grand Forks racer Tom Corcoran keeps fellow NLRA Late Models driver Joey Pederson (7P) at bay while cruising through turn one during Friday's feature race at River Cities Speedway. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
East Grand Forks racer Tom Corcoran keeps fellow NLRA Late Models driver Joey Pederson (7P) at bay while cruising through turn one during Friday's feature race at River Cities Speedway. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks HeraldNick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

On Friday night, Herald racing writer Wayne Nelson wrote about Tom Corcoran, the East Grand Forks driver who has won races at River Cities Speedway all the way back to 1972.

Corcoran led from start to finish in winning the 20-lap late model feature before nearly 2,000 fans.

In the sprints, Jade Hastings continues to dominate.

3. Memorial Stadium coming down?

UND's Memorial Stadium, shown in 2020. Herald photo
UND's Memorial Stadium, shown in 2020. Herald photo

UND has received initial approval from a State Board of Higher Education committee to tear down Memorial Stadium.

The Herald has told fans this was coming in previous coverage but this knocks down one hoop on the schedule.

The UND football coaching staff is taking up residence in nearby Starcher Hall, while the team is setting up shop at Hyslop Sports Center.

The dream is for a mixed-use public-private partnership to set up housing and office space in what is now the Memorial Stadium space.

UND officials have said that setup could help the school better finance High Performance Center Phase 2 -- a priority for athletic director Bill Chaves.

4. Red River thrower makes it a hat trick

Shelby Frank had won four straight discus titles and two straight shot put titles at the state track. The COVID-19 pandemic denied the Grand Forks Red River senior, as well as every other track athlete, a chance at winning state titles spring. Herald file photo
Shelby Frank had won four straight discus titles and two straight shot put titles at the state track. The COVID-19 pandemic denied the Grand Forks Red River senior, as well as every other track athlete, a chance at winning state titles spring. Herald file photo

Any time you're in the North Dakota track and field company of Fargo South's Laura Roesler, you're in good standing.

That's the case for Grand Forks Red River senior Shelby Frank, who was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the third straight year.

Roesler won the award three times, as well, before becoming a national champion at Oregon.

Frank is headed to the University of Minnesota late this summer.

5. The first step back

UND President Andrew Armacost is tested for COVID-19 during a testing event held on campus on Tuesday, June 23. (Sydney Mook / Grand Forks Herald)
UND President Andrew Armacost is tested for COVID-19 during a testing event held on campus on Tuesday, June 23. (Sydney Mook / Grand Forks Herald)

UND's student-athletes could be tested for the coronavirus early last week.

A UND spokesman said the school won't have the information on whether positive tests come from regular students, athletes, faculty or staff.

However, the Herald was able to report only four tested positive of 1,000 samples at the event.

That's an encouraging starting point for the university as it tries to ramp up fall efforts on many fronts.

6. LaMoine, LaDouceur receive honors

Grand Forks Red River coach Greg LaDouceur meets with his boys tennis team before the 2019 state tournament in Grand Forks. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
Grand Forks Red River coach Greg LaDouceur meets with his boys tennis team before the 2019 state tournament in Grand Forks. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Grand Forks Red River coaches Greg LaDouceur (tennis) and Mike LaMoine (hockey) received honors from the North Dakota Associated Press Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.

LaMoine, a principal at Kelly Elementary School, was named the Male High School Coach of the Year for leading Grand Forks Red River to a surprise state hockey championship in his first season behind the bench.

LaDouceur received the Special Achievement Award after retiring this year. He coached tennis in Grand Forks for 30 years, first at Grand Forks Central and then at Red River. He won 21 state team championships between the girls and boys programs.

7. UND QB room gets a little older

UND quarterback Tommy Schuster (2) makes a handoff to running back Teddy Sherva during morning football practice Thursday at Memorial Stadium. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
UND quarterback Tommy Schuster (2) makes a handoff to running back Teddy Sherva during morning football practice Thursday at Memorial Stadium. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks HeraldNick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

UND's quarterback situation in 2020 is full of youth.

The projected starter is redshirt freshman Tommy Schuster and the challengers are true freshmen Quincy Vaughn and Reid Neal.

Now, UND's added a little age to the room with a junior college transfer from California.

Ethan Postler is a walk-on, who wants to get into coaching. Seems like a perfect fit for a scout team quarterback role, with potential upside down the road.

8. Blue Devils wrap up homestand

Grand Forks Blue Devils infielder Ryan Muizelaar throws the ball toward first base during Thursday's home baseball game against Detroit Lakes. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
Grand Forks Blue Devils infielder Ryan Muizelaar throws the ball toward first base during Thursday's home baseball game against Detroit Lakes. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks HeraldNick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

The Grand Forks Blue Devils completed a strong season-opening homestand with a nine-inning win against Detroit Lakes in non-conference play.

The Blue Devils end the homestand at 7-2 and now head to Williston and Dickinson.

Coach Kelvin Ziegler is interested in learning how his team handles the road trip. With coronavirus concerns, players will be driving themselves out west rather than taking a team bus.