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NFL Northland's Porter signs CHICAGO -- Robert Porter, a defensive back who played two seasons of football with Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, has signed with the Chicago Bears. Porter played for Northland in 2012...


Northland’s Porter signs

CHICAGO - Robert Porter, a defensive back who played two seasons of football with Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, has signed with the Chicago Bears.

Porter played for Northland in 2012 and 2013 before moving to Jackson State, a Division I school in Mississippi. The Detroit native was a second-team all-SWAC selection.

Northland suspended its football program the year after Porter left. It has since reinstated it.


College baseball

Mayville player honored

Mayville State freshman outfielder Brady Nygaard is the North Star Athletic Association player of the week.

Nygaard hit for the cycle against Jamestown last week.  He went 4-of-5 at the plate with a home run, triple, double, single and drove in three runs during Mayville’s 11-1 win.

Nygaard had three multi-hit games during the week as the Comets went 3-3. He batted .550 with 11 hits in 20 at-bats and recorded a slugging percentage of 1.150 with a triple, double and three home runs. He scored seven runs, drove in nine runs and swiped two bases for the week.

Mayville (26-26) will take the No. 6 seed into the NSAA tournament this week.

UMC looks to help
former player

CROOKSTON - The Minnesota-Crookston athletic department will be taking free-will donations during games Friday and Saturday to help former Golden Eagles player Ben Lazzari and his family.


Lazzari’s 16-day old daughter Everly Mae Lazzari died April 24 after being born April 8 with an irregular heart rate.

The Golden Eagles are looking to help raise money for Ben and his wife, Amber, to help them with the medical costs and funeral expenses.

 A table for donations will be set up at the games against Northern State over the weekend. Also, a GoFundMe page ( ) has been set up to assist the family.

Lazzari, originally from Shakopee, Minn., was a four-year letter winner for the Golden Eagles from 2009-12.

He is second all-time in pitching appearances to current UMC assistant coach and former Golden Eagle teammate, Ryan Paasch.

prep softball

Sacred Heart 9,
Fertile-Beltrami 2

FERTILE –– Hannah Reimer struck out 15 batters in Sacred Heart’s road win Monday.


Lilly Bergman had a big night at the plate for Sacred Heart. The junior went  3-for-4 with a triple and five runs batted in.

“We hit the ball well and got off to an early lead,” Sacred Heart coach Mike Marek said. “We didn’t play well defensively. They put the ball in play a few times and we just didn’t make plays.”

Sacred Heart, 6-2, will host Roseau at home today.

Prep Baseball

Central splits

Grand Forks Central split its doubleheader at home Monday against Fargo Davies.

The Knights rallied to win 6-5 in the first game but fell behind early in losing the second game 9-5.

“We battled back late in the first game,” said Central coach Tim Gregoire, whose team is 8-6. “The second game we struggled early with throwing strikes and tried to play catch up.”



Prep softball: Steph McWilliams went 2-for-5 with a triple as Grand Forks Central defeated Fargo South 9-5 on Monday in Fargo. Ally Strauss ended up the winning pitcher for the Knights. Abbie Ferry picked up two RBI for Grand Forks and Kaitlynn Hajicek went 2-for-4.

Prep softball: Grand Forks Red River split its doubleheader with Fargo North on Monday.  Grand Forks fell to Fargo North 13-4 in the opener but defeated North 11-5 in game two.  Madi Makovsky picked up the win for Red River in the second game.   

Girls golf: East Grand Forks Senior High finished 11th in the Park Rapids Invitational on Monday. Detroit Lakes won the team title with a 327, eight strokes ahead of runner-up Bemidji. Senior High shot a 400. Nicole Schlenk registered the best round for Green Wave, shooting a 42 on the front and 46 on the back for an 88. 

Men’s basketball: North Dakota State University head men’s basketball coach David Richman has announced that Kyan Brown will join the Bison staff as an assistant coach. Brown has spent the past eight seasons at Oral Roberts University.

Boys hockey: Wade Storey, who guided two Fargo South-Shanley boys hockey teams to state tournaments, announced his resignation as the Bruins' head coach Monday. Storey said he is pursuing personal and professional opportunities and wants to spend more time with his family. In his five seasons with Fargo South-Shanley, Storey compiled a record of 61 wins, 63 losses and two ties. His 2014 teams placed fifth at the state tournament and his 2015 team placed fourth.





- Herald staff reports

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