Wednesday's local clipboard
UND releases 2018-19 schedule: North Dakota announced its entire 2018-19 schedule on Wednesday in conjunction with the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) unveiling the league's conference schedule for next season.
North Dakota's 35-game regular-season schedule features a heavy Western Collegiate Hockey Associate (WCHA) flavor during the first half the season, with non-conference dates against old rivals Bemidji State (Oct. 12-13), Minnesota State (Oct. 19-20), Minnesota (Oct. 27), Wisconsin (Nov. 2-3) and Alaska Anchorage (Nov. 23-24).
The Oct. 27 matchup with Minnesota in the 2018 U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame Game will take place at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Fighting Hawks will also make their first-ever trip to Canisius (Jan. 4-5) for a non-conference series with the Golden Griffins.
UND will open National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) play at Miami Nov. 9-10 and will host its first NCHC series the following weekend against Western Michigan (Nov. 16-17).
Next year's schedule also features exhibition games against Manitoba (Oct. 6) and the U.S. Under-18 Team (Dec. 29).
The NCHC Quarterfinals will take place March 15-17 on campus sites and the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul will once again host the NCHC Frozen Faceoff (March 22-23).
UND will serve as the host institution for the 2018 NCAA West Regional in Fargo, N.D., with Allentown, Pa. (Midwest), Manchester, N.H. (Northeast) and Providence, R.I. (East) hosting the other regional tournaments. The 2018 NCAA Frozen Four is scheduled for April 11-13 in Buffalo, N.Y.
Weber sweeps UND: Weber State recorded a series sweep Wednesday with a 4-1 win over North Dakota in a relocated Big Sky Conference series in Ogden, Utah. Weber overtook UND for first place in the Big Sky as well.
Weber State (20-17, 8-4) was able to grab the lead with three straight hits for a 1-0 lead in the top of the first. UND (7-5, 21-22) responded in the bottom of the first when Jailene Carpio and Taylor Nadler each walked to start the frame before Dani Romero reached on an error to plate the tying run.
Weber, however, regained the lead in the third and added runs in the fourth and fifth innings.
UND's four hits came from Nadler—who doubled—with singles from Kaylin VanDomelen, Alicia Young and Deja Miller.
Jordyn Lloyd receives honor: Former East Grand Forks Sacred Heart athlete Jordyn Lloyd was named the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (Ind.) College student-athlete of the year recently.
The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Pomeroy Student-Athlete of the Year recipient is a student-athlete who is committed to not only represent SMWC Athletics at a high level but must also perform at a high-level in the classroom and within the community. The winner is required to have a 3.5 or higher cumulative GPA, be involved in community outreach programs, as well as have a strong involvement on-campus.
Lloyd, a three-time USCAA All-Academic, has a near-perfect GPA as a studio art major with a minor in psychology and a concentration in art therapy.
She was named best teammate of the women's basketball team twice, worked with the West Terre Haute Turtle Trot Event, and volunteered to paint a mural in the gymnasium of the Lost Creek Elementary school.
Northland's Swedberg receives All-America honors: Northland Community & Technical College center Megan Swedberg, a sophomore from Ogema, Minn., was named to the NJCAA Division III All-America first team that was announced Wednesday.
Swedberg averaged 19.6 points (58.3 percent from the field) and 11.6 rebounds for the Pioneers.
TRF's Praska signs with UMC: Minnesota-Crookston has announced the signing of Kylea Praska, a guard from Thief River Falls, to a national letter of intent.
"Kylea can really open up the court with her shooting ability from the outside," said UMC coach Mike Roysland. "She also possesses great court vision. We are very excited to be able to add a great player from right in our backyard in Thief River Falls."
Praska, a 1,000-point scorer at Thief River Falls, is the seventh signee for the Golden Eagles. Other signees include: Mary Burke, Virginia, Minn./Mountain Iron-Buhl; Paige Cornale, Oak Creek, Wis.; Bren Fox, Norwood Young America, Minn.; Julia Peplinski, Hustiford, Minn.; Kylie Post, Maranatha Christian Academy; and Kayla Sirjord, Ulen, Minn.
UMC signs West Fargo standout: West Fargo Sheyenne guard Zach Westphal signed a national letter of intent Wednesday to play at Minnesota-Crookston.
Westphal, the all-time leading scorer at Sheyenne, was a first-team all-state pick and a finalist for Eastern Dakota Conference Athlete of the Year.
Westphal, who averaged 20 points per game as a senior, led Sheyenne to the program's first East Region title and appearance in the state Class A tournament.
Tri-Cities Northstars to scrimmage: The Tri Cities Northstars, a semi-pro team based in Grand Forks, will scrimmage the Fargo Invaders on Saturday at the UND High Performance Center.
The scrimmage will be held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Northstars are scheduled to open their season with a road game May 5 against the Minot Oilers.
Junior college QB verbals to UND: UND has received a verbal commitment from junior college transfer quarterback Noah Grover.
Grover, 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds from Phoenix College of Arizona, threw for 1,027 yards, nine touchdowns and five interceptions as a freshman last season at Phoenix College.
He will have three years of eligibility remaining.
Thief River Falls 5, EGF 2: Tucker Brown and Carter Krier captured wins in singles for East Grand Forks Senior High but Thief River Falls captured the team win Wednesday.
Brown won at No.3 singles while Krier won at No. 4 singles.
Thief River Falls' Cole Gillespie downed Ben Kern 7-5, 6-2 at No. 1 singles.
"I'm really encouraged by what I saw today," said EGF coach Kyle Hanson. "Obviously, I wish we had won more matches but TRF is the favorite in our section. We hung around in the singles and gave a bit of a run but mostly showed that we can play with them."