Sports express: The Herald coverage you need to know this week
As this newsletter (or digest or roundup?) reaches a second week of content, we've got a new name but the same goal. The Herald wants to make it easier for sports fans to find exactly what they need to know to stay informed. So, each Monday, Herald sports reporter Tom Miller will give you a quick roundup of the latest Grand Forks Herald sports coverage in one easy-to-consume spot.
The hope is that a reader can find a sports story they like, one that managed to slip through the cracks of their news feed last week, and dive into it via this roundup.
As we look from a general news perspective at the last week, whether locally or nationally, the pandemic and protests of racial injustice dominated readers' story consumption.
That's no different for sports, either. Those two themes can be seen in nearly ever major Herald sports story over the last week.
Here's what we've been working on:
1. UND finds itself in racial controversy
Early last week, Herald reporter Brad Schlossman reported how UND admitted an error in using a volleyball player on a promotional poster , even after the athletic department had been aware of the volleyball player's participation in a video that included a racial slur. The school apologized only after UND linebacker Jaxson Turner tweeted his displeasure at school leaders.
By the end of the week, I wrote how UND said it mutually parted ways with two volleyball players over the incident.
2. Racing crowd allowed to climb
The Grand Forks County Commission bumped River Cities Speedway's allowed attendance from 500 to 1,000 from Friday to Friday.
That meant RCS put on a full show of all four usual classes for the first time since September on Friday night.
Herald sports editor Wayne Nelson, a member of the River Cities Speedway Hall of Fame, covered the show .
3. College hockey rules see a tweak
Schlossman, our UND hockey beat writer, tells us of some rules change to college hockey including those involving overtime setups, handshake lines and faceoff changes.
These rules still need a stamp of approval come July 22.
4. UND's 2021 recruiting class picks up
The UND football program's 2021 recruiting class continues to grow, despite an NCAA ruling that hasn't allowed on-campus visits during a coronavirus lockdown.
In the last week, UND picked up a pair of Top 25 Minnesota recruits in West Central United-Ashby's Jaden Norby and Gaven Ziebarth of Cambridge-Isanti .
5. Minnesota baseball teams make moves
Two weeks ago, we found out about some of North Dakota's plans to piece together a summer baseball league without the national oversight of the American Legion.
Last week, Herald reporter Greg DeVillers told us about some of Minnesota's plans to play ball this summer, including those in East Grand Forks.
Fastpitch softball is also starting to gain momentum as sports inch back into our lives.
6. Starting to speak out
At the start of last week, Schlossman and I put together some of the UND responses to the death of George Floyd .
Fighting Hawks football coach Bubba Schweigert told me he had started to join position meetings with his team in order to hear athletes talk about their individual experiences.
7. Middle of the pack
One of the first conference polls is out for the Missouri Valley Football Conference.
Hero Sports is picking UND to finish sixth in the program's first year in the 11-team league.
8. JBD's brother picks his spot
The brother of UND's standout defenseman, Jacob Bernard-Docker, has made his college choice.
It's still in the NCHC, but it's not Grand Forks.
Seth Bernard-Docker has committed to Denver, where he'll head starting in the 2021-22 season.