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Softball Sioux tabbed second in GWC preseason poll UND received two first-place votes but was edged by Utah Valley in the Great West Conference preseason coaches poll. The Sioux were picked to finish second. Utah Valley received two first-place v...

Softball

Sioux tabbed second in GWC preseason poll

UND received two first-place votes but was edged by Utah Valley in the Great West Conference preseason coaches poll. The Sioux were picked to finish second.

Utah Valley received two first-place votes and a total of 13 points. UND and South Dakota were close behind with 12 and 11 points, respectively, with the defending champion Sioux receiving the other two first-place votes. Houston Baptist rounded out the poll with four points.

The Great West Conference champion this season will be crowned at the GWC Softball Tournament held May 15-16, at Vermillion, S.D. Houston Baptist will host a cluster event to determine GWC tournament seeding on March 25-27, at Farmers Branch, Texas.

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Football

Sioux sign Sparks,

Idowu to letters of intent

UND has signed another two more players to its 2011 football class.

Running back P.J. Sparks of Mountain Ridge High School in Glendale, Ariz., signed his letter Tuesday. He is a 5-foot-8, 190-pound running back, who rushed for 1,007 yards and 14 touchdowns in his senior season.

Adedayo Idowu, a defensive back from Eastridge High School in Woodbury, Minn., also signed a national letter of intent.

Sparks, who is the brother of American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, has ties to UND. His grandfather, Jim Wiedmann, played for the Sioux from 1968-70. Sparks' father, Fillippi, was a cornerback for the New York Giants for seven seasons.

The addition of Sparks and Idowu bring UND's 2011 recruiting class to 19 players.

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Idowu was a two-way starter at Eastridge last season, playing quarterback and safety. He passed for 345 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for 622 yards and eight touchdowns.

Defensively, Idowu recorded 46 tackles, five sacks and an interception.

"It took a little extra time, but we are grateful that Adedayo has made the decision to become a part of our football family," UND co-defensive coordinator John Kelling said. "Him being a multi-faceted athlete who played a number of positions in high school, he will add some much needed depth to our secondary, especially at the safety position."

Idowu becomes the seventh player from Minnesota to sign with the Sioux.

Athletics

Dickinson State accepted

into Frontier Conference

DICKINSON, N.D. -- A Frontier Conference official told the Dickinson Press that Dickinson State and Southern Oregon University have accepted invitations to join the league beginning with the 2012-13 school year.

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Both schools received unanimous approval Tuesday from the Frontier presidents at the conclusion of a two-day meeting held at Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Mont.

DSU will join the Frontier as a full member, while Southern Oregon will be an associate member in football only.

The Frontier official also said Jamestown College and Menlo College (Calif.) made formal presentations to the Frontier's council of presidents. The schools were not accepted at this time.

-- Herald staff and wire reports

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