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Former UND running backs John Santiago and Brady Oliveira are together again. Santiago has been signed by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, the Winnipeg Sun reported Sunday. Santiago had NFL rookie minicamp tryouts with the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons but didn't land a contract. Oliveira was drafted by his hometown Blue Bombers in the second round of the CFL draft -- the first running back selected -- earlier this month. Santiago and Oliveira shared the UND backfield for four years.
The heart of the order for the Grand Forks Central baseball team has carried the Knights all season long. It was no different in the regular-season finale Thursday night against Fargo Davies. No. 2 hitter Brandon Holt and No. 3 hitter Parker Stroh combined to go 7-for-7 as the Knights capped off an East Region regular season championship with a 10-6 win over the Eagles at Kraft Field.
Grand Forks Red River junior Parker Monette told a teammate in the bottom of the seventh inning he was going to get on base so the next Roughrider in the lineup could knock him in for the winning run. The game didn’t last long enough for Monette’s prediction to come through. Monette’s blast over the left-field fence to start the seventh provided a walk-off moment for the Roughriders, who beat Fargo Davies 5-4 at Kraft Field on Thursday night. “Really, I just stepped up and wanted to get a single,” Monette said. “I was just going for contact and made contact with it.”
East Grand Forks assistant baseball coach Neil Nagle was playing for one run in the seventh inning to tie East Grand Forks Sacred Heart on Monday night. That’s not how the seventh played out, but the Green Wave will take the end result. Senior High erupted for seven runs in the final inning to come from behind to beat the Eagles 8-2 at Stauss Park. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh, Senior High’s Logan Spencer started the inning with a single to right field.
East Grand Forks assistant baseball coach Neil Nagle was playing for one run in the seventh inning to tie East Grand Forks Sacred Heart on Monday night. That's not how the seventh played out, but the Green Wave will take the end result. Senior High erupted for seven runs in the final inning to come from behind to beat the Eagles 8-2 at Stauss Park. Trailing 2-1 in the top of the seventh, Senior High's Logan Spencer started the inning with a single to right field.
Two former UND football players put pen to paper Monday, signing their first professional contracts. Cornerback Deion Harris signed a free-agent deal with the Washington Redskins, while running back Brady Oliveira signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League.
New UND track and field and cross country coach Christine Engel's background is in the distance races. She's spent three seasons at Fresno State as the head men's and women's cross country coach and the assistant track coach. Prior to Fresno State, Engel was the head women's distance coach at Duke (2014-16). UND is hoping that expertise can be used as a winning strategy as the Fighting Hawks try to carve a niche in the Summit League, a conference in which the school is just wrapping up its first season.
Every so often, a UND basketball game is scheduled at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center on a weekday during a 9 to 5 timeframe. Like no other Division I school around, Grand Forks attendance doesn't suffer during business hours because UND basketball fans are retirement age. That's not a compliment to the state of the program. It's a reminder of the life that needs to be breathed into the basketball scene on campus.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers selected Winnipeg native and former UND running back Brady Oliveira with the No. 14 overall pick (second round) in Thursday night's Canadian Football League draft. The 5-foot-10, 225-pound 21-year-old was the first running back selected in the draft. Oliveira, who received all-Big Sky Conference recognition in 2016 and 2017, finished his UND career as the program's seventh all-time leading rusher with 2,822 yards (5.6 yards per carry).
UND posted the job opening Thursday for a new head men's basketball coach, a day after Fighting Hawks coach Brian Jones announced he's leaving the program for an associate head coaching role at Illinois State.