Mark is the Sports Anchor at WDAZ. He comes to Grand Forks from his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. Mark graduated from Butler University in 2016 and started working at WDAZ in July of that year. Mark is the Monday-Friday Anchor for the 6 and 10 O'clock shows. During his time as the Sports Anchor at WDAZ, he has covered events like March Madness, Super Bowl 52, and interviewed many athletes--from kindergarteners to professionals. Mark loves playing and watching sports as much as he enjoys covering them--when he was in high school, he was the captain of his varsity basketball team, and he played on Butler's club basketball team. Mark's favorite part of being a sports anchor is capturing and sharing the moments in sports that connect the community. Aside from broadcasting and reporting, Mark loves when he has the opportunity to be the play-by-play announcer for athletic events. In his spare time, you can find Mark shooting hoops, eating ice cream, or hanging out with his wife, Kelly, and their cat, Stella. Fun fact: Mark loves math so much, he added a math minor, just so he could take more college calculus courses.
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If you ask anyone at Red River about what it's like to play basketball with Jordan Burris you would start to notice a theme. She's one of the best teammates the Roughriders have ever seen.
Thompson welcomed Central Cass to town and defeated them 54-47 to improve to 3-0 this season.
The North Dakota hockey team wrapped up the first half of the season Saturday night against Denver. UND is 9-7-1 overall this season and are in 6th place in the NCHC. UND will be back in action on December 29th when they host the U.S. Under-18 Team in an exhibition game at the Ralph.
This week's Hometown Star is Cole Hanson, a Grand Forks Central senior. He plays both golf and hockey for the Knights and is a key contributor in the community as well.
GRAND FORKS - This season, the Central hockey team has been dominate. The Knights are outscoring their opponents 39-0. Central will be taking on Fargo South/Shanley Tuesday night at Purpur Arena.
GRAND FORKS - The UND women's basketball team started their regular season with seven straight road games. The Fighting Hawks are now 2-5 overall this season. North Dakota's first regular season home game will be this Friday against Milwaukee.
GRAND FORKS - UND's Jacob Bernard-Docker is one of 34 players who received an invite to attend Canada's National Junior Team Selection Camp. So far this season with the Fighting Hawks, Bernard-Docker has three goals and six assists through 15 games. He is one of only four NCAA players to be invited. The selection camp will take place from Dec. 11-14 in Victoria, British Columbia.
GRAND FORKS - Senior Katie Moller was one of 10 national finalists. She was named to the Second-Team Senior CLASS Award. This honor is given to individuals who have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character, and competition. Moller was The Summit League's Offensive Player of the Year and led the conference in both goals with 15 and points with 35.
EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. - This week's Hometown Star is Madison McDonald from East Grand Forks. She's known for her gentle leadership, her love for hockey and always putting her teammates at ease. So far this season, EGF is 3-1-1. The Green Wave will return to the ice this Friday when they take on St. Paul United.
GRAND FORKS - North Dakota freshman Jacob Bernard-Docker was named NCHC Defenseman of the Week. Bernard-Docker had a 4-point weekend against Alaska Anchorage where he had 3 assists and a goal.