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Grand Forks Central pitcher Zach Vodden spent the start of the 2019 spring high school baseball season throwing indoors at Gambucci Arena as the Knights waited for this winter’s heavy snow to melt and dry. The 6-foot-1 righthander was outdoors on the Kraft Field mound for the first time this season on Tuesday night and the senior appeared in midseason form.
The top NFL draft analysts don't have any UND football players being selected in this weekend's seven rounds. Saturday, though, could still be an exciting day for the pro futures of five former Fighting Hawks. Running backs Brady Oliveira and John Santiago, cornerback Deion Harris and defensive linemen Tank Harris and Austin Cieslak have been working out since the end of the 2018 season in hopes of landing an NFL opportunity. The first round of the NFL draft begins at 7 p.m. tonight in Nashville. Rounds 2 and 3 are held Friday starting at 6 p.m.
UND volleyball coach Mark Pryor resigned Wednesday. Pryor's resignation is effective June 15, 2019. A UND release said he plans to pursue another opportunity back in his home state of Texas.
The date has been set for the first UND-North Dakota State football game in the Alerus Center since 2003. The Fighting Hawks will host the Bison Oct. 2, 2021. The UND football program released its 2021 schedule on social media Wednesday afternoon. By the time the Bison come to Grand Forks, NDSU will have hosted the first three matchups between the two schools in the Division I era. NDSU beat UND 34-9 on Sept. 19, 2015. The two teams will play Sept. 7 in Fargo during the 2019 season for the last meeting in the foreseeable future as non-conference foes.
Grand Forks Central looks like a team happy to be outside at Kraft Field. Scoring 27 runs in two games this week in Central's home park, the Knights kept the bats hot Tuesday night in an 8-2 win over Grand Forks Red River. The Knights rapped out 15 hits—all singles—against the Roughriders. Will Eagleson and Brandon Holt led the Central attack with three hits apiece. "We're hitting the ball really well right now," Central coach Tim Gregoire said. "That was our strength last year, and we were hoping it would roll over this season with the seniors we have."
The UND football program released the Fighting Hawks' 2020 Missouri Valley Football Conference schedule on Tuesday. The Hawks will play one more season of a Big Sky Conference schedule, while technically an independent, in the 2019 season. The following year, UND will join the MVFC. UND will start conference play on the road -- a Sept. 26 matchup at Youngstown State in Youngstown, Ohio. The Hawks' first MVFC home game will be against South Dakota State on Oct. 3. UND will host Missouri State on Oct. 10, then travel to Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill., on Oct. 17.
BOSTON—In her second Boston Marathon on Monday, Grand Forks' Robyn Bancroft wanted a chance to embrace the experience more than her first event in 2017. In 2017, Bancroft's father Bob Belt had recently died and the health of her father-in-law Vern Bancroft was also declining. On Monday afternoon, she ran the Boston Marathon on her terms, she said. The 39-year-old mother of two finished the 26.2-mile race in 3 hours, 44 minutes, 49 seconds.
Thompson senior Hayden Overby has been debating a good problem to have for a multi-sport athlete. Overby had to choose whether he was going to play baseball, basketball or football at the college level. On Friday night, Overby picked the UND football program. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound wide receiver, attending UND's Spring Wrap-Up at the High Performance Center, made a verbal commitment to be a preferred walk-on for the Fighting Hawks in the fall.
Early in UND's Spring Wrap-up on Friday night at the High Performance Center, the Fighting Hawks' offense targeted the proven wide receivers in Travis Toivonen and Noah Wanzek. As the hour-long scrimmage developed, UND's passing game hit the newcomers in Cam McKinney, Mikey Griebel and quarterback-turned-receiver Brock Boltmann. Overall, the Hawks showcased a bit of the receiving depth needed as the program shifts some of its philosophy under first-year play-caller Danny Freund to a spread look.
Q. What does the running back depth chart look like? A. With John Santiago and Brady Oliveira no longer in the program after four years of dominating the carries, this is a major storyline throughout spring ball. The depth chart starts with Fargo's James Johannesson, who ran for more than 600 yards and four touchdowns last year. Durability is a question mark for the 6-foot-1, 250-pound power back, who has had nagging setbacks from time to time in Grand Forks after transferring from the University of Minnesota.