Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.
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FARGO—Chris Klieman has visited several Power Five conference football schools during his tenure as the head football coach for North Dakota State University, and in almost every instance, one amenity stood out: indoor practice facilities. These facilities are starting to filter down to the Division I FCS level. And after the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education gave its unanimous authorization for NDSU to begin fundraising for the $37.2 million project on Wednesday at its meeting in Bismarck, the school is on track to getting one of its own.
FARGO — North Dakota State is in the market for an assistant football coach after wide receivers coach Atif Austin accepted an assistant position with the New England Patriots. One of the probable requirements for the job: The ability to recruit the state of Florida. New England head coach Bill Belichick called Austin on Friday to offer him the position of assistant running backs coach. Belichick also called Bison head coach Chris Klieman, who said Monday he couldn't be happier for Austin.
FARGO—The high point of entries for the Sanford Fargo Marathon came in 2012 when 25,700 signed up for the races that comprise the weekend event. It was about that time when races around the region became more frequent, meaning Fargo has some competition to deal with. The numbers reflected it. Entries hovered between 21,000 and 23,000 for the next four years and dropped to 18,073 last year. At some point, Fargo Marathon executive director Mark Knutson expects a few of the smaller races to fade away, meaning Fargo could be in line for another growth spurt.
FARGO—Cold and windy. But at least rain is out of the forecast for the Sanford Fargo Marathon on Saturday, May 19. It's a forecast that is going to require some planning for most of the pack running either the 13.1-mile half marathon or the 26.2-mile full marathon. Race time temperatures around 7 a.m. are expected to be in the mid-40s, said WDAY chief meteorologist John Wheeler.
FARGO—The Sanford Fargo Marathon begins at 7 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at the Fargodome. But in reality, if you're looking for any sort of peak performance, it can start now. Putting the right and appropriate amount of fuel in your body is highly recommended beginning 36 to 48 hours before a race, if not longer. That's the advice of Kelsey Herrick, a registered dietitian and certified specialist in sports dietetics at Sanford Power in Fargo.
FARGO—North Dakota State is taking the first step toward upping its game in the arms race of Division I football facilities. The budget and finance committee of the State Board of Education on Tuesday, May 15, approved a request to build a $37.2 million indoor practice facility. It would be located on the westernmost practice field south of Sanford Health Athletic Complex and would be more than just a field with a roof. A proposal NDSU submitted to the State Board includes a separate weight room, locker rooms, sports medicine space, meeting locations and recruiting area.
FARGO—The important thing for pitcher Jacquelyn Sertic when she took the mound in the top of the seventh inning Friday afternoon, May 11, was to make sure her North Dakota State University softball team advanced to the Summit League title game for the 10th year in a row. She also had something else on her mind. South Dakota State University had yet to get a hit.
FARGO—The recruiting season for the North Dakota State football program is at full throttle. And when it comes to this year's high school juniors, the Bison have their eyes on three Fargo-area players. Fargo South's Dawson Weisenberger, Fargo Davies' Jaden Klabo and West Fargo's Luke Lennon all have a similar look to them in terms of size and speed. All are tight ends in the 6-foot-4 to 6-5 range, although that doesn't necessarily mean that's the position NDSU is targeting for them.
FARGO—The process started a day after the Division I FCS national title game in early January. At some point this weekend, Nick DeLuca will find out what city he hopes to make his next home. The former North Dakota State University linebacker has been slotted anywhere from a middle- to late-round NFL draft pick to a free agent signing. CBS Sports, for example, has him ranked the 15th-best available inside linebacker.
FARGO — When in circulation, the Nickel Trophy was subject to practical jokes and theft when it was the prize for the winner of the North Dakota State and University of North Dakota football series. On Monday, April 23, at least one state representative is wondering what happened to it. It seems the trophy is still missing. An amendment to a bill the 2017 North Dakota Legislature passed that required the Nickel to be put on display at the North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum in Bismarck became law on Aug. 1, 2017. The trophy isn't there.