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 — What for the longest time seemed like a mile away is now only a couple of steps from fruition. The North Dakota State athletic department will go before the North Dakota State Board of Higher Education on Friday seeking approval for an indoor bubble facility.
FARGO — Brock Jensen had his number called one last time at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. He was awarded his FCS national title ring from North Dakota State President Dean Bresciani in a pre-Spring Game ceremony.
FARGO — North Dakota State athletic director Gene Taylor has some words of advice for the five NCAA Division I power conferences that are seeking more of a voice within the NCAA: Go ahead, make his day.
FARGO — Esley Thorton began his North Dakota State football career as a dual-threat quarterback who could run and throw. He’ll end his career next season as a dual-threat linebacker.
FARGO — Certainly not lost in North Dakota State’s run to three straight FCS Division I national football championships was the performance of kicker Adam Keller. When it came to his leg, the Bison were in good hands.
FARGO — The large, framed photograph of Beverly Hanson holding the title trophy from the 1950 U.S. Women’s Amateur golf tournament hangs in a short hallway at the Fargo Country Club. Therein is the symbolism.
FARGO — Since first taking up the sport in third grade, basketball has taken Maren Walseth virtually around the world. Success has followed her every step of the way, from high school to college to the WNBA.
FARGO — When North Dakota State went searching for a new women’s basketball coach, women’s athletic director Lynn Dorn said she was looking for three elements: - A person who has been part of a winning program. - Somebody who can recruit the Midwest. - A coach who has a sense of leadership.
FARGO — The first touchdown in North Dakota State’s first spring football intrasquad scrimmage was a 40-yard pass to a running back who wasn’t on the roster. The second score was a 74-yard run by another running back who wasn’t on the roster.
FARGO — The Fargodome was lively on Tuesday night with a concert featuring the Christian group Casting Crowns. Outside the football team room on the lower level, the four young daughters of Dave and Stephanie Richman, all decked out in their Bison outfits, were playing like they had the world’s biggest playroom.