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—In a late-night snapshot to the Division I FCS playoff race, the NCAA Division I Football Championship Committee gave a stretch-run look at the 24-team playoff field on Thursday night, with North Dakota State sitting in the lead pack. The Bison were ranked second behind James Madison with three weeks to go in the regular season in the first of three playoff rankings that the committee will release.
FARGO—If March Madness is the term given for basketball, then women's soccer can reserve November for the tournament upset. North Dakota State pulled the trick Thursday afternoon, Nov. 2, at Dacotah Field. The Bison, after getting deflated at South Dakota State in the Summit League regular season finale last week, turned the tables when it counted the most. The Bison survived on the defensive end and got opportunistic goals in each half to take a 2-0 win.
FARGO—North Dakota State senior offensive guard Austin Kuhnert, from Sioux Falls, S.D., said a charter bus loaded with friends and family will originate in the nearby Sioux Falls communities of Rowena and Brandon before making its way north to Brookings for the Dakota Marker game against South Dakota State It's an all-day road trip on Saturday, Nov. 4, that is sure to have its share of laughs.
FARGO—Before he started his path into higher education, Dean Bresciani was making some moves on the soccer field. The North Dakota State president even reached the semi-pro level, before he realized a fact of life: He wasn't fast enough. But that didn't mean his affinity for the game diminished. Bresciani has been a big supporter of the Bison women's program, which hosts the Summit League tournament starting Thursday, Nov. 2, against South Dakota State.
FARGO—The weather forecast for Brookings, S.D., on Saturday, Nov. 4, calls for temperatures in the 40s with the potential for rain or freezing rain early in the day. No. 2-ranked North Dakota State probably wouldn't mind temperatures in the 20s and blowing snow.
FARGO—The Division I Football Championship Committee will release its first postseason rankings on Thursday, Nov. 2, which in the big picture is expected to give teams like North Dakota State an idea of where they stand with three weeks remaining in the regular season. In a change, the committee will only release two polls before the Sunday, Nov. 19, selection Sunday show. That's down from four from last year. Richard Johnson, the chair of the committee, said on the Kolpack & Izzo radio show on WDAY-AM over the weekend that having four rankings simply wasn't needed.
FARGO—North Dakota State started fall practice with six healthy running backs. It's been a revolving door of health, but the Bison are down to three heading into the stretch run of the season. Out for the foreseeable future is junior Lance Dunn, who will be sidelined four to six weeks with a torn labrum in his hip. Dunn was hurt late in the game two weeks ago against Western Illinois, but Klieman said further analysis in the last week indicated he will not need surgery.
FARGO—North Dakota State maintained its stronghold on the Missouri Valley Football Conference Saturday afternoon, Oct. 28, with just that—strength. A relentless defense was too much for Northern Iowa to handle and the Bison went on to a 30-14 victory before 18,687 fans at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. The No. 2-ranked Bison moved to 5-0 in the Valley and 8-0 overall heading into their Dakota Marker showdown at South Dakota State next Saturday, Nov. 4.
FARGO—This having-a-child thing was hard. As the years went by, each one seemingly more painful than the previous, Chery DeLuca would look at friends, neighbors or anybody out and about with a family, and wonder why me. Why couldn't she have a little boy or a little girl? She wanted to be a mom and even all the advances in family medicine weren't working. Every month when the time came to see if anything worked, hope turned to grief. "Just grief for this child you didn't have," she said. "Why? Why? Why?"
FARGO — When Northern Iowa head football coach Mark Farley calls up a video of North Dakota State, he sees pretty much the same things he's seen for nine years. Since the teams started playing in 2008, the Bison have run virtually the same schemes on offense and defense. On the flipside, Farley is in his 17th year at UNI so when NDSU began its study of the Panthers last Sunday, there probably wasn't a whole lot of updating to do. The two programs have been perennial Division I FCS playoff teams and contenders for a Missouri Valley Football Conference title, so why change?