GRAND FORKS — In one of the most wide-open races in years, differing opinions highlighted the Big Sky Conference preseason polls which were released Tuesday at the Big Sky Conference Football Kickoff event in Park City, Utah. The University of North Dakota was picked to finish fourth by the media and fifth by the Big Sky coaches. The Fighting Hawks, who received first-place votes in both polls, are coming off a 7-4 season. UND finished 2015 tied for fourth in the Big Sky with a 5-3 record. It’s the highest preseason Big Sky ranking for UND since joining the league in 2012.
GRAND FORKS -- It’s only July but the Big Sky Conference football media days are just around the corner. The annual event, held in Park City, Utah, at the beginning of next week hasn’t had a ton of excitement for North Dakota fans in the past if you’re looking for hoopla. The Big Sky releases preseason all-conference teams and polls during the event, and the Fighting Hawks never got a lot of love, and deservedly so for the most part.
FARGO -- Beulah coach Bob Koch witnessed a strange fifth inning Saturday, June 4, at the North Dakota Class B state baseball championship game. An aggressive, smart offense was causing troubles for the defense. Usually, it was Koch's No. 1-ranked Miners doing that to opponents. This time, though, he was watching Thompson utilize his typical style to perfection.
FARGO — On the conference call to seed the North Dakota state Class B baseball tournament, Lewis & Clark-Parshall coach Brian Nelson said he was happy to see his team draw No. 1 seed Beulah. “To be the best, you have to beat the best,” Nelson said. On Thursday, the Wildcats came one or two plays away from pulling off that upset. The Miners avoided the letdown with an 8-7 win over Lewis & Clark-Parshall in the state quarterfinals at Newman Outdoor Field.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota’s administration has set guidelines for fundraisers who hope to save the baseball program from elimination. In a meeting with parents of the UND baseball team’s players last Saturday morning, school officials provided figures that call for the program to raise $530,958 by Aug. 30 in order to compete in the 2017 season.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Whether they're soaking up the sun on the sandy Florida beaches or mulling around by Amalie Arena, University of North Dakota hockey fans who made the trip to the Frozen Four are relishing Friday's break between the national semifinals and the championship game.
TAMPA, Fla. -- The University of North Dakota hockey season started without an available scholarship goalie. Throughout the course of the season, each member of the CBS Line missed games, whether it was due to injury, suspension or international competition. Drake Caggiula, Brock Boeser and Nick Schmaltz combined to miss 14 games this season. With that adversity, the Fighting Hawks have embraced the next-man-up mentality.
TAMPA, Fla. -- Late Thursday night, the University of North Dakota looked like it was going to give its fans one more gut punch. Any Fighting Hawks’ fan who wasn’t thinking ‘here we go again,’ is lying. Denver had every bit of momentum. North Dakota coughed up a two-goal lead in the third period and appeared to be providing serious agony to its fan base once again at the Frozen Four. Not this time. This time, the rowdy green crowd had something to cheer about. And who doesn’t want to enjoy sunny Florida a little while longer?
TAMPA, Fla. -- While Matt Hrynkiw sat in his locker stall Wednesday afternoon at Amalie Arena quietly eating a post-practice taco spread, television cameras and reporters swarmed the stall next to him. The Frozen Four media attention surrounded Cam Johnson, the University of North Dakota’s starting goaltender and a candidate for the NCAA’s Mike Richter award that goes to the top goalie in college hockey.
TAMPA, Fla. -- The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team received red-carpet treatment Tuesday evening with a Florida twist. The Fighting Hawks, the fourth team to arrive for the Frozen Four, flew into the Tampa Jet Center a little after 6:30 p.m. Eastern, moments after Denver’s flight, and were greeted by pirates handing out beads and youth hockey players with sticks raised to create a tunnel. And yes, there was actually red carpet, too.