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GRAND FORKS — On the south end of the University of North Dakota campus, at the corner of Demers Avenue and 42nd Street South, Ray Richards Golf Course sits unused and empty. UND's administration closed the course this year as the school said it needed to narrow its focus during a budget crunch. Now, swimming enthusiasts in Grand Forks hope to avoid a similar fate. UND hasn't decided what's to become of Hyslop Pool after the university cut the men's and women's swimming and diving programs this spring.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota linebacker Keelan Poole has been suspended indefinitely from the football program after he was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver, and possession of cocaine and cocaine paraphernalia. "We are aware of the situation involving Keelan Poole," UND football coach Bubba Schweigert said. "In cases like this, we have to allow the legal and university processes to play out before commenting any further."
GRAND FORKS — When Jeff Dodson was told his Univeristy of North Dakota baseball program was cut last April, the former head coach fielded a call from Southern Miss assistant coach Chad Calliet. The call originally covered condolences from an old friend but quickly turned to business. Calliet inquired about the potential transfer of UND star pitcher Zach Muckenhirn, who Dodson told Calliet was planning to search out his options in the SEC, if not opt for pro baseball. Moving on from Muckenhirn, Calliet then asked if there was anyone else he should know about.
OGDEN, Utah — Like the University of North Dakota softball program's winning percentage, senior outfielder Rachael Waynick's batting average the past four years has been trending upward. In Waynick's freshman season in 2014, UND won six of 45 games and Waynick batted .103. The Fighting Hawks have followed with records of 12-43, 17-37 and now 23-30 in 2017. Waynick's batting average has ticked up from .115 as a sophomore to .169 as a junior to .293 as a senior.
A UND football ticket has become a much hotter item this offseason. UND has 565 new football season ticket holders as of Thursday, according to Derick Stoulil, the school's assistant athletic director for marketing. That new total also comes at a slightly higher price. UND increased season football tickets at the Alerus Center to start with the least expensive ticket at $80, rather than last year's $75. Last year, UND saw 334 new season ticket holders for a total of 4,355 season ticket holders.
GRAND FORKS -- The University of North Dakota women's basketball program took a step toward solidifying its future backcourt this week. Claire Orth, of Circle Pines, Minn., gave her verbal commitment Wednesday to play college basketball at UND. The 5-foot-10 guard of Centennial High School averaged 10 points and 2 assists per game for the section runner-ups. "I think the biggest thing was how supportive the coaches were," Orth said. "They asked about things outside of basketball. They cared about things other than basketball, too."
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota running back James Johannesson hasn't played a down of college football yet, but the Minnesota Gophers transfer knows how to star in a Spring Game. Johannesson, who had 130 rushing yards and a touchdown in Minnesota's 2016 Spring Game, turned in another big performance Friday, April 14, in front of an estimated 1,000 fans at UND's Spring Game at the High Performance Center.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota State pitcher Jacquelyn Sertic was a little concerned in the bottom of the seventh inning when University of North Dakota's Marina Marzolino lofted a high fly ball to deep centerfield with two outs and a runner on, aiming to tie the ballgame. "I was watching the outfielder and knew she was a couple of feet away from the fence, but it did make me a little nervous," Sertic said. The final out was one of the few close calls for the Bison pitcher, who struck out 15 and allowed three hits in a 3-1 victory on Tuesday at Apollo Park.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota offensive coordinator Paul Rudolph wasn't searching out for any help at running back this offseason. The Fighting Hawks were bringing back two all-Big Sky Conference backs in juniors John Santiago and Brady Oliveira. But Minnesota Gophers transfer and former Fargo South star James Johannesson became available this spring, made a move to Grand Forks and Rudolph isn't complaining about his overcrowded backfield.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — The University of North Dakota football program lost its two starting outside linebackers to graduation off last season's best defense in the Big Sky Conference in terms of scoring defense and rushing defense. The unit returns just one player with FCS game experience at that position. And that one player, Moorhead native Jade Lawrence, has yet to start a game. Still, there was a lot of reason for optimism Friday, March 31, as the Fighting Hawks went through live situations for the first time this spring at the High Performance Center.