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GRAND FORKS — Grand Forks Central senior Ethan Knudson had never been a meet medalist. His team, the Knights, hadn't won the East Region meet for as long as anyone at the Grand Forks Country Club on Tuesday, May 30, could remember. Those streaks were stopped at the region meet, where Knudson shot a meet-low 72 to lead the Knights to a team title—topping Grand Forks Red River by a single stroke. "It's amazing," Central coach Josh Cichy said. "I'm so proud of him. He's come a long way. If I could pick one kid to win, it would be him."
AUSTIN, Texas—The University of North Dakota's track and field program has its first national qualifier. Junior thrower Molli Detloff made school history Thursday by advancing to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Detloff, of Elk River, Minn., broke her own school record on all three of her hammer throw attempts at the West Preliminary. Her best throw went 213 feet, 2 inches. She entered the day with the school record at 202-6. Detloff finished fifth in the hammer throw. Maggie Ewen of Arizona State won the event with a throw of 232-3.
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.