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—To the north was the continued renovation of the Sanford Health Athletic Complex. To the south was a project that has a little more stability and experience to it. North Dakota State took to the football practice fields on campus for the first time on Monday with four straight FCS national championships on its back. There was no mention of "one for the thumb" and there wasn't even much talk about the season opener at Montana on Aug. 29. The head coach's message to the team: "Attack the process," Chris Klieman said. "We talked about it last night and again this morning.
FARGO—North Dakota State has found an offensive lineman recruiting pipeline that hardly anybody bothers to tap into at the NCAA Division I level, and it's not in Texas or Florida.
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FARGO—The USA Wrestling Junior Greco-Roman and freestyle national tournament first came to Fargo in 1993 in what was expected to be a short-term run at the Fargodome. Well, it's still here. And in many cases, so are many of the volunteers that have set aside a week in July every summer to help the cause. "You can count on them to be around," said Gerad Fugleberg. But it never hurts to get the next generation involved and Fugleberg is doing his part.
FARGO – Starting next summer, the Twin Cities will be adding another suburb to its already expanding list of cities surrounding Minneapolis and St. Paul. This time, the construction will be limited to the confines of Hazeltine National Golf Club.
FARGO—Matt Larsen was hired as the North Dakota State athletic director last fall, but his administration was essentially finalized on Monday with the hiring of a deputy director of athletics and senior woman administrator. Also, Larsen announced a few promotions and named an administrator for each Bison sport. After spending most of his tenure evaluating the department, it was time to pull the trigger. "To come in right away and make sweeping changes does not make a lot of sense," Larsen said.
FARGO – Gee Chun of South Korea won the U.S. Women's Open on Sunday in a come-from-behind performance that was stunning in nature. She birdied three of her last four holes.
FARGO – It took only until the second fairway when you realized it was going to be a great day. As the five of us were heading toward our golf balls, a deer was walking slowly the other way unfazed by the presence of humans.
FARGO—Workers doing the construction and renovation of the Sanford Health Athletic Complex on the North Dakota State campus have not found anything akin to Al Capone's vault. But they did stumble upon damage caused by athletes lifting weights on the second floor. The concrete was no longer level, with a depression that bowed an I-beam holding it up from the first floor. "Concrete is flexible," said Jeff Pfingsten, construction project manager at NDSU. It will be an easy fix in the $41 million project that appears to be on schedule and on budget.
FARGO—When Robert Streb gets to the first tee Thursday in the first round of the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic, he may get a few quips on what club he's going to putt with: his putter or his wedge. Streb made national news last Sunday when he broke his putter in the final round of the Greenbrier Classic and had to use his wedge on the green, which he did very successfully.