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—The first punt of Jackson Koonce's North Dakota State career went 29 yards in perfect conditions inside Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. It wasn't the debut he envisioned finishing with a 32.5-yard average on six attempts in the nationally-televised game against Charleston Southern. There were a few other bumps in the ensuing few games but over time, the Jackson Koonce that averaged more than 40 yards in two years at Southern Methodist is starting to emerge. One reason: he tapped into the expertise of Bison past.
FARGO—Senior Aaron Bailey is the returning, veteran quarterback for Northern Iowa. Sophomore Eli Dunne has the hot hand, setting a team record last week for most passing yards in a school debut. So who will start Saturday, Oct. 29, against North Dakota State? The head coach isn't saying. "Still question marks there," Northern Iowa head coach Mark Farley said.
FARGO—The best thing, Chase Morlock was told, was to get right back into a routine and that's what he has done. Every day, the North Dakota State senior running back goes to class and heads over to football practice—life as he's known it for four years now. That doesn't mean it's always easy.
FARGO—North Dakota State dominated the long NCAA Division II series with the University of North Dakota. So far, in the short era of Division I volleyball, it's UND with the upper hand. Not to mention the upper two hands of 6-foot-3 middle hitter Faith Dooley. The Fighting Hawks were tough at the net, and almost every facet of the game for that matter, and UND won for the fifth time in seven tries as D1 schools. The 25-16, 25-19, 30-28 win before 1,289 fans at Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse Tuesday, Oct. 25, was a non-conference match with the mix of league intensity.
FARGO—It was at the end of fall camp when North Dakota State head football coach Chris Klieman summoned sophomore wide receiver Dallas Freeman to his office. It wasn't like a principal calling in a student because he was in trouble. Far from it. Klieman gave Freeman the news that after two years as a walkon with the Bison program, his third year was going to be rewarded with a scholarship. So it wasn't long after leaving the Fargodome offices when Freeman called home to St. Michael, Minn., to tell his parents Terry and Patricia.
FARGO—The school is better known for basketball and its historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, but the administration at Butler University in Indianapolis, Ind., this week feels like it drained a 3-point game-winning field goal at the buzzer with the football program. It's all on board playing North Dakota State in 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis.
FARGO—North Dakota State head volleyball coach Kari Thompson looked at her watch a couple of times Monday, Oct. 24, before practice started at Bentson Bunker Fieldhouse. Her cousin, Pete Kostelnick, was about to finish the last few miles of his 3,100-mile run across America from San Francisco to New York. He only took one day off and beat the Guinness World Record of 44 days.
FARGO—A year ago at this time North Dakota State was 5-2 with some nagging question marks on the future of its FCS football playoff run. As of Monday, Oct. 24, the Bison are 6-1 with the toughest schedule in school history. So for the imperfections that have plagued the team so far this season, the ultimate result still has the Bison as the No. 4-ranked team in the FCS top 25 coaches poll and a second place standing in the Missouri Valley Football Conference. The key, of course, will be to match last season's late-season improvement.
FARGO -- North Dakota State will be returning to Minneapolis to play a football game, only this time it won’t be the University of Minnesota. The Bison and Butler University will face each other at Target Field on Aug. 31, 2019. Get ready Minneapolis, here comes another onslaught of NDSU fans.
MACOMB, Ill. -- It wasn’t a bold statement by any means, but North Dakota State rebounded from its first loss of the season by holding off No. 13-ranked Western Illinois on Saturday night, Oct. 22.