Wayne Nelson / Forum News Service
SPOKANE, Wash. -- The University of North Dakota entered The Kennel as a 30-point underdog against No. 12 Gonzaga. The Fighting Hawks also came in on a three-game losing streak and their overall play -- for a good portion of the nonconference season -- hadn’t been great.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota men's basketball was living the dream seven months ago, winning the Big Sky Conference title and advancing to its first NCAA Tournament. UND won 22 games last season, beat Big Sky power Weber State in overtime in the Big Sky title game and hung around longer than many expected against No. 2 seed Arizona in a first-round NCAA Tournament game in Salt Lake City. The Big Sky title and NCAA Tournament berth now is the bar for UND basketball.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota entered Saturday's game against Northern Colorado as a bruised, beaten and battered football team. The Fighting Hawks left the Alerus Center turf as a bruised, beaten, battered—but better—football team. How much better? That remains to be seen, but UND's roller-coaster 48-38 win Saturday, Oct. 7, over the Bears did right the Hawks' ship for at least a week.
GRAND FORKS — In two previous meetings, the University of North Dakota pushed Montana State around—using a dominating run game to rack up big numbers and wins against the Bobcats. Montana State apparently was tired of the UND treatment So the Bobcats took out plenty of frustration against UND on Saturday, Sept. 23, overwhelming the Fighting Hawks 49-21 before 12,432 fans at the Alerus Center in the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.
GRAND FORKS — The Division I era in University of North Dakota football began Aug. 28, 2008, against Texas A&M-Kingsville, which, to this date, remains a Division II school. UND routed Kingsville 48-18 before more than 11,000 fans at The Alerus Center. UND promoted the move to Division I in a big way back then, but it was hard for hard-core football fans to toe the company line, especially when the list of UND opponents read as such—St. Cloud State, Western Washington, Stony Brook, Sioux Falls, Lamar, Drake and the like.
KNOXVILLE, Iowa—It's double digits for Donny Schatz. For the 10th time in his career, Schatz won the 57th annual Knoxville Nationals late Saturday night. It was the 10th time in the past 12 years that Schatz has won the Nationals, considered the top sprint car race in the country. The West Fargo driver and the rest of the World of Outlaws will continue their season Friday night at River Cities Speedway in Grand Forks and Saturday at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo.
GRAND FORKS — Last season, University of North Dakota women's basketball head coach Travis Brewster kiddingly wondered who was in charge of the Fighting Hawks' schedule—one that was one of the most demanding in the program's Division I history. He may be asking the same question this season. UND released its 2017-18 women's basketball schedule on Wednesday, July 26, one that again looks to be extremely challenging.
GRAND FORKS—The Big Sky Conference postseason women's basketball tournament still is a month away but the league's first big showdown of the season is set for Saturday. Northern Colorado hosts North Dakota in a matchup of the top two teams in the league. Northern Colorado is 10-0 in the Big Sky and 18-3 overall while UND is 9-1 and 14-7.
RENO, Nev. – On Monday, the University of North Dakota’s Quinton Hooker was named to the all-Big Sky Conference first team. On Tuesday, he showed why he was a first-team pick and one of the best players in the league. Hooker shook UND out of some first-half doldrums by taking over in the second half to lead No. 5 seed UND past No. 12 Southern Utah 85-80 in a first-round league tournament game at the Reno Events Center.
GRAND FORKS – Trailing by 14 points with 15 minutes to go, there was only one thing North Dakota State could do, according to Bison coach Dave Richman. “Until there are three zeros on the clock, we’re going to keep fighting,” said Richman. And that’s what the Bison did Friday night at The Betty, rallying down the stretch to take a 69-67 win over rival University of North Dakota before 2,593 fans in perhaps the loudest environment for a men’s home basketball game in the Fighting Hawks’ Division I era.