Wayne Nelson / Forum News Service
RENO, Nev.—The Big Sky Conference era for the University of North Dakota men's basketball team is over. During their time in the league, the Fighting Hawks put together an impressive resume for their future colleagues—the teams in the Summit League. UND's time in the Big Sky ended Thursday when top-seed Montana downed the Hawks 84-76 in the quarterfinal round of the Big Sky tournament at the Reno Events Center. UND came in as the defending champion.
RENO, Nev.—The odds were against the University of North Dakota's men's basketball team, which trailed Montana State by 19 points with just over 10 minutes to play. When the odds are against you in Reno, sometimes it's best to just walk away. UND, however, didn't walk away. Instead, the Fighting Hawks overcame the odds as they have done time after time in March the past few years. On Tuesday, UND rallied for a stunning 76-74 win over Montana State in the first round of the Big Sky Conference Tournament at the Reno Events Center.
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.