WATCH: Bubba Schweigert gives update on UND spring football, prep track and field athletes compete indoors
Plus, youth wrestling state tournament takes over the SHAC
GRAND FORKS — At UND football's spring practices, there are old faces, new faces, and old faces in new positions. That includes newly-minted defensive coordinator Joel Schwenzfeier, who was promoted from safeties coach last month.
Schwenfeier has been on staff since head coach Bubba Schweigert took over, but despite all that familiarity, Schweigert expects to see some adjustments on the defensive side of the ball this fall.
"He knows how we want to practice, yet we're going to allow him to put his stamp on it, to make changes, and to make us better," Schweigert said. "That's why you hire people. To make you better and we're going to challenge him to do that and he's accepted that challenge. We're looking forward to what he does for our team."
FARGO — High school track and field athletes from across North Dakota took their talents inside for the Class A state championships at the SHAC. Red River set a meet record in the 4x800 meter relay. The team was anchored by Jocelyn Schiller, who also took home first place in the 400-meter dash. Schiller is just two weeks removed from a state basketball championship.
"It's a really nice facility so it's really nice to be able to race and not have to wait for the snow to melt," Schiller said. "I didn't know what to expect coming in and coming off of basketball, but it felt good and it felt like I ran pretty good."
Fargo Davies won the girls team title. In the boys meet, Fargo North's Owen Sondag won the 1600 meter run at 4:25, beating the second-place finisher by four seconds.
"It's always nice to come to indoor meets when it's not nice enough to get on the outdoor tracks quite yet," Sondag said.
FARGO — NDSU's wrestling season ended less than a week ago, but wrestling mats at the SHAC were already busy again. Fargo is home to the North Dakota USA Wrestling Youth State Tournament this weekend, which features more than 1400 wrestlers. This is the first year the event is in Fargo, after a bid from the Bison wrestling club was successful.
"It's a vision. It's something we all came up with," said Bison Wrestling Coach Nick Magee. "It's here and it looks great."
"All the other years in the past it's been in Bismarck. It's an advantage to have it in your hometown," Said wrestler Eli Wentz. "You can sleep in your own bed and all that stuff. When you're in Bismarck, you have to sleep in a hotel and I guess that makes a difference sometimes too."