Hot Mic with Dom Izzo: North Dakota's youth sports movement

North Dakota has some athletic gems who still have multiple years of high school left.

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Summer time is recruiting season and I've been reminded multiple times over the last few weeks.

The future is bright in North Dakota.

Forget this year's upcoming seniors, where Sheyenne's Karter Menz has already committed to play football at Minnesota, let's look beyond him.

There are two players who just completed their sophomore years of high school, Riley Sunram of Kindred and Nate Tastad of Rolette that each have scholarship offers to play for the Bison. NDSU has never offered sophomores in the Division 1 era before these two.

Shanley's Tommy Simon is the next big thing in baseball in the state. Simon is one of the key pieces of the Fargo Post 2 team that hasn't lost a conference game. Simon has already committed to play baseball in the Big Ten for Nebraska.


Basketball is overflowing right now. Minot's Maggie Fricke just won the Class A tournament MVP as an 8th grader. Who knows where her career is heading. And Fargo North's Jeremiah Sem and Carter Zeller have tantalizing talent, they have college coaches fighting to get to the front of the line.

If you were wondering what kind of impact a Carson Wentz, Lauren Ware or Amy Olson would have on the youth of North Dakota, this is it. And it appears the talent isn't stopping any time soon.

Opinion by Dom Izzo
Dom Izzo is the Sports Director at WDAY-TV. He began working for WDAY in 2006 as the weekend sports anchor and was promoted to Sports Director in 2010.
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