Second-half leads slip away for Bison basketball teams

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North Dakota State's Emily Dietz shoots against Kansas City's Jada Mickens at the Scheels Center on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022.
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The hope for the North Dakota State women’s basketball team on Thursday was to make senior Emily Dietz’s 100th career start some sort of celebration. She already reached 1,000 career points and is only the third player in the Division I era to surpass 600 rebounds.

Probably more impressive is she’s played 102 straight games, a statistical marvel in this day and age of COVID-19 protocols. So far, she’s survived two straight years of it.

“I’m getting old, but still loving it,” Dietz said. “It’s been a blessing.”


Kansas City squashed the party. The Roos were the better team in the fourth quarter to take a 67-62 Summit League win at Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex.

Women's game wrapup here:

Bison senior Dietz records 100th career start.

North Dakota State went through a stretch of almost eight scoreless minutes in the second half and a comfortable lead crumbled into an 80-77 loss at Kansas City on Thursday night.

NDSU's Boden Skunberg hit a 3-pointer that put the Bison up 57-43 with 13:08 left in the game. They didn't score again until Rocky Kreuser's layup with about five minutes left snapped a 21-0 Roos run.

Men's game wrapup here:

NDSU struggled through a stretch of almost eight scoreless minutes and a 14-point Bison lead became a three-point loss to the Roos.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation wants the Ellendale Country Club to move two boulders farther into the course.
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Kolpack: The state of ND vs. the Ellendale Country Club

The voice on the other end of the phone was filled with frustration, that much was obvious. Doug Burkhardt seemed to be at the end of his rope in defending his home course, the Ellendale Country Club, located south of the small town of Ellendale, N.D.


Like a lot of 9-hole tracks in this state, the place is run mostly out of love of the game and countless volunteer hours, mostly from its board of directors. It’s not really a country club, of course, in the Fargo and Moorhead sense. A membership isn’t required.

The Fargo Country Club has a head professional, a director of instruction, a head groundskeeper, a general manager, adequate staff and an affiliation with its parent company, Troon Golf LLC, that carries a national brand.

Ellendale has a clubhouse manager and a greenskeeper.

It’s Americana. The same scene can be seen in countless small towns throughout North Dakota. The long, hard winter that morphs into a messy spring finally comes to an end. Time to get outside and play.

The issue for Ellendale is things are messy over a right-of-way plat between Highway 281 and the golf course. The boundary was approved by North Dakota Department of Transportation “right of way engineer” Duane L. Meiers on Feb. 27, 1962. Yes, 1962.

Read more from Jeff Kolpack here:

Small-town golf course at odds with North Dakota transportation department over right-of-way plat

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