WDAY 6 Sports 2011 Year in Review Part 2Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Tonight we continue our celebration of the local sports year with part two of the biggest stories in 2011.
By: Dom Izzo, WDAY
Tonight we continue our celebration of the local sports year with part two of the biggest stories in 2011.
For the 2nd time in three years, Oxbow's Amy Anderson made national news. This time it was at the biggest golf tournament in the World, the US Open, where the NDSU junior led after round one. Anderson made the cut; she also won a match at the US Amateur and was selected for the Curtis Cup team next June.
The never-ending saga of the Sioux nickname made several twists this year, everything from a state bill mandating that UND had to keep the name, to the Big Sky threatening expulsion, to the bill being repealed and now the school asking the name not be used publicly anymore. Stay tuned…
Two of North Dakota's greatest athletes were honored like none other this year. Oakes native Phil Hansen became the 27th man to go onto the Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame, while Roger Maris and his family were honored at Yankee Stadium on the 50th anniversary of breaking Babe Ruth's record.
One team grabbed the area's attention after a near tragedy. Perham's boys’ basketball team nearly lost a teammate in January when Zach Gabbard collapsed when he went into cardiac arrest. Gabbard survived and his team thrived, going to the state tournament for the first time, and then with Gabbard in attendance, winning the state championship.
And for the 2nd straight fall, the Bison football team made us shake our heads after another win against the Gophers, NDSU rose to the number one ranking in the nation, then proceeded to sweep 3 teams at home in the playoffs, including powerhouse Georgia Southern to earn its 1st trip to the FCS championship game and shine the national spotlight on Fargo and the state of North Dakota.