Domenic is the Sports Director at WDAY. He comes to Fargo from WNCE-TV in Glens Falls, NY where he launched the sports department at the independent station. Before that, Domenic worked at WSTM, the NBC affiliate in Syracuse, NY as a photographer and live truck operator for over two years. He graduated from Oswego State University in 2002 with a degree in Broadcasting. Domenic hails from the lake effect snow capital of the world, Oswego, NY, he joined the WDAY Sports Department in September 2006.
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VERMILLION - A wild Wednesday night for Craig Smith, the former Mayville State coach and UND grad. It was reported first that Smith was leaving his post as head coach at South Dakota to take over at Drake. About 20 minutes later, Smith tweeted out a photo, saying we are South Dakota! Smith was reportedly the top candidate for the Drake job. Smith just finished his third season in Vermillion, leading USD to a Summit League regular season title.
FARGO - Jason Sem might be the most diehard UND hockey fan in the Red River Valley. Sem was the first in line outside of Scheels Arena Wednesday in the cold wind, setting up his friends icehouse, ready to wait all night long until the ticket office opens at 9 am Thursday morning to buy tickets to this weekend's regional. Sem says he did this two years ago and it was actually colder then, rather than Wednesday, so he knows exactly what to expect.
MINNEAPOLIS - Breckenridge saw its thirteen game win streak snapped Wednesday night in Minneapolis by Crosby-Ironton, 64-50. The Rangers, led by NDSU football commit Noah Gindorff racked up 15 points and 14 rebounds in the win. The Cowboys were led by Stevin Lipp's 21 points. Breckenridge falls to 26-3 on the season and will play in the consolation round on Thursday.
FARGO - The unofficial kickoff to the 2017 Bison football season was Wednesday as NDSU held the first of fifteen spring practices over the next month. The Bison practiced inside the Dacotah Field bubble, their home away from home for spring ball, with the Fargodome booked for most of that time. The Bison return 16 starters for 2017, all eager for the new season to start. There are some key position battles to watch, namely on the offensive line.
MINNEAPOLIS - The Fergus Falls boys basketball team returned to familiar turf Wednesday, Williams Arena, site of a first round state tournament win a year ago. They would not be able to duplicate that success this year, as the Otters fell to Columbia Heights 77-74. Harrison Christensen and Matt Monke led the Otters with 16 points. Fergus Falls (25-5) will play in the consolation bracket on Thursday.
GRAND FORKS - The University of North Dakota has changed its football scheduling model, and it's bringing the school closer to its fans. FBSchedules.com first reported Wednesday that UND has signed a contract to play at Iowa State on August 31, 2024. Athletic Director Brian Faison confirmed the game is on for that year. According to the report, the Fighting Hawks will be paid 550 thousand dollars for the game. This will be the first meeting between the schools. UND now has future FBS dates with Utah (2017), Washington (2018) and Kansas State (2020).
ADA, MN - The Minnesota boys basketball sectional tournaments resume all over the state Tuesday night. Locally in Class A there are two dynamic centers that could lead their teams to the state tournament. Lake Park-Audubon's Jesse Bergh put up 50 points Saturday in the section quarterfinals. The other big man is Ada-Borup 6'7 freshman Mason Miller. Miller came out of nowhere this season to lead the Cougars to a 24-3 record and a conference title.
GRAND FORKS - The excitement has settled down a bit for the UND men's basketball team after Sunday's thrill ride, from a delay at the airport to the unveiling of the bracket and its NCAA Tournament opener. Now the work begins for Brian Jones and his staff. The Fighting Hawks are matched up with Pac-12 tournament champion Arizona, a team that won 30 of its 34 games this season. The Wildcats have two terrific talents led by 7 footer Lauri Markkanen, who can shoot the three and is getting comparisons to Dirk Nowitzki.
WAHPETON - Wahpeton's Tylee Irwin brought home a second major award in the last three days. Irwin was selected as the North Dakota girls basketball player of the year. Irwin, who become the all-time leading scorer in school history during her junior year, averaged 24 points and 10 rebounds a game this past season in leading the Huskies to the state touranment for a second straight year. Irwin was named Ms. Basketball Saturday and has signed to play at South Dakota State.
FARGO - When the North Dakota State B boys basketball tournament tips off Thursday in Minot, only two teams return from a year ago. Of the eight teams that will descend upon Minot, Oak Grove brings one of the more experienced squads to the Magic City. The Grovers are among the last eight for the third time in four years, winning the championship in 2014. Oak Grove is the four seed and will face Bishop Ryan on Thursday night.