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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SACRAMENTO, CA - Gabriele Grunwald will be the fan favorite this weekend at the USA Track Championships, no matter how she performs on the track. The former Perham Yellowjacket and Minnesota Gopher standout returns to the championships this weekend, just three months after being diagnosed with cancer. It's not Grunewald's first battle with the disease, in fact it's her fourth diagnosis in the last eight years. She's undergoing chemotherapy treatment now after having part of her liver removed, but tells Dom Izzo there was no way she was not going to race this weekend.
SAN FRANCISCO - West Fargo native Matt Strahm will make his major league starting debut Thursday night in Anaheim for the Kansas City Royals. Strahm, in his first full season in the majors with the Royals has been exclusively used out of the bullpen since his call-up to the big leagues last July. The Royals rotation has been beset by injuries, leading Kansas City manager Ned Yost to turn to Strahm. Strahm was a starting pitcher in the minor leagues and during his college career.
FARGO - Matt Cullen will get to celebrate his third Stanley Cup championship tomorrow in the streets of Pittsburgh. One of the biggest questions surrounding the celebration of this former Moorhead Spud is will he continue his professional hockey career or will the 40-year-old hang up the skates for good. Sports Director Dom Izzo sat down to talk to Cullen's father Terry about this and more reactions to his son's third Stanley Cup.
MOORHEAD - June doesn't scream football to most people, but this is the time when the real offseason work begins. Tuesday, Concordia held its annual 7 on 7 passing camp, which brings schools from around the Red River Valley for the tournament. This begins the offseason program for high school teams in preparation for fall camp in August. This year 22 teams came to Moorhead in an event Cobbers head coach Terry Horan has been putting on for the past 17 years. Twin Cities powerhouse Eden Prairie made its debut at the passing tournament this year.
FARGO - North Dakota State has filled its first two scholarships for 2018 with two skill positions from Minnesota. Robbinsdale Cooper wide receiver Phoenix Sproles verbally committed to the Bison Monday evening. Sproles is 6'0 and 175 pounds. He was the district player of the year in 2016, also starring on the defensive side of the ball. Sproles had offers from both FBS and FCS schools, namely Wyoming and Northern Illinois.
NASHVILLE - Matt Cullen is again a Stanley Cup champion. The former Moorhead Spud and St. Cloud State Huskie claimed his third Stanley Cup as the Pittsburgh Penguins defeated Nashville 2-0 in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final. The Penguins become the first team to win back to back Cups since Detroit did in 1997-98. Cullen saved his best game for maybe his last, winning ten of eighteen faceoffs, the most of any player on the team, while also playing 19:42 of ice time.
FARGO - The F-M RedHawks red hot start is a thing of the past. The Hawks lost for the seventh time in their last eleven games, 4-3 to rival Winnipeg Friday night. RedHawks starter Jose Almirante pitched a complete game, striking out ten Goldeyes, but allowed four runs on six hits. He was outdueled by Winnipeg starter Zach Dodson, who pitched 7.1 innings and struck out eight. The RedHawks dropped to 13-8 on the season, while Winnipeg improves to 13-7 and moves into first place in the North Division.
Tomorrow night, Mott, North Dakota will make its debut at the NCAA Track Championship. A town of 721 people has produced a potential All-American in javelin thrower Alyssa Olin. Olin may not look like your typical track standout and that's what makes her success even more impressive. The javelin competition begins tomorrow at 7:45, part of a busy day for NDSU athletes.
GRAND FORKS - Justin Nelson had been waiting five years for a round like this. The Wahpeton senior saved his best for last, firing a final round 73 to claim the North Dakota Class A golf championship by one shot over Sheyenne's Cole Johnson. Nelson started the day four shots off the lead, but played steady throughout and moved up the leaderboard. Nelson becomes Wahpeton's first individual champion since Marty Berg won the title in 1976. Grand Forks Red River claimed the team title, its first since 1996, winning by two shots over Sheyenne.
FARGO - It's 88 days before North Dakota State begins a new football season and talks of the new season heated up on Tuesday. Athlon Sports released its first preseason poll, which has a distinct Dakota feel. NDSU claims the number one spot, with defending national champion James Madison in the second position. The Dukes came to Fargo last December and ended NDSU's reign of five straight national titles. South Dakota State comes in at 3, with its offensive stars back, Sam Houston State at 4 and then North Dakota at 5.