Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.
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FARGO — Pretty much everything but quarterback and the offensive line. That about sums up where North Dakota State junior Bruce Anderson will play on offense this season, a role that has been in the making for the last two years. He burst on the Bison scene as a true freshman in 2015 and was the team's second-leading rusher behind King Frazier. Anderson averaged 5.6 yards per carry — the best among the stable of running backs.
FARGO—The lighted center stage in the darkened Fargodome that is home to the USA Wrestling Junior Freestyle National Championship title matches is usually a haven for wrestlers from other parts of the country who are going to other Division I schools. This year, the dome got some home cookin'. Not only did Jared Franek and Brandon Metz make the finals, but both have committed to North Dakota State, Franek verbally and Metz signed and delivered.
FARGO — It was in 1978 when Bob Nelson and his camera wandered onto the North Dakota State campus and started documenting history. He was just a kid out of Fargo North High School who joined the yearbook staff at NDSU back when universities actually had yearbooks. If only Bob's camera could talk. Imagine the stories it could give us this week. "He was always there," said Craig Maas, a longtime friend. "With colleges people come and go but he was always there."
FARGO—It was many years ago when John Manesis would travel to Rockford, Ill., to visit his grandparents. Those were the days when the Rockford Peaches were an anchor team in the old All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, which was popularized into the mainstream by the 1992 movie "A League of Their Own." It didn't take Manesis long to figure out the star of the team—Dorothy Kamenshek, better known as "Kammie" to fans of the baseball league. "I remember Dorothy very well," he said. "We used to go watch a lot of her games."
FARGO—One by one, Harold Larson went around the room talking about each player, pointing out details that would be tough to remember five weeks ago much less 50 years ago. From who had the best-looking girlfriend to who had the best professional baseball shot, there was constant laughter and smiles. The last guy at the end of the table, Larson said one thing about himself. "I was so blessed to play with you guys, every one of you," he said. The thought choked him up.
FARGO—Take Golf Course Road out of Edgewood Golf Course and a sign put up for the Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament gives the dates for next year's event. It's one of the things Ed Kerr looks for every year he comes from Torrance, Calif.: The fact the tourney is committed for another year. This year is extra special for the Kerr family. They put together a six-pack of Kerrs and teed it up Monday afternoon, June 26, in the 34th annual tournament that keeps on going and going. All six will have to take the long way home. "It's a ritual for us," Ed said.
FARGO—The plan was for utility infielder Andy Young to finish the three-game minor league baseball series with the Peoria (Ill.) Chiefs and then drive to Midland, Mich., for the home run derby in the Midwest League All-Star game. Then he got the call. No home run derby and no All-Star game. He got something better. A promotion. "It was a surprise," Young said.
FARGO — In an era where facilities are a point of emphasis, Adrian Contreras has all he needs in his apartment garage in south Fargo. It's an old-school attitude for a 16-year-old boxer who has dreams of someday competing in the Olympics. A punching bag hangs from a rafter. A speed bag is bolted to the back wall. And the concrete surface of the garage acts as his ring when he works with his father and trainer Raul Contreras. It's a father-son team that is going all in on the USA Boxing Junior Olympic National Championships in Charleston, W. Va., that starts on June 25.
FARGO -- Two Scheels Fargo Marathons. Two convincing and dominating performances by the hometown kid. Fargo South graduate Semehar Tesfaye, now living and training in Boston, went wire-to-wire in taking the women's division Saturday, May 20, with a time of 2 hours, 38 minutes, 9 seconds.
FARGO -- For almost 20 miles, David Tuwei and Bernard Too were almost like buddies running around the streets and bike paths of Fargo-Moorhead. It was a different story the last six. Tuwei broke away to win his second men’s Scheels Fargo Marathon in three years finishing with a time of 2 hours, 28 minutes, 4 seconds.