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 -- North Dakota State students will have fewer available seats for football games next fall, a move that NDSU student body president Mason Wenzel said was unfortunate but in the best interest of both parties involved.
FARGO - The need for the North Dakota State men's basketball team to find an interior player is more intense than ever these days. Bison head coach Dave Richman said junior center Dylan Miller won't return to the team next season. The 6-foot-8 Miller saw his role diminish over the course of the last two years, starting 19 of 29 games as a sophomore and four of 22 games this past season. He was suspended for three games late in the year for a violation of team rules and never did get back into the rotation.
SIOUX FALLS, SD - There were about five or six minutes on Monday night when North Dakota State looked the part of a Summit League Tournament giant killer. As for the other 35 or so? Not so much. South Dakota State struck early, then put the hammer down in the last 10 minutes to take a 78-57 men's basketball victory at the Denny Sanford Premier Center. The semifinal victory puts the Jackrabbits in Tuesday night's title game in which the winner earns the league's automatic ticket to the NCAA tournament.
FARGO—Three local Fargo-Moorhead golf courses did a shuffling of golf professionals of sorts starting with Meadows pro Corey Herlickson taking the top job at Oxbow Country Club. John Dahl, the long-time pro at Oxbow, will still continue to teach but is retiring from the golf operations end of the facility. Jay Haug, the top assistant at Village Green in Moorhead, is taking over as the head professional at Meadows. Herlickson, 42, just finished his 12th year at Meadows and will take over an Oxbow course that is in the latter stages of a total renovation.
At the least, it makes for some interesting discussion. If NDSU football had a Ring of Honor or something like it at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome, who would get their jerseys hanging from the rafters? Or hanging on the west wall above the top row of seats? I threw the line out there in the last MediaZone post and a couple of readers weren’t too thrilled about it. NDSU would most likely never do it because it’s always preaching the name on the front is more important than the name on the back. I get that and it certainly has merit.
FARGO—Bruce Anderson went over 1,000 yards rushing for the season. He went way over. In fact, he went so far over on Friday night that he ended up in Texas. That's where North Dakota State is headed after defeating Sam Houston State 55-13 in front of 18,279 fans who threw a hoedown at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. The only thing missing was Bruce Almighty leaving the field wearing a cowboy hat. The win put the Bison in the FCS title game for the sixth time in seven years Jan. 6 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas.
FARGO—With final exams in the rear-view mirror, Sam Houston State quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe got nine holes of golf in on Tuesday. He doesn't miss many open targets in that sport, either. Briscoe shot 4-over par at Raven Nest Golf Club, which is the home course for the Sam Houston golf program in Huntsville, Texas. On Friday night, however, the athletic venue where Briscoe will be playing couldn't be more opposite than the serenity of a golf course.
FARGO—Quarterback Easton Stick is 32-3 as the starter at North Dakota State. He has an even better record in the classroom. Before the Bison junior gets ready to take on Sam Houston State in Friday night's Division I FCS semifinal playoff game at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome, he'll be walking through graduation ceremonies. Stick, a junior eligibility-wise, completed his undergraduate course work in 3½ years and is already enrolled in the NDSU MBA program next semester. He carries a 3.91 grade-point average in sport management with not many Bs along the way.
FARGO—Three North Dakota State football players were dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules, head coach Chris Klieman said on Monday afternoon, Nov. 27. All three, freshman quarterback Henry Van Dellen, senior safety Darren Kelley and freshman receiver Sean Engel, were backups and were not expected to factor into Saturday's FCS second-round playoff game against the University of San Diego. Moreover, backup receiver Dallas Freeman was suspended for one game effective last Monday. Klieman would not elaborate further on his actions.
FARGO—North Dakota State woke up on Sunday morning with a feeling they haven't experienced all season: Dealing a loss. But for the last eight years, it hasn't lingered. The last time the Bison lost two consecutive football games was Oct. 17 and 24, 2009, when they lost at South Dakota State and at home to Missouri State. It was the latter end of a five-game losing streak in a season that ended 3-8.