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.
West Fargo If the North Dakota state boys swimming and diving Meet could talk, it would probably have a few questions this weekend. Like, for instance, where am I? For the first time since the debut meet in Mandan in 1975, it's being held in the state's largest metro area. The opening of the Hulbert Aquatic Center in West Fargo is the first facility in Fargo-West Fargo capable of hosting the event, and the North Dakota High School Activities Association wasted no time in giving it a chance to host a major high school event.
FARGO—There's no debate to this year's men's basketball MVP in the Summit League. South Dakota State forward Mike Daum has that award so wrapped up that he could take a couple weeks off and still be a unanimous selection. It's reached the point where sports information folks have created another word for the junior from Kimball, Neb.: Daumination. He will be the focus when North Dakota State visits Frost Arena in Brookings, S.D., to try and put a dent into the conference leaders Thursday night, Feb. 1.
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—The home court doesn't mean much in the North Dakota State and University of North Dakota men's basketball series these days. For the fifth straight game, the visiting team left the arena in a celebratory mood. And so continued NDSU's up-and-down men's basketball season.
FRISCO, Texas — You see these stories around the time of the North Dakota Class B boys basketball tournament, where small towns literally shut down because everybody is at the state's biggest high school sporting event. It's only early January, but if you drive through the communities of Drake, Anamoose and Balfour this weekend, you'll probably wonder where everybody is at. Wendy Volson can tell you. Everybody is in Frisco. "Don't go and rob us now, nobody is there," she joked.
FRISCO, TEXAS — Easton Stick has sandy blonde hair and Bryan Schor has a darker shade. When it comes to the two starting quarterbacks in Saturday's Division I FCS national championship, that's one of the few differences you'll find between the two quarterbacks. They both stand 6-foot-2-inches tall with steady, strong right arms. Their names have the same number of syllables. Both are the unquestioned offensive leaders that have Stick's North Dakota State team facing Schor's James Madison team at 11 a.m. at Toyota Stadium.
FARGO — Tim Polasek was known to blurt out whatever came to his mind when he was the North Dakota State offensive coordinator, like the day when he was in a meeting with the Bison fullbacks and tight ends. A nickname for the position group just came to him. Crew Chiefs. The thought could be traced to his playing days at Concordia University (Wis.), but the message fit the tough, old school-style of the Bison offense.
FARGO — The statistical sheet of the Sam Houston State offense has so many numbers on it you practically need your accountant to sort it all out. Quarterback Jeremiah Briscoe, for instance, has completed 81 more passes than North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick has attempted. It's a high-flying, up-tempo attack that has done an assault on the school and FCS record books the last couple of seasons. The Bison will see the reality of it Friday, Dec. 15, in the FCS semifinal clash at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
FARGO — The vehicle so-to-speak that carries the FCS title-winning team to the south stage of Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, for the post-game awards ceremony has for the most part been a two-wheeled apparatus. Translation: Two programs in the last six years have been crowned champions. Sam Houston State head coach K.C. Keeler feels like his Bearkats are on the verge of getting a new car. "We feel like we're the third wheel," he said.