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FARGO — With multiple events on Saturday at Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex, the Shelly Ellig Indoor Track and Field Facility and the Fargodome, the North Dakota State athletic department put out a parking advisory encouraging fans to arrive early and allow time for increased traffic. The NDSU men’s basketball team could also put out a notice: Warning, Jared Samuelson is back. The senior guard finally shed the injury bug on Wednesday night with a breakout performance at Nebraska-Omaha.
FARGO — It had been awhile since smiles were evident on the faces of the North Dakota State women’s basketball players after a game. It hasn’t been an easy first season for head coach Jory Collins, but he is 1-0 against Division I teams in his own state. The Bison hit key free throws down the stretch and held off the University of North Dakota 92-82 Sunday afternoon at Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex. It was the first Summit League win for Collins and was NDSU’s first Division I win this season since beating New Hampshire on Dec. 1.
FARGO — North Dakota State forward Tyson Ward is filling up the stat sheet. And the Bison are digesting men’s basketball victories at a regular rate lately. The senior had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists to lead NDSU to an 83-74 victory over the University of North Dakota on Sunday afternoon. It was NDSU’s fifth win in six games and further established the Bison as a Summit League regular season title contender at 4-1. NDSU is doing it on the backs of Ward and Vinnie Shahid, two seniors who usually had their hands on the ball in the closing minutes.
FARGO — North Dakota State will have to wait a day before it takes on the University of North Dakota in men’s basketball thanks to a winter storm descending on the Red River Valley. The game was rescheduled for Sunday, Jan. 19, and that’s probably OK with NDSU senior guard Chris Quayle, he’s used to waiting. He had to wait until he grew before developing as a player. As a freshman in high school, Quayle was 5-foot-5 and 100 pounds.
FARGO — The North Dakota State football team began its second semester of classes this week minus four players who were with the team in the fall. None of them were on the two-deep chart. Center Joe Schreiber, safety Jackson Enz, receiver D.J. Baptist and cornerback Braden Zuroff are all transferring to other schools with the underlying theme of more playing time. Perhaps Schreiber, a highly touted redshirt freshman from Eden Prairie, Minn., is the most notable.
FRISCO, Texas — North Dakota State head coach Matt Entz joked more than once late in the season that he wasn’t much into self reflecting on an unbeaten season. What started with a win on the Target Field natural grass against Butler in Minneapolis ended on the natural grass at Toyota Stadium in Frisco. That was a 28-20 victory against James Madison that gave the program its eighth Division I FCS national title in nine years. “I’m afraid I’m going to wake up and we’re still going to be getting ready for Butler,” Entz said in the post-game press conference.
Frisco, Texas The kid came to North Dakota State as a quarterback. He’s leaving as a player who will forever be remembered as the man who saved the day Saturday afternoon. James Hendricks. He just got on Twitter recently with an appropriate handle of “Jimmy Football” and after his interception in the final five seconds at Toyota Stadium he may have more followers exponentially.
FRISCO, Texas — It took five years but North Dakota State running back Ty Brooks finally admitted he wasn’t the fastest player on the team. That happened earlier this week when he gave the No. 1 billing to receiver Christian Watson. “Shoot, Christian is probably faster, you heard it here, Christian is fast,” Brooks said. Brooks’ admission blew some of his teammates away in the fact they thought they would never hear him say it.
FRISCO, Texas — The North Dakota State window decal on Angela McFadden’s car and the numerous Bison football apparel items that she’s acquired in the last several months don’t go unnoticed when she’s out and about in the Dallas suburb of Plano, Texas. She’s often met with “Go Bison” type of reactions. They know about the team down here, the result of seven appearances in the Division I FCS national title game in the last eight years. The eighth trip started on Wednesday when the Bison arrived for Saturday’s championship game against James Madison.
FARGO — Workers at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, put the natural grass field through a final mowing Monday morning, Jan. 6. The painting of the end zones and sidelines began in the afternoon, a process that has never started this early in the week in the 10 years the NCAA Division I FCS national title game has been in the northern Dallas suburb. That’s because rain is expected in the Dallas area Thursday and Friday and tarps will be shielding the turf from the moisture. If that happens, it will be a repeat from last year when a Thursday rain soaked the Frisco area.