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FARGO — For the first time in four years, a new champion will be crowned at the North Dakota state boys hockey tournament. Grand Forks Red River junior forward Zach Hinschberger punched in a rebound off a Connor Arel shot from the slot at 1 minute, 54 seconds of overtime to lift the Roughriders to a 4-3 win over three-time defending state champion Grand Forks Central late Friday night, Feb. 28, in the state semifinals at Scheels Arena.
GRAND FORKS — For 13 games in a row, University of North Dakota senior guard Marlon Stewart has scored at least 14 points. If Stewart continues that streak Thursday, Jan. 23, in a 7 p.m. game against Denver in Grand Forks, he'll become the 38th member of the program's 1,000-point club. Stewart, a 6-foot-3, 209-pound Rock Island, Ill., native, has 989 career points at UND. Stewart spent his freshman season at Creighton, where he had seven points.
GRAND FORKS — Former Minnesota Vikings defensive end Jared Allen wasn't doing any calf-roping sack celebrations Thursday morning, Jan. 2, in Grand Forks. Allen has traded in his football helmet for curling stones and a dream of the 2020 Winter Olympics. Allen, along with former NFL Pro Bowl quarterback Marc Bulger, were competing at the Grand Forks Curling Club in the Men's Nationals Challenge Round, hoping to secure a position in the 2020 National Championships in Spokane, Wash.
UND tight end Hunter Pinke has suffered a severe spinal injury following a skiing accident in Colorado on Friday, Fighting Hawks coach Bubba Schweigert confirmed Saturday morning. "These players become like family members," said Schweigert, who spoke to the Pinke family Saturday morning after an extensive surgery Friday night. "When these things occur, we know wins and losses take a backseat to what the program is all about. It's about building relationships and preparing young men for the future.
GRAND FORKS — In a matter of six days, Devon Krzanowski and Adam Stage went from veteran members of NCAA Division II St. Cloud State to verbal commitments to Division I University of North Dakota. Krzanowski, an inside linebacker with two years of eligibility remaining, and Stage, a kicker with one year left, announced verbals to the Fighting Hawks early this week after a Saturday recruiting visit to Grand Forks. The commitments come on the heels of last Tuesday's decision by St. Cloud State to eliminate its football program.
GRAND FORKS — As the University of North Dakota football program turns from the 2019 season ahead to the 2020 campaign, two offensive players have left the team. Quarterback Noah Grover and wide receiver Izzy Adeoti are longer on the roster. Adeoti, a 5-foot-10 junior from Plano, Ill., had a role in the offense for parts of his first two seasons on campus before suffering a significant injury in 2018. In 2017, the true freshman played in 10 games, catching eight balls for 93 yards.
GRAND FORKS — With Saturday's loss at Nicholls State in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, the University of North Dakota football team's weekly press conference Monday became a wrap-up of the 2019 season, as well as a look toward 2020. Here are the eight most important items from the press conference, which featured head coach Bubba Schweigert, offensive coordinator Danny Freund and defensive coordinator Eric Schmidt.
THIBODAUX, La. — When the University of North Dakota football team was at its worst this season, the Fighting Hawks struggled to stop the run and adapt to challenging road environments. When the Hawks were at their best, UND was riding a new-look, first-year offense to thrilling efforts at the Alerus Center. On Saturday, Nov. 30, the former was at the forefront in the bayou. No. 19 Nicholls State racked up a 316-44 edge in rushing yards in decisively beating No. 24 UND 24-6 at John L. Guidry Stadium in the first round of the FCS playoffs.
THIBODAUX, La. — The University of North Dakota football team has one more chance to overcome adversity on the road. The Fighting Hawks have struggled with that hurdle all season. Unbeaten at home, the Hawks are 1-4 on the road, where the program has faced difficult atmospheres, record-setting winter weather and travel mishaps. UND (7-4) will try to wipe out the bad road reputation when it visits Nicholls State (8-4) at 3 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the FCS playoffs at John L. Guidry Stadium.
GRAND FORKS — Andre Steiger's interest in aviation and football was a perfect fit for the University of North Dakota. Last Saturday, in a must-win regular-season finale against Southern Utah, that perfect fit was a great combination for UND's push for an FCS postseason berth. Steiger, a senior walk-on from Glen Ellyn, Ill., registered a career-high 2.5 sacks to lead UND to an eventual first-round FCS playoff matchup with Nicholls State on Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. in Thibodaux, La. Entering the game against the Thunderbirds, Steiger had 2 sacks in his career.