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RedHawks Get Early Lead, Hold on for 10-9 Win
Fargo -- The RedHawks jumped to an eight-run lead and narrowly held on to win 10-9 over the T-Bones Saturday night at CommunityAmerica Ballpark. Kansas City’s starting pitcher Jordan Cooper (2-1) struggled for the first time this season, as he gave up two three-run home runs in the first three innings — the first off the bat of Josh Mazzola in the first inning and then to Brian Humphries in the third. The RedHawks scored an additional run in each of those innings for an 8-0 lead, which seemed to be good enough for starter Cody Scarpetta (2-0). After each team scored two runs in the next two half-innings, Fargo-Moorhead held a 10-2 lead until the T-Bones showed new life in the sixth. Kansas City sent eight to the plate in both the sixth and seventh innings, rallying for five runs against Fargo relievers Dan Sattler and Will Mathis, and cutting the RedHawks’ lead to 10-7. In the sixth, Sattler walked Robby Kuzdale. After Kuzdale advanced to second on a wild pitch, he scored on a single by Dalton Wheat. Tyler Moore and Vladimir Frias each singled to right field, which scored Wheat and brought the score to 10-4. Then, with two outs in the seventh, the T-Bones started another rally. Sattler walked Brett Wiley, gave up a single to Wheat and then walked Moore. With the bases loaded, Starlin Rodriguez sent a two-run single to left. The RedHawks turned to Mathis, who gave up an RBI single to Vladimir Frias, one of his four hits in the game FULL STORY

UND Unveils New Fighting Hawks Logo

Grand Forks -- The University of North Dakota has unveiled a logo and wordmark for the Fighting Hawks nickname. "This is an outstanding day for the University of North Dakota and UND Athletics," said UND President Ed Schafer. "We are thrilled to introduce a champion logo and wordmark for North Dakota's teams, our champion Fighting Hawks athletics program." Created by SME Branding after a significant amount of up-front input and a number of waves of concept testing that included members from stakeholder groups, the logo features a determined hawk embedded in a Kelly green ND and a distinctive wordmark that proclaims "North Dakota Fighting Hawks." "SME spent time on campus and on the phone at the beginning of the semester, listening to what a lot of people -- students, student athletes, coaches and others in Athletics, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, representatives of UND's American Indian programs -- had to say about our university, our athletics programs, our region and our state.  They did an excellent job of translating what they heard -- that we have a long and proud championship tradition, that we are determined and persevere on the playing field, that we are proud of our state and our heritage, that we are progressive and moving forward -- and using that input to shape the newest logo and wordmark for the future of UND Athletics," said Schafer FULL STORY

Harlem Globetrotters Draft Slam Dunk Champion Devan Douglas
Bismarck -- It didn't take long for 2016 State Farm College Slam Dunk Champion Devan Douglas to make a first impression. Not only did Douglas wow the fans and judges with his high-flying acrobatic slam-dunks, but he also impressed the world-famous Harlem Globetrotters. The Globetrotters held their 10th annual player draft last night, selecting Douglas and a host of world-class athletes. "We like to think outside the box with our draft, so we look at all different kinds of athletes that could have the qualities of a Harlem Globetrotter," said Sweet Lou Dunbar, the Globetrotters' director of player personnel and coach. "Traditionally we have looked for talent at the annual college slam dunk contest, where this year Devan Douglas certainly stood out for us." Douglas, a 2016 University of Mary graduate in April, showed the world his talents by winning the State Farm 2016 College Slam Dunk Championship broadcast live on ESPN last April from Cypress, Texas. FULL STORY

NDSU Season Openers
Fargo -- North Dakota State University and the University of Colorado have signed a one-game contract for the 2024 football season opener, the schools announced. The teams will play Saturday, Aug. 31, at Folsom Field in Boulder. It will be NDSU's first game with Colorado and second against a Pac-12 opponent. The Bison play at Oregon on Sept. 5, 2020. Colorado, entering its sixth year as a member of the Pac-12, is coming off a 4-8 season.  The Buffaloes are seeking their first bowl game appearance since 2007. "We are excited to add another regional FBS opponent," said NDSU athletic director Matt Larsen. "This is a game we know our fans and many NDSU alumni in the area will be looking forward to." NDSU also signed a one-game contract with Butler to open the 2019 season. The first meeting between the two schools will be Saturday, Aug. 31, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. Butler, a member of the Pioneer Football League, was 6-5 last year. The Bulldogs made their first FCS playoff appearance in 2013. The addition of Butler gives NDSU six home games in 2019. The Bison will have four Missouri Valley Football Conference games and a non-conference game with North Dakota. FULL STORY

Montana Overwhelms North Dakota in Badlands Bowl

Dickinson -- Montana arrived at the ball quickly and arrived often. Team Montana frustrated North Dakota in all respects Saturday in the 23rd rendition of the Badlands Bowl, registering a 36-7 victory over North Dakota at the Biesiot Activities Center. Montana’s offense scored on the first drive of the game — a 1-yard rush from Thomas Trefney to build a 6-0 lead after a missed extra point — but the defensive unit was the star of the show thereafter. North Dakota didn’t break the century mark in total yardage until the fourth quarter, and the host team was held without points until that same drive, when West Fargo’s Creighton Pfau ran in for a TD from 16 yards out. By that time, though, Montana had already built a 29-0 advantage. “We knew we came out strong in the first half,” said Montana’s Michael Jobman, the team’s defensive MVP, “and we wanted to make sure we didn’t give anything back to them in the second half and make it a game.” Jobman, from his defensive end spot, racked up five tackles — 2.5 for a loss — along with two sacks, a fumble recovery and an interception. For the first half, at least, North Dakota’s defense kept the game close. Bismarck Century’s Zach Sweep hauled in a one-handed interception in the end zone in the first quarter, and Mandan’s Jarad Zittleman picked off another pass in the end zone in the second quarter, keeping it a one-score game. FULL STORY

Jost Soaks Up NHL Draft,
But Eager to Get to UND

Grand Forks -- On the day of one of his biggest moments of his life, Tyson Jost received a text from one of his new teammates at the University of North Dakota with a little advice on how to deal the whole process. “Brock Boeser gave me text and told me to ‘Enjoy the moment, it’s so awesome,'” mentioned Jost. "It’s incredible to have someone like that to look up to next year. I was so surprised that he came back after the year he had last year. But that’s a big testament to how great that program is in Grand Forks.” The 5’11 incoming freshman forward was selected 10th overall in the NHL Draft by the Colorado Avalanche. Jost put together a 42-goal and 104-point campaign for the British Columbia Hockey League's (BCHL) Penticton Vees, which put him fourth in league scoring and earned him Canadian national player of the year honors. However, the moment was so much more to Jost than just graduating to the NHL ranks; it was about family. “My mom Laura is so special to me,” stated Jost. “She was a single mom and to share that moment with her up in the stands is something I'll never forget. It’s my thanks to her for all her hard work and sacrifice she gave me and my sister. She supported us and always made sure we chased our dreams.” Jost also credited his grandfather, Jim, for helping him get into hockey. Jim was a coach in the junior ranks and was able to help young Tyson out, as he was on skates at the tender age of one and says he still has the same passion he had then. But when the time came, Jost was ready.  FULL STORY

Blue Hawk Baseball Adds Four More to 2016-17 Roster
-- Dickinson State University Head Baseball Coach, Jason Watson, is pleased to announce the signing of four more players to join the Blue Hawks in 2016-17.McDermott is a 6'2" right handed pitcher from CSU-San Marcos. Dylan is from San Diego, CA and attended Mission Hills High School. "I chose to sign with DSU because of their competitive program and great facilities as well as to continue my education," stated McDermott. Dylan was a three time All- Academic team member and plans to major in Composite Social Science at Dickinson State University. He is the son of Joseph McDermott and Tiffany Badeaux. "Dylan has great composure on the mound, is very competitive and will definitely help us on the bump for the next few years," said Watson.  FULL STORY

By Jeff Baranick
Beulah -- As June winds down on the North Dakota sports landscape, American Legion baseball action was in full swing this past week, and the state's sports media announced recipients of their annual spate of awards in a multitude of individual and team categories. First, on the diamond, Hazen Post 189 continued its winning ways these past few days in Class B West Region play by sweeping Kidder County on the road 7-5 and 14-zip and then routing Stanley twice in Coal Country by tallies of 10-0 and 19-1. Next on the schedule is an away matchup with Mercer County rival Beulah in a single 9-inning contest to be played this Tuesday at Goldmann Field. KDKT Sports Radio will be on hand in Beulah to provide live coverage of the inter-divisional baseball showdown, with its pre-game show commencing at 4:30 pm and first-pitch slated for 5:00. With regard to the Beulah Cyclones, they trekked to Omaha, Nebraska this past week to participate in a tourney held in conjunction with the College World Series, and finished tournament play with a 1-3 ledger. The Cyclones downed Buffalo, MN 7-3 before succumbing in successive outings to teams from Missouri, Illinois, and Colorado by respective scores of 8-3, 14-0, and 11-3. Upon its return home, Beulah faced off this past Saturday against Watford City in a Class A West Region doubleheader and clobbered the Walleyes 20-3 and 16-0 to improve to 6-4 on the summer. In the twinbill massacre, the Cyclones belted four home runs--two by Josh Remmick and one each by Devin Sardelli and Matt Schnabel. Also competing in Omaha last week was Washburn Post 12. Coach Dirk Hausauer's squad went winless in Nebraska, but was ultra-competitive in all of its games, dropping decisions by scores of 7-5, 1-0, 6-4, & 3-1. Elsewhere in Class B West Region baseball action, the Bismarck Capitals thumped the Garrison-Max Titans twice; game scores were 10-0 and 11-2. It should be noted that besides the Hazen-Beulah showdown occurring this Tuesday evening, KDKT Sports Radio will also showcase games Wednesday through Friday: Washburn v. the Bismarck Reps (Wed); Hazen v. Makoti (Thurs); and Washburn v. the Bismarck 15's (Friday). Check our broadcast schedule on this website for a posting of game start-times. Now, with summer officially upon us, the North Dakota Associated Press Sportwriters and Sportcasters Association released its selections last week for a bevy of sports awards it presented for the 2015-16 school term. Accorded Special Acheivement distinction are Carson Wentz (NDSU quarterback drafted 2nd in the NFL draft by the Philadelphia Eagles); Dan Imdieke (veteran Linton-HMB football and wrestling coach); Bob Zimney (long-time Grand Forks Red River boys' track-&-field coach); Gelaine Orvik (former Fargo South boys' track-&-field coach and retiring executive secretary of the the ND High School Coaches Ass'n); the Fargo Shanley girls' basketball program (winners of three consecutive Class A hoops' titles and in the midst of a 70-game winning streak); and the Grand Forks Red River boys' and girls' tennis programs (each having possessed winning streaks of more than 200 duals dating back more than a decade). Other AP award recipients are listed as follows. In the college men's ranks, Athlete of the Year is NDSU offensive tackle Joe Haeg; Coach of the Year is NDSU football's head mentor, Chris Klieman; and Team of the Year is the UND men's hockey squad (claiming the program's 8th national championship this past spring). In the college women's categories, honorees are U-Mary cross-country and track-&-field standout Alexis Zeis (Athlete of the Year); University of Jamestown's women's basketball coach Greg Ulland (Coach of the Year); and Dickinson State softball and University of Jamestown basketball (sharing Team of the Year distinction). The male prep awards were presented to Century's three-sport (FB, BB, & baseball) All-Stater Dalton Feeney (Athlete of the Year); Class B state champion Four Winds-Minnewauken's head boys' basketball coach Rick Smith (Coach of the Year); and Grand Forks Red River hockey (Team of the Year with its state championship & 27-0 season record). Finally, in the female prep categories, Sarah Jacobson of Fargo Shanley was recognized as Athlete of the Year; her hoops' squad was accorded Team of the Year status; and Shiloh Christian GBB mentor Daryl Bearstail was accorded Coach of the Year honors for guiding his team to a Class B state championship this past March.

Filed by Veteran KDKT Sportscaster Jeff Baranick

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