RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Northern Arizona University

Geno Crandall scored a team-high 28 points and Dale Jones added 16 points to lead the University of North Dakota men’s basketball team to a 86-81 Big Sky Conference overtime victory over Northern Arizona University on Saturday in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Marlon Stewart chipped in 13 points and equaled his career-high with nine assists for the Fighting Hawks (10-17 overall, 5-10 BSC). Torry Johnson led NAU (4-23 overall, 1-13 BSC) with a season-high 33 points. UND closes out its home schedule next Saturday against Northern Colorado University.(Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Southern Utah University

Geno Crandall scored a game-high 17 points and Kienan Walter chipped in 15 points to lead the University of North Dakota men’s basketball team to a 61-57 Big Sky Conference victory over Southern Utah on Thursday in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Fighting Hawks upped their season record to 9-17 overall and 4-10 in BSC play. Jade Cohee led the T-Birds (10-14 overall, 4-9 BSC) with 14 points. UND returns to action Saturday against Northern Arizona. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Idaho State University

The University of North Dakota women’s basketball team dropped a 68-55 Big Sky Conference decision Saturday to Idaho State University on Senior Day in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The win was the first for ISU (15-8 overall, 7-5 Big Sky) in Grand Forks in six tries. UND (11-13 overall, 4-9 Big Sky) was led by Lexi Klabo, who had a game-high 22 points and nine rebounds. The Bengals were led by Brooke Blair’s 19 points. Dora Goles added 14 and Grace Kenyon had 11 for the Bengals. Chastity Franklin, UND’s lone senior, was honored before the game. UND returns to action Thursday at Southern Utah. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Eastern Washington University

Lexi Klabo scored 26 points and added seven rebounds to lead the University of North Dakota women’s basketball team to a 81-79 Big Sky Conferene win over Eastern Washington University on Thursday evening in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Fallyn Freije added 15 points, while Melissa Dailey and Jill Morton  chipped in 10 points each for the Fighting Hawks (10-9 overall, 3-5 BSC). Delaney Hodgins (28 points) and Violet Kapri Morrow (25 points) led the Eagles (10-10 overall, 5-3 BSC). UND returns to action Saturday, when it hosts the University of Idaho. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Northern Arizona University

Sydney Mattson, starting just her first match of the season, had a career-best 35 assists to lead the University of North Dakota women’s volleyball team to a 25-20, 25-17, 25-19 Big Sky Conference sweep of Northern Arizona University on Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. On offense, UND was led by Tamara Merseli, who had 12 kills and 20 digs. Faith Dooley chipped in 10 kills, while Jordan Vail had nine kills and Ashley Brueggeman had seven. The Fighting Hawks (26-7 overall, 11-4 BSC) are still in the mix to grab the No. 2 seed in the upcoming league tournament. NAU is 12-14 overall and 8-7 in the BSC. UND hosts Northern Colorado in its regular season finale Saturday morning. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Idaho State University

The University of North Dakota women’s volleyball team ran its home winning streak to 18 behind three different players who recorded double-doubles in defeating Idaho State University 25-22, 27-25, 25-16 in Big Sky Conference action Thursday night in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Faith Dooley (10 kills, 10 blocks), Tamara Merseli (10 kills, 14 digs) and Sydney Griffin (40 assists, 10 digs) all scored  double-doubles, while Jordan Vail led the Fighting Hawks offense with 13 kills. Alivia Fraase chipped in 21 digs and Teodora Tepavac added 16. UND upped its season record to 22-4 overall and 7-2 in the Big Sky. The Bengals fell to 8-14 overall and 5-4 in the BSC. UND hosts Weber State on Saturday in its next action. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

DAVE VORLAND: It Occurs To Me — My Life On Skis

Like my father, I’ve been subject to enthusiasms. Playing tournament chess, which he didn’t do. Photography, which he did, along with other pastimes.

I was introduced to downhill skiing while I was a University of North Dakota student. A classmate (call her “Violet”) invited me to ski with her at the Huff Hills near Mandan, N.D. I overnighted at her parents’ house — they were a tad dubious about me — and we managed to snowplow down the runs a few times.

Turned out I liked skiing.

Soon thereafter, a high school and college friend, George Palms, and I drove to Terry Peak in South Dakota, where we snowplowed those higher elevations.

Eventually, I bought skis and, as the years went by, used them on hills near Bottineau and Walhalla, N.D., and Bemidji, Minn.

I was already in my 40s when I first heard of Big Sky, Mont. I began to rent a condo for a week or so and for several years went there in the spring to breathe mountain air, write my office annual report and visit nearby Yellowstone Park. Sometimes my daughter, Kristi, joined me.

After I hooked up with Dorette Kerian, skiing became an annual part of my life, at Big Ski and other resorts in the U.S. and Canada. After a few lessons, my breakthrough to parallel skiing occurred at Alta in Utah.

Last March, I joined Dorette and her family for a few days at Breckenridge, Colo. In January, we’ll gather at, you guessed it, Big Sky.

I used to say I could handle any groomed blue run in North America, but I suspect I’ll be limiting myself to the greens. Or perhaps to sipping cognac on the deck.

I took the above picture of Lone Peak and its ski runs in June 2015. Winter sports had given way to mountain biking and hiking, but there still was some snow on the mountain.

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Portland State University

Marina Marzolino’s two-run homer was all the University of North Dakota women’s softball team needed to defeat Portland State University 2-0 in Big Sky Conference action Saturday at Apollo Field in Grand Forks. The Fighting Hawks picked up their 21st win of the season, breaking the program’s Division I record for single-season wins, running their record to 21-29 (7-10 in Big Sky). PSU dropped to 8-32, 6-11 in the Big Sky. Kaolin VanDomelen was the winning pitcher, striking out four and throwing her fourth complete-game shutout of the season. Alyssa Burk took the loss. UND ends its regular season next weekend, hosting Southern Utah for a three-game series. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. Portland State University

The University of North Dakota women’s softball team gained a split in a Big Sky Conference doubleheader with Portland State University on Friday at Apollo Field in Grand Forks, winning the second game 6-4 after falling 5-0 in the 10-inning opener. The Fighting Hawks closed their season with a 20-29 (6-10 in Big Sky) record, tying the program’s Division I record for single-season wins, which was set in 2011, when UND finished with an overall record of 20-35. PSU is 8-32, 6-11 in the Big Sky. Marina Marzolino paced UND in the win, going 2-3 with a three-run homer. Hannah Bergh picked up the win in the nightcap, striking out five Vikings through seven innings. Kaolin VanDomelen took the loss in the opener, throwing nine shutout innings before giving up five runs in the 10th. Alyssa Burke was the winning pitcher in the opener and took the loss in the second game. North Dakota and Portland State finish off the Big Sky series with a third game this afternoon. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota vs. Portland State University

The University of North Dakota men’s basketball team clinched its first regular season conference title in 22 seasons with an 82-73 victory over Portland State University on Saturday in Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Just like he’s done all season, Quinton Hooker led the way for the Fighting Hawks (19-9 overall, 14-4 Big Sky), scoring 29 points against the Vikings (14-15, 7-11), who were paced by Traylin Farris with 17 points and Calaen Robinson with 15 points. UND’s Geno Crandall chipped in 21 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds in the winning cause. With the win, UND heads to Reno, Nev., as the No. 1 seed in the Big Sky Tournament. The Fighting Hawks play their first game Thursday against the winner of No. 8 Portland State and No. 9 Northern Arizona. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)