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

The University of North Dakota women’s softball team, behind the pitching of Kaylin VanDomelen, defeated Idaho State University 5-1, in the regular season finale Saturday afternoon at Apollo. UND (25-26, 10-8 Big Sky Conference) set a program mark for wins in a single season and the most-ever Big Sky Conference wins with the victory. VanDomelen picked up her 12th win of the season, going 6.2 innings, scattering seven hits with one run allowed and four strikeouts without a walk issued. UND was led in the hitting department by Natalie Gerber, who had two of the team’s seven hits. The Fighting Hawks, who split with the Bengals (13-34 overall, 8-13 BSC) on Friday, claimed the weekend series with the win. North Dakota enters this week’s BSC Tournament in Ogden, Utah, as the No. 3 seed in the six-team field. It’s opponent yet to be known. The Hawks’ first game in the double-elimination tournament will be at 1p.m. Thursday afternoon.
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RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — UND Athletics Night Of Champions

Grand Forks photographer attended the University of North Dakota Athletics Night of Champions awards banquet Tuesday night in the Empire Arts Center in downtown Grand Forks. Among the winners were University of North Dakota junior thrower Molli Detloff and junior defenseman Christian Wolanin. Detloff was named the Grace Rhonemus Female Athlete of the Year, and Wolanin was named UND’s Glenn “Red” Jarrett Male Athlete of the Year. For a full listing of award winners, go here. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — UND Indian Association 48th Annual Time Out Wacipi Powwow

Grand Forks photographer Russ Hons attended the Grand Entry of the 2018 University of North Dakota Indian Association Time-Out Week/ Wacipi Powwow on Friday night in Hyslop Sports Center. The weeklong celebration concludes Saturday with another Grand Entry at 1 p.m. Saturday. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University of Montana

The University of North Dakota women’s softball team shut out the University of Montana 4-0 on Saturday in the Alerus Center to complete a Big Sky Conference weekend sweep of the Grizzlies. The Fighting Hawks (19-18 overall, 5-1 Big Sky) defeated the Grizzlies (15-19 overall, 3-3 Big Sky ) 3-0 and 3-1 in a Friday doubleheader. The Fighting Hawks took over first place in the Big Sky with the sweep. Angel Love and Kaylin VanDomelen led UND in Saturday’s win. Love hit a three-run homer and and VanDomelen threw her second straight shutout, allowing just four hits with eight strikeouts without issuing a walk. North Dakota returns to play Tuesday at South Dakota State, returning to Big Sky play next weekend at Southern Utah. Jailene Carpio of UND had hits in all three weekend games. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

LILLIAN CROOK: WildDakotaWoman — UND Writers Conference 2018

Jim and I attended the 49th Annual UND Writers Conference this week, where he was a presenter on a panel entitled “What’s News? The State of Journalism in North Dakota and Beyond,” convened by Chuck Haga of Grand Forks.

I seized the opportunity to do some research at UND’s Chester Fritz Library, reading from dozens of reels of microfilm on a topic of interest to me. I also visited the Special Collections department, a treasure house of North Dakota information.

Here is a video of what Jim Fuglie and Mike Jacobs, longtime North Dakota journalists, had to say. While all of the panelists’ thoughts were fascinating, my arms got tired, so I didn’t film the entire 45 minutes of the program. Jim and Mike get the last word as far as this blog is concerned.

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Minnesota-Duluth

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey defeated the University of Minnesota-Duluth 4-1 in the third-place game of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff on Saturday night in St. Paul’s Excel Energy Center, but it wasn’t enough to extend the Fighting Hawks’ run to 16 consecutive national tournament berths. Boston University’s victory over Providence in the Hockey East championship was a fatal blow to UND’s NCAA Tournament hopes and ended the season for the Fighting Hawks. In the win over UMD, Austin Poganski, Ludvig Hoff, Joel Jantuinen and Shane Gersich scored for UND, while Mikey Anderson scored the one Bulldog goal. UND goalie Cam Johnson stopped 27 shots as did Hunter Shepard of UMD. The Fighting Hawks finished the season with a 17-13-10 record. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

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

The University of North Dakota men’s hockey team’s quest for landing a spot in the NCAA tournament field took a hit Friday with a 3-2 overtime loss to St. Cloud State University in St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center in the semifinals of the National Collegiate Hockey Conference Frozen Faceoff. Nick Poehling’s goal 1:47 into overtime gave the Huskies, who already have clinched an NCAA tourney spot, the victory. The Fighting Hawks had come from behind twice to tie the game to send it to overtime. Nick Jones and Jordan Kawaguchi scored for UND, while Patrick Newell and Easton Brodzinski also scored for the Huskies. UND goalie Cam Johnson had 31 saves. SCSU’s David Hrenak stopped 21 shots. Today, UND plays the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the third-place, and St. Cloud meets Denver University in the championship game. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Nebraska-Omaha

A goal by Nick Jones — his second of the game — just 53 seconds into overtime gave the University of North Dakota men’s hockey team a 4-3 win over the University of Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday night in Ralph Engelstad Arena and a trip to the National College Hockey Conference’s Frozen Faceoff  next weekend in St. Paul. The Fighting Hawks (16-12-10 overall) won the first game of the best-of-three playoff series 4-0 on Friday night. Matt Kierstad and Dixon Bowen had given UND a 2-0 lead before Teemu Pulkkinen scored twice for the Mavericks (17-17-2 overall) to tie the game after two periods. Jake Randolph scored in the third period to give UNO at 3-2 lead, but Jones scored his first goal midway through the period to send the game into overtime. UND goalie Cam Johnson stopped 18 shots, while UNO’s Evan Weninger had 29 saves in goal. (Check out more photos from Russ Hons here.)

RUSS HONS: Photo Gallery — University Of North Dakota Vs. University Of Nebraska-Omaha