The Pick Six will be out after the game so check back.
More important than the game is the return of Everson Griffen though. Getting help can be tough but is important. Hopefully the help he received and will keep getting is progressively effective!
The men's Golf team teed off the week for the Bison and also were the first of many teams/competitors to put a wrap on the Fall season. When the last Golfer walked off the course in North Carolina, NDSU had an eighth place finish. Their top individual finisher was Andrew Israelson.
At close to the same time that those fellas were flying back, the Volleyball team was hosting Oral Roberts. It took all five but NDSU was able to come out on the right side of the scoring. When they returned to the court this afternoon against the bunnies, they built on that success with a 3-1 win.
The theme of winning was carried through the week by the Soccer team when they visited South Dakota. It was a narrow 1-0 win but Mariah Haberle's goal was all they needed.
While the Football team was taking care of business in Vermillion, the women's Cross Country team came within one point of taking the title from South Dakota. As she's done repeatedly this Fall, Kelby Anderson was the individual leader for the pack. It's a tough way to finish but may be the springboard they need to overcome the 4x champion Coyotes.
In similar, albeit less dramatic, fashion, the men also finished as the runners-up in Omaha. Their top individual runner was Elliott Stone with a fourth place finish. Stone was joined in the top 20 by six other Bison runners. Which altogether means that SDSU dominated the day.
And as I already mentioned, the Football team once again took care of business. For more on that portion of the athletics department work this week, check out the Pick Six!
Not as much as some of their collegiate compatriots but MSUM also had a transition week. It started with visits by the St. Cloud St. Volleyball team on Friday night and then Duluth on Saturday. They went from an 0-3 to a 1-3 to close out the home portion of their schedule.
Soccer followed them on Friday in Bemidji but didn't fare any better, falling 0-4 before returning for their season finale at home this afternoon against Crookston. The lone game of senior day came from the foot of senior Kylee Billings. May not be quite movie material but that's close to a storybook ending to meaningful playing days!
The Aquathletes made it three straight meet victories against Augustana on Saturday.
Also in victorious fashion, the Football team got a convincing sixth win over Minot St. by 25 points. Whether he was running or throwing, new starting quarterback Bryce Meehl shredded the Beavers for 288 yards passing with two touchdowns and another 61 yards rushing with two more scores. The one win Beavers' talent needs to be considered but it's quite a luxury to have a guy that can be plugged in and play that well with only one week's notice!
The final days of a few Fall sports came to pass in Cobber land as well. First came the men's Soccer team with one of their two matches to close out their year. They managed a double overtime, 1-1 tie against Bethel on Tuesday. That proved to be the highlight of close out week as they fell 0-2 to Saint Mary's on Saturday.
The Volleyball team also looked to finish with a flourish and got it started two days into the week. A 3-0 win over Morris was a great start to their wrap but they also struggled in the days that followed. Next came a 3-1 loss to Saint Kate's on Wednesday in the penultimate. Finally was another 3-1 loss to Saint Benedict.
Wednesday also included the start of the finish for the women's Soccer team. A 4-0 loss to Bethel could have started a terrible finish but then the ladies rebounded on the pitch on Saturday against Saint Mary's. Like their male counterparts, they gave up two goals but they had the advantage of scoring the first two goals of the which brought about another overtime match. In overtime it was Concordia's Kalli Baarstad that made the difference to give her team the lead and the season ending win.
The Aquathletes got the distinction of starting the Winter season on Friday in Nebraska. The four school invitational finished with Concordia in fourth place. Not the best start but they won't get the last word for Winter or during this week.
Which brings us to another packed Saturday. The Cross Country teams took off in the MIAC meet at St. Olaf. The men finished 7th while the women closed out with a 9th place finish.
The Football team hosted the 7-0 Johnnies and managed to keep the game at a touchdown difference in the third quarter but then Saint John's turned it on and didn't look back on their way to a 42-14 route.
Which left the two day debut of the men's Hockey team. On Saturday they skated off with a 4-3, overtime win against Saint Mary's. Two of the four goals came off the stick of Mario Bianchi, including the game winner. The puck heads followed that up with a 3-0 win over Gustavus Adolphus. Bianchi took his two and wanted more, this time completing the hat trick in a single period, the second. Five goals in two games, that's quite a start!
The dysfunction did not stay at bay long. It's still all rumors and speculation but the fans are already reigning down on the team with expressions of displeasure. I don't see that affecting the front office but if fan displeasure combines with putrid play on the court maybe Taylor will actually step in to run his operation! I can only hope it comes sooner than later.
High School Sports
Fargo North's reacquaintance with the playoffs was short lived. It further reinforced that Fargo's old guard (South & North) may find ways to remain relevant but are down the pecking order a few notches. Meanwhile, the new kids on the block both remained a live for a chance to play on the field of champions. Sheyenne had a narrow victory over Bismarck Legacy while the Eagles of Davies took flight at Fargo South against Mandan. You can see the recap, player of the game & photos from Davies game through the link!
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