Today wasn't as good as October had been but there are still positives to take away from week 9. See for yourself!
The Bison started the week with the most important Basketball game of the season. The men's Basketball team debuted against Dickinson State in an exhibition that was used as a support for pediatric cancer research. As they should have, the guys dominated and the attendance was understandably good.
The Soccer team wrapped the month with a 1-0 win over UND, by Elyse Huber.
To start November, the women's Basketball team had their own exhibition against Crookston and managed to be 37 points better. After losing the D2 game last season, that may already be a sign of progress. The Volleyball team also played on the first, out in Fort Wayne, but lost 3-1.
On Saturday the Cross-Country teams hosted the league championships and made good on both. The men finished in second while the women took first. Kelby Anderson also crossed the finish ahead of all others while the guys' best runner finished in seventh. For the full breakdown of results, click away. Meanwhile, out in Youngstown, the Football team took very little time dispatching the penguins. Since the game was behind a paywall it's a bit of a unicorn. Or at least it would be, but for all the digital media that was captured there by reporters who made the journey.
Soccer, Volleyball & Wrestling concluded the week. The pitch women lost 1-0 at Denver. The Volleyball team defeated Western Illinois 3-1. On the mat, it was a 24-9 final for NDSU with all 10 being at least mildly competitive.
In similar fashion, the Dragons tipped off the week with college pre-season Basketball as Jamestown came to town. Moorhead won by 14 and came within a couple of buckets of topping 100 points. In other words, it was a good start.
On Thursday, the Volleyball team hosted Northern State but was shutout.
The Soccer team had Bemidji State in town to start the weekend for senior day and ended the match owning the shutout, 1-0 from Lauren Phillips.
The Basketball team returned to the court on Saturday for another exhibition, against Northwestern - St. Paul and cruised to a 115 - 76 win, with a 64-28 second half. The Volleyball team traveled Minot State but lost 3-1. The Football also visited the Beavers but behind a record-setting day by Jakup Sinani they cruised to a 49-20 win.
The Soccer team closed out the week with a 2-1 win over Crookston, Lindsey Brownell & Kaylee Parsons.
Concordia started the week with a 2-1 loss to Augsburg by the men's Soccer team.
The women's team took the field on Wednesday but were defeated 3-0 by Augsburg as well. The Volleyball team faced Bethel, only to lose 3-1.
On Friday both Hockey teams traveled but lost by a combined 6-1 score. The men were at Concordia Wisconsin and got shutout while the women were at St. Benedict and lost 3-1.
A packed Saturday started with the Cross-Country teams at the MIAC meet. The women finished in fifth while the guys occupied eighth. The Soccer teams returned to action at St. Olaf. The men pulled off a 1-0, Nate Weaver, win while the women lost 3-0. The Volleyball team traveled to St. Benedict but were downed 3-0. The Aquathletes hosted Morris but struggled to keep up, losing 149-69. On the ice, the men lost to something called MSOE 4-2. Which brings us to the well-buried lead - the Football team. Despite being the visitor to a longtime juggernaut that I thought would win going away, Concordia forced overtime and then stole the show with a touchdown to Matt Bye & extra point after blocking a third one by the Johnnies in the game. The Cobbers also closed on four interceptions to help make up for the massive difference in yardage 581 - 249. Quarterback Blake Kragnes only attempted six passes, completing three - all to Bye. It was a statistical anomaly of a game that will go down in the record books as one of the greatest victories in the history of the college. It's the latest example of what makes sports so great!
The positive start for the Wolves had a hiccup in Philadelphia - because Minnesota & Philly can't be fond of each other or even cordial, but rebounded with a dominant win over Washington yesterday. For more about the Pack, check out the first Howl or Foul of the year!
The Force closed out their multi-week homestand with a back-to-back against Tri-City. On Friday night they lost 3-1 only to rebound with a 3-2, come-from-behind win in the third period on Saturday. The tying goal came from Mason Salquist and the winner was off the stick of Alex Nordstrom.
High School Sports
The North Dakota High School Football playoffs are through one week. Davies was upset by Mandan in a rematch of the 2018 quarterfinal matchup 23-19. For the recap & game gallery, tap the link. South also fell victim to a capital area high as they traveled to face Bismarck Century, 23-7. West Fargo evened things out for the EDC on the upset scale as they blitzed Bismarck 40-21 only to be one-uped by Sheyenne who blew Minot out 42-7.
On the Minnesota side; Moorhead, Ada-Borup, Win-E-Mac & Barnesville all earned trips to the state Football playoff, with D-G-F losing a thriller at the end, Detroit Lakes coming up a touchdown short against Rocorri and Breckenridge losing by 26 to Underwood.
Moorhead's Volleyball team also earned a trip to the state tournament in Volleyball for the fifth straight year.