SR: Summer Rumbles II
NDSU's week was high-pointed by the announcement of a few more opponents for men's 🏀 . Indiana State will be at the SHAC to open the year November 10 then just before Christmas they have a date with Montana at home on the 19th and a trip to Fort Worth to face TCU on the 22nd. It's possible that one more game could be squeezed in but that just about does it for the three-peat season.
Jory Collins' bunch also had scheduling news with a November 10th trip to Milwaukee to face the namesake U.
In a bit of late roster news, Jen Lopez announced that Briana Sharkey will be transferring from Michigan Tech to play in the upcoming 🏐 season with three years of eligibility remaining.
And for the most popular team on campus: the NCAA D1 Council approved a preseason schedule with walkthroughs beginning the 24th of July and Fall practice starting on the 7th of August. Still in a wait & see mode as to how fan attendance will work in Fargo & beyond but it's more positive news toward the season happening.
Minnesota broke from the holding pattern that is the Major League showdown to make a move away from someone who can't be ignored in the history of the franchise but also doesn't deserve to be celebrated. They did so by removing the statue of former owner Calvin Griffith from outside of the Field.
As for the on the field portion of the team, they inked Alerick Soularie & Marco Raya this week while first-round pick Aaron Sabato is expected to follow suit in coming days.
Maybe you hadn't noticed but one team that's rarely mentioned here is the pro 🏒 team from the Cities. Matt Dumba started a fundraiser to aid the restoration of Lake Street. It's out of market and off the radar but that's been a special area for a long time so an exception has been made, in case any of you feel compelled to contribute.
That wasn't the only bit of news to come from the ice as Fargo standout Tyler Kleven was invited to the Team USA Summer Showcase as they prepare for the World Juniors, set for December.
In a surprising twist, the birds had a switch at Skipper as Jim Bennett was replaced by Chris Coste. The Cobber boss is only doing it on an interim basis so things must have been very tense or chaotic behind the scenes for it go down this way.
The local ⚾️ community got a boost not long after as the six-team schedule was released, revealing that there will be games six days a week. Thanks to the hub city format there will be games at the Newman Tuesday through Sunday from July 3 into September. In preparation for the sprint and to open up spots for the players that they selected in the draft, several familiar players were released by Fargo.
On the Impact League front, Hankinson doubled-up Northern Cass 16-8 after getting a run-rule win over Thompson 14-4. In the win over NC Abby Richman had a pair of inside the park homers while Maxine Ebel came within a single of the cycle, including an inside the parker of her own.
Meanwhile, on the intellectual competition circuit, Moorhead's Grace Halvorson finished sixth in the Original Oratory section of the National Speech & Debate tournament. A few days earlier another Spud made news when senior-to-be Ian Simonich committed to NDSU for ⛳️ .
The Jets started the week with a pair of run-rule wins over the Comets on Tuesday, 15-5 with the pitching being as sharp as the offense. On Wednesday the main squad had a doubleheader against EGF, winning 8-7 in game 1 then exploding for an 11-1 win before heading to Omaha.
They were shutout in the opener, 4-0 only to bounce back with a 6-3 W. In the third game of the weekend they edged Creighton Prep 9-8 with the closeout game going their way 5-1 this morning. With the wins they have run their record so far to 16-2.