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Honoring the stellar class of six UND women’s basketball seniors.



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Coach Travis Brewster would be the first to admit that he is lucky. He has been graced with six young women who have exemplified what it means to be a North Dakota student-athlete throughout their time on campus. Not only that, each of them have become vital contributors for the Fighting Hawks on the hardwood. All in all, these six lady hoopers are true senior standouts, both on and off the floor.


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Melissa Dailey


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Faith Dooley


Bailey Strand


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Men’s Basketball at Marquette Milwaukee, Wis. 8:00 pM


Women’s Basketball at Stetson - Stetson Tournament DeLand, Fla.. 12:00 PM


Women’s Basketball vs Western Michigan Stetson Tournament DeLand, Fla. 2:00 PM

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Women’s Basketball vs San Francisco - Stetson Tournament DeLand, Fla. 12:00 AM


Men’s Basketball at Northern Iowa Cedar Falls, Iowa 1:00 pM


Men’s Basketball vs Purdue Fort Wayne Grand Forks, N.D. 7:00 pM


Hockey vs U.S. Under-18 Team (Exh.) Ralph Engelstad Arena 7:07 PM


Women’s Basketball vs Purdue Fort Wayne Grand Forks, N.D. 1:00 p.m.


Women’s Basketball at Oral Roberts Tulsa, Okla. 7:00 p.m.


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Women’s Basketball vs Omaha Grand Forks, N.D. 7:00 PM


Men’s Basketball vs Omaha Grand Forks, N.D. 7:00 PM


Hockey vs Colorado College Ralph Engelstad Arena 7:37 pm


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TANDOUTS Coach Travis Brewster would be the first to admit that he is lucky. He has been graced with six young women who have exemplified what it means to be a North Dakota student-athlete throughout their time on campus. Not only that, each of them have become vital contributors for the Fighting Hawks on the hardwood. All in all, these six lady hoopers are true senior standouts, both on and off the floor. By NOLAN P. SCHMIDT Feature Photos by HILLARY EHLEN Action Photos by RUSSELL HONS PHOTOGRAPHY 11

UN BREAK ABLE BOND Head women’s basketball coach Travis Brewster has formed a deep bond with his core group of six.





It all starts at the top. Whether it is in sports or any other profession, there is a trickledown effect. What the head coach does in practice has an immediate impact on his assistants and his players. The same can be said for an athletic director or anyone in a position of leadership. For head women’s basketball coach Travis Brewster, his influence and impact on his team is not only seen on the floor, but in all phases of his player’s lives. However, there is not one person who best exemplifies it on North Dakota’s roster, there are six. “The big thing about having six seniors is that they all have unique leadership skills. They are the ones that have gone through the rigors of playing, being in practice,” Brewster said of his seniors. “The other part, that’s most important to me, is that they’re just good people.” Such good people that Brewster cannot help but pause and catch his breath when he begins talking about them. “There’s a lot of communication that happens and it’s dictated by them. When you say six seniors, I think of six young women who took a different step in life and they know how they want things to go,” he said. “With their communication being open, it’s pretty special, it doesn’t happen a lot. They’re a very unique group and it’s hard to really talk about them without getting choked up.” It is that raw emotion when talking about his seniors that has paved the way to some unbelievable friendships between Brewster and his 14

players, both on and off the court. Brewster believes these bonds are for life and he expects to be in contact with his seniors even after they move on at the end of the season. “It’s pretty special. You start to learn more about them as a person. Everybody is so guarded now in society, to know each one of them is special, they’re just really neat people. When you get a


chance to talk with them and hear about their plans for the future and find out how they’re going to go about it, just to see it and remember when they came in as freshmen or transfers, it’s pretty unique,” he said. “It’s one of those things that they’re always welcome to our house, we talk about a lot of different things that are not just basketball. That is how you get to this point, to have the relationships because they got lives outside of basketball and

I understand that.” Brewster, his wife Rebecca and their children have built a life in Grand Forks. While Brewster is in his seventh season as head coach, he was previously an assistant for nine seasons under then-coach Gene Roebuck. All in all, the Brewsters have spent nearly two decades in the community. Because of this, he has not only become a true player’s coach, but he is also one of

The big thing about having six seniors is that they all have unique leadership skills. they were going to play here for four to five years of your career, I look at it as you can utilize me for the next 40 or 50 years of your life,” he said. “To being a reference, to being a sounding board, to something serious where I need to come help. I know they’re all strong enough to move on and that’s the goal, to prep them for the real world and handle things without being here.” That statement is remarkable. Truthfully, most collegiate coaches are concerned with winning basketball games and not their player’s futures. That is what sets Travis Brewster apart and it is part of what makes him a tremendous basketball coach. His players and others around the university would agree with that assessment as well.

the most beloved figures in UND athletics currently. Surely, much of that stems from the fantastic reputation he has with his past, current and even future players. However, Brewster recognizes that basketball is not the be-all and end-all for these six young women. In his mind, it is more important to prepare these ladies for life after hoops, the “real” world as some may say. “All I ever told them was if

Not to say Brewster has not been successful on the floor either. To this point, he has led North Dakota women’s basketball to some impressive new milestones. This includes an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2014 (the program’s first), a Women’s NIT bid two seasons ago, two Big Sky regular season crowns and two seasons of 20 wins or more. Coming into the 201819 campaign, Brewster had already won 101 games at UND and was named Big Sky Coach of the Year twice. Now, North Dakota basketball and Brewster see a shift as

the team moves into the Summit League this season. Compared to the Big Sky, the Summit League plays a different brand of basketball. However, Brewster finds that the move should not provide too many growing pains for this experienced Fighting Hawks team. “Some of it has been really good for us, it kind of plays into how we play. I think you look at a physical league and I think the other part of it is these women get a chance to play in the same time zone,” Brewster said. “You talk about the style of play, pace of play, it’s different because it’ll be a little more physical, but really it’s like bringing back the NCC. That’s pretty neat to have that and have our fans see that, playing another school down I-29, it’s pretty special. I’m more encouraged that the players get that experience, that they can feel that environment.” While Brewster and the UND women’s basketball team will see plenty of new experiences this season, that is not Brewster’s end goal. Sure, he and the team want to win the Summit League and go to the NCAA Tournament. Beyond that, Travis Brewster wants his six seniors to become exemplary humans after they leave the University of North Dakota. Brewster may not want to admit it out of humility, but it seems as though he has succeeded in that goal. 15




Lexi Klabo continues to move the Fighting Hawks forward.

Name a basketball honor in the state of North Dakota, high school or collegiate, and Lexi Klabo has probably won it. If she hasn’t, she was certainly in the conversation for whatever the award may be. First team all-state? Check, she actually did it twice. 1,000 points scored in her prep career? Check. Miss Basketball Finalist in North Dakota? Check. All-Big Sky Conference? Check. You get the idea.

this season. She has seen her points and rebounds per game numbers increase steadily over the last three seasons. This culminated in a 2017-18 season where Klabo scored 19 points per game and snared close to 10 rebounds per game. Regardless of competition or level of basketball, averaging a near double-double is wildly impressive. However, it’s just another day at the gym for Klabo.

Despite this being North Dakota’s first season in the Summit League, Klabo was picked as a preseason AllSummit League First Team performer. That alone should indicate just how good Lexi Klabo has been in her UND career. Now, she turns her attention to her final campaign in the green and white while continuing to stamp her name all over the program.

The best thing for Klabo is playing alongside five girls her age. With six seniors, this North Dakota roster is as cohesive as it has ever been. Klabo sees it in practice and on game days too. “It’s very special just going through what we’ve been through and being there for each other for four years. I think we’re all different people and I think we bring out the best in one another and make each other better every day,” she said. “They’re just genuine, fun people to be around so just being able to play on the

Not only that, given the statistics, it seems as though Klabo will continue to improve



North Dakota Hoops Legend • North Dakota Miss Basketball Finalist • Two-time all-state selection • Scored over 1,000 points in her high school career • Has scored over 1,000 points in her UND career • All-Big Sky Conference Second Team in 201617 • All-Big Sky Conference First Team in 2017-18 • Three-time All-Big Sky Academic Team

court with them and play for UND with them is something very special.” Coach Travis Brewster says all six have their own leadership qualities that they bring to the table. This is what makes the team so successful from a chemistry perspective. For Klabo, she sees different qualities in her senior teammates as well. “I think we all bring something different to the table. Bailey will talk you through things and Faith is kind of our ‘get down to business’ kind of girl and then Jill leads by example,” she said. “I think we all kind of bring something different and it’s good and it doesn’t all come from one person. That’s good for our team and bringing everyone together.” Klabo’s name is already found within the UND women’s 18


basketball record book. She was 26th on the all-time scoring list coming into this season. Given her frequent improvement, it would not be shocking to see Klabo move into the top ten by season’s end. She is also found on the school’s all-time blocks list and could maneuver her way onto the all-time rebounds list too. Needless to say, she is arguably one of the best players to step onto North Dakota’s campus. That does not mean too much for Klabo, who is focused on how this team will react to the new conference. A native of Fargo, Klabo grew up watching North Central Conference battles between North Dakota and North Dakota State, South Dakota State and South Dakota. Now, Klabo and the five other seniors have a chance to rekindle and relive

those old rivalries at the Division I level. “It’s very exciting. I kind of grew up watching those games and being a part of those atmospheres and seeing how special those teams were,” she said. “Just being able to travel down the road and play these teams and fans will be able to come, those are just special games and rivalries and old traditions and it’ll be super fun.” What is more exciting for Klabo and the other Fighting Hawks seniors is the chance to play one more season with one another. Lexi Klabo is the pulse of this team, whether that be from a leadership or performance standpoint. When she is on, North Dakota women’s basketball is on. It has been that way for her entire basketball career and the proof is in her trophy case.



CON TINU ING A LEGACY Faith Dooley is still writing her already legendary UND athletics résumé.


Faith Dooley has accomplished everything a student-athlete can in her time at the University of North Dakota. Currently, she will go down as perhaps the greatest volleyball player in the school’s history. Yet, she was not satisfied, she wanted more. So, after her senior volleyball season last year, she decided to join the basketball team. Finishing out the season in 2018, Dooley has now had a full offseason with this Fighting Hawks basketball team and has seen herself improve on the floor dramatically.

career for the Fighting Hawks. Dooley has the school’s record for blocks in a career, recorded well over 1,000 kills in her UND career and was named to the All-Big Sky team four times. Her individual accolades also include winning Big Sky Freshman of the Year in 2014 and winning the Big Sky Tournament MVP in her junior and senior seasons. Lastly, North Dakota won two Big Sky Conference championships and made consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances in 2016 and 2017.

One cannot begin to talk about Dooley without first mentioning her tremendous volleyball

That is really just the tip of the iceberg for Dooley as a UND volleyball player. 21


• School's record holder for blocks in volleyball. • Racked up over 1,000 kills in her volleyball career. • Was second on the team with 17 blocked shots in only 22 games last season. • Four-time All-Big Sky Conference volleyball player. • Big Sky Freshman of the Year in volleyball in 2014 • Big Sky Tournament MVP in volleyball in her junior and senior seasons. • Finished her prep career at Central Cass High School with 12 varsity letters.

Yet, all of those distinctions and statistics are more than enough to classify her as one of the greats in UND athletics history. However, Dooley was not done yet, as she decided to lace it up for the Fighting Hawks on the hardwood after volleyball season concluded last year. Dooley was an all-state basketball player at Central Cass High School in her prep career. Dooley appeared in 22 basketball games for the Fighting Hawks last season and started 10 of those games at the center position. In that small sample size, Dooley was able to block 17 shots, which was second best on the team. Given her prowess for blocking shots in volleyball, that impressive mark is not necessarily surprising. By

year’s end, Dooley was averaging two points and three rebounds per game while shooting 40 percent from the field. Coming to a new team and a new environment can prove challenging for any athlete. Dooley has long been heralded for her leadership abilities and it seems as though she fit right in with the team. However, she credits this past offseason as a big help to her progress on the floor and with her teammates. “I just really worked a lot in the offseason getting to know all the girls a little bit better and how they respond to certain things. Something I’ve always kind of been good at is recognizing good chemistry and working to build that all the time,” Dooley said. “I got

the other captains on board with me and we did a lot of stuff on growing as a team. That definitely helped me and engulfed me into the group and helped me grow. That really did help me get better quicker in the offseason. I definitely can see the game better now and make easier shots now.”

head leader, but I really like to delegate and give certain people other jobs,” she said. “It’s a lot of pressure on one person and I do believe that it takes more people to lead a group especially with our team who is so group-oriented. We definitely aren’t good by ourselves, so that’s a focus of ours.”

Now that she is a little more comfortable with the team and the coaching staff, Dooley is able to take a leadership role with this team. Ever since she set foot on campus in 2014, she has guided herself into a leadership position, whether that be in volleyball or basketball.

The latest adjustment Dooley has had to make is acclimating to play in a more physical Summit League. Even in her volleyball days, Dooley only knew the Big Sky, as last year was North Dakota’s final season in the conference. However, being from North Dakota, Dooley is excited to play teams that are familiar to her. In the end, she just sees it as another obstacle in the team’s way.

“I’m kind of the organizer and more of the vocal leader. I don’t like to lead alone, I kind of have the presence of a

“It means a lot to me. We got a little bit of a taste for the Summit when we were in the Big Sky so those were always big games to us because they were around here and we want to be that team that stands out,” she said. “Since I’m from the south, I’ve always been a UND fan, before I even came here and I think that’s something that is very special to me. I take pride in making us look like we’re the best team in the Midwest. “ Everyone who follows UND athletics knows that Faith Dooley is already impressive. Her body of work as a Fighting Hawks athlete is really unparalleled in the vast scope of North Dakota athletics. The more remarkable thing is that she wants to keep building on an already dominant résumé. With her successful transition to basketball from volleyball, she has not only become one of the greatest athletes in UND history but arguably the best in school history. Given the athletic pedigree the University of North Dakota has, that’s beyond impressive. 23

UN FINISH ED BUSINESS Jill Morton is a jack of all trades for the Fighting Hawks.


If you were to ask Jill Morton what she does best on the basketball floor, she may not be able to give you a concrete answer. You would probably get the same answer if you were to ask coach Travis Brewster the same question. Whether it be offensively or defensively, Morton has proved to be a reliable option for the Fighting Hawks. Rather than stuff one area in the box score, she stuffs multiple on a consistent basis. Morton has done it since her freshman season in Grand Forks too, so it is no isolated incident.

Coming into this season, Morton had yet to miss a game in her North Dakota career. The Edina, Minnesota, product



has played in 97 games in just three years on campus, including logging nearly 1,900 total minutes. Those numbers alone showcase just how valuable an asset Morton has been for North Dakota.

She was second on the team in scoring last season, averaging just over 10 points per game. Morton also led the team in steals with 31 total takeaways last year, further proving her worth on the defensive end of the floor. From a consistency standpoint, Morton’s splits are some of the best on the team. In three seasons, she has shot an efficient 40 percent from the field, 39 percent from threepoint range and 70 percent


from the charity stripe. Those numbers are impressive and it further shows just how versatile Morton is. However, her play on the court is one thing, her leadership qualities are wholly different from the other five seniors around her. “I am probably less expressive on the court, but I can take people to the side and have a quick conversation with them,” Morton said. “That’s probably my forte.” Other Fighting Hawks seniors, like Lexi Klabo, describe Morton as a “lead by example” sort of player. The diversification in leadership style is beneficial 26


from a chemistry standpoint according to Morton. She feels that all of the seniors are on the same page every single play. “I think it really helps and it really shows on the court,” Morton said in regards to having five seniors around her. “We just know how each other plays and we can maybe find that extra pass because you’ll know where they’ll be and stuff like that. So I think it’s really helpful to just know the girls you’re playing with, it really can show on the court.”

team chemistry perspective, that only helps the Fighting Hawks seniors perform on the court. Needless to say, each of them have incredible friendships with one another. That is a direct result of playing so many basketball games with one another. However, Morton said the team took specific steps in the offseason to spend time with one another outside of basketball. In her mind, that is what has created such a strong bond in this senior group.

That is not to say these girls don’t have chemistry off the court either. They frequently do things with one another outside of basketball. From a

“Especially this year we have gotten a lot closer. Over the summer, we would always do a bunch of team bonding stuff, more than we ever have


• All-state performer her senior season in high school. Three-time allconference selection. • Holds Edina High School's career steals record. • Three-time All-Big Sky Academic Team. • Led the team with 31 steals in 2017-18. • Entering her senior season, has not missed a single game for UND.

before,” Morton said about how the seniors have built such a strong bond with one another. “I think that’s really been the main thing, emphasizing team bonding.” That team bonding obviously translates to play on the court and it is clear that North Dakota has tremendous cohesiveness in that regard. However, it is those team bonding moments that will last a lifetime. Eventually, all of the points Jill Morton scored will be outweighed by the experiences she had with each one of her fellow seniors. For now, Jill Morton will savor her senior season, as will the other Fighting Hawks seniors. In turn, it is sure to create some excitement on the floor and create memories that none of them will forget. Jill Morton may be able to do it all on the court, and that is important right now. In the end, what matters most is the deep bonds and friendships she has created in her time in Grand Forks. That alone is a testament to her success at the University of North Dakota.


Melissa Dailey is leading the charge for North Dakota.


Every good basketball team has a reliable point guard. A player who can navigate an offense, handle the ball and also be the vocal leader on the floor. Travis Brewster lucked out with transfer Melissa Dailey, who has become a vital asset to North Dakota basketball. With her senior campaign underway, Dailey will also rely on her fellow seniors to lead on the floor too. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Dailey, and her sister Megan began their college careers at College of the Siskiyous in California. In that span, the school went 57-4 in Dailey's two seasons with the program. In her sophomore season, she averaged 26 points per game which was a mark in the upper echelon of California junior college players. That sort of performance perked up eyes in Grand Forks. Having only been with the



program for two seasons, Dailey had to acclimate herself to the team a little quicker than she was used to. However, the fact that all of the seniors are the same age and have faced similar situations has made the transition relatively seamless. "It gives us quite a bit of an advantage because we’ve played with each other for two years now. We know how each other work and we all hang out outside of basketball so it really helps us connect on the court," she said. "Having us six seniors, it helps us to help the younger kids too so the program can continue." Another factor Dailey had on her side was playing alongside her sister. With her presence it made the move to Grand Forks easier, it also provided a sense of comfortability for both Dailey sisters. "It’s great, we’ve been playing together since we were about five and we went to community college together, we played good



• Two-time Golden Valley Conference Most Valuable Player • Averaged 26.1 points, 7.6 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game in her sophomore season at College of the Siskiyous. • Scored in double figures 11 times last season for the Fighting Hawks • Averaged 8.6 points per game last season • Played in all 30 North Dakota games including 19 starts.

together there. We got the opportunity to come here and continue," she said. "She’s had some health problems, but she did get to go into one game last year and we did a little backdoor play and she made it and just that feeling, the crowd was going wild. It’s just great knowing I have someone there who has always been there." While the Daileys are twin sisters, Melissa finds her leadership style different from that of her sister's. It is a sentiment shared by the other five seniors and coach Brewster as well. Each one has their own unique leadership qualities. "I think it’s just coming in and pushing the ball hard and talking on defense, getting a good stop and 30


keeping everyone energized," Dailey said in regards to her leadership style. Despite coming in as a transfer, Dailey was very successful in what was her junior season in Grand Forks. She played in all 30 games, starting 19 of those games. She also led the Fighting Hawks in total assists, three-pointers made and three-point percentage. This led to Dailey averaging nearly nine points per game in 201718. That mark was third best on the team behind fellow seniors Jill Morton and Lexi Klabo. With a full offseason of preparation and bonding time with her fellow seniors, one can only expect that Dailey will continue to thrive on the floor

for North Dakota. Managing the offense from the point guard spot may prove easier with more court time under her belt. Another year older and another season more experienced will surely prove advantageous for not only Dailey but all of the North Dakota seniors. Transferring from a different school is already difficult. Melissa Dailey transferred schools but also transferred across time zones to play at the University of North Dakota. The result has been her fitting in with an already cohesive team. Now, she is at the center of it all, leading the ball up and down the floor as well as leading North Dakota in the locker room.




Megan Dailey is on her way back to normalcy on the hardwood.


Overcoming nagging health issues is frustrating for anyone, athletes especially. Whatever the injury may be, there is a certain mental, physical and emotional recovery that comes along with it. For Megan Dailey, who struggled with health problems all of last season, her first in Grand Forks, it was especially challenging. Not seeing the floor, not being able to contribute and a host of other feelings could have taken Dailey away from the team entirely. However, she has been able to find her own niche on the roster, as a motivational

source and an excellent outlet for other players, senior or otherwise. Considering she came to Grand Forks with her sister Melissa, it made her transition to leadership that much easier, despite the health issues. Like Melissa, Dailey played junior college basketball at College of the Siskiyous in California. She was a two-time First Team All-Golden Valley Conference performer in her two seasons with the school. In 2016-17, she scored 13 points per game and made 40 percent of her three-point attempts. As was the case 33


• Two-time First Team All-Golden Valley Conference in junior college. • Shot 40 percent from three-point range her sophomore year at College of the Siskiyous. • Played in eight games in 2017-18.

with her sibling, she caught the interest of the Fighting Hawks coaching staff. In turn, the Dailey sisters came as a package deal before last season. Unfortunately, Dailey struggled to stay healthy through most of the season in 2017-18. She appeared in just eight games last year and played a total of 26 minutes. Despite the frustration that comes with not being able to return from injury, Dailey has remained confident and upbeat in the locker room.

all seem to have forged a very deep bond with one another as a group and as individuals. It shows on the court too. Yet, Dailey has been forging a bond with another Fighting Hawk her entire life, her sister Melissa. The two have played basketball together their entire lives and when it was time to leave College of the Siskiyous, their future as a basketball tandem was called into question. "It’s awesome for us to have the same opportunity to play together still because when high school was over, we didn’t know if we would play together again," Dailey said about playing alongside her sister. "I think it’s a good experience though." Obviously, it worked out that both Dailey sisters are now in Grand Forks, playing with one another yet again. For both of them, it provides a level of comfortability, especially as they traveled across time zones to play for North Dakota.

"For me, it’s when someone is getting yelled at in practice or whatever, it’s my job to let them know that they are doing okay and they’re not doing as bad as they think they are," Dailey said in regards to her leadership style on this North Dakota team. "Just to pick them up when they feel down is my role." That role is one every team needs. A lion's share of rosters

do not have that source though, making Megan Dailey as valuable as any of the other five seniors on campus. Her confidence in taking on that role is only aided by the fact that she has five girls her own age surrounding her, one of them being her sister. Not to say that their transition to Grand Forks was an easy one. Yet, the Dailey sisters are open to learning from their teammates.

"It’s hard because me and my sister had to come in and learn everything as older people. Even the ones that have been here, they can still teach us, that’s really important," she said. "For us to know the ropes now and help the other people I think that really helps our team bond but play better together." The bond between the six seniors is a common talking point between them all. They

In the grand scheme of things, it does not matter how many minutes Megan Dailey plays. Sure, she wants to be healthy, her team wants her to be healthy and her coaches want her on the floor too. Most of that is out of their control, but it is clear that Dailey has made an impact at UND despite playing only 26 total minutes in her Fighting Hawks career before this season. Megan Dailey has become a team leader, a figure younger players look to if they have an issue on or off the floor. That is what makes this senior class so special, each of them has a role and they thrive in it. There are not too many places in the country where that is the case. In that sense, Dailey remains a vital asset to North Dakota women's basketball. 35

A NEW CHALLENGE Fergus Falls native Bailey Strand is excited for the Summit League challenges.


Usually, it is challenging for an athletic department to transition to a new conference. Different travel schedules, different competition, it can prove to be taxing on coaches, athletes and administration. However, for the University of North Dakota, the move to the Summit League may prove to be as smooth a transition as any in collegiate athletics. With the familiarity in competition, reduction in travel times, it's proved to be a win for the school. It also allows student-athletes that chance to compete against familiar teams and in some cases, former teammates. Fergus Falls, Minnesota, native Bailey Strand grew up around what was formerly the North Central Conference and the teams within it. North Dakota, South Dakota, South Dakota State and North Dakota State are immediately identified when the NCC is brought up. Oddly enough, all of those teams now reside in the Summit League. For a local



talent like Strand and a host of other UND athletes, it's exciting to play those teams and treat them as conference rivals. Especially for Strand and the other five UND seniors. "It’s definitely awesome especially since I’m pretty close to the game, so my family will be able to come to a lot more games. That will be cool my senior year," Strand said. "The rivalries that it brings back will be awesome and just pack the Betty and there will be a lot of people at all the games which will be awesome." Early in her UND career, Strand battled injury. She played in 27 games in her true freshman season before being ruled out for the season due to injury. That injury forced her to take a redshirt her sophomore season. However, since then, Strand has remained healthy and has been a steady contributor for North Dakota. Each of the last two seasons, Strand has averaged


five points per game while shooting 33 percent from the field. Perhaps most importantly she has not missed a game, playing in 61 straight contests for the Fighting Hawks. Going into what is her fifth year at UND, Strand has played her entire career with the other seniors around her. She sees that as a huge advantage for the Fighting Hawks on the hardwood. "It’s very important especially knowing that you have five people that are all on the same page as you and we all want the same thing," she said. "We have gone through a lot together so we know some of the bad and some of the 38


good, we’ve all been through it so we kind of know what we want." Strand knows she fits into an already busy leadership dynamic on this Fighting Hawks team. While others may be more vocal leaders or lead by example-type players, Strand describes herself a little differently. "I always try to be more of the positive, upbeat one, just try to bring a lot of energy to practice and stuff," she said. "Obviously, hold people accountable if need be, but always do it with a smile or with energy." Regardless of the outcome on

the court, this North Dakota team has no shortage of leaders and personalities. Each of the six seniors is unique in their own way, both on the floor and off, that is what makes the group so special. Strand may lead differently, but her style of leadership and style of play fits in perfectly to this Fighting Hawks team. That is why she is successful, North Dakota needs her. Just like North Dakota needs each player on its roster, senior or otherwise. Never the less, the Fighting Hawks are excited for their journey into the Summit League. It is sure to be a move


• Has not missed a game since the 2016-17 season. • Was an all-state performer in basketball three times in high school. • Holds the school record for singleseason points at Kennedy Secondary School. • Three-time member of the All-Big Sky Academic Team. • Her high-point game in 2017-18 was 15 points (scored in double figures four times)

that works out for the better in the long run. Just like the old North Central Conference rivalries in the Division II days, those same heated match-ups will surely be rekindled. This senior class for North Dakota will be the first to reignite the flame with North Dakota State, South Dakota State and every other old rival they had in the NCC. Bailey Strand and the Fighting Hawks will be the first in a new generation of rivalries. They are the ones that will set the pace for this program moving forward in the Summit League. While that has plenty of implications attached to it, at the end of the day, Strand and the entire team just want to play some basketball and have fun doing it.




eaving a school and job you love is never an easy decision. For Fighting Hawks head track and field coach Kevin Galbraith, the decision was made even more challenging thanks to the success his teams have brought him. School records have been shattered and Galbraith has broken new ground in Grand Forks, lifting UND track and field to unforeseen heights.

Head track and field coach Kevin Galbraith prepares for his final season in Grand Forks.

However, Galbraith decided to step down as head coach earlier this year. Citing that he would like to spend more time with family, who live in Oregon, Galbraith will now embark on his final season in Grand Forks. But he is not approaching it as such, Galbraith treats it as just another season as he gives us the details of a possible date change for UND’s first meet when we meet up with him. Galbraith, who was hired in 2011, was previously the head coach at Northern Colorado, a fellow Big Sky opponent. When he took the job in Grand Forks, North Dakota was still in the Great West Conference. In his eight-year tenure, Galbraith has since guided UND into the Big Sky Conference and



Galbraith’s Résumé →→ Hired as UND head men’s and women’s track and field coach in 2011. →→ Spent the previous seven years as head men’s and women’s track and field coach at Northern Colorado. →→ Five seasons as assistant head coach at Long Beach State from 1999-2003. →→ Two seasons as head coach at Los Angeles Valley College →→ Had stints with Track West, a USA Track and Field (USATF) national club program based out of Santa Monica, California. →→ Volunteer cross country coach at Loyola Marymount from 1986-1993. →→ Student-athlete at Loyola Marymount, most valuable cross country runner at the school his senior season.

“Being the head coach at UND for track and field is the best job I’ve ever had in my life.” - Kevin Galbraith will now enter his first season in the Summit League. He was at a loss for words when trying to explain his decision to depart Grand Forks this spring. While family comes first, it is clear that his time at UND has meant a lot to him. “It’s always tough to walk away from something you feel so passionately about,” Galbraith said. “Being the head coach at UND for track and field is the best job I’ve ever had in my life. So, how do you leave that? All I can tell you is that at some point, you come across a time in your life and you sort of just know. It’s like a lot of things in life, you can’t describe it, you know it when you see it.” It is clear that Galbraith doesn’t have his eyes set on that final day in Grand Forks, but he is able to recall some of his favorite memories. Most of which entail his studentathletes breaking records. “We had a couple of things. I look back on some of our time before we even had the High Performance Center and some athletes that, despite the limitations of training in the Hyslop, we still had a lot of school records go on the books before we even had this facility and we’ve had a lot more since then,” he said. “Obviously, building the HPC is a huge milestone to my time here at UND and this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to have the chance to coach in a facility like this and also have a little bit of input on how it’s put together. Most coaches will never have a building like this, let alone be able to have a little bit of input into what they’re looking for.” Galbraith was one of the few North Dakota coaches who was on the ground floor in planning what would become the High Performance Center. Due to the harsh winter conditions in Grand Forks, it was



vital for track and field to have a worldclass facility to train in. Therefore, Galbraith was able to choose the type of track that was installed inside the High Performance Center. While he says the track he picked was a little more expensive, it has been able to last longer, especially with prolonged usage during the winter months. While he has only been at the helm of North Dakota’s track program for eight years, Galbraith’s athletes have broken more than 75 school records during his tenure. If you break that down, UND’s track and field teams break, on average, roughly 10 school records per year. That number alone is fairly remarkable. In his final season, Galbraith will face a new challenge, the Summit League. While the Big Sky Conference was competitive in certain areas, Galbraith has a simple analogy to quantify UND’s conference transition. “Every time you change a conference, it’s like people. They have personalities, they have strengths and weaknesses and you go out of the Big Sky Conference, that was one of the best conferences in the nation for distance,” he said. “The Summit League is also good, it’s just not as deep as the Big Sky was. So we’ll have different parts of our team, some of our strongest areas before, maybe they won’t score as well. Maybe in some areas where we weren’t as strong, we’ll become instantly better. Some of that is just guessing too. It will be a fun challenge to kind of see that, it’s a nice way to end up here. We got the building, first year in a new conference, we’ll try that, new challenges are fun.” Part of what comes along with being in the Summit League is facing familiar opponents on a meet-to-meet basis.

While Galbraith was not the coach when North Dakota was a member of the North Central Conference, he understands the importance of the rivalries within the Summit League. “We see all those teams in the regular season anyway. What I’m excited about is it makes all the sports, having all the Dakota schools, those traditional rivalries mean a lot,” he said. “It really brings a certain amount of energy that maybe you don’t get. If we’re going up against the other three Dakotas, chances are our athletes are going to know people on those teams, and it means more. Those traditional rivalries, it makes the whole

process more exciting for the athletes and the fans.”

UND’s track and field teams break, on average,

Lastly, he reflects on what he might miss the most after he departs the school that has brought him so much. His answer is simple enough. “This is a great place because the people are so amazing. You get such a great support from the community, the fans, for every sport,” he said. “That isn’t always the case. I’ve been at a lot of different universities, but the level of support and appreciation and affection that you get from the city of Grand Forks. It’s amazing and you just don’t get that at every place. I’ll miss the athletes and it’s the personal relationships that will stick with you over time. That’s what I’m sure I’ll miss.”

10 school records per year.

Though his time has been relatively short at UND, Galbraith has left as big of an impact as any coach in the school’s history. He looks back to what he wants his lasting legacy to be and what he has left behind for the next coach. “I don’t know if I’m qualified to answer that because time will tell,” he said, laughing. “I feel really good about all the great performances we’ve had here. We’re leaving with the school records and the top ten lists significantly altered. Not only in events that I coach but all the events. We’ve improved and gotten better and that’s been exciting.”

Kevin Galbraith still has one more season left to coach. Though the thought of leaving Grand Forks is present, it does not consume him. He is striving to succeed as a coach and as a mentor to some phenomenal North Dakota studentathletes. That alone may be his lasting legacy in Grand Forks.



Freshmen Jacob BernardDocker and Jonny Tychonick could be teammates for life. By NOLAN P. SCHMIDT Photo By HILLARY EHLEN


n collegiate athletics, it is tough to keep a team together for a full four or five years. Sure, there will be athletes who stick it out for their full college tenure. However, with advancements and opportunities for student-athletes to play professionally, they seem to be leaving college for a career in athletics. College hockey is one of those sports, with players being drafted before they set foot on a college campus. That was the case for North Dakota freshmen Jacob Bernard-Docker and Jonny Tychonick.

However, if you know the story behind these two defensemen, you’ll quickly learn that their paths cross in more ways than that. In fact, the two knew each other and were friends well before they signed on to come to Grand Forks. “Me and Jonny started playing spring hockey together probably when we were around nine or 10 years old up till we were 12. We kind of got to know each other throughout those years and played against each other in Bantam,” said Bernard-Docker, a freshman from Canmore, Alberta. “When Jonny 45

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committed here, I was still kind of looking around and wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to the Western league or come here and when UND offered and I knew Jonny was here, it was a pretty big opportunity to come somewhere with a friend is pretty special.” It was easy for the two to team up with one another at the collegiate level. Both feel they developed a chemistry on the ice with one another throughout the years. They figured it would only be right for them to transition that to the University of North Dakota. “Our style of play really works together,” said Tychonick, a native of Calgary, Alberta. “Jacob is a great two-way defenseman and really reliable in the offensive and defensive zone. That really compliments how we play and it works out for us. We haven’t had a lot of opportunities to play with one another here yet, but who knows what the future holds. I know when we play together it’s something special.” Bernard-Docker feels the same way in terms of the chemistry him and Tychonick share on the ice. “I think just playing together in the past, we know each other’s style and kind of know where each other are and what our tendencies are,” he said. “We’ve had a few shifts together here, but I think at the end of the day, I think we have a really good D corp here and we’re happy to play with anyone.” That defensive corp includes 46

captain Colton Poolman, senior Hayden Shaw and Gabe Bast, all of whom have seen previous ice time for the Fighting Hawks. Regardless of the shifts they get with one another, the two continue to find common ground with one another. They both agree that one factor played the most vital role in them coming to the University of North Dakota. “The comfortability I felt with the coaches. How easily I could talk with them and I knew they wanted what was best for myself and each one of the guys on the team,” said Tychonick. “They all want to see you excel and become the best player you can be on and off the ice. That was really important, they build and NHL tradition, an NHL culture and I mean if you watch a game here, you can see how passionate everyone is.” The highly-touted BernardDocker agreed, but with one caveat. “For me, the facility is unbelievable and the reputation of guys here is pretty crazy. I think it was the coaching staff for me,” he said. “When I met the coaching staff, it was pretty eye-opening how much they knew about the game and how humble and nice they were. For me, it’s being around good people and the coaching staff definitely helps.” As if their paths could not cross enough, the two seem to be on pace to play in the professional ranks with one another. Before the two of


• Selected 26th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the this year’s NHL Entry Draft. • Spent the last two seasons with the AJHL’s Okotoks Oilers. • Collected the AJHL’s W.G. (Bill) Scott Memorial Trophy as its most outstanding defenseman. • Scored 20 goals and dished out 21 assists in 49 games with the Oilers last year. • Won a gold medal with Team Canada West at the 2017 World Junior A Challenge.

Jon-ny, Jon-ny • Selected 48th overall by the Ottawa Senators in this year’s NHL Entry Draft • Spent the last two season’s with the BCHL’s Penticton Vees. • BCHL All-Star First Team in 201718 after scoring 47 points (nine goals, 38 assists) in 48 games. • Has represented Canada the last two years at the World Junior A Challenge

them set foot in Grand Forks, they were drafted in this past year’s NHL Entry Draft. Oddly enough, the two Alberta kids were drafted by the same franchise, the Ottawa Senators. Bernard-Docker was drafted 26th overall while Tychonick went 48th overall. “It was pretty surreal for me, those days in Dallas, Jon and I hung out a bit there and we were with our families, so it was definitely a really special time,” said Bernard-Docker. “To go to the same team and be in development camp together was really cool.” For Tychonick, it is one thing to get drafted into the highest level of hockey, but to go to the same team as a friend and, at that time, a future college teammate, it was even more special. “Knowing Jacob and having that chemistry since we were young that we’ve really built up is cool,” he said.

“I know after I got picked and I was up in the Ottawa suite they had, they kind of talked about having the North Dakota pipeline and so that was pretty cool. I think that will be a great step for Jacob and I to be able to come and hopefully one day be able to play with one another at a higher level. This is just a step in the right direction.” It seems as though both Jacob Bernard-Docker and Jonny Tychonick will play in the NHL one day. While that may come at different times for the both of them, it seems as though that they will remain teammates on the ice long after their days at the University of North Dakota are finished. Brad Berry can savor their talents on the defensive end for now, but soon they will take their next leap forward. Luckily, they both have someone to rely on when that time comes.

“I think just playing together in the past, we know each other’s style and kind of know where each other are and what our tendencies are.” - Jacob Bernard-Docker



question1 The school’s all-time leader in points scored is...

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C. Jenny Crouse D. None of the Above

question2 Coming into this season, Lexi Klabo was at which place on the school’s all-time scoring list?

A. 10th B. 27th C. 25th D. 30th question3


Coach Brewster had surpassed 100 career wins last season. Coming into this season how many total wins did he have?

A. 101 B. 102

C. 105 D. None of the Above

TRUE OR FALSE Faith Dooley was second on the team in blocked shots last season?



Brewster was an assistant under this longtime women’s basketball coach.

Jenny Walter holds the school’s record for three-pointers made in a career. How many did she make?

A. 90

C. Nicole Smart D. Jossy Bergan

question9 Gene Roebuck is the school’s alltime wins leader. How many games did he win in his tenure with UND?

A. 628 B. 700 C. 650 D. 627 question10 Before joining the Big Sky, the women’s basketball team was a member of this conference.

TRUE OR FALSE 2014 was the first year the Fighting Hawks made the Division I NCAA Tournament.


A. Becky Moen B. Danye Guinn

D. 87


7. A 8. True 9. A 10. Great West Conference

The school’s record for career free throw percentage is 83 percent. Who holds said record?

C. 91

1. C 2. B 3. A 4. True 5. Gene Roebuck 6. D


B. 85


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North Dakota’s football improved from last season, winning six games in 2018. The school’s first season as an FCS Independent turned out to be rather fruitful for the most part. The Fighting Hawks would have made the FCS playoff field had it not been for a loss to Northern Arizona in the final regular season game.



Take a look back on this year in North Dakota athletics with these photos.

Bubba Schweigert said goodbye to 16 seniors on this year’s Fighting Hawks roster. One of them being Brady Oliveira, who will go down as one of the great running backs in school history. The Winnipeg native racked up 940 yards on the ground in 2018, he also got into the end zone eight times. Olivera finished his Fighting Hawks career with a staggering 2,822 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground.

On the flipside, North Dakota should have a solid core of players returning for 2019. One of these players will be quarterback Nate Ketteringham, who started every game for the Fighting Hawks this season. The Sacramento State transfer will be a senior next season and he will be coming off a year where he threw for 1,835 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also scored six more times on the ground in 2018.

Senior hockey player Rhett Gardner has been vital in the success of the Fighting Hawks both in 2017-18 and now in 2018-19. Last year, Gardner played in 33 games for North Dakota and finished the season with 20 points (seven goals and 13 assists). He also had a very impressive plus-6 rating.


Senior Nick Jones paced the Fighting Hawks in scoring in 2017-18, leading the team with 15 goals. He was also second on the team in total points with 30. Jones also netted four game-winning goals which was in the upper echelon of college hockey.

True freshman Adam Scheel has found himself in net more times than not in 2018-19. The Lakewood, Ohio, native has been good between the pipes as well with several games of 20 saves or more under his belt.



In what was their first season in the Summit League, the North Dakota cross country team faired well in familiar environments. The team placed fifth at the annual UND Ron Pynn Classic and were tied for fifth place in their first appearance at the Summit League Championships. Senior Connor Danielson was the top finisher for the men, finishing in 12th place at the conference’s championship.

After being a steady and consistent performer on the volleyball court, Faith Dooley has moved to the hardwood. While some growing pains came along with transitioning to a new sport, Dooley has found a level of comfortability. Much of this can be attributed to the five other seniors on the women’s basketball roster.

Victoria Minor has played in 104 games already in her fairly young North Dakota softball career. Now a junior, Minor stole eight bases last season on eight attempts. With their first year in the Summit League on the horizon, Jordan Stevens and company are looking to make an immediate impact.

Conner Avants established himself as one of the most reliable contributors for North Dakota men’s basketball last season. The senior set career highs in points, rebounds and field goal percentage. He looks to continue that success on a 201819 Fighting Hawks roster that sees him as one of only two seniors.


With the journey to the Summit League now complete, head women’s basketball coach Travis Brewster looks to make the transition as seamless as possible with success in league games. If it is one thing Brewster knows, it is how to succeed on the floor. He has led the Fighting Hawks women’s program to new heights in his tenure as coach.

In the first year in the Summit League, North Dakota soccer garnered some high honors at season’s end. Senior Katie Moller was named Summit League Offensive Player of the Year. This comes after Moller scored 15 goals for the Fighting Hawks and tallied 35 total points, a school record. Moller was also named to the All-Summit League First Team at year’s end.

Senior Lexi Klabo continues her incredible career at North Dakota. The Fargo native has her name scattered throughout the school’s record books and is constantly moving up the rankings. Due to these eye-popping numbers, Klabo will likely go down as one of the best women’s basketball players to set foot inside The Betty.




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have not been with this magazine since it began in the summer of 2017. However, I have been around long enough to know that this magazine is not in your hands, on your computer screen or on your social media feed right now without the help of Jayson Hajdu.


In fact, the magazine likely does not exist if not for Jayson. We have had tremendous support from North Dakota’s athletics department in this venture and Jayson has been with us every step of the way. Whether it is setting up interviews and photoshoots, he was always accessible and conscious of our time. Not only that, we were able to create some pretty unbelievable magazines and content with his help. So when he announced he would be leaving UND after 23 years, I was surprised, as



was everyone who knows Jayson. I, and many others were convinced he would be a UND lifer. While he is moving on from Grand Forks, he is a UND lifer, and always will be. The Hajdu family will always be sewn into the fabric of the University of North Dakota. Whether it is Jayson or his wife, Amanda, who pushed student-athletes to success in the classroom, they were as influential of figures as any. Both of you have surely heard plenty of well wishes from those who are close to you at UND or in Grand Forks. While my thanks and gratefulness may not carry much weight, I still want to make it known. Thank you, Jayson, for always being there for us. For setting up countless interviews and photoshoots with incredible student-athletes. For letting us be creative and take risks with this magazine. Whether you know it or not, you have cultivated and inspired ideas in our office and within me

specifically. We do not exist without your help and belief. Generations of media members from the Grand Forks Herald to WDAZ to Fighting Hawks Magazine and beyond will forever be indebted to you. Not to mention the impact you and your wife have had on those in the North Dakota athletics office. You may never know the influence you have had, but I can tell you, it’s long and vast. Ask any current or former student-athlete, coach or administrator and they will share the same sentiment. You deserve the utmost thanks and gratitude from us. We appreciate you and know you will thrive in this next chapter of life. Thank You, Jayson,

Nolan Schmidt

Editor, Fighting Hawks Magazine

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