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SO YOU WANNA BE A BISON?

With this being our Bison Illustrated for Kids edition, we asked these NDSU student-athletes what it takes to become a Bison. Find out how you can become a member of the Herd from the athletes themselves! Trey Lance Kelby Anderson Tyson Ward Michelle Gaislerova Andrew Fogarty

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RECURRING

FUEL LIKE A WINNER

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BACK TO SCHOOL

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We take you through some quizzes and tests that resemble your school subjects, but with a Bison twist.

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To become a Bison, you have to eat like a champion. Try these recipes at home with mom and dad!

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FROM NOLAN P. SCHMIDT

If you're reading this, you're either a student reading it in your classroom or a parent reading it with their child. We're privileged to bring this issue across the state of North Dakota thanks to NDSU Athletics and NDSU Extension and I hope we can reach as many kids with this as possible. We hope it's a fun and interactive way to educate young kids about what it takes to be a Bison.

was either playing sports or watching them. Even my everyday hobbies revolved around sports (my mega sports card collection in mom's garage can confirm this). I grew up under the impression that I would play sports forever. In fact, I recall frequently putting "NBA player" on the classic "What do you want to be when you grow up?" question in grade school.

In that, I believe we are teaching kids how to be the best in everything they do, not just sports. While North Dakota State has enjoyed a tremendous amount of success on the field, all of the programs and athletes found in this issue are just as successful in other aspects of their life as well.

Did I get there? Obviously not. Yet, I am still doing something I love that involves sports and I try to be the best I can be at it. For some of you kids reading this, sports may not be your biggest passion. The important thing to take away from this magazine is that these "traits to become a Bison" translate to anything, not just sports.

I grew up a massive sports fan. When I was a kid, I

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Sure, you have to work hard to become a great football or basketball player. You also have to work hard to become a great artist or teacher and everything in between. The "traits" spoken of in this issue will help you become successful in anything you're interested in. Parents, if you're reading this and are left with just sports on your mind, I didn't do my job properly. Sports are simply a platform and a helpful metaphor to teach kids valuable life lessons and values. I don't have kids myself and I'm not telling you how to parent, but these "traits" are great learning points for your children. Kids, if you're reading this in class or at home and it makes you want to become the next Trey Lance or Kelby Anderson, that's

amazing. However, you may be thinking "why sports?" or you may not even like sports. The message here goes beyond sports and it's quite simple: Be the best you can be, always. If you love sports, be the best at it. If you love art, be the best at it. If you love science or math or English or history, be the best at it. Hopefully, this magazine helps you become the best, in sports or otherwise...


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Freshman quarterback Trey Lance exudes positivity, which translates to his play on the field.

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negative attitude has a trickle-down effect in all areas of life. In sports, for example, one player or coach’s attitude towards a particular play or event can dictate an entire game. It is important to remain positive and upbeat, despite the potential for adversity at every turn. There may not be a better example of that than in sports and sports at North Dakota State specifically. Freshman quarterback Trey Lance has an incredibly difficult task laid before him every week. He is expected to command an offense and help lead the football team to a victory every Saturday. Given the quarterbacks that came before him, some would say he had large shoes to fill. With a positive attitude and outlook on the situation, Lance thrived in his first year under center.

Lance was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference’s Offensive Player of the Year after the end of the regular season. Not only was he a threat through the air with a cannonlike arm, but Lance was also equally difficult to stop on the ground. He was one of NDSU’s top rushers in the 2019 regular season. The Bison went undefeated this regular season as well. It is safe to say that none of that occurs if Trey Lance does not have the right attitude. The quarterback’s attitude can help or hurt a team immensely. With plenty of games left to be played in his Bison career, Lance’s positive attitude will attribute to NDSU’s success on the gridiron. Definition: Positivity - The practice of being or tendency to be positive or optimistic in attitude.

Which qualities would you say are key to being successful at North Dakota State?

FUN FACT

Trey won the Jerry Rice Award this season. That award is given annually to the best freshman in all of FCS football.

FUN FACT

Lance is known for his great decision making under center. He did not turn the ball over once in the 2019 regular season.

Humility, Positivity, Accountability, Resilience, and Patience.

Why did you choose those qualities in particular? These 5 qualities are all very important to being successful here at North Dakota State. These qualities are what the community sees when they see a Bison studentathlete, and they are what the coaches and professors emphasize in their teachings.

bring positivity and energy to my teammates every day, especially when we are having a tough day, on or off the field.

How do you embody these qualities in the field of competition? No matter what is happening in the game, or even just in a practice, I believe that positive energy changes everything and it’s contagious to your teammates.

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“No matter what is happening in the game, or even just in a practice, I believe that positive energy changes everything and it’s contagious to your teammates.” - Trey Lance

What is the best piece of advice you have received in your time on campus? Don’t take anything for granted, whether it’s a practice, a class, or a game.

FUN FACT

As just a freshman, Lance was named the Missouri Valley Football Conference Offensive Player of the Year.

In a few sentences, what would be your advice to young kids who strive to one day become Bison student-athletes? Always work your hardest, and stay positive! No matter what you are going through on any given day, or what your situation is, don’t forget to take a step back and realize how blessed you are. Despite how much we all love sports, there are things in life that are so much more important in the grand scheme of things.

FUN FACT

During his career at Marshall High School, Lance was a team captain for the football and basketball teams. He was an allconference basketball player in high school.

SELF-ASSESSMENT Do you exhibit positivity in your life? What elements in your life do you feel require a positive attitude? Where do you need to show more positivity in your life?

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BIO BLAST Trey Lance Class

Redshirt Freshman

Hometown

Marshall, Minnesota

Major

Business Administration

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Junior distance runner Kelby Anderson goes the extra mile thanks to her dedication to running and academics.

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f you want to be successful in anything you do, you must remain dedicated. Being dedicated (and remaining dedicated) is a key gauge of success in many circles. Without it, there would be no room for improvement in anything you do. If you want to be the best, you must remain dedicated to your sport of choice. Kelby Anderson is dedicated to running. One of NDSU’s most successful distance runners in both cross country and track & field, Anderson’s dedication to running has put her on some of the sports biggest stages. As just a junior, she has already become a Summit League champion in cross country and has three conference titles to her name in track & field.

on Anderson’s mind and it is not the only thing she is dedicated to succeeding in. The Bismarck native is often regarded as a top scholar and her appearances on the Summit League’s Academic All-League team only confirm that. With a challenging major on her plate, time management has allowed Anderson to thrive. There is still much to be accomplished in Anderson’s athletic career at North Dakota State. She is poised to set school records and win more conference titles as the years go on. Without her drive and dedication to the sport and her academics, none of the goals she has set will come to fruition. Definition: Dedication - The quality of being dedicated or committed to a task or purpose.

Yet, running is not the only thing

Which qualities would you say are key to being successful at North Dakota State?

FUN FACT

Anderson was named the Summit League Athlete of the Year for this past cross country season.

Positivity, passion, dedication, preparation and time management.

Why did you choose those qualities in particular?

FUN FACT

During last year’s indoor track & field season, Anderson was the conference champion in the mile run.

It’s always important to lead a positive life especially during the winter months in Fargo. Passion is an important quality that motivates and drives me to perform to my best ability. Dedication is important to keep doing my best work even when it gets hard. Preparation is the key to being a successful athlete at NDSU. It’s the preparation that determines the success

of a championship season. Time management is an important skill for balancing school and athletics.

Out of those traits, which do YOU embody the most and why? Passion, I would say this because no matter the circumstances I’m playing my hardest no matter how I might feel.

How do you embody these qualities in the field of competition? Positively, passion, preparation, dedication and time management are all important qualities for competition. However, preparation is one of the

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"Completion always comes with highs and lows so never lose your passion and drive for the things you want to achieve." - Kelby Anderson

most important quality, in my opinion, for competition. Preparation Is just hard work put in before racing even begins. Preparation requires dedication by working hard even when no one is watching and by working hard even when it get hard. Preparation requires passion to motivate a person to put in effort and time for their goals. Passion is simply caring about your goals and be willing to work hard for them.

How do you embody these qualities away from the field of competition? Time management and positivity are the two qualities it is important to embody away from the competition. Positivity is important to have self

confidence and inner strength. Time management is important for getting good grades in school.

What is the best piece of advice you have received in your time on campus?

FUN FACT

Anderson was the Summit League champion in both the 1,500 and 10,000m runs during last year’s outdoor season.

Keep going #KG

In a few sentences, what would be your advice to young kids who strive to one day become Bison student-athletes? My advice would be to make reasonable goals and work hard for those goals. Completion always comes with highs and lows so never lose your passion and drive for the things you want to achieve.

FUN FACT

Anderson has been on the Summit League’s Academic All-League team each of the last two cross country seasons.

SELF-ASSESSMENT What do you think dedication looks like? Is it putting in extra work after practice or school? Can you name an instance where you showed dedication?

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BIO BLAST Kelby Anderson Class

Junior

Hometown

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Major

Nursing

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Senior Tyson Ward lives his life with a great deal of passion and it shows on the floor.

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here are few things more important than passion. Whatever you do in your life, in sports or anything else, you have to be passionate about it. Otherwise, what is the point of doing it in the first place? Passion is the basis of success and lays a foundation for what is to come. Every North Dakota State student-athlete has passion for their particular sport. They are also passionate about their academics and their chosen field of study.

his passion and love for the game of basketball.

Tyson Ward is perhaps the best example of “passion” on North Dakota State’s campus. A senior forward for the men’s basketball team, Ward possesses tremendous talent on the hardwood. Because of this, he has only missed one game in his entire career as a Bison. His evolution as a player and person in his four years on campus is a true testament to

Not to mention he was a vital piece to NDSU in their NCAA Tournament run a year ago. None of this would be possible without Ward’s passion and fervor for the game. Without it, he may have never picked up a basketball in the first place!

FUN FACT

Tyson has only missed one game in his entire North Dakota State career.

FUN FACT

In 2018-19, Ward was second on the team in points per game, scoring 12.4 per contest.

The Florida native has steadily increased his numbers in his time as a Bison. Ward was second on the team in points per game last season and shot a very impressive 49 percent from the field. He is also a valuable rebounder, averaging six rebounds per game as a junior. During his senior season, he became the 35th player in school history to score 1,000 points as a Bison.

Definition: Passion - Strong and barely controllable emotion.

Which qualities would you say are key to being successful at North Dakota State?

circumstances I’m playing my hardest no matter how I might feel.

Confidence, Mental Toughness, Swagger, Heart and Passion

How do you embody these qualities in the field of competition?

Why did you choose those qualities in particular?

By loving the game that I play. If you love the game these qualities come very easy.

I feel these qualities make winning athletes, you don’t need to have all of them, but having some is definitely important.

How do you embody these qualities away from the field of competition?

Out of those traits, which do YOU embody the most and why?

You gotta have fun, in everything you do. I feel this is how you do it off the court, simply by having fun.

Passion, I would say this because no matter the

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"You gotta have fun, in everything you do." - Tyson Ward

What is the best piece of advice you have received in your time on campus? If you’re having a bad day, pick someone else up. Seeing others happy can make you happy.

FUN FACT

Ward is one of 35 Bison men’s basketball players to score over 1,000 points in his career.

In a few sentences, what would be your advice to young kids who strive to one day become Bison student-athletes? Every chance you get to play the game, no matter what you play. Go hard! Leave everything on the field/court. Work hard every practice. Most importantly HAVE FUN!

FUN FACT

In the NCAA Tournament, Ward led the Bison to a victory over North Carolina Central, scoring 23 points.

SELF-ASSESSMENT What are you passionate about? Why are passionate about it? How do you feel you can become more passionate?

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Senior

Hometown Tampa, Florida

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Finance

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Junior sharpshooter Michelle Gaislerova understands the importance of hard work.

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very sport takes a great deal of hard work to become successful. Have you ever heard the old saying “hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard”? That is a mantra that is used across the whole of North Dakota State athletics in one way or another. Not only do Bison student-athletes have a great deal of talent, but they work hard to become better each day too. Women’s basketball’s Michelle Gaislerova is a prime example of a student-athlete with natural talent. However, she is never satisfied with herself on and off the floor as she continually looks to improve. In just her third year at NDSU, Gaislerova has become an every day starter for new head coach Jory Collins.

FUN FACT

Gaislerova is originally from the Czech Republic, a country in Central Europe. She moved to the United States before her senior year of high school.

Her ability to knock down shots at an efficient mark makes her a real weapon for NDSU. Last season, Gaislerova led the team in points per game while having some impressive shooting percentages. Not only that, she has thrived in the classroom as well, earning numerous academic awards and achieving a perfect 4.0 GPA last year. None of this is possible without Gaislerova’s work ethic. She credits that drive and thirst to improve as a key factor in her success at NDSU. It is with this hard work that she will continue to improve herself on and off the floor. Definition: Hard Work - A great deal of effort or endurance.

Which qualities would you say are key to being successful at North Dakota State? Hard work, dedication, determination, heart, love, character, mindset, discipline. Why did you choose those qualities in particular?

FUN FACT

In her sophomore season, Gaislerova led the Bison in points per game, scoring 14.4 per contest.

It is necessary to work hard in anything you want to do and achieve success in. If you truly want to succeed, you have to love what you do; that is why I chose heart and love. Being determined and dedicated will also bring you further. You have to have the right mindset to compete, and your heart has to be in the right place.

Out of those qualities, which do YOU embody the most and why? Hard work. I believe that hard work is responsible for a big part of a person’s outcome. Hard work is linked to confidence, character, and mindset. I value hard work because I believe it is necessary to work hard to achieve success. Whether it is school, athletics, community service, or any other activity, it is necessary to put the work in to achieve dreams, reach goals, and become the best version of ourselves.

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“Dream big and do not be afraid to work hard for it.” - Michelle Gaislerova How do you embody these qualities in the field of competition? Working hard in basketball is something I focus on every day. I come prepared to practice and ready to give my all. Some days are easier than others, but I focus on getting a little bit better every day. Basketball is more than practice; I also focus on working hard in the weight room or while watching film. I am dedicated to my teammates and coaches. I value what they have to say, and I do my best to listen. How do you embody these qualities away from the field of competition? As a student-athlete, I often have a busy schedule. Sometime, it is challenging to stay on top of my academic and athletic requirements, and that is where hard work, determination, and dedication come in play. It is important to

be disciplined and have priorities. Sometimes I have to sacrifice my free time to complete academic tasks, but the outcome is worth it. I love seeing improvements in the classroom. What is the best piece of advice you have received in your time on campus?

FUN FACT

Currently, Gaislerova is in the top five in NDSU history in three-point shots made.

You got this opportunity to be a Bison - make the most out of it. Being a Bison is a privilege. In a few sentences, what would be your advice to young kids who strive to one day become Bison student-athletes? Dream big and do not be afraid to work hard for it. Like my head coach said, “Nobody ever regretted trying their best.” Strive to be the best version of yourself. It takes a lot to be a Bison, but the experience is 100% worth it.

FUN FACT

The junior is also excellent in the classroom. She was named a Google Cloud Academic All-District First Team last season with a perfect 4.0 GPA.

SELF-ASSESSMENT What does hard work look like to you? What do you have to work hard at in your life?

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BIO BLAST Michelle Gaislerova Class

Junior

Hometown

Trutnov, Czech Republic

Major

Journalism

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Senior wrestler Andrew Fogarty embodies grit on and off the mat.

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restling is one of the most challenging sports. In order to be successful on the mat, you must have strong physical, mental and emotional talent. Wrestlers are the ultimate warriors of sport and are often the most physically imposing studentathletes on NDSU’s campus. The hard work they put in at their practices pays off in the form of victories, pins and championships. There are a multitude of Bison wrestlers who have several wins, pins and titles to their credit. Yet, senior Andrew Fogarty is one of the team’s leaders this season. He is one of only five seniors for head coach Roger Kish and his staff. Fogarty has been holding down the 165 pound spot since he arrived on campus in 2015. In his first three years, he won a total

of 75 matches. Those victories include 20 pins and a whopping 15 major decisions. So far in his senior season, Fogarty has been incredible. He did not lose his first match of the season until early December and looks to be one of the top wrestlers in the Big 12 Conference. Fogarty was a conference runner-up each of the last two seasons, but he is looking to take the Big 12’s top honor at 165 pounds this season. How does he plan to do that? With something he likes to call grit and good, old-fashioned hard work. In a sport like wrestling, those traits are vital for success and it is no different for Andrew Fogarty. Definition: Grit - courage and resolve; strength of character.

Which qualities would you say are key to being successful at North Dakota State?

FUN FACT

Fogarty is a two-time Big 12 Conference runner-up at 165 pounds.

Grit, hard work ethic, integrity, overcoming adversity and a positive attitude. Why did you choose those qualities in particular?

FUN FACT

In his junior season, Fogarty pinned nine opponents on the year.

To compete at the level we are at you need to have these qualities simply because everyone else in the country has them. You are going to compete against the best athletes in the country and being able to control these qualities is something everyone can do. If you bring all these qualities to practice every

day, it will grow on your teammates as well. Out of those traits, which do YOU embody the most and why? Grit. I believe I embody grit the most. Wrestling is a tough sport in which you will need to have a tough, gritty mindset to not only be able to compete at this level but to come in every day ready to get better and give every practice your best. How do you embody these qualities in the field of competition? I have trust in my coaches and in my training when 33


FUN FACT

Fogarty has never had a season where he has failed to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

I compete and will try to always stay calm whatever the score. Overcoming adversity is a big part during competition as things are not always going to go your way. Overcoming those things is a mark of a true champion, which I strive to be. How do you embody these qualities away from the field of competition? I try to embody these qualities in everything I do whether it’s working, school or just as a person.

FUN FACT

Fogarty was also a stellar football player in his high school days, setting his school’s singleseason record for rushing touchdowns.

What is the best piece of advice you have received in your time on campus? Decide to outwork everyone. In a few sentences, what would be your advice to young kids who strive to one day become Bison student-athletes? No matter what the situation is or how things are going always look to improve yourself and hold yourself to a high standard. Do not overthink the failures, but learn from them. Losses are secret to success.

SELF-ASSESSMENT How do you embody grit? Can you name a specific moment in your life where you had to be gritty? Explain below:


BIO BLAST Andrew Fogarty Class

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Weight

165 pounds

Hometown

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Eggs - Cook until yolk and white are firm Egg dishes - 160 F

Fin fish - 145 F or flesh is opaque and separates easily with fork Shrimp, lobster and crabs - Flesh pearly and opaque Clams, oysters and mussels - Shells open during cooking Scallops - Milky white or opaque and firm

Leftovers and casseroles ___F

*All temperatures internal Poultry = 165 F Beef, veal, lamb, pork = 160 F Answer Key

Hungry for more recipes and tips? Visit “The Family Table” at www.ag.ndsu.edu/familytable or “NDSU Extension – Food and Nutrition” at www.ag.ndsu.edu/food. Check out the e-newsletters and follow us on Facebook.

Leftovers and casseroles = 165 F

Ground Meat and Meat Mixtures

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Try making these recipes at home!

Very Berry Smoothie

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Key to abbreviations c. = cup oz. = ounce tsp. = teaspoon Tbsp. = tablespoon qt. = quart lb. = pound g = gram mg = milligram


sandwich on a stick

RAISIN POWER POPPERS

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Directions 1. Mix all ingredients in a medium- to large-size mixing bowl. 2. Chill ingredients in refrigerator for one hour. 3. Roll into tight balls (a little smaller than a golf ball, about a tablespoon in size). 4. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator up to seven days. Makes 40 servings. Each serving has 90 calories, 4 g fat, 3 g protein, 11 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber and 50 mg sodium.


Veggie Dip Cups Ingredients 1 c. Fat-Free Cottage Cheese 8 oz. Carton Plain Greek Yougurt .4 oz. Envelope Ranch Dry Salad Dressing Mix 24 Whole Green Beans 1 Red Bell Pepper 1 Orange Bell Pepper 5 CelerY Stalks 8 Clear Cups 44

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Directions

1. In a Bowl, add the cottage cheese, plain greek yogurt and ranch packet and mix to combine, Set aside. 2. After washing, cut the celery and bell peppers into strips. 3. Place four tbsp. of the dip in the bottom of each clear cup along with 3-4 strips of each vegetable. Makes eight servings. Each serving has 100 calories, 0 g fat, 7 g protein, 12 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber and 310 mg sodium.


Size up your portions with these visual clues. As shown, one-half of a baseball is the same size as ½ cup of mashed potatoes.

=

=

= ¼ CUP OF DRIED CRANBERRIES

= DOLLAR BILL

= 3 OUNCES OF FISH

DECK OF CARDS

= 4 DICE

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3 OUNCES OR POULTRY

= 1 ½ OUNCES OF NATURAL CHEESE (CHEDDAR, SWISS)

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2 TABLESPOONS OF PEANUT BUTTER

PING PONG BALL

THUMB TIP

1 TEASPOON OF BUTTER

Provided by NDSU Extension. For more portion information visit ndsu.edu/eatsmart.

1 GOLF BALL

½ CUP OF MASHED POTATOES

½ BASEBALL


Baking is a science, and in science, accuracy counts. Take time to learn how to measure correctly.

KEY

= Cup

= Tablespoon

= Teaspoon

How to Halve a Recipe Recipe Calls For

To Halve

1

_____

3/4

6

2/3

1/3

1/2

____

1/4

2

1/3

2

1/4

2

1 Tablespoon

3 Teaspoons

1

____

1/2

1/4

+2

ANSWERS: Half of 1c. = ½ c., Half of ½ c. = ¼ c. , Half of 1 tsp = ½ tsp.


Provided by NDSU Extension. For more portion information visit ndsu.edu/eatsmart.

Try to include all five food groups: fruits, vegetables, grains, protein and dairy. Make half your plate fruits and vegetables. Include low-fat or fat-free milk or yogurt. Limit added sugar.

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bison geography

Test your geography knowledge by following the Bison on the road.

1 On December 11, the Bison men’s basketball team traveled to Los Angeles, California, for a game. The team traveled nearly 2,000 miles to get there. What is the capital of California?

2 The women’s basketball team played games in Massachusetts and New Hampshire this season. Can you name the states that border New Hampshire?

ANSWER: Sacramento ANSWER: Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts

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3 Women’s golf has to travel across the country to compete since they cannot golf in the snow here in North Dakota. This season, they play a tournament in Phoenix, Arizona. Which country (not including the United States) is closest to Arizona?

4

ANSWER: Mexico

The men’s and women’s track teams perform on the national stage in Texas. True or False: Is Texas the largest state (by landmass)? If not, which state is bigger?

ANSWER: False, Alaska

5 Bison softball will play a tournament in Florida this year. Which major ocean is closest to Florida?

ANSWER: Atlantic Ocean

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bison english 1

Correct what is wrong in the following sentences.

2

Trey Lance run for a touchdown against Delaware.

It was fun to watch the bison beat the Jackrabbits.

ANSWER: Capitalize Bison as it is a proper noun.

ANSWER: Change “run” to “ran”, the past tense of the verb.

3 NDSU were champions in 2021.

ANSWER: Change “were” to a future tense verb as 2021 has not occurred yet.

“There is a herd of mooses on the field!” said NDSU play-by-play man Jeff Culhane.

ANSWER: The plural of moose is simply “moose”.

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5 Tyson Ward drove through the defense to throw down a _____________ dunk.

ANSWER: Which adjective would you use to describe Tyson’s dunk?

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bison math

Put your math skills to the test.

1

2

If Ty Brooks has 76 rushing yards heading into the fourth quarter and he rushes for 64 more in the final frame, how many rushing yards would he finish the game with?

Vinnie Shahid made 3 twopoint baskets, 2 three-point baskets and 6 free throws. How many points did he score?

ANSWER: 18 points.

ANSWER: 140 yards

3 Emily Dietz made 4 baskets on nine shot attempts, what is her shooting percentage?

ANSWER: 44. 4 percent

Charley Hesse hit a threerun home run and drove in runs on a single and double, respectively. How many RBIs did Hesse finish the game with?

5 Cara Beatty had 5 hits on 7 plate attempts. What is her batting average for that game?

ANSWER: .714

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ANSWER: 5


herd trivia

question2

question1 Philadelphia Eagles quarterback and former NDSU star Carson Wentz is originally from which North Dakota city?

A. Bismarck B. Dickinson

question3

true

In what year was NDSU founded? A. 1893 B. 1891 C. 1890 D. None of the Above

or

false NDSU was originally named North Dakota Agricultural College?

question5 How many victories does NDSU have in the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament?

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C. Zero D. One

C. Williston D. Minot

question4 Bison athletics competes in which conference? A. Missouri Valley B. Summit League C. Big 12 D. All of the Above


false NDSU football has won its conference title each of the last nine seasons?

question8 Which of the following NFL teams does NOT have a former Bison on its roster? A. Indianapolis Colts B. Baltimore Ravens C. Arizona Cardinals D. Green Bay Packers

A. Minnesota Vikings B. Green Bay Packers C. Tampa Bay Buccaneers D. Los Angeles Chargers

question9 Head wrestling coach Roger Kish competed for this illustrious program when he was in college.

A. Penn State B. Minnesota

C. Oklahoma State D. Iowa

question10

true or false NDSU women's track & field has won the Summit League title every year they've been a member of the conference.

answers

or

Former quarterback Easton Stick currently plays for this NFL team.

6. True 7. D 8. C 9. B 10. True

true

question7

1. A 2. C 3. True 4. D 5. B

question6

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bisoncrossing 6

7

1

2

3

4

8

5

herenw&egoglod gree

Across 1. What is the football team's entrance song? 2. NDSU's colors are Green and ____? 3. As of December 2019, how many national titles have the Bison won in football? 4. The Bison play football in this arena. 5. This former Bison currently plays for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Down 6. The Bison mascot's nickname. 7. This former Bison currently plays for the Green Bay Packers. 8. He is the head coach of the football team. Across 1. Thunderstuck, 2. Gold, 3. Fifteen, 4. Fargodome, 5. Wentz, Down 6. Thundar, 7. Turner, 8. Entz

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wordsearch

Football Basketball Wrestling

Track Field Cross Country

Soccer Golf Baseball

Softball Volleyball

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1. This outside hitter led the Bison in kills in 2019.

_le__s B_ch_ei_r

3. This senior scored 11 goals in 2019 for Bison soccer.

E__se _ub__

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2. This guard was the Summit League Newcomer of the Year last season.

Vi___e S__hi_

4. This thrower burst onto the scene in 2019, making it to the NCAA Championships as just a freshman.

Ak__l_ M_t__

5. This defensive lineman was named the Missouri Valley Defensive Player of the Year this season.

6. This heavyweight is one of three Bison wrestlers from West Fargo.

D_rr__ _us_k_

B__nd__ __tz

7. This male golfer tied for first at last year’s Summit League championships.

8. She was the first freshman in NDSU history to score 10 or more points in her first five career games.

AN__EW

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1. Alexis Bachmeier, 2. Vinnie Shahid, 3. Elyse Huber, 4. Akealy Moton, 5. Derrek Tuszka, 6. Brandon Metz, 7. Van Holmgren, 8. Ryan Cobbins

fill in the blank

Can you identify these athletes based on our clues?


coaches quiz Jen Lopez

Baseball

Matt Entz

Soccer

Jory Collins Dave Richman Mike Regan

Can you name the head coach to their respective sport?

Men’s Golf Men’s And Women’s x-Country Football

Matt Johnson

Volleyball

Steve Kennedy

Women's Basketball

Roger Kish Darren Mueller

Men’s Track & Field Women's Golf

Tod Brown

Wrestling

Don Larson

Men’s Basketball

Stevie Keller Andrew Carlson

Softball Women's Track & Field 61


Spot the 5 differences


1. "NDSU" removed from bottom of helmet. 2. #5 on jersey flipped. 3. Stripe colors reversed on the arm of #1's jersey. 4. Nike logo removed from the arm sleeve on #1 5. "FCS" logo removed from the helmet of #18.


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BISON ILLUSTRATED j a n u a r y 2 0 2 0 1. Zach Kubas, Football, Dickinson, ND 2. Alex Bartholomay, Men’s Track & Field/Cross Country, Bowman, ND 3. Kelby Anderson, Women’s Track & Field/Cross Country, Bismarck, ND 4. Rylee Nudell, Women’s Basketball, Buffalo, ND 5. Tyler Enerson, Men’s Track & Field, Grand Forks, ND 6. Brookelyn Dew, Soccer, Fargo, ND 7. Quinn Alo, Football, LaMoure, ND 8. Allie Mauch, Volleyball, Barney, ND

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3

Can you name the North Dakota city where these student-athletes hail from?

home sweet home


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7 8


TEAM MAKERS

Team Makers Through The Decade

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Team Makers Through The Decade At A Glance

T

he 2010s have proven to be an unbelievable year for North Dakota State athletics. Conference and national championships filled the trophy cases and some of the greatest student-athletes to set foot on campus competed for the Bison. The argument could be made that these accolades on the field by studentathletes and coaches would not have been possible without the help of Team Makers. Without Team Makers, some of the stellar student-athletes of the last decade may have never come to NDSU in the first place. By helping provide scholarships for Bison student-athletes, Team Makers was (and will continue to be) a key factor in the success of NDSU’s athletic programs. The growth of Team Makers over the last decade may truly be immeasurable when taking into account everything they have impacted on and off the field. However, there are a few barometers that showcase the massive growth of Team Makers since 2010. The group had just under 1,800 members when North Dakota State won its first FCS national title in 2010. As the Bison play in their eighth title game in nine years, Team Makers has over 4,300 members.

That is an increase of just over 2,500 members with the membership number growing each year of this decade. This number will only continue to grow as Team Makers has put a focus on gaining more members. The budget of Team Makers has also seen growth thanks to their increase in members. To begin the decade, a $2 million budget seemed like plenty for the budding Team Makers. As 2020 begins, Team Makers assumes nearly a $6.3 million annual budget (as of 2019). Donations to Team Makers, which go directly to student-athlete scholarships, have poured in from across the United States and beyond. In 2019, Team Makers received donations from donors in 39 states as well as the Manitoba province in Canada and Guam. It is safe to say that the reach of Team Makers and the strength of Bison Nation has expanded beyond U.S. borders.

2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019

Members 1,728 1,742 2,076 2,264 2,430 3,123 4,242 4,148 4,222 4,301

Budget $2,075,000 $2,200,000 $2,300,000 $2,800,000 $3,285,000 $3,850,000 $5,215,000 $5,530,000 $5,775,000 $6,285,000

Team Makers has also received donations from the following states/ territories In 2019: Alaska Arkansas Alabama Arizona California Colorado Washington D.C. Florida Georgia Iowa Idaho Illinois Indiana Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Montana

Missouri North Carolina North Dakota Nebraska New Jersey Nevada New York Ohio Oklahoma South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Washington Wisconsin West Virginia Wyoming Manitoba (Canada) Guam

This growth is thanks to the national profile NDSU has garnered over the last 10 years. Yet, we can safely assume this national profile does not exist in the first place thanks to Team Makers. They have helped Bison student-athletes succeed on and off the field and will continue to do so for decades to come.

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january + february

1/24 Wrestling

athletics calendar January 1/15 Men’s Basketball vs South Dakota Fargo, N.D. 7 p.m.

1/16 Women’s Basketball vs South Dakota Fargo, N.D. 7 p.m.

1/18

1/18

Men’s And Women’s Track & Field

Wrestling

Bison Team Cup Fargo, N.D. 11 a.m.

at Iowa State Ames, Iowa 2 p.m.

1/22

1/18

Men’s Basketball

Men’s Basketball

at South Dakota State Brookings, S.D. 7 p.m.

vs North Dakota Fargo, N.D. 2 p.m.

1/24

1/19

Women’s Basketball

Women’s Basketball

at South Dakota State Brookings, S.D. 7 p.m.

vs North Dakota Fargo, N.D. 2 p.m.

vs Oklahoma Fargo, N.D. 7 p.m.

1/25 Men’s And Women’s Track & Field Mark Colligan Memorial Lincoln, Neb.

1/25 Men’s Basketball vs Denver Fargo, N.D. 2 p.m.

1/26 Women’s Basketball vs Denver Fargo, N.D. 2 p.m.


1/30

2/1

2/6

2/8

Women’s Basketball

Wrestling

Women’s Basketball

Softball

at Purdue Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, Ind. 4 p.m.

at Northern Colorado Greeley, Colo. 3 p.m.

at Omaha Omaha, Neb. 6 p.m.

vs Ohio State Columbia, S.C. 12:30 p.m. ET

1/30

2/1

2/7

2/8

Men’s Basketball

Women’s Basketball

Men’s Basketball

at Western Illinois Macomb, Ill. 7:30 p.m.

at Western Illinois Macomb, Ill. 4:30 p.m.

Men’s And Women’s Track & Field

1/31

2/1

Men’s And Women’s Track & Field

Men’s Basketball

Jack Johnson Classic Minneapolis, Minn.

February

at Purdue Fort Wayne Fort Wayne, Ind. 6 p.m. CT

2/3 Wrestling

2/1

at Utah Valley Orem, Utah 8 p.m.

Men’s And Women’s Track & Field

2/5

Jack Johnson Classic Minneapolis, Minn.

Men’s Basketball at Omaha Omaha, Neb. 7 p.m.

Bison Open Fargo, N.D.

vs Oral Roberts Fargo, N.D. 1 p.m.

2/7

2/8

Softball

Softball

at South Carolina Columbia, S.C. 2:30 p.m.

vs UNC Greensboro Columbia, S.C. 5:30 p.m. ET

2/8

2/8

Men’s And Women’s Track & Field Bison Open Fargo, N.D.

2/8 Softball vs UNC Greensboro Columbia, S.C. 10 a.m. ET

WR vs Fresno State Fargo, N.D. 7 p.m.

2/9 Softball vs Southern Illinois Columbia, S.C. 10 a.m. ET


2/9

2/15

2/21

2/23

Women’s Basketball

Men’s And Women’s Track & Field

Softball

Women’s Basketball

Husky Classic Seattle, Wash.

vs Weber State Austin, Texas 11:30 a.m.

at North Dakota Grand Forks, N.D. 2 p.m.

2/15

2/21

2/24

Softball

Men’s Golf

at Texas Austin, Texas 4:30 p.m.

The Joust Jurupa Valley, Calif.

vs Oral Roberts Fargo, N.D. 1 p.m.

2/13 Women’s Basketball vs Purdue Fort Wayne Fargo, N.D. 7 p.m.

2/14 Men’s And Women’s Track & Field Music City Invitational Nashville, Tenn.

2/14 Men’s And Women’s Track & Field

Men’s And Women’s Track & Field SDSU Indoor Classic Brookings, S.D.

2/15 Softball vs Florida A&M Gainesville, Fla. 9 a.m. ET

2/15 Softball

Husky Classic Seattle, Wash.

at Florida Gainesville, Fla. 11:30 a.m. ET

2/14

2/15

Men’s And Women’s Track & Field

Wrestling

2/21 Wrestling at South Dakota State Brookings, S.D. 7 p.m.

2/22

2/25 Men’s Golf The Joust Jurupa Valley, Calif.

2/27 Women’s Basketball

Men’s And Women’s Track & Field

vs South Dakota State Fargo, N.D. 5 p.m.

UND Indoor Tune-Up Grand Forks, N.D.

2/27

2/22 Women’s Golf

Men’s Basketball vs South Dakota State Fargo, N.D. 8 p.m.

SDSU Indoor Classic Brookings, S.D.

vs Stanford Fargo, N.D. 1 p.m.

Grand Canyon Invitational Phoenix, Ariz.

2/14

2/16

Softball

Men’s And Women’s Track & Field

Softball

vs Weber State Austin, Texas 11:30 a.m.

Summit League Indoor Championships Fort Wayne, Ind.

2/22

2/28

Softball

2/22

2/28

vs Southeastern Louisiana Gainesville, Fla. 9 a.m. ET

vs Longwood Gainesville, Fla. 9 a.m. ET

2/14

2/16

Softball

Softball

Wrestling

vs Duke Austin, Texas 2 p.m.

at Sam Houston State Huntsville, Texas 6:30 p.m.

Softball at Florida Gainesville, Fla. 4:30 p.m. ET

vs Air Force Fargo, N.D. 1 p.m.

2/22

2/29

2/14

2/19

Men’s Basketball

Men’s Basketball

at North Dakota Grand Forks, N.D. 7 p.m.

Men’s And Women’s Track & Field

Men’s Basketball vs Purdue Fort Wayne Fargo, N.D. 7 p.m.

at South Dakota Vermillion, S.D. 7 p.m.

2/15

2/20

Women’s Golf

Women’s Basketball

Grand Canyon Invitational Phoenix, Ariz.

Men’s And Women’s Track & Field Music City Invitational Nashville, Tenn.

at South Dakota Vermillion, S.D. 7 p.m.

2/23

Summit League Indoor Championships Fort Wayne, Ind.

2/23 Softball vs LipscombUniversity of Texas Invitational Austin, Texas 9 a.m. 71


POpQUIZ WITH NDSU ATHLETES

What is your New Year’s resolution?

At this point, what is your crowning athletic achievement?

Dylan Droegemueller

WRESTLING

The redshirt freshman is carving out his role at the 141-pound spot for Roger Kish and the Bison. In his true freshman season, Droegemueller wrestled unattached at 141 and finished the season 10-3 with a pin and three technical falls. He began 2019 by going a solid 8-2 at 141 with three more technical falls. He scored a 14-2 major decision against Augustana on December 1.

Lexi Geolat

WOMEN’S GOLF

The junior from Lake City, Minnesota, is becoming one of Matt Johnson’s most valuable veterans on a budding women’s golf roster. Geolat shot a season-low 73 at last year’s UNO Invitational, where she placed in the top 10. In this year’s fall slate, she shot a career-low 72 at the Pat LesserHarbottle Invitational, where she ended up tied for 16th with teammate Taylor McCorkle.

My New Year’s resolution is to become a better follower of Christ.

My crowning athletic achievement is to be a part of this NDSU wrestling program.

I want to start cooking more meals with friends/family because I love making food and it’s so much more fun to eat with people! And then you aren’t stuck doing all the dishes yourself.

Not hitting my ankle with my putter at all during the entire fall season is definitely something to celebrate.

Spend more of my free time reading books.

Being gifted a scholarship to play D1 here at NDSU. I am so beyond grateful for that.

My New Year’s resolution is to be a better teammate and be a positive role model to those around me.

My most crowning athletic achievement is definitely having my first two college rushing attempts go for touchdowns. It was a special moment I will never forget.

Emily Dietz

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The Fargo Shanley graduate has elevated her game each season she has been on campus. Dietz has a standout season in 2018-19, averaging nine points and nearly five rebounds for the NDSU women. So far in 2019-20, she has continued to thrive on the court, averaging close to 13 points and nine rebounds per contest. Dietz has also proven to be an efficient scorer down low for Jory Collins, shooting a solid 53 percent for the Bison in her junior season.

Jalen Bussey

FOOTBALL

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The true freshman from Florida has seen limited action in his first year in Fargo. However, in the few times, he has carried the ball for the Bison, Bussey has been electric. In NDSU’s November 9 victory over Western Illinois, Bussey carried the ball six times for 123 yards and two touchdowns. On special teams, he ran a kick return back 50 yards as well. While he may be young, Bussey seems to be another weapon for the Bison backfield.

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Who is the strongest person on your team?

How do you keep yourself motivated?

You’re in the world’s biggest rock band, which instrument are you playing?

Andrew Fogarty is the strongest man alive, [Brandon] Metz is a close second.

I keep myself motivated by trying to be better than I was yesterday. Whether that’s in the classroom, talking to family and friends or wrestling.

I’m rockin’ the drums!

It kinda depends on the lift, but Maddog has mad hops.

Motivation comes and goes, so I really just rely on discipline. I rarely think about the “end goal,” I like to focus on the little tasks that will get me there.

The only instrument I can confidently play is the saxophone, so I hope the band likes jazz.

Rylee Nudell (Except for in squats... that’s me)

Just remembering that life goes by so fast and each day is a gift that you need to make the most of.

Electric Guitar.

I’d say the strongest person is Adam Cofield. In my opinion, he’s like Thing from the Fantastic 4, just a big stone body.

I like to keep myself motivated by keeping good thoughts in my head and try to remember to make the most out of every day, but it’s not just myself that keeps me motivated. It’s really my family and select friends back home that keep me motivated because I want to make them proud

If I was in the world’s biggest rock band I would definitely play the drums because they can have the most energy at times and I’d be sure that I get a few drum solos in.

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the ross

Report

Uglem is a native of Northwood, North Dakota, and covers NDSU basketball and football for Bison Report, a division of 247 Sports.

BY ross uglem

Bison Illustrated’s Ross Uglem chatted with folks that have been to Frisco every season North Dakota State has been there.

How confident are Bison fans about their travel plans? Would they go anyway? What are the best things to do down in Texas? Find out from the frequent travelers. The Travelers Matt H. - Fargo Jeremy J. - West Fargo Jordan P. - Fargo Todd K. - Fargo Tyler Z. - West Fargo Trudy E. - Fargo Kristi H. - Palm Desert, CA Mike B. - Hickson The Questions Ross: “How early in the year do you usually secure game tickets? “The NCAA presale, though we’ve had a reserved suite the last few times.” - Jeremy J. “We buy ‘em in August.” Matt H “We secure 24 tickets during the NCAA presale in August. Depending on the size of our group, I may request tickets from Team Makers as well.” - Todd K “I buy tickets during the

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presale in August.” - Mike B Ross: “OK, how about plane tickets?” “This year it was early August. We got $175 round trip out of Fargo!” - Jeremy J “We get our plane tickets about 2 ½ months in advance.” - Matt H. “I’ve always waited until it’s official. Once Delta adds the direct flight home on Sunday, I book. I wish they would add a direct flight down on Thursday. We actually opted for the charter last year.” Todd K. “I drive down each year, even the JMU/Youngstown State year. I haven’t had much luck flying, something always goes wrong. My wife does fly down each year, and this year she booked her flight after the win over South Dakota State.” - Mike B Ross: “What are some of your favorite non-game activities while in Frisco? “The pep fest is always awesome, but milling around Legacy Park, going to restaurants, running into other fans is always the best. Especially when you drive in and see a sea of green and gold upon arrival.” - Kristi H.

PHOTO BY J. Alan Paul Photography

Frisco’s Frequent Visitors

The trip down to Texas has become an annual retreat for those of us stuck in the cold. We wanted to know EVERYTHING.


“The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza is a must. Dallas World Aquarium especially if you have kids. The George W. Bush Presidential Library on the campus of SMU is a very cool walk as well.” - Todd K.

Ross: “Do you feel like the experience diminishes at all as time goes on, that the event loses its luster when they go every year?” “Not at all!” - Trudy E. “Nope!” - Matt H.

“Bar hopping is #1 for our group. It’s crazy how Frisco went from only a handful of bars the first couple years to dozens of bars and restaurants now. We taste as much Texas BBQ as we can - we try to hit up a new BBQ joint each day we’re there. Top Golf has been a great spot to spend time with a large group the last few years.” - Tyler Z. “I normally come down for work on Tuesday/ Wednesday. From then on it is having BBQ every night for dinner. Hutchins BBQ in Frisco is my favorite and has the best brisket around. Don’t forget to get a Texas Twinkie (jalapeño stuffed with brisket and cream cheese wrapped in bacon….a popper on steroids) or two! Previous years I’ve went to the Dallas World Aquarium, a Wild vs Stars game, Perot Museum of Nature and Science and a bunch of the other tourist attractions. At the end of the day it’s a large city that has more to do than Fargo, but most importantly….it’s Texas and it has the best BBQ in the country.” - Jordan P.

“Unfortunately I do have to admit that it has diminished since the first time. The nongame events have died down and it seems like less and less younger people are going the last few years (21-30 year olds). It seems to be turning into more families attending with smaller kids and more older, retirement age people. There is nothing wrong with that, but the crowds that went in the early years were quite a bit more raucous than the crowds the last couple years. I have several friends that are my age (32) that no longer go after going to the first 4 or 5. - Tyler Z “Absolutely not! Every one is different and amazing. I never take for granted the pure joy of being able to cheer that year’s team on!” Kristi H. “I don’t think it loses anything at all. Every year has been different in its own way. That’s one of the reasons I haven’t missed a year yet.” - Jeremy J.

Ross: “Which was your favorite championship -doesn’t matter if it’s because of the game, because of an experience you had, player you knew on the team, whatever.” “Illinois State because we had 16 seats in 2 rows (bought the 3 year pack when the NCAA offered those... Amazing!!) along the aisle right next to the Illinois State school allotment. The intensity of that game was amplified by the Redbirds fans next to us who were quite arrogant after they went ahead 27-23 with 1:38 to go. But in Wentz we trust and that quickly put them back in their place.” Todd K. “Wow, hard question. Probably Illinois State, just because of how close that game was and the amazing way they finished and won!” - Kristi H. “The first one. Has to be the first one.” - Matt H. “Nothing beats the first National Title game. Sam Houston State fans were walking around with “Undefeated Season” shirts around Frisco all day Thursday and Friday. By Saturday they had disappeared very quickly. Another highlight from that year was NDSU fans overflowing the Pep fest that was at a hotel down here. I remember bright eyed and bushy tailed 21 year old me

wanting to get a beer…and they were SOLD OUT – and we had intentionally arrived early at the event. That said, the NDSU vs JMU game in 2017 comes in a close second due to the satisfaction of watching NDSU beat JMU and get a little revenge from 2016.” - Jordan P. “My favorite championship was the first year. Running on the field afterwards with thousands and thousands of Bison fans. I will never forget it.” - Jeremy J. “Illinois State, because of the quality of the game and the way it ended” - Trudy E. Ross: “Will you try to keep going as long as NDSU keeps qualifying?” “Absolutely!” - Trudy E. “Yes.” - Matt H. “Yes, it’s too critical of a game to skip if I can avoid it... Including skipping a friend’s wedding this weekend. Oops. I look at the championship and FBS games as must attend events every year they happen.” - Todd K. “Absolutely, no question about it! Horns up on the Gate to Eight! Once a Bison, always a Bison!” - Mike B. “Absolutely!” - Kristi H.

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Bison Illustrated January 2020  

This month, we're dedicating our issue to the kids. Our Bison Illustrated For Kids edition is an educational tool to lay the foundation for...

Bison Illustrated January 2020  

This month, we're dedicating our issue to the kids. Our Bison Illustrated For Kids edition is an educational tool to lay the foundation for...