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GET TO KNOW NDSU’S QB QUINCY PATTERSON II CONGRATULATIONS TO THE MOST RECENT INDUCTEES INTO THE NDSU ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME

8 Editor’s Note 56 Calendar 58 Swany Says 60 Schmidty’s Slant 62 Team Makers

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What other sports did you play growing up? I played everything growing up. I played basketball, football, baseball, ran track and played tennis in fourth grade. But, I didn't actually start playing baseball or football until the seventh grade. Baseball was my other main sport. I played baseball my freshman and sophomore years, but I ended up quitting because I kept getting scholarship offers for football and wanted to be able to go to a bunch of football camps in the summer. I also stopped playing basketball after my freshman year. I ran track my junior and senior years.

Was it instant love with football or did it take a while? I'd say it took a while, it took for me to really become good at it my junior year. I fell in love with baseball immediately.

Why did it take you so long to start playing baseball and football? Did your parents make you wait? No, they didn't make me wait. I was just really huge on academics growing up and not so much on sports. I didn't really think much about playing sports. I was always really active but I was really just messing around with it. After my sixth grade year, they made some big changes with my school and started adding sports. They sent out a flyer to everyone in the neighborhood about joining football, so, I thought I'd give it a try. I tried out as a running back and didn't make it as a running back but got moved to receiver for two practices. Then, I got moved to tightend for two practices. Then, I played the whole season as linebacker. During one of the practices when I was playing tight end, I ran my route, caught the ball and then turned and threw it back. The coaches gave me a funny look when I did that. The next year, there was an opening at quarterback and they moved me there essentially based off of that one throw.

When it comes to academics, was there anything you enjoyed learning about in particular? I was definitely a math person. Ever since I learned how to add, I was always fast at it. I was originally in the engineering program when I went to Virginia Tech.

Were there any athletes you really looked up to growing up? Ray Lewis.

Are there any quarterbacks out there you try to mold yourself after? Probably Russell Wilson. My answer really changes a lot, but I really like the way he motivates and leads his teammates.

What's your favorite food if you had to pick one? Probably mac and cheese. I don't think there are many mac and cheeses that I don't like.

Do you have a go-to snack? It changes every week. I eat an insane amount of candy every single day and at night. I usually eat candy every night until I fall asleep. My favorite candy right now is Mike&Ike's. My all-time favorite is skittles so I usually get that and the rest rotates.

Do you have a favorite TV show? Right now, I would probably have to say American Horror Story, but if I were to say my favorite cartoon, it would probably be The Amazing World of Gumball.

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Do you have a favorite movie? Probably Avatar. My parents let me skip school to see it in 3D back in the day. They never let me do that, but for whatever reason, I was really excited about that movie.

What have you been listening to as far as music lately? I've actually started listening to country music a little bit lately being up here. I definitely wouldn't go back to Chicago bumping it, but I've been listening to it here. I like Adele because I get really amped up for games and Adele kind of mellows me out. Drake's new album is great. I like a lot of Chicago rappers. Sorry for the Wait II by Lil Wayne is my favorite album/mixtape.

Do you play video games? I used to, but Guitar Hero is the only game I play now. I play it almost every day.

What's your best song on there? Probably Cult of Personality on Guitar Hero 3. That's a song I can get like 98 percent on.

What's your favorite part of training when it comes to strength and conditioning? Power Cleaning is my favorite workout. It takes the most out of you, but it's my favorite workout.

What are some of your other passions outside of athletics? I'm big on learning a lot of stuff about things that I don't need to learn about. I'll watch YouTube videos on anything. For example, last night I was watching a 40-Minute YouTube video on Chinese street food. I'll watch anything. I'll watch a video on a person making a machete and I'll never make a machete in my life, but I could tell you exactly how to make one.

Have you found a favorite restaurant in town? Probably Sickies Garage. I'm a big burger person.

What has been your favorite part, other than football, about being in Fargo? Outside of football, the environment is really cool. Even when students aren't on campus, everything is really busy because Fargo is an actual city. I live downtown so I'm kind of in the mix of everything and it's cool to see just how lively everything is.

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Congratulations To The Most Recent Inductees Into The NDSU Athletics Hall Of Fame Lindsey (Graham) Gustafson Softball, Pitcher Honors: Led North Dakota State to four NCAA tournaments including a pair of North Central Region championships with a third place national finish in 2003 and fifth place in 2002... NDSU won the 2002 North Central Conference tournament and compiled a 180-38 during her career...Threetime NFCA Division II All-American, including first-team honors in 2002 and 2003...2003 NCAA Division II national all-tournament team...Two-time NCAA North Central Regional all-tournament team...Four-time NFCA All-North Central Region pick...Three-time North Central Conference Player of the Year (2002-0304)...Four-time All-NCC...Named NCC Player of the Week on 11 occasions... NFCA Scholar-Athlete...Academic AllNCC. Stats/Notes: Program’s all-time leader with 1,019 strikeouts...On career charts, No. 1 in shutouts (49), earned run average (1.11), opponent batting average (.177) and strikeouts per seven-inning game (8.43)... Tied for first at NDSU with seven career saves...Had three no-hitters...Also No. 3 with 95 wins and 846 innings pitched...

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Her 137 pitching appearances and 117 starts were school records and still rank fourth most in Bison history...Career .317 hitter with 25 home runs and 98 RBIs... Finished fourth and is still tied for No. 10 all-time at NDSU in home runs...Earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from NDSU and was a graduate assistant for the Bison in 2005 and 2006...Coached softball for 13 years at her alma mater, C.M. Russell High School, including nine as the head coach before resigning to spend time with her family...Inducted into the Montana High School Association Athletes Hall of Fame in 2018.


Chuck Klabo Football, Offensive Tackle Honors: 2000 All-America second team by D2Football.com and Football Gazette...2001 All-America honorable mention by Football Gazette...2000 and 2001 Daktronics/CoSIDA All-Region second team...2000 All-North Central Conference first team...2001 All-NCC second team. Stats/Notes: Would have been a four-year starter, but lost his senior year to injury after the first two contests... Started 36 of his 37 career games played... Debuted at right guard as a redshirt freshman in 1999 before moving to left tackle and right tackle before season’s end...Started 29 straight games, the last 26 at left tackle, prior to his injury...Cornerstone of an offensive line that blocked for NDSU all-time leading rusher and Bison Hall of Famer Lamar Gordon...Spent the 2003 season with the Cleveland Browns and the 2004 season with the Rhine Fire in Germany.

Dr. Andrew Moen Track & Field, Middle Distance Runner Honors: Seven-time NCAA Division II Track & Field All-American (four indoor/ three outdoor)...Ten-time North Central Conference champion including four times in the 800-meter run and six in the relays...Runner-up in 800 meters at 2002 NCAA indoor, placed fourth in 2000 and sixth in 2001...Member of fifth place 1,600-meter relay at 2002 NCAA indoor...Placed third in 800 meters at 2004 NCAA outdoor and eighth in the event in 2001...Member of eighth place 1,600-meter relay team at 2002 NCAA outdoor...Two-time North Central Conference outdoor champion in 800 meters in 2000 and 2004...NCC indoor 800-meter champion in 2001 and 2002...Member of 2002 NCC outdoor champion 1,600-meter relay...Member of 2000, 2001, 2002 NCC indoor champion 3,200-meter relay...2002 NCC indoor champion 1,600-meter relay. Stats/Notes: School-record time of 7:40.61 in the NCC indoor 3,200-meter relay has stood since 2002...Also part of

an indoor distance medley team whose 10:02.87 at Nebraska was an NDSU record for 10 years and still ranks fourth in program history...Remains ranked in the NDSU indoor top 10 for the 500 meters (8th, 1:04.76); 800 meters (6th, 1:51.06)...Outdoors, ran on two schoolrecord setting 3,200-meter teams in 2000 and 2002 at the Drake Relays... Member of three of the top five outdoor 3,200 relay performances in school history...Still ranks fifth in NDSU history for the distance medley relay with a 9:59.42 at Drake in 2002...Graduated with a degree in electrical engineering before transitioning to a career in medicine as a board-certified podiatrist.


Andi (Noel) Olsonawski Track & Field, Multi-Events Athlete Honors: Seven-time NCAA Division II All-American...The school’s only fourtime All-American in the outdoor heptathlon, including fifth-place finishes each of her final two seasons...Also part of the third-place 400-meter relay team at the 2000 NCAA outdoor...Earned two indoor All-America honors in the 55-meter hurdles (6th in 2001) and the 1,600-meter relay (5th in 1999)... Four-time North Central Conference champion...Won back-to-back NCC indoor pentathlon titles and NCC outdoor 400-meter relay titles in 2000 and 2001. Stats/Notes: Broke the school heptathlon record set by Bison Hall of Famer Lisa Ristau with a score of 5,294 points at the 2001 NCC championship...Still ranks fifth in NDSU history...Tied the NDSU indoor record in the 55-meter hurdles (8.02)...Graduated second in NDSU history and still ranks 10th in the indoor long jump (19-7 1/2)...Ran the third-best 100-meter outdoor hurdles time in NDSU history (14.05) and still ranks seventh all-time...Passed away in June 2020 after a nearly five-year-long cancer journey.

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Nick Severson Wrestling Honors: Two-time NCAA Division II national champion at heavyweight in 2001 and 2002...Helped Bison capture the 2001 NCAA Division II national championship with a dramatic pin in 5:59 of South Dakota State’s Jon Madsen, the turning point in NDSU topping the Jackrabbits for the crown...Won 2002 North Central Conference individual title...Four-time NCC placewinner overall... Member of two conference championship teams... Inducted into the NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2016. Stats/Notes: Posted a 7022 career record including 32-8 in duals with 36 pins... Fashioned a 47-4 record with 23 pins over final two seasons including 23-0 in duals...Put up 9-7 record including 3-3 in duals with four pins at 197-pounds in 1998-99...

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Soccer Went 14-11 including 6-5 in duals with seven pins at heavyweight in 199900...Compiled 17-1 record including 11-0 in duals with eight pins at 285 in 200001...Rolled up 30-3 record including 12-0 in duals with 17 pins at 285 in 2001-02... Placed fourth at 2003 U.S. World Team Trials...Fifth at 2003 U.S. Greco-Roman Nationals...Fourth at 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials and eighth at 2011 U.S. Nationals.

Honors: Two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) All-Central Region selection in 1996 and 1999...1996 North Central Conference Freshman of the Year...Two-time all-North Central Conference selection in 1998 and 1999...Two-time NCC Player of the Week. Stats/Notes: Member of first NDSU women’s soccer team to qualify for the NCAA tournament in 1999...Bison went 14-3-2 in 1999 including 4-1-1 in the NCC...Overcame injury during the 1997 season to become NDSU’s career leader with 122 points (50 goals, 22 assists), 1.67 points per game (73 games), 50 goals and 0.68 goals per game...Her 14 game-winning goals were an NDSU career record and still rank second...Ranks second all-time with 236

shots attempted, third with 3.23 shots per game, tied for 4th with 22 assists, seventh with 0.30 assists per game, and tied for fifth with 73 games started...Holds three of the top four NDSU singleseason marks for points and goals including a schoolrecord 37 points and 15 goals in 1999 that still rank second...Set single-match records with five goals and 10 points vs. Rocky Mountain College (10-17-1999)...Shares the single-game record of 12 shots vs. Wisconsin-River Falls (8-28-1999)...Led the Bison in points and goals in 1996, 1999 and 2000...Tied for team-lead in assists in 1999.


Jill (Theeler) Schlekeway Track & Field, Sprinter Honors: Nineteen-time NCAA Division II AllAmerican in the 400 meters and the 400- and 1,600-meter relays... Twelve-time North Central Conference champion...Ran on the school record-setting and national champion 1,600 relay team to help NDSU to the 2002 NCAA indoor team national championship... NCC indoor championship MVP as a freshman in 1998... Two-time NCC outdoor championship MVP in 1999 and 2002...As a sophomore, won the 200, 400, triple jump, and ran on the winning 400 and 1,600 relays as the Bison won the 1999 NCC outdoor meet...In 2002, she was the NCAA Woman of the Year for North Dakota, NCC Stan Marshall Award winner, NCAA Division II Conference Commissioners Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Woody Hayes National Scholar-Athlete Award and the CoSIDA Track & Field/ Cross Country Academic All-American of the Year... Three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American...Recipient of two NCAA postgraduate scholarships...

Four-time USTFCCCA AllAcademic honoree...Named to the South Dakota Sports Hall of Fame in 2015, joining her father, Jack, who was inducted in 2014. Stats/Notes: Set NDSU indoor records in the 55 meters (7.05), 60 meters (7.64), 400 meters (54.63), 1,600-meter relay (3:41.58)...Still holds the 55-meter record and ranks among the top 10 in each other category...Outdoors, set NDSU records and still ranks among the school’s top 10 in the 400 meters (7th, 53.91), 400-meter relay (7th, 46.02), 800-meter relay (8th, 1:41.01), 1,600-meter relay (9th, 3:38.54), 3,200-meter relay (5th, 8:53.74) and sprint medley relay (9th, 3:56.89)... Her time of 24.01 in the outdoor 200 meters was second at NDSU and still ranks sixth all-time...Began her professional career as an athletic administrator in 2002 interning with the North Central Conference, NCAA and University of Washington before spending a year as compliance coordinator at the University of Southern California... Resume includes serving as associate athletic director at the University of South Dakota and community relations coordinator at Augustana University.

Don Larson Track & Field/Men’s Cross Country, Head Coach Honors: Eighteen-time Summit League Coach of the Year...Earned 60 Coach of the Year honors at the conference, regional and national levels...Swept the Division II indoor and outdoor National Coach of the Year awards in 2004...1998 recipient of South Dakota State’s Ralph Ginn Award for coaching excellence...Inducted into the Howard Wood Dakota Relays Hall of Fame. Stats/Notes: Coached 55 conference championship teams in the North Central Conference and Summit League...Successfully transitioned the Bison from Division II to Division I winning three Division I independent outdoor titles and one cross country crown...Had six individual competitors combine for 14 national championships...In 40 outdoor seasons, Larson’s teams never finished lower than third in a conference meet...Won 21 NCC outdoor titles including a conferencerecord 13 straight from 1987-1999...Made seven

Top 10 finishes at the NCAA Division II outdoor championships including eighth in 2003 and third in 2004 before reclassifying to Division I...Coached Bison teams that won 11 of 12 Summit League outdoor titles before retirement... Indoors, the Bison won 8 of 13 Summit League titles... NDSU tied for ninth at the 2019 NCAA Division I indoor meet behind two-time individual national champion Payton Otterdahl in the weight throw and shot put... Led 14 teams to NCC indoor championships and finished as high as fourth at the NCAA indoor championship (1989) in addition to three fifth-place finishes (1990, 1994, 2004) and seven other Top 10 showings...Coached nine cross country athletes to 13 NCAA Division II AllAmerica awards...Competed for conference rival South Dakota State University (1971-76), capturing two All-America honors in the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in 1972 (6th) and 1975 (4th) to go along with seven NCC championships in track and field...Set three league records and still holds a share of the retired 600-yard indoor mark of 1:11.90 set in 1975.

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This is an extremely exciting time for NDSU basketball. Last season marked the first time since 20082009 that both the men's and women put together a winning record. Both squads are returning the majority of their rosters from last season's successful campaigns, meaning expectations at the SHAC are sky high for 2021.


ast season, Jory Collins led NDSU to its first winning season in women’s basketball since the 2007-2008 season. A lot of your players and former players talk about the culture shift that happened when you took over the program in 2019. Can you tell our readers what the principles of that culture are and how you try to implement them? We’ve actually talked a lot about that lately with our team. The three big values of our team are honesty, resiliency and respect. My main rules when I came in were: be on time, give your best effort and be a great teammate. We really feel like if we do that and live those, the rest of it takes care of itself. If we recruit good athletes with talent that live by those things, then we have a chance to have some success. When that first happened, did it take some time for the team to really buy in? Yeah, I think anytime you come in and are different, there can be a little bit of shock value for the players. Fortunately, there was very little resistance right away. It was easy to get that first group to buy in. Over time, we’ve brought in new players and the buy in has been the same. However, we haven’t had very many players yet who have had multiple years in the program so it’s still a process right now. You talk about the emphasis lately on those principles, is that something you focus in on in the buildup to the season?

of days and it really helped us because I’m good at living those things that we talk about, but I’ve never been great about defining it and getting it down on paper to lay it out for our team. We were able to do that this fall. They were here for two nights with us. They build cohesive teams through shared adversity. They put you in stressful situations and put leaders out in front to get people organized and have them do things in the exact right way. They have a really, really high standard of doing some simple things which reveals a lot of people’s ability to lead and people’s ability to take leadership. What’s most gratifying for you as a coach? The whole reason I do it is because I love helping people. I like to watch our players grow during their time here, as basketball players of course, but moreso as people. They might come in shy and not sure how things are going to work out and then as juniors and seniors they develop into really confident and strong young women that are ready to go out into the world and do big things.

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What do you feel are the team’s strengths heading into the season? Now, I finally feel like we have a lot more experience–experience with our coaching staff and experience with each other. Our last two years, it felt like we were starting over with a new coaching staff coming in. We kind of had to start over and reteach everything. Last year, we had a lot of new players. This year, it was awesome to have a full spring and summer. We were really able to start to see recall from our players. Now, we can start to build on the last couple of years. I think our versatility with some players will be really nice for us this year. We have multiple players that can play multiple positions. and we’ll be able to matchup better with teams because of the variety of players we can put out there. Is there anyone, based on their progression in the spring and summer, that we should look out for this season? Kadie Deaton has had a really good spring and a really good summer. She was a transfer last year and didn’t become eligible until game four. It took her a long time to get in shape because of some of those things but she has looked completely different this year. She’s really going to be an impact player for us. Usually, when you have junior college players, there’s a significant jump between your first year and the next year. Reneya Hopkins is no different and she’s playing quite a bit better. All of our returners have really made a big jump just getting to have a summer. Do any of the incoming freshman look like they’re going to be making an immediate impact? Yeah, Katie Hildebrandt has been a pleasant surprise. We had high expectations for her at some point in her career but she came in this summer looking like she’s ready to contribute immediately. Her mental capacity to pick things up right away was great for a freshman. She’s way more skilled than I even thought she was. We recruited

her more as a post player and we’ve found that she’s much more of a 4 and can maybe even play some 3 for us with her skill level. She’s put in a lot of work on her own before she got here and it shows. Because rosters are so small in college basketball, I’m sure you have to be very selective with who you’re giving scholarship offers to and whatnot. What does that process look like for you? What do you look for in a recruit? When I first started recruiting, I was taught to look for things that you can’t coach first, like athleticism, size, speed and quickness. Then, we want to look for skill and try to project whether the way they play can fit into our system and whether or not we can play to their strengths. There are a lot of really good players out there that we don’t recruit because they don’t fit the way we play. This is the first time in a while that there are big expectations around the program heading into the season, is there anything you are doing with your girls to prepare them for that? I think the girls have high expectations which is what I’m most excited about. That’s what I’m used to as a head coach is high expectations. It has taken us awhile to get that mindset into our players and to get them to believe that we can be a good basketball team. But I think that’s something we embrace. We don’t try to protect them from it. We need to earn it and live up to it. We need to not get complacent and we need to live up to those expectations on a daily basis. Is there anything else you’d like to say to our readers? Come out and see us play! We should have a really fun group this year. We could feel momentum building last year and we would love to see people come see us play.


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there was some uncertainty in the transition because you were recruited by the previous staff and everything. Yeah, especially with me being one of the ones that had been here for so long. It was kind of scary not knowing who he was or what he was about. Once I met him and once he stepped into our gym, I knew this was the place to be. I knew things were going to turn around. He’s so knowledgeable about basketball and cares so much about us as players.


What are your postgraduate plans? I’ll start grad school in January for Communications. After that, it’s open. My undergraduate is Elementary Education and Human Development and Family Science. I’ve thought about potentially teaching. I’ve really enjoyed my student teaching thus far. What has this evolution of the program meant to you? I knew it wasn’t going to be a cakewalk. I knew it was going to be a grind, but that’s what I love. I love putting my head down and going to work. Now that we have the right pieces it’s incredible. Being local, was NDSU always the goal? I never thought about playing college basketball until I got my very first recruitment call. It just kind of came up in my life. Once I decided I wanted to play college basketball, staying local was the goal


I had to imagine you had a lot of anxiety coming into the program as a transfer last season. How did you go about ingratiating yourself to your teammates?

and I really like that. I want to work with kids once I'm done playing basketball.

There was a lot of anxiety when I first got here, especially with COVID and everything. So, when I first got here, I was way out of my comfort zone. I had never lived outside of Oklahoma. But, I had to stretch myself and be uncomfortable in order to get comfortable. Now, I feel like I'm at home here.

My favorite thing about basketball is building relationships with my teammates. I've never been on a team like this where we really work together on the court and have each other's backs off the court.

What's your passion outside of basketball?

I think this year's team is a lot tougher. We finish tough plays that we wouldn't have been close to finishing last year.

I've been volunteering and working with kids at the Police Department

What's your favorite part about basketball?

What's the biggest difference between this year's team and last year's team?

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What’s the biggest difference between last season and this season? I hope the biggest change is the COVID piece. Hopefully, that is a lot different and things are more seamless so we don’t have the struggles that come with that. I’m really looking forward to a true conference schedule and having fans. To have a true even 10-team conference, helps with scheduling and our rhythm of practice. I think a lot of our success has come from not changing a whole lot of things, but instead trying to constantly become a better version of ourselves. We want to work everyday to develop habits and meet our expectations. Certainly, there will be some tweaks and new offensive sets, but we’re not suddenly going to become a press team or jack up a three within the first two seconds of a shot clock. Last year, by all accounts, was a good year, but we’re not in it for good. We’re in it for great. Some guys really came out for us last year. One that really comes to mind is Sam Griesel. Sam started his first two

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years at the 4 for us and last year he was thrust into the Point Guard role. He really thrived in a lot of senses in that role as well. Now, we’ve got some other guards. Dezmond McKinney has a year of experience. We’re really excited about Willie Guy and Andrew Kallman as well. We need to find a way to get Sam off the ball a little bit. Jarius Cook is guy that took a huge jump last year and I expect him to take even another jump this year. Grant Nelson is another guy I expect to see that out of. He has added 1015 pounds in the weight room. Maleeck HardenHayes is healthy again and he wasn’t last year. We’re very excited about the possibilities for this season.

23-24 years old and he’s engaged, but he’s done a great job of entrenching himself with our team. Who we are as far as being tough and together really is established off of the court.

With all of the craziness with the pandemic and the one-time transfer rule, I’m sure there were lots of options out there as far as transfers. What did you like about Andrew Kallman and Willie Guy to bring them into the program?

I noticed looking down the roster that there are a larger number of local kids than in year’s past. Have you put an added emphasis on that?

The first thing for me is that they fit in great in the locker room. They’re wonderful people. That isn’t always easy, especially for a guy like Andrew Kallman. He is

We already had connections with those two. Willie Guy played for one of our assistant coaches, Josh Sash in Junior College. So, I really knew who I was getting as a person. Andrew Kallman played AAU basketball with Rocky Kreuser. They’ve been friends for a long time and he just got done playing his last two seasons for my former boss Saul Phillips at Northern State. There are direct connections that you look for to really help that transition into the program.

We talk about our style of play being inside out and that’s really the way we want to recruit. We want to start in Fargo and work our way out. College basketball is really really tough and there’s a lot of adversity. And now, there are more and more opportunities


to move with the transfer portal and whatnot. It’s easier to leave if things aren’t going your way or if you don’t understand something. Fargo has an interesting environment, climate and culture. So, we feel that if we can recruit from within the area, our players will have a better understanding of that adversity on the front side and will be more likely to stay when things get tougher. Make no mistake about it, Maleek Harden-Hayes, Boden Skunberg and Grant Nelson are here because we believe they are Summit League Championship caliber people and players. Period. They just happen to be from Moorhead, Jamestown and Devils Lake. Meaning, they aren’t here simply because of where they are from. It helps that they are from where they are from, but they wouldn’t be here if they weren’t the right people and the championshiplevel talent to keep us where we want to be. The whole landscape of college basketball has changed and I want to be clear that we are a developmental program. We are developing young men and we are developing basketball players. When someone commits to us and sticks around a year or two and then leaves, that’s the worst thing for our program. We’re trying to get as much information about our players on the front side so that when they come here, they want to stay. Griesel, Eady and Kreuser have been contributing to this team essentially since they got here, what does that do for you as a program to have that type of veteran presence? It’s everything, to be honest. I’m certainly the head coach and the leader guiding them, but this is their team. These three are as good as it gets. They exemplify everything that I want this program to be about. It’s not over for them. I’m going to continue to coach them and a big piece of their season is to leave a legacy.

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The extra year of eligibility you’ve been granted with the COVID Pandemic is pretty unique. What was your reaction when you found out you’d have an opportunity for a fifth year with the team? I’d say almost relief. No one is ever really ready to leave college basketball behind and knowing that I had an extra year gave me a sense of gratitude towards the game. It was a silver lining throughout the whole COVID Pandemic. Did you have to think about what your decision would be when it came to that fifth year of eligibility? When I found out in the preseason of last year, I really wanted to focus on the season before I really thought about it. It was a

pretty quick decision though. All my guys are here. I love my teammates, the coaches, the fans, the school and the culture. We have an opportunity for success here and it gives me an opportunity for success after the year as well. Are you in a graduate program? I’m in a Health Nutrition and Exercise Science master’s program sub category called Leadership, Physical Education and Sport. What’re your postgraduate plans? Obviously, the goal is to go play professionally somewhere.

Is coaching something you’ve considered in the future?

those simple mistakes start to go away.

Absolutely. I want to try and stay as close to the game as possible. Throughout my life, this game has given me so much. I want to stay near it. I haven’t looked into it yet, but it’s definitely an option in the future.

Our guys have also been getting closer and closer. Our team chemistry is better than it has ever been.

What’s the biggest improvement you’ve seen in this team over the offseason from last year to this year? There are so many things. We had a really young group last year and I think the biggest thing has been getting comfortable in roles and with how the college basketball experience works. With a year under your belt, some of

You played football in high school, how different is that dynamic as far as relationship building within the sports given the massive difference in the size of teams? I think it’s less cliquey. With 14 of us, we can all hang out at once. Very rarely can you get 70 guys to all hang out.

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You played right away as a freshman, which isn't typical. Is there anything you do in your leadership role now to help expedite the development and make them as comfortable as possible? I think it's my job as a captain and a guy that has been there and done that to share my knowledge of college basketball and our program with the young guys. When I was a freshman, we had really good leaders. 46

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If you could have a ferocious rebound, a three-pointer or a really nice assist, which would you choose? Honestly, an assist or a very good team defensive possession. We really pride ourselves on stuff like that. What're you most looking forward to this season? Just getting out there and playing. I've kind of been there and done that. It's been

a long ride and I'm ready to finish it off with the guys that I love and the people I came here with.


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oct/nov

athletics calendar OCTOBER 10/9 Women’s Volleyball vs. Omaha Fargo, ND 11 a.m. Football vs. Northern Iowa Fargo, ND 1 p.m.

10/10 Women’s Soccer vs. North Dakota Fargo, ND 1:05 p.m.

10/11 Women’s Golf at Pat LesserHarbottle Invitational Tacoma, WA

10/12 Women’s Golf at Pat LesserHarbottle Invitational Tacoma, WA Women’s Volleyball at South Dakota State Brookings, SD 7 p.m.

10/15 Women’s Cross Country at Bradley Pink Classic Peoria, Ill. 3 p.m. Men’s Cross Country at Bradley Pink Classic Peoria, Ill. 3:45 p.m.

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Women’s Soccer at South Dakota State Brookings, SD 6 p.m.

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10/16

Women’s Soccer vs. Denver Fargo, ND 1:05 p.m.

Football at Illinois State Normal, Ill. 2 p.m. Women’s Volleyball at North Dakota Fargo, ND 7 p.m.

10/17 Women’s Soccer at South Dakota Vermillion, SD 1 p.m.

10/21 Women’s Volleyball at Oral Roberts Tulsa, OK 7 p.m.

10/22 Women’s Soccer vs. Omaha Fargo, ND 6 p.m.

10/23 Women’s Volleyball at Kansas City Kansas City, MO 1 p.m. Football vs Missouri State Fargo, ND 2:30 p.m.

Men’s Golf at ODU/Kilmarlic Tournament Powells Point, NC

10/25 Men’s Golf at ODU/Kilmarlic Tournament Powells Point, NC

10/26 Men’s Golf at ODU/Kilmarlic Tournament Powells Point, NC

10/28 Women’s Volleyball vs. St. Thomas Fargo, ND 7 p.m.

10/29 Women’s Soccer at Western Illinois Macomb, Ill. 3 p.m.

10/30 Men’s and Women’s Cross Country at Summit League Championships Tulsa, OK 10 a.m. Women’s Volleyball vs. Western Illinois Fargo, ND 11 a.m.

Football vs. Indiana State Fargo, ND 2:30 p.m.

10/31 Women’s Soccer at St. Thomas St. Paul, MN 1 p.m.

NOVEMBER 11/1 Men’s Basketball vs. Minot State Fargo, ND 7 p.m.

11/4 Women’s Soccer Summit League Semifinals Denver, CO Women’s Volleyball at Omaha Omaha, NE 7 p.m.

11/6 Women’s Soccer Summit League Championship Denver, CO Wrestling vs. California Baptist Fargo, ND 1 p.m. Football at South Dakota State Brookings, SD 2 p.m.


Women’s Volleyball at Denver Denver, CO 2 p.m.

Women’s Basketball at Green Bay Green Bay, WI 1 p.m.

Football vs. South Dakota Fargo, ND 2:30 p.m.

11/9

Women’s Volleyball at North Dakota Grand Forks, ND 7 p.m.

Women’s Basketball vs. Montana Fargo, ND 7 p.m.

11/15

11/22

Men’s Basketball at UNLV Las Vega, N

Men’s Basketball vs. Tarleton State Fargo, ND 7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball vs. Concordia-Moorhead Fargo, ND 7 p.m.

11/11 Wrestling vs. Missouri Fargo, ND 7 p.m.

11/16

Women’s Basketball at Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI 7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball at Arizona Tuscon, AZ 8 p.m.

11/12

11/17

Men’s and Women’s Cross Country at NCAA Midwest Regional Iowa City, IA

Women’s Basketball vs. Northern Iowa Fargo, ND 7 p.m.

Men’s Basketball at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA 4 p.m.

11/18

11/13 Wrestling vs. Bison Open Fargo, ND All Day Football at Youngstown State Youngstown, OH 11 a.m.

Women’s Volleyball vs. South Dakota State Fargo, ND 7 p.m.

11/20 Women’s and Men’s Cross Country at NCAA National Championships Tallahassee, FL Women’s Volleyball vs. South Dakota Fargo, ND 11 a.m.

11/23 Women’s Basketball vs. Dickinson State Fargo, ND 7 p.m.

11/25 Women’s Volleyball at Summit League Championships Vermillion, SD

11/26 Women’s Volleyball at Summit League Championships Vermillion, SD

11/27 Women’s Volleyball at Summit League Championships Vermillion, SD Men’s Basketball vs. Idaho Fargo, ND 7 p.m.


SWANY SAYS

BY JOSHUA A. SWANSON *Swanson is a native of Maddock, N.D., a proud NDSU alum and a lifelong Bison fan.

Fourth downs, style points, rivalry games, and expectations. orth Dakota State went into the Alerus Center and stifled the University of North Dakota for a 16–10 win in the Missouri Valley Football Conference opener for both teams. The game was a defensive slugfest, with the Bison using two key, dramatic, fourth down stops to end UND’s 12-game home winning streak. In a head-scratcher of a call, UND opted to go for it on 4th-and-1 at its own 20-yard line with seven minutes left in the third quarter. The Herd stuffed a run for no gain, and then settled for

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The Bison offense did its part after the second fourth down stop. The Herd put together their best offensive drive of the afternoon, going 58 yards on 8 plays, with Hunter Luepke bulldozing the Fighting Hawks into the red zone. The drive culminated with a 3-yard Quincy Patterson touchdown run that all but put the game out of reach.

win on the road against a playoff team from last spring, deprived UND of that signature win over NDSU they’ve been so desperately seeking, and a defensive performance that was worthy of the ’85 Chicago Bears. No, for some fans, nothing short of a 49–0 victory would have sufficed. To those fans, please, just stop. Enjoy a hard-earned win against a very good opponent. You don’t have to like the University of North Dakota. But get off the high horse and recognize they aren’t the punch and cupcake versions of themselves that got rolled by the Bison in their first three Division I contests.

You wouldn’t know it, though, reading through the comments on social media. Bison fans were apoplectic on everything from the passing game to the play-calling. Forget that the Herd improved to 4–0, notched a Top 10

“It was about as fun of a game as I can remember playing,” said NDSU senior linebacker Jackson Hankey. Hankey, who hails from Park River, North Dakota, grew up in the shadow of both schools. He’s also one of the Bison

a chip shot field goal to take a 9-7 lead. With 5:53 left in the contest, and the Bison clinging to that same two-point lead, UND tried a reverse on 4th-and-2. Again, the NDSU defense stopped the Fighting Hawks short.


team captains. “The place was packed. They were loud. It made for a really fun atmosphere.” Make no mistake, the folks in kelly green and white were amped up, and are amped up, trying to will this game to the former iconic rivalry it once was under larger-than-life figures like Rocky Hager and Roger Thomas. They yearn for the Cold War era of this series, the Football America documentary days. The Alerus Center had the vibe of the Fargodome from a few years back when Bison fans turned it into the best homefield advantage in college football. Jeff Kolpack from the Fargo Forum overtook Mike McFeely, even if only temporarily, as the arch-villain of NDSU fandom for tweeting during the game that the, “Bison have never played in front of a crowd like this in the Division I era.” While post-pandemic crowds, and less than stellar opponents, have accounted for a lack of sellouts this fall at the Fargodome, Bison fans have shown a malaise of sorts in recent years. You don’t have to believe me, but believe the numbers. Look at the 2019 playoffs. NDSU was on fire that fall, entering the postseason 12 – 0. The Bison had three guys on the roster who would go on to be taken in the NFL Draft: Trey Lance, Dillon Radunz, and Jabril Cox, along with a host of others who, arguably, comprised one of the greatest teams in program history. The second round playoff game against No. 19 Nicholls drew 15,690. The next weekend, in a 9–3 quarterfinal rock fight against No. 13 Illinois State, attendance dropped to 14,132. It took a semifinal game and a trip to Frisco on the line for Bison Nation to finally show up, as 18,077 fans watched Lance put on a dazzling display of playmaking that helped catapult him to the No. 3 overall pick in said NFL Draft, as the Bison trounced

No. 5 Montana State 42–14. It seems that fire from Bison fans has moved from the blue seats of the Dome to the red hot takes on social media. We’ve seen this movie before, by the way, if Bison fans are tempted to take anything for granted. NDSU puts together one of the greatest runs in college football history in the 1980s, winning five national championships in eight years (’83, ’85, ’86, ’88, and ’90). The Herd added two national runnerup finishes during that run as well (’81 and ’84). This lit a blazing fire under the program to the north on I-29, and they scratched, clawed, and scrapped to relevancy in the latter Division II days. You can also look south on I-29, where a once irrelevant South Dakota State program sprang to prominence as they grew sick and tired of the juggernaut in Fargo. Any win over UND or SDSU is a good win worthy of celebrating. I don’t care if it’s by one point, or 31 points. Any win over UND or SDSU keeps those two would-be usurpers in their places. You have no idea how demoralizing it is to their coaches, players, and fan bases when NDSU beats them, again and again and again, particularly at home. You want to keep those two programs in check, and the fires dormant. Just win, baby, by any means necessary.

a rival require a 20-point thrashing to be enjoyable. So I’ll leave you with this, friends. Style points don’t win games, and they don’t win conference or national championships. NDSU is 4–0. UND is 2–2. NDSU is also 2–0 against UND since last March. I don’t know about you, but that brings a big ear-to-ear smile to my face that no amount of style points can erase. Everybody up for the kickoff, the march is on!

Fans in Grand Forks or Brookings would do backflips for a single national championship, or the type of national notoriety and publicity the Bison get. For whatever reason, being good, as in really, really good–to the point of winning eight of the last ten national titles–isn’t seemingly good enough anymore for some elements of the NDSU fan base. The armchair coaching and ill-tempered comments from sites with names like “#1 NDSU Bison Fans” makes about as much sense as Bubba Schweigert’s fourth down decision making. Since when did beating 59


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Catch The

Roundball Bug Take note, great things are about to occur on the hardwood this winter... here is just something about finding yourself inside a basketball gym on a cold winter evening. It’s one of my favorite times of the year, not when temperatures drastically drop, but when we begin to hear the bouncing of basketballs on hardwood, the swishing of nets, buzzers sounding, whistles blowing and coaches yelling.

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As a true basketball fan, there is just something so special about a new college basketball season. The rights and wrongs of last season are long gone with new players and coaches occupying benches across the nation. Right here in Fargo, we have a basketball renaissance occurring. Both North Dakota State’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are poised to compete in the Summit League this season. The Bison men return a nearly identical roster as last year, which saw NDSU fall just short of winning the Summit League Tournament against Oral Roberts. A similar narrative can be

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said about the ladies after falling in the Summit League Tournament semifinal to rival South Dakota. With both programs bound for success in 2021-22, Bison fans should be very excited for the winter. Here are some things to consider as we head towards hoops season... This Could Have Easily Looked A Whole Lot Different… Dave Richman has to consider himself a fairly lucky coach. On paper, the Bison men’s basketball team fields one of their deepest and most talented rosters to date. To say something that bold warrants an explanation. Especially given how talented North Dakota State has been on the hardwood the last three seasons. In a world where college basketball (especially mid-major basketball) is dominated by the transfer portal, North Dakota State came out relatively unscathed this offseason. The same

cannot be said for other Summit League foes like South Dakota and Oral Roberts. However, that could be to NDSU’s advantage in 2021-22. Make no mistake about it, though, the Bison roster you see this season could have just as easily fallen apart. There is no doubt that Rocky Kreuser is good enough to play at a Power Five school, especially after his Summit League title game performance. The same can be said for Sam Griesel, Tyree Eady and even youngsters like Grant Nelson and Andrew Morgan. The attractiveness of the transfer portal could have torn this team apart. Yet, they were able to retain just about everyone from last season. That is a testament to Dave Richman, his staff and his players. While we’re on that topic, who is to say Richman did not have a bigger offer at a larger school as well Given his body of work at NDSU, he has no doubt been looked at by other schools. However, none of that has occurred. The players have bought into the program and its philosophy.


To have a mid-major program that retains players for four (or more) years is a rarity in college athletics. This year’s Bison team has that. Make sure not to take it for granted. Talk About A Size Advantage… Basketball has evolved so much over the last ten years that back-to-thebasket post play is almost a lost art. Forwards and centers are smaller, leaner and possess the ability to shoot the basketball from long range. That is just a trend in the game that continues to take center stage. While the Bison may not be a true back-to-the-basket type team, they offer the size to dominate the paint on both ends of the floor. We know Rocky Kreuser’s 6-foot-10 frame allows him to bang bodies down low and block shots at the rim. What makes Kreuser so dominant is his shooting ability. Couple Kreuser with two equally large posts in Grant Nelson (listed as 6-foot-11, but is likely closing in on 7 feet) and true freshman Andrew Morgan (listed at 6-foot-10) and you have a trio of towers down low. That is a whole heck of a lot of size, folks. It’s size that goes relatively unmatched when comparing against the rest of the Summit League. What that means is this NDSU team has the opportunity to be one of the more dominant defensive teams of all time. Now, I can speak from experience, the 2019-20 Bison team was one of the best defensive teams I’ve seen. I firmly believe that this team’s size down low and quickness in the backcourt can make them an elite defensive unit. For how good NDSU can be offensively with their size and skill, they can be even better defensively.

seen over the past two seasons, it feels as though Collins and his program are ahead of schedule. It first started with a Summit League Tournament win two seasons ago. Then, the Bison finished over .500 (third in the conference) and won another tournament game last season. That is improving by leaps and bounds and we have yet to see a real plateau. Sure, we’ve seen some inconsistencies and shortcomings, but all programs go through that. With North Dakota State women’s hoops, we have seen constant improvement as time has gone on. My lone concern is if/when we will see a plateau. I know Jory Collins is a great basketball coach and a motivating one at that. Those qualities alone may be enough to keep the Bison on a steady upward climb. They have great players like Heaven Hamling and Ryan Cobbins, who can take over games at any moment. Both are talented enough to be in the discussion for Summit League Player of the Year. On top of that, they have great returning talent in Kadie Deaton, Reneya Hopkins, Olivia Skibiel and Abby Schulte, all of whom were vital contributors last year. It’s a similar roster to last season, but the expectation has to be that they are another year improved. That upward trajectory needs to continue especially as the Bison chip away at South Dakota and South Dakota State, who will be the league’s top teams. What is the barometer for success in 2021-22? I think it’s finally taking a game from one of those schools. Whether it’s in the regular season or in March, I think that type of win firmly establishes NDSU as a perennial Summit League contender.

What’s The Next Step? That’s my slant. It doesn’t feel like Jory Collins is entering only his third season at the helm of Bison women’s basketball. With the success and improvement


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Clive’s Roadhouse 13050 Aldrich Ave S Burnsville, MN 55337 952-426-3625 Copper Trail Brewing Co. 205 Broadway St Alexandria, MN 56308 320-219-6688 Cormorant Inn 10510 Co Hwy 5 Pelican Rapids, MN 56572 218-439-3535 Pit 611 15057 Co Hwy 11 Audubon, MN 56511 218-439-6121 Spitfire 1100 North Shore Dr Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 218-844-3473 Tappers Pub 879 Stryker Ave St. Paul, MN 55118 651-457-6784


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MacKenzie River Pizza 819 24th Ave E West Fargo, ND 58078 701-532-2221

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Buffalo Wings & Rings 910 24th Ave SW Minot, ND 58701 701-852-4297

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South Dakota

North Dakota

Casselton Vets Club 814 Front St Casselton, ND 58012 701-404-0806

The Piggy BBQ 816 24th Ave E #118 West Fargo, ND 58078 702-755-3806

Chub’s Pub & Package Place 421 N University Dr Fargo, ND 58102 701-235-8425

Proz Sports Bar & Grille 101 6th St NE Devils Lake, ND 58301 701-662-2101

The Crow’s Nest 2221 Bandywood Drive Nashville, TN 37215 615-783-0720

The Club Bar 112 Main Ave E Rolla, ND 58367 701-477-5230

Radisson Blu Fargo 201 5th St N Fargo, ND 58102 701-232-7363

Texas

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Kennedy’s Public House 2221 Bandywood Drive Nashville, TN 37215 615-783-0720

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