Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State athletics, the Fargo Marathon and golf for The Forum. His blog can be accessed at www.bisonmedia.areavoices.com. On the radio, Kolpack & Izzo sports talk show runs from 9-11 a.m. every Saturday morning. April through August, the WDAY Golf Show with Jeff Kolpack runs from 8-9 a.m.
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FARGO—The family ties to North Dakota State football for junior cornerback Tre Fort are strong, so knotted that it would take a chainsaw to cut the rope. That's the way his grandfather, Bill Sturdevant, played the game after all. Sturdevant was inducted into the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame last fall, a reward for his days as one of the toughest kids on the block. He played both offense and defense for Bison teams in the 1960s, and is considered one of the players who brought the program to prominence after its winless season in 1962.
Fargo The rule of allowing a Division I college basketball player to transfer to another Division I school without having to sit out a year was first discussed last summer by the NCAA. It was one of those proposals you thought would just go away. It hasn't. And, in fact, it may very well be adopted by the NCAA Division I Council this June and if that's the case, look out. It's going to be all-out trench warfare out there. Count North Dakota State head men's basketball coach Dave Richman as one who believes the change will be adopted, in some form or another.
FARGO—The NCAA struck again last week in its on-going battle with the kickoff. The Playing Rules Oversight Panel approved a new stipulation allowing receiving teams to fair catch the kickoff inside the 25-yard line, which will result in a touchback and the team getting the ball at the 25. On Monday morning, the Bison kickers weren't sure what to think of the rule adjustment. "I don't know what our strategy is going to be going into the year," said senior kicker Cam Pedersen. "I can't imagine it will change."
FARGO—The Sanford Fargo Marathon is advertised as flat, friendly and fast and at least one running website agrees it's one of the best in the country. Active.com lists the Fargo as one of the top 10 races to qualify for the Boston Marathon. Whether it's actually true is debatable, since Active.com does not present any real quantifying data. All 10 marathons, however, do have some varying degree of flatness to it like the Chicago Marathon, whose only hills are the bridges on the course.
FARGO—Like a lot of college kids in their early 20s, Jacquelyn Sertic lists her favorite singers as Darius Rucker and Jon Pardi, her favorite food as hamburgers and her favorite actress as Jennifer Anniston. Her favorite athlete, however, is somebody most North Dakota State athletes probably don't know about. Roberto Clemente.
FARGO—There are photos out there of Blake Stockert when he was a freshman pitcher at North Dakota State. At least they appear to be of him. Now a senior, he's changed that much—both physically and mentally. "If you see pictures of him in the fall of his freshman year to now, it's almost unrecognizable," said Bison head coach Tod Brown. While a lot of athletes change their body by adding muscle mass and weight, Stockert went the other way. He said he dropped 25 to 30 pounds and that was the first step in becoming a legitimate Division I pitcher.
FARGO -- North Dakota State students will have fewer available seats for football games next fall, a move that NDSU student body president Mason Wenzel said was unfortunate but in the best interest of both parties involved.
FARGO—The need for the North Dakota State men's basketball team to find an interior player is more intense than ever these days. Bison head coach Dave Richman said junior center Dylan Miller won't return to the team next season. The 6-foot-8 Miller saw his role diminish over the course of the last two years, starting 19 of 29 games as a sophomore and four of 22 games this past season. He was suspended for three games late in the year for a violation of team rules and never did get back into the rotation.
FARGO—The entry way into the indoor bubble over Dacotah Field is a revolving door that fits most people comfortably. On Monday morning, as he was leaving spring practice at North Dakota State, Noah Gindorff navigated it with some care. The Bison tight ends just keep getting bigger and bigger. Gindorff is 6-foot-6 and 257 pounds. Josh Babicz is 6-6, 247. Cody Mauch is 6-4, 269. Austin Avery is the lightest of the bunch at 6-3, 246. Costner Ching, who came in as a tight end, is more of a fullback now at 6-3, 270. All five were true freshmen last fall.
FARGO—The hip pain for North Dakota State left tackle Colin Conner was so severe at times last season that just getting through a game was a chore. He had surgery after the season and is out for spring football. Dillon Radunz didn't have the opportunity to play through injuries last season. The left tackle tore the ACL in his knee in the season opener. Surgery has him missing spring ball too. When both Conner and Radunz return to practice when fall camp starts in August, both may find the depth chart crowded.