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—There were times growing up when Taylor Janssen would go in the radio studio with her father and help him cut a commercial. That was life as the daughter of Bo Janssen, a familiar voice, who is in his 31st year entertaining audiences of local FM radio. These days, it is Taylor—a senior on the North Dakota State women's track and field team—who is entertaining audiences at Division I meets across the country. Hardly a week goes by where at least one Bison track athlete isn't breaking some sort of personal, meet or school record and this year Taylor has hopped on that train.
FARGO — As if the North Dakota State backfield isn't crowded enough, Ty Brooks gave the Bison football coaches something else to think about: Him. The sophomore from Fargo South scored two touchdowns including an electric 60-yard run on Saturday, April 22, in the annual Green and Gold Spring Game. Granted, Brooks isn't going to overtake starters Lance Dunn or Bruce Anderson with his performance, but he showed this spring that space his is friend.
FARGO—As if the North Dakota State backfield isn't crowded enough, Ty Brooks gave the Bison football coaches something else to think about: Him. The sophomore from Fargo South scored two touchdowns including an electric 60-yard run on Saturday, April 22, in the annual Green and Gold Spring Game. Granted, Brooks isn't going to overtake starters Lance Dunn or Bruce Anderson with his performance, but he showed this spring that space his is friend.
FARGO—North Dakota State assistant football coach Bryan Shepherd showed on Friday, April 21, that he can still play the game. It just happened to be kickball. The former Bison defensive back was part of a coach's team that took on some players in a fun pick-up game that ended the practice part of spring football. Shepherd still has the speed that got him in an NFL camp. But, now, on to the main event of sorts.
FARGO -- The North Dakota State men’s basketball program took a punch in the gut of sorts on Thursday, April 20, with the announcement that starting point guard Khy Kabellis intends to transfer. The decision took everybody by surprise, including the head coach. Dave Richman said it was a “pretty short conversation” between he and Kabellis.
Fargo The football fan will find plenty of options this weekend at the Fargodome thanks to the annual North Dakota State spring game. You can start with the Bison Showcase on Friday night, which includes a platform of auction items for any green-and-gold blooded man cave. On Saturday, the players will be available for autographs, a tailgating expo will provide ideas for the parking lot next fall and Games Galore will have its inflatables for the kids to enjoy. But here's a suggestion.
FARGO—As a high school football player in Cavalier, N.D., Brock Robbins carried the ball 453 times over the course of his career. That's 453 more times than he touched the ball last season as a redshirt freshman at North Dakota State. That could change this season.
Fargo One thing we've learned from North Dakota State football Saturdays: The game is just part of the day, with the rest of it filled with either pregame stuff, postgame stuff or both. For those fans who get up at dawn, tailgate it up until game time and then go out for dinner and whatever afterward, there should be some sort of persistence award for you. You lay it all on the line, you give 110 percent and you let the chips fall where they may.
FARGO—That line of tailgating vehicles that has been assembling the night before North Dakota State football games may not be as long this fall. The athletic department is turning more spots into reserved areas that will in theory reduce the crush into the general admission tailgating section. The current reserved spots have long been sold out, with the number of requests vastly outnumbering the available space, said Pat Simmers, NDSU's senior associate director of athletics and executive director of Team Makers booster club.
Fargo The scale read 336 pounds when Quinn Alo made his official football recruiting visit to North Dakota State. It was probably around that point that Alo, then a high school kid in LaMoure, N.D., realized that if he was ever going to make it at the Division I FCS level, he had to change. Once the prep basketball season ended, he got after it. He drank nothing but water. No pop. No milk. Just water. Not one to like anything green grown from the earth, he forced himself to eat vegetables. He ate fruit. Instead of three plates of food at dinner, he kept it to just one.