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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KINDRED, N.D.—Enderlin-Maple Valley waved bye-bye to an eight-year drought in reaching the North Dakota Class B state baseball tournament. Literally, since it was Chance Bye who led the way. The Falcons' pitcher-shortstop was money all day in leading his team to an 8-5 victory over Kindred-Richland to give Enderlin-Maple Valley the Region 1 title at the Vikings' home field. It came after the Falcons took a 5-1 win in the opener in the best 2-of-3 series championship game series.
FARGO—North Dakota State is in the market for an assistant football coach after wide receivers coach Atif Austin accepted an assistant position with the New England Patriots. One of the probable requirements for the job: the ability to recruit the state of Florida. New England head coach Bill Belichick called Austin on Friday to offer him the position of assistant running backs coach. Belichick also called head coach Chris Klieman, who said Monday he couldn't be happier for Austin.
FARGO—There was a time in the Sanford Fargo Marathon on Saturday morning when Semehar Tesfaye was concerned about a her three-peat bid in the women's division. In the end, about the only worry turned out to be finding somebody to run with. The Fargo South graduate became the first runner to win three in a row in any Fargo Marathon event, taking the 26.2-mile marathon in 2 hours, 39 minutes, 22 seconds. That was almost six minutes ahead of the next runner.
FARGO—All Geofrey Terer has done lately in the sport of running is win. The native Kenyan now based in Colorado Springs, Colo., won the 14th annual Sanford Fargo Marathon on Saturday, his second 26.2-mile victory in three weeks. He won the Lincoln Marathon on May 6, which followed victories in the 25K Cheyenne Mountain Trail Race in Colorado Springs in April and the Cowtown Ultra 50K in February in Fort Worth, Texas.
FARGO—The high point of entries for the Sanford Fargo Marathon came in 2012 when 25,700 signed up for the races that comprise the weekend event. It was about that time when races around the region became more frequent, meaning Fargo has some competition to deal with. The numbers reflected it. Entries hovered between 21,000 and 23,000 for the next four years and dropped to 18,073 last year. At some point, Fargo Marathon executive director Mark Knutson expects a few of the smaller races to fade away, meaning Fargo could be in line for another growth spurt.
FARGO—Cold and windy. But at least rain is out of the forecast for the Sanford Fargo Marathon on Saturday. It's a forecast that is going to require some planning for most of the pack running either the 13.1-mile half marathon or the 26.2-mile full. Race time temperatures around 7 a.m. are expected to be in the mid-40s, said WDAY chief meterologist John Wheeler.
FARGO—One shot at making a difference, one at bat per game. That's the role North Dakota State softball player Dani Renner has in mind every time she comes to the ballpark. If you were to come up with some fancy title, she would be the Chief Executive Pinch Hitter. It's not a role every fifth-year senior would probably embrace, but that's what she's done lately with the Bison. Pitcher Jacquelyn Sertic was the most valuable player in the Summit League tournament, but there was no minimizing Renner's impact on the tourney.
FARGO—The baseball option of choice for Carter Thompson last summer was the Rocky Mountain Baseball League in Colorado. It was ideal for his off-the-field hobbies of hiking and climbing, too, since the state has some of the best peaks and trails the country has to offer. Now back at North Dakota State for his sophomore season, he's still climbing, only it's not some face of a mountain. It's the lineup card with the Bison.
FARGO—The Sanford Fargo Marathon begins at 7 a.m. Saturday at the Fargodome. But in reality, if you're looking for any sort of peak performance, it can start now. Putting the right and appropriate amount of fuel in your body is highly recommended beginning 36 to 48 hours before a race, if not longer.
FARGO -- North Dakota State is taking the first step in upping its game in the arms race of Division I football facilities. The budget and finance committee of the State Board of Education on Tuesday approved a request to build a $37.2 million indoor practice facility.