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GRAND FORKS, N.D.—When the University of North Dakota football program talks about Memorial Stadium, it's usually in reference to the team's practice facility and former Division II home on campus. Chatter of Memorial Stadium on Wednesday took on a new meaning. The Fighting Hawks will play at Nebraska's Memorial Stadium in 2022 (Sept. 3) and 2026 (Sept. 19), UND announced Wednesday, Dec. 13. UND will receive a $515,000 guarantee for the first game and $560,000 for the second.
GRAND FORKS—Entering a timeout early in the second half, as North Dakota State guard Paul Miller scored on another drive to the basket, North Dakota coach Brian Jones took a few steps onto the court and yelled out at nobody in particular. "Can someone guard him?" Jones pleaded. They couldn't. Miller scored 30 points on 12-for-16 shooting to lead NDSU to a 79-88 non-conference win over UND on Saturday night, Dec. 9, in front of 3,057 at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
GRAND FORKS—With a tie game heading into the fourth quarter, University of North Dakota women's basketball coach Travis Brewster huddled his team and drew up a play. As the huddle broke, UND junior Fallyn Freije whispered to her coach. "We got this, just relax," Freije said. Freijie was right. She scored a career-high 26 points and UND outscored North Dakota State 29-18 in the fourth quarter as the Fighting Hawks beat the Bison 79-68 in non-conference play in front of 2,571 fans Saturday, Dec. 9, at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center.
GRAND FORKS — Western Michigan pulled its goalie to create a 6-on-3 advantage in a one-goal game with 19 seconds left. After the University of North Dakota held on for a 4-3 win Friday night, Dec. 1, at Ralph Engelstad Arena, the teams had to be pulled apart by referees and Fighting Hawks coach Brad Berry. The usual postgame handshake was scrapped. Welcome back, Cam Johnson. So much for easing back into play without much drama. Johnson, playing for the first time after missing eight games with an injury, stopped 18 shots.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota senior setter Sydney Griffin wasn't sure she had a spot on the roster four years ago. She had signed a National Letter of Intent to play in Grand Forks, but an abrupt coaching change was cause for panic. "I remember it being stressful," Griffin said. "I found out on Twitter that (former coach Ashley Hardee) had resigned. I know I freaked out to my parents at first." But UND's next coach, Mark Pryor, didn't take long to determine he wanted the inherited recruit.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota volleyball team's extended season, which continued thanks to a repeat Big Sky Conference tournament title last weekend, means some players don't have a chance to go home for Thanksgiving. For UND junior Jordan Vail, from San Antonio, Texas, it means she goes to her second home. Vail will head to Eden Prairie, Minn., to join teammate Ashley Brueggeman. "It's my home away from home," Vail said. The Vail-Brueggeman connection isn't a new bond.
GRAND FORKS — Even though the UND football program had a disappointing season in 2017, Fighting Hawks running back John Santiago continues to be one of the Big Sky Conference's best. That was reaffirmed Tuesday, Nov. 21, when the league announced Santiago was one of three Fighting Hawks to receive all-Big Sky honors. For Santiago, it was the third straight season as an all-Big Sky first-team running back — a feat that only five players have done in the 55-year history of the league.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota women's basketball team and UMass traded punches in the third quarter. The punch from the Minutewomen was literal, whereas the Fighting Hawks' counterpunch came on the scoreboard. UND navigated a physical UMass team and rolled to an 82-52 win on Sunday afternoon in front of 1,580 at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. With 6 minutes, 29 seconds left in the third quarter, UMass' Bre Hampton-Bey punched UND's Fallyn Freije in the face after Freije confronted Hampton-Bey for wrestling down UND's Lexi Klabo.
GRAND FORKS — Sydney Griffin, University of North Dakota volleyball senior and defending Big Sky Conference Most Valuable Player, walked into the school's football game at the Alerus Center last Saturday after the volleyball team's final regular-season match at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. She was greeted with a surprising reminder of volleyball's new status in Grand Forks. "It's amazing; everyone knows who we are," Griffin said. "(Fans) asked how the game went and how we're doing. They're really informed."
GRAND FORKS — With the University of North Dakota football team having a bye during the final week of the regular season, the Fighting Hawks now turn the page to 2018 sooner than most. Although the Fighting Hawks finished a disappointing 3-8, despite starting the season as a national contender, coach Bubba Schweigert said on Monday, Nov. 13, he doesn't plan to make any coaching changes. "I love our staff," Schweigert said. "We work hard, and they're committed to being here at UND."