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Phil Jackson headlines five Sioux Award recipients

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The annual Sioux Awards Banquet was tonight and a big time name returned to Grand Forks.

Phil Jackson, who is in the Basketball Hall Of Fame and is an 11-time NBA Coaching Champion, came back to UND.

He played three years at North Dakota scoring 1708 points which is currently 7th all-time at the university.

In final season at UND, Jackson averaged 27.4 points per game which is still the record for highest scoring average in a season.

He is one of five individuals to receive a Sioux Award this year which is the highest honor given by the UND Alumni Association and Foundation for achievement, service and loyalty.

Jackson's loyalty began even before he made his way to Grand Forks.

Here are the five 2018 Sioux Award recipients.

Jackson is joined by Jeanne Crain, Lauris Molbert, Michael Lodoen and Mary Maring.

Mark Pearson

Mark is the Sports Anchor at WDAZ. He comes to Grand Forks from his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. Mark graduated from Butler University in 2016 and started working at WDAZ in July of that year. Mark is the Monday-Friday Anchor for the 6 and 10 O'clock shows. During his time as the Sports Anchor at WDAZ, he has covered events like March Madness, Super Bowl 52, and interviewed many athletes--from kindergarteners to professionals. Mark loves playing and watching sports as much as he enjoys covering them--when he was in high school, he was the captain of his varsity basketball team, and he played on Butler's club basketball team. Mark's favorite part of being a sports anchor is capturing and sharing the moments in sports that connect the community. Aside from broadcasting and reporting, Mark loves when he has the opportunity to be the play-by-play announcer for athletic events. In his spare time, you can find Mark shooting hoops, eating ice cream, or hanging out with his wife, Kelly, and their cat, Stella. Fun fact: Mark loves math so much, he added a math minor, just so he could take more college calculus courses. 

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