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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H/CV scores 48 unanswered points to defeat Maple Valley-Enderlin, 43-8. Thompson wins big over May-Port CG, 52-14.
Fergus Falls scores 20 unanswered points in the second half to defeat East Grand Forks, 20-14.
In the afternoon game, Fargo Davies took down Central, 58-21. In the nightcap, Red River defeated West Fargo, 16-8.
In less than 24 hours, the 53rd Potato Bowl will take place as UND will host Idaho State. These same two teams met up in the very first Potato Bowl where North Dakota won 41-0. The Fighting Hawks have played Idaho State 4 times in Division One and in all four, each were decided by one possession. Although this week is full of tradition and activities in the community, the team wants to stay focused on the football game. UND and Idaho State are scheduled to kick off the 53rd Potato Bowl inside the Alerus Center tomorrow at 4pm.
EGF falls to Bemidji, 4-2.
Red River takes down Wahpeton, 3-1.
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.
EAST GRAND FORKS, MINN. - Now we turn our focus to this week's hometown star segment where we feature a three sport athlete that does it all. She excels in athletics, in the classroom and out in the community. Edwards and the Sacred Heart volleyball team are currently 10-0 this season. The Eagles next match is tomorrow against Stephen-Argyle on the road.
Red River defeats Fargo South in EDC boys tennis, 5-4.
Red River falls to West Fargo, 3-0.