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A Grand Forks hockey player is being recognized on a national level. Red River's Dane Montgomery has been selected for the 2018 U.S. Under-17 Men's Select Team. The week long boys select 16 player development camp concluded today and Montgomery impressed. Montgomery and 19 other guys will compete August 15th through the 19th at the Five Nationals Tournament in Slovakia.
Staying with UND where their women's basketball program received another commitment today. Megan Zander from Mandan will be a Fighting Hawk. The 5'11" forward averaged 20 points, 12 rebounds, 3 steals and 2 blocks per game as a junior and helped lead her team to a second place finish at state. Zander joins Bismarck Century's Lilly Keplin and West Fargo Sheyenne's Maggie Manson as 2019 in-state verbal commits.
Sticking with UND where two of their athletes are getting recognition on the national stage. Faith Dooley and Tamara Merseli were both nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year. These were two of 581 student-athletes that were nominated from across the country. Dooley and Merseli helped led North Dakota to a school-record 30 wins last volleyball season and their second straight Big Sky Conference Tournament Championship. Dooley also started the final 10 games for UND in basketball.
The UND hockey program has added another forward to their incoming class for the 2018-2019 season and people in this region will recognize this name. Mark Senden who captained the Fargo Force to the Clark Cup this season will be a Fighting Hawk. Senden appeared in 60 games and accumulated 15 goals and 9 assists during the regular season and added 4 more points in 14 playoff games. He has spent the past two years with the Force in the USHL and played prep hockey at Wayzata High School where he captained them to a Minnesota Class 2A state championship as a senior.
It's the 2018 North Dakota Shrine Bowl Week and you know what that means. Elite football players from all over the state of North Dakota and western Minnesota come together for a week that is much bigger than football. Aside from meeting kids and learning about the Shriners organization. This gives most of the football players one last shot at grinding on the football field. The week long event not only brings awareness about the Shriners Hospitals for Children, but the money is also raised through the North Dakota Shrine Bowl.
East Grand Forks athletics where the Green Wave have a new volleyball coach. Paula Devine will be returning to the bench for EGF and she is a familiar face. Devine coached 23 years at East Grand Forks and accumulated over 300 wins before resigning in 2010 due to health issues. She is certainly no rookie to coaching and is ecstastic to be taking over once again.
Sweet summertime often means playing ball for a lot of area athletes.. And that remains true for the girls that are apart of the Grand Forks Express Fastpitch organization. This program has had a lot of success over the years and the 18U team looks to continue that this summer. The Grand Forks Express 18U team will host Red Lake Falls at Apollo Sports Complex on Monday.
In North Dakota women's basketball.. Emily Evers got a promotion yesterday. The local standout will join Travis Brewster and the rest of the North Dakota women's basketball staff as an assistant this upcoming season. Evers was a two-time conference sixth woman of the year and in her senior year she averaged 11.3 points and 8.5 rebounds a game. After graduation she played overseas in Spain. The Grand Forks native sat on the Fighting Hawk bench last year in a voluntary role as a coordinator for player development.
It's out with the old and in with the new for North Dakota athletics as a majority will join the Summit League this upcoming fall.. But is it really out with the old? Not really, as most of these opponents will stir up rivalries the Fighting Hawks used to have. We continue our coverage of North Dakota's transition to the Summit League with the administration and how the new athletic director is ready to make some music. North Dakota football will play this upcoming season as an independent in the Big Sky Conference before they move to the Missouri Valley in 2019..
For Grand Forks Red River and Grand Forks Central, the season doesn't actually end when the high school season comes to a close. For many girls on both teams, they combine and make the Grand Forks Express 18U team. This is a fast pitch softball organization for girls ages eight to 18. The group of veterans on the 18U squad has had an enormous amount of success.. five straight championships to be exact. This summer's team is a little younger, but coming together is what it's all about for these girls.