Friday, October 24, 2014

VandenBergh Leaves NDSU Basketball Program

FARGO, N.D. – North Dakota State head men’s basketball coach David Richman announced today that sophomore forward Brett VandenBergh has decided to leave the team.

“Brett VandenBergh has made a decision to leave our program for personal reasons. We fully support Brett in his decision,” Richman said. “Brett has been an integral part of our team’s success over the last two years, and we wish him nothing but the best in the future.”

VandenBergh played in 32 games and made seven starts as a true freshman in the 2012-13 season, averaging 1.8 points and 1.5 rebounds in 15.8 minutes per contest. The De Pere, Wis., native sat out the entire the 2013-14 season with a knee injury.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Welcome to the Post Season

Alright, STOP!  Collaborate and READ THIS....

Yes, I had to do that after reading the best news to come to the Minnesota Timberwolves' organization in a long time.  Did you hear about this?  Read about this?  You probably did in a previous blog here in the R&J Sports World, that the one, thee ONLY, Vanilla Ice (Ice, BABY) is coming to Minneapolis to perform at the Wolves' home opener on Thursday, October 30th at Target Center.  Right on Target for a successful season.  If the Wolves actually have a successful season this year, personally I see that particular attainment credited not to the new head coach; not to the new line up of young, talented athletes they have acquired; no, I will solely credit this success to the All-Star performance of one of the greatest singer/song writers of our time, Mr. Ice.

If you have not sensed any sarcasm in that paragraph above, then I apologize for providing you false hope.  I really don't mean to do that to you.  But look at that hair!  Man, that could be a new 'do' for this guy...if I actually had hair to do.  Now you're curious, which bald headed broadcaster is this filling us full of blogging goodness??  Tune in to the radio some day, you might find out.

Until then, we have more important things to talk about and type about...



Can you believe we're already into the semi finals for football and the volleyball matches will be kicking in to gear today (Thursday). 


The post season is always a fun time for us, but very busy at the same time.  You see the teams performing at a new level, knowing that this could be the final game of the season.  As broadcasters you see both sides of it - the good feeling for the team who prevails knowing they will be playing another day, while the team who comes up short, the emotions of sadness and disappointment slowly start to set in, realizing that the season is over, just like that. 

State tournaments get here very quickly following all of the section tournaments for the fall and before we know it, we'll have the opportunity to head down to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area to cover some more area teams in the highest level possible that the Minnesota State High School League showcases each year! 

I have a feeling the 2014 fall post season will prove to be another break through year of successful teams in our own listening area from northwestern Minnesota to eastern North Dakota!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Vanilla Ice to Perform at Timberwolves Home Opener on Oct. 30

Minneapolis/St. Paul – The Minnesota Timberwolves today announced that multi-platinum recording artist Vanilla Ice will perform at halftime of the team’s regular season home opener against the Detroit Pistons on Thursday, Oct. 30.

Vanilla Ice topped the charts for 16 weeks with his multi-platinum breakthrough album To The Extreme, which became the fastest selling hip-hop album of all time. Featuring the smash hit "Ice Ice Baby," To The Extreme , peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and sold 17 million copies worldwide. A two-time American Music Award winner, Vanilla Ice currently stars in “The Vanilla Ice Project” that recently aired its 4th season on the DIY Network.

Fans can purchase Timberwolves tickets with no fees all season long at Tickets are also available by calling 1-800-4-NBA-TIX or visiting the Target Center Box Office. Timberwolves Memberships, Flex Packs and group tickets are also on sale and offer exclusive benefits, access to the most in-demand Wolves games and significant savings over single game prices. For more information or to purchase a membership, group tickets or Flex Pack, call 612-673-1234 or visit

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

UMC Men’s Basketball In First Week of Practice Under New Coach

CROOKSTON, Minn. –  The University of Minnesota Crookston men’s basketball team officially opened up practice for the 2014-15 season last Wednesday. The Golden Eagles have been going for six days as they enter their first season under new coach Dan Weisse, who comes over after serving as an assistant coach at Minnesota State University Moorhead. Weisse has been in the process of installing the swing offense for the Golden Eagles this season as they begin a new era of basketball in Crookston.

UMC returns seven seniors, led by returning starters Kevin Larson (Sr., G, New Ulm, Minn.) and Tyler West, Jr. (Sr., G/F, Portland, Ore.). In addition, UMC returns Tim Lubke (Sr., G, St. Paul, Minn.) and Tomas Parker (Sr., F/C, Pequot Lakes, Minn.) who have been a part of the team for five and four years respectively, return for UMC. Also, Lucas Reller (Sr., G, Lead, S.D.), Giorgi Koguashvili (Sr., G, Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia) and Sam Howell (Sr., G, Seattle, Wash.) return to the fray for the Golden Eagles.

In addition to the group of seniors, UMC returns juniors Derrick Redd, Jr. (Jr., G, Menifee, Calif.) and John Hughes (Jr., F, San Diego, Calif.), who each started at times last season, along with sophomore Alec Koepp (So., F/C, Belle Plaine, Minn.), who could see increased time as a sophomore. Sophomore Austin Dierks (F, Chokio, Minn.) also returns from last season’s squad.

Joining the fray for UMC are Jim Warmack (Fr., F/C, East Grand Forks, Minn.) and Brian Enriquez (Fr., G, Lakewood, Calif.). In addition, walk-on Micah Hollowell (Fr., G, Owenboro, Ky.) joined the team this Fall.

In addition, UMC will redshirt three players this season with freshmen Gable Smith (G/F, Lodi, Wis.) and A.J. Walton (G, Oak Hills, Calif.), along with sophomore Ibrahim Cisse (F, Plymouth, Minn.).

Redd led all returnees in scoring last season with 10.2 points per game, while West averaged 9.1 points and 5.7 rebounds. Koguashvili averaged 6.0 points off the bench, while Lubke averaged 5.8 points and shot 36.9 percent from beyond the arc. Hughes averaged 4.7 points and 4.1 rebounds mostly in a starting role, while Larson averaged 4.4 points and led the team with 98 assists.

The Golden Eagles have a whole new staff alongside Weisse, who has served as an assistant at MSU Moorhead, North Dakota State University and Middle Tennessee State University. He hired former Colorado State University player Mike Annese, who served as an assistant at Truman State University last season, along with former University of Miami Graduate Assistant Bryan Beamish.

The Golden Eagles will open play in the Weisse era Nov. 8 with an exhibition against University of Wisconsin-Superior before starting their gauntlet of a non-conference season. UMC will open up regular-season play in Seattle, Wash. against Central Washington University and Seattle Pacific University Nov. 14 and 15. They will play an exhibition against University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Weisse’s alma mater, Nov. 17, before returning home to face Jamestown College and Crossroad College Nov. 19 and 22. The Golden Eagles will play one more exhibition against North Dakota State Nov. 25 before opening up conference play Nov. 29 at Bemidji State University.

For more information, visit the Golden Eagle Athletics website at

Monday, October 20, 2014

North Dakota ranked third in latest national polls

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – When Providence College visits North Dakota for a non-conference series this weekend, it will be the first matchup at Ralph Engelstad Arena in three years to feature a pair of top-five teams.

In the latest national polls released this afternoon, North Dakota remained ranked No. 3 while Providence stayed at No. 5 in both the USCHO and USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine polls. Top-ranked Minnesota stayed atop both polls while defending national champion Union ranked No. 2.

The last time UND and an opponent faced each other in Grand Forks with both ranked as top-five schools was on Oct. 8, 2011, when third-ranked UND was defeated by fifth-ranked Boston College in the Ice Breaker Tournament.

UND (3-1-0, 2-0-0 NCHC) will meet Providence (2-0-0, 0-0-0 HEA) on Friday at 7:37 p.m. Central and Saturday at 7:07 p.m. Central. Division I Men’s Poll

Rk.      School (First place votes)       Record           Pts.         PR
1.         Minnesota (39)                                  2-0-0            989            1
2.         Union (11)                                          4-0-0            950            2
3.         North Dakota                                3-1-0           853            3
4.         Colgate                                              3-1-0            810            6
5.         Providence                                         1-1-0            734            5
6.         Boston College                                 1-1-0            682            7
7.         Massachusetts-Lowell                      2-0-1            675            9
8.         Ferris State                                        2-1-0            663            4
9.         St. Cloud State                                  1-1-0            605            8
10.       Miami                                                 3-1-0            562          11
11.       Denver                                               2-0-0            372          16
12.       Boston University                             1-0-0            369          14
13.       Minnesota State                                2-2-0            357          12
14.       Michigan                                            1-2-0            296          10
15.       Quinnipiac                                          1-1-1            278          13
16.       Alaska                                                4-0-0            267          19
17.       Vermont                                             3-0-0            209         NR
18.       Cornell                                               0-0-0            199          15
19.       Minnesota Duluth                              2-2-0            119          20
20.       Alaska Anchorage                             3-0-1              86         NR

Others receiving votes: Omaha 78, Robert Morris 67, Notre Dame 62, Bowling Green 47, Michigan Tech 36, Merrimack 27, Northern Michigan 24, New Hampshire 21, Princeton 17, Ohio State 14, Yale 10, Dartmouth 6, Harvard 6, Northeastern 6, Bemidji State 2, Clarkson 1, Mercyhurst 1.
USA Today/USA Hockey Magazine Poll

Rk.      School (1st place)                      Record           Pts.         PR
1.         Minnesota (23)                                  2-0-0            499            1
2.         Union (10)                                          4-0-0            449            2
3.         North Dakota (1)                         3-1-0           428            3
4.         Colgate                                              3-1-0            397            4
5.         Providence                                         1-1-0            340            5
6.         Boston College                                 1-1-0            308            8
7.         Ferris State                                        2-1-0            275            6
8.         Massachusetts-Lowell                      2-0-1            263            9               
9.         St. Cloud State                                  1-1-0            257            7
10.       Miami                                                 3-1-0            231          11
11.       Boston University                             1-0-0            131          13
12.       Minnesota State                                2-2-0              95          12
13.       Denver                                               2-0-0              93         NR
14.       Michigan                                            1-2-0              60          10
15.       Quinnipiac                                          1-1-1              49          14

Others receiving votes: Alaska 45, Vermont 33, Cornell 27, Notre Dame 18, Robert Morris 15, Minnesota Duluth 14, Omaha 14, Yale 9, Alaska Anchorage 8, Bowling Green 6, Merrimack 6, Michigan Tech 5, Ohio State 3, New Hampshire 1, Bemidji State 1.

UND duo claim weekly NCHC honors

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota senior forward Mark MacMillan and sophomore defenseman Paul LaDue were recognized today by the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) after combining for 12 points in North Dakota’s conference sweep at Colorado College last weekend.

MacMillan, who racked up seven points in the two wins, was named NCHC Offensive Player of the Week, while LaDue, who had five points in the series, was the NCHC Defenseman of the Week.

MacMillan registered his first collegiate hat trick and collected a career-high five points in Saturday’s 7-2 win over the Tigers, becoming UND’s first player to score five points in a game since Ryan Martens on Dec. 5, 2008 at Harvard. Two of his goals came shorthanded, tying a UND single-game record previously held only by Russ Romaniuk (12/02/90) and Mike Burggraf (12/09/78).

A native of Penticton, British Columbia, MacMillan also scored two of UND’s three goals in Friday’s 3-1 win. He also 60 percent (24-for-40) of his faceoffs in the series, including a 14-for-18 mark on Saturday.

LaDue enjoyed a 5-point series, including a career-best four points on Saturday. The Grand Forks, N.D., native scored two power-play goals and added a pair of assists Saturday while leading the team with six shots on goal. In Friday’s 3-1 victory, LaDue assisted on Brendan O’Donnell’s game-winning goal.

LaDue played a key role for UND’s special teams in both victories, anchoring a 6-for-16 effort on the power-play and a 9-for-11 performance on the penalty kill.

Denver forward Danton Heinen was named NCHC Rookie of the Week and Omaha’s Ryan Massa was the NCHC Goaltender of the Week.