Monday, September 8, 2014

UMC's Looker Named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week

BURNSVILLE, Minn.-  University of Minnesota Crookston volleyball player Brittany Looker (Jr., OH, Rochester, Minn.) was named NSIC Offensive Player of the Week Monday after her standout performance at the Maryville Invitational in St. Louis, which earned her Tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) honors.

Looker averaged an impressive 5.35 kills per set and hit .302 for the weekend with seven service aces and a 2.82 digs per set average. In addition, the senior had a career-high 29 kills in a five-set thriller against Maryville University, in which the Golden Eagles came away with the victory. She had three matches with 20 or more kills and posted double-doubles against Saint Joseph’s College (Ind.) and Maryville with 17 digs against Saint Joseph’s and 14 versus Maryville. Looker was an All-NSIC First Team pick, the second in school history, during the 2013 season. 

Tahlyr Banks of Augustana College (S.D.) was named the Defensive Player of the Week, while Upper Iowa University’s Hailey Brown earned Setter of the Week honors.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

NDSU Men’s Basketball 2014-15 Schedule





FARGO, N.D. – The North Dakota State men’s basketball program will play non-conference games at Texas and Iowa on the opening weekend of the 2014-15 season as part of the 2k Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project, it was announced Thursday, Sept. 4.

NDSU will open the season at the potential preseason national top-10 Texas Longhorns on Friday, Nov. 14, before traveling to Iowa to take on the Hawkeyes on Monday, Nov. 17.

Texas went 24-11, reached No. 15 in the national polls and advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament last season despite fielding a team with no seniors. Iowa was 20-13 overall last year and peaked at No. 10 in the national polls, earning its first NCAA Tournament berth since 2006.

The following weekend, NDSU will host a 2k Classic sub-regional event featuring four games at Scheels Arena. On Nov. 21, Alcorn State will play Hampton and the Bison will follow with a game against Kennesaw State of the Atlantic Sun Conference. The losers of the two opening games will meet in a consolation game on Nov. 22, followed by a championship game between the two winners.

“We’re very pleased to announce a schedule that we think will be challenging as well as exciting for our players and fans,” said NDSU head coach David Richman. “We’ll open against a couple of national powers in Texas and Iowa, but we also have a good number of regional opponents in our non-conference schedule that our fans will recognize.”

“With the 2k Classic games at home, plus an in-state game with North Dakota and a premier mid-major opponent in Akron, we’ll give our fans an entertaining home schedule at Scheels Arena,” said Richman.

The Bison open the season with an exhibition game against Minot State at Scheels Arena on Nov. 5.

NDSU also has non-conference road games at Big Sky opponents Montana State on Nov. 30 and Montana on Dec. 7, with a return trip in between to play Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss., on Dec. 3. Montana has played in three of the past five NCAA Tournaments, while Southern Miss went 29-7 last year and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT.

The Bison host North Dakota on Dec. 13 and MAC opponent Akron at Scheels Arena on Dec. 16 in a return game for a 2013 ESPN BracketBusters contest. Akron posted a 21-12 record last season and finished second in the MAC East Division.

NDSU will take part in the WestStar Bank Don Haskins Sun Bowl Invitational held in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 21-22, taking on MAC opponent Kent State in the first round on Dec. 21 and then either host UTEP or Alcorn State on Dec. 22.

The Bison host a pair of non-Division I opponents this season, with Division II Minnesota-Crookston coming to Fargo on Nov. 25 and Division III Northland College (Wis.) visiting on Dec. 28.

NDSU hosts Oral Roberts at Scheels Arena on Jan. 2 to open Summit League action. With the return of ORU to The Summit League this season, all league schools will play 16 conference games.

The Summit League Championship will run Mar. 7-10 in Sioux Falls, S.D. With Omaha in its final year of postseason ineligibility due to its transition to Division I, the tournament will be an eight-team field.

We've got it started!

The 2014-15 school year is off and running!  With that comes so much room for activities throughout the area!  Sometimes it's hard to fit it all in by attending, and that's what we are here for.

Four stations to keep you covered throughout the sports season and we're definitely in full swing here at R&J Broadcasting, Inc.  The season officially began for us on the radio/webcast on Monday, August 25th on 96.7 FM KKCQ when the one and only, Tom Lano made the road trip to Blackduck, where the Drakes hosted the Clearbrook/Gonvick Bears in the first volleyball match of the year.  Since that point, we have aired close to twenty games between KKCQ-FM & AM, KRJM & KRJB Radio.  We're not even two full weeks into the fall season yet...

You know what that means:  Lots and lots of games remain for us to broadcast and we hope to have you joining us for the broadcast!   Even if you're at the games, bring your ear buds and tune in while the action is going on in front of you.  See how close we are as broadcasters when it comes to who's making the play and how things are unraveling right in front of our eyes!

I personally have been in attendance at a few games now, one volleyball match on the 26th in Climax, where Climax/Fisher hosted Norman County West - an interesting match up and good play we saw on both sides for a first match.  Several players that came back with not much varsity experience, but honestly, you wouldn't have thought that by watching the match.  From eight graders, freshmen and up to the senior leaders on the teams, both squads made it a fun first night of volleyball for the airwaves of Gold 101.5 FM KRJM.  I was very impressed!

The following Thursday another interesting scenario that was held in Waubun as the Bombers opened up their 2014 campaign against the Clearbrook/Gonvick Bears in football action - it was parents' night to kick off the season.  Not only at the first game, but school had not even started yet.  Not that that is a big deal, but it was surely something different I had not seen broadcasting games for 10+ years now.
No matter the time of year, whether its preseason, regular season or the off season, parents play a crucial role in the development of these student athletes and they sacrifice a lot of time, miles and money to make sure each player is accounted for this season and for their future endeavors.  So they truly are much deserving of the recognition known as parents' night each season!

Not only did I get to experience the first football of the year Thursday, August 28th in Waubun that the Bombers were able to score a shut out to start the year off on the right track defeating the Bears 18-0, but at half time we were entertained with a bucket of ice water that was dumped on one of the custodians, the dean of students & principal at the school.  I don't think they dumped enough water on Tim Spaeth, honestly, so they should probably just do that at every game.  Pre-game, halftime AND post-game!

The pole got in the way, but you get the drift of what's going on here...
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Waubun style!

So far from two Clarks (Paul & Bomber) to another; Friday, August 29th finished our week of games for Week 1 in Pine River, MN where the Pine River/Backus Tigers played host to the Mahnomen Indians to kick off their respective seasons in 2014. 
For a team we didn't know much about, nor did the Mahnomen coaching staff or players, I was pretty impressed by the Tigers.  They set up in many different offensive sets and mixed it up both passing and rushing throughout the night with some good athletes they had in the skill positions.  Along with that, some big boys up front!
It may have started out a little bit slower for the Indians than they would have liked, but with some younger players who were making their very first varsity start of their careers, that is probably to be expected.  They slowly started to gel together throughout the night and break some big plays, including a nifty-shifty punt return/Dance Dance Revolution by Dylan Reitan.  I supposed he gets good practice showing off those moves while his dad rocks the guitar & mic.

Leading up to the finish of the game, following many hard hits, nice blocks, big runs and some nice toss & catch for some big gains and/or points on the board, Mahnomen prevailed to keep the longest winning streak in the state of Minnesota alive (29 in a row now).  


Tune in for more exciting volleyball & football action with R&J Sports this week!  Don't forget to catch the Coaches Corner program every Saturday morning at 9:00am on KRJB/KRJM plus the KKCQ Coaches Corner each Wednesday evening at 6:00pm.  All of the area coaches talking about the week that was, the upcoming schedule and much more, plus we do our picking of the pros each show (Go Chiefs!!).  Join us for that by logging on to www.rjbroadcasting.com and go to the Sports Schedule & Scores section of the Sports tab at the top - same place you can find this blog you're reading right now!  

Until next time, good luck to all of the area teams and have a great school year!  

- Philco - 



Wednesday, September 3, 2014

UMC's Anderson Steps Down as Head Women’s Tennis Coach

CROOKSTON, Minn. - University of Minnesota Crookston Director of Athletics Stephanie Helgeson has 
announced that Head Tennis Coach Kyle Anderson has stepped down from his position at UMC.  Anderson has taken a job as the assistant men’s and women’s tennis coach at the University of North Dakota. 

Anderson served as head tennis coach for the Golden Eagles for the 2014 season and helped UMC post a 4-12 mark with wins over University of Minnesota Duluth, Bethany Lutheran College, Concordia College Moorhead and University of Minnesota Morris.

“We thank Kyle for his time as head coach of the UMC tennis program,” Helgeson said. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”

The Golden Eagles will begin a search immediately for Anderson’s replacement.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

NDSU Returns to No. 1 in Sports Network FCS Poll



FARGO, N.D. - North Dakota State returned to its familiar perch as the No. 1 team in the Sports Network FCS Top 25 poll Monday, Sept. 1, after powering its way to 34 unanswered points in a 34-14 win at Iowa State on opening weekend.

NDSU spent 20 consecutive weeks atop the Sports Network rankings before slipping to second in the 2014 preseason poll.  But after rolling up 506 yards of total offense and holding their Big 12 opponent to just 57 yards in the second half, the Bison are back at No. 1 for the 29th time in 36 weeks.

North Dakota State got 93 of the 156 first-place votes ahead of No. 2 Eastern Washington, which had the remaining 63 first-place votes.  Southeastern Louisiana was third, Sept. 20 opponent Montana was fourth, and Coastal Carolina was fifth.

The Missouri Valley Football Conference had four teams in the Sports Network Top 25.  Northern Iowa checked in at No. 8, South Dakota State was 12th, and Youngstown State was 23rd.

North Dakota State remained No. 1 in the FCS Coaches Poll for the 21st straight week.  The Bison had 24 of the 26 first-place votes ahead of Eastern Washington, Southeastern Louisiana, Coastal Carolina and Montana.  South Dakota State was 11th, Northern Iowa 12th, Youngstown State 21st and Southern Illinois 25th.

The Sports Network FCS Top 25
Team (First-place votes)
W-L
Points
Previous
1.
North Dakota State (93)
1-0
3830
2
2.
Eastern Washington (63)
2-0
3804
1
3.
Southeastern Louisiana
1-0
3553
3
4.
Montana
0-1
3064
5
5.
Coastal Carolina
1-0
3028
7
6.
New Hampshire
0-1
2998
4
7.
McNeese State
0-0
2661
8
8.
Northern Iowa
0-1
2634
9
9.
Jacksonville State
0-1
2580
6
10.
Villanova
0-1
2488
12
11.
Fordham
1-0
2423
11
12.
South Dakota State
0-1
2242
10
13.
Chattanooga
0-1
1793
14
14.
Tennessee State
1-0
1701
15
15.
Sam Houston State
1-1
1484
17
16.
Eastern Illinois
0-1
1402
16
17.
Richmond
1-0
1323
20
18.
Bethune-Cookman
1-0
1109
22
19.
Furman
1-0
1004
21
20.
Montana State
0-1
965
18
21.
William & Mary
0-1
945
19
22.
Towson
0-1
829
13
23.
Youngstown State
0-1
540
24
24.
Maine
1-0
469
25
25.
Northern Arizona
0-1
352
23
Others receiving votes: Southern Illinois 323, South Carolina State 176, Liberty 141, Central Arkansas 126, Central Connecticut State 107, Wofford 94, Princeton 64, Samford 62, Cal Poly 54, Delaware 44, Harvard 42, James Madison 37, Southern Utah 37, Charleston Southern 23, Gardner-Webb 19, Missouri State 15, Alcorn State 13, Sacred Heart 12, North Carolina A&T 12, Stephen F. Austin 11, Southern 10, Alabama State 9, Illinois State 9, Eastern Kentucky 8, Lehigh 7, Southeast Missouri State 7, Western Illinois 6, Duquesne 3, Bryant 2, Norfolk State 2, San Diego 1, Sacramento State 1, Indiana State 1, Murray State 1.

FCS Coaches Poll
Team (First-place votes)
W-L
Points
Previous
1. North Dakota State (24)
1-0
647
1
2. Eastern Washington (2)
2-0
626
2
3. Southeastern Louisiana
1-0
598
3
4. Coastal Carolina
1-0
540
6
5. Montana
0-1
495
5
6. McNeese State
0-0
452
9
7. Villanova
0-1
445
13
8. New Hampshire
0-1
426
4
9. Jacksonville State
0-1
413
8
10. Fordham
1-0
360
12
11. South Dakota State
0-1
341
10
12. Northern Iowa
0-1
327
15
13. Sam Houston State
1-1
323
14
14. Eastern Illinois
0-1
289
11
15. Chattanooga
0-1
278
16
16. Tennessee State
1-0
234
17
17. Furman
1-0
229
18
18. Bethune-Cookman
1-0
216
23
19. Towson
0-1
193
7
20. Richmond
1-0
174
24
21. Youngtown State
0-1
147
21
22. Maine
1-0
144
20
23. Montana State
0-1
128
19
24. William & Mary
0-1
80
22
25. Southern Illinois
1-0
49
NR
Others receiving votes: Central Arkansas 38, Northern Arizona 35, Liberty 25, Missouri State 24, South Carolina State 23, Wofford 20, Southern Utah 19, Samford 15, Central Connecticut State 13, Princeton 11, Bryant 10, Eastern Kentucky 10, Cal Poly 8, Abilene Christian 7, Alcorn State 7, Harvard 7, Charleston Southern 5, Jackson State 4, Lehigh 4, Sacramento State 4, Western Illinois 3, James Madison 2, Delaware 1, North Carolina A&T 1.