Thursday, July 28, 2011

MN Lynx to wear pink uniforms in support of Breast Health Awareness on Aug 2

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Lynx today announced their August 2 matchup with the Phoenix Mercury will be Breast Health Awareness Night, sponsored by Deuce Brand. In support of breast health awareness, the Lynx will wear pink jerseys, shorts, sweat bands and shoes. After the game the players will auction off their jerseys worn that night, with proceeds going to the Lynx Foundation, which supports breast cancer research and support programs in the state of Minnesota. The first 2,000 fans to enter Target Center will receive a commemorative pink rally towel.

"The Breast Health Awareness game is annually one of our most significant events of the season," Lynx Chief Operating Officer Conrad Smith said. "Next Tuesday will present a great opportunity for our fans to bid on some unique game-worn items, with the money raised going to support breast cancer research. It’s wonderful to work with tremendous partners in Deuce Brand and Susan G. Komen as we collaborate on our mission of raising money for this worthy cause."

In addition to the pink rally towels, the first 1,000 fans to enter Target Center that night will receive a Deuce Brand watch and a commemorative pink rally towel. Special breast health awareness Lynx watches will be on sale Aug. 1 for $30 on with $3 of the proceeds going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Lynx team-specific watches will be available for purchase on at the end of August.

Throughout the game the Lynx will be raising awareness and support for breast cancer research and the search for a cure. The Lynx will honor breast cancer survivors on the court during the pre-game ball exchange, as well as a survivor with a special on-court presentation during the game. A grant will also be donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Minnesota Affiliate.

Tuesday’s game is a part of the WNBA's Breast Health Awareness Week, which takes place from August 2 to 9. For 13 years, the program has focused on generating awareness and educating women about breast cancer in addition to raising funds for the initiative. During that time, the WNBA and its teams have raised more than $2 million to aid in the fight against breast cancer.

In honor of Breast Health Awareness Night, the Lynx are offering three special ticket packages for fans interested in attendi ng. The VIP Package offers tickets in rows one through four, valued at $60, for $45. The Platinum Package includes seats in rows five through 14 for just $30, while the Value Package is just $15 and applies to any ticket above row 15. The first 50 orders of four or more tickets will also receive a Deuce Brand watch. A portion of all ticket proceeds will benefit the Lynx Foundation.

To purchase any of these great packages for Breast Health Awareness Night, either contact the Minnesota Lynx ticket office by phone at 612-673-8400, send an email to, visit the Target Center box office or go to the Lynx website at

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

17th Annual NCW Booster Club Golf Scramble results

The 17th Annual NCW Booster Club Golf Scramble was held on Thursday, July 21st, 2011, at the Goose River Country Club in Hillsboro. There were a total of 22 teams that golfed between the afternoon and the evening session.

Winning Team members for the 18 hole afternoon session were:
1st place: Thomas Strand, Jordan Larson, Payton Rufsvold, Luke Maring 2nd place: Harlan Rise, Dave Rufsvold, Kurt Vandermeer, Don Forney
3rd Place: Andrew Ness, Brandon Burke, Payton Gordon

The evening 9 hole contest winners were:
1st place: Don Forney, Chris Redland, Brandon Mickelson, Andrew Shae
2nd place: Brady Holte, Blaine Borgen, Cody Holte, Matt Sharp
3rd place: David Nelson, Paul Nelson, Lucas Spaeth, Steve Rude

In the individual hole competitions the winners were:
Hole #1 – Closest to the Pin, 2nd shot – Jerry Preuss
Hole #2 – Longest Drive-Women – Anita Olson
Hole #3 – Longest Putt – Brandon Burke
Hole #4 – Closest to the Center – Jordan Larson
Hole #5 – Highest Team Score – Lana Franklin, Jake Franklin
Hole #6 – Farthest from the pin on the green – Payton Gordon
Hole #7 – Longest Drive – Men – Thomas Strand
Hole #8 – Shortest Drive – Women – Lea Leiser
Hole #8 – Shortest Drive – Men – Chris Redland
Hole #9 – Closest to the Pin – Tod Harrington

Over $4000 was raised during this Annual Booster Club Fundraiser, which will be used for students and activities at Norman County West.

A BIG Thank You to all the sponsors who made this day fun and very successful. Ada Auto Dealers – Kelly’s & Lee Bros., Ag Country Farm Credit, Alton Grain, Bennett Houglum Agency, GK Technologies, Halstad Elevator, Halstad Municipal Utilities, Halstad Telephone Company, Holte Farm Sales, KRJB Radio - R & J Broadcasting, Northwestern State Bank, Ralph’s Food Pride, Red River State Bank, Red River Valley Co-op Power, River’s Edge Insurance, Scholl’s SuperValu, Shopper/ Diversified Printers, Titan Machinery, Valley Hardware & Supply, Vigen Construction

Thank you also to all the individuals who came out to golf that day and made their personal donations. Your support is also very much appreciated.

We look forward to the 18th Annual Golf Scramble, July 19th, 2012 – and hope we can continue to have wonderful weather, wonderful support and a great turnout once again.

See you in 2012!

Holohan named BSU’s Assistant Director of Athletic Promotions and Sales

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Bemidji State University Director of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb today announced the hiring of William F. Holohan IV as Assistant Director of Athletic Promotions and Sales. He officially begins his duties at Bemidji State Aug. 15.

Holohan joins the BSU staff after a two-year stint as a sports marketing coordinator at Yale University in New Haven, Conn. There he managed the advertising and promotions schedule for four Division I programs, which included two nationally-ranked teams, while he assisted with promotions for many of the university’s other 31 sport programs.

At Yale he gained practical experience in direct brand management, public relations and used detailed market research to target, promote and increase attendance at athletic events. He also designed and implemented game day promotions, worked to foster the Yale Athletics Kid’s Club through promotions specifically geared towards youth and established a network that included the likes of fans and area high schools for direct and online marketing.

In addition, Holohan has had a hand in planning and hosting major NCAA Division I tournaments. He served as the head of external marketing for the 2011 NCAA East Regional Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament in Bridgeport, Conn. and was part of the organizing group for the first round of the 2011 WNIT, the Ivy League Championships and the ECAC Hockey Tournaments.

“Bill Holohan comes to Bemidji State with a tremendous amount of energy and enthusiasm. His experience within athletics and at NCAA regional tournaments certainly has provided him with the knowledge we were looking for,” said Goeb.

“This is an important position to the athletic department,: added Goeb. “The need for someone to handle the advertising and promotional
opportunities has increased due to competing in high-profile conferences and enhanced athletic venues, such as Sanford Center.”

In his new position, Holohan will be responsible for cultivating corporate partnerships for sponsorships, in-game promotions and advertising. He will also play an important role in the development and implementation of a marketing plan focusing on season ticket sales along with group ticket sales.

“I am very excited to jump on board,” said Holohan. “This is a great opportunity for me to expand on the principles I learned in my time at
Springfield College and Yale University, blaze my own trail and be a part of a great University in a wonderful community.” He added, “I see this as a great time to be at Bemidji State. I am really excited.”

Prior to his time at Yale, Holohan’s endeavors broadened his experience beyond the collegiate athletic department. He was the chair of external marketing for the 2010 Innovative Approaches to Sport and Recreation for Persons with Disabilities: Strategies for Community and Therapeutic Recreation Symposium and worked in the Winooski Public School system, teaching third grade English and Spanish.

A native of Branford, Conn., Holohan is a 2008 graduate of University of Vermont with a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a minor in Latin American studies. Holohan went on to earn his master’s degree in sports management from Springfield College in the spring of 2011.

'Catwalk for a Cure' Event in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness

MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL -- Lynx players will trade in their high tops and basketball uniforms for high heels and dresses on Friday, August 5 at the third annual "Catwalk for a Cure" event. The event, held from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Nordstrom Court of the Mall of America, will raise money for the Lynx Foundation, which supports breast cancer research and support programs in the state of Minnesota.

“Breast health awareness is a cause that not only is near and dear to everyone’s heart, but it is an initiative that the Minnesota Lynx o rganization and the WNBA have embraced wholeheartedly,” said Conrad Smith, Lynx Chief Operating Officer. "This event offers our fans a chance to see the players' personalities shine, all for a great cause. We are proud to once again host this unique event that furthers our mission to raise funds in support of breast cancer education and awareness in the state of Minnesota."

From 5:00 – 8:30 p.m., the Lynx will transform the Nordstrom Court of the Mall of America into a fashion show, featuring Lynx players and head coach Cheryl Reeve hitting the runway as they model the latest styles from some of the trendiest stores in Minneapolis. Before the fashion show, which kicks off at 7:00 pm, the Sky Deck Sports Grille & Lanes will be open for bowling and dinner from 5:00 – 7:00 pm. The fashion show will begin at 7:00 p.m. and last until 8:00 p.m. Throughout the night, guests will be able to bid on memorabilia, experiences and gift cards at a silent auction. Items up for bid include pink Lynx uniforms, shoes and other team items – all proceeds will go to benefit the Lynx Foundation. The night will conclude with a grant presentation to Susan G. Komen for the Cure - Minnesota Affiliate.

For just $50 -- $45 for season ticket holders -- fans can purchase a VIP ticket package that includes dinner and bowling at the Sky Deck Sports Grille & Lanes. After the show, VIPs will be able to get autographs with the players and coaches during a private meet-and-greet. VIPs will also receive a gift bag featuring exclusive coupons, a commemorative autographed team print and other Lynx memorabilia.

"Catwalk for a Cure" is a part of the WNBA's Breast Health Awareness Week, which takes place from August 2 to 9. For 13 years, the program has focused on generating awareness and educating women about breast cancer in addition to raising funds for the initiative. During that time, the WNBA and its teams have raised more than $2 million to aid in the fight against breast cancer.

To purchase a VIP ticket to the Catwalk for a Cure event, contact Amanda Collins via phone at 612-673-1681 or on email at All proceeds will go to benefit the Lynx Foundation.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Mary Tyrrell’s Health Walk for Scholarships August 11 at UMC

(Crookston, Minn.)- The University of Minnesota, Crookston athletic department announced today that the 1st Annual Mary Tyrrell’s Health Walk for Scholarships will be held on Thursday, August 11 on the U of M, Crookston campus. The walk is designed to raise awareness for heart and women’s health and to support UMC student-athlete scholarships which Mary devoted countless hours to.

Registration begins at 5:30 p.m. with the walk beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Harris A. Peterson Gazebo located on the mall at UMC. The registration fee is $25 and all participants receive a free event t-shirt and supper with food donated by Crookston National Bank. Healthy food options will be grilled from 6:30-7:30 p.m. with a speaker and prize give-a-ways from 7:00-7:30 p.m. Tables with information on heart health, women’s health, general wellness and the University of Minnesota, Crookston will be available for participants to take home with them.

For more information or to donate to Mary Tyrrell’s Health Walk for Scholarships, contact Natasha Kuhle at 218-281-8423 or

Friday, July 22, 2011

NDSU Marketing Team to Embark on "Bandwagon Tour" Across State

FARGO, N.D. - The North Dakota State University athletics marketing team will be traveling the state of North Dakota beginning Monday. The tour will take them to more than 20 cities on the five-day trip.

The goal of the "Bandwagon Tour" is to meet fans from around the state and distribute materials like yard signs, posters, schedule cards and other promotional items that are sometimes only available in the Fargo metro area.

"Being located on the eastern border, it is sometimes difficult for fans across the state to be involved in our grass-roots marketing push that starts late in the summer," said associate athletic director Troy Goergen, "so we are reaching out across the state to meet our fans."

Follow the progress of the tour on Facebook with daily updates and videos, and listen to The Mighty 790 KFGO and 740 The Fan for call-in reports from the road. Check the itinerary below and be on the lookout for the Bison Bandwagon near your town!

Bison Bandwagon Itinerary (all times approximate)
Monday, July 25
Mayville, 10 a.m.
Carrington, noon
Devils Lake, 2 p.m.
Grafton, 5 p.m.
Langdon, 8:15 p.m.

Tuesday, July 26
Rugby, 11:05 a.m.
Minot, 1:30 p.m.
Bismarck, 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27
New Salem, 9:40 a.m.
Dickinson, 11:50 a.m.
Bowman, 3 p.m.
Hettinger, 4:45 p.m.

Thursday, July 28
Linton, 10:10 a.m.
Ashley, 12:25 p.m.
Jamestown, 3:30 p.m.
Valley City, 5:10 p.m.

Friday, July 29
Oakes, 10 a.m.
Lisbon, noon
Wahpeton, 3:10 p.m.
West Fargo, 5:10 p.m.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Youth Camp Benefit Golf Day

You’re invited to 4th Annual Lake Sarah Youth Camp Benefit Golf Day Sandhill Golf Course, Fertile, MN on Thursday July 28, 2011, starting at 1:30 p.m. The Golf Benefit is sponsored by Minnesota Farmers Union Organization & MFU Insurance Agencies.

The Golf event is a Two person scramble, 9 or 18-hole golf scramble with prizes.

Entry fees are per person $35 for 9 or $45 for 18 holes, fees includes a buffet supper at the Sandhill Supper Club, Fertile, MN. A Shotgun start at 1:30 p.m. and Cart rentals are available at Golf Club. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of contests.

There will be a reception and dinner around 5:30 p.m., followed by awards. A Non – golfer, dinner and prize fee is $15.00 per person. Proceeds will go toward Farmers Union Youth Camps and Activities at Lake Sarah, Erskine, MN. All donations are Tax Deductible. Advertising sponsorships are available for any hole on the course, as well as for the contests prizes.

For pre-registration, sponsorship and questions, call Ken Pazdernik at 218-206-4499 or e-mail at, and send entry fees made out to Minnesota Farmers Union Foundation and send to Ken Pazdernik at 401 5th Street West, Ada, MN 56510.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Bemidji State earns 2010-11 NSIC Sportsmanship Award

BEMIDJI, Minn. -- Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) Commissioner Butch Raymond presented Bemidji State University Director
of Athletics Dr. Rick Goeb with the league’s 2011-11 Sportsmanship Award July 13 at the NSIC’s annual Hall of Fame banquet. The honor marks the second time in three years BSU has been selected for the award.

Each year, the award recipient is selected by a vote of NSIC head coaches and a Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) member based on the sportsmanship of players, fans, staff and coaches from each institution.
“This is a tremendous honor for our athletic department. Our student-athletes, coaches, administrators and fans are quickly developing a reputation for consistently exhibiting respect, civility, fairness and honesty in competition,” commented Goeb. “We are very proud of our coaches
for modeling this behavior on a day-to-day basis and instilling this attitude in our student-athletes. We know that whether our teams are on
the road or competing in our own venues, they represent the university well.”

“The NSIC is very excited about the competitive nature of our league, but just as important is the environment that our student-athletes compete in,” said Raymond. “The NSIC Sportsmanship Award was developed to honor a school that consistently demonstrates a positive environment. Due to the fact that the award is selected by our head coaches and SAAC, it becomes all the more meaningful.”

Bemidji State is one of just three institutions to be bestowed with this distinct honor. Since its inception in 2008 only Northern State University
(2008), Bemidji State (2009-2001) and University of Mary (2010) have been selected to receive the award.

Bemidji State University, located in northern Minnesota’s lake district, occupies a beautiful campus along the shore of Lake Bemidji. Enrolling
approximately 5,000 students annually, the University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and 14 graduate programs encompassing arts, sciences and select professional programs. BSU sponsors 15 sport programs with affiliation to the NSIC and NCAA Division II while its men’s and women’s hockey programs are members of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) and compete within the NCAA’s Division I ranks. The University is a member of the Minnesota State College and Universities System and has a faculty and staff of nearly 600.

University signature themes include environmental stewardship, civic engagement and global/multicultural understanding.

The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference is a 14-team NCAA Division II conference with member institution hailing from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska. Headquartered in Burnsville, Minn., the NSIC is home to nine team national championships since 2006.

Monday, July 11, 2011

UND Student-Athletes accumulate 3.089 GPA in 2010-11

GRAND FORKS, N.D. – University of North Dakota student-athletes have done it again.

UND Director of Athletics Brian Faison announced today that UND's 375 student-athletes combined for a 3.089 collective grade point average during the 2010-11 season.

For the second straight year, 13 of UND's 18 teams, including all 10 women's teams, achieved at least a 3.0 GPA during the academic year. The Fighting Sioux women's swimming and diving team boasted the department's highest GPA in 2010-11 at 3.476, followed by women's basketball (3.353), volleyball (3.313), tennis (3.285), women’s track and field (3.253), and men’s golf (3.230).

UND's 10 women's teams combined for a 3.228 GPA in 2010-11.
During the 2011 spring semester alone, 239 student-athletes achieved at least a 3.0 GPA, accounting for just under 64 percent of UND’s total student-athlete population. Also, 222 of UND’s student-athletes boast a cumulative 3.0 GPA.

Twenty-nine student-athletes recorded a perfect 4.0 GPA during the spring, and 10 boast a cumulative 4.0 GPA.

Earlier this year, UND placed 110 student-athletes on the Great West Conference (GWC) and Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) all-academic teams, including a team-record 16 men’s hockey student-athletes.
Additionally, UND’s women’s golf program received public recognition from the NCAA for its outstanding multiyear Academic Progress Rate (APR). UND's APR ranked in the top 10 percent of all Division I women's golf programs, which accounts for the 2006-07 through 2009-10 academic years.

Also, the women’s swimming and diving program ranked fourth among the 89 NCAA Division I teams named to the 2010 College Swim Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) Scholar All America Team in February.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Gregoire signs with NHL Jets

Former University of North Dakota standout Jason Gregoire has signed a contract with the National Hockey League’s Winnipeg Jets.

A native of Winnipeg, Gregoire elected to forgo his final year of collegiate eligibility in May to pursue his professional career. Gregoire was an All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) third team selection as a junior in 2010-11 after achieving career highs in points (43), goals (25), power-play goals (eight), and shorthanded goals (two). He helped lead UND to an NCAA Frozen Four appearance, as well as WCHA regular season and tournament championships.

A native of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Gregoire led the Sioux with 20 goals as a sophomore in 2009-10. Gregoire finished his collegiate career with 109 points (57 goals, 52 assists) in 120 career games, and his 15 career game-winning goals tie him for fourth all-time at UND with Brandon Bochenski (2002-04).

Gregoire helped lead the Sioux to a pair of MacNaughton Cups as WCHA regular season champions in 2008-09 and 2010-11, as well as back-to-back Broadmoor Trophies as WCHA tournament champions (2009-10, 2010-11).
He was a two-time selection to the All-WCHA Academic team.

Originally a third-round draft pick of the New York Islanders in 2007, Gregoire became an unrestricted free agent this summer after utilizing a clause in the NHL’s Collective Bargaining Agreement that allows college players to become free agents four years after they were drafted if they are not signed by their team.

Gregoire is the sixth Fighting Sioux to ink a professional contract since the end of the 2010-11 season, joining fellow junior Brett Hextall (Phoenix Coyotes), and seniors Matt Frattin (Toronto Maple Leafs), Chay Genoway (Minnesota Wild), Brad Malone (Colorado Avalanche), and Brent Davidson (Boras HC, Sweden).