Bison women fall on the road at Northern Colorado

GREELEY, Colo. – D’shara Strange scored a game-high 21 points as Northern Colorado defeated North Dakota State 75-61 in women’s basketball Sunday.

Katie Birkel led the way for the Bison (3-5) with 19 points and four steals.

NDSU (3-5): Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Whittle 1-2 1-3 3, DeGagne 3-9 6-8 12, Birkel 8-15 1-2 19, Gaines 1-4 0-0 2, Keena 0-3 2-2 2, Linz 2-7 0-0 5, Van Kirk 6-11 0-0 15, Stephenson 1-2 0-0 3.

NC (2-4): Oosdyke 3-7 7-9 13, Lockridge 4-7 1-2 9, Strange 8-17 5-6 21, Timm 6-9 3-5...

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Area runners head back to Boston one year after marathon bombingsComments Off

BOSTON – For Kevin Carollo, running the 118th Boston Marathon today – his first – will have an extra emotional kick.

The 45-year-old Fargo man says he was deeply affected as he watched coverage of the twin bombings last April that ripped into runners and spectators at the marathon’s finish line.

“I cried a lot in front of the television,” said the Minnesota State University Moorhead English teacher.

“I always wanted to (run the Boston Marathon), ever since I was a kid. But especially in light of last year’s event.

“I found watching (news coverage) on television provoked quite an emotional reaction to it. And it seemed to spur me on further,” Carollo said. “The emotional draw is even more acute. It seems even more important to be here.”

On Friday, Carollo was picking up his race packet at the downtown convention center.

There will be about 36,000 runners this year, about 9,000 more than last year’s race.

“The excitement here is palpable, and it’s just beginning to get going. There are thousands of people here. The adrenaline is starting to build up,” he said. “Everyone is happy. Everyone is in a good mood.”

Jon Owen, 58, of Luverne, N.D., will run his seventh Boston Marathon this year and his 35th marathon since 2004.

Owen said he finished last year’s race 50 minutes before the first of the bombs went off.

He and his wife and sister-in-law had entered the lobby of their hotel room when they saw people gathered around televisions watching the breaking news coverage.

Owen said there was no doubt in his mind that he would return for this year’s marathon.

“I think everybody kind of marks that time” of the bombings, he said. “What were you doing when that happened?”

He said security is tighter this year. Anything left at the starting line will be discarded.

Marathon officials have prohibited a number of items from race venues, including backpacks, suitcases, large packages, coolers, glass containers and containers that hold more than 1 liter of liquid, fireworks, strollers, costumes that cover the face, large blankets, props such as sporting equipment, water carriers like Camelbaks and weight vests.

Owen said it’s important to “just try to honor the sacrifices that have been made and not forget, for sure,” Owen said.

‘A decisive end’

About 2:50 p.m. on April 15, 2013, two bombs exploded about 12 seconds apart near the finish line of the Boston Marathon on Boylston Street.

The blasts killed three people and injured at least 264. The FBI determined the bombs were made using pressure cookers filled with BBs and nails, and hidden in backpacks.

Late on April 18, 2013, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology police officer was killed, allegedly by one of the bombing suspects.

The two suspected bombers, brothers Dzhokar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, then hijacked a car in Cambridge, Mass., in the early morning hours of April 19. As police chased them, the suspects threw explosives out of the car windows and exchanged gunshots with officers.

One of the suspects, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, was captured but died after he was run over by a vehicle driven by his brother, Dzhokhar, 19. Both of the Chechen immigrants were from Cambridge.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was later captured after hiding in a boat in a yard in Watertown, Mass.

Federal prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Tsarnaev. His trial date is set for early November.

John Simonson of Fargo has run the Boston Marathon twice but wasn’t able to run a qualifying marathon time in the past year.

“I wish I was going back this year,” the 47-year-old said Friday.

He ran in the heat in 2012. And in 2013, there were the bombings.

He was retrieving his clothes about 600 yards away when the bombs went off.

“The first time they tried to kill me with heat, and the second time they tried to kill me with bombs. And I still want to go back,” Simonson joked.

But talking about the days after the bombings, he grew serious.

“It was gripping. I was locked onto the manhunt. I really wanted to see the perpetrators caught. And I wanted to see them pay. Dearly. I didn’t want anybody escaping,” Simonson said. “I wanted a decisive end. And I think there was.”

He said he doesn’t want to be scared away.

“It’s something I can do. It’s something I want to do. And I’m not going to back down to do something I want to do because there happens to be crazy people in the world,” Simonson said. “It’s a great event. It’s one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in sports. No … the coolest thing.”

He said he’ll spend some time today reflecting. And he’ll wear his finisher’s jacket in solidarity.

“I can’t believe it’s already been a year. I guess it’s gone pretty quickly. When I was watching some of the coverage on it, it really is an interesting story. And I’m glad that I survived it,” Simonson said.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583


Home run propels IPFW past Bison softballComments Off

FARGO – Alex Bousquet hit a two-run home run in the third inning to lead Indiana Purdue-Fort Wayne to a 3-1 win over North Dakota State in a Summit League softball game Sunday at the Fargodome.

Krista Menke struck out nine batters and allowed three hits for the Bison (25-15, 8-3 Summit).

IPFW also snagged a 7-4 win over the Bison in the second half of a doubleheader on Saturday.

IPFW 002 001 0–3 3 0

NDSU 000 100 0–1 4 2

Kramer and Pugh. Menke and Ortega. W–Kramer (16-8). L–Menke (19-6).

IPFW 400 003 0–7 11 2

NDSU 100 101 1–4 4 1

Flenniken and Mintari. Bayers, Thun (1) and Ortega. W–Flenniken (15-5). L–Bayers (4-7). HR–NDSU, Sobrero.


Big third inning sparks Bison baseballComments Off

FARGO – North Dakota State scored five runs in the bottom of the third inning en route to a 6-3 win over Western Illinois in Summit League baseball on Sunday.

The win helped the Bison (11-17, 3-7 Summit) finish off a four-game weekend sweep.

Tim Colwell batted 4-for-4 for NDSU.

WI 001 000 020–3 8 1

NDSU 015 000 00x–6 13 0

Constand, Nunn (3), Bakeris (6) Milligan (8) and McGinnis. Pfannenstein, Flaa (8) and Leach. W–Pfannenstein (1-0). L–Constand (1-5).


Hughes helps Twins beat RoyalsComments Off

KANSAS CITY, Mo.– Phil Hughes pitched a season-best six-plus innings and helped the Minnesota Twins salvage the third game of a three-game season with an 8-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday at Kauffman Stadium.

Hughes (1-1) gave up three runs on nine hits, with one walk and three strikeouts.

Twins third baseman Trevor Plouffe had two doubles, a triple, two RBIs and two runs scored to lead the offense.

Yordano Ventura (1-1) took the loss for Kansas City. It was the worst start of his brief major league career. He gave up four earned runs on six hits, with four walks and six strikeouts in four-plus innings.

The Twins jumped on Ventura quickly. Second baseman Brian Dozier led off with a single just beyond the reach of shortstop Alcides Escobar. Ventura walked first baseman Joe Mauer and then Pflouffe struck one into the gap in right-center for a two-run double.

The Royals had a chance in the second inning but left the bases loaded.

Ventura settled down somewhat after the first but ran into more trouble again in the fourth. He walked catcher Kurt Suzuki with one out. Center fielder Aaron Hicks reached on a fielder’s choice, then went to second on an errant pick-off attempt and to third on a wild pitch. He scored on Eduardo Escobar’s single. In the fifth, Ventura gave up a lead-off triple to Plouffe, followed by an RBI single by right fielder Chris Calobello, and his day was done.

Louis Coleman relieved Ventura and struck out left fielder Jason Kubel. With third baseman Mike Moustakas on the right side of second for Kubel, Colabello was caught stealing at second.

Coleman then gave up a 408-foot home run to designated hitter Josmil Pinto.

The Royals got one back in the bottom of the fifth, but could have gotten more. Alcides Escobar led off with a double and moved to third on right fielder Nori Aoki’s fly to right. He scored on second baseman Omar Infante’s single to center. Infante went to third on first baseman Eric Hosmer’s single. Catcher Salvador Perez lined one up the middle, but Dozier snared it and then flipped it with his glove to Eduardo Escobar to start a nifty 6-4-3 double play.

Plouffe stroked his second double leading off the seventh, and he scored on a single by Kubel. Kubel and Pinto, who had walked, scored on Suzuki’s double.

The Royals finally chased Hughes in the seventh on a lead-off double by center fielder Justin Maxwell and a home run by Alcides Escobar.


Avalanche defeat Wild for 2-0 lead in playoff seriesComments Off

DENVER – Centers Nathan MacKinnon and Paul Stastny had a goal and three assists each, left winger Gabe Landeskog had two goals and the Colorado Avalanche took a 2-0 lead in their first-round playoff series with a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Saturday night.

Goaltender Semyon Varlamov stopped 30 shots for the Avalanche, who are 12-0 when winning the first two games of a series since moving to Colorado in 1995.

Game 3 is Monday in Minnesota, where the Wild hope to figure out how to stop Colorado’s top line.

MacKinnon and Stastny have seven points each and Landeskog has three goals in the series.

Their play Saturday chased Wild goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov late in the second period after he allowed three goals on 14 shots.

Goalie Darcy Kuemper came on and had 14 saves before coming off for an extra skater with 2:26 left and Minnesota down 3-1.

Defenseman Marco Scandella scored to make it a one-goal game with 1 minute 19 seconds left, but Stastny scored into the empty net with 15 seconds left.

Center Charlie Coyle also scored for the Wild, who have lost five straight playoff games to Colorado dating back to the 2008 season.

Landeskog broke a tie with a goal 2:58 into the second, when he took a drop pass from MacKinnon and beat Bryzgalov with a high shot to make 2-1.

Nine minutes later Stastny got the puck from MacKinnon and fed Landeskog, who shot it into the open net with 8:01 left in the second.

That was all for Bryzgalov, who has allowed eight goals on 45 shots this series.

The Wild used an early power play to gain momentum and cashed in when Coyle crashed the net and scored after Varlamov’s deflection bounced off of the center at 4:18 of the first.

MacKinnon tied it on a great individual effort. He skated past two Wild players at center ice, entered the Minnesota end and turned Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon into a pretzel before beating Bryzgalov with a snapshot at 6:20.

Colorado gained some momentum after killing off another penalty, and after starting the game down 7-2 in shots it held an 11-10 advantage after the first.


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