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Former MSUM point guard leads Memphis Grizzlies into NBA postseason as head coachComments Off

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The Walthalls could have a fragmented rooting interest tonight when the family watches the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

The Memphis Grizzlies play at the Oklahoma City Thunder at 8:30 p.m.

“I will be rooting for the Grizzlies I can tell you that,” said Minnesota State Moorhead men’s basketball coach Chad Walthall.

Walthall is longtime friends with first-year Memphis head coach Dave Joerger. Both are from Staples, Minn. Walthall’s four kids are where the cheering split could occur.

“They know that dad knows the head coach of the Grizzlies pretty well,” Walthall said.

Dad knowing the head coach, however, may not be enough to offset the star power of Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant, one of the best players in the NBA.

“I know the little one is automatic KD,” Walthall said of his 7-year-old son Beau. “I know the oldest (13-year-old daughter Brooke) is too cool to wear any jerseys, and the twins (11-year-olds Brady and Blake) could flip at halftime.”

Walthall has an extra tie to the Memphis head coach since he’s coaching at Joerger’s alma mater. Joerger played point guard for two seasons (1995-97) with the Dragons.

“He follows the Dragons all the time,” Walthall said. “It’s amazing how much he follows the Dragons.”

Joerger was one of the first to congratulate Walthall after MSUM earned a share of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division title this past season. Walthall hopes to bring Joerger into town to do a one-day clinic in the near future.

“We have talked about it,” Walthall said. “I think we both would love to do it. It’s just a matter of the right timing for both of us.”

While Joerger has coached in the NBA playoffs as an assistant, tonight will mark his first postseason game as a head coach.

Blaine Joerger, Dave’s younger brother, thinks these playoffs will be different for his older sibling.

“It is totally different with him being a head coach,” said Blaine, who lives in the Twin Cities area and officiates NSIC and Division III basketball games. “Everything stops at him.”

Blaine has made it to six of Dave’s games in person this season, watching many more on his NBA television package.

“I think I have gotten over the weirdness of seeing him on ESPN and on TV,” Blaine said. “Becoming a fan becomes a little stressful sometimes.”

Blaine said he may be biased, but he sensed his brother had that “it” factor growing up.

“You could see it pretty early on,” said Blaine, who played college basketball at Minnesota State-Mankato. “Coaching was his passion.”

The Grizzlies have a 50-32 record in Dave Joerger’s first season as head coach.

Memphis made the NBA postseason, even though starting center Marc Gasol missed 23 games early in the regular season due to a knee injury. The 7-foot-1 Gasol is third on the team in scoring, averaging 14.6 points per game.

Gasol returned to the lineup in mid-January.

“It was nice to see him with the injury to Gasol still win 50 games,” said Walthall. “I think that was a pretty huge deal for him.”


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North Dakota State softball games moved to FargodomeComments Off

FARGO – The Summit League softball series between North Dakota State and Fort Wayne has been moved to Gate City Bank Field in the Fargodome this weekend.

The series will begin with a doubleheader starting at 6 p.m. today and will conclude with a game at 1 p.m. Sunday.

NDSU sits in first place in the Summit League standings, and holds a 16-2 all-time record at Gate City Bank Field.

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Anderson makes cut but slips at bit at LPGA Lotte ChampionshipComments Off

Scores were lower Thursday in the second round of the LPGA Lotte Championship, and Angela Stanford took the lead by firing the lowest round of the tournament in Kapolei, Hawaii.

An 8-under-par 64 at Ko Olina Golf Club gave Stanford a two-run total of 136 and a one-shot lead over Michelle Wie.

Amy Anderson of Oxbow, N.D., shot a second-round, even-par 72 and is in a tie for 16th place at 2 under. The former North Dakota State golfer moved to 4 under for the tournament with two birdies on the front nine but bogeyed three of the first six holes on back nine. She’ll play the weekend for the second time this season.

Stanford, a 36-year-old Texan with five career victories, enjoyed two hot streaks during her bogey-free round. She carded five consecutive birdies from Nos. 3-7, then made three more birdies in a row from Nos. 11-13.

“I’ve had these stretches where I’ve played good in a round and then I’ll make a bogey or two and kind of lose my focus, so it was nice when I had a couple long par putts to make or when I had to get up and down, I did,” Stanford said. “It was nice to be in that zone all day.”

Stanford was particularly pleased with her round considering that she is dealing with chronic forearm soreness.

“It hurt so bad this morning that I was just trying to make contact and get it around, and sometimes that helps because your expectations go way down,” she said. “I was really just trying to navigate my way and not be out there any longer hitting my more shots that I had to.”

Wie shot a 67 on Thursday, leaving her at 137. The 24-year-old Hawaiian finished with five birdies and no bogeys in the second round.

“I’m trying not to put so much pressure on myself,” Wie said of playing in her home state. “I’m trying to go out there and have fun.

“I definitely saw a lot of support from the crowd. They were cheering me on. I definitely felt that. It was a lot of fun.”

American Cristie Kerr and South Koreans Inbee Park, Hyo Joo Kim and So Yeon Ryu are tied for third at 138. Kerr shot a second-round 66, Park carded a 68, and Kim and Ryu each shot 70. Ryu and Kim shared the first-round lead with South Korea’s Se Ri Pak after shooting 68 on Wednesday.

Pak followed with a 71 on Thursday, leaving her in a tie for fifth at 139 with South Korea’s Ha Na Jang.

American Katie Burnett, South Korea’s So Young Lee and Japan’s Haru Nomura share ninth place at 140, four shots behind Stanford.

South Korea’s Jimin Kang completed the second-best round of the tournament Thursday, a 7-under 65. However, the low score merely left her tied for 36th place at 145, as she struggled to an 80 in the opening round.

Kang got off to a sizzling start Thursday, recording birdies on each of the first five holes. She made bogeys on the ninth and 12th holes, but she added four more birdies on the back nine. Kang birdied each of the four par-5 holes.

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Fargo Davies earns first EDC girls soccer victory of the seasonComments Off

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    West Fargo goalkeeper Madison Neva stops a shot by Becca Kelly of Fargo Davies as the Packers’ Alexis Young looks on during an Eastern Dakota Conference girls soccer match Thursday in Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

FARGO – Thursday’s girls soccer match against West Fargo presented a couple firsts for Fargo Davies.

First home match of the season. Check. First Eastern Dakota Conference victory of the season. Check.

The Eagles defeated the Packers 5-2 at Fargo Davies High School.

“I know that our first match was a little tough, because it was our first time getting out there and we had to get used to being a new team,” said senior forward Kenzie Carlson, referencing the 2-1 loss to Fargo Shanley on April 10. “Through (last) Friday and onto the game (Thursday) we played 100 percent better. We played as a team and made our passes. It was a total team effort.”

Carlson scored two goals and added two assists for the Eagles (3-1-0, 1-1-0 EDC).

Junior forward Reiley Klose opened the match scoring on a breakaway opportunity in the ninth minute. Klose finished with two goals.

“Defensively we kept the ball in the midfield as much as we could,” Davies head coach Nick Christianson said. “We did a great job moving the ball and passing with our midfield. Up top, when you have people who are natural goal scorers, obviously life is a little easier.”

Carlson and Klose have combined for 10 goals this season through four matches, which at least in the early going, puts to rest any thoughts that Davies’ offense would be less potent with the graduation of all-state players Emily Wendorff and Paige McCullough.

“We lost a couple goal scorers from last year and we need people to step up into those positions,” Christianson said. “I think they are taking that responsibility.”

“We have a real strong offensive team,” Carlson added. “All of us girls work together to put goals into the net.”

Davies led 3-0 at the half, giving it the advantage needed to hand the Packers their first loss of the season.

“We came out a little nervous and scared,” West Fargo head coach James Moe said. “We know Fargo Davies is a good team, and I think we came out with a defensive mindset to start the game and that isn’t who we are. We needed to be attacking early on.”

The Packers opened the second-half scoring getting a goal from sophomore midfielder Erica Lee. Senior midfielder Alexandra Dub also scored a goal for the Packers (3-1-0, 1-1-0 EDC).

Junior forward Tori Helland added a goal for the Eagles.

“Coming into this one we knew every match in the EDC was going to be tough,” Christianson said. “We just have to keep focused on the end game and take it one game at a time.”

FIRST HALF: 1, FD, Klose, (Dostal), 8:38. 2, FD, Helland, (Carlson), 26:05. 3, FD, Carlson, 31:13.

SECOND HALF: 4, WF, Lee, 55:21. 5, FD, Carlson, 68:47. 6, WF, Dub, 70:41. 7, FD, Klose, (Carlson), 78:59.

SAVES: WF, Neva 6-7–13. FD, Gess 1-2–3.


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New challenge ahead for Bison women’s basketball coachComments Off

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    Maren Walseth speaks to the media after being introduced as the head coach of the North Dakota State women’s basketball team Thursday. Walseth, who was an assistant at Penn State, was hired on Monday. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

FARGO – Since first taking up the sport in third grade, basketball has taken Maren Walseth virtually around the world. Success has followed her every step of the way, from high school to college to the WNBA.

Thursday afternoon, she took her biggest career leap yet: An introductory news conference announcing her as the North Dakota State head women’s coach.

“I’ve never done this before,” she said.

She asked new Bison men’s basketball head coach Dave Richman for advice. An assistant for 10 years at Navy and Penn State, she steps onto the driver’s seat in a bus that hasn’t gotten very far in recent years.

“I’ve spent 12 years in Happy Valley,” she said of Penn State. “The decision to leave was a very hard one. I wasn’t looking to leave.”

Contact wasn’t made between NDSU and Walseth until Penn State’s season was finished – and that wasn’t until the Lady Lions were beaten in the NCAA tournament on March 30 in a Sweet 16 loss at Stanford.

NDSU women’s athletic director Lynn Dorn said the search first focused on the top 25 Division I teams in the country. Of the list of assistants, she was looking for somebody with knowledge of the Midwest. Walseth is from Bloomington, Minn.

“The biggest challenge is we couldn’t get to Maren because of the success of Penn State,” Dorn said.

On the flipside, Walseth has plenty of challenges. Her first, she said, is to get to know the returning Bison players. They had dinner together Wednesday night.

“We laughed. We smiled. It was great,” Walseth said. “There will be some speed bumps but, ‘Girls, we’re in this together.’”

She first met the players last week when she visited the NDSU campus. It was the first order of business after coming from the airport, and Bison guard Brooke LeMar said Thursday the returning players liked her “right off the bat.”

“It’s always awesome for a coach to have us as a priority,” LeMar said. “It was fun to meet with coach on a personal level. It just feels good now that we actually have a coach.”

The ultimate challenge, of course, will be to restore the program to its winning ways. Walseth made a point of a plan to connect to former Bison players – a few of which were on hand Thursday at the Fargodome – and the community as a whole.

When he sat down with Walseth during his portion of the interview, NDSU President Dean Bresciani said he asked one question: What does it take to win?

“I got an impromptu dissertation exactly what it takes to win in Division I women’s college basketball,” Bresciani said.

Walseth said no decisions have been made on assistant coaches.

“To me, finding the right people to surround the program is more important than having people in the seats tomorrow,” she said.

She’s communicated with NDSU’s incoming freshman recruits via text message and plans to get more involved with them in the coming days. She does have scholarship money available for next year, but she said bringing in the “right players” is more important than quantity.

“It all starts with recruiting,” she said.


Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack can be reached at (701) 241-5546. Kolpack’s NDSU media blog can be found at www.areavoices.com/bisonmedia

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