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The World of Outlaws has been the summer race to see in North Dakota for a long time. So much so it helped motivate one of the best racers to come out of the state in Donny Schatz. Schatz and the outlaws will take to River City Speedway tomorrow to open up a North Dakota racing weekend. Schatz has become a household name across the region but he isn't the only driver that loves coming to the Peace Garden State. WDAZ will be out at the race track and will have highlights tomorrow at 10.
The Sacred Heart baseball team is heading back to the state tournament for the first time since the year 2006. In that season, the Eagles won the consolation championship. This season, Sacred Heart is hoping for an even better result. The Eagles will face Heritage Christian Academy, a team that is seeded number one in the tournament and is 20-3 this season. Seth Halvorsen, who is a stand out there, was recently just drafted by the Minnesota Twins. But that doesn't change what head coach Paul Bethke will tell his team Thursday before the game.
It will likely be up to a judge to determine if women's hockey should be reinstated at the University of North Dakota. The women's hockey program was cut in March of 2017 and now today, 11 former UND women's hockey players filed a class action lawsuit against the North Dakota University System in U.S. District Court. I reached out to the University of North Dakota for comment and a UND spokesman said that the university doesn't typically comment on legal actions that are in process.
The West All-Stars defeat the East All-Stars, 3-1.
Breaking news today, first reported by Tom Miller from the Grand Forks Herald, is that UND has confirmed that Geno Crandall will be transferring. This will be a big blow to the Fighting Hawks men's basketball team as Crandall led North Dakota with 16.6 points per game last season and had a Big Sky leading 67 steals. Crandall was a two-time all-Big Sky Conference guard and ranked 14th all-time in scoring, 7th all-time in assists and 4th all-time in steals.
Switching to high school where one East Grand Forks boys golfer has had not one or two trips to the state golf tournament but four. Nate Deziel has been to the Minnesota State golf tournament his freshman, sophomore, junior and now senior year. The Green Wave golfer has had an incredible senior season. He has been the medalist in 10 out of 11 tournaments including being the section champion on Monday. With state approaching, Deziel is calm and collected.
Ray Richard's golf course could be on the market very soon. The University of North Dakota has decided to sell it after closing it to save money. The board of higher education must approve the plan, which is expected next month. Today, I spoke with UND Athletics Director Bill Chaves and asked him where the money would go once it is sold.
Sacred Heart defeats Fosston 3-1 to win the section 8A championship. First section title for the Eagles since 2006.
Royals defeat Mandan, 24-1 in five innings in game one. In game two, Mandan defeats Grand Forks, 14-10.
For 10 East Grand Forks track and field athletes, the big state meet is just two days away. Taylor Brooks gives us a run down of who will be representing the Green Wave this weekend. The East Grand Forks track and field team will leave tomorrow morning to practice at Hamline University in St. Paul before prelims begin on Friday.