The weather is cooling down, but things have definitely been heating up in Bison athletics over the last couple of months. As we look around there is big news all over the place, and NDSU Athletics is moving in the right direction. For this month, I was asked to hit on several of the teams that are competing and go through some memorable moments.
The BSA Project –
Perhaps the biggest news around NDSU and the athletic department is getting the go ahead to put a shovel in the ground to start giving the BSA a face lift to what will now be known as the Sanford Health Athletic Complex! As you can tell by the cover, everyone is excited and it looks like Saul Philips is ready to start construction now as he hangs off the bulldozer. What great news for NDSU and this will certainly help with recruiting athletes to a top-notch facility.
Bison Football –
Coaching changes, playoffs, and a possible three-peat championship in the works. There are a few things going on in the coaches’ offices. As we look back over the playoff run so far, the 2013 Thundering Herd has been nothing short of excellent! In all phases of the ball, the Bison are playing as the team to beat in the FCS and it’s always great to have home playoff games adding the 12th man into the mix. With the veteran team that is playing, it is going to take an act of God to derail this team from the record books. A special thanks to all Coach Bohl has done for this program in his 11 years, and more to come in Frisco to put a cap on his great career! Coach Chris Klieman will take his place at the helm of the football program and will continue the tradition of excellence.
Men’s Basketball –
What a huge win over Notre Dame! Marshall Bjorklund was 11-of-14 from the field, with 26 points and the Fighting Irish had no answer for the big man down low. This is a big win for the program and with the amount of experience on the court every game, the Bison look to be a force through conference play.
Women’s Basketball –
The women’s basketball team came away from the Double Tree LA Westside Thanksgiving Classic with a 2-0 record and winning the title. With big wins over Montana (70-53) and UC-Irvine (64-61) it shows that the Bison have some quality depth and big play ability as they embark on the rest of a great season.
The wrestling team has great talent, led by Senior Steven Monk, who is currently ranked #5 in the nation, and sophomore Hayden Zillmer is ranked 14th. After facing off against an elite Iowa State program, the Bison have gained a ton of experience on the mat which will help them as they go on through the season.
Women’s Cross Country –
Sophomore Brecca Wahlund was named the Summit League Cross Country Athlete of the Year, and is the first from NDSU to win this award. After a great season where she won the 6K league title and the Championship MVP. This is a great accomplishment for Wahlund, and speaks volumes to the talent that NDSU has within the cross country program!
Alumni News –
Amy Anderson earned her LPGA after finishing 4th in the qualifying tournament at the LPGA International golf course in early December. Amy finished 14-under par throughout the tournament and looks now to her professional career where we all know she will represent NDSU very well.
As I mentioned earlier, there are a lot of great things going on in the world of Bison Athletics! We need to be thankful for what we have, and the student-athletes we get to watch compete and wear the green and yellow with such greatness. GO BISON!
*Steve Walker started 36 games as quarterback for the Bison between 2004 – 2007.