Poor weather and travel restrictions have caused the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference to alter its basketball schedules for the next two weekends.
Minnesota State Moorhead, like every other team in the league, had its games moved from Saturday and Sunday to Monday and Tuesday. The following weekend, the games were moved from Friday and Saturday to Saturday and Sunday.
Burnsville, Minn. â€“ With recent weather conditions and travel restrictions around the region NSIC Menâ€™s and Womenâ€™s basketball schedules have been adjusted for next two weekends.Â
All NSIC menâ€™s and womenâ€™s games scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday January 1st and 2nd have been pushed back to Monday and Tuesday, January 3rd and 4th.Â The womenâ€™s games on both days will begin at 6:00 p.m. followed by the menâ€™s games at 8:00 p.m.Â Â The Bemidji State at Minnesota Duluth games will be played on Monday, January 3rd at 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.
The games schedule for Friday and Saturday, January 7th and 8th will be moved to Saturday and Sunday, January 8th and 9th.Â Womenâ€™s games will begin at 2:00 p.m. followed by menâ€™s games at 4:00 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.Â The Southwest Minnesota State at Minnesota State games will be played on Saturday, January 8th at 2:00 and 4:00 p.m.
Below are highlights from Minnesota State Moorhead’s past weekend. The Dragons hosted Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s basketball foes Wayne State and Augustana at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.
Sophomore center Alex Novak and junior guard Tarell Clark had a number of dunks in the two games. Clark had one of the best dunks I’ve seen from an MSUM player, a baseline drive and dunk about midway through the video.
While Novak is in his second year with the Dragons, Clark is in his first season with MSUM after transferring from Williston State College. Clark has provided an athleticism on the wing that Dragons did not have last season.
Special thanks the MSUM’s Jon Wepking for putting together the footage.
Minnesota State Moorhead junior guard DJ Hamilton could see his first playing time with the Dragons this weekend. Hamilton (a junior college transfer) has yet to play for MSUM as he broke his hand right before the first game of the regular season.
The Dragons (5-2, 2-1 NSIC) play their first two Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference home games this season, hosting Wayne State at 8 p.m. Friday at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. The Dragons host Augustana at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Hamilton practiced with the team Wednesday for the first time since the injury. Dragons head coach Chad Walthall said it’s “up in the air” whether Hamilton plays or not Friday and/or Saturday.
“A lot of it dependsÂ on how he feels as far as comfort level,” Walthall said.
Below is a photo of Concordia women’s basketball player Maggie Bauernfeind, crashing into a Carleton defender at Memorial Auditorium earlier this week. From time to time, this blog will highlight some of the best Cobbers and Dragons photos captured by Forum photographer Dave Samson. Enjoy.
Minnesota State Moorhead starts its Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference basketball season tonight for bot the men’s and women’s teams. The Dragons women are scheduled to play at 6 p.m. at Bemidji State with the men to follow at 8 p.m.
Both teams have new looks this season.
The Dragons women team has just one senior its roster (guard Betsy Dickson) and start two freshmen (point guard Haley Thomforde and center Katey Wrobel). Head coach Karla Nelson has her team 2-1 heading into conference play. Junior forward Angie Jetvig is coming off a strong 25-point, 16-rebound effort against Mayville State. Both were career highs. That performance helped Jetvig earn NSIC player of the week honors. Jetvig is averaging 20.7 points and 11.3 rebounds through three games.
The Dragons men’s team are set to play its first conference game under the guidance for first-year head coach Chad Walthall. Junior college transfers Charlie Chapman and Tarell Clark are new to the starting lineup, but have been solid performers. The men are 3-1 heading into the conference season.
“I think it’s been good for our mentality that we’ve won some games,” said Dragons sophomore center Alex Novak. “We know that we can win. A few games have been close. We know that we can finish games.”
The interim coach this past season, Beard said he won’t apply for the permanent opening, saying the situation wasn’t right for him to attempt the stay onÂ as head coach.
“I’m not going to be done with coaching,” Beard said. “We’ll have to find a new spot and hopefully it happens sooner than later.”
The pool of applicants will start to be reviewed on Jan. 6, a slow timetable than MSUM athletic director Doug Peters intially had hoped. Peters wanted to have a coach named by mid-December. However, a variety of factors didn’t make that possible.
Peters said the slower timetable will give them a chance to make sure the school has the right person for the job. Creating stability is paramount for the football program moving forward, Peters said. The Dragons have had four different head coaches since the 2004 season.