News @ Minnesota State University Moorhead

Archive for the ‘Athletics’

Dragons in the News

Posted on January 17, 2017

Take a look at the news stories featuring MSUM in the last two weeks.

Anne Blackhurst Coauthors Article Published by the Chronicle of Higher Education, KVRR: “An article coauthored by MSUM’s President Anne Blackhurst has been published in the prestigious Chronicle of Higher Education.”

‘Someone like me’: For young people of color, Obama had indelible impact, Inforum: “When Jered Pigeon took in President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009 during a watch party with hundreds of other students at Minnesota State University Moorhead, he felt optimism in the air.”

Moorhead is largest city in Minnesota led mostly by women, WDAZ: “The presence and power of women in Moorhead city government is growing … Despite Hillary Clinton’s failed attempt to shatter what she referred to as the “highest and hardest glass ceiling,” losing her bid for the presidency, she was still the first woman nominated for president by a major party. Still, women remain underrepresented at all levels of government. “There was concern that her [Clinton’s] loss would discourage women. If anything it’s a wake up call,” said Deborah White, sociology and criminal justice professor at Minnesota State University Moorhead and coordinator of the annual Tri-College NEW Leadership Development Institute that provides leadership training and support to women.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Spend $75 on, get a free flag

Posted on January 13, 2017

Spend $75 on the new online store and use promo code 8494 on checkout to receive a FREE 3′ by 5′ Dragons flag. Limit one promo code per order.  Read the rest of this entry →

Donate to the Dragon sport of your choice—Red and White Scholarship Campaign

Posted on January 13, 2017

Make your end of year donation to the Red & White Scholarship Campaign and give to the Dragon Varsity Sport of your choice!  The campaign has raised nearly $30,000 to-date for athletic scholarships. We encourage our athletic alumni and fans to make an annual contribution or multi-year pledge to one or more of the Dragon Athletics’ 16 varsity sports.  Read the rest of this entry →

Color Scorch and enter to win a pool party at Nemzek

Posted on January 11, 2017

The Dragon Fire Booster Club is sponsoring the 3rd Annual “Color Scorch”  for a chance to win a pool party for 10 people at the MSUM Swimming pool. Children 0-12 years of age are eligible to enter the drawing (one entry per child) which will be held on Friday, Feb. 10 at the Dragon basketball games at Nemzek Hall. “Color Scorch” sheets are available at the Dragon Athletic office and at Dragon home events.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the News

Posted on January 04, 2017

The Benefits of Gender Balance in a System’s Presidential Offices, The Chronicle of Higher Education: “In the past year, national discussions about glass ceilings in politics and in the board room, and sexist news coverage of the Olympics, have brought the subject of gender equity to the forefront of the American consciousness in compelling ways. Higher-­education institutions are no strangers to the issue, as they struggle to meet their own aggressive gender-equity goals.”

F-M college campus retention efforts aim to help students succeed, Inforum: “MSUM has seen its retention increase by 3 percent per year for the past three years. The retention rate is now 76 percent. ‘We would like to see that get up to 80 percent,’ said Brenda Amenson-Hill, MSUM’s vice president of enrollment management and student affairs.”

‘You look like a bug and you’re ready to roll’: Winter biking with Sara Watson-Curry, Inforum: “Sara Watson-Curry has been a utilitarian cyclist since her parents dropped her off at Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2001 with her mother’s tank-sized bike. It was another eight years before she ventured to pedal when the snowplows are in full force and most folks are busy scraping ice off their vehicles.”

Dragons women ranked in Division II top 25 for first time since 2009, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead senior Natalie Van Wyhe said it’s ‘cool’ the Dragons are nationally ranked, but the team would rather keep a low profile. ‘We liked not being ranked because we feel like the underdog,’ Van Wyhe said. ‘At the end of the day, it doesn’t mean anything until you actually prove it.'”

MSUM Women Win 11th Straight, Men Back in Win Column, KVRR: “A balanced offensive attack helped the Minnesota State University Moorhead women’s basketball team win its 11th straight game on Saturday as the Dragons topped Concordia-St. Paul, 76-63 at Nemzek Fieldhouse in Moorhead, Minn.”

Dragon men cruise past Concordia-St.Paul, WDAY: “John Doss led MSUM with 19 points as the Dragons bounced back from their loss against Mankato. MSU Moorhead cruised past Concordia St. Paul 74-60.”

Dragons End 2016 on the Right Foot, Defeat Concordia-St. Paul 74-60, Valley News Live: “Minnesota State University Moorhead headed into the new year on a high note, winnings its final game of 2016 by defeating Concordia-St. Paul by a final score of 74-60.”

Dragons women extend winning streak to 10 games, Inforum: “A nearly two-week break between games didn’t slow down the surging Minnesota State Moorhead women’s basketball team.”

Dragon women’s basketball team wins tenth game in a row, men fall to Mankato, WDAZ: “The MSUM men’s basketball team was back from their holiday break on Friday, with a game against Minnesota State Mankato.”

MSUM women shoot past Concordia-St. Paul, WDAZ: “The MSUM women’s basketball team remained hot to extend its winning streak to 11 games. The Dragons shot 61 percent from beyond the arc to beat Concordia-St.Paul 76-63.”

Doss leads Dragons men to conference win, Inforum: “Heading into the New Year, the Minnesota State Moorhead men’s basketball team is still trying to hone an identity. The Dragons took another step in that direction Saturday, Dec. 31, at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.”

Ham scores career high to help Dragons women extend winning streak, Inforum: “Ham made the most of her court time, scoring a career-high 17 points. Her effort helped the surging Dragons earn a 76-63 victory against Concordia-St. Paul in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women’s basketball before 565 fans.”

New DragonsLIVE episode airs TONIGHT at 6:30 p.m. on XTRA

Posted on December 28, 2016

DragonsLIVE is a monthly show based totally on MSUM Dragon Athletics and the next episode airs this Wednesday, Dec. 28 at 6:30 p.m. on WDAY’Z XTRA. This episode features in-studio guest and head swimming and diving coach Todd Peters, basketball assistant coaches playing “Word of Mouth,” sport by sport recaps from our last episode, and much more.

Visit for more information.

Friday is Scorch Squad Kid’s Night and Saturday is Video Lottery Double Prize Night at Dragon Basketball

Posted on December 28, 2016

MSUM Dragons basketball is home this weekend with Friday, Dec. 30 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. is Scorch Squad Kids Day and Saturday the 31st at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. is a double Valley Imports Video Lottery Prize night.  Read the rest of this entry →

’Tis the Season for Giving

Posted on December 21, 2016

If you want to spread some holiday cheer, bring a new toy to the main Athletic office (Nemzek 106) and place it under one of the Christmas trees by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

Volunteers will be wrapping presents on Wednesday, Dec. 21 in the back gym beginning at 10:30 a.m. until approximately 2 p.m. If you want to help with gift wrapping, please stop by!

We are partnering with Sue & Mark Knutson on this community service event. now open & offering over 1,300 officially licensed MSUM Dragons items

Posted on December 19, 2016

MSUM Dragon Athletics is proud to partner with Advanced-Online to create a new official online store for licensed Dragon gear at which launched today, offering over 1,300 items for Dragons fans.

“Providing an expansive selection of Dragons branded merchandise is a much-needed service that will enable all MSUM fans and supporters to wear and show their pride,” said assistant athletics director Jon Wepking. “You’re going to find items here you can’t get anywhere else like sport specific merchandise any time you want it, all year long.”  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the News

Posted on December 13, 2016

MSUM’s Sannes nabs 2nd NSIC player of the week honor, WDAY: “For the second time this season, Minnesota State University Moorhead junior Drew Sannes has been named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference North Division Player of the Week in women’s basketball.”

Tough stuff: First-year teachers learn new lessons, West Fargo Pioneer: “Minnesota State University Moorhead graduate Abby Neppl, a special education teacher at Liberty Middle School in West Fargo, didn’t know what to expect for her first year of teaching.”

MSUM wins Salvation Army Mascot Challenge, Inforum: “Minnesota State University Moorhead raised the most funds during the Salvation Army’s Mascot Challenge Saturday, Dec. 3, at Scheels All Sports here.”

Gibson earns All-American honors, Morris Sun Tribune: “Minnesota State University Moorhead wide receiver Damon Gibson’s record-setting season continues to give him accolades. The junior was named to the American Football Coaches Association Coaches All-America Second Team, it was announced on Wednesday, Dec. 7.”

MEN’S BASKETBALL: Beavers ousted late by Moorhead, Bemidji Pioneer: “In a game that could have gone either way, the Bemidji State men’s basketball team got the short end of the stick, falling 90-84 to Minnesota State Moorhead on Saturday night.”

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL: Dragons double up BSU, Bemidji Pioneer: “Chelsea DeVille challenged her Bemidji State women’s basketball team to find its identity after a 102-50 drubbing from Minnesota State Moorhead on Saturday night.”

MSUM rolls past Bemidji State, Inforum: “Ayob Ayob scored a game-high 22 points and Tanner Kretchman finished with 18 points and eight assists as Minnesota State-Moorhead defeated Bemidji State 90-84 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate men’s basketball on Saturday, Dec. 10.”

Dragon men and women each extend winning streaks to eight games, WDAY: “Coming of their second buzzer beater in as many weeks, the MSU Moorhead men’s basketball team was in Bemidji going for their eighth win in a row.”

Dragons upend Bemidji State in women’s basketball, Inforum: “Jacky Volkert recorded 16 points and ten rebounds and Drew Sannes poured in 28 points as Minnesota State-Moorhead defeated Bemidji State 102-50 in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women’s basketball on Saturday, Dec. 10.”

MSUM expects 430 students to graduate Dec. 15, Inforum: “Minnesota State University Moorhead will award degrees to about 430 students during its fall commencement program at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, in the university’s Nemzek Fieldhouse.”

Teacher’s Night Out This Saturday at Dragon Basketball

Posted on December 02, 2016

Saturday, Dec. 3 the Dragon men’s and women’s basketball faces off against Minot State at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. Any educator (College, High School, Middle School, Elementary School, etc.) will get FREE admission to both games by showing their school issued identification. MSUM Dragon Athletics is committed to education and educators in our community and wish to thank them for their dedication to teaching and learning.  Read the rest of this entry →

2016-17 Go Pink Scholarship Applications Due Dec. 5

Posted on December 02, 2016

Applications for the MSUM Go Pink Scholarship are due on Monday, Dec. 5, 2016.  The scholarship is awarded to a student-athlete and a non-student-athlete who have been directly affected by cancer. Award amounts are between $200 – $1,000 and will be awarded for the spring 2017 semester. Scholarship applications are available in the Athletic Department office, NZ 106 or download the application here.

The Go Pink with the Dragons Scholarship was founded in 2012 by the Minnesota State University Moorhead Athletic department from funds raised by the annual Go Pink initiative. Learn more about the Go Pink Scholarship here. Read the rest of this entry →

Watch Last Night’s DragonsLIVE Fall Sports Recap

Posted on December 01, 2016

In case you missed it, here’s an extended cut of DragonsLIVE Fall Sports Recap from last night.

DragonsLIVE Fall Sports Recap Airs Today at 6:30 p.m. on XTRA

Posted on November 30, 2016

DragonsLIVE is a monthly show based totally on MSUM Dragon Athletics and the next episode airs this Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. on WDAY’Z XTRA. This episode is the Fall Sports Recap with in-studio guest and head football coach Steve Laqua, coverage of the Dragons at the NCAA Division II National Championships in Florida, highlights from recent events, and much more. See channel listings below.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the News

Posted on November 28, 2016

Michigan Tech men lose shootout to Minnesota State Moorhead, The Daily Mining Gazette: “The loss to the Dragons dropped the Huskies to 1-3 on the season. Moorhead, which blasted Northern Michigan University the night before, moved to 2-1.”

MSUM picks up win over Michigan Tech in men’s basketball, Inforum: “Minnesota State-Moorhead men’s basketball won their second straight game defeating Michigan Tech 90-82 on Saturday, Nov. 19.”

MSUM tops Quincy in women’s basketball, Inforum: “Cassidy Thorson poured in 16 points as Minnesota State-Moorhead topped Quincy 73-44 in the opening round of the Quincy Tip-Off Classic on Friday, Nov. 18, at Pepsi Arena.”

MSUM men’s basketball wins at Northern Michigan, Inforum: “Ayob Ayob scored 24 points and added six rebounds as Minnesota State-Moorhead men’s basketball defeated Northern Michigan 104-68 on Friday, Nov. 18, at the Berry Events Center.”

Dragons receiver Gibson a nominee for Division II’s Harlon Hill Trophy, Inforum: “Minnesota State Moorhead junior wide receiver Damon Gibson is one of 42 nominees for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which is awarded to the top player in NCAA Division II football.”

MSUM’s Gibson nominated for Harlon Hill award, WDAY: “Minnesota State University Moorhead junior wide receiver Damon Gibson is one of 42 nominees for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which goes to the Division II College Football Player of the Year.”

MSUM’s Gibson Named Nominee for Harlon Hill Award, KVRR: “Damon Gibson is now done with a historic year for MSUM football. The wide receiver from Beardsley, Minn., led all of Division II in receiving yards and receiving yards per game.”

Dragons eclipse century mark to knock off rival Concordia, Inforum: “Minnesota State-Moorhead senior Aaron Lien needed only seven shots to net 19 points Tuesday, Nov. 22, at Memorial Auditorium. That offensive efficiency proved contagious for the Dragons against rival Concordia.”

Conversation with MSUM Dragons head basketball coach Chad Walthall, WDAY: “It’s a holiday tradition in Moorhead older than the Holiday Lights Parade, the Cobbers and Dragons meeting on the basketball court.”

MSUM wide receiver a Harlon Hill nominee, KFGO: “Minnesota State University Moorhead junior wide receiver Damon Gibson is one of 42 nominees for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which goes to the Division II College Football Player of the Year.”

Dragons Beat Cobbers in Crosstown Showdown, KVRR: “Dragons run away with the win over Concordia, 107-74.”

MSUM shoots past Concordia, WDAY: “Five players scored in double figures for MSU Moorhead as the Dragons shot past Concordia 107-74. MSUM was 17 of 26 from the beyond the arc in the victory.”

Kretchman hits game-winner as Dragons edge Northern State, Inforum: “Tanner Kretchman drilled a game-winning three just inside the half-court line as Minnesota State-Moorhead edged Northern State 93-92 in a Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men’s basketball matchup on Saturday, Nov. 26 at Wachs Arena.”

MSUM MBB Wins on Half-Court Buzzer Beater, KVRR: “Coming out of the timeout all the Dragons can really do is throw up a prayer. Tanner Kretchman just past half court. You have got to be kidding me. What a shot! Dragons win on the buzzer beater, 93-92.”

WATCH: Wild last few seconds, long buzzer-beater decides crazy small college game, CBS Sports: “Some of you may have missed this finish from Division II on Saturday, but it’s one you will want to check out as Minnesota State University Moorhead topped Northern State 93-92 … A pretty incredible shot at the buzzer in one of the most unlikeliest and entertaining finishes you might see in any level of of college basketball this season.”

Dragons in the News

Posted on November 21, 2016

Veterans hold chili cook-off at MSUM to crown champion, WDAY: “The competition was heated as veterans at MSUM showcased their best chili recipes. Members of the Veteran’s Resource Center competed head to head for the title of chili champion.”

MSUM celebrates veterans with special performance, speakers, WDAY: “Veterans and their service were celebrated as part of MSUM’s Veteran’s Day Program.”

Dragons notch first seven-win season since 1999, Inforum: “After Minnesota State Moorhead closed its season with a 48-33 victory against Northern State on Saturday, Nov. 12, at Scheels Field at Nemzek Stadium, Dragons head coach Steve Laqua pumped his first, yelled and sprinted to the huddle of his players.”

Chinese master artist draws inspiration, leads co-op art class at MSUM, Inforum: “Artists Zhimin Guan and Hao Lin were practically destined to work together. Lin came across Guan’s artwork while searching for a location to use his visiting artist grant from Fujian Normal University in China. After viewing Guan’s dynamic metal paintings on Minnesota State University Moorhead’s website, he knew he wanted to work with him — enough to uproot his family and move to Moorhead to study with Guan for a year. Lin asked Guan via email to be his mentor, and that’s when their paths officially crossed.”

MSUM finishes season with best record since 1999, WDAY: “The MSUM Dragons beat Northern State 44-38 to finish the season 7-4, the program’s best record since 1999.”

MSUM’s Riewer to play in Czech Republic, reunite with ex-teammate Sevlie, WDAY: “In 2014, Jordan Riewer and Isaac Sevlie were starters and teammates on the Minnesota State University Moorhead men’s basketball squad that qualified for the NCAA Division II Elite Eight and won the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference title. Two years later, the two will be re-united on the basketball court for the BK NH Ostrava professional team in the Czech Republic.”

Former Dragons wrestler and UFC heavyweight Johnson ready for ‘contract fight’, Inforum: “Tim Johnson has to go through a 6-foot-7, 240-pound Russian fighter to take the next step in his mixed martial arts career. Johnson, a former Minnesota State Moorhead wrestler, could move closer to being a top-10 heavyweight with a win Saturday, Nov. 19, at UFC Fight Night 99 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.”

Dragons race past NMU men, 104-68, The Mining Journal: “Northern Michigan University couldn’t slow the sharpshooters from Minnesota State-Moorhead and lost a 104-68 decision in a college men’s basketball game played at the Berry Events Center on Friday night.”

Age of Abstinence: Fewer Millennials having sex, WDAY: Karen Branden, Professor of Sociology, was interviewed by Jordan Schroeer (MSUM alum now with WDAY TV) on November 10, 2016 about the new ways millennials are dating and developing intimate relationships. Contrary to stereotypes about millennials and sex, millennials tend to have fewer sexual partners and tend to not use dating apps compared to their predecessors among baby boomers.

Dragon Men’s Cross Country, Montonye Ready for National Championships

Posted on November 18, 2016

The Minnesota State University Moorhead men’s cross country team and senior women’s runner Molly Montonye will compete at the NCAA Division II National Championships on Saturday in St. Leo, Fla. The event will be held at the Abbey Course.

Read the full story.

Leader in Video: Dragons Unveil @ValleyImports 360 Degree Live Streaming

Posted on November 18, 2016

MSUM Dragon Sports Media and GO! TEAM Productions experimented with 360-degree live streaming during Nov. 4 volleyball match against the University of Sioux Falls Cougars.

The NCAA streamed last year’s Final Four in 360 virtual reality as well as the previous NBA Finals. MSUM’s efforts were to be the first NCAA Division II to accomplish the feat.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragons in the News

Posted on November 08, 2016

Take a look at the news stories featuring MSUM in the last week.

Student’s ceramics, drawing exhibit explores ‘middle ground,’ searches for space between 2-D and 3-D, Daily Collegian: “The HUB-Robeson Center Gallery presented a public reception held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 for ceramicist Stephanie Seguin’s (2009 alumna) dramatic yet minimalistic installation: Deconstructed Form; An Investigation of Silhouette, Contour, & Shape.”

It’s Officially Time for No Shave November, KVRR: “It’s time to start growing out your hair! MSUM’s Colleges Against Cancer is hosting its annual contest for No Shave November.”

Competitive gaming: West Fargo man makes living off fast fingers, video game skills, WDAY: “Videogames: Some call them mindless or time-wasters, but a West Fargo man found a way to make a living out of his virtual skills. And he’s not alone when it comes to jumping on the competitive gaming bandwagon. The steady symphony of a keyboard clicking as constant as Brandon Qual’s heartbeat. How fitting, given Qual’s lifeblood: Gaming.”

Photographer earns award for saving kittens from Grandin fire, InForum: “Photographer Carlos Pacheco has earned a Compassionate Action Award from PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.”

Dragons ‘Battle for the Axe’ against Bemidji State, InForum: “Minnesota State Moorhead will compete for one of the oldest rivalry trophies in NCAA Division II this weekend. The Dragons play at Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football foe Bemidji State at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Battle for the Axe.”

Dragons reclaim the axe from Bemidji after missed extra point, WDAZ: “The MSU Moorhead football team had a chance to guarantee themselves a winning season by reclaiming the axe against Bemidji on Saturday.”

Missed extra-point kick helps Dragons win at Bemidji State, InForum: “Bemidji State missed an extra-point kick with 39 seconds remaining and Minnesota State Moorhead hung on for a 42-41 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference victory Saturday, Nov. 5.”

Scorch Squad

Posted on November 02, 2016

Minnesota State University Moorhead athletics has started an all-new kids club called “Scorch Squad” on campus for all kids 12 and under.  Read the rest of this entry →

  • Navigation

  • Categories

  • Subscriptions

  • RSS Feeds

  • Archives

↑ Top