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’Tis the Season for Giving

Posted on December 09, 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.

Fired Up for the Red and White Scholarship Campaign; Give to the Varsity Sport of Your Choice

Posted on December 08, 2016

We are FIRED UP to announce that the Red & White Scholarship Campaign has raised almost $25,000 to-date and will continue to take donations throughout the year! 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 December 08, 2016

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 →

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 →

Dragons in the News

Posted on October 31, 2016

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

Kittens Recovering After Photographer Rescued Them From Brush Fire, The Huffington Post: “Talk about being saved by a whisker. A pair of kittens is on the mend after they became trapped inside a pile of burning brush in North Dakota, only to be saved by a passing photographer who heard them crying.”

Photographer rescues two kittens from controlled burn, Valley News Live: “Pyro and Manni are the names of two kittens being called little fire fighters. The two barely survived after being trapped by a controlled burn in rural North Dakota. … Thankfully, a photographer [Carlos Pacheco] stopped to capture the controlled burn, and rescued them.”

F-M artists’ works bring beauty to Moorhead’s bland utility boxes, InForum: “Art and technology are meeting on and around the Minnesota State University Moorhead campus. … Hanna Loegering, a senior at MSUM, was the first of the seven winners of the CenturyLink technology-themed competition to see her art placed as a wrap.”

MSUM student decked out a utility box for Century-Link art inspired contest and won, WDAY: “Seven utility boxes in Moorhead are getting a makeover. Century-Link held a contest back in September calling for technology inspired art. … Seven winners were chosen, three of which are Minnesota State University Moorhead students, the other four are local artists.”

Gibson sets school receiving record, Dragons cruise to victory, InForum: “Junior quarterback Demetrius Carr threw for 277 yards and five touchdowns to lift Minnesota State Moorhead to a 42-24 Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football win against Minto State on Saturday, Oct. 29, at Scheels Field at Alex Nemzek Stadium. Hunter Braaten caught four passes from Carr for 114 yards and two touchdowns, while Damon Gibson caught seven passes for 129 yards and one touchdown. Gibson, a junior from Beardsley, Minn., set a new single-season school record for receiving yards. He now has 1,184 yards this season.”

MSUM women’s basketball team picked to finish fifth in NSIC, InForum: “The Minnesota State Moorhead women’s basketball team has been picked to finish fifth overall and second in the North Division of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.”

Dragon men’s basketball team picked to finish third in NSIC, InForum: “The Minnesota State Moorhead men’s basketball team has been picked to finish in a tie for third place overall while picked to finish first in the North Division of the Northern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.”

Diversity dilemma: 1 in 4 students in F-M aren’t white, but 98 percent of teachers are, InForum: “A strong jobs climate in Fargo-Moorhead has for years attracted people of all backgrounds from across the United States to chase the American dream. Many immigrants and refugees from Asia, Africa and the Middle East have also settled here and found safety, new jobs, and new, productive lives. The children in our schools reflect this diversity. About a quarter of students in Fargo, Moorhead or West Fargo schools identify themselves as ethnically Asian, African American, Hispanic, Native American or Pacific Islander, according to 2015-16 school year data requested by The Forum.”

New Episode of DragonsLIVE Airs Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on XTRA

Posted on October 26, 2016

DragonsLIVE is a monthly show based totally on MSUM Dragon Athletics and the next episode airs this Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6:30 p.m. on WDAY’Z XTRA and features head cross country coach Ryan Milner prepping for the NCAA Regional, CGB High School standouts turned Dragons Damon Gibson and Molly Montonye, F-M Gravity Games recap, highlights from recent events, and much more.  Read the rest of this entry →

Sex Ed Boot Camp

Posted on October 26, 2016

Wednesday, Oct. 26 | 7 p.m. | CMU Ballroom

A funny, sassy, and informative presentation to empower students to make better decisions about their sexuality with knowledge and confidence. Dr. Joni Frater and Esther Lastique offer a fresh perspective on human sexuality, including basic anatomy and sexual responsibility as well as addressing Title IX and violence prevention, if and when to be sexual, and safer sex techniques for the 21st Century. The program is inclusive of all sexual orientations.

Sex Ed Boot Camp is a partnership with the Department of Athletics and the MSUM Title IX Coordinator.

Dragon Alumni and Fan Social

Posted on October 26, 2016

Saturday, Oct. 29 | 5:30 p.m. | Courtyard by Marriott

Join us for the Dragon Alumni & Fan Social scheduled after the Dragon Football game on Saturday, Oct. 29! The social will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott and our special guests will be the 1966 Dragon Football Team.  Read the rest of this entry →

Faculty & Staff appreciation day at Dragon volleyball tonight

Posted on October 21, 2016

Friday, Oct. 21 | 7 p.m. | Nemzek

MSUM faculty and staff will receive free admission to the Dragons volleyball game on Friday night against Upper Iowa with their MSUM ID as a thank you for all the hard work they put into making MSUM a great place to work and learn.

Dragon Football Tackles Cancer with Bake Sale, Silent Auction

Posted on October 14, 2016

The Dragon football team and their parents will “Tackle Cancer” by holding their seventh annual bake sale and silent auction in the lobby of Alex Nemzek Hall during the Oct. 15 football game against St. Cloud State University. The proceeds from the bake sale and silent auction will benefit the MSUM Go Pink Scholarship fund and the Dragon Football Scholarship Fund.  Read the rest of this entry →

Dragon Soccer, Volleyball Sponsor Digging for a Cure to Kick Cancer

Posted on October 14, 2016

The Dragon Soccer and Volleyball is sponsoring Digging for a Cure to Kick Cancer and selling t-shirts this week at their games. T-shirts are $10 and proceeds benefit Pediatric Oncology at Sanford Health.  Read the rest of this entry →

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