Author: Nick Couzin

A Chapter Not Finished: NDSU Wrestling Coach Roger Kish Reflects on Season & Canceled NCAA Wrestling Championships

Championships Canceled Two Days Before Competition

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota State Wrestling finished both their regular season and had the opportunity to compete in the Big 12 championships. However, the Bison were two days away from their six NCAA Championship qualifiers competing for titles before the NCAA canceled the championships due to COVID-19. The emotion of a cancelled championships reached far more than just the…

UND Hockey’s Berry Named Herb Brooks NCHC Coach of the Year

Second-Time Taking Home Award

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– (UND Athletics) Following national coach of the year honors from both USCHO.com and College Hockey News, UND head coach Brad Berry was also selected by his peers as the top bench man, Thursday winning the National Collegiate Hockey Conference’s Herb Brooks Coach of the Year award. Berry led UND to a resurgent 2019-20 campaign that saw the Fighting…

Outlook After the Heartbreak: NDSU Softball Head Coach Darren Mueller Reflects on Canceled Season

Topics covered: How the news was heard, impact on season, defining shortened season

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakota State softball was just 23 games into their season before COVID-19 canceled the rest of competition for 2020. The Bison were in a meeting getting ready to hit the road for their next tournament when the news broke. “It was an emotional time,” Mueller said. “To get that news in the middle of a meeting…

UND Hockey’s Kawaguchi Named NCHC Forward of the Year: Pinto Rookie of the Year

More Postseason Accolades for UND Hockey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– (UND Athletics) The University of North Dakota hockey team made an impressive run though the regular season, going 26-5-4 and grabbing the No. 1 spot in the NCAA Pairwise Rankings. Individual honors continue to pour in as today junior Hobey Baker Award finalist Jordan Kawaguchi was dubbed the NCHC’s Forward of the Year and freshman Shane Pinto was named the NCHC Rookie…

2020 Olympics Postponement Hits Close to Home

Former NDSU and current professional Thrower Payton Otterdahl speaks on Tokyo Games Cancellation

FARGO, N.D. — With the official announcement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games being postponed due to Coronavirus until 2021, the news impacts the whole world and close to home with former NDSU Thrower Payton Otterdahl, looking to qualify for the games during the Olympic Trails in June. KVRR’s Nick Couzin talked with Otterdahl about how the decision changes his…

Senior Tribute: NDSU Men’s Basketball’s Tyson Ward

Tyson Ward reflects on his time as a Bison

FARGO, N.D. — On March 10th, North Dakota State men’s basketball won back-to-back Summit League Championships to earn their spot in the field of 68 and the NCAA Tournament, two days later, that chance came to an unfortunate halt when NCAA president Mark Emmert canceled the big dance. “Sad. Not traumatized but you know you work so hard all year…

Ada-Borup’s Gwin Advances in Play of the Year Bracket

Gwin's Reverse Lay-In Advances to Elite Eight

FARGO, N.D. — On Friday night during Sports Extra, the KVRR Sports team announced the first two nominees for the Play of the Year Sweet bracket. After the first week of voting, Ada Borup’s Preston Gwin and his reverse lay-up against DGF from February advance on to the elite eight after taking home 74 percent of the vote. Congrats to…

Reaction on USHL Canceling Season From Fargo Force GM Cary Eades

Fargo Force General Manager Cary Eades Reacts to USHL Season Ending

FARGO, N.D. — Upon USHL Commissioner Tom Garrity canceling the reminder of the league’s season on Wednesday, KVRR Sports’s Nick Couzin spoke with Fargo Force General Manager Cary Eades to talk about the team’s plans moving forward. The season ended with 14 games left before the postseason and the Force were fourth in the Western Conference.   Categories: Fargo Force,…

UND Hockey’s Smith Signs With NHL’s Nashville Predators

11 goals this season (career-high)

NASHVILLE, Tenn .— (UND Athletics) Senior alternate captain Cole Smith has signed an NHL free agent deal with the Nashville Predators, announced Thursday. A Brainerd, Minn., native, Smith scored a career-high 11 goals this season to give him 24 for his career. He was a positive plus/minus rating in each of the past three seasons and is a finalist for the…

UND Hockey: Brad Berry Named USCHO Coach of the Year; Jordan Kawaguchi Hobey Baker Finalist

Postseason Awards Dished Out to UND Hockey With End to Winter Sports Season

GRAND FORKS, N.D. — (UND Athletics)  Postseason awards are starting to accumulate for the University of North Dakota hockey team after a memorable 26-5-4 season in 2019-20. Fifth-year head coach Brad Berry was named the USCHO.com’s Coach of the Year while junior forward and Hobey Baker Award finalist Jordan Kawaguchi was honored on the website’s All-America First Team. Berry and the Fighting Hawks enjoyed…