Photos by Bruce Crummy, Tyler Ingham/UND Athletics and Russell Hons Photography
Take a look back on this year in UND athletics with these photos.
North Dakota’s football improved from last season, winning six games in 2018. The school’s first season as an FCS Independent turned out to be rather fruitful for the most part. The Fighting Hawks would have made the FCS playoff field had it not been for a loss to Northern Arizona in the final regular season game.
On the flipside, North Dakota should have a solid core of players returning for 2019. One of these players will be quarterback Nate Ketteringham, who started every game for the Fighting Hawks this season. The Sacramento State transfer will be a senior next season and he will be coming off a year where he threw for 1,835 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also scored six more times on the ground in 2018.
Bubba Schweigert said goodbye to 16 seniors on this year’s Fighting Hawks roster. One of them being Brady Oliveira, who will go down as one of the great running backs in school history. The Winnipeg native racked up 940 yards on the ground in 2018, he also got into the end zone eight times. Olivera finished his Fighting Hawks career with a staggering 2,822 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns on the ground.
Senior hockey player Rhett Gardner has been vital in the success of the Fighting Hawks both in 2017-18 and now in 2018-19. Last year, Gardner played in 33 games for North Dakota and finished the season with 20 points (seven goals and 13 assists). He also had a very impressive plus-6 rating.
Senior Nick Jones paced the Fighting Hawks in scoring in 2017-18, leading the team with 15 goals. He was also second on the team in total points with 30. Jones also netted four game-winning goals which was in the upper echelon of college hockey.
True freshman Adam Scheel has found himself in net more times than not in 2018-19. The Lakewood, Ohio, native has been good between the pipes as well with several games of 20 saves or more under his belt.
In what was their first season in the Summit League, the North Dakota cross country team faired well in familiar environments. The team placed fifth at the annual UND Ron Pynn Classic and were tied for fifth place in their first appearance at the Summit League Championships. Senior Connor Danielson was the top finisher for the men, finishing in 12th place at the conference’s championship.
After being a steady and consistent performer on the volleyball court, Faith Dooley has moved to the hardwood. While some growing pains came along with transitioning to a new sport, Dooley has found a level of comfortability. Much of this can be attributed to the five other seniors on the women’s basketball roster.
Victoria Minor has played in 104 games already in her fairly young North Dakota softball career. Now a junior, Minor stole eight bases last season on eight attempts. With their first year in the Summit League on the horizon, Jordan Stevens and company are looking to make an immediate impact.
Conner Avants established himself as one of the most reliable contributors for North Dakota men’s basketball last season. The senior set career highs in points, rebounds and field goal percentage. He looks to continue that success on a 2018- 19 Fighting Hawks roster that sees him as one of only two seniors.
With the journey to the Summit League now complete, head women’s basketball coach Travis Brewster looks to make the transition as seamless as possible with success in league games. If it is one thing Brewster knows, it is how to succeed on the floor. He has led the Fighting Hawks women’s program to new heights in his tenure as coach.
In the first year in the Summit League, North Dakota soccer garnered some high honors at season’s end. Senior Katie Moller was named Summit League Offensive Player of the Year. This comes after Moller scored 15 goals for the Fighting Hawks and tallied 35 total points, a school record. Moller was also named to the All-Summit League First Team at year’s end.
Senior Lexi Klabo continues her incredible career at North Dakota. The Fargo native has her name scattered throughout the school’s record books and is constantly moving up the rankings. Due to these eye-popping numbers, Klabo will likely go down as one of the best women’s basketball players to set foot inside The Betty.