Mark is the Sports Anchor at WDAZ. He comes to Grand Forks from his hometown of Grand Rapids, MI. Mark graduated from Butler University in 2016 and started working at WDAZ in July of that year. Mark is the Monday-Friday Anchor for the 6 and 10 O'clock shows. During his time as the Sports Anchor at WDAZ, he has covered events like March Madness, Super Bowl 52, and interviewed many athletes--from kindergarteners to professionals. Mark loves playing and watching sports as much as he enjoys covering them--when he was in high school, he was the captain of his varsity basketball team, and he played on Butler's club basketball team. Mark's favorite part of being a sports anchor is capturing and sharing the moments in sports that connect the community. Aside from broadcasting and reporting, Mark loves when he has the opportunity to be the play-by-play announcer for athletic events. In his spare time, you can find Mark shooting hoops, eating ice cream, or hanging out with his wife, Kelly, and their cat, Stella. Fun fact: Mark loves math so much, he added a math minor, just so he could take more college calculus courses.
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This week we focus on an individual who lets his actions speak louder than his words. William and the Central boys soccer team will play in the state tournament tomorrow for the first time since 2014. The Knights and Bismarck are scheduled to kickoff at 2:15 at Cushman Field.
UND falls to 6th ranked Pittsburgh, 3-0.
The Grand Forks Central boys soccer team accomplished something that hasn't been done in four years. For the first time since 2014, the Knights made it to the state tournament. Central had a solid season finishing with a 10-5-1 overall record and placed third in the east. The Knights have outscored their opponents this season by 15 goals and are a confident group heading into the quarterfinals on Thursday. Central will take on the second seed out of the west in Bismarck High School in the quarterfinals. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:15 at Cushman Field.
Now to the tennis courts where Central is 14-0 as they enter the state tournament on Thursday. The Knights will enter the tournament as the number one seed out of the east region. Central won the region tournament last Thursday for the first time in 31 years and they defeated their rival Red River to accomplish it. The team wants to keep that momentum going as they enter the biggest tournament of the year. Now we look at Red River where they are 12-2 coming into the state tournament with their only two losses of the season coming to Central.
Central takes down EGF, 3-0.
Now to college volleyball where UND is preparing for a tough Summit League roadtrip. The Fighting Hawks will take on Omaha who is currently 4-0 in conference play. North Dakota is 4-1 in the Summit League and have won their last three matches. UND will also meet up with Denver on Sunday inside the Betty, a team that has had their way in The Summit and the Fighting Hawks want to figure out what it will take to be the top dog in the conference.
The Pirates rally from being down two sets to winning three straight sets and defeat EGF, 3-2.
The Knights stay unbeaten and win their first region championship in 31 years as Central takes down Red River, 4-1. Both Red River and Central qualify for the state tournament which will be played in Grand Forks next Thursday.
The Tommies have seen some ups and downs in their recent history, 2016 9-man state champions... to a disappointing second round exit at the hands of their rivals Cavalier. Now, they're 7-0 and marching toward the Dakota Bowl, and a second-ever state title. Andreas Haffar has more. The next game for the Tommies is at home this Friday against 2017 state champions Wyndmere-Lidgerwood.
Now to UND women's basketball where their star player received big time recognition. Today, Lexi Klabo was named to the Preseason All-Summit League First Team. Last season as a junior, Klabo was a First Team All-Big Sky Conference selection where she averaged 19 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. The Fargo native became the 36th UND player to reach one thousand career points. In the preseason poll, UND ranks 6th while NDSU is 7th. South Dakota State received 24 first place votes and are the preseason favorites to win The Summit League.