Are you ready for some more football?
Well, if that is the case, we call your attention to the North Dakota State University Bison who are hosting yet another playoff contest.
Jeff Schwartz, who heads up the media relations at NDSU, tells us that No. 1-ranked North Dakota State (12-1, 7-1 Valley Football) is scheduled to host No. 6/7 Georgia Southern (10-3, 6-2 Southern Conference) in a NCAA FCS playoff semifinal game at 7:05 p.m. Friday at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome.
The stadium holds 18,700 fans, and you can bet most of the noise will be for the home team.
The top-seeded Bison earlier upended Wofford College 14-7, while the Georgia Southern Eagles defeated Old Dominion 49-35.
When all is said and done Friday, that winner is set to take on the Sam Houston State (10-3)-Eastern Washington (11-2) winner in the FCS championship game Jan 5.
You might recall, the Bison are proudly defending a national championship they earned almost one year ago.
It sure would be nice to go out and pick up some more hardware to add to the Bison trophy room.
For the Bison, this will be the third meeting with Georgia Southern, with NDSU leading the series 2-0, including a 35-7 win in the semifinals last year.
Fargo is a great place to play for the Bison as on the home turf they have piled up a record of 245-37-3 since 1964.
At the same time, the Bison stand with a record of 100-23 on the turf since moving from Dacotah Field back in 1993.
The Bison are 21-3 at home over the last three seasons, while posting a record of 51-12 since Craig Bohl stepped in as the head coach in 2003.
With those impressive marks, the fans have been loyal, as NDSU recorded its 13th sellout over the past seven seasons.
NDSU has attracted more than 18,000 fans in 15 of the last 16 home games.
North Dakota State will be making its third straight NCAA Division I FCS playoff appearance and the program’s 26th postseason overall, including 17 while competing in the Division II playoffs.
The Thundering Herd won the 2011 NCAA FCS national championship with a 17-6 win over Sam Houston State on Jan. 7, in Frisco, Texas.
Tha’s the place the Bison would like to return to this season.
NDSU stands at 43-14 overall in the postseason including an 8-1 record in the NCAA FCS playoffs and 31-12 record in NCAA Division II.
The Bison have won nine national championships (1965, 1968, 1969, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1990 and 2011) and were national runner-up three times (1967, 1981 and 1984).
Now that mark is very impressive, putting the state of North Dakota on the map.
ON THE AIRWAVES
The game on Friday is scheduled to be televised on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.
Dave Neal has been selected to handle the play-by-play, while Andre Ware will provide the color analysis and along the sidelines will be Cara Capuano.
It proved to be a big year for television as all 11 regular season games in 2012 were televised for the first time in school history, leaving the Bison at 112-57-1 (.662 percentage) in televised contests.
Locally you will be able to listen to the action on KEYZ-660 AM, while in the Fargo area Williston native Mike Liudahl will be involved in the radio broadcast for the campus radio station.
LUTEFISK TIME NEAR
Hey folks, we want to give you fair warning, it won’t be long until the smell of lutefisk is in the air.
That word comes from Bob Eynon, who tells us this will be a historic year as First Lutheran Church will be holding its 80th annual Lutefisk and Norwegian Meatball Dinner on Feb. 23.
We wanted to get the word out early so you can mark that date down and make sure you don’t have any conflicts.
Serving time will be from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. New this year you will be able to save a few dollars if you purchase adult tickets prior to Feb. 1.
Now that sounds like a great way to go.
Ticket sale locations are located at First Lutheran Church, Walt’s Market, Lindsey Implement or the downtown location of American State Bank & Trust Co.
Another great way to get your hands on tickets is by mail and the church office 572-6363 can give you complete details on ticket prices.
HILL ENTERS HALL
Congratulations are certainly in order for five-time world champion Virgil Hill on being elected to the International Boxing Hall of Fame.
Virgil worked his way to the top, thanks to the training and individuals from Williston who guided him along the way.
As a member of the Williston Boxing Club he proved to be very successful, going on to win a silver medal at the 1984 Olympics and defending his light heavyweight title 20 times.
We had the pleasure of following the career of Virgil, with his arrival home from the Olympics being my first assignment for the Herald as sports editor way back in the fall of 1984.
Thanks to the Herald, over that time we were the only media representative from the state in Atlantic City, N.J., when Virgil won his first world title.
Along the way we ventured to Las Vegas, watching “Quick Silver” flash his gloves in the ring.
It proved to be a long career for Virgil, while now word has it he still wants to get back in the ring, as he nears the age of 50.
We send out a Scope Salute to Virgil on his accomplishments to date.
Who knows what the future holds?
LEDECKY HERE DEC. 23
While we are on the subject of Olympic athletes, we must remind you of a special open house being planned for Dec. 23 for Katie Ledecky.
Katie won the gold medal in the women’s 800 freestyle swimming event at the summer Olympics in London and she will be honored at an open house at the St. Joseph’s gym, hosted by her grandmother Kathleen Hagan of Williston.
Katie’s mother Mary Gen (Hagan) was a top-notch swimmer while in high school in Williston and went on to a stellar college career.
No doubt that influence carried over to this 15-year-old phenom.
Watch for further details on the open house.
ASBT OPEN HOUSE
Another community event we want to call to your attention is the annual Christmas Open House at American State Bank & Trust Co.
There will be treats at both locations, while the downtown main bank will have festivities from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.
That will include entertainment, along with a visit with Santa for the young and old alike.
It sure is a good thing the Christmas season is short as that big guy sure gets a workout making so many appearances.
This is also a time for you to bring an unwrapped gift for a teenager to help with the Forgotten Stocking program, being held in conjunction with the Salvation Army.
ORVIE OPEN HOUSE
Speaking of open houses, you can also plan on dropping by from 2-4 p.m. Saturday over at First Lutheran Church in Williston to wish Orvie Anderson a very happy birthday.
Orvie will be reaching her 90th birthday, and we take this time to send out a Scope Salute.
Over the years, Orvie has remained active throughout the community, lending a hand whenever.
She continues to volunteer at the cancer center located at the Mercy Medical Center campus, along with volunteering at First Lutheran Church and is also involved with the Sons of Norway.
This young lady has a positive attitude and is a shining example for the community.
We say best wishes and Happy Birthday.
Kvamme can be reached at email@example.com