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Jason Miller, Published October 21 2009

Miller: Aside from football, plenty to cheer about

There’s been way too much negativity surrounding our local colleges recently.

This past weekend, the football teams suffered one of the worst stretches in quite some time.

A recap:

- The Mighty Bison lost to rival South Dakota State – keeping the Dakota Marker in Brookings once again – for the third time in row.

- The Fighting Sioux fell to Sioux Falls of the NAIA at home. Sioux Falls has been an NAIA power recently but had never previously played a Division II school, let alone a Football Championship Subdivision team.

- The Concordia Cobbers lost to Augsburg for the first time in 10 years, falling to 0-4 in conference play for the first time in 60 years.

- The Minnesota State Moorhead Dragons completed the four-pack of losses with a 59-14 defeat at the hands of Minnesota State Mankato.

But we’ve dwelled on that stuff long enough.

Today, we bring you to the Land of Positivity, a place filled with happy thoughts.

We know football is usually king in the fall, but in this land, we focus on the good things in area sports:

- The Concordia women’s soccer team, unbeaten at 14-0-0, and ranked seventh in the nation.

- The Bison volleyball team enters this weekend’s Summit League games riding a 30-match regular-season conference winning streak.

- The Cobbers men’s soccer team is currently tied for second in the league and eyeing a playoff spot.

- NDSU golfer Amy Anderson has tied or broken Bison 18-, 36- and 54-hole scoring marks.

- The UND hockey team hosted rival Minnesota and went 1-0-1 in the two-game set.

You see? It’s not all doom and gloom around here. Despite our gridiron gangs struggling, there’s still plenty to cheer about.

Readers can reach Forum Sports Editor Jason Miller at (701) 451-5651

or jmiller@forumcomm.com