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Jeff Kolpack, Published December 09 2009

Bison notebook: Blue Jay soccer star commits to NDSU program

Janae Dabill and the mile markers between Jamestown and Fargo have become good friends in the last couple of years. It won’t be until the fall of 2011, but the Blue Jay soccer standout will one day stay in Fargo.

She verbally committed to the North Dakota State soccer team, the first in-state recruit to do so in the school’s Division I era.

“I’m excited about that,” she said.

Dabill has played on two club teams in Fargo, at times making the 95-mile trip twice a week. “But it was worth it,” she said. “Every trip actually felt shorter and shorter.”

Dabill was a first team all-state selection as a freshman and sophomore. She has career numbers of 22 goals and 12 assists heading into her junior season next spring.

She said she had inquiries from other schools stretching as far as Kansas. NDSU was her first scholarship offer.

“I’ve always wanted to go there,” she said, adding the Division I factor was too good to pass up.

NDSU is mainly comprised of players from the Twin Cities with sprinkles of recruits from California, South Dakota, Arizona, Washington, New Mexico and Canada.

NDSU got Moorhead High’s Quin Ryan to stay home for the 2007 recruiting class. With Dabill, they’ll get another regional player.

“I’ve always liked the better competition. It will be fun and exciting,” she said. “Here in Jamestown, you don’t always get that.”

Linebacker pleads guilty to parking pass theft

NDSU standout freshman linebacker Brandon Jemison pleaded guilty to theft of services and was fined $200 after attempting to duplicate an on-campus parking pass.

“What it comes down to is people take a parking permit and make their own,” said Bill Vandal, NDSU’s chief of police. “It’s common on campus.”

Jemison finished this season second on the team in tackles and was named to the Missouri Valley Football Conference All-Newcomer Team.

Etc. etc. etc.

Bison softball recruit Taylor Sepulveda of Murietta, Calif., will receive the 16th annual John Wooden Scholar Athlete Award, given to the top student-athlete in the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section. She will be honored at halftime of the UCLA and Mississippi basketball game Saturday night. … NDSU leads The Summit League women’s basketball statistics in scoring defense giving up 58.1 points per game in eight games. … Western Illinois elevated acting head football coach Mark Hendrickson to full-time status this week. … Southern Illinois head football coach Dale Lennon was named the Football Championship Subdivision Region IV Coach of the Year.


Readers can reach Forum reporter Jeff Kolpack at (701) 241-5546