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Jeff Kolpack, Published May 18 2010

Kolpack: Vigil shaves head to support Linz

Nicole Vigil already finished her eligibility with the North Dakota State women’s basketball team. She’s not obligated to stay connected.

Yet, she did that and more recently when she shaved her head in support of NDSU freshman guard Hannah Linz, who is undergoing treatment of Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

“It shows the connection Hannah made with not only her freshman class but the senior class as well,” said NDSU head coach Carolyn DeHoff.

Although her cut hair wasn’t long enough to donate to the “Locks of Love” prosthetic hair replacement service, Vigil did donate it to a needy organization.

Linz is currently going through treatments every two weeks. DeHoff said she did well with her school work.

To help with medical costs, the Bison women’s program is selling “Fighting With a Smile” lime green wrist bands, which are available at the women’s basketball office in room 103 at the Bison Sports Arena.

Lime green is the theme color for lymphoma. The cost is $3 or a donation to a fund set up for Linz.

Women’s golf program gets academic honor

The NCAA recognized the NDSU women’s golf program for its commitment to academic progress and retention of student-athletes. It means NDSU was in the top 10 percent of the 841 NCAA teams in the sport.

“What it means is coaches past and present have done a good job recruiting and finding students and athletes who are committed to being successful,” said NDSU head coach Matt Johnson. “It’s something we’ll certainly use in recruiting.”

NDSU baseball

remains in playoff hunt

The NDSU baseball team, although in sixth place in the Summit, is still just one game out of the fourth and final spot for the league playoffs. It’s a tough road, though with a four-game series at Oral Roberts.

NDSU is 10-13 after dropping three of four to South Dakota State over the weekend. Fifth place IPFW is 11-13 and fourth place Southern Utah is 11-12.

SUU travels to Oakland for four games IPFW hosts first place Centenary for four. It would appear the Bison need to at least split with ORU to have a decent chance of continuing their season.

Etc. etc. etc.

NDSU does not yet have a signed contract for an 11th football game next fall. The home game would be Sept. 18. … Former NDSU standout Laura (Hermanson) Januszewski finished ninth in the USA 1 Mile Road Championships last week in Minneapolis in a star-studded field that included U.S. Olympians and former NCAA champions. Next up is a special event created by USA Track & Field at Occidental College (Calif.) that will bring in the top 800 runners in the country. ... DeHoff said she’s done recruiting for this year and the focus is on the 2011 class. “We’ve had quite a few unofficial visits,” she said. “The biggest thing is just getting kids to Fargo.”

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Jeff Kolpack at (701) 241-5546