NDSCS 2013 Homecoming

By Sarah Hoffbeck

Homecoming Week at NDSCS kicked-off to a great start this week, and although the weather has cooled, spirits are still high. Students enjoyed special dress-up days, a hypnotist, tie dying, Coronation, a pep rally and much more.

The Volleyball team was victorious on Tuesday night, beating out Jamestown College JV, 3-0. The Ed Werre Arena was a sea of pink with fans decked out in pink clothing to support “Cats for a Cure.” The Cats are set to play again tonight and are hoping for another home win at 7 p.m. against Ridgewater College.

The Football team will face off against the Dakota College Bottineau Lumberjacks Saturday, October 5 at 1 p.m. on the Frank Vertin Field come rain or shine. Here’s hoping the Wildcats can Axe the Jacks once again this year! Stop by the Tailgate Party before the game for food and fun from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

NDSCS Homecoming

Once a Wildcat, Always a Wildcat!

Upcoming Homecoming Events

Friday, October 4

  • 5-7 p.m. – Alumni  & Friends Open House Social, The Alley in the Student Center, $10 per person at the door
  • 7 p.m. – Alumni Awards Recognition, The Alley in the Student Center
  • 7 p.m. – NDSCS Wildcat Volleyball vs. Ridgewater College, Clair T. Blikre Activities Center in the Ed Werre Arena
  • 8:30-10:30 p.m. – Alumni & Friends Social, The Alley in the Student Center
  • 9 p.m. – Comedian MC Napkins, Bremer Bank Theater in the Harry Stern and Ella Stern Theater

Saturday, October 5

  • 8 a.m. – Alumni & Hall of Fame Honorees Breakfast, Red River Valley Room in the Student Center
  • 8 a.m. – Wildcat Tracks 5K Run/Walk at Chahinkapa Zoo (register at www.chahinkapazoo.org)
  • 10 a.m. – Homecoming Parade, Welles Memorial Park to NDSCS Campus Oval
  • 11:30 a.m.-1p.m. – Tailgate Party, Earl “Skip” Bute Alumni Stadium
  • 1 p.m. – NDSCS Wildcat Football vs. Dakota College Bottineau Lumberjacks, Earl “Skip” Bute Alumni Stadium
  • 5 p.m. – Athletic Hall of Fame Social, The Alley in the Student Center
  • 6:30 p.m. – Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet, Flickertail Dining Room in the Student Center, $15 per person at the door
  • 9 p.m. – Athletic Hall of Fame Social, The Alley in the Student Center

Tuesday, October 8

  • 5-7 p.m. – Classy and Classic Car Show, Downtown Wahpeton (Dakota Avenue)


Promising starts for Wildcat volleyball, football

The NDSCS Wildcats have started their seasons with momentum. Last Saturday, the Wildcat football team started the season with a big win over Dakota College at Bottineau, 37-6. The Wildcat volleyball team split 1-1 at the Ridgewater College Classic in Willmar, Minn., but made a statement with their 3-0 home opener win over Dawson Community College last night.

Football has a week off to prepare for their home opener on September 10 against Grand Rapids Community College (Michigan). Volleyball hopes to continues their success tomorrow night on the road as they take on MSCTC and Anoka Ramsey in a triangular match at Fergus Falls, Minn. Games are set to begin at 7:30 p.m.

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Three former NDSCS football players head to NFL

Eric Peterson | inForum.com

North Dakota State College of Science head football coach Chuck Parsons may have to add an NFL section to his office.

Three former Wildcats agreed to deals with NFL teams as undrafted free agents this week.

“It would be nice to start a wall up for the guys that are in the NFL,” Parsons said.

Parsons already hangs pictures on his office walls of players who have moved on from the junior college in Wahpeton, N.D., to four-year schools.

“I’ve been smiling from ear-to-ear all day because those guys have this opportunity now,” Parsons said. “We can use that to our advantage and as an example for our program for all the kids that come through here.”

Cornerback Josh Gatlin, who played at North Dakota State after NDSCS, offensive lineman Ricky Henry, who moved on to Nebraska, and defensive lineman Jarrett Crittenton, who moved on to Middle Tennessee State, all found NFL homes.

Gatlin signed with the New Orleans Saints, Henry with the Chicago Bears and Crittenton with the Seattle Seahawks.

“My excitement level is through the roof just because I know how hard these guys have worked from where they came from just to even have an opportunity,” Parsons said.

Parsons, who has been NDSCS head coach since 2007, said this is the first time any of his former players have signed with NFL teams.

Parsons said according to his research a handful of former Wildcats have went on to play in the NFL. Kicker Errol Mann had the most notable career, playing in the NFL from 1967-78. Mann spent his final year in the league with the Oakland Raiders. He was part of the 1976 Raiders team that won the Super Bowl in January of 1977.

NDSCS had four players off last year’s team sign with Division I programs – offensive linemen Jacob Fahrenkrug (Florida State) and Matt Williams (California), wide receiver Cecil Doe (Hawaii) and tight end Colby Kratch (Toledo).

“You just like to see your guys leave here and go on to be successful,” Parsons said. “That’s what you want for all the kids that come through here.”

Read the article at inforum.com.