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Senior Dominique Hawkins gets a congratulatory handshake after his team won the annual bowling event on Sunday at Red Ray Lanes.
UND Drive: Bowling with a purpose
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Updated: Thursday 08/22/2011 21:06:07 (ET)
by UND Athletics Media Relations
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The UND Drive Blog will provide an inside look at the 2011 Fighting Sioux fall camp that began on Wednesday, Aug. 3. Before UND can begin its first official drive of the season vs. Drake on Sept. 1, the team will spend 29 days on a different kind of a drive as the Sioux will work hard to reach the common goal of being the best-prepared team at the Alerus Center on the evening of Sept. 1 against the Bulldogs and each subsequent game that follows.

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - Redshirt freshman Ben Peters (Chandler, Ariz.) was a self-admitted, one-hit wonder on Sunday at Red Ray Lanes in Grand Forks. The reserve linebacker led Team 18 to the title at the annual fall camp bowling event after posting an impressive score of 212 in his opening game.

For Peters and the rest of his teammates, it was a day off following the conclusion of fall camp. The coaches and players had been on the Memorial Stadium practice fields for 16 out of the last 17 days and the break in action also served as an opportunity for the new players to bond with the older guys in a non-football setting.  

Senior safety Dominique Hawkins (Plymouth, Minn.) picked up Peters' slack in game two after the multi-talented redshirt freshman came back to reality with a 118. Hawkins put together a 159 in game two to help seal the victory after struggling to post an 88 in his opener.


Peters and Hawkins were joined on Team 18 by running backs coach Danny Freund, sophomore offensive lineman Jake Hoerchner (Menomonee Falls, Wis.) and freshman defensive back Rumeal Harris (Eden Prairie, Minn.).

Second Place Team
Defensive coordinator Mike Mannausau
Senior running back Mitch Sutton (Plover, Wis.)
Sophomore linebacker Damon Andrews (West Concord, Minn.)
Sophomore running back Jake Miller (Bismarck, N.D.)
Redshirt freshman tight end Taylor Grant (Eden Prairie, Minn.)

Third Place Team
Head coach Chris Mussman
Junior running back Spencer Bickel (Minot, N.D.)
Junior defensive end Jay Nelson (Wheaton, Minn.)
Redshirt freshman defensive tackle Ben Henson (Buffalo, Minn.)
Sophomore defensive back Chavon Mackey (Jacksonville, Fla.)

Check out the video, which features comments from the bowling champions.

News and Notes
-The Fighting Sioux were back on the practice fields on Monday, which was also the first day of classes on the UND campus. Classes officially began in the afternoon, so it was the last time UND will practice in the morning before moving to strictly afternoon sessions.
-With the opener vs. Drake on Sept. 1, less than two weeks away, the Fighting Sioux first and second offensive and defensive units worked against scout-team personnel for the first time on Monday.
-The battle for a spot in the running back rotation is still up for grabs as five different tailbacks were working with the first two units.
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