SignUp
Women's Ice Hockey MM
Head coach Jeff Dodson brought former Sioux pitcher Corey Nyhus back for a ceremonial first pitch before Saturday's doubleheader with Northern Colorado. Nyhus' strike gave the Sioux a little momentum as they went on to sweep the Bears on Saturday.
Former Sioux pitcher steps up to the mound and steps up with donation
Text smallerText larger
Updated: Wednesday 09/01/2010 10:27:46 (ET)
by Josh Morton, UND Alumni Association
Send this article to a friend Print RSS Shop

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - It's a shame he was only asked to throw one pitch.  After all, Corey Nyhus (UND Athletics Hall of Fame) still holds the Fighting Sioux baseball career record for innings pitched (213.2), so throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before a Saturday doubleheader against Northern Colorado was not too taxing on the 59 year old's arm. 

"I just want to get it across the plate," Nyhus said while warming up.

Nyhus, now a doctor in Frazee, Minn, was the latest UND baseball alum to be honored this season in what is becoming a staple in Jeff Dodson's program a deep appreciation for the tradition of Sioux baseball.

"It's great to see former players stay connected to the program and there's a real passion that these guys have for baseball at UND," Dodson said. "I want to make sure our current players understand the history and guys like Corey help us do that."

Nyhus did not just step up on the mound either. A Fighting Sioux Club member since its inception, this month he and his wife Wanda donated an Impact Scholarship to be used by the baseball program. The reason for the gift was simple according to Nyhus, who was recruited to UND by the legendary Pinky Kraft.

"If not for the scholarship offered by Pinky Kraft, I likely would not have been able to attend UND," Nyhus said. "For that reason alone, I feel it is my responsibility to allow future athletes to have the same possibility."

"To have a Hall of Fame student-athlete like Corey giving back to the program is part of what makes UND Athletics so special," UND Athletics Director Brian Faison said. "He is making a true impact on our program and Impact Scholarships are crucial as we ramp up our scholarship numbers in the move to Division I." 

Nyhus likes what he sees from coach Dodson and the future of the program. 

"I am thrilled to see the program competing against high level schools," Nyhus added. "We did much the same under Pinky. We played the Gophers, Purdue, Brown, Memphis, Murray State, Etc. It is good to see the competition including the "Old NCC".

Oh, and as for the first pitch, it was a strike.
UND takes three-game streak on Summit League swing
North Dakota heads to Omaha and Western Illinois to put the wraps on a crazy start to the season that has seen UND play in three different time zones already, spending just a few days total at... MORE
Loyd earns Big Sky Conference weekly honor
OGDEN, Utah-- University of North Dakota junior forward Mia Loyd was named the co-Big Sky Conference Player of the Week Tuesday, announced by league officials. Loyd helped UND to a 3-0 week,... MORE
Tillman, Taubenheim collect All-Big Sky honors
Senior Alex Tillman and freshman Reid Taubenheim were both named to respective All-Big Sky Football Teams announced by league officials Tuesday. MORE
Game Notes: UND opens Thanksgiving week vs. ASU
North Dakota will open a three-game Thanksgiving tournament in Salt Lake City with an unfamiliar foe in Alabama State. MORE
WBB: North Dakota at Omaha (FREE audio subscription required)   MORE
Makailah Dyer has scored in double figures in all three UND wins this season.
North Dakota heads to Omaha and Western Illinois to put the wraps on a crazy start to the season that has seen UND play in three different time zones...  MORE
Loyd drops in two of her game-high 20 in the comeback win over Milwaukee last Tuesday.
OGDEN, Utah-- University of North Dakota junior forward Mia Loyd was named the co-Big Sky Conference Player of the Week Tuesday, announced by league...  MORE
Senior Alex Tillman earned All-Big Sky First Team honors as a return specialist.
Senior Alex Tillman and freshman Reid Taubenheim were both named to respective All-Big Sky Football Teams announced by league officials Tuesday.  MORE
Junior Terrel de Rouen is averaging 7.0 ppg in his first three games at UND.
North Dakota will open a three-game Thanksgiving tournament in Salt Lake City with an unfamiliar foe in Alabama State.  MORE

advertisement