1 Red Mike
The state's top-rated public golf course, outside Williston, was
sold at auction in 2002 for $467,500.
2 Dale Brown
The basketball coach from Minot led LSU to Final Four appearances
in 1981 and 1986.
3 Minot State
The Beavers' men won NAIA cross-country championships in 2002 and
4 Rick Helling
The Marlins pitcher from Devils Lake won 20 games in 1998 for the
Site of the Pembina County Fair's annual harness races.
6 University of North Dakota
Hockey is king on the Grand Forks campus; the Fighting Sioux have
won seven Division I titles and produced 108 NHL draft picks.
7 Don Barcome Jr.
The 2002 U.S. Olympic curler from Grand Forks was a three-time
junior national champion.
8 Cliff (Fido) Purpur
In 1934 the Hockey Hall of Famer from Grand Forks became the
first North Dakotan to play in the NHL.
9 Virgil Hill
The four-time world champion boxer, who won a silver medal in the
middleweight class at the 1984 Olympics, was raised in Grand
10 Ralph Engelstad Arena
North Dakota led NCAA hockey teams in attendance in 2002-03 as
fans packed 11,104-seat Ralph Engelstad Arena, named for the alum
who gave $100 million toward the NHL-caliber building on the
condition that the team keep the name Fighting Sioux and bring
back its Indian-head logo.
11 Brooks Bollinger
The former University of Wisconsin quarterback from Grand Forks
is now a backup with the Jets.
12 Newman Outdoor Field
The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks of the independent Northern League
regularly sell out the 4,623-seat baseball stadium, which is also
home to North Dakota State's team.
13 Roger Maris Museum
Located in a Fargo shopping center, it includes a replica of the
native son's 1961 Yankee Stadium locker.
14 North Dakota State
The Bisons have brought five Division II football championships
back to Fargo; their past stars include running back Lamar
Gordon, now with the Rams.
15 Amy Ruley
The Fargo native has coached North Dakota State to five Division
II women's basketball titles.
16 Jim Kleinsasser
The Vikings tight end from Carrington was an All-America at North
17 Travis Hafner
Indians first baseman and Sykeston resident hit for the cycle in
The city of 55,532 on the Missouri River is the SI Sportstown for
having the state's best community sports programs.
COLOR MAP: MAP ILLUSTRATION BY JOE ZEFF BISMARCK
COLOR PHOTO: RICH FRISHMAN (RALPH ENGELSTAD ARENA)