Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 13 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate.
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The UND men's basketball program continues to add pieces for the 2018-19 season. The Fighting Hawks announced Monday the addition of 6-foot-7 transfer Zac Saddler, who played at Western Texas College after redshirting one season at Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Saddler, who averaged 7.8 points for the Westerners, has thre seasons of immediate eligibility remaining.
UND guard Jafar Kinsey announced Thursday plans to graduate transfer for his senior season next year. Kinsey, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound Syracuse, N.Y., native, appeared in 26 games last year and made three starts for the Fighting Hawks. He averaged 1.9 points and 1.0 rebounds.
A logo at center court is part of a feud between UND donor Kris Engelstad McGarry and UND President Mark Kennedy. In the months leading up to McGarry telling the Herald editorial board about the fractured relationship with Kennedy, the two parties disagreed over a floor marking at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center, according to emails obtained by the Herald through an open records request.
The East Grand Forks Senior High baseball team's strength is hitting. So much so, Green Wave coach Anthony Walsh pegs his offense's magic number at seven runs. "We need to get to at least seven runs to get a chance to win," Walsh said. "We didn't reach that the past couple of games, and we had a bad letter next to those games. We don't have guys who throw 85 miles per hour, so we have to make the plays and score a lot of runs."
The North Dakota University System opted Thursday to stay out of the fray between UND President Mark Kennedy and Engelstad Family Foundation trustee Kris Engelstad McGarry. On Wednesday, McGarry, the daughter of late UND donor Ralph Engelstad, requested to meet with the Herald editorial board and discussed a fractured relationship between the Engelstad family and UND's administration. The Herald reached out Thursday to NDUS Chancellor Mark Hagerott and State Board of Higher Education chair Don Morton. The NDUS responded with an emailed statement.
UND President Mark Kennedy released a statement Thursday morning in response to a Herald story outlining Engelstad Family Foundation trustee Kris Engelstad McGarry's characterization of a hostile relationship with the school's administration. The statement from Kennedy reads:
During a nearly 90-minute interview with the Herald editorial board Wednesday, Kris Engelstad McGarry—the daughter of late UND donor Ralph Engelstad and the head of the Engelstad Family Foundation—outlined a damaged relationship with UND President Mark Kennedy. Her current discontent with the school's administration, however, isn't a result of the university's retirement of the Fighting Sioux nickname and logo, she said.
With UND athletic director Bill Chaves locking up men's hockey coach Brad Berry to a contract extension last week, a new No. 1 priority has emerged in the athletic department. Earlier this week, UND President Mark Kennedy said the second phase of the school's indoor practice facility—the High Performance Center—is now the top focus for athletics. "I think it's essential," Kennedy said. "We are hoping to have meaningful fundraising progress in the next year and that will determine (the timeline)."
When it comes to predicting the potential of UND junior Molli Detloff, Fighting Hawks throwing coach Drew Jones has learned to never say never. "Every time I set a goal and say this is what I think we can accomplish and this is the end game, she goes beyond that," Jones said. Detloff will continue to push the limits this weekend at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships in Moscow, Idaho. The events will begin Thursday for Detloff, beginning with the hammer throw at 10 a.m.
UND sophomore softball player Angel Love's biggest adjustment when she made the move from her hometown of Las Vegas to Grand Forks wasn't, surprisingly, the cold weather. She knew UND would have access indoors at the High Performance Center, after all. Instead, it was that businesses weren't open 24 hours like Sin City. "That was a culture shock," Love said. "Freshman year, I called my mom crying. Everything closed at 9. I got over it."