Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 10 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate.
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Twenty years ago, Durene (Heisler) Frydenlund was an All-American for the UND women's basketball team. On Tuesday, her daughter Chelsey Frydenlund took the first step in her Sioux career. Chelsey Frydenlund, a point guard at East Grand Forks Senior High, who is entering her junior year of high school, has verbally committed to play basketball at UND. "I thought about it a lot, and I knew I didn't want to go too far from home," Chelsey said. "I know UND has a good basketball program.
Prior to Grand Forks Central's season opener in Williston last Friday, Knights coaches talked about all the unknowns that surrounded the inexperienced football team. "We really didn't know who would step up," Central coach Bill Lorenz said. As it turns out, lots of players stepped up.
One of the most lasting images in all of college football last season was Texas Tech wide receiver Michael Crabtree hauling in a pass from quarterback Graham Harrell and eluding a pair of Texas defenders to score a last-second touchdown as the Red Raiders beat the Longhorns. It was a reminder why Texas Tech has led the nation in passing six times in the past nine seasons. That's a little of what UND co-defensive coordinator John Kelling and his defensive backs have been grappling with this week as the Sioux prepare for Texas Tech on Saturday in Lubbock, Texas. "Obviously, watching the highl
Facing a slumping economy, the UND athletic department knows it's going to be tough to get Sioux fans to shell out money. But so far, that doesn't seem to be impacting season ticket sales. UND has sold 6,628 hockey season tickets, 3,324 for football and 818 for basketball. Those numbers appear poised to at least match last season's totals of 6,637 for hockey, 3,584 for football and 1,008 for basketball. "I think the numbers are very positive," UND associate athletic director Sean Johnson said. "I think if you consider the economy and what people are facing . . .
On a punt early in the first quarter, Grand Forks Red River returner Elby Pope waved his arms and yelled "poison" to tell teammates to stay away from the ball. "But the ball took a perfect bounce right to me," Pope said. "So I took it, made a cut and no one was there." Pope took the ball 50 yards into the end zone.
The strength of the Grand Forks Red River football team this fall is in its long list of experienced returners. But there might also be a few fresh faces that make an impact when the Roughriders open the season tonight against Fargo Shanley at 7 p.m. at Cushman Field. Red River joined Grand Forks Central and Devils Lake in a scrimmage last weekend next to Purpur Arena.
It's not the easiest way to make your first varsity start. In 2007, sophomore quarterback Darin Hager took his first snaps for the East Grand Forks Senior High football team in the first game of the postseason. Hager was thrust into the starting role after the starter, backup and third-string quarterbacks were either hurt or left the team. "He had to start that game at about 125 pounds soaking wet," Senior High coach Todd Schumacher said. "He knew after one game that he had to get bigger and stronger.
As an assistant coach with the Grand Forks Red River boys hockey team, Bill Chase coached in five state championship games in his six years on the staff. So when Chase was announced Monday as the Roughriders new head coach, he made it clear that his mission is more about keeping status quo than making any overhauls. "It's been a successful program forever," Chase said. "It's not like I'm coming in to make any changes.
As the high school volleyball season approaches, two things should have Grand Forks Red River excited about this year's prospects. First, the Roughriders return five regulars from last season's 28-9 team that finished fourth at the state tournament. Second, Red River should benefit from the heavy graduation of last season's West Fargo team, which was responsible for five of Red River's nine losses in 2008. That combination has expectations high for this year. "We have a good group of talented athletes that are very versatile," Red River coach Carolyn Olson said.
The UND football team trudged through another practice Friday in rainy, chilly weather at Memorial Stadium. It's a set of conditions the Sioux have come accustomed to this week as August has felt more like October. That could be troublesome for a team that opens the season in Lubbock, Texas, and plays three games in the Deep South in September. UND opens the season Sept. 5 against Texas Tech, followed by games in Natchitoches, La., (Northwestern State) and Nacogdoches, Texas (Stephen F. Austin). The average temperature in Grand Forks the past seven days has been 74.8 degrees.