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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Post play was the Grand Forks Central girls basketball team's clear advantage against Grand Forks Red River. So when the Knights dropped in a pair of 3-pointers in the first 90 seconds of the second half, the Roughriders had to know they were in for a long evening. Central went on a 28-3 run that spanned the end of the first half and the first 10 minutes of the second half -- keyed by 3-pointers by Rebecca Fee and Courtney Hammer -- as the Knights cruised to a 64-43 victory over Red River on Thursday night in the Red River gymnasium. "We hit a couple of big 3-pointers early in the second ha
At noon Wednesday, reports hit the Internet that the New York Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman had been in contact with the agent of pitcher Carl Pavano. Reportedly, the Yankees were interested in signing the veteran right-hander to a one-year deal. Almost simultaneously, Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and catcher Drew Butera were with the Twins Caravan in Grand Forks singing Pavano's praises.
After last Saturday's women's basketball game against South Dakota, UND coach Gene Roebuck said what so many left the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center thinking. "I was reminded of the old days when we used to pack the joint at Hyslop," Roebuck said. He was right.
Grand Forks Central rose to the No. 2 ranking in North Dakota Class A girls basketball by succeeding as road warriors. Of the Knights' first seven games, only one had been played at home. Playing in town for the first time in a month on Tuesday, the Knights showed they can get it done on their home court, too. The Knights bolted to a 34-18 halftime lead and rode 27 points and 21 rebounds from Caitlin Farroh to a 64-50 victory over No. 4 Fargo Shanley in the Central gymnasium. "We came out with great intensity," Central coach Brent Hintz said.
Midway through this UFL season, Florida Tuskers quarterback and Grand Forks native Brooks Bollinger hurt his neck and sternum on a hit. He played through the injuries, but later in the same game Bollinger smacked his hand on a helmet while throwing a pass. "I'm getting too old to get hit that much," said the 31-year-old Bollinger, who never fully recovered from the hand injury. So after six NFL seasons and two in the UFL, the former Grand Forks Central star has decided to enter the next stage of his football career. "Unless something crazy happens, I'm done," Bollinger said.
Grand Forks Central senior Johnny Simonson wasn't ready to hand the Gambucci Cup over to East Grand Forks Senior High just yet. Simonson scored two goals 1 minute, 12 seconds apart late in the third period to rally the Knights to a 2-1 victory over the Green Wave on Saturday night at Purpur Arena. The senior forward, who now has 17 goals this season, snapped the Knights out of a scoring funk with a tally with 3:14 left in the third period for the evener and again with 2:02 to go for the winner. "Our mindset was to keep working hard," Simonson said.
How stirring was UND's performance in the second half Saturday afternoon against South Dakota? It caused Sioux coach Gene Roebuck to conjure up images of UND games of yesteryear. "I was reminded of the old days when we used to pack the joint at Hyslop," Roebuck said. Roebuck's reminiscing was due to an energized 2,555 Betty Engelstad Sioux Center fans, who were fueled by UND's 41 second-half points in a 63-53 victory over the Coyotes in the Great West Conference opener. "You couldn't have wished for a better atmosphere," UND guard Mallory Youngblut said.
Grand Forks is a long distance from Phoenix. Division I UND is a long way competitively from Scottsdale Community College. But Sioux coach Gene Roebuck hopes the adjustment time required for twins Charnise and Charnay Mothershed to make those moves is nearing an end. "It's a huge adjustment to go from a junior college to a four-year Division I program," Roebuck said. "It takes time to get comfortable.
UND women's basketball coach Gene Roebuck and his players understood the disparity between the transitional Division I Sioux and NAIA Minot State. "We knew the one thing we would have over them would be athleticism," UND junior guard Charnay Mothershed said. Yet the Sioux only showed glimpses of taking advantage of that talent gap in an uninspiring 76-60 victory over the Beavers on Thursday night in front of 1,702 fans at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. Eventually, the Sioux (3-11) turned up their defensive pressure to fluster Minot State (12-4) into 23 total turnovers and pull away. "I
The UND baseball team's first chance to break in the newly installed artificial turf in an actual game at Kraft Field will come April 1, a date earlier in the spring than in the past thanks to the fresh surface. And the Sioux will open up the home schedule at Kraft against no ordinary opponent. UND will host rival North Dakota State on April 1 and 3, while the Bison will host the Sioux in a doubleheader on April 2.