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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UND football coach Chris Mussman was caught by surprise earlier this week when told his punt return unit was No. 1 in all of the Football Championship Subdivision. "Really?" Mussman said. "Can we double check that?" The high standard UND holds its special teams might have attributed to Mussman's disbelief. The Sioux enter Saturday's game against future Big Sky Conference mate Northern Colorado with a handful of question marks on offense and defense.
Perseverance was the theme Tuesday night for the Park Rapids football team. Not even four fumbles and an illegal shift penalty that negated a touchdown in the final 30 seconds could impede the Panthers. On fourth-and-goal from the 1-yard line with seven seconds left in the fourth quarter, Park Rapids quarterback Ian Johnson plunged into the end zone to seal the Panthers' 13-10 win over East Grand Forks Senior High in the quarterfinals of the Minnesota Section 8AAA playoffs at Senior High field. The No. 5-seed Panthers (3-6 overall) advance to face No. 1 Perham on Saturday.
East Grand Forks Senior High football coach Scott Oliver will be at Ralph Engelstad Arena on Friday night to see his son, Nick, play men's hockey for St. Cloud State against UND. The coach is hoping he doesn't have to watch his son play twice this weekend. "I look forward to not seeing him play Saturday," Oliver said. That opportunity will come at 7 tonight when the No. 4 seeded Green Wave host No.
UND junior Monique Lamoureux-Kolls says her team's top forward line isn't just about the Lamoureux twins anymore. "Jocelyne (Lamoureux) and I were so use to playing together that there was an adjustment period for that third person," Lamoureux-Kolls said. "But it's not me and Jocelyne and someone else now.
The UND football team set out today to prove their run-first offense could pass, too. On the first play of the game, the Sioux attempted a flea-flicker in hopes of forcing an option team like Cal Poly to play from behind. Sioux quarterback Joey Bradley, though, chucked up a fluttering pass that fell far short of his target. It was an ugly omen as Bradley's struggles continued in Cal Poly's 23-19 win over UND at the Alerus Center. The only thing confirmed by the Sioux offense against the Mustangs was that it must contemplate a change in quarterback this week at Northern Colorado. That's be
The UND women's hockey team invited back former players and supporters this weekend to celebrate the program's 10-year anniversary. Any alums on hand got a record-breaking look at how far the Sioux have come. The No.
In 1991, UND defensive coordinator Dale Lennon launched a search for a defense that could handle North Dakota State's powerful veer option offense. Lennon's hunt ended at Northern Iowa, where he found former North Dakota State player and coach Ardell Wiegandt -- a Panthers assistant at the time -- who impressed Lennon with his 3-4 defensive alignment. Twenty years later, the Sioux football team hopes that 3-4 scheme can stuff a cousin of the Bison's old veer option attack: Cal Poly's triple option. The Sioux face the Mustangs at 1 p.m.
In North Dakota Class AAA football, the West Region has proven superior to the East Region this season. The top four teams in the latest coaches' poll hail from the west. For Grand Forks Red River, one of the best ways to minimize that edge in the first round of the playoffs is to lock up home-field advantage. The Roughriders close out the regular season against Fargo South at 7 Wednesday night in Fargo with the region's No. 2 ranking up for grabs. "It would be huge to have home field," Red River wide receiver Jeff Dennison said.
Grand Forks Red River quarterback Taylor Steen accidentally called the wrong play and fullback Quinn Baumann didn't really run the right route, but it all added up to an important win for the Roughriders. Baumann's 15-yard touchdown catch on third-and-10 in the fourth quarter boosted the Riders to a 41-30 East Region win over Fargo North on Thursday night at Cushman Field. Red River improved to 5-3 overall and 4-1 in the region, while North dropped 3-5 and 2-4.
The UND football team entered its bye week by announcing a pair of season-ending injuries to offensive lineman Emmett Lynch and defensive lineman Broc Bellmore. In attempts to fill those holes, Sioux coach Chris Mussman says his team's backups can learn a lesson from the career of linebacker Mitch Goertz. When linebackers Curtis Dublanko and Paul German went down with injuries last season, Goertz jumped at his opportunity. He propelled that experience into a starting position for his senior year after spending most of his first three seasons on the sideline. "When Curtis went down, (Goertz