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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The UND defense grew thin as minor injuries held out a handful of players from participating in the team's first live scrimmage of fall camp. The Sioux offense was the beneficiary as it had the upper hand for most of Saturday's scrimmage at Memorial Stadium. "We moved the ball really well," UND running back Adam Shaugabay said. "In the red zone, especially, our offense really took it to them.
When Rod Carey left the UND football team in the offseason, Sioux head coach Chris Mussman was waffling about how to replace the former offensive line coach. An e-mail from longtime Grand Forks Central coach Mike Berg provided the tipping point. "He said we had a pretty good offensive line coach already in the building," Mussman said after the team's morning practice Wednesday at Memorial Stadium.
In Ashley Hardee's first two seasons as UND volleyball coach, the Sioux have gone a combined 47-11, won two Great West Conference tournament championships and lost just one league match. So it's an eye-opening statement when Hardee says this year's Sioux team might be the best in his tenure. "It could be," Hardee said Wednesday evening as the Sioux took part in their second day of practice at Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. "We have experience in some key roles.
When UND closed the 2010 football season with back-to-back losses against Montana and South Dakota State in which the Sioux passed for 56 yards in one game and 96 yards in the other, a quarterback controversy was inevitable. And sure enough -- since the start of fall practice last Friday -- UND coach Chris Mussman hasn't gone a day without being asked about the quarterback dilemma. "The biggest question I'm being presented with is the quarterback position," Mussman said Monday at the team's annual media day at the Alerus Center.
Depth at running back took a hit over the winter when the UND football team cut its most productive offensive player, senior Josh Murray, for violating team rules. The position has received another shakeup as redshirt freshman Breon Butler will not play this season due to an injury suffered during the spring. Butler, of Pittsburg, Calif., was expected to challenge to be UND's No. 3 running back behind starter Mitch Sutton and backup Jake Miller. "We've covered ourselves with depth by bringing in (true freshmen) Jer Garman, P.J. Sparks and Romon Bridges," UND coach Chris Mussman said.
Starting last spring, UND football coach Chris Mussman looked back at past seasons and pinpointed when the Sioux offense was the most productive. "It was when we were physical," Mussman said.
UND volleyball coach Ashley Hardee will meet with his team next week to lay out goals for the upcoming season. There's one goal, though, that's a given. "For sure, we want to three-peat in the Great West," Hardee said. "We came into the Great West with a championship, and we want to go out with a championship." Hardee and the Sioux will have a chance to win their third straight Great West Conference title when UND hosts the event, which runs Nov.
When Ryne Jungling moved to Mandan in 2003, he made a declaration. "There's a sign in Mandan that has all the town's state championships, and I said I wanted to fill in that 10th spot," the third-year Mandan coach said. With a lot of help from his younger brother, Jungling has made good on his word. Mandan ace Reid Jungling picked up tournament MVP honors by keeping a powerful Williston offense off balance for 8Zc innings to spark the Chiefs to an 8-4 win over the Keybirds on Sunday in the championship game of the North Dakota state Class A American Legion baseball tournament at Kraft Field
After an 11-inning loss to Mandan on Saturday afternoon, the previously unbeaten Williston Keybirds didn't have any time off before having to play the Grand Forks Royals to stay alive at the North Dakota state Class A American Legion baseball tournament. "It's all about how you come back from that loss," Williston coach Chip Devlin said.
The Grand Forks Royals American Legion baseball team dropped into the loser-out bracket after the second round of the North Dakota Class A American Legion baseball tournament thanks to poor defense. Since, the Royals seem determined to rack up so many hits that it takes their defense out of the equation. Grand Forks piled up 34 hits in two games Friday, culminating in a 12-9 victory over Fargo Post 2 in loser-out play at Kraft Field. "I don't know how to explain it," Grand Forks coach Gabe Dahl said.