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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Before UND and Southern Utah faced off Saturday in Cedar City, Sioux kicker Zeb Miller approached coach Chris Mussman to chat. "He said, 'coach, I need to talk to you,' " Mussman said. "Whenever anyone says that, it's usually never good.
Grand Forks Red River all-state junior Hadley Steffen already has established herself as one of the best hitters in the state. The Roughriders, though, showed the ability to spread the offensive wealth Tuesday in a smooth 25-20, 25-12, 25-13 win over rival Grand Forks Central in the Red River gymnasium. Red River stayed unbeaten at 16-0 overall and 10-0 in the East Region, while Central dropped to 5-7 in the region and 8-9 overall. The athletic, hard-hitting Steffen, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter, turned in another dominant night with 17 kills and 12 digs.
UND football coach Chris Mussman expects his powerful running game to get a boost this week. Sioux junior Mitch Sutton, who suffered a hamstring injury three weeks ago against Fresno State, could return for Saturday's matchup against Montana Western at the Alerus Center. "I talked to Mitch (Sunday) with the training staff and we're planning for him to be able to go," Mussman said Monday.
Utah Valley 3, UND 1 Key plays: UND's three straight errors to give Utah Valley a 26-24 win in Game 2. Key player: Jaicee Kuresa, 11 kills, four blocks. The UND volleyball team doesn't lose at home very often.
Detroit Lakes quarterback and UND football recruit Joe Mollberg hadn't displayed much of the running portion of his dual-threat style so far this season because of an ankle injury. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior unveiled his rushing capabilities Friday night against East Grand Forks Senior High. Mollberg rushed for 74 yards, passed for 79 and scored four first-half touchdowns en route to the Lakers' 31-14 victory over the Green Wave at Senior High's field. "East Grand Forks was taking our fullback away, so we had to run Joe more than we would have liked," said Detroit Lakes coach Flint Mots
Detroit Lakes quarterback Joe Mollberg gave a soft verbal commitment to play college football at UND after last Saturday's Potato Bowl at the Alerus Center. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound senior's first action since the commitment will come within close proximity to the Sioux home when East Grand Forks Senior High hosts the Lakers at 7 tonight. Mollberg was one of the region's most prized recruits, as he spurned offers from North Dakota State and South Dakota State.
Grand Forks Central senior Nick Moe has been one of the top doubles players in the state over the past four years. In fact, Knights coach Max Weisser can't think of a better doubles pair than Moe and Brenden Sailor at Central since -- well, Nick Moe. "It's probably the best doubles team we've had since Nick was playing with his brother Alex when (Nick) was an eighth-grader," Weisser said. The Moe brothers took third in 2007 and this year's Moe-Sailor combination might just have an opportunity to best that mark.
Southern Utah wide receiver Tysson Poots torched the UND defense for three seasons, including last year's 210-yard, one-touchdown performance in a win over the Sioux at the Alerus Center. Poots has graduated, but the Thunderbirds' passing game is just as worrisome. That's because Brad Sorensen might be the best Division I Football Championship Subdivision quarterback the Sioux see all season when UND visits Cedar City, Utah, on Saturday for a 2 p.m. Great West Conference game against Southern Utah. "Offensively, everything revolves around their quarterback," UND coach Chris Mussman said.
UND head coach Ashley Hardee is 23-1 at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in his three seasons with the Sioux. South Dakota State first-year coach Phil McDaniel, a longtime friend of Hardee, is responsible for the lone home blemish.
The biggest win for the UND football team this weekend might not have been the 53-19 victory over Black Hills State in the Potato Bowl. The Sioux coaching staff was also likely celebrating the verbal commitment of one of the most sought-after recruits in the region. Detroit Lakes quarterback Joe Mollberg confirmed Sunday that he verbally committed to UND after the Sioux victory in the Alerus Center on Saturday. "UND feels right," said Mollberg, who chose the Sioux over offers from North Dakota State and South Dakota State. "It's a great place. I love the atmosphere and the coaches.