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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MINNEAPOLIS -- Stephen-Argyle beat Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 21-18 in the semifinals of the Minnesota state high school football 9-man playoffs in the Metrodome on Friday. Stephen-Argyle stopped C-G-B on fourth-and-2 from the 6-yard line with 45 seconds left to seal the victory.
The Grand Forks Red River volleyball team chose their words carefully when asked about the team's chances at this weekend's North Dakota state Class A tournament in Minot. "We have a one in eight shot," Roughriders coach Carolyn Olson said. "If you come out and play, you have a shot. If you're not playing your best ball, then you can quickly move to the other end of the spectrum." But it doesn't take a long look at results and statistics to see the Roughriders are one of the tournament favorites heading into Thursday's 6 p.m.
Entering Friday's game against Wisconsin-Green Bay, the UND women's basketball team had lost one home opener since 1977, a 19-1 record in that span. It's safe to say the Sioux didn't face a team like the Phoenix during that stretch. Wisconsin-Green Bay, which has won 11 straight Horizon League championships, turned in a dominant second half to pull away from the Sioux 74-56 in the regular-season opener for both teams at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. The Sioux were as close as three points in the second half. But the Phoenix closed the game on a 29-14 run. "No.
Between 2005 and 2007, the UND women's basketball team was 21-1 in November. The only loss was a shocking setback to Northern State at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center in 2006. Even then, the Sioux responded to that loss with 18 straight victories. Fast forward to 2009. It's a whole new era of Sioux basketball. UND will finish this November likely as an underdog in all six games, each against a recognizable Division I opponent.
Grand Forks coach Bryan Walls says most elite high school swimmers start competitive swimming at about 8 years old. Grand Forks Red River swimmers Mirna Kojic and Jamie Skavlem, though, weren't serious about the sport at the club level. The pair didn't swim competitively until eighth grade. That's made the duo's success this season that much more impressive. Kojic and Skavlem, both juniors now, lead the Roughriders into today's North Dakota state meet at the UND Hyslop Sports Center pool. "It's a couple of girls who decided just to give it a try," Walls said.
Emily Wong and Callie Ronkowski each possess a long list of athletic accomplishments achieved during their high school years. On Wednesday, the two Grand Forks athletes took the next step by signing national letters of intent to Division I college programs during the NCAA's early signing period.
UND redshirt freshman Erik Mersereau turned some heads during the preseason when he was clocked as the fastest player on the Sioux roster during the team's timing of the 40-yard dash. On Saturday, UND fans got their first look at Mersereau on the field and again heads turned. In the second half of Saturday's game against Southern Oregon, the Sioux gave Mersereau his first chance at returning punts after the Sioux fumbled two punts earlier in the game. The Port Washington, Wis., native made quite the first impression.
LANGDON, N.D. -- Langdon-Munich's Travis Beck is an unconventional quarterback. The senior, who made the switch from fullback to quarterback after an injury to the regular starter late in the season, wears No. 45.
Warren-Alvarado-Oslo had to forfeit its regular-season high school football game against Fosston earlier this year because the team was hit hard by the flu bug. The Greyhounds showed Friday what Warren-Alvarado-Oslo missed the first time around. Fosston's defense forced four interceptions as the Greyhounds rolled to a 34-0 win over the Ponies in the Minnesota Section 8A championship game at the Alerus Center. The Greyhounds, who improved to 11-0, advance to their second straight state tournament.
By Tom Miller Herald Staff Writer Waubun opened the Minnesota Section 6 9-man championship game by successfully recov-ering its own onside kick. That was the only thing that didn't go as planned for Ada-Borup on Friday afternoon. The Cougars scored 43 first-half points and steamrolled Waubun 50-6 at the Alerus Center to advance to their second-straight Minnesota state 9-man tournament. Ada-Borup will open the state tournament against the winner of Section 5 on Friday at 7 p.m.