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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One of the lasting images of the World Cup for the United States is Clint Dempsey's soft shot deflecting off the hands of England goalkeeper Robert Green to give the Americans a 1-1 tie in the first round of pool play. It's certainly a memorable moment for Josh Campoverde, who was at Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenberg, South Africa, when bedlam broke loose. "I was wearing a Clint Dempsey jersey and I got absolutely mobbed," said Campoverde, a former all-state soccer player at Grand Forks Red River.
When the Grand Forks American Legion baseball team lost the opener of a doubleheader against West Fargo despite scoring four runs in the first inning and holding a two-run lead in the seventh inning, the Royals needed a lift to bounce back in the nightcap. The turnaround came in the form of a Joey Conneran towering home run. Conneran's two-run shot to deep right field propelled Grand Forks to a 10-3 victory over West Fargo in the second game of the doubleheader on Tuesday night at Kraft Field.
Brian Faison has spent as many full years as UND's athletic director as he has signed contract extensions. After recently completing his second year as athletic director, Faison has agreed to another deal. The school announced Tuesday that Faison's contract has been extended through June 2015. Last summer, his contract was signed through 2012. "I'm very appreciative of the confidence the president has in me and the direction we're heading in the transition," Faison said.
In the first game of a doubleheader, East Grand Forks pinch-hitter Caleb Horken capped his team's offensive outburst with a grand slam in the bottom of the fifth inning to incite the 10-run rule and give East Grand Forks a 15-2 victory. Unfortunately for East Grand Forks, that didn't translate into momentum for the nightcap of the doubleheader. East Grand Forks missed out on a chance for a sweep when Crookston utilized small ball in the seventh inning to take the second game 2-1 in American Legion baseball on Monday night at Stauss Park. "The kids took a little vacation," East Grand Forks c
With the Robert Montgomery Memorial baseball tournament being plagued by rainy weather the past few seasons, Grafton American Legion coach Chad Kliniske said this year was the first time his team has been able to get in more than two games at the annual event. The Grafton pitching staff made the most of this year's full schedule. The Spoilers went 5-0 on the weekend capped by a 9-4 victory over the Fargo Bombers in the tournament championship game on Sunday evening at Kraft Field. "Our pitchers did a nice job all weekend," Kliniske said.
Lou Kennedy Jr. wishes there was just one more lap. Mark Dobmeier is glad there wasn't. Dobmeier's deteriorating No. 13 sprint had just enough left in it to hold off a late-charging Lou Kennedy Jr. and take the checkered flag in the 25-lap feature on Friday during Midseason Championship Night at River Cities Speedway. "This track was hard on the tires and starting fifth I had to use a lot of tire to take the lead," Dobmeier said. "During that last lap, my right rear tire was bald." Kennedy Jr.
As Cody Skytland passed two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart at the Red River Valley Speedway on Wednesday night, he couldn't help but be struck by the scale of the moment. "I hit the back straightaway and told myself to calm down," Skytland said. "I had to get my breath back. I most definitely had to get my composure back together." He did. As a result, Skytland picked up the biggest win of his career. Skytland took the checkered flag in the 25-lap late model feature in front of an estimated crowd of 8,000.
Perhaps entrance into the Summit League would affect UND football, after all. During Monday's meeting of Summit League presidents, the president's council decided to explore the possibility of sponsoring football. "We're putting together a committee and looking at the viability," Summit commissioner Tom Douple said. "We want to see if that's the direction to take in the future. We're just going to look at the feasibility. "Where do we want to be in 10 years? Is football part of that picture? Or do we want to keep the status quo?
UND's hope of finding a Division I athletics home in the Summit League has taken its first step forward. At a meeting of Summit League presidents on Monday in Chicago, the presidents agreed to move forward with the evaluation process of UND in regards to the school's potential admission into the league. "That's the direction the president's council has agreed to go in," Summit League commissioner Tom Douple said.
Conference expansion and contraction in college athletics is everywhere these days. The moving and shaking isn't just for big-time programs like those in the Big Ten and the Big 12, either. Mayville State athletic director Mike Moore knows that well. Mayville State of the NAIA finds itself in a hairy conference situation of its own. "We're kind of in a holding pattern," Moore said. "We're waiting for things to play out a little bit. We've been proactive the past four, five months seeing this coming.