Miller has been with the Grand Forks Herald sports department for the past 13 years. He's also a Grand Forks native and UND graduate.
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UND men's basketball assistant coach Jeff Horner is one of four finalists for the head job at NCAA Division II Minnesota Duluth. Horner is joined as a finalist with Duluth assistant Matt Hockett, Ohio Dominican (DII) head coach Dan Evans and Minnesota State-Moorhead assistant Justin Wieck. Horner has been at UND for four years, with the first season holding the title of director of operations. Horner, as well as Wieck, played collegiately at Iowa. Horner also played professionally in Belgium, France and with the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.
The UND softball team is 43 games into the season, three wins shy of the program record and one win out of first place in the Big Sky Conference. What the Fighting Hawks have not done this season is play a home game outdoors. On Monday, UND officials announced that this weekend's home series against Northern Colorado, scheduled for Apollo Park, has been canceled due to unplayable field conditions thanks to the area's cold, snowy spring.
Two UND football players were arrested in downtown Grand Forks and charged with disorderly conduct early Saturday morning. Sophomore tight end Derek Paulson was arrested for urinating in public, minor in consumption of alcohol and refusing to halt. Junior linebacker Andre Steiger was arrested for public urination and minor in consumption of alcohol.
With the UND defense claiming the edge over the offense during the Fighting Hawks' annual spring game at High Performance Center on Friday night, only two pass plays went for more than 20 yards. But for UND's offensive progression, there was a silver lining in the limited passing attack. Both long pass plays went to running backs, an area of emphasis this spring that was on display in front of an estimated 850 fans.
Former UND and NFL standout Dave Osborn will headline an event Wednesday night at UND's Gorecki Alumni Center. The 75-year-old Osborn, who played in the offensive backfield for 11 years with the Minnesota Vikings, is expected to speak as part of North Dakota Farmers Union, which will be giving away scholarships for youth to attend summer camps. Osborn was a standout for the UND in the 1960s and his No. 41 is the only retired number in program history.
UND cornerback Deion Harris never felt as good as he did last July, as he prepared for a senior season that was expected to be filled with NFL draft aspirations and lofty expectations for the rising Fighting Hawks. That all changed in a mid-July team conditioning workout at Memorial Stadium. Harris planted his foot and attempted to turn.
Earlier this spring, USA Today reached out to Grand Forks Central boys hockey coach Grant Paranica in an attempt to track down photos of his team and goalie Kaleb Johnson. Paranica didn't know until Wednesday afternoon, however, when he received a text message from a friend, that he had been selected as the 2018 American Family Insurance All-USA Coach of the Year. "I know there's a lot of great, qualified coaches around the country," Paranica said. "It's an honor to be considered and recognized among them. I've never thought of myself in that way.
The No. 1 thing Andrew Krauseneck, the owner of Grand Forks' Albatross Indoor Golf Club, hears these days is customers telling him he has to be the only one in town happy about the weather. "I just look back and smile," Krauseneck said. This first weekend in April, which coincides with the Masters Tournament, is typically the last weekend Krauseneck keeps the business open before shutting down for the summer. This year, with temperatures Friday still well below freezing, Krauseneck will keep the business open a bit longer.
UND defensive ends Drew Greely and Brandon Dranka were seniors in 2017. The two played as true freshman in coach Bubba Schweigert's first season and started nearly all four years. Defensive end Austin Cieslak, a raw athlete from Hazen, N.D., was also in the first recruiting class for Schweigert in 2014. Now, after redshirting his first season and relegated to reserve duty behind Greely and Dranka the years after that, Cieslak is projected as a starter in 2018 and his position coach thinks he could have a big year.
Growing up, UND running backs coach Malcolm Agnew was close with his older brother, Ray. "Where there was Ray, there was Malcolm," Agnew said. He sees that connection with UND standouts John Santiago and Brady Oliveira. "You get one, you get both," Agnew said. "They're actually like brothers."