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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The Grand Forks and East Grand Forks Park Districts were busy Tuesday morning as a storm with heavy winds passed through the region, causing damage to a number of athletic facilities. In East Grand Forks, bleachers at Stauss Park blew into the backstop netting, destroying both the bleachers and netting at the baseball park. Mark Dragich, EGF Recreation Coordinator, said a new backstop netting had already been ordered by Tuesday afternoon and bleachers would be ordered soon. The damaged bleachers were purchased in 2012.
Former UND forward Drick Bernstine will transfer to Washington State. Bernstine, who announced earlier this month his intent to be a graduate transfer, will be eligible immediately in Pullman. Bernstine, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound native of Aurora, Colo., finished his junior year with an average of 8.3 points and 7.5 rebounds. Bernstine, who started 30 of UND's 31 games a year ago, scored 20 points and had 15 rebounds against Arizona in UND's first-ever NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament appearance last March.
Former UND forward Drick Bernstine will transfer to Washington State. Bernstine, who announced earlier this month his intent to be a graduate transfer, will be eligible immediately in Pullman. Bernstine, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound native of Aurora, Colo., finished his junior year with an average of 8.3 points and 7.5 rebounds.
Everywhere Scott Oliver's coaching career has gone, wins have followed. On Friday, Oliver's winning ways during his college coaching days were recognized. The former Minnesota Crookston men's hockey and football coach has been announced as a member of the 2017 National Junior College Athletic Association Hockey Coaches Hall of Fame. Oliver started as head coach of the UMC men's hockey program in 1987 and coached in that role until 1998, when he became head football coach of the Golden Eagles until 2002. Oliver posted a career record of 204-49-4.
Both the East Grand Forks and Grand Forks American Legion baseball teams used Thursday night's season opener to shake off the rust and get reacclimated as teammates following the high school season. In the end, the older, more experienced Grand Forks Royals came out on top 16-10 over East Grand Forks in the nine-inning game at Stauss Park. The early season rust was evident, at least defensively. The teams combined for 26 runs, 32 hits, 12 errors and the teams combined to use 15 pitchers.
The UND football team's opener for the 2018 season has been set. The Fighting Hawks will open the year Aug. 30—a Thursday—against Mississippi Valley State at the Alerus Center. UND had previously announced two other non-conference games for the 2018 season: Washington and Sam Houston State. The Delta Devils, the alma mater of former NFL star Jerry Rice, open the 2017 season against North Dakota State. The following weekend MVSU travels to Carbondale, Ill., to play Southern Illinois.
Grand Forks Red River junior Adam Van Raden had a wide swing of emotions at the end of the North Dakota state Class A boys golf meet Tuesday at the Grand Forks Country Club. With a chance to force a playoff for the individual title with Wahpeton's Justin Nelson, Van Raden missed an eight-foot putt on Hole 18 and dropped his putter in disappointment. It was the second-straight year Van Raden had lost out on a state title on the final hole.
The UND football program will have some high expectations in 2017. The Fighting Hawks were pegged preseason No. 5 in the FCS, according to a poll by Athlon Sports. UND is coming off a Big Sky Conference title and the program's first FCS playoff appearance. UND is one of three Dakota schools in the Top 5. North Dakota State is ranked No. 1, followed by James Madison, South Dakota State and Sam Houston State. The Fighting Hawks open the season Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. against Utah in Salt Lake City.
Grand Forks Red River junior Adam Van Raden was edged out of a state championship last season by a single stroke on the last hole. It's going to take a strong effort to catch him this time. On the first day of this year's North Dakota state Class A boys golf meet Monday at the Grand Forks Country Club, Van Raden put some distance between himself and the field. In doing so, Van Raden also pushed Red River to a healthy 10-stroke lead on Day 1 of 2 of the event.
UND men's basketball player Drick Bernstine, a key piece in the Fighting Hawks' run to the NCAA Tournament last season, announced plans to transfer late Thursday night. Bernstine didn't say where he would transfer. Bernstine, the son of former NFL player Rod Bernstine, finished his junior year with an average of 8.3 points and 7.5 rebounds. He started 30 of UND's 31 games. Bernstine, a native of Aurora, Colo., was at his best against Arizona in the first round of March Madness in Salt Lake City. Bernstine scored 20 points and pulled down 15 rebounds.