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 UND men's basketball team was the class of the Big Sky Conference in 2017. The Fighting Hawks went to the Big Dance behind star Quinton Hooker and a strong supporting cast led by Geno Crandall, Corey Baldwin, Conner Avants and Drick Bernstine. The 2018 version of the Fighting Hawks, minus Hooker, Baldwin and Bernstine, has been a difficult roller-coaster ride. The season series against Montana is a perfect example. In Missoula, UND lost by 30 and gave up 109 points.
The UND volleyball team's hopes of three-peating as Big Sky Conference tournament champions received a boost on Thursday. UND coach Mark Pryor has announced the addition of transfer Kayla Williams to the 2018 roster. Williams spent two seasons at UConn, where she led the Huskies in kills in her freshman and sophomore seasons. She will have two seasons of eligibility at UND.
Former UND quarterback and Grand Forks native Jake Landry is changing jobs as offensive coordinator at the NCAA Division III level in Wisconsin. Landry has been hired as Wisconsin-Whitewater offensive coordinator, the La Crosse Tribune reports. Landry was previously the offensive coordinator at Wisconsin-La Crosse. Whitewater's previous OC, Craig Smith, didn't have his contract renewed after three seasons, according to FootballScoop.
Grand Forks Red River forward Mason Thingvold played on the top line Tuesday night against Fargo Davies for the first time this year. "It was a lot faster than what I'm used to," Thingvold said. "I just tried to give it my all." The sophomore caught up to speed quickly. Behind two goals from Thingvold and four assists from linemate Mason Salquist, Red River beat Fargo Davies 5-0 at Purpur Arena to solidify second place in the East Region standings. Red River improved to 14-2-2 overall and 11-2-1 in the EDC. Davies dropped to 13-2-2 and 10-2-2 in the EDC.
When Troy Terry, Dylan Gambrell or Henrik Borgstrom—the Denver hockey team's Big Three—hit the ice this weekend at Ralph Engelstad Arena, UND's bench spoke up. "Top line, top line, top line," UND defender Christian Wolanin said his team would yell out. "You're just a little harder when they're out there. We know how elite they are and how talented they can be, whether they're together or alone."
In one of the tightest Gambucci Cup races since the traveling trophy was started in 2003, it was only fitting the Cup's home this year wasn't decided until overtime of the final Greater Grand Forks matchup. Zack Murphy found Parker Stroh on a 2-on-1 rush at 5 minutes, 10 seconds of overtime to lift Grand Forks Central to a 2-1 win over Grand Forks Red River on Saturday afternoon at Purpur Arena. Family of the late Serge Gambucci delivered the Gambucci Cup to Central. The Knights won the Cup for the second straight year and for the seventh time overall.
As you looked at the matchup leading up to the weekend, the UND and Denver series was expected to feature one glaring mismatch. The Fighting Hawks haven't been able to kill a penalty lately and the Pioneers have one of the most skilled power plays in the country. On Friday night, the Fighting Hawks' maligned penalty killers were up to the task. UND killed 4 of 5 penalties, as well as another during the 3-on-3 overtime, to spark the Fighting Hawks to a 3-3 tie with Denver at Ralph Engelstad Arena.
With its play Thursday night, the Grand Forks Central boys hockey team set up a big rivalry showdown for Saturday afternoon. The Knights used a fast start and a goal and two assists from Kyler Briske to down East Grand Forks Senior High 4-0 at Purpur Arena. With the win, Central prevented the Green Wave from claiming the Gambucci Cup. In doing so, the Cup will now go to the Saturday afternoon winner between the Knights and Grand Forks Red River.
Grand Forks Central senior defenseman Hunter Moreland helped his uncle earn a unique coaching victory Tuesday night. Moreland scored twice in Central's five-goal third period to lead the Knights to a 6-1 win over Fargo South-Shanley at Purpur Arena. With Central head coach Grant Paranica serving a one-game suspension for taking a game misconduct penalty in his team's 4-2 win over Fargo Davies last Thursday, assistant Matt Moreland took the reins to face the Bruins.
UND officially announced Bill Chaves as the school's 16th athletic director on Tuesday morning. The Herald sat down with Chaves to talk about what's ahead. Q. Your interview and public introduction came during one of Grand Forks' toughest winter stretches. How do you feel about your new climate?