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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GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The University of North Dakota officially announced Bill Chaves as the school's 16th athletic director on Tuesday morning, Jan 15. We 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?
GRAND FORKS—In a 2017 University of North Dakota football season full of injuries, the inside linebacker position was perhaps the hardest hit. On Tuesday, the Fighting Hawks received a shot in the arm to solidify that spot in 2018. Minnesota Gophers inside linebacker Everett Williams will graduate transfer to UND and play his final season in Grand Forks. The 6-foot-1, 244-pound Williams, of Mansfield, Texas, spent four seasons with the Gophers and graduated this past December with a degree in agricultural and food business management.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The University of North Dakota athletic department enters a new era next fall, moving the majority of the school's sports programs from the Big Sky Conference to the Summit League. The football team will soon follow to the Missouri Valley Football Conference. On the morning of Tuesday, Jan. 16, at Ralph Engelstad Arena, UND introduced a new leader to bring the department into this next chapter.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota men's hockey team played its 24th game of the season Saturday night, Jan. 13, in a 2-2 tie with Bemidji State at Ralph Engelstad Arena. And for the 24th consecutive time, Fighting Hawks coach Brad Berry had to use a different lineup. On Saturday, it was forwards Trevor Olson and Rhett Gardner and defenseman Andrew Peski missing action with injuries. Berry admitted it's a little frustrating. He's used more than 40 different forward groupings and at least 10 different defensive pairings.
BEMIDJI, Minn.—University of North Dakota players filed out of the locker room at Sanford Center on Friday night, Jan. 12, after a 5-1 win over Bemidji State. As Trevor Olson made his way into the hallway, teammates gathered around to see his battle scars. Olson, a senior assistant captain from Duluth, scored an empty-net goal for his first of the season, but it was his play in the defensive zone that sparked the Fighting Hawks in the series opener.
GRAND FORKS — Monty Porter grew up in Iowa City, Iowa, a college town void of professional sports, where the University of Iowa is king. On Sunday, Jan. 7, Porter drew from that upbringing to explain his attraction to the University of North Dakota and Grand Forks. "The University of Iowa was everything to the fabric of the community," Porter said. "I've had a validation that that's what it's like here, too. I have a real desire to come to that and would be grateful for the opportunity."
GRAND FORKS — The goal drought had been long enough that Andrew Peski was dreaming up the ways he was going to get his first college goal. "I've gone through every scenario in my head," Peski said. That goal drought busted Saturday, Jan. 6, as Peski scored in the University of North Dakkota's 7-0 victory over Omaha at Ralph Engelstad Arena, even if it wasn't the way he would have drawn it up.
GRAND FORKS — Nebraska Omaha came to Ralph Engelstad Arena on Friday night, Jan. 5, with defensive concerns. Due to injury and illness, the Mavericks were without three defensemen and forced to play a forward at the blue line. As Omaha skated to a 4-1 win over the University of North Dakota, however, you couldn't tell which team had the defensive uncertainty. The Mavs weathered UND's pressure in the second period and prevented any big mistakes on the back end.
GRAND FORKS — In 1977, Rich Glas was a 28-year-old head men's basketball coach at Minnesota Morris. In his third year leading the NCAA Division III program, Glas led Morris to the school's first conference title. "We had a fun time that night," the 69-year-old Glas said. On his way out of the arena that evening, Glas remembers taking out the garbage. "I looked up in the sky and thought, boy, you win a title and you still take out the garbage," Glas said. "Life goes on ... life goes on."
GRAND FORKS — Looking at the prep careers of Garett Maag of West St. Paul, Minn., and C.J. Siegel of La Crosse, Wis., it might be tough to tell whether University of North Dakota football coach Bubba Schweigert or UND men's basketball coach Brian Jones were more interested in recruiting the high school seniors to Grand Forks. Maag and Siegel are both averaging more than 20 points per game playing basketball this winter.