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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GRAND FORKS — With UND's offensive firepower going silent in the Fighting Hawks' latest rough patch, goaltender Cam Johnson's return to the lineup went relatively under the radar. It wasn't the defense causing the most angst, so a lot of eyes have been on the return of star freshman Tyson Jost. But make no mistake, Johnson's availability is just as important as UND's need to find scoring.
GRAND FORKS — St. Cloud State sophomore forward Jacob Benson's return home to Ralph Engelstad Arena got off to a rocky start Friday night. In warmups, Benson stepped on St. Cloud defenseman Jimmy Schuldt's skate and wiped out. "You don't want to screw up or embarrass yourself," Benson said. "That gassed everything." That was no omen, however, for the former Grand Forks Red River star, who will instead be remembered for scoring the tone-setting goal in a 3-1 win over North Dakota in the series opener.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota assistant football coach Shawn Kostich woke up at 3:30 a.m. one day last spring and drove to Caledonia, Minn., to watch Zeke Ott lift weights. Ott, still recovering from an ACL surgery, lifted 300 pounds over his head. Kostich didn't waste any time calling back to Memorial Stadium. "You watch that and know this isn't an average high school player," Kostich said. "I immediately called our coordinator and said this is a guy we have to move on now."
GRAND FORKS — When the University of North Dakota football program announces its 2017 recruiting class today, the National Signing Day, a few players from the area will be classified under a distinct heading of preferred walk-on. Fighting Hawks football coach Bubba Schweigert said those non-scholarship players annually have a big role in the success of the program.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota's athletic programs are back on the chopping block, according to a joint statement Tuesday, Jan. 31, from UND President Mark Kennedy and his Executive Council. "It is likely that we regrettably will need to consider again the number of sports we sponsor if we are to support competitive efforts of the remaining teams," the statement said. According to the statement, UND athletics will be given a target budget savings goal on Feb. 10 and will be asked to submit a budget reflecting those goals by March 15.
GRAND FORKS—At the University of North Dakota's news conference Thursday afternoon, Jan. 26, to announce a move to the Summit League and Missouri Valley Football Conference, UND President Mark Kennedy thanked North Dakota State President Dean Bresciani for his assistance in the transition. Emails, obtained by the Herald through an open records request, support the assertion that Bresciani aided UND's chances of landing in its new leagues.
GRAND FORKS — Standing out from the Division I Dakota schools had some merit, but standing with North Dakota State, South Dakota State and South Dakota is more valuable. Forum News Service reported Tuesday that the University of North Dakota will leave the Big Sky Conference and join the Summit League and Missouri Valley Football Conference, news that was met with mixed reaction among fans. The critics, though, don't have enough ammunition. There's too many positives to ignore.
GRAND FORKS — In Washington D.C., on Friday, we saw a transfer of power when Donald Trump took over for Barack Obama and was sworn in as the 45th president of the United States. In Grand Forks later Friday, there was another transfer of power. This transfer of power was North Dakota handing over the title of 'Class of the NCHC' to Minnesota Duluth. UND is the defending national champion and the NCHC bully of the 2015-16 season.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota men's hockey coaching staff was quick to make sure starting goalie Cam Johnson knew he wasn't getting pulled in the series opener against Miami because of his individual performance. First, head coach Brad Berry pulled aside Johnson on Friday night to say he was just trying to spark his team. Next, goalie coach Karl Goehring reassured Johnson.
GRAND FORKS — On one of the coldest nights of the year, with fans braving below-zero temperatures, the University of North Dakota men's hockey team returned to Ralph Engelstad Arena for the first time in more than a month. By midway through the third period, fans chose the potential of frostbite outside rather than suffer any more indoors. The home team gave up a two-goal lead and unranked Miami routed the No. 7 Fighting Hawks 6-3 on Friday night. Although more than a month split up the last two home games, complete disappointment tied the two together.