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, N.D. — The University of North Dakota football program lost its two starting outside linebackers to graduation off last season's best defense in the Big Sky Conference in terms of scoring defense and rushing defense. The unit returns just one player with FCS game experience at that position. And that one player, Moorhead native Jade Lawrence, has yet to start a game. Still, there was a lot of reason for optimism Friday, March 31, as the Fighting Hawks went through live situations for the first time this spring at the High Performance Center.
GRAND FORKS—University of North Dakota 7-footer Carson Shanks plans to graduate this spring and intends to transfer to another Division I school to play his senior season. Shanks, of Prior Lake, Minn., will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer. Shanks played in 31 games, starting two, for the Fighting Hawks this past season. He averaged 5.3 points and 2.2 rebounds. He also had a team-high 22 blocks. Shanks started 24 games as a sophomore and 13 as a freshman after becoming eligible in late December that season.
FARGO — For more than a decade, the North Dakota hockey team's rallying cry at NCAA regionals and the Frozen Four has been to end the program's national championship drought. As the streak grew, so did the drive to bring a title back to Grand Forks. On Thursday afternoon, as the Fighting Hawks skated at Scheels Arena in preparation for the 2017 West Regional at Scheels Arena against Boston University at 2 p.m. today, the motivation factor has changed gears.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota's plan to trim $1.3 million from the athletic department budget is expected to be announced next week, according to President Mark Kennedy. The athletic department was originally given a March 6 deadline but Kennedy extended that timeline to April on March 2.
SALT LAKE CITY—Lute Olson laughs when asked what he thought when North Dakota and Arizona were paired together in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. "Oh my goodness," Olson said. "That's going back in time for me." Thursday's game between No. 15 UND and No. 2 Arizona in Salt Lake City is worlds colliding for the legendary retired basketball coach. Olson, 82, grew up in Hatton and Mayville, N.D., graduated from Grand Forks Central High School and became one of the most successful college basketball coaches of all time during a 25-year career at Arizona.
GRAND FORKS — When the NCAA men's basketball tournament bracket was going to be announced Sunday afternoon, the plane carrying the North Dakota men's basketball team was supposed to be in the air as the group traveled back to Grand Forks from the Big Sky Conference tournament in Reno, Nev. But snowy weather at a connection flight in Minneapolis caused a delay. Just as UND's name was about to be called on CBS' Selection Show, the plane was cleared for takeoff and the mostly UND passengers — wanting to hear the team's bracket placement — booed the captain.
FARGO — Grand Forks has an undefeated state champion for the second year in a row. Grand Forks Central used a three-goal first period and two goals from Cam Olstad to finish off a perfect season with a 7-2 win over Bismarck High on Saturday night in the North Dakota state boys hockey championship game in front of 4,988 at Scheels Arena. Almost 50 years passed between undefeated state champions in North Dakota. Grand Forks Central did it in 1966-67 and Grand Forks Red River did it in 2015-16.
FARGO — With one game left in the season, the Grand Forks Central boys hockey team's undefeated season is still alive. The Knights can thank Judd Caulfield for that. Caulfield, a sophomore forward on Central's dominant top line, scored two third-period goals to lead the Knights to a 4-1 win over Minot on Friday night in the semifinals of the North Dakota state boys hockey tournament at Scheels Arena.
FARGO — In the opening three minutes, Grand Forks Central senior Grant Johnson, the state's leading scorer, hit a post and a crossbar. It took Mitchel Idalski of Central's fourth line to break through in the first period. Once he did, the rest of the offense piled on. Johnson had a hat trick and Central's fourth line scored three goals as the Knights beat Dickinson 10-0 Thursday, Feb. 23, in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota state boys hockey tournament at Scheels Arena.
GRAND FORKS — As the University of North Dakota's athletic department sorts through a $1.3 million budget cut, another financial hurdle may exist with the school's new conference home, the Summit League. League members are required to pay to the league a $150,000 penalty for each Summit-sponsored program eliminated during the first eight years of membership. Of UND's 20 sports, only football and men's and women's hockey aren't considered Summit-sponsored sports. The remaining 17 would be in consideration for the Summit penalty fee.