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 — University of North Dakota defensive coordinator Eric Schmidt watched junior college transfer Tamas Stewart's highlight film and was instantly intrigued. "It was exactly what we look for in safeties," Schmidt said. The UND football team successfully wooed Stewart to play for the Fighting Hawks, but the California native came to campus with an injury. He wasn't able to practice last spring and when this fall came around Stewart was still wearing a no-contact red jersey at Memorial Stadium.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota defensive coordinator Eric Schmidt is in charge of recruiting the state of Colorado for the Fighting Hawks. Schmidt did his side of the ball a favor when it came to the 2017 recruiting class from the Denver area. True freshman cornerback Hayden Blubaugh and rookie safety Ty Shannon will not redshirt and are featured in the two-deep depth chart UND released late last week.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota volleyball team tied a program record with 26 wins in 2016, but Fighting Hawks coach Mark Pryor isn't interested in keeping the status quo. "I think with where we are at it's nice to have that familiarity, but we have to get out of our comfort zone," Pryor said. "We have to challenge ourselves not to be the same. This is going to be a different entity. It can't be the same because the same won't be good enough."
GRAND FORKS — When Logan Alm spent time with former high school teammates and coaches this offseason, he gave them the news he's now a tight end. They laughed. Alm played on the offensive and defensive lines at Hawley (Minn.) High School. He said he hasn't touched a ball in a game since he was in eighth grade and hasn't played tight end since before that. Alm, now a sophomore at the University of North Dakota, is in his first fall at tight end after transitioning from the defensive line.
GRAND FORKS—Keaton Studsrud's college football career began with some unfortunate irony. After injuries to two University of North Dakota quarterbacks, Studsrud had his redshirt pulled with four weeks left in the 2014 season. He was thrown into the fire—fittingly in a place known as the Inferno.
GRAND FORKS—With the first practice of the college football season, most of the University of North Dakota coaching staff hit the Memorial Stadium field Thursday for their fourth season in Grand Forks. For some UND players, it was also their fourth or fifth fall camp. UND head coach Bubba Schweigert is entering his fourth season as head coach and after inserting young players into the lineup early in his tenure, those key pieces of the program are now veteran leaders.
GRAND FORKS—With one attempt left at the USA Track & Field Hershey National Junior Olympic Championships, Grand Forks 15-year-old Shelby Frank knew she needed her best discus throw. "I was thinking I had to throw it farther than I ever had before in order to win," Frank said. "I didn't think. I just threw. I was surprised." Frank's final throw—a personal-best throw by 6 feet of 161 feet, 2.75 inches—won the national meet at the Girls 15-16 championship last weekend in Lawrence, Kan. The throw was a meet record.
GRAND FORKS—Quinton Hooker, one of the University of North Dakota''s all-time best basketball players, has taken the first step in his professional career. Hooker announced Wednesday he's signed with GTK Gliwice in the Polish National Basketball League. Hooker, a native of Brooklyn Park, Minn., will travel to Gliwice, a town in the southern portion of Poland, on Aug. 15. The team's season begins in September with preseason games starting in late August. Hooker said the decision felt similar to choosing a college.
GRAND FORKS — Park River's Adam Swanson will enroll at the University of North Dakota in less than a month and start school for Pre-Med. Before he even starts on campus, though, he made some pretty good memories in Grand Forks on Sunday. Swanson threw six solid innings to lead Park River to a 9-3 win over the Bismarck Reps in the championship game of the North Dakota state Class A American Legion baseball tournament at Kraft Field.
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — Weston Dressler wore green and white for a long time. The former University of North Dakota wide receiver donned it in Grand Forks for four years, then for eight seasons with the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders. The colors have changed—Dressler now wears blue and gold of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The uniform is different, but the talent and production is still the same for the 31-year-old Bismarck native enjoying his second season in Winnipeg.