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 — University of North Dakota running back James Johannesson hasn't played a down of college football yet, but the Minnesota Gophers transfer knows how to star in a Spring Game. Johannesson, who had 130 rushing yards and a touchdown in Minnesota's 2016 Spring Game, turned in another big performance Friday, April 14, in front of an estimated 1,000 fans at UND's Spring Game at the High Performance Center.
GRAND FORKS — North Dakota State pitcher Jacquelyn Sertic was a little concerned in the bottom of the seventh inning when University of North Dakota's Marina Marzolino lofted a high fly ball to deep centerfield with two outs and a runner on, aiming to tie the ballgame. "I was watching the outfielder and knew she was a couple of feet away from the fence, but it did make me a little nervous," Sertic said. The final out was one of the few close calls for the Bison pitcher, who struck out 15 and allowed three hits in a 3-1 victory on Tuesday at Apollo Park.
GRAND FORKS — University of North Dakota offensive coordinator Paul Rudolph wasn't searching out for any help at running back this offseason. The Fighting Hawks were bringing back two all-Big Sky Conference backs in juniors John Santiago and Brady Oliveira. But Minnesota Gophers transfer and former Fargo South star James Johannesson became available this spring, made a move to Grand Forks and Rudolph isn't complaining about his overcrowded backfield.
GRAND FORKS—The University of North Dakota's decision to eliminate women's hockey along with men's and women's swimming and diving is final, according to school spokesman Peter Johnson. Last week, the school announced the athletic budget cuts, which are a response to an expected reduction in state funding. On Wednesday, North Dakota Senator Heidi Heitkamp and UND sophomore defenseman Taylor Flaherty were on ESPN's Outside the Lines and criticized the cuts. On ESPN, Flaherty said the program was waiting for a fundraising target from UND President Mark Kennedy.
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.