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 — 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.
OMAHA, Neb. — With uncertainty surrounding the availability of the University of North Dakota’s star forwards leading up to this weekend, the Fighting Hawks were happy to have Brock Boeser and Tyson Jost back in the lineup against Omaha. More specifically, the Fighting Hawks are delighted to have found those two just the right spot in their forward groupings.
OMAHA, Neb. — Tyson Jost has played three games in three days before. The star freshman forward for the North Dakota men's hockey team has done it in the BCHL, and he's done it in tournaments as part of Team Canada. But he had never done anything like this. He had never only had 30 minutes of sleep and traveled more than 1,300 miles between games.
GRAND FORKS — After a 38-point performance in a win over Portland State last February — a performance that gave Quinton Hooker the UND Division I single-game scoring record — the point guard walked back onto the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center floor for a race. About a dozen young kids waited to run from one end of the basketball court to the other against Hooker, who had just surpassed 1,000 career points in a game that he played the entire 40 minutes.
If you're an Iowa fan, it was bush league. If you're a North Dakota fan, it was giving it your all until the final buzzer. In reality, it wasn't a good look for either school.
UND safety Cole Reyes and cornerback Deion Harris have been named Associated Press All-Americans, announced Thursday. Reyes was a first-team pick, while Harris was a second-team selection. Reyes, who earned the Big Sky Conference's Defensive Player of the Year honors, made 70 tackles in his junior season. He had 6.5 tackles for loss, along with three interceptions and two forced fumbles. Harris, a junior, had a conference-high five interceptions while making 36 tackles. He also broke up nine passes this season.
GRAND FORKS — The University of North Dakota men's hockey team was frank in postgame comments after Saturday night's 3-1 loss to Western Michigan at Ralph Engelstad Arena. The message: We're fed up with inconsistency. UND, the defending national champions, will finish the first half of the season 9-6-3 overall and 3-4-1-1 in the NCHC. "We wanted to win a lot of games and just weren't good enough," UND forward Joel Janatuinen said. "We need to improve a lot. We have a whole second half to improve on our game."
GRAND FORKS, N.D. — After the 2015 North Dakota football season, Leave No Doubt seemed to be the mantra for the 2016 season, a nod at the Fighting Hawks' omission from the 2015 FCS playoffs. In 2016, UND earned a No. 7 seed in the FCS playoffs and completed an unbeaten record in Big Sky Conference play before bowing out of the postseason tournament with a 27-24 loss last Saturday to Richmond. UND hits the offseason this week and the Leave No Doubt phrase has been outdated, so what's the slogan for 2017?