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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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.
GRAND FORKS, N.D.—The University of North Dakota athletic department will have to trim $1.3 million from its budget, according to targets released Thursday afternoon by President Mark Kennedy. The department needs to submit its recommendation to Kennedy by March 6. UND Athletic Director Brian Faison said Thursday he will be making the recommendation, adding there will be "input from several entities, but I will be the one making the recommendations to the president.
GRAND FORKS — The spotlight was tough to come by Thursday night at the Betty Engelstad Sioux Center. North Dakota's Quinton Hooker had it for a while, scoring 35 points in a full 40 minutes. Eastern Washington's Jacob Wiley stole it some, pocketing 33 points in 40 minutes. Even EWU coach Jim Hayford wandered into the spotlight when he received a pair of technical fouls, strolled across the floor and waved goodbye to the Fighting Hawks' fans.
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 — 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.