Chris Murphy is a sports reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school and college sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota since 2009 and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so.
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Fargo Luke Sandy couldn't remember if he had a routine when he stepped to home plate. The batter's box and hitting has become second nature to the Fargo Shanley graduate and soon-to-be North Dakota State baseball player. In order to remember that he taps home plate once and brings the bat up to his shoulder, Sandy had to get out of his car and pretend to walk up to home plate. At this point, it all feels like one fluent motion.
WEST FARGO—Tyler Robertson sat emotionless as his girlfriend of nearly two years, his mother and his mother's cousin broke down in the doctor's office upon hearing the diagnosis. The 19-year-old was doing the math in his head, where a tumor the size of a grapefruit was removed a week earlier. At best, he'd live to be 29 years old, at worst 24. "So how long could I make it?" Tyler asked himself.
FARGO—West Fargo High School graduate and North Dakota State wrestler-to-be Brandon Metz paced frantically on the Fargodome turf on Saturday, July 22. He walked with purpose, but what he was looking for was nowhere to be found. Metz had just lost the USA Wrestling Junior Greco-Roman championship match at 285 pounds 5-3. He lost to Illinois' Anthony Cassioppi, who defeated Metz in the freestyle title match 4-1 on Tuesday. He lost on a correct throw with one second remaining that gave Cassioppi a one-point lead and a Greco-Roman national title.
WAUBUN, Minn.—An online petition has surfaced wanting Waubun High School (Minn.) to remain the Bombers and not co-op with Mahnomen High School. The "Committee to Save the Bombers" created the petition two weeks ago in response to the announcement regarding Waubun and Mahnomen joining for all sports beginning in the 2018-19 school year. It has been signed by 111 people.
FARGO—To outsiders, it's a green coach bus decked out in a logo they most likely haven't heard of. For someone like 21-year-old West Fargo High School graduate Zuheer Al Abase, the bus for the Dakota Fusion Futbol Club is a place the world is discussed. Multiple languages are spoken on that bus with players from Africa, Poland and Serbia, teaching Fusion coach Jim Robbins different phrases. Politics, careers and family are discussed, along with dreams for the future and thoughts on the present.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn.—Carson Yaggie left the final conversation with his friend and teammate, Carter Casey, smiling. That wasn't the plan. Yaggie had visited Casey hoping to put a smile on Casey's face, seeing as the 17-year-old from Breckenridge, Minn., was struggling with a rare and aggressive form of muscle cancer. That's not how things worked with Casey.
Moorhead A little after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, Moorhead Youth Hockey Arena manager Dennis Bushy wanted to go home. He had gotten to the rink at 5:30 a.m., as he does every morning. Between scheduling ice time, maintaining the ice, cleaning each of the locker rooms and the weight room, running 10 miles, handling upkeep on the Zamboni, to name a few tasks, the 69-year-old was exhausted. He knew he was going to have a late night the next day because every Thursday after work he makes steaks and burgers for the homeless at the VFW.
FARGO—Even surrounded by all-stars Tylee Irwin stood out. The South Dakota State commit led Class A girls to a 67-64 win and a sweep over Class B in the Lions All-Star basketball series at the Fargo Civic Center on Tuesday, July 11. Irwin finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, showing why she was North Dakota's Miss Basketball. Class A topped Class B 77-74 to make it back-to-back sweeps of Class B. The game plan for Class A was to have the ball in Irwin's hands at crunch time.
FARGO - Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had a quick response when asked why he brought wide receivers from the Eagles to Fargo to train. “This is home,” said Wentz, the former North Dakota State star quarterback. For the second straight day, Wentz and Eagles wide receivers were running drills at the NDSU practice field Tuesday, July 11, for about two hours. On Monday, the receivers were out on jet skis on Pelican Lake near Pelican Rapids, Minn.
MOORHEAD—Former Moorhead hockey standout and Stanley Cup champion Matt Cullen still isn't sure if he'll play another NHL season, but he is sure he's bringing the Stanley Cup to Moorhead when he gets his day with it on Aug. 31. "We're bringing it home," Cullen said. "I will be making it available to the public at some point. I just don't know how I'm going to do it or where or when. I have to follow up with the Cup guys and see exactly what the schedule is, see the exact details of when they're coming in and when they're leaving, so I can make the plans."