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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MOORHEAD—No girl has scored more points in a Moorhead basketball uniform than junior Sam Haiby. On Tuesday, Haiby made sure no girl in a Moorhead uniform has scored more points in a single game. Haiby dropped 44 points on Fargo Shanley for the Moorhead school record. Haiby was believed to hold the previous single-game record of 35 points, but that was disputed due to there being a hole in Moorhead history where statistics weren't kept very well. Haiby's performance on Tuesday, however, seems to be undisputed.
Fargo Carly Kottsick stood with her hands on her hips at the age of 6 and looked at her mom on the ground. Mom had fallen down. How were we going to get mom up? Julie Kottsick had been making the bed when she took a step backward and fell sideways into a rocking chair, which rocked forward and pushed her to the ground. Carly said, "Mom are you OK?"
MOORHEAD -- Moorhead senior quarterback Bailey Life committed to play football for Concordia on Tuesday. Life tweeted on Tuesday he was “super excited and blessed” to announce his commitment to Concordia.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead sophomore defenseman Ethan Frisch didn't mince words when asked what it felt like to lose to Brainerd in December. "It was a terrible feeling," Frisch said. "We came out of there knowing we should have beat that team. It was a big section rival and those are games we have to win. I don't think we prepared for that last game good." The No. 19-ranked Spuds were prepared on Tuesday, Jan. 17, rolling Brainerd 4-1 at Moorhead Sports Center. It helped not to have vegetables flying at them before the game started, as is tradition at Brainerd.
Fargo Fargo Force forward Jack Adams was never highly recruited. There weren’t many who believed in the gangly kid from Malden Catholic High School in Massachusetts. Adams didn’t even believe in himself come his first practice in the United States Hockey League last season for the Force.
MOORHEAD -- Chase Morlock sat in the bleachers at Moorhead High School, watching senior Sam Grove break his wins record on Saturday, Jan. 14. Grove said Morlock has been his hero since sixth grade. Morlock couldn’t help, but think of his hero. “My dad would have loved to be here for this,” Morlock said, holding back tears. “It’s something to hold onto. I know he’s with us at heart. I know he’s super proud for Sam.”
MOORHEAD -- Former North Dakota State running back and Moorhead High School graduate Chase Morlock has been Spuds senior wrestler Sam Grove’s hero since Grove was in sixth grade. “First time I met him I just thought he was so amazing,” Grove said. “He was a really good wrestler. I thought (former Moorhead wrestler) A.J. Wheeler was an amazing wrestler. I thought all those guys in Chase Morlock’s class were amazing. Chase, out of all of them, stood out to me.”
HANKINSON, N.D. -- Hankinson senior tight end and defensive end Cody Mauch has committed to be a preferred football walk-on for North Dakota State. Mauch also had an offer to be a preferred walk-on at the University of North Dakota and a scholarship offer at Minnesota State Moorhead. “Growing up, it’s always been a dream,” Mauch said. “When you have the opportunity like that to go to a place like NDSU you have to take it.”
Moorhead There's a rare kind of voice floating in the area's airwaves that has the ability to talk the Moorhead faithful through seven losses in the state hockey championship. The voice is calming, while at the same time doing its job and explaining the scene that is tearing hearts apart. That same voice is prepared to light Moorhead on fire like when it declared the Spuds football state champions in 1987 or Concordia women's basketball team the 1988 NCAA Division III champs.
Sheyenne gets first DI football player West Fargo Sheyenne has produced its first Division I football player. Hayden Reynolds will be a preferred walk-on at the University of North Dakota. "The coaching staff was great," Reynolds said. "They're headed in the right direction."