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 Owen Anderson, 11, wanted to cross the finish line standing, not pushed in a chair. He didn't care he was blind or had autism or Crohn's disease. He wanted to stand crossing the finish line at the Fargodome for the full marathon in the Scheels Fargo Marathon on Saturday, May 20. That's exactly what he did. "It was really exciting," Owen's mom, Stacey, said. "We just love to see Owen happy, so to see him so excited and people cheering for him, that's a pretty big deal around here. That's our goal in life, to see him happy."
Fargo Since December, 36-year-old Steve Kachur trained incredibly hard for the half-marathon of the Scheels Fargo Marathon. He had to beat his girlfriend, Kelli Sinnock, who he met in a lounge in Winnipeg four years previous. It wasn't because of pride or bragging rights, but because he needed to get to the finish line before her, so he could propose to her. "I can never keep a secret from her, so it was so hard," said Kachur.
Fargo About five years ago, 23-year-old Ivan Schleppenbach realized he really liked to juggle. He also liked to run. The logical next step was joggling—running while juggling. "I love doing both of them, so why not do them together," said Schleppenbach, who is from St. Joseph, Minn. On Saturday, May 20, Schleppenbach juggled his way through the half-marathon of the Scheels Fargo Marathon for the fifth straight year.
Fargo Cancer was looked at differently when Larry Chloupek was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 7, which led to the amputation of his left leg. "Back then, in the '60s it was a lot different in regards to how the world accepts people with disabilities," Chloupek said. "People shunned people with cancer. They thought you could catch cancer, but I had a very strong support group."
Fargo On July 13, Heidi Goss was told her sister had at most 18 months to live, due to sarcoma, a form of cancer. It was stage 4, it spread through her lung and she had to have half of her right lung removed. Last week, Heidi's sister was told she was cancer-free. "She's a miracle," said Heidi, who lives in Devils Lake, N.D.
Fargo Levi Gagner, 3, was ready to run at 5 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, long before anyone even stepped to the starting line of the Scheels Fargo Marathon. "It's time to run," Levi said inside the Fargodome about 30 minutes before the half-marathon. Levi said it from a wheelchair he will most likely never leave. He suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy, diagnosed at the age of 1.
GLYNDON, Minn.—Entering Tuesday, six softball teams in the state of Minnesota were undefeated. No. 5-ranked Park Rapids remained that way behind a 4-1 win over No. 9 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Tuesday, May 17, in what could've been a preview of the Class 2A, Section 8 championship.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead junior Sam Haiby has verbally committed to play basketball at the University of Nebraska. Haiby had offers from Minnesota, Creighton, Arizona, North Dakota State, South Dakota, Valparaiso and Bradley.
FARGO—Byron Pool did not expect to be in Fargo for seven years. He was 34 years old in 2010 and had just coached the Bismarck Bobcats to a National Junior A Tier 2 title in his second season in the North American Hockey League. He figured he'd be with Fargo Force in the United States Hockey League for a couple years.
FARGO—North Dakota State softball coach Darren Mueller took his dog for a walk Saturday morning, picking up some rocks along the way. He had preached to his team that there are three kinds of people: jellybeans, marshmallows and rocks. Marshmallows melt when put over a flame. Jelly beans get soft on the inside, but appear solid on the outside, whereas rocks can take any type of heat.