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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ELLENDALE, N.D.—Kristi Gilbert is a mother and an EMT, and on June 21, both roles collided while she was on the job. The ambulance she was riding in was on its way to a rollover crash she knew involved her son. As an EMT, she was thinking about trying to save a life. As a mother, she was thinking the day might end with her planning her son's funeral.
HAWLEY, Minn.—In the battle for Highway 10, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton had some trucks to run behind on its offensive line. Those trucks were Andy Oberg, Jacob Arends, Anthony Savageau, Hunter Macziewski and Johnathan Heiberg, and they probably could have cleared traffic for the Rebels' ride home after Friday's 20-12 win over Hawley in Minnesota high school football. "We asked them to keep pushing, and we challenged them," D-G-F running back Ryan Poehls said. "They pushed, we kept going, and we won the game. Highway 10 is ours."
FARGO—It's hard to imagine anything being new for a coach that has been coaching since 1984, but for Cary Eades there was some adjusting in his first season with the Fargo Force last season. "Last year, everything was new," Eades said. "I think every year you're learning and trying to understand what buttons to push with your group. Being a first-year coach you don't have any veterans in people you've coached before. I think it's always a little more challenging, not knowing the personalities."
MOORHEAD—First-year Moorhead Park Christian football coach Lawton Burgstahler saw fear in the eyes of his players on the sideline. He didn't sleep for three days, after losing to Underwood 48-0 in Week 2 of the football season. The visions of a concussion for a senior, two freshmen getting hurt in the first half and having to pluck banged up kids out of the game stuck with him. The pain he saw nearly matched the pain in the decision he knew had to be made. He knew the Falcons could not continue like this. This wasn't about losing a football game anymore.
Ada-Borup at Waubun 7 p.m., Friday, at Waubun High School Before a 36-0 win over Ada-Borup on Sept. 5, 2014, Waubun had lost 10 straight to Ada-Borup, with the last win for the Bombers over the Cougars coming Sept. 28, 2008. In that 10-game winning streak, the Cougars knocked the Bombers out of the playoffs three times, twice in the section championship.
Dietz commits to NDSU for basketball Fargo Shanley girls basketball coach Steve Jacobson had high praise for senior Emily Dietz. "She is one of the best captains in my 20-some years of coaching," Jacobson said. "She's a great motivator on and off the floor. She's working for a goal, and she wants to hang on to championships, so she's the first to tell the younger players what needs to be done." Dietz verbally committed to play basketball at North Dakota State, and Jacobson sees no reason for her game not to transfer well to the next level.
FARGO—The Fargo Force have named their captains for the upcoming United States Hockey League season. Blake Lizotte will be captain, while defenseman Bradley Johnson and forward Grant Meyer will serve as assistant captains. Lizotte was second on the Force in points last season with 46 in 54 games, while leading the team in assists with 34.
Moorhead's Werth commits to UND Moorhead girls hockey coach Emily Sell knew she had something special with Kara Werth right away. "I knew from my first practice that she was a college hockey player," said Sell, who has coached Werth the last two seasons. "It just depended on if she was a high-end D-III player or push the envelope to be a D-I player."
MOORHEAD—Due to low numbers and fearing for the safety of its younger players, Park Christian High School is canceling its varsity football season. Park Christian, which lost its first two games this season, has 15 players—with only three seniors, one junior and one sophomore. The rest are freshmen and eighth-graders.
BARNESVILLE, Minn.—Barnesville junior running back and defensive back Brady Tweeton wants no pity. People are always asking him if he's OK. They even ask him if at 40 will he be able to move because of juvenile idiopathic arthritis. Everyone gets the same answer. "I'm fine." Barnesville coach Bryan Strand got that answer when shin splints were causing Tweeton to limp at practice. Strand yelled at him when Tweeton said he was fine because he knew he wasn't.