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 — The Fargo Force had slept walked through the first period of Friday's United States Hockey League matchup with Sioux City. They were eyeing a two-goal deficit and their fifth straight loss. The Musketeers decided to wake them up early in the second. Sioux City left winger Jordan Steinmetz stuck his leg out, as Force center Hank Crone was coming full speed. He sent Crone flying, Crone didn't take kindly to that and neither did the Force, as a scuffle ensued. The Force answered on the scoreboard, overcoming two, two-goal deficits to top Sioux City 6-4 at Scheels Arena.
FARGO — Fargo North running back and defensive back Peyton Fisher meets up with 12 or so teammates and has a movie night every Thursday. It turns into "watch football night" once the NFL season starts. Last Thursday, Fisher and his teammates were watching Fargo Davies play Fargo South on TV at Aiden Carlson's house when they heard they were headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2010. Pandemonium followed.
HAWLEY, Minn. — Hawley quarterback Jacob Vetter watched from the sideline last year during Hawley's last offensive drive of the football season. He tore his ACL, his meniscus and broke his tibia during the game and could not play the final drive. He watched as Barnesville celebrated a Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 championship and there was nothing he could do about it.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead sophomore Olivia Watson may need a second letterman jacket to fit all her patches before her high school career is over. She has cross country, track and field, Nordic skiing and soccer patches and will have to add another for being a kicker on the football team this season. Two years ago, she had to decide between varsity soccer or varsity cross country. She was one of the top runners in eighth grade, but she went with soccer. "I'm really happy she made that decision," Moorhead girls soccer coach Nicole Wiesner said.
FARGO - The first soccer ball Fargo Davies sophomore Yonas Adams ever kicked was a plastic bag filled with garbage that he tied and sewed together. He carried it around with him everywhere in the streets of Abomsa, Ethiopia. If Adams were still in those streets, after both his parents had died, he'd be lucky to have a job washing cars or shining shoes.
MOORHEAD — Minnesota-State-Mankato gave Minnesota State Moorhead's football program a presentation Saturday on where the Dragons would like to be one day. The Dragons also saw how far away they are, losing 42-20 to Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference foe and the top-ranked Mavericks at Scheels Field at Alex Nemzek Stadium.
FARGO — The Fargo Force unveiled the 2017-18 Clark Cup championship banner Friday at Scheels Arena to celebrate the franchise's first United States Hockey League title. The Force then showed why the banner may have to make room for more with a 3-1 win over rival Sioux Falls. It was a banner night for the Force.
FARGO — Grand Forks Central tennis player Gary Wu couldn't stop putting his hands on his head and yelling how Thursday was impossible for him to process. He couldn't process Central's boys tennis team winning the East Region championship for the first time since 1987. All the Knights had to do to get there was beat a team in the championship match that had won every East Region title since 1995 in Grand Forks Red River. The Knights did just that, 4-1. "It's unreal," Wu said. "I'm still not processing it. It's been a crazy three weeks."
FARGO — The Fargo Force will unveil a banner for the franchise's first Clark Cup title Friday at Scheels Arena before the home opener. The banner will hang in the southeast corner of the arena. Force coach Cary Eades has seen many hockey banners lifted to the rafters. He won two national championships as a player and one as a coach with the University of North Dakota. He won three Minnesota state championships as the coach at Warroad High School and won the United States Hockey League's Clark Cup with Sioux Falls.
FARGO — Fargo Force goaltender Ryan Bischel was 7 years old the first time he got to stand between the pipes and play goalie. He gave up 17 goals. "Probably wasn't a great experience, but I've obviously grown into it and love it a lot," Bischel said. "There's a lot to like about the position. I like the pressure. I like knowing at the end of the game it can all come down to whether or not you can make a save. I think I thrive off of that pressure. You have to be on your toes 100 percent of the time. You can't take any shots off."