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—Bismarck Century will defend its Class A volleyball crown. The Patriots used a 20-25, 25-14, 25-7, 25-19 win over Valley City in the state semifinals Friday at the Fargodome to set up a matchup with Jamestown for the state title. The only other volleyball team to win three straight state titles is Fargo North, completing the three-peat in 1997. Patriots will go for their third straight Saturday at 7 p.m.
FARGO -- Thursday was the first ever appearance at a state volleyball tournament for Valley City. The Hi-Liners showed no fear, sweeping Bismarck 25-22, 25-17, 25-20 in the North Dakota Class A quarterfinals at the Fargodome.
FARGO—Central Cass freshman Rylee Goettle has one dig in her varsity volleyball career. That will be the only statistic she ever gets. On Thursday, at the North Dakota Class B volleyball tournament at the Fargodome, Goettle was led out to the court during introductions by her older sister Dallas. With sunglasses in her hand, an eye patch over her left eye, and some blurry vision in her right eye, Goettle didn't have much depth perception. Her teammates held her hand in line as starters were introduced. She couldn't embrace the bright lights.
ADA, Minn.—When picture day arrived for football this season, Miguel Garcia III was taken aback. The senior wide receiver and safety was so used to wearing the royal blue and gray of Norman County West. Instead, there he was, sitting in the bleachers and taking a team picture wearing the black and red of Ada-Borup. He was a Cougar in the first season of a co-op between Ada-Borup and Norman County West.
LaMoure, N.D. There were 20 days separating the birth of LaMoure-Litchville-Marion senior Anna Holen and Jackie Meiklejohn. The two have been inseparable since, on and off the volleyball court. "We've basically been friends since birth," Holen said.
MOORHEAD -- Moorhead senior forward Carter Randklev has opened up his hockey recruiting after committing to Arizona State in April. Randklev says he has offers, but wants to explore his options. He said he’d like to stay closer to home and family. Randklev is coming off a junior season with the Spuds in which he scored 46 points in 25 games, helping lead Moorhead to the Class 2A state championship game. He has 74 points in 49 high school games and currently has seven points in seven games with the Fargo Force in the United States Hockey League.
FARGO—It was an all too familiar sight for Fargo Shanley's football team on Friday at the Fargodome. The Deacons stood on the field watching as another team celebrated a North Dakota Class 2A state championship. For the third time in the last four seasons, the Deacons lost in the state championship game, falling to Bismarck St. Mary's 31-12.
FARGO—On Monday, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood senior tight end Connor Barton was pulled out of his chemistry class and told to gather his things and go home. He thought he was in trouble, but he didn't know for what.
FARGO—Ever since Central Cass senior Lily Pyle was in eighth grade, she wanted to win a region volleyball title. On Thursday, at Fargo Oak Grove, she did just that, leading the Squirrels to a 25-15, 29-27, 25-15 sweep of Northern Cass in the Region 1 championship match. "This feels amazing," said Pyle, who finished with nine kills, three aces and two blocks. "This is a dream come true." The region tournament was a nightmare last season for Central Cass.
Barnesville, Minn. Barnesville was less than an hour from playing rival Hawley for the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 football title at the Fargodome last Friday. Brady Martz was playing in what could've been his final game with the Trojans. He was the leading rusher, had the most receptions and the most tackles on the team in his senior season. He was ready to redeem a 48-30 loss in the regular season that snapped a streak of 29 straight home wins for Barnesville. But he forgot his helmet. "Are you serious?" Barnesville coach Bryan Strand said to him when he told him.