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The funeral for Park Christian’s Zach Kvalvog was Monday, after a car accident took the 18-year-old’s life last week. It was said the happiest place for Kvalvog was the basketball...
FARGO — Former Fargo Force defenseman Oleg Yevenko has signed a one-year deal with the Lake Erie Monsters in the American Hockey League. The Monsters are the affiliate team for the Columbus Blue Jackets. In four collegiate seasons with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Yevenko played in 132 games and notched 10 points with 182 blocked shots. In the Hockey East conference following the 2014-15 season, he was ranked second with 81 blocked shots, which was 11th nationally. Yevenko played for the Force for two seasons from 2009-11, playing in 101 games and scoring 17 points.
MOORHEAD – Former Moorhead Spuds and University of North Dakota standout Chris VandeVelde signed a two-year deal worth $1.42 million with the Philadelphia Flyers that became finalized Monday. The 28-year-old center will be reunited with his old UND coach in Dave Hakstol, who was hired by the Flyers in May. He said with or without Hakstol, the Flyers is where he wanted to end up.
MOORHEAD—It took FC Fargo a bit long to start its first ever semi-professional soccer game Saturday, but it certainly didn't take long to end it.
MOORHEAD — Moorhead graduate and St. Cloud State commit Will Borgen was selected by the Buffalo Sabres in the fourth round of the National Hockey League draft on Saturday. Borgen was selected 92nd overall and is the first Spud drafted in the NHL draft since Jeff Foss was drafted in 2008 by the Nashville Predators. Borgen was a defenseman for the Spuds. He notched 28 points on 22 assists and six goals in 27 games in his senior season before heading to the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League.
MOORHEAD — The ground rumbled in the Moorhead High School weight room Tuesday, as weights were lifted into the air and dropped to the floor. Metallica's "For Whom the Bell Tolls" blared out of the speakers after someone quickly turned off Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven." Moorhead athletes were preparing themselves for sports for the 2015-16 high school sports year. It was summer, barely 8 a.m. and yawns were spreading among the teenagers Soon-to-be junior Hunter Brandt wasn't yawning.
MOORHEAD – A semi-truck was driving “extremely close” to a pickup before the Interstate 94 crash Tuesday morning that killed two Park Christian students, authorities said Wednesday.
FARGO — Jimmy Morton, one of the four Park Christian students involved in a Tuesday crash that killed 18-year-old Zach Kvalvog and his 14-year-old brother Connor, remains in critical condition, according to a report from a Mississippi newspaper. Morton is in intensive care at Sanford Medical Center in Fargo. "He's still in critical condition but he's stable," his mother Sondra Taylor told The Clarion-Ledger Wednesday morning. "They ran some tests on him this morning, an MRI on his shoulder and he's still being sedated. He doesn't have any broken bones.
Ada-Borup girls basketball finds perfection Ada-Borup's girls basketball team went 32-0 and capped the season with a Class 1A state title via an 82-65 win over Maranatha Christian. Coach David Smart also picked up his 300th career win, all of which have come with the Cougars, during the season. Moorhead's Sethre-Hofstad wins golf state title In a golf season that saw him shoot an 8-under 64 at The Pines in Nisswa, Minn., Moorhead's Dane Sethre-Hofstad used a 69 on Day 2 of the Class 3A state meet to lock up a title.
FARGO—Former Fargo Force goaltender Mathias Israelsson has committed to Northern Michigan University for the fall of 2015. Israelsson, a native of Gothenburg, Sweden, began his USHL career with the Waterloo Black Hawks where he played 10 games, posting a 6-3-0 record and a .906 save percentage. He was traded to Fargo in January of 2014. Israelsson played a total of 63 games with Fargo in two seasons, posting a record of 26-29-5 with two shutouts. His average save percentage was .911. Prior to entering the USHL, Israelsson played in a competitive professional hockey league in Sweden.