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 When Fargo Force goalie Strauss Mann was a junior in high school at Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn., he looked in the mirror and asked himself what he wanted to do. He would end up playing in just eight games that season as the backup goalie. He told himself he wanted to play Division I hockey. It was at that moment Mann dedicated every minute of his life to hockey. And now, less than three years later, he's committed to play for the University of Michigan and putting together one of the best season's in net in Force history.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead High School will present a proposal for boys and girls varsity and junior varsity lacrosse for the 2018-19 school year to the Moorhead School Board in June. Moorhead athletic director Dean Haugo said it hasn't been set, but he believes it'll be the June 11 board meeting. "There's a demand there and it's our job to answer that," Haugo said. "We think we have the numbers to not only field a team, but to sustain it." Moorhead has added trapshooting, Nordic skiing, adaptive bowling and brought back debate in the last four years.
NORTHFIELD, Minn.—When Moorhead senior Sam Haiby came down from the stage at The Grand in Northfield, Minn., on Friday, she was met by Moorhead girls basketball coach Jed Carlson. "You're Miss Basketball to me," Carlson said to Haiby. Eastview's Megan Walstad was named Minnesota's Miss Basketball. The Wisconsin-Milwaukee commit averaged 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks a game, leading Eastview to a 32-0 season and a Class 4A state championship.
MINNEAPOLIS—Connie Petermann walked into the post-op room at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's hospital Monday to find her first-born son weeping. Wahpeton High School (N.D.) sophomore Jacob Petermann had warned his mother he wouldn't be able to look at what remained of his left leg after the amputation. For 40 minutes he wept. Connie didn't know what to do. This was his fifth surgery since a cancerous tumor was found in his left leg after he broke it during warmups in a Jan. 12 boys basketball game. He had never come out of surgery like this.
FARGO—In January, West Fargo baseball coach Brett Peterson starts to analyze the snow accumulation. He is not a meteorologist. In fact, he begins each sentence when discussing things like what frost will do in the spring based on when snow comes in the winter with "Now, I'm no expert." Though, when you're about to begin your 15th season as a varsity high school baseball coach in North Dakota like Peterson, you almost have no choice but to become an expert on the weather. "It just comes with the territory," Peterson said. "You're at the mercy of the weather."
FARGO—The streaking Fargo Force found their match Friday. Scheels Arena housed the two hottest teams in the United States Hockey League, as both Fargo and Lincoln had won nine out of 10. The Stars are now hotter, after a 7-2 win Friday. "We've had some trouble with Lincoln in the past, but I don't think that they have anything that we can't handle," Force defenseman John Schuldt said. "I think that, as a team, we came out flat, which is disappointing, especially with the fact that these guys already beat us twice."
FARGO—On the first day back in the states after winning an Olympic gold medal in South Korea, Grand Forks natives Monique Lamoureux-Morando and Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson were about to go on the ice at the Staples Center. The U.S. women's hockey team was being honored before a February matchup between the Los Angeles Kings and Vegas Golden Knights.
MOORHEAD—The production company that filmed the reality television series that followed Moorhead's boys hockey team this season is selling the six-episode set with 10 percent of sales being donated to the Tobolt Foundation. The Tobolt Foundation was started in memory of 1995 Moorhead High School graduate Scott Tobolt, who played hockey for the Spuds. He died from a farming accident at the age of 26 in 2003. The foundation raises money for equipment for Moorhead youth hockey players.
MOORHEAD—Former Moorhead hockey standout Will Borgen grew up dreaming of playing in the NHL. He used to tell his dad he doesn't know what he would do if he couldn't play hockey. He won't have to worry about that for awhile, as he signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. "Pretty cool. It's always been a dream of mine," Borgen said. "I signed this morning. It's been a lot to do. I've been on the phone all day and packing."
FARGO—There was the occasional game of hockey between penalties Friday at Scheels Arena. Omaha decided instead of trying to snatch back second place in the Western Conference from Fargo that it would rather get revenge for their six-goal loss Thursday by giving the Force power plays Friday. "Not sure what their game plan was, but it ended up with the result of giving us a lot of power plays and we made them pay in the proper fashion," Force coach Cary Eades said.