Chris Murphy is the Minnesota preps and Fargo Force beat reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota for the last five years and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so. If reading him in the paper and online isn't enough, you can read more of him at the Forum Preps Blog: http://forumpreps.areavoices.com/
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MOORHEAD—Moorhead senior Shane Steckler committed to Concordia to play basketball Monday night. Steckler has started at point guard the last two seasons for the Spuds.
FARGO—The record books got a few additions Saturday for North Dakota State's softball team. Bison coach Darren Mueller surpassed 500 wins and pitcher Krista Menke broke the school and Summit League records for strikeouts in a season. None of it mattered. What mattered was the Bison won their sixth Summit League tournament championship in the last seven years and are headed to the NCAA tournament for the second straight season.
FARGO—North Dakota State's softball team will try to make it back-to-back Summit League tournament championships at 5 p.m. thanks to a 3-2 win over Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis at Ellig Sports Complex on Saturday. NDSU struck first in the top of the first when Logan Moreland scored on a passed ball. The Bison made it 2-0 when Alysaa Reina blooped a single into right field to plate Moreland in the top of the third. Jackie Stifter's two-out triple plated Amanda Grable to put the Bison (42-9) up 3-0. That was just enough for NDSU pitcher Krista Menke.
FARGO—Top-seeded North Dakota State rolled South Dakota State in the first-round matchup of the Summit League tournament Friday for the Bison. NDSU will play at noon on Saturday after the 16-0 win in five innings. Bison (41-9) didn't waste any time, plating three runs in the bottom of the first. Logan Moreland scored on a wild pitch to open the scoring and Cheyenne Garcia came home on a double steal. Amanda Grable's ground out not only plated Alyssa Reina, but also slammed into the leg of SDSU pitcher Bryana Clark.
FARGO — The Fargo Force took forward Blake Lizotte with the fourth overall pick in Phase II of the United States Hockey League draft on Tuesday. The Force also added nine other forwards, seven defensemen and one goaltender. Lizotte is a Lindstrom, Minn., native and spent the 2014-15 season with the Minot Minotauros in the North American Hockey League. In 62 games, he had 55 points and is a St. Cloud State commit. The Force took defenseman Carson Musser from Grand Rapids, Mich., with the No. 10 overall pick and defenseman Ian Scheid from Coon Rapids, Minn., with the 20th overall pick.
FARGO — The Fargo Force gave up the third most goals in the Western Conference in the 2014-15 season and that's a big reason why they are watching the United States Hockey League playoffs at home. In Phase I of the USHL draft Monday the Force went with defense early. With the No. 4 overall pick the Force took defenseman Thomas Miller from West Bloomfield, Mich., and with the No.
GLYNDON, Minn. – For most in the area, it wouldn’t be summer without the sounds of racing at the Buffalo River Race Park in Glyndon. The track is six decades...
GLYNDON, Minn. — It didn't matter what kind of grounder was hit in the infield with two outs in the bottom of the seventh of a tie game Thursday. Hawley's Katie Bjorndahl was standing on second base, but she saw redemption at home and Tavia Lawson got her there. Lawson hit a grounder up the middle that Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton second baseman Megan Meyers snagged, turned and fired to first.
FARGO -- West Fargo sophomore Hayden Kraft went to see his friend practice lacrosse four years ago. It was like no sport he’d ever seen. “It was just different,” Kraft...
MOORHEAD — Matt Cullen is coming home. Whether the former Moorhead High School hockey standout and current National Hockey League center is staying home is the question. "I don't know," Cullen said. "All season long I thought I was going to treat it like it my last year, and after the season was over I was going to take some time, let things calm down and see how the body feels.