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 -- South Dakota State’s Mike Daum showed exactly why he was the men’s basketball conference player of the year in the Summit League last season and why he’s the favorite to repeat again this year. Daum took over midway through the second half to lead SDSU to an 87-80 win over North Dakota State in the conference opener for both teams Wednesday.
MOORHEAD -- Moorhead senior point guard and University of Nebraska commit Sam Haiby tore the lateral meniscus in her left knee against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Friday. She is getting an MRI on Wednesday, Jan. 2, to find out the severity of the injury. Haiby is a Miss Basketball candidate in Minnesota, averaging 30 points a game in the first 11 games this season. No Moorhead basketball player has scored more points in their career with the Spuds than Haiby. She surpassed 2,000 points for her career on Dec. 5.
FARGO—North Dakota State women's basketball team saw a tiny glimmer of hope in the closing minutes of Tuesday's matchup against the University of South Dakota. The Bison had cut the 19-point USD lead to 11 with 3 minutes, 21 seconds to go. But just as the Coyotes had done all game, Ciara Duffy asserted her dominance, getting a 3-point play in the post to destroy any hope. USD left Fargo with an 82-67 win over Bison in the Summit League opener for NDSU.
MOORHEAD -- St. Cloud State junior defenseman and former Moorhead hockey standout Will Borgen was driving home from practicing with the Spuds hockey team a couple weeks ago when he got a call from Huskies coach Bob Motzko. Borgen was home for winter break and Motzko was at the World Junior Championships in Buffalo, N.Y.
Detroit Lakes, Minn. On the outskirts of Detroit Lakes, the Johnson family made a dirt path through the woods to the nearest home, a quarter of a mile away. Seven-year-old Janaye Johnson and her younger brother, Davis, needed a way to get to the house of the boy who moved in a couple years previous. He was in the same grade as Janaye, which felt like a miracle to her, as she was in the market for someone to play with, and the market was slim in those parts.
FARGO—Fargo Davies handed No. 5-ranked Grand Forks Red River its first loss in the girls basketball season on Tuesday and the Eagles did so in dominating fashion. Davies owned every facet of the game en route to a 78-57 win. "I think it gives us a lot of confidence going into the rest of the season," said Davies senior Raegan Linster, who finished with 20 points Tuesday. "If we can take a team like Red River and play like that against them we can do anything. We're going to be tough." No. 2-ranked Davies held control from the opening tip and never lost hold of it.
MOORHEAD—Minnetonka came to Moorhead on Saturday night and handed the Moorhead Spuds boys hockey team its first loss at home in nearly two years. More importantly, the 4-1 win for No. 3 Minnetonka was No. 5-ranked Moorhead's second loss on the season to a highly ranked team. The Spuds know if they want to get back to the state championship game they will have to beat teams like Minnetonka or No. 4-ranked St. Thomas Academy. So far they've lost to both by a combined score of 11-5, only leading in either game for 25 seconds.
FARGO—Marquise Bridges was recruited out of DeLaSalle High School of Minneapolis in 2014 to be a wide receiver for North Dakota State. And for good reason. He had 66 catches for 1,317 yards and 21 touchdowns in his senior season with the Islanders. On Tuesday, in NDSU's 55-13 semifinal win over Sam Houston State, Bridges got the first and second interceptions of his collegiate career. Giving up the wide receiver role last season and moving to cornerback as a freshman was tough for Bridges, but he did it for a shot to play.
FARGO -- Fargo Shanley senior Jake Kava’s football career began throwing the football in the backyard with his dad. His dad had played collegiate football at Minnesota-Crookston. Kava will join in his father’s footsteps and play collegiate football, only he’s staying home. On Thursday, Kava announced he will play football at North Dakota State next season. Kava will be a preferred walk-on.
MOORHEAD -- Moorhead senior forward Carter Randklev got a University of North Dakota hockey jersey for his ninth birthday. It was around that time people were telling him he was too small to play hockey. The 5-foot-8, 150-pound Randklev committed to play hockey for UND on Wednesday. “UND has always been a part of my life,” Randklev said. “It was only a dream to go there until it became a reality.”