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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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.
JORDAN, Minn. – Brandon-Evansville will have to wait another day to make its Minnesota state baseball tournament debut, as weather has pushed back the start of the tournament.
COON RAPIDS, Minn. – The difference between a state championship and anything else for Moorhead golfer Dane Sethre-Hofstad came down to an agonizing two-hour wait in which a red marker...
DILWORTH – Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton senior pitcher Tyler Madson wasn't always intimidating on the mound. In fact, baseball used to intimidate him.
BECKER, Minn – Mahnomen-Waubun's boys golf team is in second place after Day 1 of golf at the Minnesota Class 1A state golf meet at Pebble Creek. Mahnomen-Waubun shot a 310, two strokes off of Mounds Park Academy's 308 Tuesday. Brothers Blake Kahlbaugh and Nathaniel Kahlbaugh shot a 73 and 74, respectively, to go along with Hunter Clark's 80 and Lucas Clark-Burnette's 83 for Mahnomen-Waubun. Neither Mahnomen or Waubun have ever won a state golf title, separately or as a co-op.
MAHNOMEN, Minn. – Born Nov. 10, 1996, Mahnomen golfer Nathaniel Kahlbaugh had just over a year without younger brother Blake, who entered the world on Nov. 27, 1997. Golf, however, came into their lives together.
ST. PAUL—Last season, at the Minnesota Class 1A state track and field meet at Hamline University, Norman County's Luke Heitman left without seeing the finals.
ST. PAUL—Shay Nielsen choked up a bit Saturday when talking about the fact she was done representing the red and white of Detroit Lakes. There wasn't many words, or anything for that matter, left for Nielsen to give. She gave everything to the Lakers. "It's been a long ride," Nielsen said. "Five years is a long time, but I could do three more years and be good with it.
ST. PAUL—When Moorhead junior Kyle Johnson was in middle school and he went to watch his brother compete in pole vault at the state meet, he never imagined he would ever be on that stage. He followed in his brother's footsteps and started pole vaulting in sixth grade, but it was just a hobby. It wasn't supposed to amount to anything. "I was just in it for fun when I was younger," Johnson said. "I never thought I'd get here. I never imagined it would be me." The "here" Johnson was referring to was the Class 2A state track meet at Hamline University.
ST. PAUL—Perham senior distance runner Billy Beseman is 6-foot-3. Friday, at the Minnesota Class 1A state track and field meet at Hamline University, with the help of a podium, he was 7-foot-5. It took eight years and over 4,000 miles of running for him to reach that height. When he got to the top of the podium, he looked at his mom, and the two shared a smile. No words needed to be spoken, as the 7-foot-5 Beseman was the Class 1A 3,200-meter state champion. "It was really nice to see her and know that I've done it," Beseman said. "We just smiled at each other.