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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GIRLS Fargo Davies Coach: Paul Kolesar (third season) Last season: 7-6 Who's gone: Heidi Wanzek, Sophia Tupa and Morgan Minette. Key returners: Jenna Forknell, Sr.; Maria Wanzek, Jr.; Ishika Gupta, So.; Kati Lee, Fr.; Habiba Heshmat, Fr.; Emily Stenhjem, Jr.
MOORHEAD—Emily Sell announced her resignation as Moorhead High School's girls hockey coach on Wednesday, April 12. Sell said it was to focus on her job at Concordia. "With some exciting things on the horizon at Concordia, I will not have the time or energy to do the job the way I have these past three years," Sell said. "The program deserves that year-round passion and commitment."
Tonight is the last game of the United States Hockey League regular season, as the Fargo Force close the season on the road against Waterloo. The Force are in the playoffs for the first time since 2013, but there's still some business to take care of. SIOUX CITY OR WATERLOO
Fargo Davies Coach: Nick Christianson (seventh season) Last season: 16-1-1, conference champions, second in state Who's gone: Heidi Bertsch, Jenny Marsh, Kai Erickson, Jaiden Langlie and Libby Thom. Key returners: Rachel Nemer, Sr., D; Cory Duffield, Sr., M/F; Madison Lucas, Sr., D; Ashley Matter, Sr., M/F; Meghan Schneider, Jr., M/F; Anna Davison, Jr., M/F; Brooke Bergen, Jr., D/M.
FARGO—It wasn't the nicest welcome to Fargo for ESPN NFL analyst Jon Gruden on Friday, April 7, as the former Super Bowl champion coach took some wind to the face upon arrival from Tampa, Fla. "I'm wearing a visor because my head almost blew off when I got off the plane," Gruden said. But when he got by the unforgivable gust of Fargo, where he was set to be the keynote speaker at North Dakota State's annual spring football coaches clinic, Gruden could not help but remember his ties to NDSU.
FARGO—Fargo South announced Thursday, April 6, the hiring of Tyler Kosel as its new head football coach. Kosel is an Edgeley, N.D., native, who graduated from Valley City State University in 2013. "He's just got great energy, excitement for the game and working with kids," South athletic director Mike Beaton said. "That's something that drew us toward him, that understanding of how to motivate players to not only be the best football players, but people they can be."
FARGO—Before he was Buckets Blakes for the Harlem Globetrotters he was Anthony Blakes, a 5-year-old in Phoenix, Ariz., begging his parents to buy him a Nerf basketball hoop for the door in his bedroom. His parents didn't move quick enough, so Blakes cut a hole in one of his dad's hats, turned it upside down, slid it into the door and shot tennis balls into it. It was at that age that Blakes told himself he was going to be a professional athlete.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Coach: Mike Anderson (37th season) Last season: Second in conference, subsection champions, section champions Who's gone: Todd Scheuring and Brian Watt. Key returners: Spencer Ewen (state qualifier in 100-meter), Sr.; Dan Wilson (state qualifier in 1,600, 3,200 relay), Jr.; Bailey Crook (state qualifier in the 3,200, 3,200 relay), Sr.; Ethan Edeen (state qualifier in the high jump, triple jump), Sr.; Ben Beyer, Sr.; Ryan Poehls, Sr.; Jake Rames, Sr.; Garrett Scheel, Sr.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Coach: Pat Rieder (11th season) Last season: Second place in section Who's gone: Frannie Mercil, Abbey Gulseth and Destiny Myer. Key returners: Katherine Finseth, So., triple jump and sprint relays; Grace Steichen, Jr., discus; Aleeya Verdi, Jr., sprint relays; Jena Jacobson, Sr. sprint relays.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Coach: Tyler and Ron Drechsel (11th season) Last season: 23-5, conference champions, section champions, sixth place in Class 2A Who's gone: Alyson Brenna, Cierra Brenna and Erika Pake. Key returners: Lexie Stebleton, Sr., C; Jasmine Hanson, Sr., P; Megan Meyers, Sr., IF; Mattie Fischer, Sr., CF; Kylie Ritter, Sr., OF; Maria Pake, Jr., 2B; Natalie Steichen, Jr., OF/P; Kiarra Summers, So., OF/P; Morgan Tollefson, So., 3B; Katlyn Brenna, So., 1B/C.