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MOORHEAD—Former Moorhead standout Matt Cullen, who is fresh off a Stanley Cup championship with the Pittsburgh Penguins, is bringing the Stanley Cup to Moorhead. Cullen's day with the Stanley Cup is July 30. Cullen said the only for sure plan he has is bringing the Stanley Cup to the Moorhead Youth Hockey Arena for the kids to see.
There was golf history and firsts for local teams this high school season. Here's a look at the top area moments from the 2015-16 high school sports season in Minnesota in no particular order. 1. Kate Smith, Detroit Lakes and Blake Kahlbaugh win state golf titles
MOORHEAD—Only 82 players have played an NHL game at the age of 40 and older. Former Moorhead standout Matt Cullen wants to be added to that list, as he says he's putting off retirement and wants to return for his 19th NHL season. "I did tell (Pittsburgh Penguins general manager) Jim Rutherford that I'd like to play another season, so he and my agent will be talking today," Cullen said Tuesday, June 28.
FARGO—The Bert Blylevens of the world better prepare themselves. Pitch counts are coming to high school baseball, regardless of how much they moan and groan about those nerds that look at numbers and science. "It's happening," Minnesota State High School League associate director Kevin Merkle said. "Vermont and Colorado already have one and Alabama has something in place for next season."
FARGO—Detroit Lakes senior golfer Kate Smith said no video or picture did her final high school shot justice. Her 6-foot putt stopped dead right at the lip of her final hole at the Minnesota Class 2A state golf meet Wednesday, June 15. It was over. Four straight state titles had come to an end. She was going to miss out on being the first golfer in the history of Minnesota to win five state titles by a stroke.
BECKER, Minn.—Mahnomen-Waubun has its first state golf champion, as Blake Kahlbaugh won the Minnesota Class 1A state golf meet Wednesday, June 15, at Pebble Creek Golf Club. He shot a 68 on Day 1 and a 70 on Day 2 for the crown, topping Mounds Park Academy's Dylan Merchant and MACCRAY's Brady Madsen by 11 strokes. Kahlbaugh tied for fourth two seasons ago and tied for seventh last season before ending his senior year as a champion. Class 3A
MOORHEAD -- A caller on The Dan Hammer Show on KFGO radio on Tuesday, June 15, asked former Moorhead standout and current Pittsburgh Penguins center Matt Cullen if he'd ever...
BECKER, Minn.—After one day of golf in the Class 1A girls state golf meet, Moorhead Park Christian is in fourth place with a score of 373, 25 strokes behind leader Fillmore Central. Emily Doeden led the way Tuesday, June 14, for the Falcons with an 84, which was good enough for eighth place overall at Pebble Creek Golf Club. Class 1A, 2A and 3A boys golf was all suspended because of weather. The final day of golf for all classes is Wednesday, June 15. Class 1A
FARGO — There was beer and champagne flying in the Pittsburgh Penguins locker room, the holiest of holy trophies in sports—the Stanley Cup—being passed around, and a championship to be celebrated. For the Cullen family, however, Sunday, June 12, was not about a trophy or a championship or the party afterward, though Terry Cullen couldn't help but laugh talking about drinking out of the Stanley Cup poured into his mouth by Sidney Crosby.
ST. PAUL—Moorhead seniors Kyle Johnson and Connor Salisbury took second and third, respectively, in the pole vault at the Class 2A state track and field meet Friday, June 10, at Hamline University. Johnson was able to clear 14 feet, 9 inches, but couldn't clear 15 feet, while Salisbury cleared 14 feet, 6 inches. Mounds View's Calvin Ciganik cleared 15 feet for the state title. Last season, Johnson finished third at state and Salisbury finished tied for sixth. Class 2A Boys