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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PERHAM, Minn.—If there's anyone who understands the coaching carousel for the University of Minnesota football program in recent years, it's Perham graduate and Minnesota long snapper Payton Jordahl. Jordahl just wrapped up his third season with the Gophers, and newly hired P.J. Fleck will be Jordahl's third head coach to begin his junior season.
FARGO—Sioux City has Fargo's number in the early going of the United States Hockey League season. A 3-1 win at Scheels Arena on Friday, Jan. 6, pushed Sioux City to 4-1 against the Force, outscoring them 18-8 in the five games. Then again, considering the Musketeers are the best team in the Western Conference, the Force aren't alone in feeling their pain.
MOORHEAD—Scoring a goal as a Moorhead varsity hockey player is something sophomore defenseman Ethan Frisch has wanted to do since he first had a hockey stick in his hand at the age of 3. "Scoring a goal on varsity, being on the varsity team is just everyone's goal in Moorhead," Frisch said. "That's just what we want to do. We want to be at the best level in Moorhead and represent our city and school the best we can." The goal came for Frisch Thursday, Jan. 5, at Moorhead Sports Center in a 6-2 win over Thief River Falls for the No. 18-ranked Spuds.
Ada-Borup winning with 'interesting mix' There isn't really an identity to the Ada-Borup boys basketball team just yet. They are getting contributions from all different ages, shapes and sizes. They are also getting mistakes from everyone. They've had flashes of brilliance mixed with shocking stumbles. Regardless of how the Cougars have done it, they are 6-1.
Natalie Steichen Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton basketball Natalie Steichen used a 29-point performance against Moorhead Park Christian to pass 1,000 points for her career as a Rebel. The junior point guard is committed to Minnesota State Moorhead after her high school career.
Senior leadership pushing Oak Grove Fargo Oak Grove girls basketball coach Mike Forsberg knew his team was going to struggle rebounding this season. The Grovers simply don't have the height, with no starter taller than 5-foot-9. What Forsberg knew he had was senior leadership.
FARGO—The longest active winning streak in North Dakota high school sports is no more, as Fargo Davies knocked off Fargo Shanley 45-41 Tuesday, Jan. 3. When Grace Geffre buried a 3-pointer with 3 minutes, 17 seconds left to give Davies its first lead, Eagles coach Tim Jacobson looked at assistant coach Terry Porter and said, "My gosh, this is an ugly game and we're ahead."
FARGO—Moorhead senior wrestler Sam Grove didn't blink when asked what statement his 11-1 win over No. 3-ranked Tyler Hugg on Friday, Dec. 30, sent to the rest of Minnesota. "I'm going to win state," Grove said. "That's it. I'm going to win it this year."
Moorhead Todd and Jackie Beedy had to wait a week for the results of blood tests to tell them their first-born son, Sam, had Down syndrome. During the wait, they read as much material as they could. They also did what all good parents do. They worried. "You think about all the things they're not going to be able to do and how they're going to be different because you don't know any better," Jackie said.
Kindred, N.D. Kindred boys basketball coach Brad Woehl, his wife, Becki, and Becki's 17-year-old twins, Brenden and Brittany, will be celebrating Christmas in a hotel room in Minneapolis this year. Woehl's 13-year-old son, Brock, is fighting pain at Rochester's Mayo Clinic that has prevented him from doing the things he loves for more than a year. Becki usually hosts Christmas at her home in Kindred with her entire family. There will be no white elephant gift exchange or games or hor d'oeuvres like there has been every year at her home.