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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NEW YORK MILLS, Minn.—Last season, the routine of New York Mills softball team at the Minnesota Class 1A state tournament was a bit altered, as games ran late. It was the fourth straight trip to state for the Eagles, but they had only escaping their opening game with a victory once. Generally, the Eagles like to get to games an hour early to prepare. The extra time left the Eagles plenty of time to think and they ended up losing in the quarterfinals, their first and only loss of the season.
Glyndon, Minn. There's seemingly not many similarities between Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton senior softball players Lexie Stebleton and Jasmine Hanson. Stebleton stands at 5-foot-9 with big, brown eyes that match her hair, while Hanson is 5-2 with blonde hair and crystal blue eyes. Stebleton is from Dilworth, and Hanson is from Glyndon. Stebleton is a talker, while Hanson is a bit on the quiet side.
FARGO—For the second time in four years the Fargo Davies girls soccer team is at the top of the state. The Eagles topped Fargo Shanley 1-0 on Saturday, June 3, for the North Dakota state championship. "The improvement that they made from the beginning of the year to now is so huge that it's kind of surreal right now," Davies coach Nick Christianson said. "We talked about it all season, continue to progress, progress, progress through each game and learn from our mistakes. We definitely did that the second half of the season, not giving up very many goals."
FARGO—After a 2-0 win over Fargo North in the state semifinals Friday, June 2, at Sid Cichy Stadium, all eyes went to Fargo Shanley for Fargo Davies. The Deacons are all that stand in the way of the Eagles getting their first state title since 2014. It's a Shanley team that has beaten them twice this season.
FARGO—In the early minutes of the second half of Friday's state semifinal girls soccer match, Fargo Shanley goalkeeper Megan Miranda was staring down one of the best athletes in the state in Bismarck St. Mary's junior Britta Curl. Shanley held a two-goal lead at Sid Cichy Stadium and Curl was eyeing to cut that in half via a penalty kick. Miranda had other plans, diving right and getting two hands on Curl's attempt to help lead Shanley to a 2-1 lead and one win away from a state title.
FARGO—Fargo North goalkeeper Alexis Murphy-Jemtrud just started playing soccer three months ago. On Thursday, the 5-foot-10 junior was asked to keep the season alive for the Spartans. She was called on to handle the shootout against defending state champion Bismarck Century in the state quarterfinals and she handled it. Murphy-Jemtrud bookmarked the shootout with saves to give North a 1-0 win.
FARGO—Lainey Sandberg had her eyes on the back of the net and a tie match with 4 minutes, 38 seconds remaining in the North Dakota girls soccer quarterfinals Thursday, June 1, at Sid Cichy Stadium. The only problem for her and Minot was standing in her way was Fargo Shanley senior goalkeeper Megan Miranda. And Miranda stood tall, diving left to knock away Sandberg's breakaway attempt, as the Deacons held on to win 2-1.
FARGO -- Bismarck St. Mary’s gave West Fargo Sheyenne’s girls soccer team a rude welcome to the Mustangs’ first state tournament appearance in program history. The Saints survived a late flurry to upset the top seed out of the east 3-2 in the state quarterfinals Thursday, June 1, at Sid Cichy Stadium.
KINDRED, N.D. – Kindred-Richland senior catcher Olivia Miller graduated from Kindred High School on Sunday, May 28. Her mother got her a card with a note inside that was difficult to read, scribbled with the pain that comes with liver and kidney failure. “I’m so proud of you. I love you more,” the note read. Stacey Miller wrote that message to her youngest child on April 11, from a hospital bed, four days before she died.
KINDRED, N.D.—Kindred-Richland senior pitcher Brandon Roesler has made it look easy on the mound this season, but there's been nothing simple about his journey to dominance. "It was a blessing and a curse you could say," Roesler said. "It taught me a lot in the process, even though it was difficult to go through."