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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MOORHEAD—While the rest of Class 2A, Section 8 boys hockey decided to make things interesting, top-seeded Moorhead made things easier on itself. The Spuds used a big second period to roll Rogers 6-0 at the Moorhead Sports Complex in the section quarterfinals Tuesday, Feb. 21. All the top seeds won in the section, as Brainerd, Roseau and St. Michael-Albertville advanced. Brainerd and Roseau needed overtime, and St. Michael-Albertville needed a goal in the final minute to move to the next round.
FARGO—Scheels Arena will be hosting the North Dakota boys and girls state hockey tournaments this week, after hosting the tournaments for the first time in 2015. It marked the first time since 1971 Fargo hosted the tournaments.
MOORHEAD—There were many screams from Moorhead boys hockey players during the walk through the hallway to the locker room at the Moorhead Sports Center on Saturday, Feb. 15. There's slowly becoming a feeling of invincibility among the Spuds. A 4-3 overtime win over No. 10 Hill-Murray on Saturday only strengthened that feeling. One yell rang through the hallway. "We don't know how to lose anymore," a player screamed.
FARGO—Bismarck High sophomore wrestler Laken Boese admitted he was doing the math. He knew the North Dakota Class A dual championship was going to come down to him. "I try and keep that out of my head because that makes it more nervous," Boese said. "I just try to keep it out and try to do what I can." That math added up and the championship came down to Boese. He could not lose if Bismarck wanted to win its third straight title. The Demons had two-point lead on Bismarck Century with top-ranked Boese left at 106 pounds.
FARGO -- For a second it looked like there would be a new North Dakota dual wrestling champion in Class A, but Bismarck High 106-pounder Laken Boese ended any of those talks. Boese’s pin in the final match turned a 26-22 Minot lead into a 28-26 Bismarck win. The Demons will defend their title at 7 p.m. against Bismarck Century.
Kyle Rothschadl Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton basketball D-G-F senior guard Kyle Rothschadl picked up the 1,000th point of his career on Feb. 9 against Barnesville. He's averaging 16.8 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 1.3 steals a game this season for the Rebels. "Kyle is a tremendous player, who can not only score at a high rate, but also make many jaw-dropping assists," D-G-F coach Mike Clark said. "He has been a tremendous asset to our program the last four years." Brooke Tonsfeldt Moorhead basketball
Kindred takes perfect record into postseason Only two girls basketball teams in the state of North Dakota are undefeated this season. North Star-Starkweather is 21-0 and Kindred is 20-0. That's not changing the way the Vikings are thinking.
Hillsboro, N.D. The carpet of the home of the Hastings family has been through a lot thanks to Hillsboro-Central Valley (N.D.) senior wrestler Luke Hastings and his younger brother Mark. The two wrestled each other so much at a young age they had to buy a wrestling mat for the basement because the carpet kept getting ripped up. "We were always getting after each other," Luke said.
Moorhead's Schultz entering hall of fame He's been the man on the bench with the hat for more than a decade, but Moorhead assistant girls hockey coach John Schultz is more than just a guy with a hat that looks like it came from Indiana Jones' closet. "He's a teacher at heart and he just loves being around the kids," said Moorhead girls head coach Emily Sell. "He has worn that hat for as long as I've known him. That's his staple. I think it's pretty awesome. I wish I could pull it off."
FARGO—Lake Park-Audubon wasn't ready for senior Jace Pulst in Saturday's high school boys basketball matchup with Fargo Oak Grove at the Fargo Civic Center. Honestly, considering he himself isn't sure of what his role will be each game, Pulst wasn't even ready for Pulst on Saturday. "It's really just roleplaying," Pulst said. "You just have to know your position and know what you have to do for your team. It's different for me every game. It just depends on the night."