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—Moorhead freshman Caden Triggs was handed an impossible task when senior goalie Carson Kosobud broke three toes in the third match of the season. Triggs was asked to step in as the starting goalie for the boys soccer team as a freshman. "There was a lot of pressure, but the defense take it off me," Triggs said. "They've made some good stops, too."
FARGO—There was no holding back the smile of West Fargo sophomore forward Telvin Vah when asked about playing Fargo Shanley for the North Dakota boys soccer state championship. He wanted Shanley. "I wanted them," said Vah. "I wanted a rematch." Vah and the Packers got Shanley, after a 3-1 win over Bismarck Century in the state semifinals Friday, Oct. 14, at Sid Cichy Stadium. West Fargo moved to 16-3-1 on the season with two of those losses coming against Shanley.
Q: If you could have one superpower what would it be? A: Invisibility. I'd like to sneak around places where people don't know where I am. Q: What is the most embarrassing song on your phone or iPod? A: Anything by Justin Bieber. I got probably five of those. Q: What's the funniest trash talk you've ever received? A: Not a lot of people trash talk me. Anything to do with my mom I guess. Q: Who has the best hair on the team? A: Martin John (MJ Stumpf). Q: Who is the best dancer on the team? A: Tre Dempsey.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead boys soccer team wants a shot at top-seeded St. Cloud Tech in the Class 2A, Section 8 championship. The Tigers ended the last two seasons for the Spuds. "We've want them really bad," Moorhead senior Noah Yak said. "Ever since last year, it's what we've been thinking about all the time, just beating them."
MOORHEAD—It's been a busy nine months for former Moorhead High School hockey player Alex Mehnert. In January, he committed to play hockey for Air Force Academy. In May, he won a title with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the North American Hockey League. And Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15, Mehnert will be at Scheels Arena to take on the Fargo Force, as a defenseman for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League.
West Fargo's Dufner has eyes on state When West Fargo's Jennifer Dufner was in seventh grade, cross country coach Brad Amundson had to convince her to join the team. Now, the senior captain is deciding between the University of Nebraska and North Dakota State University as to where she'll run in college. But first things first for Dufner. She's coming off a third-place finish at the Eastern Dakota Conference championships on Saturday, Oct. 8, with a run of 18 minutes, 35.5 seconds.
Wheaton football fitting perfectly in new system Wheaton-Herman-Norcross football coach James Paul has his emotional leader in senior linebacker and fullback Zack Deal who yells and hits his chest on big plays and rallies the Warriors together. Senior wide receiver and linebacker Max Donnelly is the "get-after-them" leader. Donnelly keeps the Warriors focused and motivates them when mistakes happen. Senior offensive lineman Isaac Wilson has taken over the leadership role of the line. Then there's senior quarterback Jacob Hasbargen.
Q: If you could have one superpower what would it be? A: Probably be able to be invisible, so I could just do whatever I wanted to do, whenever I wanted to do it. Q: What is the most embarrassing song on your phone or iPod? A: Katy Perry "Firework." Q: What's the funniest trash talk you've ever received? A: I tripped and fell and guy told me my shoes were untied. They weren't untied at all. Q: Who has the best hair on the team? A: Probably Khayvon Hawkins. Q: Who is the best dancer on the team?
Barnesville at Hawley 7 p.m., Friday, at Dale Skallerud Athletic Complex Last season was the first time Hawley finished with a record below .500 since Peder Naatz took over as coach in 2000. It was an eye opener for many in Hawley.
Fergus Falls' Johnson makes history After getting one kick blocked and seeing another go wide earlier in the season, Fergus Falls senior Sherry Johnson finally saw her kick go through the uprights against Roseau on Friday, Sept. 30. She was the first girl to ever score a point for the Fergus Falls football team. That wasn't the best part of Friday for Johnson. The three extra points she made that followed weren't either. The best part for Johnson was the little girls coming up to her after the game in awe.