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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FARGO—To outsiders, it's a green coach bus decked out in a logo they most likely haven't heard of. For someone like 21-year-old West Fargo High School graduate Zuheer Al Abase, the bus for the Dakota Fusion Futbol Club is a place the world is discussed. Multiple languages are spoken on that bus with players from Africa, Poland and Serbia, teaching Fusion coach Jim Robbins different phrases. Politics, careers and family are discussed, along with dreams for the future and thoughts on the present.
BRECKENRIDGE, Minn.—Carson Yaggie left the final conversation with his friend and teammate, Carter Casey, smiling. That wasn't the plan. Yaggie had visited Casey hoping to put a smile on Casey's face, seeing as the 17-year-old from Breckenridge, Minn., was struggling with a rare and aggressive form of muscle cancer. That's not how things worked with Casey.
Moorhead A little after 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 12, Moorhead Youth Hockey Arena manager Dennis Bushy wanted to go home. He had gotten to the rink at 5:30 a.m., as he does every morning. Between scheduling ice time, maintaining the ice, cleaning each of the locker rooms and the weight room, running 10 miles, handling upkeep on the Zamboni, to name a few tasks, the 69-year-old was exhausted. He knew he was going to have a late night the next day because every Thursday after work he makes steaks and burgers for the homeless at the VFW.
FARGO—Even surrounded by all-stars Tylee Irwin stood out. The South Dakota State commit led Class A girls to a 67-64 win and a sweep over Class B in the Lions All-Star basketball series at the Fargo Civic Center on Tuesday, July 11. Irwin finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds, showing why she was North Dakota's Miss Basketball. Class A topped Class B 77-74 to make it back-to-back sweeps of Class B. The game plan for Class A was to have the ball in Irwin's hands at crunch time.
FARGO - Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz had a quick response when asked why he brought wide receivers from the Eagles to Fargo to train. “This is home,” said Wentz, the former North Dakota State star quarterback. For the second straight day, Wentz and Eagles wide receivers were running drills at the NDSU practice field Tuesday, July 11, for about two hours. On Monday, the receivers were out on jet skis on Pelican Lake near Pelican Rapids, Minn.
MOORHEAD—Former Moorhead hockey standout and Stanley Cup champion Matt Cullen still isn't sure if he'll play another NHL season, but he is sure he's bringing the Stanley Cup to Moorhead when he gets his day with it on Aug. 31. "We're bringing it home," Cullen said. "I will be making it available to the public at some point. I just don't know how I'm going to do it or where or when. I have to follow up with the Cup guys and see exactly what the schedule is, see the exact details of when they're coming in and when they're leaving, so I can make the plans."
WEST FARGO—Grant Boser smiled and shrugged his shoulders when asked a question unfair for a 15-year-old to fathom. Two months ago, the Boser family decided the pursuit of walking for Grant, who was born with spina bifida, was no longer worth the surgeries and infection that could follow. He's had 36 surgeries so far in life, 10 in 2016 alone. So what was it like having to decide to give up on walking? "It's faster for me to get around in my chair," Boser said.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—The Moorhead boys hockey team will be playing an outdoor game on Jan. 20, 2018, as part of the 12th annual Hockey Day Minnesota. The game will be against Centennial at Lake George in downtown St. Cloud, Minn., and televised on Fox Sports North.
HENNING, Minn. -- Last summer, current Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger was in a grocery story in Henning, Minn. Joerger, who grew up in Staples, Minn., and played basketball at Concordia and Minnesota State Moorhead, was visiting his dad, who lives in Henning.
FARGO—Seven innings was not enough in either American Legion baseball games Tuesday, June 27, as West Fargo and Post 2 took both games of a doubleheader into extra frames at Young Field. Both teams won a thriller and lost a heartbreaker, as West Fargo took Game 1 with a 4-3 walk-off win and Post 2 won Game 2's pitching duel. Errors were massive in Game 1, as two in the bottom of the 10th helped West Fargo (12-6) push across two runs for the win.