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—Marquise Bridges was recruited out of DeLaSalle High School of Minneapolis in 2014 to be a wide receiver for North Dakota State. And for good reason. He had 66 catches for 1,317 yards and 21 touchdowns in his senior season with the Islanders. On Tuesday, in NDSU's 55-13 semifinal win over Sam Houston State, Bridges got the first and second interceptions of his collegiate career. Giving up the wide receiver role last season and moving to cornerback as a freshman was tough for Bridges, but he did it for a shot to play.
FARGO -- Fargo Shanley senior Jake Kava’s football career began throwing the football in the backyard with his dad. His dad had played collegiate football at Minnesota-Crookston. Kava will join in his father’s footsteps and play collegiate football, only he’s staying home. On Thursday, Kava announced he will play football at North Dakota State next season. Kava will be a preferred walk-on.
MOORHEAD -- Moorhead senior forward Carter Randklev got a University of North Dakota hockey jersey for his ninth birthday. It was around that time people were telling him he was too small to play hockey. The 5-foot-8, 150-pound Randklev committed to play hockey for UND on Wednesday. “UND has always been a part of my life,” Randklev said. “It was only a dream to go there until it became a reality.”
MOORHEAD—The hockey rivalry between Moorhead and Roseau has seemingly fizzled of late, as the No. 5-ranked Spuds shut out the Rams 4-0 on Tuesday at Moorhead Sports Center. The Spuds have held the Rams scoreless for 11 straight periods. Moorhead senior center Cole O'Connell and the eight stitches on the bridge of his nose he received Tuesday beg to differ.
MOORHEAD—Many players on the Moorhead boys hockey team have said they have dreamt of winning the program's first state hockey championship. If the dream becomes a reality this season, the Spuds won't need to be pinched. They'll have the reality show to prove it. Moorhead will be featured in a six-week, six-episode reality television series on Fox Sports North focusing on its current season. Presented by StateofHockey.com, "Dream. State." will begin in the middle of February and run through the middle of March.
GLYNDON, Minn.—Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's girls basketball team never stops running. There's a good chance the Rebels are running at this very moment. "If I say, 'Hey, girls. Come over here,' they're going to run to us," D-G-F coach Tom Critchley said. "It's just a mindset that we create when they're younger. They buy into it because they like to play that way, so it's kind of easy." It's not easy at all for opponents, as the No. 3-ranked Rebels press the entire game. That's exactly what they did on Thursday, forcing 29 Thief River Falls turnovers in a 71-58 win.
FARGO—The only time Hawley (Minn.) was above .500 in girls basketball last season was after the first game. Last season, it took the Nuggets seven games to get their third win. They followed their third victory by losing 11 of the next 12. On Tuesday, Dec. 5, the Nuggets moved to 3-0 this season with a 60-35 win over North Dakota Class B's No. 10-ranked Fargo Oak Grove. "We knew our time would come," Hawley 6-foot-3 sophomore Paige Thompson said of the last two seasons. "We kept working through the ups and downs. It's paying off."
FARGO—North Dakota State men's basketball team has won three straight games, after a 94-58 win over Stetson on Saturday at the Sanford Health Athletic Center. Tyson Ward has been a difference maker in all three. After scoring 15 points total in the first two games of the season, both losses for NDSU (3-2), Ward has scored 54 in his last three games. The sophomore had a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds against Missouri State, 17 points and seven rebounds against Florida A&M and scored a career-high 26 against Stetson (4-3).
FARGO—Sioux Falls and right winger Adam Dawe have struck the Force again. With less than six minutes remaining in regulation of Wednesday's United States Hockey League game, Dawe took a centering pass from behind the net from Nolan Walker in the slot and fired in the back of the net. The goal was his fifth in three games against the Force. It proved to be the winner in a 4-3 United State Hockey victory for Sioux Falls. The Force have lost five games in regulation all season, sitting atop the USHL standings. The Stampede are responsible for three of those losses.
Moorhead Most didn't look, but Moorhead forward Jack Stetz stood statuesque at the far blue line of Xcel Energy Center last March and stared. It was as if he was forcing himself to watch Grand Rapids celebrate a Minnesota Class 2A boys hockey title. "It should be us," Stetz said to himself. Defenseman Karson Kvalevog was on one knee, staring at the scoreboard, almost pleading for it to give the Spuds more time. It read 6-3, dropping Moorhead to 0-8 in state championship games. "Just looking up at the scoreboard, knowing we could've had it," Kvalevog said.