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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Steele Senske Moorhead Park Christian basketball Steele Senske had 29 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals against Ada-Borup and then exploded for 40 points against Richland.
Pifer ready to play wherever UND needs him For as long as Fargo South senior Jack Pifer can remember, he's been throwing a football. It began with his dad and carried throughout his career at South. Pifer was atop the Eastern Dakota Conference last season with 1,659 yards and 13 touchdowns passing. "My dad definitely got me into football," Pifer said. "He taught me everything I knew. I started with (Fargo-Moorhead) Athletics in fifth grade and went from there."
Raiders no longer sneaking up on anyone It's hard to sneak up on anyone when you have someone that is 6-foot-10-inches tall. But Lake Park-Audubon's boys basketball team was able to do that last season. After finishing below .500 the previous six seasons, the Raiders went 26-5 last season, capping a 22-game winning streak with its first section title. There will be no sneaking this season. "We've went from the hunter to the hunted," LP-A coach Kyle Haberman said.
FARGO—Fargo Davies senior Jake Paper enjoys getting offensive rebounds. That enjoyment comes at the angst of opponents. "When you get that offensive rebound and a putback it gets the crowd going, it gets the team going, and the two-point swing is a really good feeling," Paper said. He must've really enjoyed the final three minutes of Tuesday's matchup with Grand Forks Red River because the Eagles were all over the offensive glass in their 60-54 win over Red River.
MOORHEAD—In the offseason, Moorhead left winger Carter Randklev, center Cole O'Connell and right winger Jack Stetz worked out together nearly every day for three hours. It's paying off early on this season for the three juniors. Forwards have 56 points on the season for the No. 13-ranked Spuds. The top line of Randklev, O'Connell and Stetz have 41. The three had seven more points in the 3-1 win over Bloomington Jefferson at Moorhead Sports Center on Saturday, Dec. 17.
FARGO—Before the blade of a skate slashed through the right arm of Fargo Force's Jack Adams two weeks ago, the right winger was leading the United States Hockey League in points. Missing three games and getting 20 stitches didn't change that, as he returned to the ice Friday, Dec. 16, to lead the Force by Waterloo 4-1 at Scheels Arena. Adams didn't remember much from what happened when he was cut with a skate except the fact it hurt.
Potato-related penalty in Moorhead-Brainerd game There were spuds all over the ice on Tuesday in a boys hockey game between Brainerd and Moorhead, none of which are enrolled at Moorhead High School. When the lights came back on after Brainerd introductions, there were about 50 potatoes in front of the Moorhead bench.
Northern Cass boys have new expectations At Northern Cass High School, boys basketball coach Ryan Lyson likes to use history lessons for his basketball team. "Don't kid yourself. They remember," Lyson said. "Finding ways to motivate these kids and appreciate what this is all about is why we do this." Before last season, Northern Cass had not played in a region championship game since 2000. The Jaguars hadn't advanced to the Class B state tournament since the consolidation of Cass Valley North and Dakota that started in the 1997-98 school year.
Riley Schock Moorhead wrestling Moorhead sophomore Riley Schock picked up the 75th win of his career in impressive fashion. Schock—ranked No. 10 at 170 pounds in Class 3A—pinned Class 3A's No. 3-ranked wrestler at 182 pounds in Little Falls' A.J. Jenks.
Fargo In third grade, it hit Siman Sem that basketball was where he wanted to be. He didn't care if it was an organized game at the YMCA, shooting with his older brother, Waha, or with friends on the courts at Madison Park. Basketball was for him. "My first memory was in the third grade ... me and my friends would play basketball for hours and hours," Sem said. "It was the first sport I ever really played on a team, and I liked playing with the team. The aspect of having five people play together was really fun for me. That's why I really loved it."