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—Byron Pool did not expect to be in Fargo for seven years. He was 34 years old in 2010 and had just coached the Bismarck Bobcats to a National Junior A Tier 2 title in his second season in the North American Hockey League. He figured he'd be with Fargo Force in the United States Hockey League for a couple years.
FARGO—North Dakota State softball coach Darren Mueller took his dog for a walk Saturday morning, picking up some rocks along the way. He had preached to his team that there are three kinds of people: jellybeans, marshmallows and rocks. Marshmallows melt when put over a flame. Jelly beans get soft on the inside, but appear solid on the outside, whereas rocks can take any type of heat.
FARGO—Western Illinois pitcher Emily Ira was in a groove against North Dakota State at Ellig Sports Complex on Friday, May 12. It didn't have the feel of the dominating 13-strikeout performance the day before against the Bison, which forced NDSU into the elimination side of the Summit League tournament, but she was rolling.
FARGO—Three-time reigning Summit League softball tournament champion North Dakota State eyed elimination on Thursday, May 11. The No. 2 seed Bison didn't blink, rolling the University of South Dakota 14-3 in five innings, after falling to Western Illinois 4-3 in the conference tournament at Ellig Sports Complex. For a Bison lineup that featured six underclassmen, the elimination game was just more experience to add to a young team.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—Hillsboro-Central Valley will have sanctioned boys hockey in the 2017-18 school year, but the move is more for scheduling purposes than to play high school hockey in North Dakota. "Basically, all the schools have had a couple of kids playing on the Junior Gold team, and by not joining the co-op our kids wouldn't have had a place to play," Hillsboro-Central Valley athletic director Dave Nelson said. "It's allowing our two kids from Hillsboro and a couple kids from Central Valley to go over there and play. Nothing really changes, but who they get to play."
MOORHEAD -- On March 29, Moorhead senior defenseman Kara Werth had spent her day hearing rumors the University of North Dakota, the place she had chosen to live her dream of playing Division I hockey, was eliminating the women’s hockey program. She had picked UND over Dartmouth and Brown. She never found out if St. Cloud State was going to give her an offer because UND’s offer had a deadline.
After yesterday's United States Hockey League Phase II draft, seven Moorhead Spuds from the 2016-17 team, which went to the Class 2A state title game, have now been drafted in the USHL. Here's a look at the seven: Carter Randklev - Fargo Force - 2015 USHL Phase I draft
WEST FARGO—West Fargo Sheyenne has named David Benson head boys hockey coach, school activities director Ross Richards announced Thursday, April 27. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," Benson said. "Not many people can say they started a brand new program." Benson will be the first head coach in program history. He was the head coach at Fargo South from 2008-11, and has been on the Fargo Davies boys hockey coaching staff since 2015.
HALSTAD, Minn.—There is a chance Norman County West High School of Halstad, Minn., will be without girls basketball, boys basketball, football or volleyball next season, as the athletic department awaits a decision on what will become of the district. "Our school board is in the middle of deciding on what they will be doing in a long-term direction," NCW athletic director Nate Albrecht said. "There's some questions in the community about how long we will be a school district or if we should move toward consolidation of school districts with Ada-Borup."
MOORHEAD -- Skip Toops announced he will be leaving as Moorhead wrestling coach to be a physical education teacher and head wrestling coach at Pierz, Minn.