Chris Murphy is the Minnesota preps and Fargo Force beat reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota since 2009 and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so. If reading him in the paper and online isn't enough, you can read more of him at the Forum Preps Blog: http://forumpreps.areavoices.com/
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FARGO—Scheels Arena president Jon Kram says some will call the 35,000 square-foot addition to Scheels Arena "eight years in the making." When Ace Brandt put his shovel to the ground of his land at 51st Street and 32nd Avenue in south Fargo on June 27, 2007, he said "It's really for the youth." The original $34 million plan called for what is now Scheels Arena for the United State Hockey League's Fargo Force and four additional sheets of ice for youth hockey. It may not be four sheets of ice, but there is now an additional sheet of ice off of Scheels Arena.
MOORHEAD—Former Moorhead Spud hockey standout Aaron Herdt announced Sunday, May 15, he had committed to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks to continue his hockey career. Herdt just finished his best hockey season, since graduating from Moorhead in 2014. After struggling through parts of two seasons in the United States Hockey League and playing just 17 games with the Bismarck Bobcats in the North American Hockey League last season, Herdt had 52 points in 57 games with Bismarck and nine points in 11 playoff games in the NAHL this season.
FARGO—As opposed to the University of North Dakota and St. Cloud State, the athletic departments for Valley City State and Mayville State don't really have room to cut full programs because it takes up such a chunk of enrollment. State agencies that were forced to cut 4 percent from their budgets in February are being told by Gov. Jack Dalrymple to take off another 6 percent for the next biennium.
FARGO—Here's a look at where former North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz's rookie contract stands among the rookie earnings for some NFL quarterbacks. Wentz signed a four-year deal for $26 million with the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday, May 12. Tom Brady earned $231,500 in his rookie season in 2000 with the New England Patriots. Click here to see more comparisons.
WEST FARGO—As racing approaches Red River Valley Speedway for the first time since 2012 Friday, May 13, Nick Skalicky and Jake Bitker aren't thinking of their three-year contract with the Red River Valley Fairgrounds. "We're trying to make this survive," said Skalicky, who will serve as chief operations officer and competition director. "We're looking six years out," said Bitker, who will operate the track along with his wife. "We don't look at things for short term."
FARGO—Former Fargo Force defenseman Jere Astren has committed to Clarkson University for the upcoming fall hockey season. Astre began the 2015-16 United States Hockey League season with the Chicago Steel, scoring one goal and adding two assists in 25 games. He was traded to the Force in the middle of the season, scoring six goals and four assists in 34 games with Fargo. He recently decommitted from the University of Wisconsin.
FARGO—The United States Hockey League announced Wednesday, May 11, Fargo Force forward Denis Smirnov was named to the all-USHL second team. Smirnov led the Force in scoring in the 2015-16 season, finishing fifth in the USHL. In 60 games with the Force, Smirnov had 29 goals and 32 assists. He also became the fifth player in Tier-1 history to have three consecutive 40-point seasons and tied the USHL record for most goals scored in a game with four.
FARGO—The last time former Moorhead hockey standout Matt Cullen was in an NHL conference final he was with the Carolina Hurricanes, getting swept by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 2009. Now, the 1995 Moorhead grad finds himself one game away from getting back to the conference finals as a center with the Penguins. Cullen and the Penguins will host the Washington Capitals at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, on NBCS with a 3-2 series lead.
FARGO—Former Fargo Force forward Hugo Reinhardt committed to American International College for the fall of 2016. Reinhardt was a United States Hockey League rookie in the 2015-16 season. He played in 48 games with the Force, scoring six goals and notching seven assists. He'll join former Force defenseman Dominic Racobaldo on AIC next season.
GLYNDON, Minn. - Kevin Nathe is the one who named it Buffalo River Race Park. It's where he raced for the first time in 1994 when he was a sophomore...