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—Former North Dakota State All-American and NFL linebacker Joe Mays looked around at the tailgating scene Saturday, Oct. 1, in the Fargodome parking lot and couldn't contain his smile. It had been nearly seven years to the day, since the last time Mays had set foot in Fargo. "Football has usually been taking my attention," said Mays, who played for six NFL teams from 2008-2015. "It's hard for me to draw some days, as far as bye weeks, so it was tough to get back. I just haven't been able to make it back, unfortunately."
FARGO—The Fargo Force traded Robbie Beydoun in late July. Beydoun returned to Scheels Arena with the Waterloo Black Hawks and shut the Force out 2-0 in their home opener Friday, Sept. 30. "Obviously, it's in the back of your mind," Force center Blake Lizotte said in regards to playing his former teammate. "You obviously wish him the best except against us."
Q: If you could have one superpower what would it be? A: To fly because I think that'd be awesome. Q: What is the most embarrassing song on your phone or iPod? A: "Firework" by Katy Perry. Q: What's the funniest trash talk you've ever received? A: I've been told I have a bucket head. Q: Who has the best hair on the team? A: Jeff Illies. Q: Who is the best dancer on the team? A: Tre Dempsey. Q: Where do you see yourself in five years? A: On the beach somewhere relaxing.
FARGO—Matt Murray has been a goalie since he first started skating in his hometown of St. Albert, Alberta. He wanted the position because he wanted to be unique. Murray is no stereotypical jock. He looks at the goaltending position through a scientific and mathematical way of thinking.
ROTHSAY, Minn.—Rothsay junior running back Wyatt Curtis admires his dad. "He coached me when I was younger," Curtis said. "He pushed me a lot. I go to a lot of camps in the summer, and they pay for those and they're pretty expensive. I went to like three or four this year. He always tells me, even if I have a bad game, 'Good job and just keep working at it.'"
Moorhead boys soccer rolling It was just the third game of the boys soccer season when Moorhead senior goalie Carson Kosobud's foot got stepped on and he broke three toes. The Spuds turned to freshman Caden Triggs. He was told he had a good defense in front of him and the Spuds were going to score goals. He just needed to make a couple saves here and there. "He's done more than that," Moorhead coach Lance Hansen said. "He's been really, really big. He's made some big saves for us. All the varsity players have full confidence in him behind them."
Davies' Davison embracing the No. 1 role Fargo Davies girls golf coach Heather Yarber has been coaching junior Anna Davison for five years. She knew when Davison was a freshman there was something special to her. "She really just came around and had a calmness to her on the course," Yarber said. "There was less getting upset and less struggling. She seemed to know the right quality of shots. It was when she was a freshman when she worked a lot outside of the game."
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton at Barnesville 7 p.m., Friday, at Barnesville High School Barnesville coach Bryan Strand is preparing for a battle with Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Friday. Actually, more than a battle. "What are we preparing for? World War III," Strand said. The game will be between two undefeated teams as both the Trojans and Rebels take 4-0 records into the matchup. Barnesville also takes a home winning streak into the game. The Trojans have won 34 straight regular-season games in Barnesville. They are 48-1 at home since 2007.
ELLENDALE, N.D.—Kristi Gilbert is a mother and an EMT, and on June 21, both roles collided while she was on the job. The ambulance she was riding in was on its way to a rollover crash she knew involved her son. As an EMT, she was thinking about trying to save a life. As a mother, she was thinking the day might end with her planning her son's funeral.
HAWLEY, Minn.—In the battle for Highway 10, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton had some trucks to run behind on its offensive line. Those trucks were Andy Oberg, Jacob Arends, Anthony Savageau, Hunter Macziewski and Johnathan Heiberg, and they probably could have cleared traffic for the Rebels' ride home after Friday's 20-12 win over Hawley in Minnesota high school football. "We asked them to keep pushing, and we challenged them," D-G-F running back Ryan Poehls said. "They pushed, we kept going, and we won the game. Highway 10 is ours."