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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WEST FARGO—Grant Boser smiled and shrugged his shoulders when asked a question unfair for a 15-year-old to fathom. Two months ago, the Boser family decided the pursuit of walking for Grant, who was born with spina bifida, was no longer worth the surgeries and infection that could follow. He's had 36 surgeries so far in life, 10 in 2016 alone. So what was it like having to decide to give up on walking? "It's faster for me to get around in my chair," Boser said.
ST. CLOUD, Minn.—The Moorhead boys hockey team will be playing an outdoor game on Jan. 20, 2018, as part of the 12th annual Hockey Day Minnesota. The game will be against Centennial at Lake George in downtown St. Cloud, Minn., and televised on Fox Sports North.
HENNING, Minn. -- Last summer, current Sacramento Kings coach Dave Joerger was in a grocery story in Henning, Minn. Joerger, who grew up in Staples, Minn., and played basketball at Concordia and Minnesota State Moorhead, was visiting his dad, who lives in Henning.
FARGO—Seven innings was not enough in either American Legion baseball games Tuesday, June 27, as West Fargo and Post 2 took both games of a doubleheader into extra frames at Young Field. Both teams won a thriller and lost a heartbreaker, as West Fargo took Game 1 with a 4-3 walk-off win and Post 2 won Game 2's pitching duel. Errors were massive in Game 1, as two in the bottom of the 10th helped West Fargo (12-6) push across two runs for the win.
Fargo On Sunday, June 25, at the Delta Hotel by Marriot in Fargo, sports memorabilia will be auctioned off as part of the festivities for the 34th annual Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament. For two days, there will be golf and an auction to help raise money for Fargo Shanley High School, Hospice of the Red River Valley and the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center.
MOOREAD—The zeros on the scoreboard at Matson Field on Tuesday, June 20, meant two important things for Fargo Post 2 coach Luke Rustad: Pitcher Luke DeVries was good, and Post 2 didn't have an error on defense. "I don't know when was the last time we threw up a zero-error game. For us, that's what I expect from this team," Rustad said. "We need (DeVries) to be at a high level if we're going to make a push in the postseason. To see Luke DeVries pitch like that is really good for us."
FARGO—Like the many children who will one day enter, Matt and Bridget Cullen walked in Cully's Kids Cabin at the new Sanford Children's Hospital on Monday, June 19, with wide eyes. Bridget's immediately filled with tears. "Can you believe it?" the former Moorhead hockey standout and Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins center said, while holding his wife's hand.
Moorhead's Grove wins wrestling title Sam Grove cemented himself as the best wrestler in Moorhead history with a Class 3A title at 195 pounds. It came in an odd fashion, as Grove won via forfeit. St. Cloud Tech's Tyler Hugg was unable to wrestle in the title match because he was concussed in the semifinals by an illegal move that gave him the victory. Grove finished his high school wrestling career as the Moorhead record holder in wins and pins, qualifying for state four times, finishing fourth, second and first. He heads to South Dakota State to wrestle.
MAHNOMEN, Minn.—One of the winningest football programs in Minnesota high school football will be co-oping with one of the more recent successful football programs, as Mahnomen and Waubun will co-op in all sports for the 2018-19 school year. The programs will co-op in boys and girls basketball for the 2017-18 school year.
MOORHEAD—In November, Pittsburgh Penguins center and former Moorhead hockey standout Matt Cullen was standing with teammates Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin looking at a miniature Stanley Cup. The NHL gives one out to each player who wins a title the previous season. Since the age of 2, in the living room of his home, Cullen has been a hockey player. For more than a decade, the 40-year-old has also been a father to 10-year-old Brooks, 8-year-old Wyatt and 6-year-old Joey. In that moment he was both.