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—The Fargo Force took Miami University commit Ryan Savage with the No. 7 overall pick in Phase 1 of the United States Hockey League draft Monday, May 2. Savage is a forward from Arizona. He played with EC Red Bull Salzburg U-18 during the 2015-16 season, scoring 22 goals and notching 15 assists in 16 games.
FARGO – Carson Musser walked up to his teacher's desk last May with the packet for his AP national calculus exam and put it on his desk. As if a calculus test for college credit wasn't hard enough, there was the added wrinkle of Musser waiting to be picked in the United States Hockey League draft, which was going on during his test.
An email regarding Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton senior Tyler Oberg came a few days ago saying: "You referenced in a story a few days ago that Tyler's teammates said he should hit the...
FARGO—The talk on NFL Network before and after former North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz was selected No. 2 in the NFL draft was Wentz would most likely have the better career, but California quarterback Jared Goff was ready to play in the NFL immediately. "We've talked about it ad nauseam," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said. "He fits what they do. They believe in him because he can play Day 1. Very quick release, gets the ball out of his hands. He has innate pocket awareness, which is so critical."
MOORHEAD – The idea of retirement has not crossed the mind of former Moorhead hockey standout and current NHL center Matt Cullen. The 39-year-old will be a free agent after this season, but his season is not over.
WEST FARGO—There was no room for error for West Fargo junior pitcher Morgan Kapaun. The bases were loaded in the top of the seventh inning at Young Field, and he was holding onto a two-run lead, pitching the deepest he's pitched in a game this season. He had Moorhead's No. 3 hitter Jayce Johnson to deal with. "I was getting tired in that last inning," Kapaun said. "I was really hoping I'd throw a strike at the end. I just reared back and just threw it and just was hoping I'd hit my spot."
The podcast Just Not Sports released a video Tuesday, April 26, in which men read tweets to sports reporters Sarah Spain and Julie DiCaro. What begins as seemingly borderline inappropriate...
GLYNDON, Minn. – Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton athletic trainer Shane Winkenwader stared at the notebook and read the words to the question. There was a little smirk, and he shrugged his shoulders.
FARGO—After Saturday's softball doubleheader with Western Illinois at Ellig Sports Complex, North Dakota State catcher Alyssa Reina had lost her voice. "I yell a lot," Reina said. Her bat did plenty of yelling Saturday, April 23, in the 7-1 win in Game 1 and the 10-2 win in six innings in Game 2 for the Bison. Reina had three hits in Game 1, including a homer, and a double and triple in Game 2. She finished the day without a voice and with five RBIs and two runs.
MOORHEAD—Former Duke and Minnesota Timberwolves standout Christian Laettner doesn't know much about new Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, but he knows one thing. "I know he's a great coach," said Laettner, who is coming to Moorhead High School on May 7 for a basketball camp for players ages 2 through 12. That doesn't mean Laettner enjoyed watching his former teammate with the Timberwolves, Sam Mitchell, lose his job. "I was disappointed for him," Laettner said. "I was sad for him. I'm hoping he bounces back. He's a good guy and a good coach."