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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MOORHEAD—Moorhead junior outside hitter Lexi Gilbertson summed up the Minnesota high school volleyball playoffs pretty succinctly for the defending Class 3A, Section 8 champions. "If you lose your season is done," Gilbertson said. "We want to push and we want to keep going and relive what we did last year." The Spuds never really stopped pushing Friday, Oct. 28, in the section quarterfinals. They didn't stop pushing until Detroit Lakes fell, as the Spuds swept the Lakers 25-13, 25-12, 25-15.
Teamwork is the key for Central Cass volleyball success When Central Cass' volleyball team lost Lily Pyle to a torn ACL in the summer, the question was how would the team replace her. The Squirrels have turned to juniors Carlie Kieffer and Maddy Sweep to fill that role. They've done so nicely, as the Squirrels are 26-6-3 on the season with two matches left in the regular season.
Mahnomen football overcoming injuries Nothing sums up the season for Mahnomen's football team than its Week 7 matchup with New York Mills. On the first play of the game, sophomore quarterback Jon Starkey got poked in the eye. He had a torn eyelid and had to be taken out of the game. Starkey went across the street to the hospital, got seven stitches in his eyelid, came back to the game and yelled to Mahnomen football coach John Clark: "Coach, I can see." He was back under center in the fourth quarter and the Indians won 16-6.
MOORHEAD—It rained. It poured. Moorhead scored. Moorhead has a date with a team that would love nothing more than to end the football season for the Spuds. After a 48-0 win over Bemidji on Tuesday, Oct. 25, Moorhead is set to take on an Alexandria team the Spuds have beaten four straight seasons in the playoffs on Saturday in the Class 5A, Section 8 semifinals.
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MOORHEAD—Moorhead Spuds sophomore defenseman Ethan Frisch was 6 or 7 years old when he went to his first college hockey game. It was at Ralph Engelstad Arena. That's when the dream to play college hockey began. "The atmosphere in the rink and just the fan base was amazing," Frisch said. "I just knew I wanted to play at that level some day. It was amazing for me to see all of that excitement at one hockey game."
FARGO—Coming out of halftime in Saturday's high school football matchup between No. 2 Fargo Shanley and No. 4 Hillsboro-Central Valley, Shanley senior Matt Burd saw something with the Burros. The Burros were leading by one, but they looked tired. They were walking out of the huddle and beginning to snap at one another. Burd saw their eyes. "They're just getting tired of getting their butts kicked," Burd said. "You see them across the wall from you, you see their eyes, and you can tell they don't want to be there."
Q: If you could have one superpower what would it be? A: Probably super speed because I'd probably run as fast as I can around the world. Q: What is the most embarrassing song on your phone or iPod? A: "Sorry" by Beyonce. Q: What's the funniest trash talk you've ever received? A: I look like Boobie Miles. I just laughed because I look like Boobie Miles a little bit because of my haircut. Q: Who has the best hair on the team? A: Probably Khayvon (Hawkins). Q: Who is the best dancer on the team?
FARGO—Hawley football coach Peder Naatz said Breckenridge hadn't stopped the play all night. That's why he gave the ball to running back Donnie Loegering on a two-point conversion try, trailing by one with 38 seconds left in Thursday's game at the Fargodome. Only, Breckenridge wasn't going to let Loegering in. The Cowboys were playing for junior tight end Carter Casey, who recently found out his cancer had returned a couple weeks ago. The Breckenridge huddle before the 2-point attempt reminded the Cowboys why they had a No. 7 sticker on their helmets.
FARGO—Barnesville was one of three remaining unbeaten teams in Minnesota Class 2A football entering a matchup with Pelican Rapids at the Fargodome on Thursday, Oct. 20. The No. 2-ranked Trojans stayed that way with a 48-20 win over Pelican Rapids. The score was tied at 8-8 late in the first quarter, but Barnesville scored 26 unanswered points to take a 34-8 lead into the halftime break. The Trojans rolled from there. Brady Tweeton finished with 101 yards and three touchdowns on the ground for Barnesville.