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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HANKINSON, N.D. -- Hankinson senior tight end and defensive end Cody Mauch has committed to be a preferred football walk-on for North Dakota State. Mauch also had an offer to be a preferred walk-on at the University of North Dakota and a scholarship offer at Minnesota State Moorhead. “Growing up, it’s always been a dream,” Mauch said. “When you have the opportunity like that to go to a place like NDSU you have to take it.”
Moorhead There's a rare kind of voice floating in the area's airwaves that has the ability to talk the Moorhead faithful through seven losses in the state hockey championship. The voice is calming, while at the same time doing its job and explaining the scene that is tearing hearts apart. That same voice is prepared to light Moorhead on fire like when it declared the Spuds football state champions in 1987 or Concordia women's basketball team the 1988 NCAA Division III champs.
Sheyenne gets first DI football player West Fargo Sheyenne has produced its first Division I football player. Hayden Reynolds will be a preferred walk-on at the University of North Dakota. "The coaching staff was great," Reynolds said. "They're headed in the right direction."
Breckenridge's Yaggie picks NDSU Breckenridge senior Carson Yaggie always knew he wanted to work on the family farm after graduation. As the youngest, he was always out farming with his dad. Another family tradition is playing sports at North Dakota State. Yaggie will join his great uncle and two cousins who played football, along with his cousin who played basketball, in becoming a Bison athlete.
Courtney Walsh West Fargo hockey West Fargo junior Courtney Walsh had hat tricks on back-to-back nights last Friday and Saturday. She had three goals and an assist in a 6-3 win over Minot and followed it up with three goals and an assist in a 6-0 win over Williston. "Courtney works extremely hard, and hard work pays off," West Fargo coach Pat Johnson said. Walsh leads the 8-5 Packers in scoring this season. Siman Sem Fargo North basketball
FARGO—Since his sophomore season, Fargo North senior guard Siman Sem has eaten Skittles candy before every game. On Monday, he ate Starburst. On Monday, Sem broke his own school record for points in a game with 45 against Fargo Shanley. He's not ready to give up on the Skittles yet. "We'll see about that," Sem said. "I might have to change things based on how I feel that day."
FARGO—The Fargo Force marked the midpoint of the United States Hockey League regular season with a warning to Sioux City. The Musketeers aren't running away with the Western Conference. After having lost four of five to Sioux City this season, including a loss on Friday, the Force knocked off the Musketeers 4-1 at Scheels Arena on Saturday, Jan. 7. The Force end the first half in fourth place in a jampacked Western Conference, six points behind Sioux City.
PERHAM, Minn.—If there's anyone who understands the coaching carousel for the University of Minnesota football program in recent years, it's Perham graduate and Minnesota long snapper Payton Jordahl. Jordahl just wrapped up his third season with the Gophers, and newly hired P.J. Fleck will be Jordahl's third head coach to begin his junior season.
FARGO—Sioux City has Fargo's number in the early going of the United States Hockey League season. A 3-1 win at Scheels Arena on Friday, Jan. 6, pushed Sioux City to 4-1 against the Force, outscoring them 18-8 in the five games. Then again, considering the Musketeers are the best team in the Western Conference, the Force aren't alone in feeling their pain.
MOORHEAD—Scoring a goal as a Moorhead varsity hockey player is something sophomore defenseman Ethan Frisch has wanted to do since he first had a hockey stick in his hand at the age of 3. "Scoring a goal on varsity, being on the varsity team is just everyone's goal in Moorhead," Frisch said. "That's just what we want to do. We want to be at the best level in Moorhead and represent our city and school the best we can." The goal came for Frisch Thursday, Jan. 5, at Moorhead Sports Center in a 6-2 win over Thief River Falls for the No. 18-ranked Spuds.