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—Fargo Davies girls hockey coach Josh Issertell experienced the miracle of life this week with the birth of his daughter Emersynne Marie. He nearly coached Davies to what many would consider a miracle win in the state semifinals on Friday, Feb. 24, at Scheels Arena. Delaney Wolf, however, wasn't about to let her senior season end in the state semifinals. Her goal with 3 minutes, 17 seconds remaining sent Bismarck to its fifth straight state championship game after a 3-2 win.
FARGO—There was absolutely no intimidation to be had on the part of No. 7 seed Mandan. The Braves cared nothing about the No. 2 seed next to Fargo North-South on the bracket nor the fact they lost by three goals to North-South earlier in the season. With sophomore goalie Lucy Morgan in net, it's no wonder Mandan has no fear. "I don't feel the pressure," Morgan said. "I don't get nervous. That's just my personality. For me, I was born without being nervous. It was just any other game."
FARGO — Bismarck's girls hockey team has been in the North Dakota state hockey championship game four straight seasons, winning three titles, including the last two. The way the Blizzard played in a 7-0 win over Williston in the state quarterfinals on Thursday, Feb. 23, it's easy to see why. The Blizzard are relentless. "Everyone is going to do their role," Bismarck junior Britta Curl said. "When we're playing as a team we can't be stopped from playing our game."
FARGO—Fargo North-South senior captain Sami Trana fell in love with hockey, as soon as she felt the wind against her face when she first played at the age of 3. It was the chill, as she skated, that had her hooked. "It's that cold on you," Trana said. "There's not a great way to describe it, but every hockey player can feel that." North-South junior Graysen Myers didn't play hockey until she was 8 years old. She struggled for the first few years, not finding her stride until she was 12. She kept with it, as her dad helped push her to where she is.
Davies hockey doesn't care about stats When looking at the boys hockey team for Fargo Davies, there's nothing that jumps out in terms of numbers. Jay Buchholz is the leading scorer on the team with 27 points, which ranks 31st in the state. The goaltending isn't immaculate and there's no amazing defensive stat for the Eagles. The only numbers that matter to the Eagles is they are the No. 3 seed out of the East for the state tournament, they are 16-8-0 and they have won seven of their last nine games.
Cora Okeson Detroit Lakes gymnastics Detroit Lakes sophomore Cora Okeson became the all-around champion in Class 1A, Section 8 gymnastics for the second straight season on Saturday. Her 37.725 in the all-around helped the Lakers break a school record in scoring, as they dropped a 151.950 for the section title. Matt Veit Fargo Davies boys basketball
Ada-Borup enjoying life under the radar Ada-Borup's girls basketball team went to the state tournament last season. After four straight seasons playing in it, the Cougars watched from the stands. They watched as they weren't allowed to defend their 2015 state championship, in which they went 32-0. Ada-Borup coach Dave Smart could hear his players say how tough it was to watch. He made sure the players remembered that feeling for this season.
MOORHEAD—While the rest of Class 2A, Section 8 boys hockey decided to make things interesting, top-seeded Moorhead made things easier on itself. The Spuds used a big second period to roll Rogers 6-0 at the Moorhead Sports Complex in the section quarterfinals Tuesday, Feb. 21. All the top seeds won in the section, as Brainerd, Roseau and St. Michael-Albertville advanced. Brainerd and Roseau needed overtime, and St. Michael-Albertville needed a goal in the final minute to move to the next round.
FARGO—Scheels Arena will be hosting the North Dakota boys and girls state hockey tournaments this week, after hosting the tournaments for the first time in 2015. It marked the first time since 1971 Fargo hosted the tournaments.
MOORHEAD—There were many screams from Moorhead boys hockey players during the walk through the hallway to the locker room at the Moorhead Sports Center on Saturday, Feb. 15. There's slowly becoming a feeling of invincibility among the Spuds. A 4-3 overtime win over No. 10 Hill-Murray on Saturday only strengthened that feeling. One yell rang through the hallway. "We don't know how to lose anymore," a player screamed.