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—Alexandria senior wide receiver Thomas Anderson wasn't exactly sure where he landed, as he hauled in a 28-yard pass in the closing seconds of Saturday's Minnesota Class 5A, Section 8 semifinal matchup with Moorhead. It wasn't until he saw his teammates running toward him that he realized he was laying in the end zone at Jim Gotta Stadium with five seconds remaining. He had just won the game.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead volleyball coach Char Lien does not like facing an opponent she's never seen before. "I hate going in blind. I hate going in blind," Lien said. "It's difficult. With our section being as big as it is there's just a lot of teams we don't see. It makes it really difficult. That's why that first set is just a little bit of sparring, trying to figure out what's our best punch and what's their best punch."
FERGUS FALLS, Minn.—Moorhead assistant girls cross country coach Erik Hanson is an economics professor at North Dakota State. The Spuds coaches trust his math. So on Thursday, at the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 meet in Fergus Falls, Minn., the coaches trusted him when he said he thought the Moorhead girls had won the section title before results were posted. Moorhead head coach Jeremy Blake admits the coaching staff is obsessed with numbers and stats. He had run simulations of the section meet and figured the best the Spuds could finish was second.
Fargo Fargo North runner Alex Luz could see the finish line. It was only 100 meters away. He was going to finish in the Class A boys top five at the North Dakota state meet. All the miles, bus rides, training and avoiding things like drinking pop had been for this final kick. And then his legs gave out.
Fargo Football for Fargo South senior quarterback Tanner DuBois began at a young age, with trips with his dad to Sauk Centre High School (Minn.) to watch his grandfather coach. "That intrigued me," DuBois said. "The action, the intensity and the brotherhood, how close the guys are and stuff drew me to it."
MOORHEAD—Don't let the smile fool you. Moorhead senior setter Kortney Carney is ruthless. In the second set against Totino-Grace at the Moorhead Invitational on Friday, Carney made that known. Between matches Carney scouted the other volleyball teams at the invite, so when she sent her first set dump over the net she knew the Totino-Grace player, who dove and sent it back, tends to leave her base early.
FARGO—The Fargo Force not only lost Thursday's game to Sioux Falls 2-1 at Scheels Arena, making it four losses in the five home games to open the United States Hockey League season, but they are also losing arguably their best player. University of Minnesota commit Clayton Phillips has asked to be traded from the Force. "He has asked for a trade, so we're in the process of looking for another home for him in the USHL," Force coach Cary Eades said. Eades did not want to comment further as to Phillips' reasoning for wanting a trade.
MOORHEAD—Last season, Alexandria's football team got revenge on Moorhead. The Cardinals' previous four seasons had ended at the hands of the Spuds. The Cardinals returned the favor, knocking off Moorhead in the section semifinals. "Losing to them last year felt like the worst thing in my life," Moorhead senior running back and defensive back Otis Weah said. "It felt like I just got my heart ripped right out of me."
MOORHEAD—St. Cloud Tech junior Mohamed Abdi knew the feeling of watching Moorhead celebrate the end of his soccer season. It had happened last season in the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 championship match when Moorhead handed the Tigers their only loss of the season. He watched as 15 seniors cried in disbelief their high school careers were over.
MOORHEAD—It didn't matter the play or if the ball was involved, Moorhead's Otis Weah and Brainerd's Charlie Geraets found one another on the field in Friday's Minnesota Class 5A football matchup between the rivals. Geraets won this round, leading Brainerd to a 35-28 win over No. 4 Moorhead.