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 senior runner Hunter Lucas laughed when asked to describe the mental aspect of being a distance runner. "Well, who wants to go on an eight-mile practice every day?" Lucas said. Lucas, North Dakota's top-ranked Class A boys high school runner, will do what he has always done before each race to keep his head right. He'll eat crispy chicken tacos from Chili's on Friday and go to Don's Car Wash to buy peanut butter crackers, a pack of gum and two grape Gatorades at the gas station. At 10 p.m., he'll ice and then go to bed.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead football coach Kevin Feeney went into the locker room at Jim Gotta Stadium on Wednesday, Oct. 19, and told his Spuds their record is now 0-0 with the regular season wrapped up. They had just been beaten 35-14 by the No. 1 team in Class 5A in Elk River, but they weren't ruled completely out of the game until the final minutes.
Moorhead volleyball eyeing postseason push Within the first few weeks of the volleyball season, Moorhead had a team meeting in which the Spuds talked about chemistry. "They really bought into it," Moorhead coach Char Lien said. "I know a lot of people think that that's hokey stuff, but that really makes a difference on the volleyball court, being able to play for each other. You may not be best friends, but you have to leave that outside drama off the court and be willing to play hard for ourselves."
Business as usual for Hillsboro-CV cross country Hillsboro-Central Valley cross country coach Kirk Zink works in sales. He knows what a business trip is and the Burros are treating their attempt at a sixth consecutive North Dakota Class B state title Saturday, Oct. 22, in Jamestown as one. "We're spending this week preparing for a showdown, as cheesy as it sounds," Zink said. "Bowman is going to be really, really good. We're opposite teams. We're really top-heavy and they've got a loaded team."
MOORHEAD—Moorhead freshman Caden Triggs was handed an impossible task when senior goalie Carson Kosobud broke three toes in the third match of the season. Triggs was asked to step in as the starting goalie for the boys soccer team as a freshman. "There was a lot of pressure, but the defense take it off me," Triggs said. "They've made some good stops, too."
FARGO—There was no holding back the smile of West Fargo sophomore forward Telvin Vah when asked about playing Fargo Shanley for the North Dakota boys soccer state championship. He wanted Shanley. "I wanted them," said Vah. "I wanted a rematch." Vah and the Packers got Shanley, after a 3-1 win over Bismarck Century in the state semifinals Friday, Oct. 14, at Sid Cichy Stadium. West Fargo moved to 16-3-1 on the season with two of those losses coming against Shanley.
Q: If you could have one superpower what would it be? A: Invisibility. I'd like to sneak around places where people don't know where I am. Q: What is the most embarrassing song on your phone or iPod? A: Anything by Justin Bieber. I got probably five of those. Q: What's the funniest trash talk you've ever received? A: Not a lot of people trash talk me. Anything to do with my mom I guess. Q: Who has the best hair on the team? A: Martin John (MJ Stumpf). Q: Who is the best dancer on the team? A: Tre Dempsey.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead boys soccer team wants a shot at top-seeded St. Cloud Tech in the Class 2A, Section 8 championship. The Tigers ended the last two seasons for the Spuds. "We've want them really bad," Moorhead senior Noah Yak said. "Ever since last year, it's what we've been thinking about all the time, just beating them."
MOORHEAD—It's been a busy nine months for former Moorhead High School hockey player Alex Mehnert. In January, he committed to play hockey for Air Force Academy. In May, he won a title with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs in the North American Hockey League. And Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15, Mehnert will be at Scheels Arena to take on the Fargo Force, as a defenseman for the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League.
West Fargo's Dufner has eyes on state When West Fargo's Jennifer Dufner was in seventh grade, cross country coach Brad Amundson had to convince her to join the team. Now, the senior captain is deciding between the University of Nebraska and North Dakota State University as to where she'll run in college. But first things first for Dufner. She's coming off a third-place finish at the Eastern Dakota Conference championships on Saturday, Oct. 8, with a run of 18 minutes, 35.5 seconds.