Chris Murphy is the Minnesota preps and Fargo Force beat reporter for the Forum. He's covered high school sports in Chicago, North Dakota and Minnesota for the last five years and, for some reason, has been given awards for doing so. If reading him in the paper and online isn't enough, you can read more of him at the Forum Preps Blog: http://forumpreps.areavoices.com/
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CASSELTON, N.D.—It was complete domination by Wahpeton in the North Dakota Class A East Region American Legion baseball tournament Wednesday at Central Cass High School. Before Valley City could record an out, Wahpeton had a two-run lead. It only got worse from there for Valley City, as Wahpeton rolled to a 14-1 win in five innings to put Post 20 two wins away from a tournament title. "We like to run and we like to put pressure on teams if we can and force some mistakes," Wahpeton coach Kelly McNary said.
CINCINNATI—Wahpeton, N.D., native Ethan Manock took first place in the boys baseball division for 9-10 year olds at the Pitch, Hit & Run competition put on by Major League Baseball during its All-Star Game festivities. The 10-year-old Manock competed at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati on Monday and was shagging fly balls at the Home Run Derby on Monday night. Manock caught one of the few balls Home Run Derby champion Todd Frazier did not hit out of the park. As for the competition, Manock had to hit a certain strike zone for the pitching aspect of it, hit for distance and accur
FARGO — USA Hockey announced Monday it's 20-man roster for the U.S. Under-17 Select Team that will compete at the U17 Five Nations Tournament from August 10-16 in Arosa, Switzerland. The United States Hockey League had 16 draft picks from the 2015 USHL Phase One Draft on the final roster with the Fargo Force having the most with three. Tommy Miller, Clayton Phillips and Jacob McGrew were Force picks that were selected to the roster. Miller, a fourth overall pick in the 2015 Phase One Draft is a defenseman from West Bloomfield, Mich.
MOORHEAD—Even the father of Moorhead graduate and current NHL free agent center Matt Cullen thought he was going to retire when he spoke to him immediately after his season ended with the Nashville Predators. Plans seemingly have changed for the 38-year-old. "I just had dinner with my dad and he said (you sounded like you were going to retire)," Cullen said in a phone interview Thursday. "I think just taking a little time and just looking at last season as a whole, I'm really happy with how I played, the last half especially.
WAHPETON, N.D.—Ethan Manock is a man of few words, but there's no need for too many words with the smile of the 10-year-old Wahpeton, N.D., native. Manock just qualified as one of 24 finalists in the Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run national finals during the MLB All-Star week.
MOORHEAD - First-round NBA Draft pick Tyus Jones, acquired by the Timberwolves on draft day, sent his condolences to the family of Zach and Connor Kvalvog on Friday via Twitter...
The funeral for Park Christian’s Zach Kvalvog was Monday, after a car accident took the 18-year-old’s life last week. It was said the happiest place for Kvalvog was the basketball...
FARGO — Former Fargo Force defenseman Oleg Yevenko has signed a one-year deal with the Lake Erie Monsters in the American Hockey League. The Monsters are the affiliate team for the Columbus Blue Jackets. In four collegiate seasons with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, Yevenko played in 132 games and notched 10 points with 182 blocked shots. In the Hockey East conference following the 2014-15 season, he was ranked second with 81 blocked shots, which was 11th nationally. Yevenko played for the Force for two seasons from 2009-11, playing in 101 games and scoring 17 points.
MOORHEAD – Former Moorhead Spuds and University of North Dakota standout Chris VandeVelde signed a two-year deal worth $1.42 million with the Philadelphia Flyers that became finalized Monday. The 28-year-old center will be reunited with his old UND coach in Dave Hakstol, who was hired by the Flyers in May. He said with or without Hakstol, the Flyers is where he wanted to end up.
MOORHEAD—It took FC Fargo a bit long to start its first ever semi-professional soccer game Saturday, but it certainly didn't take long to end it.