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 Cancer was looked at differently when Larry Chloupek was diagnosed with bone cancer at the age of 7, which led to the amputation of his left leg. "Back then, in the '60s it was a lot different in regards to how the world accepts people with disabilities," Chloupek said. "People shunned people with cancer. They thought you could catch cancer, but I had a very strong support group."
Fargo On July 13, Heidi Goss was told her sister had at most 18 months to live, due to sarcoma, a form of cancer. It was stage 4, it spread through her lung and she had to have half of her right lung removed. Last week, Heidi's sister was told she was cancer-free. "She's a miracle," said Heidi, who lives in Devils Lake, N.D.
Fargo Levi Gagner, 3, was ready to run at 5 a.m. on Saturday, May 20, long before anyone even stepped to the starting line of the Scheels Fargo Marathon. "It's time to run," Levi said inside the Fargodome about 30 minutes before the half-marathon. Levi said it from a wheelchair he will most likely never leave. He suffers from a rare form of muscular dystrophy, diagnosed at the age of 1.
GLYNDON, Minn.—Entering Tuesday, six softball teams in the state of Minnesota were undefeated. No. 5-ranked Park Rapids remained that way behind a 4-1 win over No. 9 Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Tuesday, May 17, in what could've been a preview of the Class 2A, Section 8 championship.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead junior Sam Haiby has verbally committed to play basketball at the University of Nebraska. Haiby had offers from Minnesota, Creighton, Arizona, North Dakota State, South Dakota, Valparaiso and Bradley.
FARGO—Byron Pool did not expect to be in Fargo for seven years. He was 34 years old in 2010 and had just coached the Bismarck Bobcats to a National Junior A Tier 2 title in his second season in the North American Hockey League. He figured he'd be with Fargo Force in the United States Hockey League for a couple years.
FARGO—North Dakota State softball coach Darren Mueller took his dog for a walk Saturday morning, picking up some rocks along the way. He had preached to his team that there are three kinds of people: jellybeans, marshmallows and rocks. Marshmallows melt when put over a flame. Jelly beans get soft on the inside, but appear solid on the outside, whereas rocks can take any type of heat.
FARGO—Western Illinois pitcher Emily Ira was in a groove against North Dakota State at Ellig Sports Complex on Friday, May 12. It didn't have the feel of the dominating 13-strikeout performance the day before against the Bison, which forced NDSU into the elimination side of the Summit League tournament, but she was rolling.
FARGO—Three-time reigning Summit League softball tournament champion North Dakota State eyed elimination on Thursday, May 11. The No. 2 seed Bison didn't blink, rolling the University of South Dakota 14-3 in five innings, after falling to Western Illinois 4-3 in the conference tournament at Ellig Sports Complex. For a Bison lineup that featured six underclassmen, the elimination game was just more experience to add to a young team.
HILLSBORO, N.D.—Hillsboro-Central Valley will have sanctioned boys hockey in the 2017-18 school year, but the move is more for scheduling purposes than to play high school hockey in North Dakota. "Basically, all the schools have had a couple of kids playing on the Junior Gold team, and by not joining the co-op our kids wouldn't have had a place to play," Hillsboro-Central Valley athletic director Dave Nelson said. "It's allowing our two kids from Hillsboro and a couple kids from Central Valley to go over there and play. Nothing really changes, but who they get to play."