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—Moorhead senior wrestler Sam Grove didn't blink when asked what statement his 11-1 win over No. 3-ranked Tyler Hugg on Friday, Dec. 30, sent to the rest of Minnesota. "I'm going to win state," Grove said. "That's it. I'm going to win it this year."
Moorhead Todd and Jackie Beedy had to wait a week for the results of blood tests to tell them their first-born son, Sam, had Down syndrome. During the wait, they read as much material as they could. They also did what all good parents do. They worried. "You think about all the things they're not going to be able to do and how they're going to be different because you don't know any better," Jackie said.
Kindred, N.D. Kindred boys basketball coach Brad Woehl, his wife, Becki, and Becki's 17-year-old twins, Brenden and Brittany, will be celebrating Christmas in a hotel room in Minneapolis this year. Woehl's 13-year-old son, Brock, is fighting pain at Rochester's Mayo Clinic that has prevented him from doing the things he loves for more than a year. Becki usually hosts Christmas at her home in Kindred with her entire family. There will be no white elephant gift exchange or games or hor d'oeuvres like there has been every year at her home.
Steele Senske Moorhead Park Christian basketball Steele Senske had 29 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals against Ada-Borup and then exploded for 40 points against Richland.
Pifer ready to play wherever UND needs him For as long as Fargo South senior Jack Pifer can remember, he's been throwing a football. It began with his dad and carried throughout his career at South. Pifer was atop the Eastern Dakota Conference last season with 1,659 yards and 13 touchdowns passing. "My dad definitely got me into football," Pifer said. "He taught me everything I knew. I started with (Fargo-Moorhead) Athletics in fifth grade and went from there."
Raiders no longer sneaking up on anyone It's hard to sneak up on anyone when you have someone that is 6-foot-10-inches tall. But Lake Park-Audubon's boys basketball team was able to do that last season. After finishing below .500 the previous six seasons, the Raiders went 26-5 last season, capping a 22-game winning streak with its first section title. There will be no sneaking this season. "We've went from the hunter to the hunted," LP-A coach Kyle Haberman said.
FARGO—Fargo Davies senior Jake Paper enjoys getting offensive rebounds. That enjoyment comes at the angst of opponents. "When you get that offensive rebound and a putback it gets the crowd going, it gets the team going, and the two-point swing is a really good feeling," Paper said. He must've really enjoyed the final three minutes of Tuesday's matchup with Grand Forks Red River because the Eagles were all over the offensive glass in their 60-54 win over Red River.
MOORHEAD—In the offseason, Moorhead left winger Carter Randklev, center Cole O'Connell and right winger Jack Stetz worked out together nearly every day for three hours. It's paying off early on this season for the three juniors. Forwards have 56 points on the season for the No. 13-ranked Spuds. The top line of Randklev, O'Connell and Stetz have 41. The three had seven more points in the 3-1 win over Bloomington Jefferson at Moorhead Sports Center on Saturday, Dec. 17.
FARGO—Before the blade of a skate slashed through the right arm of Fargo Force's Jack Adams two weeks ago, the right winger was leading the United States Hockey League in points. Missing three games and getting 20 stitches didn't change that, as he returned to the ice Friday, Dec. 16, to lead the Force by Waterloo 4-1 at Scheels Arena. Adams didn't remember much from what happened when he was cut with a skate except the fact it hurt.
Potato-related penalty in Moorhead-Brainerd game There were spuds all over the ice on Tuesday in a boys hockey game between Brainerd and Moorhead, none of which are enrolled at Moorhead High School. When the lights came back on after Brainerd introductions, there were about 50 potatoes in front of the Moorhead bench.