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—The last time Perham's boys basketball team played on Concordia's Memorial Auditorium floor the Yellowjackets watched as Breckenridge celebrated a Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 championship. The No. 4-ranked Yellowjackets are eyeing some new Concordia memories this season. "That left a real sour taste in my mouth," Perham senior guard Martin LaFond said. "We had to come back harder, and it made everyone in the younger grades step up and look forward to this year and work harder than ever before. That's what they did."
MOORHEAD—Football was supposed to be something to keep Moorhead Spuds senior Otis Weah out of trouble. It ended up doing more, as Weah verbally committed to play football for the University of North Dakota on Saturday. "They had a couple players I know, some Moorhead guys, that play up there, so that's cool," Weah said. "They showed interest in me since my junior year. They told me I'd fit well in the running game and said I might be able to play special teams. Can't wait to be a part of it and show what I got."
MOORHEAD—Every single person in the Moorhead Park Christian gym knew where Ada-Borup guard Tommy Stewart was going with the ball, as Ada-Borup had it underneath its own basket with 0.3 seconds left in a tie game Friday. Ada-Borup knew where it was going, the Falcons knew where it was going and every person standing in the crowd knew exactly where it was going. But no one could stop it, as 6-foot-8 Mason Miller's tip at the buzzer went in and the Cougars left Park Christian with a 72-70 win in Minnesota boys basketball.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead's boys hockey team celebrated nine seniors before shutting out St. Cloud 3-0 Tuesday at Moorhead Sports Center. Fittingly, the seniors were all over the scoresheet with one in particular adding to his already memorable career with the Spuds. Moorhead senior and University of North Dakota commit Carter Randklev's first-period goal Tuesday moved him alone in fifth place for career goals in Moorhead history.
MOORHEAD—With his next goal, Moorhead senior left winger Carter Randklev will be all alone in fifth place in Moorhead history for career goals. Brian Nelson, Matt Cullen, Ryan Kraft and Josh Arnold will be the only names above the University of North Dakota commit in the Moorhead record books.
ORLANDO, Fla.—Former Detroit Lakes (Minn.) High School football coach Flint Motschenbacher was sitting on a beach in Fort Myers, Fla., Monday when he got a text from a player he used to coach. "Hey, coach," the text read, "You want to go to the Pro Bowl?" It was from Minnesota Vikings wide receiver and 2008 Detroit Lakes graduate Adam Thielen.
FARGO—The Fargo Force have hit a lull in the midway point of the marathon that is the United States Hockey League season. Thursday's 4-3 shootout loss to Sioux City was the Force's eighth loss in their last 11 games and third straight loss. "Any team they'd be lying to you if they said they haven't gone through this," Force defenseman Evan Bell said. "It's definitely tough, but our guys have good mental toughness, and we'll get through this."
Moorhead At 2 years old, around the time Moorhead senior Cole O'Connell first started skating, in order to sleep, he needed about a dozen hockey pucks in bed with him. His mom remembers being forced to stand in the driveway playing hockey with him, while she was pregnant, when he was 2. At 3 years old, he was watching his older sister figure skate at Moorhead Sports Center and started crying. He wanted to be out on the ice. Someone told his parents maybe they should sign him up for hockey.
GLYNDON, Minn.—As the teams were shaking hands after Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton's girls basketball team topped Ada-Borup-Norman County West 77-70 Tuesday, Cougars coach David Smart told D-G-F senior point guard Natalie Steichen he was looking forward to her graduating. "He's not the first coach to say that," D-G-F coach Tom Critchley said. The Cougars are 81-5 in the regular season the last four seasons. Three of those losses have come to D-G-F fueled by games like the one Steichen had Tuesday night.
MOORHEAD—The Moorhead boys hockey team has been looking for a spark this season. There's been no need to look for attention what with a Fox Sports North documentary, getting time on ESPN and getting to play Hockey Day Minnesota. The cameras surrounding the No. 10-ranked Spuds provide more light, but they don't provide a spark. The Spuds may have found one with a shakeup of the lines and a message sent from coaches that no spot is guaranteed. It showed in a dominating 3-1 win over No. 13 Andover on Monday.