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 — Grand Forks Central tennis player Gary Wu couldn't stop putting his hands on his head and yelling how Thursday was impossible for him to process. He couldn't process Central's boys tennis team winning the East Region championship for the first time since 1987. All the Knights had to do to get there was beat a team in the championship match that had won every East Region title since 1995 in Grand Forks Red River. The Knights did just that, 4-1. "It's unreal," Wu said. "I'm still not processing it. It's been a crazy three weeks."
FARGO — The Fargo Force will unveil a banner for the franchise's first Clark Cup title Friday at Scheels Arena before the home opener. The banner will hang in the southeast corner of the arena. Force coach Cary Eades has seen many hockey banners lifted to the rafters. He won two national championships as a player and one as a coach with the University of North Dakota. He won three Minnesota state championships as the coach at Warroad High School and won the United States Hockey League's Clark Cup with Sioux Falls.
CASSELTON, N.D. — Central Cass senior Jonah Lietz always wanted to be a wide receiver. But since he was one of the smartest kids in his class, he was put into the quarterback position in fourth grade. He loves to study plays and look at the details. His memory of each play in a football game is almost picture perfect.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kale Griffeth's wish for his seventh birthday was to go to a Minnesota Vikings game with his mom and dad at U.S. Bank Stadium. That was supposed to happen Sunday, as West Fargo graduates Katy, 34, and Randall Griffeth, 35, paid more than $900 for flights from their Hawaii home and about $250 each for a ticket to Minnesota's home opener against the San Francisco 49ers.
PERHAM, Minn.—Perham senior quarterback Jenson Beachy stood with fellow senior Quenten Schumacher just outside the football field last week. Schumacher had Perham's football field at the top of his wish list for places he'd like to take his senior pictures. Schumacher is not on the football team. He is confined to a wheelchair because of cerebral palsy.
FARGO — Fargo Davies hockey standout Cade Stibbe has a list of goals on his door of his bedroom. When the forward was about 8 years old, one goal was to shoot 10,000 pucks in the offseason. It moved to 15,000 as he got older. Currently, it's broken up into different kind of shots. He also has how many hours he wants to spend in the weight room and on the ice. The goal at the bottom is Division I hockey. And it's circled. That goal will remain circled at the bottom of his door despite the fact he committed to play hockey for Arizona State on Thursday.
FARGO — Artificial turf has become almost a fictitious character thought to have the answers to all of life's problems for athletic directors. It symbolizes a hope for less injuries to athletes and a safe haven from Mother Nature. But is it the answer? "We couldn't be happier with our decision to add turf to our stadium," Moorhead athletic director Dean Haugo said. "It has been a complete game changer for our activities." The usage and upkeep
MOORHEAD, Minn.—Matt Cullen laughed when the question was asked of him Sunday, July 1. It's something the former Moorhead High School standout and three-time Stanley Cup champion hasn't had the answer to since he began playing hockey in his living room at the age of 2 in Virginia, Minn. What's it going to take for you to stop playing?
FARGO—North Dakota State senior quarterback Easton Stick doesn't remember if the area code on the phone call in April was Mississippi or Louisiana. He was about to go to sleep and he likes to get to bed early, so he let the call go to voicemail. He woke up the next morning to a message from former NFL quarterback Archie Manning. After listening to the voicemail, he walked across the hall to show his roommate and NDSU wide receiver Darrius Shepherd. "Shep, you gotta listen to this," Stick said that morning. "I don't know if I'm hearing this right."
DES MOINES, Iowa—It was Laura Roesler's third Olympic Trials. Her best run in the 800 meters that season ranked sixth in the country. The Fargo South graduate and former Oregon Ducks track star was running at Hayward Field, her home track when she ran for Oregon. She had won an NCAA championship in the 800 on that track two years previous. But on July 1, 2016, Roesler finished fourth in her heat, 20th among the 38 runners, and again missed out on the Olympics. It was the first time she did not make the semifinals of the Olympic Trials.