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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HALSTAD, Minn.—There is a chance Norman County West High School of Halstad, Minn., will be without girls basketball, boys basketball, football or volleyball next season, as the athletic department awaits a decision on what will become of the district. "Our school board is in the middle of deciding on what they will be doing in a long-term direction," NCW athletic director Nate Albrecht said. "There's some questions in the community about how long we will be a school district or if we should move toward consolidation of school districts with Ada-Borup."
FARGO — It wasn't the nicest welcome to Fargo for ESPN NFL analyst Jon Gruden on Friday, April 7, as the former Super Bowl champion coach took some wind to the face upon arrival from Tampa, Fla. "I'm wearing a visor because my head almost blew off when I got off the plane," Gruden said. But when he got by the unforgivable gust of Fargo, where he was set to be the keynote speaker at North Dakota State's annual spring football coaches clinic, Gruden could not help but remember his ties to NDSU.
For the last three years, Moorhead senior Kara Werth had worked to becoming a Division I hockey player. Her meals were as healthy as possible. Ice cream was essentially eliminated. Her friends joked with her about her early curfew. Anytime she worked out, went through conditioning or woke up early to skate, it was with the idea of becoming a Division I hockey player. The sacrifices, while remaining the top-ranked student in her class at Moorhead, were for something bigger.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — For the last three years, Moorhead senior Kara Werth had worked to becoming a Division I hockey player. Her meals were as healthy as possible. Ice cream was essentially eliminated. Her friends joked with her about her early curfew. Anytime she worked out, went through conditioning or woke up early to skate, it was with the idea of becoming a Division I hockey player. The sacrifices, while remaining the top-ranked student in her class at Moorhead, were for something bigger.
FARGO — Saturday's West Regional championship of the Division I men's hockey tournament at Scheels Arena had to go into overtime. Not because it had to become the first regional since the tournament split into four to have all three games go into overtime. It had to go into overtime for Minnesota-Duluth seniors Dominic Toninato and Alex Iafallo. The 3-2 win over Boston University for UMD was fitting for more than the fact the two seniors had lost 3-2 in back-to-back regional title games the previous two seasons.
FARGO—When they all found out they were headed to Scheels Arena for the West Regional of the NCAA Division I men's hockey tournament, University of North Dakota goalie Cam Johnson, Ohio State forward David Gust and University of Minnesota-Duluth forwards Dominic Toninato and Alex Iafallo all contacted each other.
ST. PAUL—Moorhead is headed back to the Minnesota Class 2A boys hockey state tournament for the eighth time behind a 3-2 win over Lakeville South at Xcel Energy Center on Friday, March 10. The Spuds will play the winner of Grand Rapids and Eden Prairie at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
ST. PAUL—For a team with no player that has ever played in the state boys hockey tournament, there were no wide eyes at the bright lights of Xcel Energy Center on the side of Moorhead in the Class 2A quarterfinals Thursday. The hearts of the No. 3 seed Spuds beat calmly because senior Jacob Holtgrewe, whom coach Jon Ammerman has called the "pulse" of the team, wouldn't allow a heart attack.
ST. PAUL—When Park Rapids Area senior wrestler Justin Dravis was a few months old, he made his first appearance at the Minnesota state wrestling tournament. He was in his dad's arms when his dad coached with his grandpa at Staples. "It's really a challenge," Dravis said. "It's something that I can do and I'm good at. Every side of my family did it. My whole family is a wrestling family, so I'm just trying to keep the tradition going."
FARGO—Fargo Davies girls hockey coach Josh Issertell experienced the miracle of life this week with the birth of his daughter Emersynne Marie. He nearly coached Davies to what many would consider a miracle win in the state semifinals on Friday, Feb. 24, at Scheels Arena. Delaney Wolf, however, wasn't about to let her senior season end in the state semifinals. Her goal with 3 minutes, 17 seconds remaining sent Bismarck to its fifth straight state championship game after a 3-2 win.