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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Fergus Falls, Minn. Heidi Fisher cries when she talks about her bowling team at Moorhead. She's been the coach of the adapted bowling team for the Spuds since the program began two years ago. The tears come from thinking about people like Katie Cragg, who said she had never waved and said good luck to a bus with her son Mitchell on it until he joined the team. Katie estimates she or her husband are with Mitchell 90 percent of the time. Mitchell is a seventh-grader and has a chromosomal condition called trisomy 13. He's nonverbal and has physical impairments.
FARGO—The Fargo Force entered the third period Saturday night trailing Waterloo. The Force left the third period champions of the United States Hockey League's Western Conference. The Force are headed to the Clark Cup Final for the first time since 2013 thanks to a 3-2 win and a 3-1 series win in the conference championship before 2,481 fans.
FARGO—The Fargo Force are one win away from heading to the Clark Cup Final for the first time since 2013. The Force topped Waterloo 6-4 Friday at Scheels Arena to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. The Black Hawks will have to beat the Force in back-to-back games, something that hasn't been done since Feb. 23. "We hate losing," Force right winger Griffin Loughran said. "We're not good at it, we're not good at losing, we're not good at taking a loss." That could be why they keep winning.
MOORHEAD -- Moorhead's Sam Beedy is taking his managing talents to Concordia. Beedy has been on the sidelines, benches and dugouts for Moorhead for the last four years as a team manager of the football, boys hockey and baseball teams for the Spuds. He made it official on Friday with a signing ceremony at the high school. "It only seems fitting that we celebrate and show our appreciation for all that he's done," Moorhead athletic director Dean Haugo said. "He taught us a lot about how to do things right in life."
FARGO—The Fargo Force have open ice at 10 a.m. each day. It's not mandatory for the team to be there, but coaches would like to see players there once or twice a week. The Force coaching staff had to tell defenseman Spencer Meier to stop showing up because for months he was coming every day.
MOORHEAD -- Moorhead High School announced Gerad Fugleberg as the new head wrestling coach for the Spuds, pending school board approval. He was an assistant coach for Fargo Davies the last three seasons. “It’s really a dream of mine to be a head wrestling coach,” Fugleberg said. “If you would’ve told me 10 years ago I’d be coaching in Moorhead and not in the Fargo system I would’ve told you you were crazy. I’m excited to make the transition and see what I can offer a team. I’m ready to get to work.”
FARGO—This was supposed to be a rebuilding season in the United States Hockey League for the Fargo Force. They lost their top nine scorers before the season began and their 10th three games into the season, along with 94.7 percent of their goals and their starting goalie from last season.
VALLEY CITY, N.D.—When Sheryl Solberg found out former North Dakota High School Activities Association executive secretary Bob King died, many memories went through her head. The 69-year-old Solberg had worked and fought with King for 20 years together with the NDHSAA from 1979-99. They worked together when Title IX was just getting off the ground, which was new territory for both Solberg and King. They watched as high school girls athletics was built from the ground up.
FARGO—Fargo Force goalie Strauss Mann is arguably the best goalie in the United States Hockey League. He was pulled in Game 2 of the conference semifinals against Omaha for the first time this season, after giving up five goals on 19 shots. In Game 3, Mann saw four shots go by him in the second period. "Goals go in sometimes, and I think you just have to move on," Mann said.
FARGO—The Force found themselves behind in Tuesday's United States Hockey League conference semifinal, but Jordan Seyfert's behind saved them. The Fargo Force won 6-5 with the winning goal redirecting off of permanent padding of Seyfert with 6 minutes, 55 seconds remaining. "Just hit my butt and went right in the net," Seyfert said. Robbie Stucker lined up a shot from the right point unbeknownst to Seyfert. Seyfert jumped in the air to screen Omaha goalie Zach Driscoll, but the puck hit his left cheek and went in.