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 – Less than eight minutes into Tuesday’s Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 sub-section championship, Barnesville sophomore center Peyton Boom was tangling for the ball, went down and slammed her...
FARGO — The football career of Hawley’s Ben Ellefson began in fourth grade with Fargo-Moorhead youth football, and it will continue back in Fargo when he heads to college in 2015. The Hawley tight end verbally committed to North Dakota State on Friday to play football. “It’s a weight off my shoulders,” Ellefson said. “I love playing the game, and I remember growing up, and I watched Bison games and went to games. Hearing the fireworks and ‘Thunderstruck’ is pretty sweet when you’re a little kid.
Mahnomen football dominance continues The longest football winning streak in Minnesota belongs to Mahnomen at 28 straight games. The Indians knocked off the last team to beat them in the Class 1A state title game in Dawson-Boyd 46-13 to win their second straight state title.
Keeghan Hurley and his father, Don Perham, Minn. The final run Perham senior Keeghan Hurley and his dad, Don, had together was when Keeghan was in eighth grade. Some torn cartilage in his knee hasn’t stopped Don from being with Keeghan for every run after. At every mile on Keeghan’s 12- or 16-mile runs, Don is there to hand him a water bottle and a cheer. “He’s not running with me, but he’s out on every single run with me,” Keeghan said.
FARGO — Hawley juniors Chad Clute, Jordan Harms and Parker Hanson own the top three spots in batting average, extra-base hits, RBIs, homers, on-base percentage and slugging percentage this season for the Nuggets. Oh, and they pitch too. Harms has a 2.00 ERA and has struck out 79 batters in 49 innings, while Hanson, who was born without a left hand, has a 2.92 ERA and has struck out 70 batters in 48 innings.
ST. PAUL – It was fitting that the first thing Perham senior Keeghan Hurley did after finishing second in the 1,600-meter run at Saturday’s Minnesota Class 1A state track and field meet was put on his Southern Utah University hat. His time running at Perham had come to an end and in seven days his training begins to fulfill his dream to become an All-American and eventually an olympian. “I think I’ll run a victory 12-mile run tomorrow,” Hurley said with a laugh. “Right now, I’m just trying to soak it all in.
ST. PAUL – Coming into Friday’s Minnesota Class 1A state track and field meet, none of the 34 medals in swimming, cross country and track that Perham’s Keeghan Hurley owned said anything about being a state champion in track. He had a second-place medal and a third-place medal and had taken those somewhat big steps on the podium at state track, but he had never taken the biggest step to the top spot.
Perham senior runner Keeghan Hurley approached Ted Meinhover Field at Perham High School on Wednesday. With a 2012 cross country national championship ring shining on his right hand and a plaque with some of the 34 section and state medals he’s earned in his high school career, Hurley’s eyes locked on to the track. He was home and he was ready to represent it one more time at the Minnesota Class 1A track and field meet on Friday and Saturday at Hamline University. “I always loved this track,” Hurley said.
MOORHEAD – Sophomore Tony Ukkelberg had waited over a year for his chance to get to the Minnesota Class 1A state track and field meet. As a freshman with the Ottertail Central track team, Ukkelberg found out five days before the beginning of the track postseason he had a stress fracture in his back. No conference meet, no sub-section meet, no section meet, no state meet.
FARGO – The South Dakota High School Activities Association is considering a proposal that would allow transgender students to participate in extra-curricular activities according to their self-identified gender rather than the gender listed on their records. Meanwhile, the Minnesota State High School League is about to begin the same discussion. “Our legal counsel is in the process of drafting a transgender policy,” said MSHSL director of information Howard Voigt.