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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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.
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, March 9. 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.
PAUL -- Each time St. Cloud Cathedral was seemingly going to pull away in Wednesday’s Class 1A boys hockey quarterfinal matchup, East Grand Forks pulled the Crusaders back. In the third period, the Green Wave had no more pull left in them. “We were chasing the game from the drop of the puck,” East Grand Forks coach Scott Koberinski said. “Seems like we were always chasing Cathedral.
FARGO—The National Federation of State High School Associations announced Tuesday, July 12, high school baseball rules will now require a pitching restriction based on the number of pitches thrown in a game, rather than amount of innings. Each state's high school association must develop its own pitching restriction policy for the 2017 season, which will put a limit on pitches thrown and how many days of rest are required based on the number of pitches.
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.