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—Central Cass freshman Rylee Goettle has one dig in her varsity volleyball career. That will be the only statistic she ever gets. On Thursday, Nov. 16, at the North Dakota Class B volleyball tournament at the Fargodome, Goettle was led out to the court during introductions by her older sister Dallas. With sunglasses in her hand, an eye patch over her left eye, and some blurry vision in her right eye, Goettle didn't have much depth perception. Her teammates held her hand in line as starters were introduced. She couldn't embrace the bright lights.
FARGO — Thursday, Nov. 16, was the first ever appearance at a state volleyball tournament for Valley City. The Hi-Liners showed no fear, sweeping Bismarck 25-22, 25-17, 25-20 in the North Dakota Class A quarterfinals at the Fargodome. "It's still like a dream right now. Somebody needs to pinch me," Valley City coach Jill Taylor said. "Just to see how the girls are playing it's amazing how they've come together. This has been their long dream for three years. We finally made it to state, and to win in the first round makes it even better."
FARGO — When Jamestown saw West Fargo, the top team from the East Region, get upset by West Region's four seed Mandan in the opening match of the North Dakota Class A state volleyball tournament, the Blue Jays weren't heartbroken. "I think we were a lot more excited because the West is our territory," Jamestown senior McKayla Kurtz said. "We've played (the West) all season, so I think we're excited we'll get to see them tomorrow."
LAMOURE, N.D.—There were 20 days separating the birth of LaMoure-Litchville-Marion senior Anna Holen and Jackie Meiklejohn. The two have been inseparable since, on and off the volleyball court. "We've basically been friends since birth," Holen said.
FARGO — It was an all too familiar sight for Fargo Shanley's football team on Friday, Nov. 10, at the Fargodome. The Deacons stood on the field watching as another team celebrated a North Dakota Class 2A state championship. For the third time in the last four seasons, the Deacons lost in the state championship game, falling to Bismarck St. Mary's 31-12.
FARGO — On Monday, Nov. 6, Wyndmere-Lidgerwood senior tight end Connor Barton was pulled out of his chemistry class and told to gather his things and go home. He thought he was in trouble, but he didn't know for what.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—Normally, Thursdays would be spent taking medication at Sanford Children's hospital in Fargo for 4-year-old Knox Olafson. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, on April 28.
MOORHEAD, Minn. — It was a ridiculous question to ask, after former Moorhead Spuds hockey standout and current Minnesota Wild center Matt Cullen said he was bringing the Stanley Cup to the downtown Moorhead Dairy Queen on Aug. 31. Are you going to fill it with ice cream? "I mean, you have to, don't you?" Cullen said. "Yeah, we'll plan on doing that for sure."
MOORHEAD, Minn. -- In the summer of 2013, former Moorhead High School hockey standout Matt Cullen was walking around the bar at Usher’s House in Moorhead during a silent auction for his Cully’s Kids charity. It was days after he signed a two-year deal with the Nashville Predators, after having played three seasons with the Minnesota Wild.
WEST FARGO, N.D.—Tyler Robertson sat emotionless as his girlfriend of nearly two years, his mother and his mother's cousin broke down in the doctor's office upon hearing the diagnosis. The 19-year-old was doing the math in his head, where a tumor the size of a grapefruit was removed a week earlier. At best, he'd live to be 29 years old, at worst 24. "So how long could I make it?" Tyler asked himself.