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 — 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.
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.
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.
FARGO—Scheels Arena will be hosting the North Dakota boys and girls state hockey tournaments this week, after hosting the tournaments for the first time in 2015. It marked the first time since 1971 Fargo hosted the tournaments.
FARGO — Bismarck had not been to the American Legion regional tournament since 1997 and had not won at the tournament since 1982. After Friday’s 12-2 win over Lakeville North at Jack Williams Stadium, the Governors are one way away from heading to the championship of the Division I Central Plains Regional Tournament. “It’s absolutely incredible,” Bismarck pitcher Kole Bauer said. “There’s a lot of great Govs teams to come through Bismarck and to be one since 1982 to win a couple games here with a chance to go to the championship is amazing.” The pitching has also shined for Bismarck (42-9).
FARGO — Bismarck Legion coach Mike Skytland doesn’t believe in baseball upsets even if it is against a team that has lost four times in 55 games. “I would say baseball is one of those games where you never know what an upset is,” Skytland said. “If you make plays you usually have a chance to beat any team and if you don’t they can beat you. (Omaha Westside) is a very good team, but we thought if we played our game we’d have a shot and we did.” If any team had Thursday’s performance from Bismarck pitcher Dalton Feeney they would win.
There’s not a trace of racing in his blood, but that has not stopped Cody Erickson. “My dad doesn’t know a thing about racing,” Erickson said. “I picked it up over the last 10 years. When you’re interested in something, you try that much harder and try to learn and pick stuff up that much quicker.” Now, Erickson finds his name next to the name NASCAR and in the national spotlight.
FARGO – It’s only July, but the Fargodome was kind of partying like it was a Saturday in September at the 41st annual North Dakota Shrine Bowl on Sunday. Among the best high school senior football players from North Dakota and parts of Minnesota were six future North Dakota State Bison getting accustomed to their future home. The last time future Bison defensive end Stanley Jones was on the Fargodome turf, his Bismarck squad was watching Fargo South celebrate a state title with a 42-34 win.
FARGO — Austin Arneson was tired of hearing his younger brother, Casey, gloating about having the biggest check on the wall of his father’s garage at Dell Arneson Inc. Last season, Casey took home two $10,000 payouts in B-modified races. The 22-year-old Fargo Oak Grove High School graduate didn’t mince words about the year of mocking from his 19-year-old brother. “I was tired of him giving me crap that I didn’t have a check on the wall,” Austin said.
MOORHEAD — Minnesota Wild left winger Matt Cooke has reportedly dissected his past hits in order to be physical within the NHL rules and rid himself of the goon persona since before the 2011-12 season. It’s not as easy as it looks. The first wide-eyed young boy to walk up to Cooke outside the Moorhead Youth Hockey Arena on Tuesday for an autograph at the Minnesota Wild Road Tour said, “So what did you think about your suspension in the playoffs?” The suspension the boy was talking about was the seven-game suspension Cooke received for a knee-on-knee check to Avalanche defenseman Tyson Barri