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, Minn. -- Chris Ellingson has been a high school basketball referee for 15 years and a baseball and softball umpire for 12 years in Minnesota . He’ll never forget coming out of the dressing room, after waving off a basket at the buzzer, to three people holding a video camera yelling at him about the call. He remembers every detail from the experience, but he keeps the school, the teams and the names of the people out of the story.
CASSELTON, N.D. — Central Cass senior Jonah Lietz always wanted to be a wide receiver. But since he was one of the smartest kids in his class, he was put into the quarterback position in fourth grade. He loves to study plays and look at the details. His memory of each play in a football game is almost picture perfect.
MINNEAPOLIS — Kale Griffeth's wish for his seventh birthday was to go to a Minnesota Vikings game with his mom and dad at U.S. Bank Stadium. That was supposed to happen Sunday, as West Fargo graduates Katy, 34, and Randall Griffeth, 35, paid more than $900 for flights from their Hawaii home and about $250 each for a ticket to Minnesota's home opener against the San Francisco 49ers.
FARGO — Fargo Davies hockey standout Cade Stibbe has a list of goals on his door of his bedroom. When the forward was about 8 years old, one goal was to shoot 10,000 pucks in the offseason. It moved to 15,000 as he got older. Currently, it's broken up into different kind of shots. He also has how many hours he wants to spend in the weight room and on the ice. The goal at the bottom is Division I hockey. And it's circled. That goal will remain circled at the bottom of his door despite the fact he committed to play hockey for Arizona State on Thursday.
FARGO — Artificial turf has become almost a fictitious character thought to have the answers to all of life's problems for athletic directors. It symbolizes a hope for less injuries to athletes and a safe haven from Mother Nature. But is it the answer? "We couldn't be happier with our decision to add turf to our stadium," Moorhead athletic director Dean Haugo said. "It has been a complete game changer for our activities." The usage and upkeep
MOORHEAD, Minn.—Matt Cullen laughed when the question was asked of him Sunday, July 1. It's something the former Moorhead High School standout and three-time Stanley Cup champion hasn't had the answer to since he began playing hockey in his living room at the age of 2 in Virginia, Minn. What's it going to take for you to stop playing?
DES MOINES, Iowa—It was Laura Roesler's third Olympic Trials. Her best run in the 800 meters that season ranked sixth in the country. The Fargo South graduate and former Oregon Ducks track star was running at Hayward Field, her home track when she ran for Oregon. She had won an NCAA championship in the 800 on that track two years previous. But on July 1, 2016, Roesler finished fourth in her heat, 20th among the 38 runners, and again missed out on the Olympics. It was the first time she did not make the semifinals of the Olympic Trials.
WYNDMERE, N.D.—Milnor-Wyndmere-Lidgerwood track coach Rae Hosford couldn't face junior Evan Braaten. She couldn't stop crying. She could not think of any way to inform Braaten he had been disqualified from the finals in four events of last month's North Dakota Class B state track and field meet.
MAPLETON, N.D.—Kindred sophomore Mark Olson got a par on the 18th hole at Maple River Golf Course, hugged his teammates, his dad and gave a bit of an extra hug to his mom Wednesday. He finished with a two-day score of 149, 5-over par, shooting a 77 on Day 1 and a 72 on Day 2 of the Class B state boys golf meet.
MINNEAPOLIS—Connie Petermann walked into the post-op room at University of Minnesota Masonic Children's hospital Monday to find her first-born son weeping. Wahpeton (N.D.) High School sophomore Jacob Petermann had warned his mother he wouldn't be able to look at what remained of his left leg after the amputation. For 40 minutes he wept. Connie didn't know what to do. This was his fifth surgery since a cancerous tumor was found in his left leg after he broke it during warmups in a Jan. 12 boys basketball game. He had never come out of surgery like this.