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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DETROIT LAKES, Minn.—On the outskirts of Detroit Lakes, the Johnson family made a dirt path through the woods to the nearest home, a quarter of a mile away. Seven-year-old Janaye Johnson and her younger brother, Davis, needed a way to get to the house of the boy who moved in a couple years previous. He was in the same grade as Janaye, which felt like a miracle to her, as she was in the market for someone to play with, and the market was slim in those parts.
FARGO—Marquise Bridges was recruited out of DeLaSalle High School of Minneapolis in 2014 to be a wide receiver for North Dakota State. And for good reason. He had 66 catches for 1,317 yards and 21 touchdowns in his senior season with the Islanders. On Tuesday, in NDSU's 55-13 semifinal win over Sam Houston State, Bridges got the first and second interceptions of his collegiate career. Giving up the wide receiver role last season and moving to cornerback as a freshman was tough for Bridges, but he did it for a shot to play.
MOORHEAD—Many players on the Moorhead boys hockey team have said they have dreamt of winning the program's first state hockey championship. If the dream becomes a reality this season, the Spuds won't need to be pinched. They'll have the reality show to prove it. Moorhead will be featured in a six-week, six-episode reality television series on Fox Sports North focusing on its current season. Presented by StateofHockey.com, "Dream. State." will begin in the middle of February and run through the middle of March.
PERHAM, Minn. — Logan Richter, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive and defensive lineman from Perham, sat in the back row with his sister, mom and dad, as University of Minnesota football coach P.J. Fleck spoke at TCF Bank Stadium.
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.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—Former Moorhead hockey standout and Stanley Cup champion Matt Cullen still isn't sure if he'll play another NHL season, but he is sure he's bringing the Stanley Cup to Moorhead when he gets his day with it on Aug. 31. "We're bringing it home," Cullen said. "I will be making it available to the public at some point. I just don't know how I'm going to do it or where or when. I have to follow up with the Cup guys and see exactly what the schedule is, see the exact details of when they're coming in and when they're leaving, so I can make the plans."
FARGO — On Sunday, June 25, at the Delta Hotel by Marriot in Fargo, sports memorabilia will be auctioned off as part of the festivities for the 34th annual Roger Maris Celebrity Golf Tournament. For two days, there will be golf and an auction to help raise money for Fargo Shanley High School, Hospice of the Red River Valley and the Sanford Roger Maris Cancer Center.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—In November, Pittsburgh Penguins center and former Moorhead hockey standout Matt Cullen was standing with teammates Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin looking at a miniature Stanley Cup. The NHL gives one out to each player who wins a title the previous season. Since the age of 2, in the living room of his home, Cullen has been a hockey player. For more than a decade, the 40-year-old has also been a father to 10-year-old Brooks, 8-year-old Wyatt and 6-year-old Joey. In that moment he was both.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—The cliché "no tomorrow" is often used when a Game 7 approaches in sports. Regardless of what happens in Game 7 of the NHL Eastern Conference Finals between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Ottawa Senators on Thursday, May 25, there will most certainly be a Friday.
HALSTAD, Minn.—There is a chance Norman County West High School of Halstad, Minn., will be without girls basketball, boys basketball, football or volleyball next season, as the athletic department awaits a decision on what will become of the district. "Our school board is in the middle of deciding on what they will be doing in a long-term direction," NCW athletic director Nate Albrecht said. "There's some questions in the community about how long we will be a school district or if we should move toward consolidation of school districts with Ada-Borup."