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 - The first soccer ball Fargo Davies sophomore Yonas Adams ever kicked was a plastic bag filled with garbage that he tied and sewed together. He carried it around with him everywhere in the streets of Abomsa, Ethiopia. If Adams were still in those streets, after both his parents had died, he'd be lucky to have a job washing cars or shining shoes.
FARGO — The Fargo Force will unveil a banner for the franchise's first Clark Cup title Friday at Scheels Arena before the home opener. The banner will hang in the southeast corner of the arena. Force coach Cary Eades has seen many hockey banners lifted to the rafters. He won two national championships as a player and one as a coach with the University of North Dakota. He won three Minnesota state championships as the coach at Warroad High School and won the United States Hockey League's Clark Cup with Sioux Falls.
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—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 High School (N.D.) 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.
FARGO - It's only a matter of time before the Fargo Force clinch a playoff spot in the United States Hockey League, but the Force have their eyes on something bigger.
Frazee, Minn. Missy Carlson had just put her sons to bed on a summer day in 2001. Josh was a week away from turning 6 years old and Tanner was 1½ —a few months from putting on his first wrestling singlet. She went out to the garage of their Frazee home to talk with her husband, as she often did at the end of their day.
FARGO—Hillsboro-Central Valley was grasping to a one-point lead over Hettinger-Scranton-Richardton in the North Dakota Class B state wrestling dual quarterfinals on Thursday at the Fargodome. It seemed as though Kaden Pastian was going to let that lead slip away with just a few weights remaining. The freshman trailed 4-1 in the third period at 152 pounds.
BARNESVILLE, Minn. — The wedding ring had "burned a hole" in the pants pocket of Barnesville assistant boys basketball coach Jon Hodge. He had all these elaborate plans for how he was going to ask four-time Olympic luger Erin Hamlin to marry him, but they went out the window.
ORLANDO, Fla.—Former Detroit Lakes (Minn.) High School football coach Flint Motschenbacher was sitting on a beach in Fort Myers, Fla., Monday when he got a text from a player he used to coach. "Hey, coach," the text read, "You want to go to the Pro Bowl?" It was from Minnesota Vikings wide receiver and 2008 Detroit Lakes graduate Adam Thielen.
BARNESVILLE, MINN.—Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School counselor Sarah Kjos walked up to D-G-F athletic director Joe O'Keefe on Tuesday to tell him she was going to Barnesville to help out because of a tragedy. O'Keefe asked what happened. Kjos told him a former student and volunteer coach had died in a car accident. "Please don't let it be Jaynie," O'Keefe thought to himself. It was Jaynie.