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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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.
MOORHEAD -- St. Cloud State junior defenseman and former Moorhead hockey standout Will Borgen was driving home from practicing with the Spuds hockey team a couple weeks ago when he got a call from Huskies coach Bob Motzko. Borgen was home for winter break and Motzko was at the World Junior Championships in Buffalo, N.Y.
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.