Chris Murphy / Forum News Service
MOORHEAD — The traveling trophy for the Moorhead and Bemidji football game is the ax trophy. Though it's hard to call it a traveling trophy, since it's never traveled. It's always been in Moorhead, since the creation of it came in the middle of six straight losses for the Lumberjacks to the Spuds. The trophy will do some traveling for the first time, as Bemidji topped Moorhead 43-28 Friday for the first time since Nov. 10, 2012.
CASSELTON, N.D. — Last season, when Fargo Shanley starting quarterback Kaden Kueneman went down and Cade Busek was called to step in as quarterback, he fumbled on his first play. Busek got the call again Friday and answered, leading No. 2 Shanley to a 40-22 win over No. 3 Central Cass in North Dakota Class 2A football.
MOORHEAD — There will be varsity football games again at Moorhead Park Christian. The Falcons forfeited all but two games in 2016 and did not play varsity football last season due to low numbers and the fear of injury. They are back this season. "It's very exciting, extremely exciting," Park Christian coach Lawton Burgstahler said. "The guys are just pumped to get out here and go."
FARGO -- A donation from anonymous donors of $1.2 million will bring field turf to Fargo South High School. "It really allows you to program your outdoor field like a gymnasium," director of student activities for Fargo Public Schools Todd Olson said. "There is no limit to the amount of time you can spend on it, whether it's athletic teams or physical education. It opens up a lot of opportunities at South High and really throughout the district."
FARGO—The scene Tuesday was all very familiar to West Fargo graduate and soon-to-be North Dakota State wrestler Jared Franek. He was back at the Fargodome wrestling for a Junior freestyle national championship. Between him and the title was a wrestler from Illinois. For the second straight year, Franek was standing at the podium a step below an Illinois wrestler. "Came all that way to finish second," Franek said. "Not feeling the best, but I got better things coming in the future."
MOORHEAD -- Matt Cullen laughed when the question was asked of him Sunday. 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?
MOORHEAD—Moorhead's Jack Stetz ended his high school athletic career with the Spuds on June 1 in a loss to Brainerd in the Class 4A, Section 8 baseball tournament. That was Stetz's ninth varsity season, playing three in football, hockey and baseball. "It's hard to think about," Stetz said. "Every coach I've had says once you're a Spud you're always a Spud. I keep that in the back of my mind."
ST. PAUL -- Moorhead junior Sutter Colborn remembers moving to Moorhead at the age of 8 when his house flooded in 2009. He originally went to Norman County West. When he got to Moorhead he found out it was a requirement to do one track meet in elementary school. Colborn found high jump, even clearing 4 feet, 6 inches in eighth grade. “I was winning a lot and I really like winning,” Colborn said.
FARGO—Minot was the No. 4 seed out of the West Region for the North Dakota Class A softball tournament. The Majettes had to face a Dickinson team in Saturday's state championship game that had lost two games out of 29 this season and beaten Minot all four times the two matched up. Dickinson had the coach of the year in Amanda Mickey and the player of the year in Jordanne McNeilly. "Honestly, I think we were the only ones who really thought we could do it," Minot senior Rylee Terrel said.
FARGO—Dickinson senior Kayla Friske could feel off the bat her hit in the bottom of the fourth of Friday's North Dakota Class A state semifinal against West Fargo Sheyenne was a good one. She hadn't hit a home run all season, so she didn't think it had a chance of being one. She was wrong. It flew over the left-center fence at Mickelson Park to put Dickinson up one run on Sheyenne. Dickinson senior Amber Sickler took it from there in the pitcher's circle, holding off Sheyenne for a 3-2 victory.