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 Davies Coach: Lisa Schwinden (second season) Last season: ninth at state Who's gone: Anna Davison Key returners: Ava Olson, Fr.; Rylee Fitzgerald, Jr.; Payton Asche, Jr.; Kate Osowski, Jr.; Kaytlin Tesch, So.; Liv Karnik, Fr.; Lauren Lamp, Fr.; Kya Benson, Fr.; Quinn Benson, seventh grade.
West Fargo girls golf coach Paula Pierson needed a credit to graduate from Mayville State. She decided to take a golf class. She was hooked. "For me, personally, it's such a challenge," Pierson said. "You're only playing against yourself. You're trying to beat your last best score. I like the competitiveness and the challenge to beat my last score."
West Fargo Sheyenne's girls golf team has high expectations for the upcoming season. "I think we should have a chance to compete for the EDC title," Mustangs golf coach Dan Wolf said. "And anything can happen in two days at the state tournament. You try to catch lightning in a bottle and go from there." The Mustangs have good reason for the expectations, led by four seniors in Maggie Manson, Allison Schmidt, Jessica Koerselman and Mollie Gast. Manson finished third last season at the Class A state meet.
The scene Tuesday, July 17, 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."
West Fargo West Fargo High School graduate Jared Franek won four wrestling North Dakota Class A state titles at the Fargodome. He also rushed for three touchdowns to help lead the Packers to a Class 3A state football championship at the Fargodome in November. "It's not too overwhelming since I've been in that dome so many times for football and wrestling," Franek said. "The big stage I'm not really afraid of."
West Fargo's Franek breaks wins record Jared Franek ended his wrestling career with 268 wins, surpassing former West Fargo Packers teammate Jordan Shearer's 259 for the all-time career wrestling wins record in North Dakota. The North Dakota State commit finished 54-1 in his final prep season and won his fourth state championship. Fargo Davies' Andre Baguma and Valley City's Logan Erlandson also took home Class A wrestling titles. H-CV boys basketball does it again
Bismarck was trailing by two in the bottom of the seventh of last week Thursday in the North Dakota Class A state softball quarterfinals at Mickelson Park. The Demons had loaded the bases with one out on West Fargo Sheyenne. Sheyenne was trying to win its first ever softball game at the state tournament against the top seed out of the West Region and a team that played in the state championship last season.
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.
FARGO—West Fargo will not be state softball champions. Two decades straight of championships disappeared Thursday into the clear blue sky above Mickelson Park, as Century's Maddy Zander pierced it with a three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning.
FARGO—Bismarck was trailing by two in the bottom of the seventh of Thursday's North Dakota Class A state softball quarterfinal at Mickelson Park. The Demons had loaded the bases with one out on West Fargo Sheyenne. Sheyenne was trying to win its first ever softball game at the state tournament against the top seed out of the West Region and a team that played in the state championship last season.