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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West Fargo Sheyenne Coach: Brent Hintz (fifth season) Last season: 18-9, sixth in the state Who's gone: Kierra Freih, Tara Lewis and Kayla Stroh. Key returners: Maggie Manson, Sr., G; Yasmina Dokara, Sr., F; Shelby Weber, Sr., G.
Moorhead Coach: Tyler Bormann (third season) Last season: 12-16 Who's gone: Alend Alemadi, Ben Nelson, James Eggert, Noah Melton, Ethan Hoff and Cayden Rickard. Key returners: Maleeck Harden, Sr., G/F; Drew Hagen, Jr., G; Logan Garcia, Sr., F/C.
Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Coach: Davey Kosel (eighth season) Last season: 19-6 Who's gone: Jacob Arends, Trevor Dufault and Hunter Macziewski. Key returners: Jack Fuchs, Sr.; Matthew Pollock, Jr.; Jordan Summers, eighth grade; Zander Jenson, So.; Cade Sogge, Jr.; Carter Schmidt, Jr.; Logan Tucker, Jr.
Forum sports reporter Chris Murphy, WDAY sports reporter Joel Sipper and Forum/West Fargo Pioneer sports reporter Clay Cunningham discuss the Dakota Bowl, Minnesota state football, volleyball and swimming on this episode of Full-Court Press.
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 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."