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 Fargo Force have their first playoff series win since 2013 and first under third-year coach Cary Eades. The Force swept Tri-City in a best-of-three series via a 3-0 win in Game 2 Wednesday at Scheels Arena. More importantly for for the Force, after playing three games in four days, they will get an extra day of rest before taking on Omaha on the road Saturday and Sunday.
MOORHEAD—The Hurricanes wanted to see what they could do. The junior sled hockey team from Moorhead was missing one of its best players, had a goalie that was pretty new to the position and only one sub for the USA Disabled Hockey Festival in West Dundee, Ill., last weekend. Teams are placed in divisions based off of a request from the team itself and past experience. The Hurricanes requested the Youth A division, the highest level.
FARGO—The last memory former Moorhead hockey standout and Fargo Force winger Carter Randklev had of playoff hockey was a one-goal loss to St. Michael-Albertville in the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 8 championship game in March. He had the puck on his stick with a shot to tie that game, but went high at the buzzer. He didn't miss Tuesday at Scheels Arena in the United States Hockey League playoff opener for the Force, scoring two goals and dishing out an assist in a 5-1 Force win. The Force will look to send Tri-City home for the summer Wednesday in the best-of-three series.
FARGO—The quest for something the Fargo Force have coveted for a decade begins Tuesday at Scheels Arena at 7:05 p.m. The Force begin a best-of-three series against Tri-City in the first round of the United States Hockey League playoffs in search of the franchise's first Clark Cup title. It's their seventh playoff appearance.
FARGO—It's been a long few days for the Fargo Force, as they were forced to stay in Sioux Falls, S.D., Friday and Saturday thanks to a snow storm. Fargo had to move its home finale of the United States Hockey League regular season from Saturday to Sunday. The Force had to push the start time back 20 minutes on Sunday, as they left Sioux Falls around 10 a.m. and did not arrive in Fargo until 3:20 p.m. The game was originally scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
FARGO—The Fargo Force were looking forward to playing a sold-out game at Scheels Arena on Saturday to close out the United States Hockey League regular season. As has been the case for many things of late, Mother Nature ruined everything. The Force have been stuck in Sioux Falls, S.D., since their game against the Stampede on Friday night. With the Interstate-29 still closed as of 4 p.m. Saturday, the Force are staying Saturday night in Sioux Falls as well. That pushed the Force's game against Sioux Falls at Scheels Arena from Saturday at 7:05 p.m. to Sunday at 5:05 p.m.
CASSELTON, N.D.—Well, Central Cass tried. Mother Nature had other plans. Central Cass scheduled 14 high school and college softball games, featuring 12 teams, including the Squirrels, Friday and Saturday at its new facility. The idea was to help teams get their season going with its all-turf field.
Fargo When Fargo Force goalie Strauss Mann was a junior in high school at Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn., he looked in the mirror and asked himself what he wanted to do. He would end up playing in just eight games that season as the backup goalie. He told himself he wanted to play Division I hockey. It was at that moment Mann dedicated every minute of his life to hockey. And now, less than three years later, he's committed to play for the University of Michigan and putting together one of the best season's in net in Force history.
MOORHEAD—Moorhead High School will present a proposal for boys and girls varsity and junior varsity lacrosse for the 2018-19 school year to the Moorhead School Board in June. Moorhead athletic director Dean Haugo said it hasn't been set, but he believes it'll be the June 11 board meeting. "There's a demand there and it's our job to answer that," Haugo said. "We think we have the numbers to not only field a team, but to sustain it." Moorhead has added trapshooting, Nordic skiing, adaptive bowling and brought back debate in the last four years.
NORTHFIELD, Minn.—When Moorhead senior Sam Haiby came down from the stage at The Grand in Northfield, Minn., on Friday, she was met by Moorhead girls basketball coach Jed Carlson. "You're Miss Basketball to me," Carlson said to Haiby. Eastview's Megan Walstad was named Minnesota's Miss Basketball. The Wisconsin-Milwaukee commit averaged 15 points, nine rebounds and three blocks a game, leading Eastview to a 32-0 season and a Class 4A state championship.