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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Barnesville head football coach Bryan Strand's favorite coach is his father. Richard Strand coached football at Southland High School in Adams, Minn., for 30 years beginning in 1973, winning a state title in 1983.
Concordia linebacker Alex Berg has never forgiven himself for dropping an interception that would have sealed a win for the Cobbers in last year's game against then No. 4-ranked St. Thomas.
The rusted 1946 Chevy bus sits at the Kletsch family home in Barnesville, Minn., awaiting game day. For the last five years, with flags flying and the horn honking, the bus with "Trojans" written on the side has been the first to arrive at Barnesville High School for football games and the last to leave. Getting it to game day is not always easy. "We're working on that stupid thing right now," Jacob Kletsch, the oldest of the four Kletsch boys, said. "Jonah is over there cussing and swearing at it right now."
Last week, Frazee (Minn.) High School athletic director Nick Courneya, who used to coach varsity football, went out to football practice for the Hornets. He saw a sophomore quarterback handing the ball off and throwing to freshmen. On Tuesday, Aug. 22, nine days before Frazee is supposed to host Perham to open the football season, the Hornets had a team meeting in which Courneya explained to them why the decision was made to forfeit this season.
An online petition has surfaced wanting Waubun High School (Minn.) to remain the Bombers and not co-op with Mahnomen High School. The “Committee to Save the Bombers” created the petition two weeks ago in response to the announcement regarding Waubun and Mahnomen joining for all sports beginning in the 2018-19 school year. It has been signed by 111 people.
One of the winningest football programs in Minnesota high school football will be co-oping with one of the more recent successful football programs, as Mahnomen and Waubun will co-op in all sports for the 2018-19 school year. The programs will co-op in boys and girls basketball for the 2017-18 school year.
As he came off his final hole on the final day of the Minnesota Class 1A state boys golf meet at Pebble Creek Golf Club, Mahnomen-Waubun senior Brady Liebl heard the congratulations from parents of the team. He didn't believe it. It wasn't until Liebl saw the team photo of the Cougars getting slid into the first-place trophy by Minnesota State High School League officials that it hit him. For the first time in program history, Mahnomen-Waubun was the king of Class 1A boys golf in Minnesota.
There is a chance Norman County West High School of Halstad, Minn., will be without girls basketball, boys basketball, football or volleyball next season, as the athletic department awaits a decision on what will become of the district.
On Wednesday afternoon, April 12, players on the Ottertail Central football and Henning basketball teams met in the weight room at Henning High School. The sign-in sheet had sophomore Jacob Quam’s name all over it. Like most weeks, he had been in the weight room every day. His name was not there Thursday.
When Shannon Raaen watches her only son, her "baby" as she refers to him, play for Lake Park-Audubon in Thursday's Class A basketball quarterfinals, she will have a coin in her purse. It's not a nickel, a penny, a quarter, a dime. There is no monetary value to this coin. It appeared in her husband's pocket when he was at a vending machine at a hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., on Oct. 7, 2015. It was moments before Shannon was set to have surgery, after being diagnosed with ovarian cancer the night before.