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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Ryan Kraft is second all-time for goals in Moorhead Spuds hockey history with 96 and fourth for assists with 86. The 1994 Moorhead High School graduate will return to Spuds hockey, as the head coach of the varsity girls hockey team, pending school board approval on June 24. "I'm excited, I really am," Kraft said. "To have my kids go to the same high school as I did, the boys especially, and play for a varsity team I played and be a Spud, it's something I'm really, really excited to think about."
During his first NFL season, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen and his wife, Caitlin, knew they wanted to use Adam's platform to give back to the youth, beginning in the areas that impacted them. Adam grew up just outside of Detroit Lakes, Minn., and Caitlin grew up in Woodbury, Minn. But they didn't know how. They went to the Masonic Children's Hospital at the University of Minnesota and asked what children are overlooked or could use some help. They were taken on a tour of the behavior health unit.
Pelican Rapids sophomore Tatianna Wiley told her track and field coach that her legs were toast after she finished sixth in the 400 meters at the Minnesota Class 1A state track and field meet on Saturday. Vikings girls track and field coach John Peter told her that it was Day 2 of the state track meet, everyone's legs were toast.
Frazee junior Paige Ziegler felt some tears coming on after she crossed the finish line in the 100-meter hurdles of the Minnesota Class 1A state track and field meet on Saturday at Hamline University. It was 10 months ago when she needed help to stand.
New York Mills junior Tiffany Thompson doesn't necessarily like pitching. She certainly wasn't a big fan of it when she first started this softball season. The reason she wanted to pitch for New York Mills was because she knew that was a position the Eagles needed filled. Rhiana Roberts pitched every inning of the Minnesota Class 1A state softball tournament last season for the Eagles, leading them to their second straight state title. In fact, Roberts pitched 55.2 of the 63 innings New York Mills has played in the state tournament the past four seasons.
Detroit Lakes juniors Taylor and Laura Prussia want to assure everyone that they are twins. The two had to do a lot of convincing at a young age, informing people to ask their parents when questioned. Taylor has straight brown hair and brown eyes and is 3 inches taller than Laura. Laura has curly red hair and blue eyes. Even their personalities are different. There is one thing the two softball players undoubtedly share. "They hit the ball hard," Detroit Lakes head coach Phil Kirchner said.
Blayne Smith twice mentioned in his classroom work at Roosevelt Elementary in Detroit Lakes, Minn., that he wanted to run a half-marathon with his mom. He wrote it on a to-do list before he's 12 and on a list for his goals for 2019. That's exactly what the 8-year-old did Saturday at the Sanford Fargo Marathon.
Todd Henrickson has been on a bench coaching basketball in the area since 1983. His career began coaching seventh-graders in Moorhead and will end coaching high school in Barnesville. Henrickson, 55, has decided to walk away from coaching, handing over the Trojans varsity boys basketball team to longtime assistant Chad Suter. Henrickson will stay on as principal of Atkinson Elementary School and athletic director of Barnesville High School.
Some students at Ada-Borup Elementary have to jump for a high-five when Ada-Borup junior Mason Miller walks through their lunch hour. No hand gets left behind. No student is left hanging. Miller is a giant to them at 6-foot-8, 240 pounds. "He's a giant to me," Ada-Borup head football coach Paul Tinjum said. OK, he's a giant to a lot of people.
Hanging in a case in the gym lobby at Henning High School is the last worn basketball jerseys of Jacob Quam, who died in a car accident in 2017. When his class graduates this spring, those jerseys will be taken down and given to his mother Angela. Angela Quam sent a text to Henning boys basketball coach Randy Misegades on Thursday before Henning played in its first state tournament since 1966.