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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Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton High School counselor Sarah Kjos walked up to D-G-F athletic director Joe O'Keefe on Tuesday to tell him she was going to Barnesville to help out because of a tragedy. O'Keefe asked what happend. Kjos told him a former student and volunteer coach had died in a car accident. "Please don't let it be Jaynie," O'Keefe thought to himself. It was Jaynie.
Moorhead senior point guard and University of Nebraska commit Sam Haiby tore the lateral meniscus in her left knee against Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton on Friday. She is getting an MRI on Wednesday, Jan. 2, to find out the severity of the injury.
On the outskirts of Detroit Lakes, the Johnson family made a dirt path through the woods to the nearest home, a quarter of a mile away. Seven-year-old Janaye Johnson and her younger brother, Davis, needed a way to get to the house of the boy that moved in a couple years previous. He was in the same grade as Janaye, which felt like a miracle to her, as she was in the market for someone to play with, and the market was slim in those parts.
When picture day arrived for football this season, Miguel Garcia III was taken aback. The senior wide receiver and safety was so used to wearing the royal blue and gray of Norman County West. Instead, there he was, sitting in the bleachers and taking a team picture wearing the black and red of Ada-Borup. He was a Cougar in the first season of a co-op between Ada-Borup and Norman County West.
On his first day ever playing American football, Ada-Borup (Minn.) junior Vitor Vac Bitu Alves watched as Ada-Borup-Norman County West kicker Colby Stevenson kicked a few extra points in practice. Stevenson told Vac Bitu Alves to give it a try. In tennis shoes, the foreign exchange student from Sao Paulo, Brazil, drilled two of three attempts with about 25 yards to spare. Stevenson walked up to A-B-NCW coach Paul Tinjum and said, "He can have my spot."
Barnesville defensive back Jackson Wahl was thinking about not overthinking, as a pass from Hawley quarterback Jacob Vetter floated toward him at the Fargodome on Friday. His thought was to not think. "Don't overthink it," Wahl said to himself.
Before Ada-Borup-Norman County West took on Ottertail Central in the Minnesota Class 1A, Section 6 championship football game on Friday, Randy Peterson gave the Cougars his son's helmet. Randy's son, Carter, was killed last October when a drunk driver crashed into the car Carter was driving. He would've been starting on both lines for the Cougars on Friday, but he died at the scene at the age of 17. Randy was one of the first responders.
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."