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Sam Ihry, 15, of Valley City, N.D. cheers for the Bison during the 2013 FCS Championship game against Sam Houston State at FC Dallas Stadium in Frisco, Texas on January, 5, 2013. Carrie Snyder / The Forum

Schnepf: Valley City boy's presence in Frisco speaks volumes


FRISCO, Texas -- Hidden amongst the estimated 14,000 North Dakota State fans that consumed FC Dallas Stadium Saturday was 15-year-old Sam Ihry.

First-row seat, 50-yard-line, right behind his heroes: the Bison football players.

Born with a chromosome abnormality that prevents him from speaking, Ihry couldn't yell like all those other Bison fans. But just like the rest, he was celebrating NDSU's 39-13 Football Championship Subdivision national title win over Sam Houston State.

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