Peterson covers college athletics for The Forum, including Concordia College and Minnesota State Moorhead. He also covers the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks independent baseball team and helps out with North Dakota State football coverage. Peterson has been working at the newspaper since 1996.
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FARGO—Mandan junior Megan Zander started to make shots in the second half Thursday, March 8, at the Fargodome. That proved too much for Devils Lake to overcome. Zander poured in 14 of her game-high 18 points in the second half as Mandan pulled away after halftime to earn a 68-46 victory in the North Dakota Class A girls basketball quarterfinals. "That's always great if she can feel the rhythm from behind the arc," Mandan head coach Abby Thomas said. "It's huge for us when she knocks down shots. Our team just thrives off of that."
FARGO—Bismarck St. Mary's sophomore Hallie Schweitzer hadn't attempted a 3-pointer all season. She picked a dramatic moment to attempt her first. Schweitzer sank a 3-pointer at the second-half buzzer to force overtime Thursday, March 8, at the Fargodome. That clutch shot helped vault the Saints to a 70-64 victory against Grand Forks Red River in the North Dakota Class A girls basketball state quarterfinals. "I had to get it up there just to give our team a chance, and so I took the shot," Schweitzer said.
FARGO—With the new early December signing period in NCAA Division I football, North Dakota State University head coach Chris Klieman only had to announce four new additions on national signing day, Wednesday, Feb. 7. Klieman doesn't see this new way of doing business for signing players going away.
MINNEAPOLIS—A 1973 Minot (N.D.) Ryan High School graduate, Mark Slater said one of his top college football options was North Dakota State. That was until then Bison head coach Ron Erhardt took a coaching job with the New England Patriots. "There was a pretty good chance I would have ended up there because (Erhardt) was going to let me be a running back," said the 63-year-old Slater, who now lives in Norwood Young America, Minn.
FARGO—The Minnesota Twins signed veteran relievers Fernando Rodney, Addison Reed and Zach Duke this offseason, and Trevor Hildenberger and Taylor Rogers couldn't be happier. Hildenberger and Rogers, both 27, had solid seasons for the Twins out of the bullpen last year for a team that had a turnaround season. "I'm pumped about it," said Hildenberger, a right-hander. "I think we added a bonafide closer in Fernando Rodney, and he's got a great changeup, which is my favorite pitch, so I'm going to pick his brain about that."
FRISCO, Texas—Darrius Shepherd had one chance to make a big play Saturday afternoon, Jan. 6, at Toyota Stadium and the North Dakota State junior wide receiver delivered. Shepherd hauled in a 50-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of NDSU's 17-13 victory against James Madison for the Division I FCS championship. For Shepherd, it was his first touchdown catch this season and also the biggest offensive play in a game dominated by defense. "We needed to hit the home run," Bison head coach Chris Klieman said. "Not many teams hit a home run on those guys."
MOORHEAD - Concordia Cobbers senior Zach Doerring was hoping to get a few favorites from friends after he posted a video on Twitter of him skating on the slick road outside his house on Wednesday morning, Dec.
FARGO—In the midst of final exams and coming off a win against its rival last weekend, the task for North Dakota State on Tuesday night was to remain focused. The Bison accomplished that mission, getting a career-high 17 points from true freshman Rocky Kreuser to cruise to a 101-58 victory against Valley City State in nonconference men's basketball before 1,661 fans at Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex.
FARGO—The Fargodome has become a de facto home site for the national semifinals in recent Division I FCS football history. For the seventh consecutive season, the facility will host the semis after the Bison rolled to a 42-10 victory against Wofford College (S.C) on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 9, before 17,008 fans. "It's pretty special," said Bison head coach Chris Klieman. "Since I came here in 2011, we've been in the semifinals every year. ... There's great tradition long before I got here and there will be great tradition long after I leave here."
FARGO—North Dakota State showed its own version of a triple-option backfield Saturday afternoon, Dec. 2, at the Fargodome. Three different running backs scored touchdowns and the Bison rushed for more than 300 yards, rolling to a 38-3 victory against the University of San Diego in the second round of the NCAA Division I FCS football playoffs before 18,067 fans at Gate City Bank Field.