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—When Jabril Cox intercepted a pass during the fourth quarter, the North Dakota State sophomore linebacker wasn't going to be denied. Cox returned it 43 yards for a touchdown to help No 1-ranked North Dakota State secure a 38-7 victory against North Alabama in NCAA Division I FCS football at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome before 18,557 fans Saturday, Sept. 15. "Once he caught it, he told me there was no way he was going to get caught," said Bison head coach Chris Klieman. "He wants to play offense, but we are going to keep him right where he's at."
FARGO -- Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks outfielder Brennan Metzger thought his baseball career would land him on ESPN’s SportsCenter one day. However, he didn’t expect his big highlight to include a trash can. “This is definitely the most media attention that I’ve ever received for baseball stuff,” Metzger said Tuesday. “This is definitely not the way I figured I would show up on SportsCenter.”
FARGO -- Eric Loeffler thought his chances to win the men’s half-marathon at the Sanford Fargo Marathon on Saturday were slipping away early in the race. Those thoughts were wrong.
FARGO -- Katie Bostrom had simple goals for the women’s 10K race at the Sanford Fargo Marathon: The Fargo South graduate wanted to make it through the race and also break 40 minutes. She can add winning to her checklist. Bostrom crossed the line in 37 minutes, 31 seconds to earn the victory Saturday. A runner at North Dakota State, she flashed Bison horns with her hands as she broke the tape.
FARGO—South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert is going to be catching passes in the NFL from a former Missouri Valley Football Conference rival. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Goedert in the second round of the NFL Draft with the No. 49 pick overall Friday night. He joins the Super Bowl champions who have former North Dakota State star Carson Wentz at quarterback. "It's crazy," Goedert said. "It's going to be incredible, playing with Carson, the best quarterback in the league."
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."