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—Bismarck Century sophomore Lauren Ware was nearly overcome with emotion moments after the North Dakota Class A state girls basketball game ended. "I almost passed out it was so awesome," Ware said with a smile. The 6-foot-4 Ware scored 24 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked five shots to help the Patriots rally for a 55-51 victory against the Mandan Braves in the state title game at North Dakota State's Scheels Center on Saturday, March 10.
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—Grand Forks Red River head coach Kent Ripplinger knows what he's going to get from Roughriders junior guard Kenady Steffan. "With Kenady, you have a lot of fire," Ripplinger said. Steffan helped ignite her team Friday night. She scored a team-high 17 points to lead Red River to a 58-46 victory against Fargo Shanley in the East Region girls basketball semifinals at Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex.
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—North Dakota State senior Paul Miller scored a game-high 25 points to help lead his team to a double-digit victory Thursday night, but Miller wasn't totally satisfied. "I think there is a lot more in the tank," Miller said. The Bison had enough in the tank to score a 73-58 victory against Omaha in Summit League men's basketball before 2,507 fans at the Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex. "We played a decent game, it just felt like we had even more there," said Miller, who added seven rebounds.
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."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead wants to meet with elementary students from Minnesota Vikings receiver Adam Thielen's hometown. A fourth-grade class at Rossman Elementary School in Detroit Lakes joined Vikings fans who have given to Morstead's charity since the Saints' dramatic loss to the Vikings last Sunday in the NFL playoffs. Nick Alton's class posted a video on Twitter on Friday morning, Jan. 19, with a message that his students had raised $64 for Morstead's foundation called "What You Give Will Grow."
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead head football coach Steve Laqua said former Dragons wide receiver Damon Gibson has a lot at stake this week. "This is the most important week for his NFL future," Laqua said. "It's great that he has a chance to do it." Gibson has been practicing all week preparing for the East-West Shrine Game, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game is being televised on NFL Network.