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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Less than two minutes into the dual, Concordia senior Aaron Dick delivered a momentum-altering performance. Dick scored a pin at 1 minute, 31 seconds at 133 pounds to give the Cobbers a six-point lead after the first match. Those early bonus points helped vault Concordia to a 22-18 dual victory against Minnesota State Moorhead on Tuesday in nonconference men's wrestling at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.
West Central Area-Ashby and Pillager piled up yards and scored points at a dizzying pace Friday night at the Fargodome, but it was a defensive play that sealed the victory for the Knights. West Central Area-Ashby junior Scottie Johnson forced a fumble on a sack with less than a minute remaining that senior defensive back Chris Onstad recovered. That play helped the Knights hold on for a dramatic 42-38 victory against Pillager for the Minnesota Class 2A, Section 6 football championship.
Verndale quarterback Mack Jones played on an injured ankle Friday afternoon at the Fargodome, but that didn't stop the senior from being productive. Jones passed for two touchdowns and rushed for two more, leading the Pirates to a 26-16 victory against Brandon-Evansville for the Minnesota 9-man, Section 4 football championship at Gate City Bank Field.
Concordia starting quarterback and former Laker Michael Herzog is out for Saturday’s football showdown at St. Thomas with a foot injury, Cobbers head coach Terry Horan confirmed Tuesday. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior injured his foot against Gustavus last weekend. Sophomore quarterback Blake Kragnes will get the start against the Tommies, while sophomore Matt Bye of Moorhead will move to No. 2 on the Concordia quarterback depth chart.
Laura Januszewski hadn’t run the Fargo Marathon 10K before, but she knew the course well. The former North Dakota State track standout did many training runs on that path. “We used to run the 10K route all the time for our workout so it was kind of fun to go back,” said Januszewski, who now lives in Pelican Rapids, Minn., and coaches track and field at Lake Park-Audubon high school.
Minnesota State Moorhead quarterback Demetrius Carr looks to have another emerging big target to throw to next fall. Dragons sophomore wide receiver Jacob Richter had 20 catches for 296 yards and two touchdowns Saturday, April 22, at Scheels Field at Alex Nemzek Stadium. Richter caught a late touchdown for the White team, but it wasn't enough as the Red squad held on for a 28-27 victory in MSUM's annual spring football game.
Ada-Borup senior Elizabeth Birkemeyer saved all her scoring for the second half Tuesday, March 7, at Memorial Auditorium. The 5-foot-8 guard scored 13 points after halftime to spark the Cougars to a 48-40 victory against New York Mills for the Minnesota Class 1A, Section 6 girls basketball championship. "We picked up the intensity. We adjusted to their defense," Birkemeyer said. "We knew they were long and lanky. ... We weren't ready for that right away, but I think we adjusted."
Brett Stall had a left ankle filled with metal. After the ankle started swelling up, that hardware was removed in early February. The plate and nine screws are now gone. “I had to go in and have it taken all out,” said Stall, a professional bull rider from Detroit Lakes, Minn. “That’s part of rodeo life. In a sport like that, you’re going to having injuries. You just have to be strong and come back from it.”
Senior cornerback Sheldon Jones II is one of the veterans on a Minnesota State Moorhead defense that has 10 players that started at one point last season. This is an important spring for an experienced unit that has shown improvement, but still didn't rank in the top 10 in points allowed and total defense in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference last fall. "It's consistency as a whole," Jones II said. "We can't use that excuse that we're young anymore. We've got to be consistent and just makes plays. We've got a lot of expectations."
Ada-Borup started fast in terms of success and tempo Saturday night at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. The No. 3-ranked Cougars built a double-digit lead less than five minutes into the game...