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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MOORHEAD — Minnesota State Moorhead may have found another big-play wide receiver. Jake Richter had more than 100 receiving yards and two touchdown catches Thursday night at Scheels Field at Alex Nemzek Stadium. His performance helped lead the Dragons to a 34-10 victory against Minnesota-Crookston in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football opener for both teams before 2,737 fans.
MOORHEAD—Former Moorhead Spuds hockey standout and Minnesota Wild center Matt Cullen said some of the best memories of his youth involved him on the ice with his father, Terry Cullen, at the Moorhead Youth Hockey Association arena. Those hours spent at the arena were part of the hockey foundation for Matt, who has gone on to have a successful pro career. The 41-year-old signed earlier this summer with the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 21st NHL season.
MOORHEAD—Concordia hired a former North Dakota State All-American runner to lead its cross country program. The Cobbers have named Laura (Hermanson) Januszewski as their new head coach for men's and women's cross country. She will also be an assistant track coach for Concordia.
Minneapolis The comparisons have already been made numerous times. Former Concordia Cobbers wide receiver Brandon Zylstra, from Spicer, Minn., is a small college football player who is trying to make the NFL and earn a spot with the Minnesota Vikings, a story that is similar to a current Vikings Pro Bowl wide receiver. Zylstra isn't surprised he's been likened to Adam Thielen, who is from Detroit Lakes, Minn. Like Zylstra, Thielen is a Minnesota kid who went to a non-NCAA Division I college before he pursued a pro career. Both Thielen and Zylstra went undrafted.
Concordia's Memorial Auditorium recently received a refresh. The parquet basketball court was sanded down and repainted with a new design, including a larger Cobbers' "C" at center court. "It's more accurate colors and a more accurate maroon," saids Concordia athletic director Rachel Bergeson. "I think the exciting part of the design is the large 'C' in the center."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead is going to meet the elementary class from Detroit Lakes, Minn., after he said he wanted to meet them a week ago. Morstead invited the fourth-grade class at Rossman Elementary School to attend the Super Bowl Experience, the NFL’s interactive theme park at the Minneapolis Convention Center, during Super Bowl week in Minneapolis. The class saw Morstead’s video invite on Friday morning.
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.
FARGO—North Dakota State put everything together in the first half Friday night, and the Bison are headed back to Frisco, Texas, for the sixth time in seven years. The fans could have booked their championship-game flights at halftime. Junior running back Bruce Anderson scored four touchdowns in the first two quarters and the Bison defense swarmed a high-powered Sam Houston State (Texas) attack. That combination vaulted NDSU to a 55-13 victory over the Bearkats before 18,279 fans at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome in the NCAA Division I FCS football semifinals.
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.