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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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.
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."