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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Ottertail Central had lost in its previous two trips to a football section championship game in the Fargodome. The Bulldogs weren't going to let that happen for a third consecutive time Friday at Gate City Bank Field. Senior running back Austin Wensauer rushed for 114 yards and four touchdowns to help power Ottertail Central to a 38-28 victory against the Ada-Borup Cougars to win the Minnesota Class 1A, Section 6 championship.
Minnesota State Moorhead sophomore Jake Richter has made attention-grabbing plays the past couples games. The wide receiver had an ESPN SportsCenter top 10-worthy grab in a home football loss against No. 1-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato. Richter followed that with a game-winning grab in an overtime victory at Wayne State. The spotlight isn't something Richter relishes.
MOORHEAD — Minnesota State Moorhead didn't earn the victory against No. 1-ranked Minnesota State-Mankato on Saturday, but the Dragons garnered national attention. MSUM sophomore wide receiver Jake Richter made an acrobatic, bobbling catch over a defender on the sidelines that made ESPN's SportsCenter Top 10 plays. Richter's grab also made ESPN's Top 10 college football plays for the week. "I never would have thought it would blow up like that," said Richter, from Detroit Lakes, Minn. "In the end, I wish we would have pulled out the win as a team."
MOORHEAD — Minnesota State Moorhead sophomore Darius Woods-Steichen isn't listed as a starter on the Dragons defensive depth chart, but the defensive end has starter-like production. The 6-foot-2, 262-pound Woods-Steichen leads MSUM with four sacks through four games. He had two sacks in last Saturday's victory at the University of Mary in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football. "He's put himself in position to make a lot of plays," Dragons head coach Steve Laqua said. "I think he's an interesting blend of toughness with athleticism that gets him off blocks."
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.