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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CHENEY, Wash.—North Dakota State offensive lineman Austin Kuhnert had smile on his face early Saturday evening, Sept. 9, standing in the end zone for postgame interviews. The 6-foot-4, 304-pound senior guard was responding to the amount of rushing yards the No. 2-ranked Bison churned on the red turf at Roos Field. "I did not think 375," Kuhnert said. "I knew we were going to put up a lot of rushing yards, but not 375."
FARGO—North Dakota State University set a new scoring standard for its football program during the NCAA Division I era Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Fargodome. The No. 2-ranked Bison racked up a record amount of points since the school moved to FCS in 2004, cruising to a 72-7 season-opening victory against Mississippi Valley State in nonconference play at Gate City Bank Field before a sellout crowd of 18,502 fans. "Guys made plays with the football," said Bison quarterback Easton Stick, who completed 5 of 5 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
FARGO—"The 4th String" was a first-stringer Friday night, Sept. 1, near the Fargodome. On the eve of the North Dakota State football season opener, that tailgating group was first in line to get into general admission. "Why would it not be worth it?" said John Kane of Fargo. "Big fans come out for big events. This is a big event. It's college football. We enjoy every bit of it."
FARGO—A face and name that has been synonymous with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks for two decades is no longer leading the team. RedHawks chairman Bruce Thom said Sunday, Aug. 13, longtime manager Doug Simunic has been "relieved of his duties," but will be paid until the end of September. Simunic was in the final year of his contract and was in his 22nd season with the team. Simunic has managed the RedHawks since 1996, their inaugural season.
FARGO—North Dakota State senior quarterback Cole Davis played an integral role in one of the biggest moments in Bison football history. Davis was the holder for the game-winning 37-yard field goal against the Iowa Hawkeyes last September at Kinnick Stadium. His clean hold allowed Cam Pedersen to drill the football through the goalposts as time expired, giving NDSU a 23-21 victory against a ranked Division I FBS opponent in a Big Ten Conference stadium.
FARGO—Ryan Ripplinger didn't get the result he wanted Friday afternoon at the Fargodome, but still secured his best finish on the national stage. A Bismarck High School junior-to-be, Ripplinger took second place at the USA Wrestling Cadet Greco-Roman National Championships at 126 pounds. Reece Witcraft of Coweta, Okla., earned a 15-4 technical decision against Ripplinger in the title match.
FARGO — Robbie Lopez is one of the longest-tenured Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks, but also one most fans likely wouldn't know. The 1998 West Fargo High School graduate is the bullpen catcher. Most of his work is done in obscurity: pregame or hidden from the crowd down the left-field line at Newman Outdoor Field. "He's important because it's a tough job," RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said. "You've got to have a mental approach to do that every day."
FARGO—For Azaria Reel, an 8-year-old from West Fargo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz looked a lot different in person. Reel and her family got to meet and take a photo with the former North Dakota State Bison standout Tuesday night at the Avalon Events Center. "He was a lot taller and he looked a lot different than I've seen in pictures," Reel said. "It was just amazing meeting him."
FARGO — After the U.S. Olympic Trials last July, Laura Roesler needed a break from track and field. The next time Roesler raced was more than eight months later. While the time off from competition was longer than anticipated, it served as a mental and physical reboot for the Fargo South graduate and former Oregon Ducks track star. "I got to take a vacation and go on trips," said Roesler, who runs for Nike. "It was just really nice, and bonus, I got to heal up."
FARGO—Lisbon junior Jordan Urbach left the North Dakota state wrestling tournament with a black eye and two championships. Urbach won the Class B 170-pound championship with a 7-5 decision against Beulah-Hazen senior Tyrel Mellmer on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Fargodome. Urbach's victory also capped the Class B individual team championship for Lisbon. The Broncos finished with 150 points. Two-time defending individual team champion Carrington was second with 139.5 points.