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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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.
FARGO—To be the Class B dual champion, No. 1-seeded Lisbon is going to have to beat the champion. The Broncos rolled a 61-12 victory against Pembina County North in the dual quarterfinals Thursday, Feb. 16, at the North Dakota state wrestling tournament at the Fargodome. Lisbon's victory sets up a matchup against two-time defending state dual champion Carrington in the semifinals, which are scheduled for approximately 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 17. The dual championship is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday.
FARGO — The Minnesota Twins lost 103 games last season, but 200 is a number Hall of Fame pitcher and Twins broadcaster Bert Blyleven brought up at the Sanctuary Events Center. "A lot of things have to change, but it comes down to starting pitching," Blyleven said. "Do we have that guy that can pitch 200 innings other than maybe Ervin Santana? No." The Twins Winter Caravan made a stop in Fargo on Monday, Jan. 23. Formers Twins outfielder and radio analyst Dan Gladden, team president Dave St. Peter, pitcher Jose Berrios and catcher John Ryan Murphy joined Blyleven.
FARGO — Beth Podoll wants a better start than she experienced a previous time she competed at the USA Curling Junior National Championships. "The first slide of nationals I completely wiped out so hopefully that doesn't happen this time," Podoll said with a laugh. Podoll, from Fargo, is the skip for one of the women's teams at the Junior Nationals, which start Sunday, Jan. 15, at the F-M Curling Club with the opening ceremony. The men's and women's finals are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21.
FARGO—North Dakota State junior Paul Miller is trending in the right direction heading into conference play. The 6-foot-6 forward averaged nearly 19 points in the final three games of the nonconference schedule, including a 22-point performance against the University of North Dakota. "We had a good conversation with Paul of just setting high expectations for yourself and living up to those consistently," Bison head coach David Richman said.
FARGO—One glance at the season statistics for James Madison quarterback Bryan Schor and "75" is the number that pops off the page. The 6-foot-2, 215-pound junior has completed 75 percent of his passes heading into the NCAA Division I FCS semifinals. The Dukes play five-time defending national champion North Dakota State University at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at Gate City Bank Field in the Fargodome with a trip to the FCS championship game at stake.
FARGO — North Dakota State closed out its NCAA Division I FCS quarterfinal game in a fashion that head coach Chris Klieman hadn't seen before. NDSU gained nearly 300 yards and scored 22 points after halftime Saturday at the Fargodome. That stellar half helped vault top-seeded NDSU to a 36-10 victory against rival South Dakota State at Gate City Bank Field in front ot 18,285 fans. Now the Bison are one win away from a sixth consecutive trip to the national title game. "That's as dominant a second-half performance as I've seen here," Klieman said.
FARGO—South Dakota State University head coach John Stiegelmeier is embracing being able to play in a dome Saturday, Dec. 10, against rival North Dakota State University in the Division I FCS quarterfinals. "Without a doubt, we're not disappointed we're playing inside," Stiegelmeier said.
FARGO — Upon further review, the NCAA will allow teams to show their normal pregame introductory videos for the remainder of the Division I FCS playoffs. Earlier this week, the NCAA sent out a memo that clarified its position of not allowing host teams from showing their normal regular-season videoboard content, including team introduction videos.