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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OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Chris Board played high school football in Florida before a college career at North Dakota State. It wasn't the path the rookie linebacker, a Florida State fan growing up, envisioned he would take to the NFL. "The road is completely different than I expected, but I'm glad it happened the way it did," Board said. "I'm definitely glad I chose NDSU."
FARGO—When Jabril Cox intercepted a pass during the fourth quarter, the North Dakota State sophomore linebacker wasn't going to be denied. Cox returned it 43 yards for a touchdown to help No 1-ranked North Dakota State secure a 38-7 victory against North Alabama in NCAA Division I FCS football at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome before 18,557 fans Saturday, Sept. 15. "Once he caught it, he told me there was no way he was going to get caught," said Bison head coach Chris Klieman. "He wants to play offense, but we are going to keep him right where he's at."
Senior spotlight: Bison linebacker Levi Jordheim Q: If you could choose one superpower, what would it be? I think if I could have a superpower it would be flying. That would be pretty cool, you know, to be able to be where I want to be when I want to be. Q: What is something most people don't know about you? I'm an excellent hula hooper. So I guess you wouldn't know that looking at me, but I'm not bad. If you want to contest me some time I would be up for it. Q: Who is the best dresser on the team?
EAGAN, Minn — Former Concordia wide receiver Brandon Zylstra had a single focus the past few years with no fallback: NFL or bust. That mindset was by design with no exit strategy. "If you have a backup plan, you're not putting all your energy into Plan A," Zylstra said. "I never even thought of a Plan B."
FARGO—The lights went out during the first quarter Saturday, Sept. 1, at the Fargodome, delaying North Dakota State's season opener against Cal Poly around 20 minutes. Cal Poly head coach Tim Walsh joked he wished the dome would have remained dark the rest of the afternoon. "I wish they would have stayed out," Walsh said. "From that point on, the lights did go out on us." The No. 1-ranked Bison rushed for 458 yards to fuel a 49-3 victory against the Mustangs in NCAA Division I FCS football at Gate City Bank Field before 18,483 fans.
Senior spotlight: Bison defensive end Greg Menard Q: Who is your favorite cartoon character? My favorite cartoon character is probably Static Shock. I just thought he was really cool, flying around on his little saucer when I was a kid. Q: Who is your celebrity crush? I would have to say my celebrity crush is Natalie Portman. I've just been obsessed with her ever since I saw her in Star Wars when I was young and it's carried through to other work she's done. Q: What is your favorite sports movie?
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, Minn.—Wyatt Gunkel showed up at Jim Gotta Stadium on Friday afternoon, June 29, in a Carson Wentz jersey and khaki cargo shorts, not expecting he would be catching passes from the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback. Had he known: "I probably would have wore some more athletic clothes," said Gunkel, a junior-to-be for the Moorhead Spuds football team. His wardrobe choices didn't prevent, however, Gunkel from making a nice over-the-shoulder catch in the end zone at the end of a 70-yard heave from Wentz.
FARGO—North Dakota State softball used a dash of raw power to earn a spot in the NCAA Division I tournament for a fifth consecutive season. The Bison blasted two home runs to fuel a six-run third inning. That power play helped lift NDSU to a 6-1 victory against South Dakota State to win the Summit League tournament championship Saturday, May 12, at Ellig Sports Complex before 507 fans.
FARGO—South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert is going to be catching passes in the NFL from a former Missouri Valley Football Conference rival. The Philadelphia Eagles drafted Goedert in the second round of the NFL Draft with the No. 49 pick overall Friday night. He joins the Super Bowl champions who have former North Dakota State star Carson Wentz at quarterback. "It's crazy," Goedert said. "It's going to be incredible, playing with Carson, the best quarterback in the league."