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—Former Minnesota State Moorhead wide receiver Damon Gibson had to chuckle as he looked back at his path to North Dakota State's Pro Day: From 9-man quarterback in high school, to NCAA Division II receiver to NFL tight end prospect. His journey has been be so unlikely that even Gibson has a hard time believing it. "It's crazy," he said with a laugh. "It's kind of stupid when you think about it, I mean what the hell is this guy doing? Someone would probably tell me to give up."
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Doubt started to creep into Northern State senior DJ Pollard's mind as the Wolves trailed Queens (N.C.) by five points with less than 30 seconds to play in overtime Thursday night. "I thought it was pretty close to being over," Pollard said Friday.
Gene Taylor had his share of memorable NCAA moments when he was the athletic director at North Dakota State. Taylor watched the Bison make the Division I men's basketball tournament in 2009 in the first season the program was eligible to make the Big Dance. In 2014, he watched NDSU upset Oklahoma in the first round for the program's first NCAA victory. Taylor is now the athletic director at Kansas State, which reached the Elite Eight with its dramatic 61-58 victory against Kentucky on Thursday night, March 22, in Atlanta.
FARGO—Bismarck Century sophomore Lauren Ware was nearly overcome with emotion moments after the North Dakota Class A state girls basketball game ended. "I almost passed out it was so awesome," Ware said with a smile. The 6-foot-4 Ware scored 24 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked five shots to help the Patriots rally for a 55-51 victory against the Mandan Braves in the state title game at North Dakota State's Scheels Center on Saturday, March 10.
FARGO—Mandan junior Megan Zander started to make shots in the second half Thursday, March 8, at the Fargodome. That proved too much for Devils Lake to overcome. Zander poured in 14 of her game-high 18 points in the second half as Mandan pulled away after halftime to earn a 68-46 victory in the North Dakota Class A girls basketball quarterfinals. "That's always great if she can feel the rhythm from behind the arc," Mandan head coach Abby Thomas said. "It's huge for us when she knocks down shots. Our team just thrives off of that."
FARGO—Bismarck St. Mary's sophomore Hallie Schweitzer hadn't attempted a 3-pointer all season. She picked a dramatic moment to attempt her first. Schweitzer sank a 3-pointer at the second-half buzzer to force overtime Thursday, March 8, at the Fargodome. That clutch shot helped vault the Saints to a 70-64 victory against Grand Forks Red River in the North Dakota Class A girls basketball state quarterfinals. "I had to get it up there just to give our team a chance, and so I took the shot," Schweitzer said.
FARGO—Grand Forks Red River head coach Kent Ripplinger knows what he's going to get from Roughriders junior guard Kenady Steffan. "With Kenady, you have a lot of fire," Ripplinger said. Steffan helped ignite her team Friday night. She scored a team-high 17 points to lead Red River to a 58-46 victory against Fargo Shanley in the East Region girls basketball semifinals at Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex.
FARGO—With the new early December signing period in NCAA Division I football, North Dakota State University head coach Chris Klieman only had to announce four new additions on national signing day, Wednesday, Feb. 7. Klieman doesn't see this new way of doing business for signing players going away.
MINNEAPOLIS—A 1973 Minot (N.D.) Ryan High School graduate, Mark Slater said one of his top college football options was North Dakota State. That was until then Bison head coach Ron Erhardt took a coaching job with the New England Patriots. "There was a pretty good chance I would have ended up there because (Erhardt) was going to let me be a running back," said the 63-year-old Slater, who now lives in Norwood Young America, Minn.
FARGO—North Dakota State senior Paul Miller scored a game-high 25 points to help lead his team to a double-digit victory Thursday night, but Miller wasn't totally satisfied. "I think there is a lot more in the tank," Miller said. The Bison had enough in the tank to score a 73-58 victory against Omaha in Summit League men's basketball before 2,507 fans at the Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex. "We played a decent game, it just felt like we had even more there," said Miller, who added seven rebounds.