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—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.
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.