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 — 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.
FARGO — South Dakota State tight end Dallas Goedert nearly decided to play football for an NCAA Division II program. "I was really close," Goedert said, referring to the offer he received from Northern State in Aberdeen, S.D. "I was hours away from committing to NSU." Then one day, Goedert said, he woke up and decided to text SDSU head coach John Stiegelmeier to let Stiegelmeier know he was going to walk-on for the Jackrabbits.
FARGO — North Dakota State quarterback Easton Stick had a historical afternoon Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Fargodome. Stick threw three touchdown passes to tie a Bison postseason single-game record. He finished with 307 yards from scrimmage to spark NDSU to a 45-7 victory against the University of San Diego in the Division I FCS second round at Gate City Bank Field before 18,305 fans. "Easton Stick played exceptional football," Bison head coach Chris Klieman said.
FARGO — After more than 40 years in coaching and more than 300 victories, Fargo Shanley head football coach Rod Oksendahl decided it was time. Oksendahl announced his retirement Wednesday, Nov. 30, after 43 years of coaching high school football, including 37 as a head coach. He was the head coach for the Deacons the past six seasons. "After 43 years, it's enough, I'm just tired," Oksendahl said. "This just seemed to be a good time to do it."
FARGO — Former North Dakota State quarterback Brock Jensen recently received a text message reminder from his father, Steve, on the championship game efficiency Brock has enjoyed since his sophomore year in high school. In the nine football seasons he's played since, Jensen's teams have played for a championship seven times. His high school teams won two state title games, he led the Bison to three Division I FCS national championships and now he's adding a second Grey Cup game to his resume.