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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NORMAL, Ill.—No. 4-ranked North Dakota State wasn't in the sharing mood Saturday afternoon, Nov. 18. The Bison rushed for 267 yards and three touchdowns on a cold, rainy, snowy, windy day at Hancock Stadium. The ground game helped NDSU earn a 20-7 victory against Illinois State to win the Missouri Valley Football Conference championship outright before an announced crowd of 7,664 fans. The Bison (10-1, 7-1 MVFC) earned their first outright conference crown since 2013. NDSU has earned at least a share of the MVFC title seven consecutive times.
FARGO — LaMoure-Litchville-Marion came out in attack mode Thursday night at the Fargodome and that translated into success. The top-seeded Loboes got 19 kills from senior hitter Anna Holen to spark a 25-16, 25-16, 25-12 victory against Central Cass in the North Dakota Class B state quarterfinals on Nov. 16. "We definitely wanted to come out with a bang so we tried to come out with as much intensity as we could," Holen said. "When we play intense, things click for us. It was just about intensity."
FARGO—The West Fargo Packers had their dream season take a detour Thursday afternoon, Nov. 16, at the Fargodome. The top seed from the East Region had its state championship hopes dashed thanks to the Mandan Braves, the No. 4 seed from the West. Junior hitter Megan Zander had 18 kills and four blocks to lead Mandan to a 25-21, 22-25, 25-18, 23-25, 16-14 victory against the Packers in the North Dakota Class A state volleyball quarterfinals. The Packers (32-2) lost for only the second time this season.
FARGO—Easton Stick was nearly perfect Saturday afternoon, Nov. 11, at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome. The North Dakota State quarterback completed 11 of 12 passes for a career-high 307 yards to help lift the No. 5-ranked Bison to a 49-14 victory against No. 10-ranked South Dakota in Missouri Valley Football Conference play before 18,623 fans on senior day.
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio—North Dakota State kicker Cam Pedersen played hero again on the road in a heavyweight matchup. Pedersen booted a 36-yard field goal in overtime to lift the No. 2-ranked Bison to a 27-24 victory against No. 8-ranked Youngstown State on Saturday, Oct. 14, in Missouri Valley Football Conference play at Stambaugh Stadium. The Bison (6-0, 3-0 MVFC) remained unbeaten, handing the Penguins (3-3, 1-2) their second consecutive heartbreaking loss. YSU lost at South Dakota the previous weekend, also on a late field goal.
FARGO—North Dakota State played backward Saturday afternoon, Sept. 30, at the Fargodome. The run-heavy Bison went to the air early for offensive success. Junior quarterback Easton Stick passed for 121 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter to help spark No. 2-ranked NDSU to a 38-11 victory against Missouri State in Missouri Valley Football Conference play before 18,892 fans at Gate City Bank Field. "Anytime you can start like that and get into a rhythm I think it helps," Stick said.
FARGO—North Dakota State took a hit to its quarterback depth over the weekend. Bison head coach Chris Klieman said Monday he expects fifth-year senior backup Cole Davis will miss "at least four weeks" with a shoulder separation. Redshirt freshman Henry Van Dellen will be No. 2 on the depth chart behind junior starter Easton Stick. Davis injured his throwing shoulder in the third quarter of Saturday's home victory against Robert Morris, diving into the end zone on a 17-yard scoring run.
CHENEY, Wash.—North Dakota State offensive lineman Austin Kuhnert had smile on his face early Saturday evening, Sept. 9, standing in the end zone for postgame interviews. The 6-foot-4, 304-pound senior guard was responding to the amount of rushing yards the No. 2-ranked Bison churned on the red turf at Roos Field. "I did not think 375," Kuhnert said. "I knew we were going to put up a lot of rushing yards, but not 375."
FARGO—North Dakota State University set a new scoring standard for its football program during the NCAA Division I era Saturday, Sept. 2, at the Fargodome. The No. 2-ranked Bison racked up a record amount of points since the school moved to FCS in 2004, cruising to a 72-7 season-opening victory against Mississippi Valley State in nonconference play at Gate City Bank Field before a sellout crowd of 18,502 fans. "Guys made plays with the football," said Bison quarterback Easton Stick, who completed 5 of 5 passes for 100 yards and two touchdowns.
FARGO—"The 4th String" was a first-stringer Friday night, Sept. 1, near the Fargodome. On the eve of the North Dakota State football season opener, that tailgating group was first in line to get into general admission. "Why would it not be worth it?" said John Kane of Fargo. "Big fans come out for big events. This is a big event. It's college football. We enjoy every bit of it."