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—In the midst of final exams and coming off a win against its rival last weekend, the task for North Dakota State on Tuesday night was to remain focused. The Bison accomplished that mission, getting a career-high 17 points from true freshman Rocky Kreuser to cruise to a 101-58 victory against Valley City State in nonconference men's basketball before 1,661 fans at Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex.
FARGO—The Fargodome has become a de facto home site for the national semifinals in recent Division I FCS football history. For the seventh consecutive season, the facility will host the semis after the Bison rolled to a 42-10 victory against Wofford College (S.C) on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 9, before 17,008 fans. "It's pretty special," said Bison head coach Chris Klieman. "Since I came here in 2011, we've been in the semifinals every year. ... There's great tradition long before I got here and there will be great tradition long after I leave here."
FARGO — Being two games below .500 isn't a spot that Dave Richman relishes, but the North Dakota State head men's basketball coach also knows there has to be some context. The Bison have a young roster with only two seniors and have played a strong nonconference schedule to date with games against the University of Southern California, Mississippi State and two meetings against Missouri State, the favorite to win the Missouri Valley Conference. "We don't enjoy wearing the 3-5 (record) by any means," Richman said.
COLUMBIA, Mo. — While Kira Larson knows each volleyball match she plays now could be her last, the Missouri Tigers senior right-side hitter isn't stressed. The Fargo North High School graduate has experienced pressure situations before. "You have a sense of urgency with every single (match) in realizing this (match) could be the last of your career, but I also have a calming feeling," Larson said. "Sometimes when you're younger, you're a lot more nervous and anxious."
FARGO—North Dakota State showed its own version of a triple-option backfield Saturday afternoon, Dec. 2, at the Fargodome. Three different running backs scored touchdowns and the Bison rushed for more than 300 yards, rolling to a 38-3 victory against the University of San Diego in the second round of the NCAA Division I FCS football playoffs before 18,067 fans at Gate City Bank Field.
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.