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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DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead wants to meet with elementary students from Minnesota Vikings receiver Adam Thielen's hometown. A fourth-grade class at Rossman Elementary School in Detroit Lakes joined Vikings fans who have given to Morstead's charity since the Saints' dramatic loss to the Vikings last Sunday in the NFL playoffs. Nick Alton's class posted a video on Twitter on Friday morning, Jan. 19, with a message that his students had raised $64 for Morstead's foundation called "What You Give Will Grow."
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead head football coach Steve Laqua said former Dragons wide receiver Damon Gibson has a lot at stake this week. "This is the most important week for his NFL future," Laqua said. "It's great that he has a chance to do it." Gibson has been practicing all week preparing for the East-West Shrine Game, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game is being televised on NFL Network.
FRISCO, Texas—Darrius Shepherd had one chance to make a big play Saturday afternoon, Jan. 6, at Toyota Stadium and the North Dakota State junior wide receiver delivered. Shepherd hauled in a 50-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of NDSU's 17-13 victory against James Madison for the Division I FCS championship. For Shepherd, it was his first touchdown catch this season and also the biggest offensive play in a game dominated by defense. "We needed to hit the home run," Bison head coach Chris Klieman said. "Not many teams hit a home run on those guys."
FRISCO, Texas—North Dakota State is perfect in NCAA Division I championship games and now Georgia Southern has company. The Bison put the clamps on a James Madison offense that was averaging 36 points per game and NDSU scored 17 points in the first half. That combination proved enough to vault the Bison to a 17-13 victory against the previously unbeaten Dukes on Saturday at Toyota Stadium before 19,090 fans.
FRISCO, Texas — James Madison is the best team in NCAA Division I FCS when it comes to taking the ball away from its opponents. The numbers are gaudy — 31 interceptions and 12 fumble recoveries in 14 games. "I think it's pretty special, 31 interceptions and the amount of fumbles is pretty incredible," said James Madison defensive coordinator Bob Trott.
FRISCO, Texas—This is a moment that Greg Menard wanted all offseason, but not the circumstances he had hoped. The North Dakota State senior defensive end pined for another shot at James Madison, which ended the Bison string of five consecutive NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision championships a season ago. The All-American Menard got his rematch, but he will be watching from the sidelines. He suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first week of fall camp in August.
FARGO — Most North Dakota State football fans likely remember some of the main characters on the 2011 Bison football team—a freshman linebacker from Munich, N.D., named Travis Beck, a sophomore quarterback from Waupaca, Wis., named Brock Jensen and a senior tight end from Becker, Minn., named Matt Veldman. However, Veldman said NDSU's headliners were just part of the success story that season. Supporting cast players like Matt Voigtlander, Will Britt and Nate Moody also mattered on that team, which won NDSU's first NCAA Division I FCS championship.
FARGO—North Dakota State put everything together in the first half Friday night, and the Bison are headed back to Frisco, Texas, for the sixth time in seven years. The fans could have booked their championship-game flights at halftime. Junior running back Bruce Anderson scored four touchdowns in the first two quarters and the Bison defense swarmed a high-powered Sam Houston State (Texas) attack. That combination vaulted NDSU to a 55-13 victory over the Bearkats before 18,279 fans at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome in the NCAA Division I FCS football semifinals.
MOORHEAD - Concordia Cobbers senior Zach Doerring was hoping to get a few favorites from friends after he posted a video on Twitter of him skating on the slick road outside his house on Wednesday morning, Dec.
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.