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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MOORHEAD, Minn. — An assistant soccer coach at St. John's University in the late 1980s and early '90s, Jim Cella remembers peering over to watch legendary head coach John Gagliardi guide the football team. During the middle of practice, his players would take a brief break, lay on their backs in the grass and look up at the sky. It was called the "Nice Day Drill." Cella said he later used that tool at his practices. He was the head men's soccer coach at Concordia for more than a decade, ending in 2003.
EAGAN, Minn — Former Concordia wide receiver Brandon Zylstra had a single focus the past few years with no fallback: NFL or bust. That mindset was by design with no exit strategy. "If you have a backup plan, you're not putting all your energy into Plan A," Zylstra said. "I never even thought of a Plan B."
MOORHEAD—Former Moorhead Spuds hockey standout and Minnesota Wild center Matt Cullen said some of the best memories of his youth involved him on the ice with his father, Terry Cullen, at the Moorhead Youth Hockey Association arena. Those hours spent at the arena were part of the hockey foundation for Matt, who has gone on to have a successful pro career. The 41-year-old signed earlier this summer with the Pittsburgh Penguins for a 21st NHL season.
FARGO—The Minnesota Twins signed veteran relievers Fernando Rodney, Addison Reed and Zach Duke this offseason, and Trevor Hildenberger and Taylor Rogers couldn't be happier. Hildenberger and Rogers, both 27, had solid seasons for the Twins out of the bullpen last year for a team that had a turnaround season. "I'm pumped about it," said Hildenberger, a right-hander. "I think we added a bonafide closer in Fernando Rodney, and he's got a great changeup, which is my favorite pitch, so I'm going to pick his brain about that."
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.
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.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—In 1964, Concordia earned a 20-0 home victory against football rival St. John's. In 1978, the Cobbers scored a 17-0 road victory against the Johnnies. In 1981, Concordia won 17-7 at St. John's. Former Cobbers longtime head coach Jim Christopherson was a Concordia assistant coach in 1964, and the head coach for the latter two victories. For Christopherson, the Johnnies game was critical in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and national landscape.
MOORHEAD—In 1964, Concordia earned a 20-0 home victory against football rival St. John's. In 1978, the Cobbers scored a 17-0 road victory against the Johnnies. In 1981, Concordia won 17-7 at St. John's. Former Cobbers longtime head coach Jim Christopherson was a Concordia assistant coach in 1964, and the head coach for the latter two victories. For Christopherson, the Johnnies game was critical in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and national landscape.