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—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.
MOORHEAD—Before the game's final drive last Saturday, Edmonton Eskimos offensive coordinator Carson Walch talked with wide receiver Brandon Zylstra. Walch told Zylstra the plan for the final minute and asked if the former Concordia Cobbers wideout was ready to make a play. Zylstra responded, "Absolutely" and then delivered.
MOORHEAD — Prior to his first game as a college men's basketball head coach, Rich Glas sat in the stands at Bethel's Robertson Center Gym in St. Paul with his wife, Sandy, his parents, the equipment manager and the bus driver. The fresh-faced Glas was then a 25-year-old head coach for Minnesota-Morris, watching the junior varsity game before his team played the Royals. A Bethel official approached the equipment manager, who was in his 50s, to ask for the team's starting lineup. "Ask the guy back there," Glas said, recalling how the equipment manager responded.
MOORHEAD—Less than a year ago, Brandon Zylstra was a wide receiver playing Division III football in a triple-option offense. Now, Zylstra is a slot receiver for a Canadian Football League team in a pass-heavy offense that spreads the field and has slightly different rules than American football.