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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WEST FARGO—West Fargo made Fargo Davies work for perfection Thursday night, Feb. 23. Top-ranked Davies held off a furious second-half rally to earn an 86-81 victory against the No. 4-ranked Packers in Eastern Dakota Conference boys basketball at the West Fargo gym. The Eagles (21-0, 20-0 EDC) completed an undefeated regular season, and are the No. 1 seed for the East Region tournament.
WEST FARGO—Fargo Davies junior Carly Kottsick saw the joy in the drama Thursday night, Feb. 23, at West Fargo High School. Kottsick scored a team-high 28 points to lead the Eagles to a tension-filled 64-60 victory against West Fargo in Eastern Dakota Conference girls basketball. "It's a fun game," Kottsick said. "Every time we play them it's fun. It's a new challenge every game."
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead started the day thinking it was a virtual lock to make the NCAA Division II men's basketball tournament. Now the Dragons have doubt. Concordia-St. Paul erupted for 58 points in the second half to rally for an 86-78 upset victory against the No. 19-ranked Dragons on Wednesday, Feb. 22, in the first round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. "That was a hard lesson," Dragons head coach Chad Walthall said. "We completely relaxed and were a team I hadn't really seen this year."
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead head coach Karla Nelson hugged her mom, Bev, at halfcourt at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse during a postgame ceremony Wednesday, Feb. 22. Nelson was acknowledged for earning career win No. 300 on the road last weekend. "She's been there for me since I was in Pee Wee's all the way until now," Nelson said of her mother.
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead head wrestling coach Kris Nelson was scanning the rankings for the teams that are competing at the NCAA Division II Super Region 3 tournament this weekend. Nelson counted eight of the 15 teams in his team's region are ranked in the top 25, including No. 1-ranked St. Cloud State and No. 2-ranked Maryville (Mo.). "It's a tough one. It's a grinder," Nelson said. "We need to rise to the occasion and wrestle the best we have all year."
FARGO—In the blink of an eye, Kindred pushed its lead into double digits in the second quarter Tuesday, Feb. 21, at the Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex. The top-seeded Vikings scored 11 consecutive points in less than two minutes. That scoring burst set the tone as Kindred earned a 56-30 victory against Richland in the North Dakota Class B Region 1 girls basketball semifinals. "We always just trust in that big run," said Vikings senior Mikayla Reinke, who scored 17 points. "Once something good happens, then everybody rolls off it."
FARGO—Fargo Oak Grove sophomore Amanda Roller gave the Grovers an adrenaline boost late in the second quarter. Roller sank three 3-pointers in the final minute of the first half to push her team in the lead for good. That scoring burst helped vault the No. 2-seeded Grovers to a 64-48 victory against Northern Cass on Monday, Feb. 20, in the North Dakota Class B Region 1 girls basketball quarterfinals at the Scheels Center and Sanford Health Athletic Complex.
FARGO—The Kindred Vikings shot the 3-pointer like they were playing in their home arena Monday, Feb. 20. The Vikings drained 13 shots from beyond the arc to fuel a 67-40 victory against the Hankinson Pirates in the North Dakota Class B, Region 1 girls basketball quarterfinals at the Scheels Center at Sanford Health Athletic Complex. "To shoot like this in an arena where we've never played before is pretty good," Vikings head coach Perry Piatz said. "Sometimes at home you think you may be able to do that."
FARGO—Lisbon junior Jordan Urbach left the North Dakota state wrestling tournament with a black eye and two championships. Urbach won the Class B 170-pound championship with a 7-5 decision against Beulah-Hazen senior Tyrel Mellmer on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Fargodome. Urbach's victory also capped the Class B individual team championship for Lisbon. The Broncos finished with 150 points. Two-time defending individual team champion Carrington was second with 139.5 points.
FARGO—Hettinger-Scranton seventh-grader Conner Andress ended his evening on the shoulders of his teammates Friday, Feb. 17, at the Fargodome. Andress earned a 4-3 decision in his 106-pound match against Lisbon freshman Caleb Nielsen as the Night Hawks rallied for a dramatic 31-30 victory for the Class B dual championship at the North Dakota state wrestling tournament. "It felt amazing," said the 13-year-old Andress, who didn't qualify for individual state tournament. "That's how high school duals should be," Hettinger head coach Randy Burwick said. "Amazing."