Peterson covers small 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—Concordia missed a chance to clinch a spot in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament Monday night. Senior guard Connor Kaiser drained the go-ahead 3-pointer with less than four minutes remaining to help lift St. Mary's to a 56-55 upset victory against the Cobbers at Memorial Auditorium. Concordia (14-8, 11-6 MIAC) had its four-game winning streak snapped and fell into a third-place tie with St. John's in the MIAC. St. Mary's (8-13, 6-10) was in ninth place in the league heading into the game.
MOORHEAD—No. 8-ranked Minnesota State Moorhead not only lost the game against top-ranked Augustana on Saturday, the Dragons also lost a starter for a month. Senior guard Ngijol Songolo is expected to miss at least four weeks with a broken finger on his shooting hand, MSUM head men's basketball coach Chad Walthall said Monday. Walthall said Songolo injured the finger during the Augustana game Saturday night at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse and played through the injury.
MOORHEAD – Attempting to play catch-up against No. 1-ranked Augustana can be a sinking proposition.
MOORHEAD—A three-minute lull to the start of the third quarter proved costly for Minnesota State Moorhead on Saturday. Augustana scored the first 11 points of the second half and held off a late rally to earn a 74-69 victory against the Dragons in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's basketball at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. "Second half we needed to come out strong," said Dragons sophomore Cassidy Thorson, who scored a game-high 19 points. "We can't let that happen. We knew they were going to come out tough and we didn't come out to play."
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead senior Isaac Sevlie liked the result Friday, but also felt the Dragons learned a lesson in the process. Sevlie scored a game-high 23 points to help lead No. 8-ranked MSUM to an 84-72 victory against Wayne State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men's basketball before 1,101 fans. "I think we can take away that we can all mature better," said Sevlie, who also blocked five shots. "Coach is talking about it, he doesn't want to have to beg us to play consistent. ... We just need to come out and play consistent all the time."
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead junior Morgan Banasik gathered to shoot with confidence in the final minute Friday at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse, a mindset that led to success. Banasik swished a 3-pointer with 55 seconds remaining to help lift the Dragons to a 67-59 victory against Wayne State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's basketball. "It came down to confidence, showing leadership and knowing if I hit the shot, it would just be easier for us," said Banasik, who finished with a game-high 23 points.
FARGO—Jos Eichelberger has the mixed martial arts fight of his career set for tonight in Hinckley, Minn., getting a chance to perform in front of UFC president Dana White. "This is kind of a make-or-break moment for him," said Dylan Spicer, who coaches Eichelberger and owns the Academy of Combat Arts in Fargo. Eichelberger is on the main card for Legacy Fighting Championship 51, which is at Grand Casino Hinckley and scheduled to be televised nationwide on AXS-TV.
MOORHEAD—When Sophie Kenney was in elementary school, she had a mini Phoenix Suns basketball she used to shoot baskets in her driveway. The Augustana senior women's basketball player would imagine herself as former Suns point guard Steve Nash, who won two NBA most valuable player awards in Phoenix. "I was obsessed with Steve Nash," said Kenney, a Fargo Shanley graduate. "I liked watching his highlights ... his style of play and passes."
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead head men's basketball coach Chad Walthall wants his team focused on tonight's game, but the problem is most fans are buzzing about Saturday. "If I'm hearing a lot of things about Augustana, I'm sure our players are," Walthall said.
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead showed improvement on defense this past football season, and the Dragons hope to get even better after national signing day. Defense was a priority. "Defense stands out as the biggest success spot, but that was also the area we put the most focus and most resources in," Dragons head coach Steve Laqua said.