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—Ayob Ayob delivered a strong offensive performance Saturday night, but his biggest play may have been on defense. The Minnesota State Moorhead senior drew a charge in the closing moments with the Dragons holding a one-point lead. That play, paired with his career-high 31 points, lifted MSUM to an 87-82 victory against St. Cloud State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men's basketball at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse before 1,576 fans.
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead junior Cassidy Thorson had a career performance Saturday to help the Dragons bounce back from disappointment a night earlier. Thorson scored a career-high 28 points, including a school-record eight 3-pointers, to spark No. 15-ranked MSUM to a 95-69 victory against St. Cloud State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's basketball before 1,001 fans at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse.
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead senior Ayob Ayob felt the energy generated by the home crowd Friday night at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. Ayob reciprocated the vibe with his hot shooting in the second half. During one five-minute stretch, he netted 11 points. That second-half surge helped lift MSUM to a 87-66 victory against Minnesota-Duluth in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men's basketball before 1,367 fans.
MOORHEAD—The Minnesota State Moorhead women's basketball team had been cruising, but hit a roadblock Friday, Jan, 20 at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. Minnesota-Duluth scored the game's first 11 points and led from start to finish to earn a 71-59 victory against the No. 15-ranked Dragons in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference play before 1,032 fans. "They were hitting every shot it seemed like," Dragons junior Cassidy Thorson said. "We came out slow. We needed to come out with a better start."
MOORHEAD -- Minnesota State Moorhead scoring leader Drew Sannes played less than half of the game last Saturday due to foul trouble and scored a season-low three points. That didn’t prevent the Dragons from earning a 74-64 women’s basketball road victory against Wayne State, extending their winning streak to 15 games. That performance illustrated why the team hasn’t lost a game in two months. MSUM found a way to win without having to rely on double-digit scoring from one of its top players.
Moorhead A couple summers ago, Concordia senior Jess Nelson worked road construction and one of her jobs was to operate a crack router that weighed hundreds of pounds. Nelson preferred doing that labor-intensive task instead of standing around and directing traffic, even though she often worked 17-hour days.
FARGO—Beth Podoll wants a better start than she experienced a previous time she competed at the USA Curling Junior National Championships. "The first slide of nationals I completely wiped out so hopefully that doesn't happen this time," Podoll said with a laugh. Podoll, from Fargo, is the skip for one of the women's teams at the Junior Nationals, which start Sunday, Jan. 15, at the F-M Curling Club with the opening ceremony. The men's and women's finals are scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 21.
FARGO—Over the holiday break in December, Minnesota State Moorhead senior Natalie Van Wyhe and her roommates hosted the women's basketball team for multiple movie nights, as a way for the team to bond. The evenings usually ended with a scary movie, Van Wyhe said, but the purpose was to create camaraderie for a team that has eight freshmen. "The main focus was to get everyone involved and to feel comfortable around each other," said Van Wyhe, one of two seniors on the roster. "I remember my freshman year. It wasn't like that."
MOORHEAD—Concordia Cobbers senior Dylan Alderman went on the attack for a six-minute stretch in the first half Wednesday, Jan. 11, at Memorial Auditorium. Alderman scored nine in a string of 12 consecutive Concordia points. That rally vaulted the Cobbers into the lead for good and sparked a 63-55 victory against Carleton in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference men's basketball. "Dylan made some big plays with his drives," Cobbers head coach Rich Glas said.
MOORHEAD—The evening started with a milestone and ended with disappointment for the Concordia women's basketball team Wednesday, Jan. 11. Cobbers senior Greta Walsh reached 1,000 career points, but Carleton rallied for victory late. Freshman guard Katie Chavez scored the go-ahead basket with 10 seconds to play in overtime to lift the Knights to a 53-51 victory in Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference women's basketball at Memorial Auditorium. "It's frustrating," Walsh said. "They took advantage at the end."