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—Minnesota State Moorhead quarterback Demetrius Carr looks to have another emerging big target to throw to next fall. Dragons sophomore wide receiver Jacob Richter had 20 catches for 296 yards and two touchdowns Saturday, April 22, at Scheels Field at Alex Nemzek Stadium. Richter caught a late touchdown for the White team, but it wasn't enough as the Red squad held on for a 28-27 victory in MSUM's annual spring football game.
MOORHEAD—Two-a-day padded practices are now extinct in NCAA college football, a move that didn't come as a surprise to any of the local head coaches. They were on the endangered list anyway. The NCAA management councils in Division I, Division II and Division III recently voted to support a proposal to eliminate two-a-day practices in football effective immediately for player safety. Later this month, executive councils from each division will have the chance to review and finalize the change.
BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference reached a one-year agreement with Midco Sports Network for live broadcasts of 20 football games next season. The announcement, which came Friday, April 21, includes 11 weeks of an “NSIC Thursday Night Game of the Week” that are scheduled to air at 7 p.m. on MidcoSN.
MOORHEAD—The cardiac Cobbers prevented University of Jamestown coach Tom Hager from reaching a milestone Monday, April 17, at Bucky Burgau Field. Concordia junior Nate Sillerud's two-out, RBI infield single in the ninth inning lifted the Cobbers to a 10-9 walkoff victory against the Jimmies in nonconference college baseball. Concordia (17-11) has won its past three games on walkoff hits to help fuel a seven-game winning streak. "I think it's really a boost in our confidence are we're going to keep climbing," Sillerud said of the team's recent late-game heroics.
MOORHEAD—Earlier this week, a group of former high school teammates and classmates gathered in Wahpeton, N.D., to remember Dennis Eastman. "He was a real leader," said Lance Wolf, who was Eastman's high school basketball coach. "It shows 40 years later when all these people show up." The gathering came days after the former Wahpeton High School and Minnesota State Moorhead athletic standout died. Eastman died Saturday, April 8, at the St. Cloud Hospital, after an extended illness. He was 56.
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead has added a 3,000-point scorer to its women's basketball program. Roseau (Minn.) High School standout Kiley Borowicz signed with the Dragons on Wednesday, April 12, the first day recruits are allowed to sign with schools in the spring. "It was a great late get," Dragons head coach Karla Nelson said. "I think we're fortunate. ... She's pretty good at all facets. That's what makes her a special player." The Dragons also signed Ashley Davis, a 5-foot-9 guard from Bismarck, and Shannon Poppen, a 6-foot forward from De Smet, S.D.
FARGO—Dexter Werner was clad in typical workout attire Wednesday, March 29, wearing dark green shorts and a form-fitting, long-sleeved gray Bison basketball shirt. The North Dakota State senior, however, was performing in a much different arena than he had during his men's basketball career with the Bison. Werner took part in NDSU's annual football Pro Day at the Dacotah Field Bubble. "Saying 'Hi' to guys today when I walked in, 'Oh it's the basketball guy,' I've got a bunch of basketball gear on," Werner said. "But it was a fun day."
MOORHEAD—Concordia senior Joe Hallock caught nine innings, pitched two more, drove in two runs and threw out a base runner Tuesday, March 28, at Bucky Burgau Baseball Field. Hallock is thankful for days like that, even though Mayville State earned the 4-3 victory against the Cobbers in 11 innings in nonconference college baseball. "I am thankful to be playing," Hallock said.
FARGO—Dickinson senior Aanen Moody is piling up awards as fast as he piled up points during his career with the Midgets. The 6-foot-3 guard was named to the North Dakota Class A boys basketball all-state first team for a second consecutive season. Moody was voted the state's Mr. Basketball last weekend and also selected as Gatorade player of the year for North Dakota. "The way he attacks the game mentally is something I've never witnessed before," Dickinson coach Dan Glasser said.
FARGO—Fargo North senior Siman Sem has verbally committed to play men's basketball at Minnesota State Moorhead. "The coaching staff really made me feel welcomed," Sem said of the Dragons. "They really believed in my talents." The 6-foot-4 guard averaged 22.7 points, 9.9 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 1.1 blocks per game in 13 games for the Spartans in his senior season. Sem missed the last part of the year with a knee injury. Sem is a finalist for North Dakota Mr. Basketball and was named East Region boys basketball senior player of the year.