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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ADA, Minn.—Kevin and Bernice McKeever have a 2015 gold minivan with an odometer that reads more than 130,000 miles. "In three years, that's how many miles we've put on," Bernice said with a laugh. The majority of those road miles have been logged for their daughters' basketball careers, whether it's been driving to offseason spring and summer traveling tournaments or games during the season. "It is all worth it," Bernice said. "We've been blessed."
FARGO—Bismarck Century sophomore Lauren Ware was nearly overcome with emotion moments after the North Dakota Class A state girls basketball game ended. "I almost passed out it was so awesome," Ware said with a smile. The 6-foot-4 Ware scored 24 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked five shots to help the Patriots rally for a 55-51 victory against the Mandan Braves in the state title game at North Dakota State's Scheels Center.
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Minnesota State Moorhead head coach Karla Nelson got emotional during the postgame interview after her team lost in the first round of the NCAA Division II women's basketball tournament for a second consecutive season. Central Missouri scored 26 points in the first quarter and played stingy defense to help fuel a 66-49 victory against the Dragons on Friday afternoon in the Central Region quarterfinals at the Elmen Center.
FARGO—Mandan junior Megan Zander started to make shots in the second half Thursday at the Fargodome. That proved too much for Devils Lake to overcome. Zander poured in 14 of her game-high 18 points in the second half as Mandan pulled away after halftime to earn a 68-46 victory in the North Dakota Class A girls basketball quarterfinals. "That's always great is she can feel the rhythm from behind the arc," Mandan head coach Abby Thomas said. "It's huge for us when she knocks down shots. Our team just thrives off of that."
FARGO—Bismarck St. Mary's sophomore Hallie Schweitzer hadn't attempted a 3-pointer all season. She picked a dramatic moment to attempt her first. Schweitzer sank a 3-pointer at the second-half buzzer to force overtime Thursday at the Fargodome. That clutch shot helped vault the Saints to a 70-64 victory against Grand Forks Red River in the North Dakota Class A girls basketball state quarterfinals. "I had to get it up there just to give our team a chance and so I took the shot," Schweitzer said.
MOORHEAD—Before she even played a women's basketball game for Minnesota State Moorhead, Cassidy Thorson walked out of Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse and wanted to quit. The West Fargo High School graduate felt overwhelmed in her first year at college, adjusting to the academics, living in the dorms and the demands of being a college athlete. "It was a hard transition for me," said Thorson, now a senior. "I tried walking out the doors, but my teammates stopped me. I let my emotions get to me."
JOPLIN, Mo.—Missouri Southern State wasn't looking like an NCAA Division II men's basketball tournament team after losing five of its first seven games this season. Lions head coach and Valley City (N.D.) High School graduate Jeff Boschee, however, had faith in his team's resolve. "The best thing for us is we have great kids, good character kids," Boschee said. "When things go astray, you can bounce two ways. You can sink the boat or you can continue sailing."
WAHPETON, N.D.—Maple Valley senior guard Hunter Smith scored a game-high 21 points Tuesday night at Ed Werre Arena, but he wanted to talk defense after the game. "Everything starts with our defense," Smith said. The Raiders limited Lisbon to 38-percent shooting from the field to earn a 50-40 victory in the North Dakota Class B Region 1 quarterfinals. Maple Valley (17-4 ) never trailed and built a double-digit lead less than five minutes into the game.
WAHPETON, N.D.—Kindred head coach Brad Woehl couldn't have asked for a better start to Tuesday's game at Ed Werre Arena. His team scored the game's first five points, led by 18 points after one quarter and built a 20-point advantage early in the second quarter. That strong start vaulted the Vikings to a 56-34 victory against the Richland Colts in the quarterfinals of the North Dakota Class B Region 1 boys basketball tournament. "The kids were really focused," Woehl said. "I think the approach was good and our game plan was executed to a T."
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead is headed back to Sioux Falls, S.D., for more postseason play. The Dragons earned the No. 7 seed in the Central Region for the NCAA Division II women's basketball tournament. Dragons head coach Karla Nelson was relieved when her team was announced as one of the 64-team field Sunday night. "It's been a long day," Nelson said. "After all the games (Saturday), I was very nervous. Every team we thought needed to win, lost. It was crazy."