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—The losing streak is over. Minnesota State Moorhead got at least 21 points from three different players to cruise to a 90-66 victory against Wayne State on Saturday in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men's basketball at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. The Dragons (5-13, 3-9 NSIC) snapped their eight-game losing streak, winning for the first time since Dec. 8 when they scored an 81-78 home victory against Minnesota-Crookston.
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead guard Jacky Volkert shined in the closing moments of overtime Saturday at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. The junior swished the go-ahead 3-pointer with 29 seconds to play to help lift the Dragons to a dramatic 86-84 victory against Wayne State in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's basketball before 874 fans. "Jacky made some unbelievable shots at the end of that game. That's what great players do," Dragons head coach Karla Nelson said. "If she questions herself, she doesn't hit that shot."
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead lost for the eighth consecutive time Friday night at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse, but Dragons head coach Chad Walthall saw some promise. Jordan Spencer and Matt Cartwright combined for 47 points to lead Augustana to a 95-85 victory in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference men's basketball before 1,077 fans. "I'm encouraged by our effort," Walthall said. "I see some things where we had a little more flow. ... I saw some things that were positive."
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead earned an affirmation victory Friday night at Alex Nemzek Fieldhouse. Senior forward Drew Sannes scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to help lift the Dragons to a 75-64 victory against previously unbeaten and No. 11-ranked Augustana in Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference women's basketball before 1,143 fans. "It's to show mostly ourselves that we are a good basketball team and I think we've questioned that," Dragons head coach Karla Nelson said. "We are a good team."
MOORHEAD—Even though the Minnesota State Moorhead women's basketball returned veteran players like Drew Sannes, Cassidy Thorson and Jacky Volkert, this year's team is different than it was a year ago. "Even though we had a lot of similar players from last year, I think the identity of our team has completely changed," said Volkert, a 5-foot-7 junior guard who leads to team in scoring at 13.9 points per game. "We have to leave the past in the past and find our identity and not what necessarily worked last year."
Defense played a critical role in North Dakota State winning a sixth championship in seven seasons with a 17-13 victory against James Madison on Saturday, Jan. 6, for the NCAA Division I FCS championship. The Bison (14-1) held the previously undefeated Dukes (14-1) to a season low in points and total yards as James Madison finished with 241. In the four playoff games, NDSU held opponents to an average of 9.8 points and 236.3 yards per game. The Bison held all four opponents to season lows in points and total yards in a game.
FRISCO, Texas—Darrius Shepherd had one chance to make a big play Saturday afternoon at Toyota Stadium and the North Dakota State junior wide receiver delivered. Shepherd hauled in a 50-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter of NDSU's 17-13 victory against James Madison for the Division I FCS championship. For Shepherd, it was his first touchdown catch this season and also the biggest offensive play in a game dominated by defense. "We needed to hit the home run," Bison head coach Chris Klieman said. "Not many teams hit a home run on those guys."
FRISCO, Texas -- North Dakota State is perfect in NCAA Division I championship games and now Georgia Southern has company. The Bison put the clamps on a James Madison offense that was averaging 36 points per game and NDSU scored 17 points in the first half. That combination proved enough to vault the Bison to a 17-13 victory against the previously unbeaten Dukes on Saturday at Toyota Stadium before 19,090 fans.
FRISCO, Texas—James Madison quarterback Bryan Schor thinks the real Riley Stapleton has surfaced in the postseason. The 6-foot-5, 218-pound wide receiver has exploded in three playoff games with 16 catches for 321 yards and three touchdowns. That's more than the sophomore's production during the entire regular season. "He didn't have the type of season I thought he was going to have," Schor said. "His desire and work ethic has got him to the point now where I can trust him in big games. ... The ball keeps finding him. He keeps getting open."
FRISCO, Texas—Scenes from Friso on Thursday as North Dakota State prepares to play James Madison at 11 a.m. Saturday at Toyota Stadium for the NCAA Division I FCS national championship. The Dukes have won 26 consecutive games and are the defending national champion.