WATCH: 'The Pete' baseball tournament underway, Doppler commits to UND hoops

The Jim Pettersen Invitational brings some of the top teams to the F-M area. UND basketball picks up another verbal commitment from a Bismarck recruit

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For the third straight year, local legion baseball teams came together to play the game they love in honor of Jim Pettersen, Fargo Post 2's longtime chairman who passed away in 2020 from COVID-19.

Fargo Post 400, West Fargo, and Moorhead swept their doubleheaders while Fargo Post 2 split a pair of games against Manitoba to open the tournament.

Pretty soon, Paul Sather might need to rename his UND men's basketball team the Demons or Patriots. The third Bismarck product committed tonight. This time, it's Century guard Anthony Doppler.

He joins his teammate Ryan Erickson as 2023 UND commits. Bismarck dynamo Treysen Eaglestaff is set to start his freshman season this year. He scored 17 points a game for the Patriots as a junior.

"It's cool that the culture's changing. We're getting guys, we're showing that North Dakota is, we are good enough to play at the next level," Doppler said. "It was my first college offer at the time, and it stood out to me the fact that someone does believe in you. It gives you that confidence that this can happen."

Zach Staton joined WDAY as a sports reporter in 2018. He grew up in Salem, Virginia loving any sport he could play or watch. Staton graduated from Bridgewater College with a degree in Communication Studies before getting his Master's in Broadcast and Digital Journalism with a Sports Communication Emphasis from Syracuse University.
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