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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FARGO—The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks posted a popular image on multiple social media accounts earlier this spring. Charlie Valerio, the team's veteran catcher, was bicycling with former Major League slugger Manny Ramirez in Japan. In the video screenshot, Valerio was in the foreground with Ramirez and Valerio's wife, Rena, on bikes trailing him. Ramirez was wearing Valerio's "RedHawks" jacket. "I just decided to record, and you know, that was awesome," Valerio said.
FARGO—Brennan Metzger recruited himself to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks this past offseason, and all he wanted was a chance. "I was trying to sell myself to get myself back out here into this league," said Metzger, who played with Sonoma in the Pacific Association last season. He's delivered.
FARGO—Right-handed starter Tyler Herron was in a familiar spot Sunday afternoon, toeing the rubber at Newman Outdoor Field. Herron, however, was in an unfamiliar uniform. The veteran pitched into the seventh inning to help lead the Lincoln Saltdogs to a 9-4 victory against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in American Association baseball before 2,173 fans. Herron was pitching as a visitor for the first time at Newman. He played for the RedHawks in 2012, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
WEST FARGO—Valley City junior Becca Thompson couldn't describe what led to her power surge Saturday afternoon. Thompson belted two home runs to help lift the Hi-Liners to a 9-0 victory against Fargo North for the East Region softball tournament championship at West Fargo Sheyenne. Thompson blasted five home runs in three region tournament games. She had two home runs during the regular season. "It's a little out of the ordinary," Thompson said with a laugh. "It was just out of the blue."
FARGO—Friday night at Newman Outdoor Field had a different feel for Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks manager Michael Schlact. It was Schlact's first home opener with American Association baseball club as the team's manager. He drew a round of applause from the crowd after he was announced over the public address system and lined up near home plate during the pregame festivities. "It's a blessing, first off, given the fact that in 2015 this organization gave me a shot to be a pitching coach with no experience," Schlact said. "Surreal is the word I'm looking for."
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Minnesota State Moorhead senior Brian Huber capped his decorated Dragons track and field career with a national championship. Huber won the men’s long jump at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships on Thursday with a leap of 26 feet, 2¼ inches, which also set an MSUM school record.
FARGO—Extreme pogo stick artists, a chainsaw juggler and a guy balancing items such as ladders on his chin are among the acts fans can watch at Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks games this summer. XPOGO, Mad Chad and Tyler's Amazing Balancing Act are among the new performers who are set to provide in-game entertainment this summer. "We were trying to look for something new, something that hasn't been at Newman before," said RedHawks assistant general manager Karl Hoium.
MOORHEAD—Sometimes when Concordia senior Bailey Hovland wants to clear her mind before tossing a metal ball attached to a steel wire and grip, she does impromptu tumbling moves. Roundoff back handsprings and back somersaults are part of her gymnastics arsenal. "There is that weird waiting period where you can overthink," said Hovland, who is from Willmar, Minn. "It's so I can get out of my own head."
FARGO—When Mark Senden stepped off the team bus Sunday afternoon near Scheels Arena, the Fargo Force captain had the Clark Cup in hand and hoisted the trophy above his head with two hands. A group of fans cheered Senden and his teammates as they exited the bus. The welcome home was for a team that earned the Force their first United States Hockey League championship in team history. The song "We are the Champions" played on a portable speaker as the scene unfolded. "This Clark Cup is 10 years in the making." said Force head coach Cary Eades.
FARGO -- Eric Loeffler thought his chances to win the men’s half-marathon at the Sanford Fargo Marathon on Saturday were slipping away early in the race. Those thoughts were wrong. Loeffler, 41, found his groove as the race progressed and he crossed the finish first in a time of 1 hour, 7 minutes, 46 seconds.