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 Andy McCarty played football for Minnesota State Moorhead in an era that was much different than current day. They wore leather helmets with no facemasks and no mouthguards. During a scrimmage against Concordia in the 1950s, McCarty went in for a tackle and came out with teeth missing. "I tackled him and, oh boy," said the 87-year-old McCarty, who now lives in Park Rapids, Minn.
MOORHEAD—Concordia hired a former North Dakota State All-American runner to lead its cross country program. The Cobbers have named Laura (Hermanson) Januszewski as their new head coach for men's and women's cross country. She will also be an assistant track coach for Concordia.
FARGO—North Dakota State fullback Brock Robbins hasn't found the end zone during his Bison career, even though he was a touchdown-scoring machine when he played high school football for the Cavalier (N.D.) Tornadoes. His college touchdown drought could end this fall, however, with the 6-foot-1, 248-pound junior expected to take on a more versatile role in the offense. "We're moving Brock Robbins around," Bison head coach Chris Klieman said. "Brock's a great athlete that we have to find a way to get the football to."
FARGO -- Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks outfielder Brennan Metzger thought his baseball career would land him on ESPN’s SportsCenter one day. However, he didn’t expect his big highlight to include a trash can. “This is definitely the most media attention that I’ve ever received for baseball stuff,” Metzger said Tuesday. “This is definitely not the way I figured I would show up on SportsCenter.”
MOORHEAD—The Concordia Cobbers are adding a $1 million upgrade to the west side of Jake Christiansen Stadium. Earlier this week, the school broke ground on a new scoreboard that includes a high-definition video board and new sound system. The Daktronics video board is expected to be ready for the football team's home opener on Sept. 1 against Nebraska Wesleyan. "The capabilities are endless for us," Cobbers head football coach Terry Horan said. "The game-day atmospheres are going to be big time."
FARGO—Henry Cabelus was 12 years old and at a school talent show rehearsal when he decided he wanted to try something extreme. Cabelus was playing a musical medley on the piano, while another contestant was doing tricks on a pogo stick. "He was blowing my mind the whole time," said Cabelus, from New Hope, Pa., which is about 40 miles northeast of Philadelphia.
FARGO—The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks got a grand slam from first baseman Chris Jacobs and stellar pitching over the final six innings Saturday night at Newman Outdoor Field. That combination vaulted the RedHawks to a 5-3 victory against the rival Winnipeg Goldeyes in American Association baseball before 3,801 fans. "He's turning into a big-game guy for us in that he steps up when it counts," RedHawks manager Michael Schlact said of Jacobs.
FARGO—Reese Gregory doesn't have a blazing 90-plus, miles-per-hour fastball, but the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks reliever can attack hitters with variety. Gregory features two different sliders, two different curveballs, two different changeups and two different fastballs in his repertoire. "I don't throw anything straight," Gregory said. "My game isn't lighting up the radar gun, it's kind of messing with their heads a little bit."
FARGO—Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks second baseman Maikol Gonzalez's experience in the American Association could best be described by a tune that music legend Johnny Cash helped make famous: "I've Been Everywhere." Gonzalez has played for six different teams, now in his eighth season in the independent baseball league. He ranks among the league's career leaders in hits, stolen bases and runs. "You knew coming in we were getting a guy that's special and he has not disappointed," RedHawks manager Michael Schlact said.
Minneapolis The comparisons have already been made numerous times. Former Concordia Cobbers wide receiver Brandon Zylstra, from Spicer, Minn., is a small college football player who is trying to make the NFL and earn a spot with the Minnesota Vikings, a story that is similar to a current Vikings Pro Bowl wide receiver. Zylstra isn't surprised he's been likened to Adam Thielen, who is from Detroit Lakes, Minn. Like Zylstra, Thielen is a Minnesota kid who went to a non-NCAA Division I college before he pursued a pro career. Both Thielen and Zylstra went undrafted.