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, Minn. — Concordia athletic director Jeff Bretherton has resigned, the school confirmed Thursday, April 5. Concordia released the following statement: "Effective April 4, Jeff Bretherton has resigned his position and will no longer serve as Athletic Director at Concordia College. Rachel Bergeson will serve as interim Athletic Director. The planning for identifying a new athletic director will begin immediately." Bretherton was hired as Concordia's first full-time athletic director last May.
FARGO—Former Minnesota State Moorhead wide receiver Damon Gibson had to chuckle as he looked back at his path to North Dakota State's Pro Day: From 9-man quarterback in high school, to NCAA Division II receiver to NFL tight end prospect. His journey has been be so unlikely that even Gibson has a hard time believing it. "It's crazy," he said with a laugh. "It's kind of stupid when you think about it, I mean what the hell is this guy doing? Someone would probably tell me to give up."
SIOUX FALLS, S.D.—Doubt started to creep into Northern State senior DJ Pollard's mind as the Wolves trailed Queens (N.C.) by five points with less than 30 seconds to play in overtime Thursday night. "I thought it was pretty close to being over," Pollard said Friday.
FARGO—The Minnesota Twins signed veteran relievers Fernando Rodney, Addison Reed and Zach Duke this offseason, and Trevor Hildenberger and Taylor Rogers couldn't be happier. Hildenberger and Rogers, both 27, had solid seasons for the Twins out of the bullpen last year for a team that had a turnaround season. "I'm pumped about it," said Hildenberger, a right-hander. "I think we added a bonafide closer in Fernando Rodney, and he's got a great changeup, which is my favorite pitch, so I'm going to pick his brain about that."
DETROIT LAKES, Minn. — New Orleans Saints punter Thomas Morstead wants to meet with elementary students from Minnesota Vikings receiver Adam Thielen's hometown. A fourth-grade class at Rossman Elementary School in Detroit Lakes joined Vikings fans who have given to Morstead's charity since the Saints' dramatic loss to the Vikings last Sunday in the NFL playoffs. Nick Alton's class posted a video on Twitter on Friday morning, Jan. 19, with a message that his students had raised $64 for Morstead's foundation called "What You Give Will Grow."
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead head football coach Steve Laqua said former Dragons wide receiver Damon Gibson has a lot at stake this week. "This is the most important week for his NFL future," Laqua said. "It's great that he has a chance to do it." Gibson has been practicing all week preparing for the East-West Shrine Game, which is scheduled for 2 p.m. Saturday at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. The game is being televised on NFL Network.
FARGO—North Dakota State put everything together in the first half Friday night, and the Bison are headed back to Frisco, Texas, for the sixth time in seven years. The fans could have booked their championship-game flights at halftime. Junior running back Bruce Anderson scored four touchdowns in the first two quarters and the Bison defense swarmed a high-powered Sam Houston State (Texas) attack. That combination vaulted NDSU to a 55-13 victory over the Bearkats before 18,279 fans at Gate City Bank Field at the Fargodome in the NCAA Division I FCS football semifinals.
MOORHEAD - Concordia Cobbers senior Zach Doerring was hoping to get a few favorites from friends after he posted a video on Twitter of him skating on the slick road outside his house on Wednesday morning, Dec.
MOORHEAD, Minn.—In 1964, Concordia earned a 20-0 home victory against football rival St. John's. In 1978, the Cobbers scored a 17-0 road victory against the Johnnies. In 1981, Concordia won 17-7 at St. John's. Former Cobbers longtime head coach Jim Christopherson was a Concordia assistant coach in 1964, and the head coach for the latter two victories. For Christopherson, the Johnnies game was critical in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and national landscape.
FARGO—A face and name that has been synonymous with the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks for two decades is no longer leading the team. RedHawks chairman Bruce Thom said Sunday, Aug. 13, longtime manager Doug Simunic has been "relieved of his duties," but will be paid until the end of September. Simunic was in the final year of his contract and was in his 22nd season with the team. Simunic has managed the RedHawks since 1996, their inaugural season.