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—Ron Snipe was practicing free throws Thursday afternoon at Courts Plus Community Fitness, preparing for competition at the North Dakota Senior Games. The 73-year-old from Port Angeles, Wash., was checking off another Senior Games state competition from his list. North Dakota is No. 47 with plans to make Florida No. 48 in December. "It just kept going and going and going," Snipe said with a laugh. "There's one year I went to like 12 states. That's a lot in one year. ... It's mainly to have fun and I've met a lot of nice people."
MOORHEAD -- Concordia head coach Terry Horan has been part of the football program’s stability for the last seven-plus decades. Counting this upcoming fall, the Cobbers have had three head coaches over the past 77 seasons. Horan is entering his 17th. He followed Jim Christopherson who guided the program for 32 years. Jake Christiansen, who preceded Christopherson, was the head coach for 28 seasons.
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead has ramped up its defensive expectations for the upcoming Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference football season. The Dragons want to be elite. "They want to be the best defense in the conference," Dragons head coach Steve Laqua said Tuesday at the team's annual media day. "It's a bold goal, but I think it's a target that is attainable if we can put some things into place. I think we have the athleticism, the talent and the depth there." The Dragons posted a 7-4 record last fall, the most wins in a season since 1999.
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.
FARGO—Deb and Ken Laber arrived about an hour before game time Saturday at Newman Outdoor Field and there were people lined up to get their son's No. 19 jersey. "It's overwhelming, but we're very honored," Deb said. The Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks paid tribute to former pitcher Jake Laber, who died a year ago due to natural causes. He was 30 years old. Ken threw out a ceremonial first pitch on Jake Laber jersey giveaway night, receiving a loud round of applause from the crowd.
FARGO—Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks catcher Charlie Valerio remembers playing baseball in the streets during his childhood in the Dominican Republic. His parents didn't approve for safety reasons. "I play a lot in the streets and my mom and my dad tell me 'Hey, don't play in the streets,' " Valerio said with a smile. "Every time my mom and dad see me play in the street, they put me on time out." Valerio is playing in safer conditions these days, and having a strong season for the RedHawks.
MOORHEAD—Minnesota State Moorhead was good last fall, winning seven football games in a season for the first time since 1999. That record also gave the Dragons back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since 1995 and 1996. MSUM started fall practice Thursday morning at Scheels Field at Alex Nemzek Stadium with the mindset to continue that ascension.
FARGO—The Kansas City T-Bones changed the game's complexion Wednesday night with two swings that came moments apart. Marcus Lemon and Kevin Keyes belted back-to-back solo home runs in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie. That power sparked the T-Bones to a 4-3 victory against the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks in American Association baseball at Newman Outdoor Field. "The long ball kind of hit us a little bit," RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said.
FARGO—Justin Feist was asked to play on a fall fastpitch softball team nine years ago not knowing what to expect. Feist had played baseball in high school, but didn't know much about fastpitch. He got hooked. "I really enjoyed it," said the 28-year-old Feist, now the president of the Fargo Moorhead Fastpitch Association. "I've played ever since."
FARGO—Kansas City second baseman Marcus Lemon turned the evening sour for the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks. Lemon had four hits, including a go-ahead home run, to lead the T-Bones to a 6-4 victory Monday night in American Association baseball before 3,175 fans at Newman Outdoor Field. "You've got to get these guys early in the game on their starters because their bullpen is so dynamic," RedHawks manager Doug Simunic said of the T-Bones. "They can really do a lot of things out of their pen that we don't normally see."