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Published December 29, 2012, 06:27 PM

The year's biggest local sports stories: Part 2

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Tonight we continue our celebration of the best in local sports in 2012, Dom Izzo brings us part 2 of the year in review with the moments that stood out over the last 12 months.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- Tonight we continue our celebration of the best in local sports in 2012, Dom Izzo brings us part 2 of the year in review with the moments that stood out over the last 12 months.

There were few better moments than what happened in Eugene, Oregon in late June when former NDSU All-American Amanda Thieschafer Smock stepped onto the stage at the US Olympic Trials and became the only American to qualify for the Triple Jump at the London Olympic Games, she finished 27th.

A moment that left us scratching our heads was at the end of the Concordia-Bethel football game this season, when the Cobbers recovered an apparent Bethel fumble to ice a huge win...but there were several Concordia

players and coaches on the field, which was a penalty...that meant Bethel kept the ball, they scored a touchdown and the game-winning two point conversion in a game that eventually kept Concordia from the playoffs.

There was another headscratcher at the Fargo Marathon this year; when former South standout Andrew Carlson looked to be clinching the half-marathon, when he was stuck behind slower traffic and lost in the race in the final 5 feet.

The Alerus Center hadn't seen this kind of quality opponent since NDSU last

traveled to Grand Forks when Montana came to town in October...and UND

was not kind hosts, setting several records, Braden Hanson threw for nearly 700 yards, while Greg Hardin racked up over 300 receiving in the program's biggest win since moving up to Division 1.

Nemzek Hall provided some great moments for the MSU Moorhead men's basketball team as Chad Walthall guided the Dragons to an 11-0 start last season that ended with a NCAA tournament appearance for the first time since 1964.

The year though was bookended by great moments from the NDSU football team, starting in January when the Bison won their first division 1 national championship and ended a 21 year title drought, and Craig Bohl's team drove thru the 2012 regular season on a mission, ranked

number one for 9 weeks to once again capture the Missouri Valley conference and sweep thru the playoffs to once again return to Frisco with a chance at a repeat.

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