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Monday, November 27, 2000
Craigs Corner 11/27-12/3
Wednesday, November 29, 2000
Dean Paulson has joined the ranks of bowlers to roll a 300 game at Northern Aire Lanes. It's only been done eight times in 40 plus years that the bowling alley has been open.

Steve Loeffler, owner/manager of Northern Aire Lanes told us that the frequency of 300 games have increased over the past several years due to several factors. "The finish on the lanes and the improvements made in the ball over the years has allowed the bowler to generate much more power now than in the past," stated Loeffler. "The amazing thing about Dean's 300 is that he hasn't been bowling regularly for about ten years!"

Paulson and his wife, Sandy, participate in the Tuesday night Mixed Match Play League at Northern Aire Lanes. His games on Tuesday were 163, 201, 300, 179. Bob Stoops rolled the last 300 game last fall.

Steve also tells us that his son, Eric, a former standout track and cross country runner at Fergus Falls High School and NDSU, is now employed in the Twin Cities as an Internal Auditor for the Bemis Company. He travels around the country conducting audits for the company and is still running. In fact, he finished third in a race on Thanksgiving Day morning in the Twin Cities.

Keith Pearson has asked us to remind everyone about the 22nd annual Fergus Falls High School Boys Basketball Alumni Tournament, scheduled for December 23rd. Registration will be held between 10:00 and 10:30 a.m. with games beginning at 10:45 a.m. at the senior high gym. All alumni are encouraged to participate.

Monday, November 27, 2000
Former Fergus Falls High School basketball standout David Newell, a sophomore at Gustavus Adolphus College, was named to the Colorado College Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament All-Tournament Team.
Newell scored 17 points against Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas) in the 100-64 semifinal victory, then led the team with 21 points and 7 rebounds in the 92-66 championship victory over Southwestern University of Texas. Newell was one of six players named to the all-tournament team. Gustavus is 3-0 on the season and heads into MIAC league play next Wednesday at home against St. Olaf.

Several players suffered injuries over the weekend at the Fergus Falls girls basketball jamboree. Megan Ronhovde, the outstanding West Central Area sophomore, went down in the second quarter of their game against Moorhead. Coach Harold Nelson felt the injury was most likely a bruise rather than any kind of muscle or ligament injury.

Fergus Falls players Stacy Turchin and Emily Atchison were both slowed by ankle injuries, but played in their jamboree. Turchin looked good running the offense in the absence of Jess Holicky, who missed the jamboree.

Pelican Rapids point guard Brandi Lass sustained an ankle injury during the morning scrimmage session and 6'4" post Rachel Longfors was hobbling after the jamboree, having hurt her ankle during their game against Thief River Falls.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, November 20, 2000
Craigs Corner 11/20-11/26
Thursday, November 23, 2000
Happy Thanksgiving! As happens every year at this time, high school football season ends with the Prep Bowl and the high school basketball and hockey seasons start heating up with jamborees and scrimmages.

Of course, much of the talk around our area the past couple of weeks has centered on the Otter Tail Central football team's quest for a Class 2A title. They get their chance tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in the Prep Bowl at the Metrodome. The game will be broadcast live on Oldies 1020 KJJK AM. The Bulldogs (13-0) matchup with the Triton Cobras (12-1). Triton High School is located in Dodge Center, Minnesota. Claremont, Dodge Center and West Concord are the communities involved in the makeup of Triton. They have been together since 1990. OTC is a combination of Battle Lake and Henning athletes. Underwood athletes join the mix for wrestling, baseball, softball and track.

The Fergus Falls boys hockey team hosts a 'Turkey ScrimmageFest' Friday and Saturday. On Friday the action begins with Fergus Falls facing Alexandria at 7:45 a.m. and features scrimmage sessions throughout the day until the final matchup between Roseau and Fergus Falls gets underway at 9:45 p.m. On Saturday, the schedule resumes at 7:45 a.m. and concludes around 7:15 p.m. In addition to the aforementioned teams, Moorhead, St. Thomas Academy, St. Cloud Apollo, Mahtomedi, Farmington, Willmar and Rochester Mayo will be involved. The Otters will play Moorhead at 8:55 Friday morning, Mayo at 7:25 Friday night, St. Thomas Academy at 11:15 Saturday morning and Willmar at 6:15 Saturday night.

Dave Rund's Fergus Falls girls basketball team hosts their annual jamboree on Saturday. The schedule has the Pelican Rapids 'B' team playing the Fergus Falls Gold squad at two o'clock, Rothsay facing the Fergus Falls Maroon team at 2:45 p.m., Thief River Falls taking on the Pelican Rapids varsity at 3:30 p.m., West Central Area battling Moorhead at 4:15 p.m. and Minnewaska Area going up against the Fergus Falls varsity at 5:00 p.m. Ticket prices are three dollars for adults and two dollars for students.

Monday, November 20, 2000
The Otter boys and girls hockey teams hosted their Meet the Otters night on Monday. It was a night for the Youth hockey players in Fergus Falls to mingle with their high school counterparts. Each youth hockey player in attendance received a hot dog, bag of chips and pop, compliments of the Maroon and Gold Hockey Boosters. The players also got to visit with Otter players one-on-one, getting autographs if they so desired. Following introductions of the youth players by team, handled flawlessly by Roger (White, Rog, Curly, Mr. Fergus Falls Hockey) Johnson, the Otters skated in an inter-squad scrimmage. What a great way for the hockey season to begin!

The Little 8 Girls Basketball Jamboree will be held in Parkers Prairie on Tuesday night starting at six o'clock. Underwood and Henning will start the action followed by Hillcrest and Rothsay at 6:45. At 7:30 it's Battle Lake against Ashby and the 8:15 matchup features Brandon-Evansville against Parkers Prairie. Each contest will be one-half of basketball, with game conditions being observed. It's one of the first opportunities for coaches to evaluate their talent against an opponent.

The Spartan basketball teams play in Willmar on Tuesday against the always tough, Ridgewater Warriors. It's always been a tough place to win and the Warriors are always competitive. Mike Johnson has been coaching almost as long as Retz (almost), and his daughter, Carrie Ogdahl, is the ladies coach. It's the opener for Ann Williams' Lady Spartans.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, November 13, 2000
Craigs Corner 11/13/00-11/19/00
Wednesday, November 15, 2000
Former Spartans are making an impact at Mayville State University, beginning with head coach Paul Grove. Grove is in his fourth year as Comets coach and has a mark of 61 wins and 26 losses. His team, with some very familiar area players on it, has started the season 3-1.

Chris Heier, Cody Norman and Nate Grove, all former Spartans, join former Pelican Rapids player Lance Roisum and East Grand Forks alum Travis Lindgren in the starting lineup. Heier scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Comets upset of 12th ranked Huron University. Norman scored 15 points in the win over Presentation College of Aberdeen, and has played very well in the post.

Two other former Minnesota Community College Conference players are on the roster. Lamonte Jones from Rainy River is sidelined until December with a knee injury and Matt Krebs from Mesabi Community College is currently ineligible academically.

Mayville State plays in the Dakota Athletic Conference-10, a newly formed conference which includes teams from the Dakota Athletic Conference and the South Dakota Intercollegiate Conference.

Anita Follingstad is a senior for the Lady Comets who have started the season 2-1.

The Spartan Men's basketball team will open the season on Thursday night at seven p.m. against the Valley City junior varsity. The game will feature a halftime performance by the Spartan Buddies. The nearly 300 elementary students spent four sessions with members of the Spartan basketball teams, learning the skills of the game. It's a great way for them to become acquainted with the players and to discover Spartan basketball!

Sophomore linebacker John Shirley, freshman quarterback Ben Brimhall and freshman wide receiver Justin Arneson have been named to the Minnesota Community College Conference All Southern Division Team. Second team selections include Sophomore linebacker Jay Mark, sophomore wide receiver Dustin Solarz, freshman offensive lineman Stephen Keaveny, freshman defensive back Vincent Bates and freshman wide receiver N'kateri Tendle. All-State, All-Region and All-American selections have not yet been announced.


Monday, November 13, 2000
The Bulldogs will play indoors from here on out! Don Seipkes' Otter Tail Central football team reached the Class 2A state semifinals with a 41-0 thrashing of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Friday night in Henning. The will now face Moose Lake-Willow River at one o'clock Friday afternoon at the Metrodome.

It's exciting to see junior Brett Speer back in the lineup. Speer has missed the whole season after breaking his collarbone during the second day of practice but is now available. In fact, he scored the final two point conversion in the quarterfinal victory.

The OTC defense has been outstanding this season. They allowed only 94 yards to Jesse Dennison of W-H-A on Friday. He had been averaging over 200 yards rushing per game. The shutout was their fifth.

Sixteen of Mr. Cody Fisher's Tae Kwon Do students were among the over 300 competitors at the IBBF Tournament at Concordia College in Moorhead over the weekend. Top performances came from Miss Alyssa Marlenee (1st in sparring, 3rd in forms), Mr. Rod Kittleson (1st in sparring), Mr. Ben Armbrust (1st in forms, 3rd in sparring), Mr. Eric Johnson (2nd in forms), Mr. Taylor Gray (2nd in forms), Miss Michelle Burris (2nd in sparring), Miss Tanya Fordham (2nd in forms), Miss Nicole Frank (2nd in sparring), Miss Samantha Brown (2nd in forms).

Kelly Hopponen of the Fergus Falls varsity girls hockey team will miss several games because of a broken bone in her wrist. The Otters are already thin with only 16 players on their roster.

Julie Nelson, from Don Kostelecky's office, tells us that the girls hockey game on Tuesday, November 14th against Rocori, will be played in Paynesville. The arena is located near the Hilltop Restaurant just off hiway 55.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, November 6, 2000
Craigs Corner 11/06/00-11/12/00
Saturday, November 11, 2000
Don Kostelecky has been named Section 8AA Athletic Director of the Year off the school year 1999-2000. The award is voted on by the Athletic Directors in Section 8AA. The Fergus Falls A.D. will now compete for the State Athletic Director of the Year which will be announced in March at the annual State Athletic Directors Meetings in Minneapolis. Don was also named the Section 8AA Athletic Director of the year for the school year 1996-1997.

Wednesday, November 8, 2000
Janna Davis is seeing some court time at NDSU and making the most of it. Brian Draxten of the Otter Backcourt Club tells me that through the first three games Janna is averaging about 13.5 minutes per game and is scoring 5.7 points per game while averaging 3.4 rebounds per game. There's no doubt that Janna will fit right in with the Lady Bison.

Three former Spartans are starting for another former Spartan, Paul Grove, at Mayville State University. Paul's younger brother Nate, Chris Heier and Cody Norman are all starting members of the Mayville State team. In a win over Huron, South Dakota last weekend, Heier scored 34 points. Aaron Grove, another former Spartan and brother to Paul and Nate, saw them play and commented that Cody is really posting up physically and looks very good. Lance Roisum from Pelican Rapids is also in the starting lineup.

I'll be in St. Paul the next three days following the Ashby Arrows girls volleyball team. This is the first state tournament appearance in any sport ever for Ashby! A.D. Terry Karger used that great phrase that every small town has used when headed to state, "Last one out of town turn out the lights!" You can hear the games on KJ Country, 96.5 FM. The Arrows will play at three o'clock on both Thursday and Friday. A Saturday game will be played only if the Arrows manage to win one or both of their games. Time will be determined by how they do in the previous two games.


Monday, November 6, 2000
Alyssa Marlenee, a senior at Fergus Falls High School, received a gold medal in sparring at the United States Taekwondo Union National Collegiate Tournament held in Ames, Iowa over the weekend.
With the victory, Marlenee qualifies for the next Goodwill Games to be held in Japan. Marlenee, a second degree blackbelt, is a student at Fergus Falls Taekwondo under the instruction of Mr. Cody Fisher.

Ashby has drawn the number one ranked team in State Class A girls volleyball as an opening round opponent on Thursday afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Central Minnesota Christian Bluejays are 22-3 coming into the state tournament and won the Section 3A title with an impressive 15-8, 15-9, 15-1 victory over Southwest Minnesota Christian on Saturday night. The Arrows and Bluejays will clash at three o'clock on Thursday afternoon. Win or lose, the Arrows have a three o'clock game on Friday, also.
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