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Monday, May 28, 2001
Craigs Corner 05/28/01 - 06/03/01
Friday, June 1st, 2001
The first ever game in the history of the Alexandria Beetles will be played tonight at Knute Nelson Memorial Park in Alexandria, Minnesota.

The Beetles are the newest entry in the Northwoods League. They open the season against the Brainerd Mighty Gulls. Former major league relief pitcher Goose Gossage will throw out the first pitch and a fireworks extravaganza will follow the game, which begins at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $4.50 for an adult reserved seat, $2.50 for 12 & under, or general admission tickets are available for $4.00 for adults and $2.00 for students.

Other teams in the league include the Mankato Mashers, St. Cloud River Bats, Wisconsin Woodchucks, Madison Mallards, Rochester Honkers and Waterloo Bucks. The teams play a 64 game regular season schedule.

Minor League baseball can be a lot of fun for the whole family. The following the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks have built up attests to the popularity of the game. The Northwoods League isn't at the same talent level as the Northern League, but you can bet the enthusiasm will lend itself to some entertaining nights at the ballpark. Ryan Voz is the team's general manager.

Monday night is Beetles Baseball Bat night with the first 300 kids 12-and-under receiving a full-size Louisville Slugger Baseball Bat. For more information you can check out Beetles baseball on the web at www.alexandriabeetles.com .

Wednesday, May 30th, 2001
The outstanding Ortonville golf team is headed to the state tournament, having won their Section team title on Thursday.

Ortonville's team score was an impressive 286, that's two under par as a team. This is also an all-time low score for the Trojans. Benson was a distant second at 319.

Pete Ross shot a 66, Matt Pfingsten a 70, Mike Sandberg a 74 and Andy Ross shot a 76.

One of the more amazing facts of this season is that all six Trojan golfers made all-conference. Pete Ross was first in the conference with a 36 stroke average, Andy Ross was second with a 36.2 and Sanberg third at 38. Ross Wiegman, Tanner Rademacher and Alex Dawald were the other all-conference players.

Monday, May 28th, 2001
There will no doubt be some outstanding performances in the next couple of weeks as area track and field teams head into the section and state meets.

Last week's sub-section meets brought out some outstanding performances. The Fergus Falls girls 4 x 800 meter relay team set a new school record with a second place finish at the sub-section meet. Emily Atchison, Jenna Larson, Elana Jacobs and Sam VanWechel are the team members. Jerry Aakre of Ottertail Central was a four event winner, Perham's Gabriel Anderson, a freshman, won three sub-section titles and Rachel Longfors of Pelican Rapids continues to be on target to challenge for a state discus title with a title in that event and in the shot put at her sub-sectional.

In reporting on the sub-section events, some records from past sub-sections were mentioned and I found them to be interesting. Did you know that five North Sub-Section 8AA track and field records belong to Otter athletes? The most recent was just last year when then freshman Jenny Reff ran the 800 in 2:18.29. Of course, Reff went on to win the state Class AA title. One other girl, Sharon Kunz, still holds the sub-section record in the 100 meter dash, 11.99 seconds. Kunz set the record in 1982. An interesting tie to the Otters, Sharon's daughter is Tanya Hensch, current standout athlete for the Otter track and field team.

Two Otter boys still hold sub-section records. Ryan Retzlaff set the 100 meter dash record in 1993 of 10.89 seconds and John Pontius holds two records. Pontius set both of them in '93. The high jump mark is at 6'11 1/4" and the triple jump record is at 46' 1/2".

I heard that a distance runner from Reston, Virginia just set the all time record for the mile, beating Jim Ryun's mark that had stood for over 30 years. Something around 3:53. Incredible. Watch the area athletes closely over the next two weeks of competition. There's nothing quite like the state track meet and we'll have our share of athletes competing on June 8th and 9th at the National Sports Center in Blaine. We'll report on their progress right here at www.craigolsonsports.com

Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, May 21, 2001
Craigs Corner 05/21/01 - 05/27/01
Thursday, May 24th, 2001
Fergus Falls boxer Adam Devorak won the State Junior Olympic title in the 139 pound weight class for 13 and 14 year olds this past weekend in Wadena.

Adam won his first fight on Saturday with an RSC in the first round, beating Robert Stevenson of the Rice Street Boxing Club in St. Paul. He then won a decision over Matthew Moreno of Silver Lake Boxing Club of Rochester on Sunday to claim the Junior Olympic Championship.

Devorak will now move on to the Regional Tournament on June 2nd and 3rd in St. Paul, Minnesota. Boxers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Nebraska will be participating.

Eli Ugstad fought in the tournament and lost his first round match on Saturday. Ugstad lost a close decision to Cody McManigle of the Wadena Boxing Club.

Fergus Falls High School graduate Katie Riba, now a senior at the University of Minnesota-Morris, was one of ten Women's Phillips 66 Honor Student-Athlete Award Winners in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. Riba competed in soccer for the Cougars.

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2001
Today is my brother's birthday. Jim shares the same birthdate as the late Halsey Hall. I always think of Halsey on this day because of that.

For those of you who are too young to remember Halsey, let me fill you in briefly. In the early years of the Twins, Halsey was a broadcaster for the team. He worked alongside Herb Carneal for several years. Prior to his radio work he was a noted sportswriter and was very well known and much respected in sports circles in the Twin Cities and throughout the Upper Midwest.

Halsey was known for raspy voice, his unique laugh, his cigars and eating green onions in the pressbox. Herb tells many Halsey stories when he's on the banquet circuit including the time when Halsey's cigar started a fire in the radio booth and Herb continued to broadcast while Halsey and others tried to extinguish it. Even with all that going on, Herb was the consummate professional. Halsey's trademark was the way he ended every broadcast. He always did the postgame show and would wrap it up with the final score, followed by "Good Night" everyone when the Twins lost ... but when they won, he closed by saying good-bye in a foreign language, Adios, Arrividerci, Auf Wiederschein, Sayonara and so on.

One of my early radio thrills came when Mr. Hall spoke to the Boys Club in Detroit Lakes. I was 19 years old and in my first year as sports director at KDLM in Detroit Lakes when I had the privilege of hosting a one hour long interview with Halsey. It was very memorable. He told me that he was the last media person to interview Babe Ruth before he passed away and was very happy to take phone calls from listeners. They loved him! Twins fans did, too! He was always a fan, and he always brought life to the broadcast. Thanks Halsey!

By the way, Jim doesn't eat green onions or smoke cigars! Happy Birthday little brother!
Tuesday, May 22nd, 2001
The Otter baseball team has earned the number three seed in the North Sub-Section 8AA baseball playoffs. Moorhead is seeded first and Bemidji second.

The Otters will host a first round playoff game against Detroit Lakes on Saturday morning beginning at eleven o'clock. The Lakers are seeded fourth, just ahead of Alexandria. Thief River Falls will host Crookston in the play-in game on Thursday for the right to face top seeded Moorhead on Saturday. Alexandria will play at Bemidji in their first round contest.

Fergus Falls will get a couple of tune-ups for the playoffs as they will makeup games on Thursday against Breckenridge and Morris Area. The first game will begin at five p.m., followed by a seven o'clock contest versus Morris.

The Fergus Falls girls softball team has been postponed for a day. They were scheduled to open North Sub-Section play today (Tuesday) against Moorhead, but the game has been rescheduled for Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. in Detroit Lakes. It's an elimination game, with the winner moving in to a six o'clock game against the top-seeded Lakers.

The Section 8AA Girls Golf Meet has been postponed to Thursday at Blueberry Pines Golf Course near Menahga. It was originally scheduled for Wednesday.

Individual Tournament play in the North Sub-Section 8AA boys tennis competition will be held on Thursday instead of Wednesday at the Discovery Middle School tennis courts. The inclement weather was the reason for the switch. Fergus Falls won the Sub-Section team crown on Monday in Alexandria.

Monday, May 21st, 2001
Some area basketball players have been honored with All-State Team recognition by the Minnesota Basketball News. David Drexler of West Central Area High School was named to the AA squad and Nick Hansen of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy to the Class A squad. Hansen's teammate, Donavan Rogness was an honorable mention selection.

If you're a football player entering 7th through 12th grade and would like to enroll in a four day football camp to be held in Ashby June 4th through the seventh, e-mail your entry to Les Boyum at [email protected] . Boyum is a 1977 graduate of Battle Lake High School and has coached football for 20 years. He is currently the Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach at Missouri Western State College. You can call Les at (816)271-4473.

Baseball tryouts are this week for VFW Post 612 and the two Babe Ruth teams in Fergus Falls. Aaron Olson will be coaching the VFW Post 612 team and will be holding three straight days of tryouts at FFCC. The times of the tryouts will be four o'clock Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons. Players can't be 17 before August 1st. For the Elks and American Legion sponsored Babe Ruth teams, tryouts will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the college field on Thursday, May 24th. Babe Ruth baseball is for all boys 13 to 15 years old. If you are 16 before August 1st, you cannot play. If you have any questions you can contact Tim Erickson, American Legion Babe Ruth coach, at 739-2092 or Nate Brown, Elks Babe Ruth coach, at 998-4077.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, May 14, 2001
Craigs Corner 05/14/01 - 05/20/01
Thursday, May 17th, 2001
The college softball season ended on Wednesday for the Lady Spartans as they lost two of three state tournament games in Grand Rapids.

FFCC fell to Ridgewater in the opening round 2-0, beat Hibbing in their second game 12-9 and was eliminated by Rochester, 2-1.

Jessica Draper pitched all three games, going 19 innings, allowing 12 hits and one earned run while recording 12 strikeouts.

The D & S Football Camp is coming to Ashby June 4th through the 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon each day. The camp is designed for those entering 7th through 12th grades in the fall of 2001 and the cost is $50.00 per person, $40.00 per person if there is more than one participant from the same family.

The camp is meant to improve each player's skills on the football field. Each day campers will work on Offensive Positions, Defensive Positions, Kicking Game and compete in a 7-on-7 scrimmage.

Les Boyum, a 1977 graduate of Battle Lake High School will be running the camp. Les has been coaching football for 10 years, thirteen of them at the collegiate level. He has worked or directed camps for 17 years and is presently the Offensive Coordinator and Offensive Line Coach at Missouri Western State College in St. Joseph, Missouri.

For more information you can contact Boyum at 816-271-4473 or 816-233-5996 or send your application to him at 2909 Teal CT., St. Joseph, MO. Please include your T-shirt size and make check payable to Les Boyum. Campers must provide a copy of their most recent Physical Exam.

Wednesday, May 16th, 2001
Tickets are available through Monday, May 21st for the Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce Sports Hall of Fame luncheon, scheduled for Saturday, June 9th at the Elks Club in Fergus Falls.

Five new inductees will be honored at the luncheon. Tim Cashman, Mark B. Foss, Bill Foss, Dave Lindig and Tom Uvaas will all be inducted. We are featuring biographies on these four Hall of Famers in our "Blast From the Past" section of www.craigolsonsports.com
The public is invited and tickets may be purchased at the Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce.

The Minnesota Community College Conference State Baseball Tournament begins on Thursday at the Swansson Athletic Complex in Willmar. FFCC, the Northern Division champions, will open play at four o'clock against Bethany Lutheran of Mankato, the number three seed from the Southern Division. Itasca, the number two team from the North and North Hennepin, the number three team from the South, will play the other four p.m. game. At 7:00 p.m. Thursday, the Northern Division's number three team, Northland, will battle the top team from the Southern Division, Ridgewater and the winner's of the 4:00 p.m. games will face each other. The double elimination tournament will continue through Saturday.

Monday, May 14th, 2001
Former Otter baseball player Aaron Olson, used sparingly over the first two-thirds of the season, has continued to wield a hot bat for Minnesota State - Mankato, as the Mavericks earned the NCC Championship and are in pursuit of a Regional bid.

Olson replaced Jon Hurt in the outfield last month and is now hitting .362 with a .696 slugging percentage. In MSU's 10-5 win over UND and their 4-1 victory over St. Cloud State in NCC Tournament play over the weekend, Olson went 4-for-8 with three RBI and three runs scored.

Against North Dakota, Olson was 3-for-5 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored. Against the Huskies, he drilled an RBI double to the centerfield wall. MSU then swept SDSU on Saturday to win the NCC title and improve their season record to 30-13. They now await word on whether or not they receive a bid to the Central Regional in Missouri.

FFCC made a quick exit from the Region XIII baseball tournament in Willmar on Friday, losing to Ridgewater 8-2 and North Hennepin 4-1. Dawson Community College of Glendive, Montana went unbeaten in the tourney to win the title and will now head to Batavia, New York for the Division III Community College World Series, which begins on Saturday. Dawson beat Itasca Community College of Grand Rapids in the title game on Sunday, 3-2. Itasca had won twice on Saturday, 9-8 over North Hennepin in nine innings and 5-4 over Ridgewater, to move into the championship round against Dawson. The Spartans will take a 17-4 record into the MCCC State Tournament, back in Willmar, beginning this Friday.

Nine teams will be in Fergus Falls for the 58th Annual Otter Invitational Track Meet on Tuesday. Fergus Falls will host Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, Bemidji, Breckenridge, Moorhead, Detroit Lakes, Thief River Falls, Ashby and Fisher. The Detroit Lakes girls team won't be in attendance, as they are preparing to compete in the State True Team Meet after winning the Section title in Crookston last week.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, May 7, 2001
Craigs Corner 05/07/01 - 05/13/01
Friday, May 11th, 2001
Former Underwood High School golfer Aaron Sletten has led his team, Cameron University of Lawton Oklahoma, to the 2001 NCAA Division II National Championships.

The Aggies finished in a three-way tie for the sixth and final qualify spot in the Western Regional, but won the right to go to nationals with a playoff victory over Texas A & M-Commerce and Grand Canyon University. Cameron finished the three-day regional tournament with a total score of 890, just 10 shots out of third place and 15 back of regional champion, Cal State-Bakersfield.

On the first extra hole, Sletten, a senior, proved to be the hero, sinking a 45-foot putt for birdie to give Cameron the playoff victory and send the team to the national tournament. The event will be held May 22-25 in Allandale, Michigan.

In the final round of regulation play, Cameron posted a team score of 297. Sletten led the way with a two-over par 73.

Jon Matteson, a senior at Fergus Falls High School, and a standout defender for the Otter boy soccer team has made his college choice. Matteson will join teammate Matt Haws at St. John's University next fall. He will be involved in the soccer program and will also be a part of the St. John's choir.

Don't forget to get your RedHawks tickets for the Northern League exhibition game coiming up on Sunday, May 20th at 4:05 p.m. at American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park in Fergus Falls. Tickets are available at both Fergus Falls area Stop-N-Go locations. The price is $4.50 per seat with children under age 3, free. The RedHawks will face the Lincoln Saltdogs.

Wednesday, May 9th, 2001
I don't get it. The Spartans win the Northern Division title in Community College baseball and they have to open the Region XIII Tournament against the South Division winner, Ridgewater. It doesn't make sense.

The Region rotates first round matchups but I just don't think the two Minnesota Division winners should have to play each other in the first round. Ridgewater (22-9) is ranked number one in the latest MCCC poll and FFCC (17-2) is ranked second.

The game between the Spartans and the Warriors begins at 11:00 a.m. on Friday at Swansson Athletic Complex in Willmar. You can hear the Spartan playoff games on Oldies 1020, KJJK AM.

FFCC has several players among the Northern Division statistical leaders including pitchers Tony Stensgaard and Tim Nelson with 3-0 records. Justin Stanley and Justin Arneson are tied for the division lead with 29 RBI and Arneson leads in steals with 15. Nate Huls has the top batting average (.517) and Doyle Price is second (.455). The Spartans .353 team batting average is the best in the state.

Ridgewater has three pitchers with at least 4 wins, but they did play 12 more games than FFCC. Their workhorse is Aaron Vogt who is 5-2. He has struck out 54 batters in 46 1/3 innings and has walked only 8. His 2.10 earned run average is second on his team. 4-0 Dan Lamott has an ERA of 1.88. Their team ERA is 2.66, the lowest in the state.

Other first round games on Thursday will have Waukesha County, Wisconsin facing Dawson, Montana at 11:00 a.m. and North Hennepin (2nd place in the South) facing Itasca (2nd place in the North) at 1:30 p.m. The tournament is a double-elimination event which goes through Sunday.

Monday, May 7th, 2001
It's time to prepare to Play Ball! The Fergus Falls Parks and Recreation Department has scheduled tryouts for youth baseball leagues and there will be two Babe Ruth baseball teams this summer in Fergus Falls.

At Dwarf and Pony League tryouts, all youth get a chance to throw, hit and catch in various drills. Coaches will be observing these drills and rating each youths performance. After all ages have tried out, the coaches will then form teams. The tryouts begin on Monday, May 14th with Dwarf League 10 year olds. Eleven year olds will hold tryouts on Tuesday, May 15th. All tryouts begin at 5:30 p.m. at Broadway Park baseball field in Fergus Falls. Pony League tryouts for 12 year olds will be held on Monday, May 21st and for 13 year olds on Tuesday, May 22nd.

All youth should bring their gloves. For further information, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 739-3205. Volunteer coaches are needed for both Dwarf League and Pony League.

After some talk of having just one Babe Ruth Baseball team in Fergus Falls this year, American Legion Post 30 has stepped forward to ensure that there will be two teams. The Elks have sponsored a Babe Ruth team for several years now and the Legion has answered requests from interested residents of our community to sponsor a second team, providing more opportunities for 14-16 year old kids to play ball. Former Otter Nate Brown will be coaching the Elks team while another former Otter, Tim Erickson, now at NDSU on a football scholarship, will coach the Legion sponsored team. Erickson will be assisted by yet another former Otter, Ben Brimhall, who is at FFCC, where he starred for the Spartan football team at quarterback last fall. Babe Ruth tryout information has not been released yet.

Former Fergus Falls boxer Zach Walters, now boxing unattached from the Duluth area, competed at the Golden Gloves National Tournament in Reno, Nevada recently. Walters lost his opening round bout on an RSC in the third round.
Fergus Falls boxer Andy Kolle>/b> failed to qualify for the national tournament. He lost a close decision in the finals of the Upper Midwest Tournament at 156 pounds.
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