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Monday, April 29, 2002
Craigs Corner 4/29/02 - 5/5/02
Saturday, May 4th, 2002
Well, the response to the current poll has been at a near record pace! Only the question dealing with the Otter hockey team being Class A or Class AA has equalled the interest of the FFHS-Hillcrest cooperative sports agreement! You still have time to make your vote count!

I have had a number of conversations with people on both sides of the issue and have received many e-mails on the subject. Both sides make very valid points in defending their stance on the issue.

One of the writers to my site, said I could share his viewpoint anyway I'd see fit to do so. So, with the blessings of Hillcrest boys basketball coach Gregg Preston, whom I have the utmost respect for, here are some of his comments. Your comments are also welcome! Drop me an e-mail. From Coach Preston:

"I understand the difficult budgetary issues that many public schools are facing at a time when private, Christian, charter, and home schools are increasing in enrollment. I understand that district 544 has mentioned that the sports co-op is one sided and that Hillcrest does not provide anything in return. But, I also know that many faculty and staff members have moved to Fergus Falls, pay taxes, and desire the best public school system that we can possibly have in Fergus Falls. I have been disappointed in the tone of many letters and conversations that seem to denote a we/they metality that rarely proves positive in a community. It also has appeared to me that lost in the shuffle has been the best interest of high school students. I think that the school board will have to answer questions such as - Is this merely a financial decision?, or Do we not want our public school children to lose a spot to a private school athlete?, or Would it be healthy for our community to develop stronger ties between the two schools? Whatever the school board may decide, I hope that we as adults in this community can convey the message to our young people that a quality Christ-centered education at Hillcrest and/or a quality education in the Fergus Falls public schools is a major priority. In addition, cooperation, concern for each other, and an understanding of the valuable roles that each school plays in this community is important for a better Fergus Falls. Thanks, Gregg Preston."

Thanks for sharing your viewpoint, Coach Preston. District 544 Superintendent, Dr. Mark Bezek, will join me on Monday morning on "Talkin' Sports" at 7:20 a.m. on AM 1250, KBRF, to clarify the District's stance on this matter. If you have any questions you'd like me to put to Mr. Bezek, e-mail me!

Wednesday, May 1st, 2002
What a tremendous opportunity! On the sixth of June, former UCLA Men's Basketball coach John Wooden, will be the keynote speaker for Don Meyer's Coaching Academy at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota.

Meyer is the head men's basketball coach at Northern State University and brought his nationally-known coaching academy from Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee, to Aberdeen and NSU last year with Pat Summitt as the keynote speaker. This year, Wooden joins featured clinician and former Wisconsin coach Dick Bennett to headline Meyer's Academy.

There are 500 tickets available to the general public for Wooden's speech at the Johnson Fine Arts Center on NSU's campus. The talk will begin at six p.m. and last about an hour. Cost for the tickets is ten dollars per person. To purchase tickets you can call the NSU office at (605)626-3336.

Did you know that Wooden is the only person to have been inducted into the National Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach? He led Purdue to the National Title in 1932. As a coach, Wooden led UCLA to 10 NCAA championship in 12 years. After retiring in 1975 he became an author, sough-after speaker and lecturer. Wooden is 91 years of age and doesn't travel to speaking engagements as much as he used to.

Arly Ohm, the Breckenridge boys basketball coach, is a huge Wooden fan, as is coach Gary Schuler of the Otters. Recently, as a special gift to Schuler in honor of his 500th career coaching victory and induction into the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Ohm sent a copy of Wooden's most recent book to the legendary coach, asking him to sign it for Schuler. Not only did Coach Wooden oblige, he also wrote Gary a very nice note congratulating him on his achievements! What a great keepsake and what a nice gesture toward a peer by Ohm. I'm sure coach Schuler will treasure that forever!

Hopefully a number of basketball fans from around our area will have the opportunity to attend the June 6th talk by Wooden. It will certainly be a night to remember!

Monday, April 29th, 2002

This is a big week for Athletic Awards in Fergus Fall. It starts tonight with the 23rd Annual Senior Athletic Appreciation Night for Fergus Falls High School, and concludes on Sunday with the 30th Annual FFCC All Sports Honors Night.

The FFHS event is sponsored by the "Otter" Coaches Association and includes presentation of Senior placques, speeches by the outstanding male and female athletes and the following special awards: Scholar Athlete Awards sponsored by the U.S. Army Reserve; Varsity Scholarship Awards; John Hermes Memorial Scholarship Award; Loren Kern Memorial Scholarship Award; Distinguished Athlete Award sponsored by the U.S. Marine Corps; Dedicated Weight Lifter Awards sponsored by "Otter" Coaches Association; Cory Rittenour Memorial Baseball Scholarship Award; "Otter" Coaches Association Scholarships and "Three Sport" Athletes will be recognized. All academic team members who maintained a minimum overall G.P.A. of 3.0 during their High School carrers will be presented as well.

This is an event I have emceed for all but two years that I've been in Fergus Falls and I always look forward to it. It is open to the public, so if you have a chance stop by the Middle School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Monday. 93 Senior Letter winner Athletes from all sports at FFHS will be honored.

On Sunday, May 5th, the 30th Annual FFCC All Sports Honors Night will be held, beginning at 5:00 p.m. with a social at the Sandpiper Restaurant in Fergus Falls. The banquet begins at 5:30 p.m. with a ten dollar per ticket cost for adults and a one dollar cost for student-athletes. Tickets can be purchased from any Spartan coach and the public is welcome. Call Dave Retzlaff (739-7538), Ann Williams (739-7540), Lloyd Danzeisen (739-7539) or Kent Bothwell (739-7541).

The Spartan Boosters sponsor this event and hold a silent auction in conjunction with the special evening. Many Fergus Falls area businesses donate items for the auction, which is a major fundraiser for the Spartan Boosters.

All awards for every FFCC sport will be presented on Sunday evening. Each coach will have the opportunity to introduce his team and announced the award winners. It's a great night, set aside to honor FFCC student-athletes. Hope you can come.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, April 22, 2002
Craigs Corner 4/22/02 - 4/28/02
Thursday, April 25th, 2002
Ryan Miller, the all time leading scorer in Otter hockey history, recently returned from Chicago where he participated in the Chicago Showcase, playing for Team Minnesota. The team went 6-0 over the five day event.

Miller scored one goal and added three assists for four total points in the five games. He also had four penalty minutes. Team Minnesota outscored their opponents by a 44-8 margin.

They started play with an impressive 8-1 win over Pittsburgh on April 17th, beat Northern New England 7-2 on April 18th, took Massachussets 7-1 on April 19th, beat Indiana 3-0 on April 20th and won two games on April 21st. They beat Pittsburgh for a second time, 7-2 and then recorded their second win over Massachussets, 12-2 in their final game.

This was the sixth straight year the Minnesota team won the tournament. During that span they have recorded a 31-3-2 mark.

Miller was slashed on his right hand during the final game of the tournament on Sunday and is recovering from the injury rapidly. He expects to start playing for the Otter boys tennis team this next week.

Ryan skated with Tom Biondich from International Falls and Hill Murray's Ryan Kauffman for most of the tournament. He had many good scoring chances but said he just had trouble putting the puck away.

Miller is planning on playing for a Junior League team next year and is awaiting the Junior draft.

Wednesday, April 24th, 2002
Mark down Sunday, May 5th on your calendars. That's the night the 30th Annual FFCC All Sports Honors Night will be held at the Sandpiper Restaurant, sponsored by the Spartan Boosters.

The social hour begins at five o'clock with the banquet scheduled for 5:30. The public is invited to attend with a ten dollar fee for adults and a one dollar fee for student athletes. For tickets or more information contact any Spartan coach. Dave Retzlaff (739-7538), Lloyd Danzeisen (739-7539), Ann Williams (739-7540), Kent Bothwell (739-7541).

Former Otter Aaron Olson continues to do well this spring at Mankato. The Mavs beat Winona last week 6-5 in 9 innings and then 15-2 before losing to Nebraska-Omaha 9-4 and 4-2. Aaron was 6-for-17 in the four games with one home run, three doubles, five walks and five runs batted in. The Mavericks play at St. Cloud on Saturday and then home against the Huskies on Sunday.

Aaron's dad, Robbie Olson does the public address announcing at the Otter home baseball games and also has done it for Otter home hockey games for the past several years. He does an outstanding job, even though he gets his share of grief from his "friends". Come to think of it, Robbie can dish it out, too!

What is the deal with the Twins at Tampa Bay? What is it now, 7 straight losses at their ballpark? Go figure!

Good to have John Gordon back on the Twins broadcasts. I missed his insight when he was battling that throat infection last week. I think Herb Carneal and Dan Gladden missed him, too! John kind of keeps the ship afloat, taking care of most of the housekeeping duties and communications with the game engineers. Herb and Dan seemed lost at times without him! It's nice to be needed!

Brad Radke has been ineffective. Seems to me like hitters are just jumping all over him. He has the reputation of being around the plate consistently and challenging hitters early in the count. Maybe it's time to alter his strategy a bit. Don't give them such good pitches to hit early in the count and see if they don't go fishing and get in a hole. He HAS to be more effective out there for the Twins to make a serious run.

Twins versus Yankees, May 11th, 6:05 p.m. game, 2:15 p.m. bus departure. Good seats still available. $29.00 per person. Call Lakes Radio at 736-7596 for more info or to signup today!! I'm chaperoning and hoping for a busload of dedicated Twins fans!! Come and join us!

Monday, April 22nd, 2002

Is it still basketball season? I know the NBA playoffs are underway (perhaps not for long if you're a T-Wolves fan), but I keep getting all this basketball information! I think it's true that sports seasons never end anymore.

Let's see, the NFL Draft just ended, so football has been in the news. The basketball and hockey playoffs are going on, and of course the Major League Baseball season is three weeks old. It's great if you're a sports junkie.

Even though the professional sports seasons have overlapped for years, the high school and youth sports seasons always seemed to have a definite beginning and ending. Not so anymore.

The MN/ND All Stars AAU bsketball team won the Division I, 17 & Under AAU tournament held in Blaine over the weekend. The team went 3-0 winning all three games by double digit margins. The All Stars are now 5-1 on the season. Nine players representing six different high schools played together on the team. Team members were Morgan Ranstrom, Joe Hutchins and Nate Fitterer of Fargo Shanley, Craig Nelson and Kyle Nelson of M-P-C-G, Matt Draxten of Fergus Falls, Thomas Dryburg of Fordville, ND, Brent Durensky of Barnesville and Drew Hysjulien of Grand Forks Central. Next week they play in a tournament in Edina.

Hillcrest boys basketball coach Gregg Preston has announced the dates for the 2002 Comet Basketball Camp. The camp will be held at the Hillcrest gym June 3rd through June 6th. Boys entering 4th through sixth grades will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Boys entering 7th and 8th grade will get together from 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and boys entering 9th and 10th grades will attend the camp from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The cost is forty dollars per player.

The purpose of the camp is for the player to 1)learn and practice the fundamentals of basketball, 2)compete in drills, contests and games, 3)incorporate the gospel of Jesus Christ into basketball. Individuals can sign up in the main office at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. The camp is open to the first twenty applicants in each age category.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, April 15, 2002
Craigs Corner 4/15/02 - 4/21/02
Friday, April 19th, 2002
The family of the late Roman Gail has come up with a tremendous way to raise money for a scholarship in his memory. It's the 1st Annual "Remember Romie Gail" fundraiser.

Anyone who was acquainted with Romie is welcome to come. The date is Sunday, April 28th at Balmoral Golf Course. If you plan on golfing 18 holes, you should tee off around noon. If you are golfing 9 holes, tee off time should be around 2:00 p.m.

After golfing, leave your car parked at the golf course and walk across the road to the Gail cabin, across from Balmoral's par three course, next to the condos. Lots of burgers and lots of reminiscing! Even if you're not planning on golfing, you are invited to join the crowd at anytime during the day at the cabin.

Half of the cost of golfing and all other donations will be given to a Fergus Falls Athletic Organization or individual. Call (218)736-5317 and leave your name and the number of people in your party that will be golfing.

If you are unable to attend but would still like to participate, donations can be made at Community First Bank to the Roman Gail Scholarship Fund.

Thursday, April 18th, 2002
Like I've mentioned many times before, I love sharing information on former area high school student-athletes who are continuing to participate at the next level!

Tim Erickson and Luke Draxten, both playing football at NDSU, participated in the Bison annual Spring football game last Saturday to end their spring practice. Erickson had nine catches for 130 yards and had another long reception called back after a penalty. Draxten had a 57 yard field goal attempt at the end of the game just fall short. Had he made it, his Green team would have beaten the Gold team, but they lost 13-12. Tim was also on the Green team. Another former Fergus Falls player and former NDSU player, Pete Campion is anxiously awaiting Saturday's NFL Draft. Campion has been rated as high as the 8th best guard available in the draft. He expects to be taken somewhere between the fifth and seventh round. Last year, fourteen guards were chosen in the draft. ESPN does thorough coverage, round-by-round, Saturday and Sunday.

Well, Mike Erstad is now a senior at Minnesota State University Mankato, where he has been playing club Lacrosse. This year, Mike has been playing on the same midfield line with his younger brother Matt Erstad. In fact, Mike tells us that Matt has really made great improvement since last spring, scoring his first regular season goal this past Sunday against St. Thomas.

Mike has been taking a very active role with the club over the last two years, serving as Vice President and the teams fudraiser chairperson. He was also in charge of planning the spring break trip to San Diego where the team played 15th ranked UCLA and number one Sonoma State. They didn't win either game, but bettered themselves by playing teams with a high skill level.

The team will be seeded number two going into the Upper Midwest Lacrosse League championship playoffs with Duluth taking the number one seed. Duluth is ranked 19th nationally and Mankato lost to them 17-10 last weekend. The league championships are scheduled for April 26th through the 28th at the Roseville High School. The team closes out their regular season schedule this weekend in St. Cloud playing St. Johns and Carleton College.

Several basketball players from around our area are participating on an AAU team which has been playing ball every weekend since the high school season ended and will be playing through May 19th. The team, the MN ND All Stars, usually plays their games in the Twin Cities area. Last weekend they won both of their pool games against the Tartan Titans and the Magic Blue before losing their semifinal game to the Magic Black by 3 points.

There is a core group of seven players, with five other players who fill in as needed when core group players are hurt, sick or unavailable for a tournament. Members of the team include Matt Draxten of Fergus Falls, Brent Durensky of Barnesville, Morgan Ranstrom, Joe Hutchins and Nate Fitterer from Fargo Shanley, and Tyler Koenig from Fargo North. The Otters Mitch Leifert has also started playing with the team. Craig Nelson and Kyle Nelson from Mayville-Portland will be playing the next two weekends. Craig is the former Ashby player and son of former Ashby coach Dave Nelson. Their high school team just won the ND Class B state title. Dave Richman, a former Wahpeton player and currently a student at NDSU is coaching the team.

This summer the team will be playing in Sioux Falls and Kearney, Nebraska in "Mr. Basketball" tournaments and may be going to tournaments in Indiana and Kentucky to play against some of the top select teams in the country.

Wednesday, April 17th, 2002
Happy Golden Birthday to my youngest son, Benjamin, who turns 17 today. He's happy because the golf season is finally underway!

As parents, you always wonder what your kids will be involved in, what they'll really enjoy doing. Of course, their interests change over the years and the level of their interests really fluctuates (day to day)! For Ben, golf has developed into his primary interest in life! It happened several years ago when I would take him with me to golf course and let him hit a few balls every round. Ben has always been one to just sink himself into something totally if he enjoys it. Usually, it lasts for a period of time and then his interest fizzles. That didn't happen with golf. In fact, if anything, it has turned into a passion with him! Of course, like anything, that can be good and bad.

I really believe that his involvement in golf has helped him to become a better student, out of necessity. After missing his first three meets as an 8th grader and a 9th grader because of incomplete work, he has made a concerted effort to make sure the work is done and the grades are good enough to be eligible for golf. Golf has become somewhat of a motivator for staying on top of his school work, something that has always been a struggle for him. It's great to see how student-athletes develop discipline through involvement in their sport and carry what they have learned over to the classroom and everyday life. That's always the hope isn't it? That the life lessons they learn through being a part of a sports team will impact them in other areas. In talking with hundreds (probably thousands by now) of parents and coaches through the years, this is certainly one of the great parts of athletics. You learn so many lessons about life along the way, sometimes not even realizing you are learning lessons that you will apply in many ways through the years. Team work, self discipline, self sacrifice, self motivation, developing relationships, accepting individual roles within a group, being a part of a group of people with a common cause, gettng along, confidence, humility and many more.
As parents, you can only hope that your kids have a positive experience and learn from their involvement.

Well, Ben has been diligently preparing for his golf season throughout the winter. He has read some great books relating to golf by authors like Bob Rotella, who is much respected in golf circles. He has hauled out the full-length mirror on many occasions to practice his swing and has analyzed videotape from last year. He loves the sport and he wants to excel at it. His off-season preparation was great. Now, the meets begin and the results begin to pour in. The challenges are there for him and for all student-athletes. I'd like to wish them all a great spring! Enjoy the experience and work hard at improving yourself in whatever sport you are involved in. It can be a very rewarding time of your life. I look forward to seeing many student-athletes competing over the next couple of months! I hope you make an effort to get out and support them, too.

Just a side note about Ben. He took a 9 on his first hole of the season on Tuesday at Wildflower (a par 4). Not a great start!! However, he was able to pull it together and shoot a 6-over par 78, tying for sixth place out of 72 golfers. His scorecard was interesting. 45 on the front nine, 33 on the back nine. I was proud of the way he regrouped and kept his focus! I can tell it's going to be an interesting journey! As is the case, as parents, we'll probably be more anxious and nervous than he is? Know what I mean?

Monday, April 15th, 2002
Time to update you on how some of the athletes from around our area are doing in the college ranks and in the Select team competitions.

Former Otter boys basketball player David Newell has been selected a co-captain for the Gustavus Adolphus basketball team for next year. David started at a post for Gustavus this year, helping them to a 24-5 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division III National Tournament. Newell led Gustavus in shooting percentage and blocked shots, while finishing second on the team in rebounds per game. He will be a senior next year at Gustavus, majoring in media-communications. David will be a great captain for the Gusties.

Aaron Olson had 4 hits in 12 at bats as Mankato State University won three of four games over the weekend. They won two from Morningside at Sioux City and split with the University of South Dakota at Vermillion. Their conference record is now 5-3 and they are in second place behind Nebraska-Omaha who they play Saturday in Mankato. Olson played all four games at third base and made some nice defensive plays. He hit the ball hard in most of his at bats and struck out twice. His season average stands at .367.

Kyle Rohlfs and Clay Nestor of the Fergus Falls boys hockey team played for the Section 4A/4AA Select 16 team last weekend in Plymouth. Their team finished third with a 6-3 win over 7A/7AA, a 4-3 loss to 8A/8AA, and a 2-1 win over the 2A/3AA team. Nestor played the last half of the third place game and came up big as the 2A/3AA team was on the power play near the end of the game. Nestor did not allow a goal in the twenty three minutes he occupied the net in the third place game. He allowed one goal in the first round game and two in the second round game.

Otter hockey player Ryan Miller is on the Minnesota Team competing in the Chicago Showcase this week. The team leaves for Chicago on Tuesday and will be playing several games through the weekend in front of Division I coaches and pro scouts. The event is staged for high school seniors without Division I commitments to be observed by the coaches and scouts. Every year some participants come out with scholarship offers. We'll keep you posted on Ryan's progress.

Great news from former Perham volleyball coach Bob Hatlestad and his wife, former Perham girls basketball Coach Julie Hatlestad! Their second child was born last Friday afternoon, April 12th, a girl named Jaya JoAnn Hatlestad. Jaya was six pounds, 11 ounces and 19 inches long at birth. Dad reports that she has plenty of black hair and "spunk", a real spitfire! She must take after both of them! Congratulation Hat and Jules! Big sister Macy must be mighty proud!

Know anything interesting about area athletes, coaches or other sports related information? Let me know so I can share it! Thanks to those of you who do keep me posted! I hear a lot of comments about the items we put on the website! Please take a moment to thank my many outstanding advertisers! Without them, this would not be possible. THANKS!
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, April 8, 2002
Craigs Corner 04/08/02 - 04/14/02
Sunday, April 14th, 2002
It was great to see over 48,000 fans at the Metrodome on Friday night for the Twins home opener! Not since 1993 had a crowd of that size been in attendance for a Twins home game. They were enthusiastic and saw a win!

Harmon Killebrew addressed the crowd during a pre-game ceremony that featured the entire team standing near the pitchers mound as Denny Hocking talked about how much they appreciated the show of support for the team during a trying off-season and the continued fan support in the first two weeks of the season.

Brad Radke was the opening day pitcher and he pitched well, gaining a 4-2 victory which was saved by Eddie Guardado, who struck out the side in the 9th.

I ran into Detroit Lakes football coach Flint Motschenbacher at the game. He and his assistant coach, Vern Schnathorst were attending the Minnesota Football Coaches Association clinic and Hall of Fame induction this weekend. Former DL coach Rick Manke and long time Mahnomen coach Ken Baumann were both being inducted into the Coaches Hall of Fame on Saturday. Hillcrest coach Richard Risbrudt was among state coaches receiving Coach of the Year awards for their respective classes. Risbrudt, whose Comets on the 9-man state title, was honored as Coach of the Year in 9-man football.

Friday, April 12th, 2002
Just some reminders for you as I head out the door for the Twin Cities and the Twins home opener! Radke on the mound, Tigers comin' to town, sounds like a win!

Twins play 22 of their next 28 at the dome. Need to play well and their schedule during that span is favorable. Need to beat the Indians next weekend, though and take some of the sting of this just completed series away.

The 2002 Synchronized Swim Show, "Movin' On", will be held at the Fergus Falls Middle School pool tonight, Saturday night and Sunday night at 7:30 p.m. Cost is five dollars for adults and three dollars for students. Deb and Amanda Holicky are coordinating the show. District 544 Community Education is sponsoring it.

Golden Gloves Boxing takes place at the Fergus Falls Armory on Saturday. The first fight is scheduled to get underway at two p.m. The card will feature a number of Fergus Falls boxers in their first Golden Gloves bouts.

Fergus Falls boxer Andy Kolle earned a trip to the Upper Midwest Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions when he beat T.J. Steward of Wadena last weekend at the Wadena Armory in the Northern Minnesota box-offs. Kolle will fight May 5th and 6th at Grand Casino in Hinckley.

The Spartan softball team is scheduled to face Vermilion today in Thief River Falls and is hoping to host Mesabi at noon Saturday at DeLagoon Park. The Fergus Falls Otter softball team will host Alexandria today at 4:30 at Grotto Park and will host Bemidji in a double header tomorrow at noon at DeLaoon.

Otter Tail Central's baseball game with Pelican Rapids today has been moved from Battle Lake to Pelican Rapids, with a 4:30 start.

Thursday, April 11th, 2002
Megan Ronhovde of the West Central Area Knights girls basketball team, made a big impression on several college basketball coaches at a tournament in Virginia last week.

Ronhovde, a 6'2" junior, played for North Tartan, a team coached by Willie Taylor, the St. Paul Central girls' basketball coach. The team went 6-0 in the Boo Williams Nike tournament in Hampton, Virginia, winning the Showcase Division title.

Apparently, Ronhovde and Kelly Roysland from Fosston, who was also on the team, received scholarship offers from Iowa State and San Francisco following the tournament. Ronhovde got additional scholarship offers from Colorado and Purdue.

The North Tartan team has dominated AAU basketball in recent years and is made up of the top talent from around the state.

Spartan baseball coach Kent Bothwell told me earlier today that FFCC had put in a bid to host the Region 13 Championships in 2003 and 2004, and that their bid has been accepted. The 2003 tournament will be held May 9th through May 11th. The Fergus Falls Community College field and American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park will be used for the tournament games which will feature the top teams from Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana and North Dakota.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2002
I'm not a fisherman. I know I'm in the minority in this state and certainly in this county! But, for us non-fishermen, we have an alternative to the opener on May 11th!

Lakes Radio has scheduled their first Twins bus trip of the season on Saturday, May 11th, the fishing opener. The Twins opponent that day is the New York Yankees! Their only visit to the Metrodome this year. The game begins at 6:05 p.m. and the bus will leave at 2:15 that afternoon from the Lakes Radio Studios at 728 Western Avenue in Fergus Falls.

The $29.00 per person cost includes your game ticket, located in the second deck on the infield (great seats), and bus transportation in a comfortable restroom-equipped motor coach from Otter Tail Coaches. A maximum of 47 tickets are available for this trip. Fans also have the option of purchasing $10.00 worth of Dome Dollars for $7.00.

If the pitching rotations don't change and all games are played between now and then, the matchup should feature a pair of lefties. Eric Milton and David Wells would oppose each other on the mound.

You non-fishermen and baseball fans out there should signup right away. With the Yankees coming to town just once, this will be a hot ticket! Call Lakes Radio at 736-7596 for more details or stop by the studios to reserve your seats.

Monday, April 8th, 2002

Fergus Falls senior Jess Holicky and Battle Lake senior Tori Ehlert participated in the 20th Annual Minnesota High School All-Star Basketball Series over the weekend in Hopkins and St. Cloud.

Holicky played for the Class AAA All-Stars who lost to the AAAA All-Stars 94-69 in their Friday game and 97-72 on Saturday. Holicky had only two points on Friday but scored ten points and dished out four assists on Saturday. Jess was 4-for-4 on the free throw line and hit 2-of-3 three-pointers in Saturday's contest. Kristy Wallner from Bemidji played for the AAAA team and scored 11 points while grabbing 7 rebounds on Saturday after scoring 4 in Friday's game.

Ehlert led the Class A team with 11 points on Friday night as they fell to the AA squad, 118-65. Gopher recruit Shannon Schonrock of Blue Earth Area was the dominant player for the Class AA team, scoring 22 points. On Saturday, Ehlert scored 10 points on 5-for-15 field goal shooting and missed her only foul shot as Class A lost 81-67 to Class AA. Schonrock had 19 points, 6 assists and 7 rebounds in that game.

In the boys contests on Friday night, Division I recruit Mike Kinsella of Rochester John Marshall scored 27 points and grabbed 7 rebounds to lead the Gold team to a 98-89 win over the Marron squad. The 7-footer is headed to Rice University. Matt Hoie of Bagley scored 9 points and had 6 rebounds for the Gold team. Osseo's Josh Cadwallader had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

In the other Friday game, the Blue team whalloped the Green team 123-77. Alexandria's Keith Eckhoff played for the Green squad and scored 15 points while pulling down 9 rebounds. Matt Siegle of Long Prairie-Grey Eagle had 12 points and 7 boards, while Scott Peters of Litchfield wound up with 4 points and 6 rebounds.

I have no results from Saturday's boys action. Here are the rosters from the All-Star games.

Boys rosters

Gold team - Josh Cadwallader, Osseo; Pat Fahnlander, Shakopee; Jim Hartzel, St. Thomas Academy; Jered Hokenson, Watertown-Mayer; Stephen King*, Holy Angels; Josh Matel, Stillwater; Taite Plaas, Red Wing; Matt Spaeth, St. Michael-Albertville; John Whippler, White Bear Lake; David Zellman, Lewiston-Altura. Coach - Vern Johnson, Grygla-Gatzke; Assistant coach - Steve Sparby, Grygla-Gatzke.

Maroon team - Akbar Ahad, Minneapolis Roosevelt; Pat Cronan, Edina; Andy Grossbach, Braham; Josh Hadley, Sleepy Eye; Jeff Halbert, White Bear Lake; Matt Hoie, Bagley; Joe Ingvalson, Caledonia; Mike Kinsella, Rochester John Marshall; Josh Vargas, Elk River; Sandy Yancy, Benilde-St. Margaret's. Coach: Dave Vanderwerf, Dawson-Boys; Assistant coach: Jon Roesch, Sauk Rapids.

Blue team - Aaron Busack, Redwood Valley; Kellen Driscoll, Waseca; Bryan Foss, Osseo; Issac Hinrichs, MACCRAY; Mike Keating, Cretin-Derham Hall; David McAlpine, Rochester Century; Terry Pettis, Minneapolis Patrick Henry; Tim Porterfield, Rochester Mayo; Bruce Price, Minneapolis South; Chris Whitfield, Apple Valley. Coach - Mike McDonald, Cambridge; Assistant coaches - Al Koczur, Cambridge; Bob Salo, Cambridge.

Green team - Erik Anderson, Eden Prairie; Mark Dixon, Mounds View; Keith Eckhoff, Alexandria; Matt Gerber, Marshall; Dentell Green, Minneapolis Roosevelt; Zerek Knight, Minneapolis Patrick Henry; Scott Peters, Litchfield; Jeff Schapp, Southwest Minnesota Christian; Matt Siegle, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle; Joe Shimek, Prior Lake. Coach - Jeff Wall, Maranatha Academy; Assistant coach - Ross Peterson, Cannon Falls.

Girls rosters

Class A - Malinda Berglund, Cook County; Kari Christianson, Norman County East; Tori Ehlert, Battle Lake; Danica Finseth, Cahtfield; Casey Francis, Fosston; Molly Horihan, Mabel-Canton; Laura Nelson, Lyle-Pacelli; Kristin Beranek, New Ulm Cathedral; Jacqueline Schultz, Springfield; Karie Visness, Kittson Central.

Class AA - Lee Durant, Minnehaha Academy; Krista Rambow, Litchfield; Megan Foy, Minnehaha Academy; Kellie Heinen, New London-Spicer; Mary Kelling, New London-Spicer; Jennifer Kne, Chisholm; Janine Kuklis, sko; Amy Mahlum, Kingsland; Shannon Schonrock, Blue Earth; Shiela Stegora, Pierz.

Class AAA - Shannon Bolden, Marshall; Sara Boldt, Faribault; Rachel Davich, Little Falls; Christina Ford, St. Paul Johnson; Sascha Hansen, Marshall; Jess Holicky, Fergus Falls; Kelly Lines, North Branch; Megan O'Hern, North Branch; Elyse Rau, Hill-Murray; Megan Vig, Northfield.

Class AAAA - Kristi Boese, Rochester Mayo; Nakia Carlisle, St. Paul Central; Chantele Melgaard, Lakeville; Lindsey Dietz, Elk River; Jamie Radloff, Tartan; Carolyn Kieger, Roseville; Heather Peterson, Blaine; Ashley Smith, Park-Cottage Grove; Kristy Wallner, Bemidji; Jill Mark, St. Cloud Apollo.
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