|Saturday, May 31, 2003|
|Craigs Corner 5/26/03 - 6/01/03|
|Saturday, May 31st, 2003|
This has been a crazy week!! Here it is Saturday and this is the first time I've written an entry in Craig's Corner. My goal has been to do at least three entries a week. Guess I'm going to be a bit short this time around.
Some weeks it's easy to sit down and do this space on my website, others it's hard. No because of lack of interest or information, but lack of time. Everyone I know struggles with this part of life. We have twenty-four hours everyday and we need to sleep at least part of that time and eat, too, but there are still many hours available for work and free time, right? Some days it sure doesn't seem that way. We have ways of filling our 'free time' quickly. Lots of time with more work!!
We held our son Ben's graduation open house on Saturday afternoon and we have also been able to get to several open houses for other seniors. The thing I enjoy most about these open houses is seeing people sit and visit for an extended period of time with people they may not see on a regular basis. I have had many other people share with me that they too enjoy this part of attending open houses. It's just too bad that we probably haven't had many conversations with some of those people since last year's open houses!! Unfortunately, with all the open houses to attend, we usually end up spending only 15 to 20 minutes at each place!! I really enjoy catching up with people I haven't had the opportunity to talk with recently. I just hope I get to see them again sooner than next May!
Former Fergus Falls hockey goalie Tyler Ness, who has spent the last two years at Fergus Falls Community College, will be attending the University of Minnesota, Crookston next year. Ness will be trying out for the hockey team and I would think he would have an excellent chance of joining former Otters Ryan Kantrud and Ben Larson on the Trojans roster. Both Kantrud and Larson were with the team last year. We'll keep you posted on their progress when the hockey season rolls around.
Aaron Olson, who begins his first year as coach of the American Legion Post 30 baseball team this week, is having the first meeting and practice for the team on Tuesday, June 3rd at American Legion Field at DeLagoon Part. The meeting will begin at 4:30 p.m. Players are to bring their baseball equipment for a short practice that day.
The annual Spring Slug Fest slow pitch softball tournament will be held on June 7th and 8th at the Dower Lake Softball Complex in Staples. This A.S.A sanctioned tournament is a double elimnation event with an entry fee of $125. The tournament allows unlimited homeruns.
Teams interested in participating should contact Chuck Stevens at one of the following numbers:
Dower Lake Campground and Complex are located three miles west of Staples on Highway 10. Camping facilities are located adjacent to the complex.
|Tuesday, May 20, 2003|
|Craigs Corner 05/19/03 - 05/25/03|
|WEDNESDAY, MAY 21st, 2003|
There seem to be more summertime camps and tournaments popping up all the time. We try to keep you posted on what's available in our area and today I have some information to pass on to you.
The Backcourt Club of Fergus Falls, in conjunction with the SummerFest Celebration, is holding a 3-on-3 basketball tournament on Saturday, June 14th. Boys and girls currently in grades 3 through 12 are encouraged to enter. There is a forty dollar entry fee. All games will be played indoors with a minimum of three games guaranteed. Entry deadline is June 2nd. For further information you can contact Scott Smith at 218-739-9074 or Mike Klinnert at 218-739-5299.
The First Annual Perham Summer Volleyball Camp is scheduled for July 16th through July 18th with a cost of $25 per participant. The camp is open to girls who have completed third through eleventh grades. Former Perham High School coach and current Alexandria High School coach Bob Hatlestad and Perham Yellowjacket All-State volleyball player and Texas Tech/NDSU volleyball player Pam Osterfeld will be the camp coaches. Registration and payment need to be submitted by June 6th to Dan Christenson, Prairie Wind Middle School, 480 Coney Street, Perham, MN 56573.
TUESDAY, MAY 20th, 2003
WOW!! What a great night!! Monday, the Fergus Falls High School Class of 2003 was honored at the Senior Recognition and Hall of Fame Banquet, held at the Bigwood Events Center. The first Hall of Fame Class was also inducted at this tremendous event.
The evening included a Parade of Seniors, highlighting the various activities the students participated in from the arts, academics and athletics.
Athletic Awards included recognition of the following 3-sport athletes. Anna Becklund, Karoline Brause, Nichole Brusven, Glen Carpenter, Matt Draxten, Mitch Gabrielson, Tyler Gagner, Tanya Hensch, Chris Hystead, Elana Jacobs, Erin Jacobson, Dusty Murray, Katie Shaikoski, Ken Stensvaag and Tim Tungseth. Anna Becklund was named the recipient of the Loren Kern Memorial Scholarship, Karoline Brause and Matt Schoeneck were honored as the MSHSL Triple "A" Award Winners and Brause and Kirby Carr were named the Outstanding Senior Athletes. Otter Coaches Associaton scholarships were presented to Carr, Tungseth, Shaikoski and Jenna Larson.
Several awards were handed out in other areas, including the Arts, Theatre, Band and Choir. A number of Academic Scholarships were also awarded.
Eight charter members were inducted into the Fergus Falls High School Hall of Fame. Charles Beck and Lizabeth Bradford Wing in the Arts Hall of Fame, Bob Bruns, Oats LeGrand and Alfred Jacobs for Distinguished Service, Sidney Rand as a Distinguished Alumni, and Ev Faunce and Carleen (Rose) Holm in the Athletic Hall of Fame.
Faunce, a 1944 graduate of Fergus Falls High School, was a star athlete in football, basketball and track during his high school years. He was an all-state football player in 1943 and Otter MVP in both football and basketball. Faunce went on to play at Iowa State, then for legendary coach Bernie Bierman at the University of Minnesota. Durin his senior year in 1948, he was chosen as the Gopher MVP. His football career included time with the Baltimore Colts and as head coach at Utah State University. In 1998, he was chosen as the Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce's Athlete of the Century.
Carleen (Rose) Holm was a standout athlete at Fergus Falls High School, where she was a five-year letter winner in tennis and a four-year letter winner in both basketball and track. She made state tournament appearances in tennis and track. When she graduated in 1989, Holm held numerous school records in track and in basketball, where she is among the all-time leaders in rebounding, assists, scoring and steals. Holm went on to become a three-year basketball starter at South Dakota State University, where she had a full athletic scholarship, and is among the school's leaders in career points, rebounds and assists. She earned bachelor's and master's degrees at SDSU and pursued a career as a school counselor.
It was great to hear from each of the inductees. Ev Faunce came all the way from Utah to be in attendance at the banquet and Carleen (Rose) Holm left Brookings, South Dakota after school, arrived shortly before the banquet started and had to be back for school Tuesday morning. What a thrill to have them here for this special night.
Brian Draxten, Board President of Fergus Falls 544 Education Foundation, made a special presentation to Bob and Elaine Olson, recognizing them as the first major donors to the Foundation.
The crowd, 520 strong, was treated to five different videos, put together by Lowell Carpenter's Video Production class. The videos chronicled the history of the Class of 2003 from Kindergarten through their senior year.
The crowd was entertained by the FFHS Chamber Orchestra, the Superficial 7, the Chamber Singers and the trumpet trio of Jeff Wells, Matt Rau and Jim Olsen, who played the National Anthem.
The Bigwood Events Center donated the accommodations for the evening and the various Fergus Falls sports booster clubs paid for the meals for members of the Class of 2003.
Elaine Jahnke and Jule Nelson did a ton of work on this banquet. Their research, planning and organizational skills really helped to pull it off. Dr. Mark Bezek and FFHS Principal Greg Winter had the vision to start an event like this and are to be applauded for getting it done. Committee members included Roger Olson, Don Kostelecky, Brian Draxten, Gary Schuler, Tom Kummerow, Jim Iverson, Terry Harrington, Greg Winter and Mark Bezek. It was an honor to serve as emcee!
Congratulations to the outstanding Class of 2003 and to the charter members of the Fergus Falls High School Hall of Fame!!!
|Tuesday, May 13, 2003|
|Craigs Corner 05/12/03 - 05/18/03|
|FRIDAY, May 16th 2003|
Aaron Olson concluded his college baseball career at Minnesota State, Mankato by being named as an All-Conference infielder on the All-NCC team.
Olson ended his senior year with a batting average of .325 with six homers and drove in 21 runs in North Central Conference games. Overall, Aaron hit .366 with 11 homers and 45 runs batted in. Aaron will be coaching the Fergus Falls American Legion Post 30 baseball team this summer and will also be playing ball for the Fergus Falls Hurricanes.
Aaron's older brother, Ryan, started an Amateur Baseball team in Moorhead a couple of years ago called the Moorhead Brewers. This will be thier third season of competition. Last year they made their first trip to the state tournament, beating Ada in dramatic fashion to advance to state by scoring 4 runs in the bottom of the 9th to win.
The Brewers have picked up a couple of Fergus Falls High School graduates that should give them a boost on the mound and in the field. Jearod Heacox, a 93 grad, will be a great addition at 3rd base and should provide them with additional power at the plate. Ryan says, "J-rod played for the Pelican Lakers the past 5-6 years. Heís always been my nemesis at the plate so what better way to alleviate that match-up by adding him to our team."
Brad Anderson will be one of their key starters this year. "His velocity and mental strength on the mound will be an advantage throughout the season," said Olson. Brad is also a former Laker and spent two years with the Redhawks.
Adam Fudge, a Perham High School graduate, will be a great addition to their starting pitching staff. He formally played for the Vergas Loons. He got Vergasí only win in the state tournament last season.
The Brewers will host the Hurricanes on Wednesday night, May 21st in Moorhead.
Darren Rogness, a 1997 graduate of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy and a 2000 graduate of NDSU, will be coaching the Hillcrest girls varsity basketball team next season. Rogness will replace Dave Lehrke who has been in that role for the past three years. Darren is presently in the position of Director of Development at Hillcrest. He served as boys varsity assistant to Gregg Preston this past season and previously spent four years as an assistant coach in the boys basketball program at Park Christian School in Moorhead. Darren, who also deserves credit for the outstanding design of this website, will bring a lot of enthusiasm to this head coaching position. He knows his stuff and I think the girls will really enjoy playing for him. Look out for the Comets!
Standout track athlete Jenny Reff of the Otters has accepted a full-ride scholarship to Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. Reff is a former state champion in the 800 meter run and is having a great spring for Niki Welde's strong Otter track and field team. Jenny hasn't decided for sure what her major will be, but she has many interests including history, languages, psychology, athletics and teaching. Her work ethic and energy will serve her well in any area she decides to pursue.
TUESDAY, May 13th, 2003
FFCC shortstop Kami Jesnowski and center fielder MerriAnne Werder have been named to the Region 13 All-Region Softball team. Pitcher Kim Foote joined Jesnowski and Werder on the Region 13B All-Tournament team.
Lloyd Danzeisen's Lady Spartans have had a tremendous season, recording 22 wins and losing only 8 times heading into the MCCC State Tournament. State Tournament play will take place in Thief River Falls, hosted by Northland Community College.
Jesnowski and Werder were also named to the MCCC North All-Division Softball team. Third baseman Stacey Agar and left fielder Stacy Tenneson were selected to the All-Divison second team.
The Itasca Lady Vikings will be participating in the National Tournament representing Region 13B and Dawson Community College of Glendive, Montana advanced out of Region 13A.
The Spartan baseball team will go after their second straight MCCC State title when they open play on Thursday in Austin. Riverland Community College is the host team for the event. The double elimination tournament runs Thursday through Saturday. Bracket information should be announced on Wednesday.
The Fergus Falls Jaycees and members of the Fergus Falls Hurricanes amateur baseball team will be holding their annual Pepsi Pitch, Hit & Run for kids ages 7 to 14. The event will be held on Saturday, May 17th with registration from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park in Fergus Falls. Kids will compete in pitching accuracy, batting and running. There is no cost to participate.
The final registration for the Shada 3 on 3 basketball tournament that will be held in Pelican Rapids on June 6, 7 and 8 is this Friday, May 16th. The Shada is in its 10th year of providing exciting and very competitive basketball to the lakes area. It is one of the largest 3 on 3 tournaments ini the area as well as the longest running. Divisions range from 3rd grade to 35 and older and it is open to male and female participants.
The elementary divisions of the Shada will be played on Friday starting at 3:00 p.m. and finishing at around 10:00 p.m. Participants are divided into divisions based on this year's grade level. Normally over 50 teams compete on this night alone. Typical divisions are 3rd and 4th grade girls, 3rd and 4th grade boys, 5th grade girls, 5th grade boys, 6th grade boys and 6th grade girls.
The upper level tournament is held on Saturday and Sunday. The divisions usually go as follows: Junior High Boys and Junior High Girls, B-team boys and B-team girls, Varsity boys and Varsity girls, Post men and Post women, College men, 35+ men. Saturday's play starts at 8:00 a.m. and games are played throughout the day on Saturday to determine who will advance to "Championship Sunday." Sunday's action begins at 10:00 a.m. and the championship tournaments generally finish up around 6:00 p.m.
Cost for participating in the tournament is $36.00 for elementary divisions and $60.00 for upper level divisions. For more information regarding participating in the Shada contact Tournament Director Doug Bruggeman at 218-863-4388.
|Monday, May 5, 2003|
|Craigs Corner 05/05/03 - 05/11/03|
|SATURDAY, MAY 10th, 2003|
It was a wild day but a dry day at the Region 13 Community College Baseball Tournament. All six games were played with Ridgewater and Itasca winning twice. Dawson Community College of Montana and Milwaukee Area Tech were both eliminated, leaving four teams to challenge for the title and a National Tournament berth.
The Spartans won a thrilling come from behind 7-5 game against Dawson, avenging last year's 4-3 ten-inning loss to the Buccaneers, but dropped a 14-6 game to defending champion Ridgewater, who also blanked Rochester 9-0.
Itasca got a two-hitter from Paul Fenner in blanking Milwaukee Area Tech 6-0. Tech was then bounced from the tournament by Rochester, 16-3 and Dawson was sent packing when Itasca answered their four-run top of the twelfth with five runs in the bottom of the twelfth to win 16-15.
Saturday's results set up the following format for Sunday. FFCC will play Rochester in an elimination game at eleven o'clock at the Community College field. That game will be broadcast on KJJK FM, 96.5. The other eleven o'clock game will feature Ridgewater and Itasca at American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park. The loser of the Ridgewater versus Itasca game will play the survivor of the FFCC versus Rochester game at 1:30 p.m. at American Legion Field. The championship series is slated to begin at four p.m. with a second game, if necessary, possibly at 6:30 p.m. or on Monday at noon.
The rain of Friday has caused some minor problems but if there is rain on Sunday, the two teams with a loss already, FFCC and Rochester may fall victim to the weather with Itasca and Ridgewater playing for the title. That is a worse case scenario. Let's hope for the best!
Ryan Hendrickson was a hero in the win over Dawson, picking up three hits in four at bats, launching a two-run first inning homer and coming through with a game winning bases loaded triple in the seventh. Ryan, who has been sidelined from pitching all season long with a shoulder injury, has really contributed offensively. Kent Bothwell told Ryan when he found out he wouldn't be pitching, that he had to change his mindset of coming to the ballpark. He's so used to coming prepared to help his team by pitching, but Bothwell challenged him to come ready to help the Spartans win with his bat. Hendy accepted the challenge and has been one of the consistent offensive players for FFCC.
Regardless of what happens the rest of this tournament, FFCC will be playing next weekend. If not in the national tournament field in New York, they will be competing for the Minnesota state tournament.
FRIDAY, MAY 9th, 2003
Rain, rain go away! For the first time in the history of FFCC Baseball, the Spartans are hosting a Region 13 Tournament. The weather is not cooperating, though. Today's slate of games has been pushed back to Saturday.
The tournament will begin Saturday at 11:00 a.m. when FFCC plays Dawson Community College from Glendive, Montana at the Spartan home field and Rochester faces Ridgewater at American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park. The other two teams in the tournament, Itasca and Milwaukee Area Tech will square off at 1:30 p.m. at American Legion Field.
The Saturday schedule will be what was originally scheduled for Friday and the Sunday schedule will be what was originally scheduled for Saturday. Any more postponements or delays may change that as the tournament progresses. If all goes smoothly from here, the championship game will be played at noon on Monday.
The format is supposed to be a double elimination, however, that may be changed if the adverse weather continues for any length of time. It is possible that the tournament could turn into a single elimination format but that would have to be agreed upon by the coaches. This tournament is a national qualifying tournament and the champion will represent Region XIII at the NJCAA Divison III National Tournament in Batavia, New York beginning next Friday, so a winner needs to be determined soon.
Let's hope for the best. That the rain stops, the fields remain playable and these young men can treat Fergus Falls area baseball fans to some great ballgames over the next few days. All of the Spartan games will be broadcast on Lakes Radio with the plan being to carry the games on Oldies 1020, KJJK AM. If there is a danger of a game cutting into the Twins starting time, that particular game may be moved to AM 1250, KBRF. Stay tuned to Lakes Radio for updates and GO SPARTANS!
MONDAY, MAY 5th, 2003
Kent Bothwell had confidence that his Spartan baseball team could finish strong and get into the Region 13 Tournament which they are hosting this weekend. He was right!
The Spartans finished their regular season schedule with nine straight wins, which earned them a share of the Northern Division title of the Minnesota Community College Conference with the Itasca Vikings. Both teams were 17-7 against division opponents. They are the two teams that will represent the North in this week's Region Tournament action at FFCC and American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park. FFCC will open play at 11:00 a.m. Friday at the college field against Dawson, Montana.
Last year, the Spartans struggled to score runs at the Region Tournament, but the following week, they won the MCCC State title, just their second in the history of the program and first since 1971. The Spartans would like nothing better than to not be around to defend their state title. That would mean that they have won the Region title and will be playing in the NJCAA National Tournament. Hopefully we'll see big crowds to cheer this team on this weekend. There are several familiar faces from around the area on this roster and you'll love the Hustling style Bothwell's Spartans play. Kent has done an outstanding job recruiting some top quality baseball players and has had several move on to higher levels of competition.
Former Fergus Falls Otter Troy Wasiloski made an impact for UND this past weekend as they made a bid for a berth in the North Central Conference tournament. Wasiloski made only his ninth start of the season but turned out to be the catalyst for UND a they swept South Dakota 8-1 and 5-2. Wasiloski, a freshman designated hitter, bounced a double off the fence in right-center field to drive in UND's first two runs. He singled in his second at bat and wound up scoring the third UND run on a Mark Olson single. The Sioux never trailed the rest of the double header. UND coach Kelvin Ziegler said he had a 'gut feeling' after Troy had a good batting practice before the game and decided to go with him. Wasiloski is hitting .357 in only 28 at bats this year. Unfortunately for the Sioux, they lost both games to South Dakota on Sunday and did not qualify to advance to the NCC tournament.
Speaking of UND, they will join the women's Western Collegiate Hockey Association beginning with the 2004-05 season. The WCHA voted unanimously to admit UND as a full-time women's member at its annual meeting recently in Marco Island, Florida.
Back to the NCC Baseball tournament. North Dakota State will carry a seven-game winning streak into the North Central Conference baseball championships on Thursday in Greeley, Colorado...The Bison, 27-17 on the season (14-10 in the NCC) and the fourth seed in the double-elimination tournament, will face the top-seeded Northern Colorado Bears (32-18, 17-7 NCC) in the opening round at 11 a.m. Former Spartan Jarrod Asmus is scheduled to start game two of the playoffs for the Bison. Asmus, a junior, had a regular season record of 5-2 with a 5.55 ERA.
The Section True Team Track and Field meet has been postponed from Tuesday to Thursday in Detroit Lakes. The Fergus Falls girls should be among the top teams with some very good experience and quality depth. Niki Welde's team has already been establishing records and we should see some great times and distances from them throughout the remainder of the season.
Otter boys shot put and discus thrower Brandon Deckert, cut his foot and received stitches while throwing the football around in a parking lot and coming down on a broken bottle, cutting his foot. Brandon told me he might be able to get back into the competition by May 11th. He was having an outstanding season and I sure hope he can get back into it soon. You hate to see injuries anytime, but especially when it happens to a senior. Paul Zosel is one of the unsung coaches in Fergus Falls. Paul has worked with the throwers for several years and has had some great success with both boys and girls. This may well be the best group he has ever had on the boys side, as far as quality depth. There have been several times when the Otters have had 3 or 4 of the top six in both the shot put and the discus this season. Zosel's ability to teach technique and his encouraging manner as a coach are key reasons for the success of these kids. Plus, the student-athletes he is working with are willing to learn and willing to work at bettering themselves in their events. Sounds like a good formula for success!!