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Tuesday, January 27, 2004
Craigs Corner 1/26/04 - 2/01/04
Sunday, February 1st, 2004
SUPER BOWL SUNDAY. Put the chili on, get the cheese and crackers out, bring on the chips and salsa, and forget about the pregame shows!! I'm ready for some football!

The Super Bowl is something I always look forward to. It isn't always the best of games, but it is a tremendous event. As I look back through the 37 Super Bowls that have been played, only a few stand out as great games.

As a boy my favorite team wasn't the Minnesota Vikings. My Dad and my brother were huge Viking fans, but I love the Baltimore Colts and Johnny Unitas was my football hero. I remember the guarantee made by Joe Namath in Super Bowl III and I remember watching in horror as the Jets pulled off THE upset of the century as the upstart AFL beat the vaunted NFL. The Colts, who had lost only once in 16 games, including the playoffs, were beaten 16-7. Now, Unitas was hurt and missed the entire season as Earl Morral led the Colts to the Super Bowl with a magnificent season. In the Super Bowl, Morral choked. I couldn't believe the Colts didn't start Johnny U., since he was as healthy has he had been all season. If not start him, then at least bring him in when it was obvious that Morral didn't have it that day. Morral threw three interceptions, completing only 6-of-17 passes for 71 yards. Johnny U. at 75% would have been better. When the Colts finally put him in, the greatest quarterback of all time led the Colts to a fourth quarter TD, completing 11-of-24 passes for 110 yards. Still, not typical Unitas numbers but the Colts were down 16-0 in the fourth and they had to throw the ball. It was like watching a field general march his team down the field to the end zone. Had Unitas started the second half at QB, I think the Colts would have won the game. The Jets win, along with the Kansas City Chiefs 23-7 win over the Vikings in Super Bowl IV were the two most important wins in professional football history as they established the AFL on a par with the NFL and led to the merger which created the AFC and the NFC and decades of exciting NFL action.

Now, about Super Bowl IV. I must admit, I kind of enjoyed it. Seeing the feared Purple People Eaters chasing the Chiefs around and not having a clue on how to defend Hank Stram's game plan, was fun. Carl Eller, several times an all-pro defensive end and deserving of his Hall-of-Fame election, was dumbfounded all day. The Chiefs were masterful in earning the win and the Vikings offense was horrible, rushing for only 67 yards and committing five turnovers in the game. The Vikings were overmatched by Miami in Super Bowl VIII, which they lost 24-7. Super Bowl IX was a defensive struggle with the Vikings rushing for a Super Bowl record low of 17 yards as they lost to Pittsburgh 16-6. Viking fans would just as soon forget the fourth Super Bowl appearance for their team, an embarrassing 32-14 loss to Oakland in Super Bowl XI. The Raiders put up a record-breaking 429 yards in offense in that game.

One of my more memorable Super Bowl Sundays was Super Bowl XXX. Although I was cheering for Pittsburgh and Dallas was the winner, 27-17, the day was memorable for this reason: My son Dan and I were released from the hospital that morning, after spending a couple of days in the same hospital room, recovering from pneumonia. We laid on the hide-a-bed, drinking lots of fluids and getting plenty of rest, as we watched the events unfold in Super Bowl XXX. What a memory, huh? No snacks that day. It was like the twilight zone. My memory of the game isn't very clear at all! I just know I don't ever want to feel like that again.

Super Bowl XXXII, which saw Denver beat Dallas 31-24, was probably the most entertaining Super Bowl I remember. The outcome was in doubt until the last 30 seconds of the game and both teams had great drives, engineered by two of the best quarterbacks of our era, John Elway and Brett Favre. Terrell Davis scored four touchdowns in that game to establish a Super Bowl record. The other game that was in doubt to the end was the Giants 20-19 win over the Bills in Super Bowl XXV. Scott Norwood, the kicker for Buffalo, had his field goal attempt sail wide right from 47 yards out to end the game. Now, that's drama! Unfortunately, games like that are few and far between. I'm hoping Super Bowl XXXVIII will be one of the classics. I think it has a chance to be a great game. Both teams feature outstanding defensive units and that should keep it close. I'm looking forward to it and I believe the Panthers will beat the Patriots. I certainly think they will cover the spread. A seven point spread for the Pats seems like a huge spread with these two teams. I may be wrong, but we'll see. New England has a great short passing game, but they struggle scoring TD's. They also have a great defense, but the running attack of the Panthers will give them problems. Panthers 17, Patriots 13. Enjoy the game!! As for the commercials ... I really don't care!

Friday, January 30th, 2004
"Battle at the Dome III, a professional boxing event originally schedule for tonight, now scheduled for February 13th, could be the last chance to see Zach "the Jungle Boy" Walters fight at home.

Zach will battle Skulli "Ice Man" Armansson, who will be making his pro debut. A West Coast promoter plans to sign Zach to a lucrative three-year contract that would catapult his professional boxing career. A recent win in Seattle, Washington contributed to raising Zach's ranking to 34 in the United States and 97 in the world. With a 6-0 record and five knockouts against formidable opponents, Walters is on track to go all the way to the top. Winning his next two bouts are critical for Zach to secure the offer on the table between Halquist Productions and Chuck Horton, Zach's manager and trainer. "If Zach can get past the next two fights, he will prove to the promoters that he's the real deal," said Horton. "I already know he is and if we play our cards right, Zach is about a year-and-a-half away from a world title fight."

Walter's stable mates, Dan Schlienz, Darby Smart, Andy Kolle and Skulli Armansson will be featured on the card for February 13th. Andy "Kaos" Kolle makes his pro debut after a successful amateur career, winning state and regional championships with USA boxing and the National Golden Gloves. Crowd favorites, Dan Schlienz from Grand Marais and Darby Smart from Chisholm, return to the ring. Skulli Armansson makes Icelandic boxing history by being the first person to fight professionally from the country of Iceland in fifty years. "Skulli is 6'5" and 245 pounds of strong, solid Viking muscle. He's a hard hitting machine and with the proper training will dominate the heavyweight division," commented Horton. "I'm very excited to see how he will do against a tough competitor at the Skydome on February 13."

Advanced general admission tickets are on sale for fifteen dollars with Ringside seats available for twenty and thirty dollars. Tickets will be an additional five dollars at the door. For more information on tickets contact Sharilyn Walters at Walters Photography in Fergus Falls. "Battle at the Dome III" takes place at the Hermantown Golf Skydome on Friday, February 13. Gates open at 6:00 p.m. and the fights begin at 7:00 p.m. This event is sanctioned by the American Boxing Commission.

Tuesday, January 27th, 2004
The 7th Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce Sports Hall of Fame Induction Class has been determined. Four individuals will be inducted on Monday, June 14 at 6:30 p.m. at VFW Post 612.

The Class will include two individuals who are still very active in the coaching and teaching ranks in Fergus Falls. Terry Harrington, who coaches track and field and cross country at Fergus Falls High School, and Richard Risbrudt, the head football coach and athletic director at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.

Joining Harrington and Risbrudt in the Class of 2004 will be 1952 FFHS graduate Paige Johnson, an outstanding high jumper who once held the State Record in the event, and an excellent basketball player for the Otters, and Joe Edlund, a 1932 graduate who was a football and basketball standout at FFHS and Moorhead State. Edlund, who was killed in a tragic car accident in 1936 at the age of 22, will be inducted posthumously.

The four inductees will bring to 60 the total number of individuals who have been so honored. The initial class was honored in 1986 with successive classes honored in 1987, 1990, 1993, 1998 and 2001.
Tickets for the event, which will include a chicken dinner, are available at the Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce for ten dollars. You can call 736-6951 to reserve your tickets. A more detailed press release will be published in the near future.

Minneapolis Community College will be in Fergus Falls on Wednesday night for a double header of MCCC Southern Division basketball. The Ladies play at six p.m. and the men will play at eight o'clock at Minnesota State Community and Technical College.

The Lady Spartans are currently ranked number one in the MCCC state poll and 3rd in the NJCAA Division III National poll. Minneapolis is ranked fourth in the state and doesn't appear in the national poll. The Marauders are 4-2 in the division, one game behind the 5-1 Lady Spartans, and have a 10-6 overall record. They are averaging 66.6 points per game and allowing 55.8 points per game. MSCTC is scoring 76.5 points per game on the average and allowing 62.5 ppg. The Lady Spartans lead the Southern Division with a 3-point field goal percentage of 37.1%. Jess Holicky is second in the state in scoring (17.3), 3rd in 3-point percentage (46.1), second in steals (3.5) and assists (4.5) and fourth in free throw shooting (78%). With her big weekend Jenny Kunkel has moved into sixth in the South in scoring (14.4), is fifth in 3-point percentage (35.9) and second in free throw shooting (79%). Minneapolis has Tiara Medlock, who became eligible after the Christmas break, fifth in the state in scoring (14.8) and Gabrielle Childs ninth (13.1). The Lady Marauders also have three of the top nine rebounders in the division with Te'Aira Small sixth (9.1), Childs eighth (8.2) and Brandy Moore ninth (8.0).

The Minneapolis men are currently ranked first in the state and third in the country. They have won 14 straight games and head coach Jay Pivec is sitting on 399 career wins. According to the Minneapolis basketball website, www.minneapolisbasketball.com,
Pivec sized up the Wednesday encounter at MSCTC like this:
"My guess is that in our little world of MCCC basketball all eyes will be focused on this particular game. What you have are 2 very good teams competing for first place. In the past we didn't have to go through Fergus for a division title because they were in the Northern division; this type of match-up usually took place at tournament time. The stakes are high and, in my opinion, we have not faced a better team all year. Retz and his staff do a great job of preparing their guys. And the Fergus fans are always very supportive of their team. It will be a great challenge for us."

The only loss suffered by the Marauders came on November 22nd when NDSCS beat them 86-75. It was their second game of the season. The Marauders are 15-1 overall and 6-0 in divison play. They score 82.1 points per game and allow 62.1 ppg. The Spartans are currently ranked third in the state with a 6-0 division record and an overall mark of 12-4. They are averaging 84.9 points per game and allowing 70.3 ppg. They are also the top three-point shooting team in teh state, hitting 38.5% of their treys.

Minneapolis boasts NCAA Division I signee, Mike Kinsella, who is averaging 18.8 points per game (2nd in the division), and leads the division with 9.8 rebounds per game. Last week's Southern Division Player of the Week, Paris Kyles, is fourth in the South with 4.7 assists per game.

The Spartans Matt Johnson is leading the division with 8.3 assists per game and he and teammate Matt Hoie share the division lead with 2.8 steals per game. MSCTC has three players hitting over 40% from behind the 3-point arc. Hoie is hitting 44.2% of his shots, Andy Parochka is successful 44.1% of the time and Chad Anderson is shooting 40.3% from 3-point land. Parochka is eighth in the state in scoring at 12.9 points per game and Anderson is tenth at 12.6 ppg. Post players Archie Weatherspoon (59.1%), Jon Botz (58.2%) and Nick Hansen (56.6%) are all in the top eight in field goal percentage in the Southern Division.

Last year, the Spartans won all three contests against Minneapolis, one in the regular season, one for the state title and one in the Region XIII Tournament. Fans are encouraged to get to MSCTC early for this double header. It should be a great night of college basketball!!! Remember, you can hear the game on Groovy 1020, KJJK AM, or by going to http://www.minnesota.edu/athletics and click on "listen to spartan basketball live thru the internet."

Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, January 19, 2004
Craigs Corner 1/19/04 - 1/25/04
Wednesday, January 21st, 2004
Basketball, basketball, basketball. The topic of today's Craig's Corner entry. This is going to be a busy week for Fergus Falls basketball! This weekend the 33rd Annual Freshman "Boys and Girls" Basketball Tournament will be held at the Fergus Falls Middle School.

The games will be played on Saturday, beginning at 10:00 a.m. sharp. Teams will play 7 minute quarters.

In the boys division, Fergus Falls will play Detroit Lakes at 10:00 a.m. and Staples-Motley will face Pelican Rapids at 11:30 a.m. All boys games will be played in the East Gym. The losers will play at 1:00 p.m. for 3rd place and the winners will play at 2:30 p.m. for the title.

The girls schedule has Fergus Falls facing Perham at 10:00 a.m. and Staples-Motley battling Detroit Lakes at 11:30 a.m. All girls games will be played in the West Gym. The 3rd place game is set for 1:00 p.m. and the championship game will be played at 2:30 p.m.

Be sure to mark down Saturday, January 31st for a special day of basketball. Otter Girls' Hoops is hosting a January Jamboree starting at four o'clock that afternoon with three games. The Sartell 'B' team will play the Detroit Lakes 'B' team in the East Gym at the Middle School and the Marshall 9th grade girls will play the Fergus Falls 9th grade girls in the West Gym at the Middle School. Also at four o'clock at the High School gymnasium, the Marshall 'B' team will take on the Fergus Falls 'B' team.

At 5:45 p.m., Sartell and Detroit Lakes will play a varsity girls basketball game at the Fergus Falls High School gym, followed by the Otter girls against Marshall at 7:30 p.m.

Between the two varsity games there will be a 3-point shooting contest featuring 2-person teams from each varsity squad.

At halftime of the Fergus Falls versus Marshall varsity game, Bruce Crevier and Family will be performing. Bruce is a 4-time Guiness World Record holder for basketball spinning. He has performed at NBA and major college halftimes as well as appearing on ESPN, NBC's Today Show, NBA Inside Stuff, CBS News and others. The Crevier's will be putting on a program for kids at the Fergus Falls YMCA at 1:30 p.m. that day. There is no charge for spectators. Bruce willuse his basketball skill, humor and fun attitude to inspire kids to win where it really counts. The game of Life. Bruce is the brother of Tanya Crevier who is a world reknowned basketball handler who has a long list of impressive performance credentials and has performed in Fergus Falls on numerous occasions throughout the last twenty years. Bruce, along with his wife Diane and their eight children: Jacob, Caleb, Isaiah, Katie, Josiah, Hollie, Ben and Micah all take part in the program.

Adding to the fun is the fact that "Six Appeal", the successors to the "Superficial Seven", will be playign at both varsity games! This should be a fun day of basketball so make your plans now to be a part of the January Jamboree Girls Basketball Doubleheader on Saturday, January 31st.

Dean Nielsen, whom I have given the title of Otter basketball historian, has some more tid-bits of information for us today. The Otter boys basketball team has had a long history of dominating the Detroit Lakes Lakers. After losing to them 60-53 in the 1987-88 season, Fergus Falls won 30 consecutive games against DL. That streak ended three years ago during the 2000-2001 season when the Lakers beat the Otters 64-50. Since then, Fergus Falls has won the last five in a row counting the 51-47 win on Tuesday night. Dean also points out that Mark Toso holds the individual single game scoring record for an Otter boys basketball player in a game against Detroit Lakes. Toso scored 30 points in a 60-49 win at DL in the 1974-1975 season.

Since their heartbreaking loss to the Lakers in the North Sub-Region Championship game in 1981-82; we have lost 2 games to DL; 60-53 in 87-88, and 64-50 two years ago. We have won 43 of the last 45 with the Lakers, but some were by narrow margins like 41-40; 41-39; 48-45; 60-57; 53-49; and 51-47 (twice in the last 2 years). Overall since the earliest Dean could find that we had played them (1916-17) we have won 96 and lost 51, a winning percentage of 65%.

Monday, January 19th, 2004
Otter basketball historian Dean Nielsen, who put together a great record book of Otter basketball five years ago, pointed out a few facts about the Fergus Falls boys basketball team and their dominance of Thief River Falls over the years.

According to Dean, the 68-65 overtime loss to the Prowlers on Friday night was the first time a Fergus Falls boys basketball team has lost to them since the 1987-1988 season when we lost 60-59 in the opening round of the playoffs after having split with them during the regular season. The streak was 30 straight wins for the Otters in that series. I wonder if that's a record for the Otters as far as consecutive wins against any one opponent? Dean?

Don't forget about the Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan stop in Fergus Falls on Thursday. The program begins at six p.m. at Nelson Dodge. Tickets are available for six dollars, only at Nelson Dodge, and proceeds from the ticket sales will go to Community Youth Partners. There has been a change in personnel for the Fergus Falls leg of the caravan. Michael Cuddyer has been scratched and he will be replaced by pitcher Johan Santana, who just filed for salary arbitration on Thursday, along with Doug Mientkiewicz and J.C. Romero. Santan will be joined at the caravan stop by fellow player Matthew LeCroy, former player/current broadcaster Dan Gladden, broadcaster John Gordon and Twins President Dave St. Peter.

Golden Gloves Boxing is scheduled for Saturday at the Fergus Falls Armory. Fighters from the Fergus Falls boxing club will host boxers from Wadena, Grand Forks and St. Cloud. The first bell rings at 7:00 p.m.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, January 12, 2004
Craigs Corner 1/12/04 - 1/18/04
Thursday, January 15th, 2004
The Annual Elks Hoop Shoot contest is scheduled for Saturday at the Fergus Falls Senior High School gymnasium. Boys and girls from 8 to 13 are eligible to compete. This is a great event that is sponsored by Fergus Falls Elks Lodge #1093.

The event will begin with registration at one o'clock on Saturday. Trophies will be awarded in each age division to first and second place finishers. The winners in each age division will advance to Wadena on Saturday, January 24th, to compete at the district level. First place winners will advance to state competition on Saturday, February 21st in Hutchinson.

There's Golden Gloves Boxing in Wadena on Saturday at the Armory. Bouts begin at 7:30 p.m. and feature some Fergus Falls boxers. There are 12 bouts scheduled with the Wadena club welcoming boxers from Fergus Falls, Detroit Lakes, Brainerd and Pine River.

Bob Tubandt, who heads up the Wadena program, says that a double main event is scheduled. Ricky Avlie from Brainerd, a 2003 Upper Midwest finalist will face 2003 USA finalist Tyler Hultin of Fergus Falls, and Cody McManigle of Wadena will square off with Eli Ugstad of Fergus Falls.

Remember, Fergus Falls will host a Golden Gloves boxing card on Saturday, January 24th at 7:00 p.m. at the Fergus Falls Armory. Boxers from Grand Forks, St. Cloud and Wadena will join Fergus Falls boxers for this event which will help subsidize annual club expenses.

More on the Zach Walters Tacoma fight. Here is what Sam DiTusa, writing for Fightnews.com, says about Zach's fight in Tacoma:

Luis Lopez came in literally at the last minute, (About 10 minutes before the fights began) to challenge Zach Walters, from Duluth, Minnesota. The crowd was on its feet this barn burner, as Walters used a lopsided height advantage to bang Lopez around the ring for 2 rounds, hitting him with everything, including the kitchen sink. The tide changed in round 3 as Lopez caught Walters with a series of punches which put the lanky Minnesotan on his backside. Lopez tried desperately to finish the show, and threw everything he had, but Walters escaped the round. Both combatants threw all caution to the wind in round 4, as each needed the round. Walters hit Lopez with a right uppercut which flattened Lopez at 1:59 of the round. Lopez made it to his feet but could not continue. Walters improves to 4-0, 3 KOs, while Lopez falls to 4-4.




Tuesday, January 13th, 2004
What a rise for the 'Jungle Boy'! Former Fergus Falls boxer Zach Walters continues his climb up the national boxing rankings with another impressive victory, this time in the Tacoma, Washington area. Zach's mother, Sharilyn Walters provided us this account of the bout.

Zach was scheduled to fight Louis Sergeant last Saturday night, but after reviewing Zach's record, Sergeant decided to back out. The American Boxing Commission then contracted Luis Lopez to be his opponent, leaving the 'Jungle Boy' with no time to study for the fight.

The match was four rounds of very tough boxing. Lopez came in with a 4-3 record and as a popular fighter in the Tacoma area. Zach, however, soon won the crowd over with his display of skill, strength and agility. Lopez was a strong opponent. Zach said, "I gave him everything I had and he just kept coming back for more." After the match, Lopez told Walters that the body punches he sustained were like nothing he'd experienced before in the ring.

Zach dominated the first two rounds, but in the third round Lopez managed to connect with a left and Zach went down for an eight count. He gathered his strength, got to his feet and finished the round defensively by tying up Lopez in order to give himself more time to recover. Then came the end of the round. Walters knew the fourth round would determine the match and he came out strong. With his head clear and his thoughts focused, he went on the offensive again, hit Lopez with an upper-cut and, in Zach's words, "laid Lopez out like a snow angel." Lopez was out for the count and Zach remains undefeated. He is 6-0 with 5 KO's, 10-0 overall.

The crowd was ecstatic. The Casino owner intercepted Zach as he was on his way to the locker room. He brough Zach back to the ring for standing ovation and told him his match was the finest boxing he's seen recently and invited him back. Zach's world ranking is now 117.

The next match for the 'Jungle Boy' is in Duluth at the Skydome on Friday night, January 30. Doors open at 6:00 p.m., fights begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $30/$35 for Row 1 Ringside, $20/$25 for Rows 2-3 Ringside and $15/$20 general admission. Tickets are available from Walters Photography. You can call 218-739-2266 for more information.

I spoke with Spartan baseball coach Kent Bothwell earlier this week and he's excited about his team's upcoming trip to Florida. They are in the process of raising money for the trip and if you would like to donate individually or as a business you can call Coach Bothwell at 218-739-7541. The Spartans will be going to Port Charlotte, Florida to play seven games in six days between March 12th and March 18th. They will play games against two Minnesota teams, Rochester and Itasca (2), a game against Cuyahoga (Ohio), two games against Brookdale CC of New Jersey and a game against Sussex CC of New Jersey.

The Spartans open their home season with a non-division game against Concordia on Saturday, March 27 and will have their first division contest at home on April 3 against Hibbing. The MSCTC baseball team will once again compete in the North Division of the MCCC. They will switch to the South Division next year, joining the football, volleyball and basketball teams.

The Spartans will be hosting the NJCAA Regional Tournament May 14-16. Kyle Johnston will once again be in the dugout with Coach Bothwell as a Community Volunteer Coach.

Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, January 6, 2004
Craigs Corner 01/05/04 - 01/11/04
Tuesday, January 6th, 2004
Paul Molitor has been selected to the Baseball Hall of Fame on the first ballot. He is joined by reliever Dennis Eckersley. Both were in their first year of eligibility.

As far as I'm concerned, these were no-brainers. Molitor has a lifetime batting average of .306, has 3,319 hits in 21 seasons, is a seven time all-star and a World Series MVP. Eck was one of the premier closers of his era, pitching for some very good Oakland A's teams, and was a very effective starter for over a decade. Hard to believe they've both been out of the game for five years.

I don't believe Pete Rose. He is admitting that he bet on baseball but still denies betting on games involving his team, the Cincinnati Reds, while managing them. I don't believe him. I think he's still lying to us. I believe he bet on his own team, several times. He is making a play for the Hall of Fame. He is also promoting his new book "A Prison without Bars". The guy needs money and he wants badly to be voted into the Hall of Fame. In my opinion, he doesn't deserve a placque in the Hall. Not when you knowingly and willingly break the rule against gambling on major league baseball games. The integrity of the game needs to be preserved and baseball needs to take a hard stand on this issue. This is THE Cardinal Sin of baseball, or any professional sport, people involved in the games must not bet on their outcome. If they do, they know the consequences. The man is in the Hall of Fame for his numerous records, and he should be mentioned for his accomplishments on the field, but that doesn't mean he deserves a placque on the wall.

My annual Bert Blyleven deserves to be in the Hall of Fame argument never seems to gain much speed. Check the numbers. Compare Bert's numbers to other Hall of Fame pitchers and to those still on the ballot. There is no doubt he deserves a spot in Cooperstown. What bothers me most is this ... he never gets mentioned and rarely receives any votes. I don't get it. What in the world am I missing? Of the 506 members of the Baseball Writers Association of America who have votes, only 179 thought Blyleven deserving of one. You need to be named on 75% of the ballots to be elected.

On Saturday, January 17th The Pelican Rapids Vikings Girl's Basketball Team will be participating in the first annual "David -vs-Goliath Classic Showdown which is being hosted by Minnesota Sports Preview "The Breakdown".

The event will be held in the Becker High School Gymnasium in Becker, Minnesota. Two games will be held on this day. The first game has the class 2A Pelican Rapids Vikings, currently 10 & 1 versus the 3A Annandale Cardinals, who are currently 9 & 1 and ranked in the AP top 10. The first game starts at 5:00 P.M.

The second game of the evening will have the Ulen Hitterdal Spartans, who were ranked #1 in class 1A in "The Breakdown's" preseason publication versus the 4A Hopkins Royals who were ranked #4 in the same publication.

Tickets for this event are limited. The Pelican Rapids High School office will have tickets available for pre-sale the week of January 12th through the 19th. Stop into the office or call 218-863-5910 to purchase tickets. The cost for the tickets are $4.00 for students and $6.00 for adults.

The sponsors for this event are expecting a large draw as both Annandale and Hopkins have large followings and are both located relatively close to Becker.

Coaches of the six teams involved in the MSCTC Holiday Girls Basketball Tournament were responsible for naming the all tournament team members from their squads. Coach Doug Bruggeman of the Pelican Rapids Vikings notified us that his players being so honored are Gillian Bjerke, Nikki Toso and Jessica Garrett.
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