|Wednesday, July 28, 2004|
|Craigs Corner 7/26/04 - 8/01/04|
|Wednesday, July 28, 2004|
Justin Arneson has returned to the lineup for the Swing of the Quad Cities, a Twins Class A minor league team, after missing ten games with knee problems.
Arne has been experiencing knee pain for quite some time and will be having arthroscopic surgery to remove some spurs that are attached to a main ligament in the knee. The surgery will not be conducted until the off season. Justin will be able to continue to play without risking further injury.
First round pick Glen Perkins joined the team on July 21st. Perkins, a left handed pitcher, played for the Gophers and pitched three-and-two-thirds innings in his first start giving up two hits, walking four and striking out two batters. He didn't allow a run.
Registration is underway for Fergus Falls Youth Soccer Association recreational soccer which begins on August 23 and goes for six weeks. Registration dates are July 29, August 4 and August 9 from six to 7:30 p.m. at the Middle School Commons.
Recreational Soccer Board Member Barry Seidel says they are expecting 400 kids kindergarten through sixth grade to register.
Boys 1st through 6th grades will practice on Mondays and Wednesdays and Girls 1st through 6th grades will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Kindergarten practice will take place on Tuesday and Thursday. Games for 3rd through 6th grades will be on Saturday mornings.
The Fourth Annual VIPS Memorial Shorty wrestling camp will take place August 2, 3, 4 and 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Frazee varsity wrestling room and the red gym at the Frazee High School. There will be three groups, one for experienced wrestlers and two more for inexperienced wrestlers and beginners.
The camp will cost $60 or $15 per session. It is open for grades one through twelve. Hornet seniors will be helping in teaching technique. Clinicians will include Matt Nagel, the first five time state champion in Minnesota and an NCAA National Tournament qualifier for the University of Minnesota; Kennen Speiss, head coach at Moorhead State University; Jesse Nelson, head coach at Ridgewater Community College in Willmar; Travis Nagel, MSUS two-time college All-American and 2001 NCAA outstanding wrestler; Clay Nagel, head coach Frazee/Vergas; Dennis Schermerhorn, Marty Aho, Tyler Trieglaff, John Schermerhorn.
Registration will take place at 5:30 p.m. Monday, August 2 at the door. All proceeds will be donated to the Tanner and Josh Schermerhorn scholarship fund at the United Community Bank of Frazee.
|Thursday, July 22, 2004|
|Craigs Corner 7/19/04 - 7/25-04|
|Thursday, July 22, 2004|
Battle Lake has hired Jenny (Gronner) Rosium as their head volleyball coach for 2004. She will be teaching social studies and will take over head coaching duties from Molly Johnson. They are still interviewing for a varsity assistant.
Gronner-Roisum was chosen to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America first team as a senior at NDSU last year. She was a three sport standout at Underwood High School participating in volleyball, basketball and track and field. Jenny earned all-state and all-conference honors at the conclusion of the 1998 high school volleyball season, and was also honorable mention all-state as a junior. She was a three-time Class A state 400 meter champion and also competed in the 200 and the long jump. Jenny was named the Little Eight Conference's Baskeball MVP her senior season, while also landing a spot on the Minnesota Basketball News Class A All-State team. She recorded over 1,000 career kills in high school and college. Jenny married Brady Roisum, a Pelican Rapids High School graduate, on August 1, 2003.
The Minnesota Gym Rats finished the Nike Cup in Chicago in sixth place out of 32 teams in the 15 and under girls basketball division. They started out with wins against the Wisconsin Stars and the West Coast All Stars from Los Angeles to get to the elite eight. They then lost to the Michigan Belles in the quarterfinals. The Belles went on to play in the championship game of the tournament. After their loss, the Gym Rats beat Iowa and lost to the Omaha Crusaders in the consolation championship. Another Minnesota team, Triple Threat, also advanced to the elite eight so the state was well represented in this national tournament.
Registration continues for the Prairie Wetlands Trail Run which is coming up on Saturday at the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. The trail run distances include a 5k run, a 2 mile heart healthy fitness walk and a 1k junior run. Registration forms are available at the Fergus Falls Parks and Recreation Department, the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center or online at www.pickleevents.com
The Minnesota Twins Youth Baseball Clinic will make a stop in Fergus Falls on Friday, July 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. at American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park. The clinic requires no registration and is open to boys and girls between the ages of six and sixteen. The clinic will broken into two 90-minute sessions with the first session being for ages 6 to 9 and the second session for ages 10 to 16. Clinics will focus on hitting, fielding and throwing. Parents are encouraged to participate with their children. Each participant will receive a free 2004 Twins ticket. The Minnesota Youth Baseball Clinic is sponsored by the Fergus Falls Jaycees.
The first annual Hillcrest Invitational Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, August 13 at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls. The tournament is a 4-person scramble with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. The cost is $100.00 per person ($400.00 per team) and includes green fees, cart, prizes and a meal following the event back at Hillcrest so golfers can see the progress on the new Student Activities Center which is currently under construction. All net proceeds will go toward the new Center. For more information and an entry form you can contact Richard Risbrudt by e-mail at [email protected]
Another first annual golf tournament is scheduled for Sunday, August 29 at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls. It's the 'Retz Open', a Spartan Mens Baskeball Fundraiser. The tournament begins at 12:00 noon with registration starting at 10:30 a.m. It's an 18-hole scramble with a shotgun start. This tournament is open to everyone and will feature several former Spartans. Entry fee is $60.00 per person or $45.00 if the participant is a member at Pebble Lake Golf Course. A portion of the entry fee is earmarked as a donation to the Spartan Mens Basketball program. For more information contact Dave Retzlaff at 736-1618.
The Fergus Falls Annual Tennis Tournament is scheduled for Friday, July 30 and Saturday, August 1. Friday for 18 and under participants and Saturday for over 18 participants. Junior Singles begin at 8:30 a.m. Friday with Doubles starting at 12:00 p.m. Adult events begin with Singles at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and Doubles at 12:00 p.m. Matches will be held at Broadway Park, Athletic Park and the Middle School. For more information contact the Fergus Falls Parks and Recreation office at 739-3205. Entry forms are available at the Parks and Recreation office on South Peck Street in Fergus Falls.
|Sunday, July 18, 2004|
|Craigs Corner 7/12/04 - 7/18/04|
|Sunday, July 18, 2004|
The third entry from Sacramento, California where Dr. Tony Gettel is winding up a weekend with the USA Decathlon athletes at the Olympic Trials.
Here are the standings after yesterday's final five events:
Byron Clay 8660
Tom Pappas 8517
Paul Tereck 8312
Phil McMullen 8285
Steve Moore 7917
Out of those top 5, three are in the Worlds Greatest Athletes Club (Tom Pappas, Paul Tereck and Steven Moore) and this club was responsible for the utilization of Chiropractors for the Decathletes. The top 3 - Byron Clay, Tom Pappas and Paul Tereck are definitely going to Greece. Others may be picked to join them.
Today is the awards ceremony and brunch plus additional photo shoots. Tony will be back in Minnesota tomorrow evening. We will try to schedule a radio interview with Dr. Gettel sometime this week to talk about his experience as a 'Treating Chiropractor' for the Olympic Decathlon hopefuls from the United States.
Saturday, July 17, 2004
From sunny, hot California, here's today's update on the Olympic Trials from Dr. Tony Gettel, a 'Treating Chiropractor' for USA Decathlon athletes.
In yesterday's events, the top 5 ranking athletes and their scores are as follows:
1. Tom Pappas 4474
2. Byron Clay 4471
3. Ryan Olowski 4321
4. Steven Moore 4271
5. Steven Harris 4259
Tony treated Tom Pappas in Missouri a couple of weeks ago and 3 out of the top 5 were training at the Missouri site that same weekend.
The events today will include the 110 Meter Hurdles, Discus, Pole Vault, Javalin Throw and 1500 Meter Run.
The events started at 10:00 a.m. California time today with the final event around 6:00 p.m. It is very hot and sunny and the athletes are required to take a minimum of a 30 minute break in between activities. For example, yesterday, if they did their long jump, they could not do anything for 30 minutes after that jump. Dr. Tony said that this is a rule that is always enforced. He said with the extreme heat it is even more clear why they have this rule in effect. Asked if the temperatures were to be more mild, would they allow them to bypass that rule, he said "No" that it is something the Olympic Decathlon Committee feels very strongly about.
The treating Physician's had their photo shoots with past Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalists yesterday - Tony said it was an honor to meet these athletes and how good it is for the current contestants to see these guys and gals there cheering them on.
Tomorrow is the awards brunch and ceremony that announces which athletes will be traveling to Greece.
Friday, July 16, 2004
Well, here's the first report from Fergus Falls chiropractor Tony Gettel. We'll be relaying information from him to you over the next few days as he serves as a 'Treating Chiropractor' for USA Decathlon athletes at the Olympic Trials in Sacramento, California.
"We arrived in California around 2:30 a.m. and were up and about before 7:00 a.m. The forecast is for a high of around 100 degrees. That will be hard on the athletes but they're used to training in all kinds of hot, humid weather from around the country. The athletes will be competing in five events today starting at two o'clock with the final event scheduled for 8:35 tonight. They'll be competing in the 100 meter dash, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400 meter dash. I'm looking forward to the briefing we will be getting which will shed some light on the different events that are run and what we should be looking for as possible treatment situations that might arise. We also have a photo shoot scheduled with former Gold Medalists which should be a great experience."
We'll have another entry from Dr. Gettel on Saturday and a third entry on Sunday as he continues to serve our Olympic hopefuls at the Olympic Trials.
Thursday, July 15, 2004
Fergus Falls chiropractor Tony Gettel is headed to the Olympic Trials in Sacramento, California this weekend. Gettel is one of the volunteer 'Treating Chiropractors' for USA Decathlon athletes. He will be updating us on his experiences this weekend with some journal entries for www.craigolsonsports.com
Tony is one of thirty volunteer chiropractors working with USA Olympic hopefuls across the country. Two of them will be accompanying the team to Athens, Greece for the Olympic Games.
The schedule for the Olympic Trials this weekend will have Gettel checking in to the hotel on Thursday night and being available to work with the athletes on Friday and Saturday.
"We aren't quite sure how access to athletes will be arranged in Sacramento," said Gettel. "We have been told that security is much tighter for the Olympic Trials than for the other training sites we've been at. We will probably be spending time with the athletes before they leave for their events in the morning and when they arrive back at the hotel in the evening. Of course, we will be available throughout the day also, but the logistics have to be worked out when we get there."
Gettel said at an earlier trip to a training site he had an opportunity to golf with Gold Medal hope Tom Pappas. "I've golfed once in my life and by the time we got off the first tee Tom was wondering if I was faking it or if I was really as bad as it appeared. Unfortunately, I'm really that bad."
Roger Ouse resigned his head boys basketball coaching position at Rothsay High School earlier this summer and is reportedly one of three candidates for the Hillcrest head boys basketball coaching position. Candidates will be interviewed next week with a recommendation to be made by the Search Committe following the interviews. Gregg Preston is taking a one year sabbatical from the job.
Matt Askegaard has accepted the head boys basketball job in Rothsay. Askegaard has coached the ninth-grade team at Barnesville High School for the last five years. Askegaard's assistant will be Steve Hartman, who was the ninth-grade coach at Lake Park-Audubon last year. Hartman went to Chokio-Alberta High School and is a graduate of Minnesota State University, Moorhead. Hartman will replace Aric Follingstad as varsity assistant and 'B' Squad Coach at Rothsay.
Angela Haarstad resigned her positions as Assistant Volleyball Coach and Head Girls Basketball Coach at Rothsay. Both positions are open for applications at this time.
It's been a very busy summer for Activities Director Ehren Zimmerman at Rothsay and it's not over yet. Zimmerman, who is an assistant coach with the Agassiz Valley Thunder football team, is mulling over the possibility of throwing his name into consideration for the head girls basketball position.
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
Fergus Falls resident Tyson Dowzak, a student at Shattuck St. Mary's in Faribault and a defenseman on the hockey team, has been named to the 2004 United State Under-17 Select Team.
The team will compete in the 2004 Under-17 Five Nations Tournament, to be held August 24-28 in Halle a.d. Salle, Germany. The U.S. will face Under-17 Select Teams from the Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland.
Last year the U.S. Under-17 Select Team captured the championship with a 3-0-1 overall record at the 2003 Tournament in Slovakia.
Shattuck St. Mary's has a nationally recognized boys' hockey program and two of Dowzak's teammates were also named to the team. Forwards Kyle Okposo of St. Paul and Tyler Ruegsegger of Lakewood, Colorado. The Shattuck team has played in four of the last six Tier I USA Hockey Midget U17 National Championship games, finishing second this past winter when they lost to the Greater Boston Jr. Bruins 6-2. They were champions ini 2003, 2001 and 1999.
Dowzak, the son of Scott and Kim Dowzak of Fergus Falls, is 6-5, 220 pounds and has been touted by some as a potential first round NHL pick down the road. An article found on www.hockeyscouting.ca says this about Dowzak: "Tyson Dowzak is a very controversial prospect. Some recruiters believe Dowzak has tremendous upside. Others believe he is a big kid that has reached his peak."
Comments from scouts include the following, "Projection wise he could turn out to be a big, nasty defenseman who clears the front of the net." Another scout says, "His mobility keeps getting better and better. He has decent hands and he shoots the puck a ton. If he hopes to make it in the pro game one day he will have to knock heads." A third scout said, "He is a pro prospect, a kid that could eventually develop into a high NHL Draft. Tyson has bigger upside than many of the kids in his age group in the United States."
For the time being, the 16-year old will focus on what he can contribute to the U.S. Under-17 Select Team. The team is composed of players chosen from the 2004 USA Hockey Selection 16 Festival, which was held June 26-July 2 at the ESL Sports Centre in Rochester, New York, and featured many of America's best ice hockey players born in 1988.
The Minnesota Gym Rats girls basketball team is participating in the Nike USA Cup tournament this weekend. There are teams from all over the country competing July 17, 18 and 19 in Elgin, Illinois. Each game has 3 officials and all officials are from Conference USA or the Big-10. The players all have to attend an mandatory NCAA rules meeting. The Rats practiced in Bemidji twice a day Monday and Tuesday to get ready for the event.
The USA Cup is now one of the three largest and most competitive girls' basketball tournaments in the United States (the others are the End of the Trail in Oregon City, OR and the USJN Championships in Washington, D.C.). Held at five facilities Elgin, Illinois (including 13 courts less than 2 years old), the Cup will showcase more than 128 teams. The Gym Rats will be competing in the Open 15 division.
Hannah Draxten of Fergus Falls, Corey Lof, Hallie Hoganson and Jordanne Even of Detroit Lakes, Chelsea Lundgren of Crosby, Brittany Mayclin and Mattea Elhard of Bemidji, Kelly Landsverk and Carin Sundbom of Fosston, and Janessa Wolff of Park Rapids are members of the team which is coached by Bemidji Girls Basketball Coach Tim Mayclin.
Monday, July 12, 2004
The Fifth Annual Andy Ness Memorial Golf Tournament, "The Andy Bear Open", is scheduled for Saturday, July 17. All proceeds will be donated to the Josh Hammer family. Josh, a classmate and friend of Andy, was injured in an automobile accident in May.
Andy lost his life in a car accident at the age of 16 and in addition to this tournament being a fundraiser for his friend, there is another purpose for the event. That purpose is to have an opportunity to get together and celebrate Andy's life by playing the game he loved.
The 4-person scramble is a nine-hole event at Red Rock Golf Course, four miles east of Hoffman. The cost is $40 per person. The event begins with a bagpipe concert at 2:00 p.m., a 21-ball salute at the driving range a 2:45 p.m. and a shotgun start at 3:00 p.m. A meal and awards ceremony will follow the tournament at six o'clock.
For more information or to enter a team please contact Gerald Ness, Superintendent at West Central Area High School. He can be reached at school (320)528-2650 or home (320)986-2569. You can also reach him by e-mail at [email protected]
|Monday, July 5, 2004|
|Craigs Corner 07/05/04 - 07/11/04|
|Wednesday, July 7, 2004|
The Fergus Falls Barefoot Open is scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday on the Ottertail River. The event will be hosted by the Upper Midwest Barefoot Water Ski Association and an experienced crew will be coordinating all the action.
They have done this many times before and they will do it twice this summer. UMBWSA members Doug Koch, Heidi Hull and Pat Koch are coordinating the efforts of the local association this weekend. Doug is the Tournament Director, Heidi is the Chief Judge and Pat is the Chief Scorer. All three have held those positions in prestigous tournaments that have been held in Fergus Falls in past years.
The Fergus Falls Open will feature slalom, tricks and jumping events each day, beginning with registration on Saturday at 7:00 a.m. The first skier will hit the water at eight o'clock Saturday morning. A listing of competitors was not available at this time.
In preparation for hosting this event, the Upper Midwest Barefoot Water Ski Association needs volunteers to assist in preparing the site behind Sun Mart. They will be working tonight (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday) from 5:30 p.m. to dusk. Anyone interested is welcome to come and help them out. Please bring rakes and shovels!
Fergus Falls will also serve as host to the 2004 Water Skiers with Disabilities National Championships on August 18th through the 21st.
The Fergus Falls Flyers will be hosting their last home meet of the summer on Thursday when the 'C' Finals are held at the Middle School pool. Swimmers from teams involved in the Northern Lights Swim Association will be involved in the event which is designed for younger swimmers who have qualified for the 'C' Finals in various events. Several first year swimmers will be competing.
The Pebble Lake Golf Course will be hosting several tournaments in July. The 2 Man Best Ball tournament is scheudled for this Sunday, July 11. The Ladies Invitational is on Wednesday, July 14, the annual Pro-Am is set for Thursday, July 15 and the Buick Scramble is on the schedule for Sunday, July 18. For more information on any of these events or to enter any of them, contact Pebble Lake Golf Course at 736-7404 or visit the pro shop.
Monday, July 5, 2004
It's been awhile since I said it, but just so you don't forget, I Love Baseball ... and I love a good baseball book. I recently completed "A Legend in the Making", a book covering the 1939 New York Yankees and would highly recommend it to any baseball fan, even if you're not a Yankee fan.
Author Richard J. Tofel does an outstanding job of transporting the reader back in time and dropping you right into the heart of the 1939 baseball season. Tofel obviously spent countless hours, days, weeks, months researching his topic and brings the players to life with a number of insights from the players, managers and sports writers of that time.
My timing on reading this book was good because July 4 was the 65th anniversary of Lou Gehrig's famous speech announcing his retirement from the game. 1939 was the year Gehrig was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), soon to be widely known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. As his career was ending, another future Yankee great was making a tremendous impact. Joltin' Joe Dimaggio established himself as the next superstar with an outstanding season.
Tofel strings the chapters together in a month-by-month fashion. I was born in 1955 and have been a close follower of major league baseball since 1963, but after reading "A Legend in the Making", I feel like I was alive and a fan of the Yankees in 1939. It was very easy to get caught up in the events of that season and the style the book was written in accomplished its goal of taking the reader back to 1939 and leaving him with a feeling that he personally experienced the events that surrounded the 1939 world champions.
If you have a baseball fan on your Christmas gift list, or with an upcoming birthday, I'd suggest Tofel's book, "A Legend in the Making", Ivan R. Dee, Publisher, Chicago, Illinois. Baseball nostalgia at its best.