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Thursday, August 26, 2004
Two Deserving Winners
Gary Schuler and Tom Uvaas are two very deserving winners of the Otter Coaches Association "Coach of the Year" Award. The two veteran coaches shared the award which was presented at the annual association luncheon on Thursday at Fergus Falls VFW Post 612.

'Schu', who retired from basketball coaching following last season and is currently the Activities Director at Fergus Falls, was praised by Association Renee Erickson for the example he sets for other coaches and the way he relates to the people he works with and the students and student-athletes in interacts with on a daily basis.

Erickson said Uvaas is totally commited to the swimming program and has his fellow coaches respect for the his sincere effort in making his swimmers experience a positive one. Dean Monke shared a personal story about Uvaas' care and concern for the kids he works with regardless of whether they are the best swimmer in the water or the most inexperienced swimmer struggling to learn. Uvaas goes the extra mile for each student-athlete he works with. Coach Phil Link, who had Uvaas as an assistant coach for the ten years he was head coach in boys swimming, echoed the comments by saying that "Tom brought great knowledge of the sport and a high level of personal commitment to coaching."

Renee Erickson and John Tufte were re-elected as President and Vice-President of the Association.
Derek Abrahams received a placque commemorating his 100th career coaching victory.

Underwood girls basketball coach Chuck Ross resigned earlier this summer. He will be replaced by his assistant, Brian Hovland. Ross coached the Rocket girl cagers for five seasons.

They advanced to the State Class A Tournament for the first time this past season and finished second in the Class A portion of the tournament to Wabasso. The 26 wins for the season was a new school record.

Frazee is looking for a new wrestling coach. Clay Nagel has accepted an opportunity to become co-head coach at Concordia College in Moorhead. He will have a very strong chance at replacing current head coach Doug Perry after he completes his final season with the Cobbers. Nagel has spent 17 seasons with the Hornets, leading them to three state championships and 13 section titles. Marty Aho and Dennis Schermerhorn are expected to coach the Hornets in the 2004-2005 season.

The Barnesville Post 153 American Legion team held their baseball banquet for the 2004 season. Byron Holland won the Rookie of the Year Award, the Curt McEver Memorial Award went to Travis Hughes and John Anderson, Josh Wolters earned the Gold Glove Award and Dustin Johnson won the MVP Award. Johnson led the team with a .343 batting average and hit 3 home runs.

Zach 'Jungle Boy' Walters continues to prepare for his Minnesota Light Heavyweight title fight on September 11 at the Minnesota Sports Cafe in Fridley. Walters will battle Marty 'The Wolfman' Lindquist in the main event on the card. The Tickets are $25 for general admission, $35 for 2nd and 3rd row, and $50 for ringside. For more information you can stop by Walters Photography in Fergus Falls.

There is still room for one team of four golfers in the first annual Retz Open Golf Tournament scheduled for noon on Sunday at the Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls. If you have an interest in entering a team contact coach Dave Retzlaff at 218-736-1618. The cost is sixty dollars per player or forty-five dollars if you are a member at Pebble Lake Golf Course. A pork tenderloin dinner is included in the entry fee. This is a fund raiser for Spartan Men's basketball and the 2004-2005 team will be introduced at the event.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, August 25, 2004
Making FF Soccer History
The varsity girls and boys teams will be making Fergus Falls Soccer history when they play their home games on Tuesday, August 31 at the football field.

When the Otter boys hit the field at five o'clock Tuesday afternoon against Brainerd it will mark the transition of the football field into a multi-use stadium. The girls will follow with the first ever night time home soccer game at seven o'clock against Detroit Lakes. This will also be the first time that a gate admission will be charged for a regular season soccer game in Fergus Falls.

The Otter girls will host two other games at the stadium, September 9 against East Grand Forks and October 12 versus Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. The boys have three more dates on the field, September 30 against Fargo South, October 5 with Detroit Lakes and October 7 versus Moorhead. All games will begin at 7:00 p.m.

With the acceptance of Fergus Falls into the Central Lakes Conference beginning with the 2005-2006 school year, the athletic events calendar becomes very full with conference matches. This means that many long time rivals will no longer be on the Fergus Falls schedules due to restrictions on the number of games that can be played. That number varies with each sport. Activities Directory Gary Schuler and the Otter Coaches Association are proposing the possibility of adding games to the minimum that are now in place. The proposal would designate the extra games in each sport with the gate receipts from a home game with Moorhead to be put into a 'pot' and used for expenses incurred by adding additional travel dates.

Using basketball as an example Schuler illustrated the impact the conference would have on games that have been on the schedule for years. Basketball has 22 games presently with the MSHSL allowing for 26 games. Under the current FFHS policy there would be room for only 4 non-conference games since 18 of the 22 would be taken by home-and-home conference matchups. At this point, the Otters play Moorhead and Detroit Lakes twice, Thief River Falls, Minnewaska Area, Bemidji, Morris, Wahpeton, Pelican Rapids, D-G-F and Staples-Motley once. In addition. they play a two game holiday tournament at Moorhead. An increase to 24 dates would allow Fergus Falls to retain six games with some traditional opponents instead of having to cut the majority of those teams.

Here is a breakdown by sport of the MSHSL maximum number of contests allowed, the current number of games scheduled by the Fergus Falls team and the proposed number:

Baseball (20-18-18), Basketball (26-22-24), Cross Country (10-8-8), Football (9-8-8), Golf (16-14(B) 11(G)-14 or less), Gymnastics (16-12-12), Hockey (25-22-24), Softball (20-17-17), Tennis (16-15-15), Track & Field (14-12-12), Volleyball (17-16-16), Wreslting (18-15-15), Soccer (18-18-18).

Seventy percent of all contests would be within the conference. The proposal has been submitted to the District 544 school board for their consideration.

Rick Denzel of Fergus Falls completed his fourth degree black belt Master's exam in Tae Kwon Do on August 11 at the Greenquist Academy in Breckenridge. Denzel began his Martial Arts training in Fergus Falls in 1983 under Master Eric Greenquist. Denzel is the Master instructor for the Underwood and Battle Lake Tae Kwon Do schools. He, his wife and two children live in rural Fergus Falls where he is general manager of the Otter Tail County Solid Waste Department.
Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, August 22, 2004
Together Everyone Accomplishes More
TEAM. Together Everyone Accomplishes More. A sermon presented in program style at First Baptist Church in Fergus Falls Sunday morning by a group of Vacation Bible School kids delivers a message worth hearing for everyone, including high school and college student-athletes beginning their seasons!

"Son Olympics 2004" was the theme for the just completed week of Bible School at the church. The timing was perfect with the Summer Games being played out in Athens, Greece. The coordinators of the event incorporated several area teams, coaches and instructors into the week including Ann Williams, Renae Rasmusson, Dave Retzlaff and Cody Fisher. There were more but these are the ones I was aware of.

Williams and Rasmusson were on hand to instruct the kids on volleyball, Retzlaff on basketball and Fisher on Tae Kwon Do. Swimming and track and field were also featured during the week.

Whether you are on God's team, using your talents and gifts along with other believers, or are a member of an athletic team, it's important to work together toward your goal. The kids and those who worked with them and saw their program will all benefit from the meaning of the TEAM acronym if they put it into practice in their daily lives. Working together in families, in your job situation, in your community organizations, in your church or as a part of an athletic team helps you accomplish more. We are about to enter a very exciting time of the year for area sports and I for one am excited to see the area teams come together and perform in the arena of competition. Cheer them on and remember fans and the support they offer are important ingredients of the TEAM concept.

Ann Williams has several former players now coaching. In addition to several 'old-timers' like Brenda Johnson at Ashby, Janelle Bright at Bertha-Hewitt, Terri Strom at Brandon-Evansville, Chris Coleman at Pelican Rapids and Darla Thiel at Wheaton, several recent Lady Spartans are now coaching in the high school or college ranks. Anita (Follingstad) Heier is assisting at Hawley and Heidi Brunko is the head volleyball coach and Assistant Women's Basketball coach at Bismarck State. I'm sure there are more that I'm not thinking of at the moment and if you know who they are send me an e-mail and let me know!

Former Underwood players Jenny (Gronner) Roisum and Lindsey Johnsen are also coaching volleyball. Roisum, a four-year standout for NDSU, is the new head coach at Battle Lake and Johnsen is a graduate assistant at St. Cloud State University. Johnsen was a four-year starter for the Mayville State volleyball team where she played for current SCSU coach Patricia Mickow. In 2001, Johnsen served as a senior assistant coach at Mayville State. She went on to coach two seasons at Mayport C.G. High School in Mayville, N.D.

Jess Holicky has decided to attend the U of M-Crookston and will play basketball and possibly softball. She will also be taking a class load at UND as she prepares for a career in Physical Therapy. Two other former Spartans, Lisa Ripplinger and Jessica Hagen will be attending Mayville State University and playing volleyball. Leslie Earl from Dalton, a former Spartan and former Ashby Arrow, is in her second year at the University of Sioux Falls in South Dakota. She is a senior middle hitter for the Cougars.

I get lots of comments from people who read about former area high school student-athletes now playing in college. If you have any information of interest please send it to me!!!

You can get a look at the 2004 Lady Spartans Volleyball team on Saturday, August 28 when they host the 13th Annual Spartan Volleyball Tournament at MSCTC. Pool play begins at 9:00 a.m. with Hibbing, Northland, Itasca and MSCTC in Pool A and Mesabi Range, Rainy River, Rochester and Valley City State in Pool B. VCSU was a late addition to the tournament. They were added when Riverland from Austin dropped out. It turns out that they didn't have enough players to field a team this year. That means the South Division teams in the MCCC will have two less division contests during the season. The Lady Spartans placed second in the nation in NJCAA Division III last year.

Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, August 18, 2004
New Look and New Beginnings
With the start of the fall sports season we begin our sixth year of providing area sports coverage on the world wide web. It's been a very interesting five year run and I'm excited about the new school year and athletic seasons.

Of course, the teams will have a new look, missing several graduated seniors from last year. Plus, it's a new beginning for all of the teams, too. It doesn't matter what their record was last year or where they finished in the conference race, it's a fresh slate. All of the area teams have high hopes for the 2004-2005 season!

Along with the teams, www.craigolsonsports.com also has a new, updated look to it. My webmaster, Darren Rogness, who is quite an amazing guy, has been working hard to update this site and all sites connected with the Midwest Sports Network (MWSPN). You will notice a fresh, crisp, new look and hopefully you'll enjoy getting around to all of the sites for up-to-date information on area schools. We are in the process of entering schedules for fall sports and will begin receiving team information for preview articles from coaches daily. Before we know it the season will be underway!

A new school, Breckenridge, has been added to www.craigolsonsports.com and you will also notice several other slight improvements as you surf the site.

Along with the new look here, I am adding a website that will be based in the Detroit Lakes area, www.lakesareasports.com and will cover DL, Perham, Frazee, Lake Park-Audubon, Hawley, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Ulen-Hitterdal and Mahnomen. With the addition of this site we will have all of the Heart of Lakes Conference schools covered by one of the MWSPN websites. We already feature coverage of the entire Pheasant Conference and Little 8 Conference. The official launch date for this new site is September 1, but look for it before then as we work out the kinks and provide preview information leading up to the beginning of the season!

www.pheasantcountrysports.com is beginning its third year covering sports in Morris, Benson, Campbell-Tintah, Chokio-Alberta, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, Hancock, Herman-Norcross, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Lac qui Parle Valley, Minnewaska Area, Ortonville and Wheaton.

Kyle Gylsen runs www.sportscow.com based in Wadena and is completing his fourth year with the site. Another new website is making its debut with the 2004 fall season, fmgametime.com which will cover schools in Moorhead and Fargo, North Dakota.

You will have access to high school and college sports information all around the region at your fingertips from any of the above mentioned websites. Schedules will be going up very quickly over the next few days and rosters will soon follow. Preview articles and then game articles once the season begins. It's going to be a busy season and we're excited about covering area student-athletes once again!!

I would like to thank those businesses who believed in what we were doing when we started this in 1999 and have continued to stay with us as sponsors. It is only through their support that we can continue to provide this type of coverage of our area high school teams and athletes. Please take a moment from time to time to visit our advertisers by clicking on the links provided and drop them an e-mail thanking them for making this website coverage possible. That means a lot to them and to me!! Also, thanks to the thousands of visitors to the websites and the e-mails we receive constantly with compliments, questions, suggestions and advice!!! We appreciate each one of you and are always excited to hear from you!

In answer to many of your questions ... Yes we are going to have the NFL Prediction Contest once again! We have given away thousands of dollars through the first five years of the contest and will be sending more cash your way again this year. Be watching for it September 6, the Monday before the regular season opens.

A new look and a new beginnings, yet the same traditions, the same commitment and the same enthusiasm for what we're doing! We at www.craigolsonsports.com and MWSPN are a lot like the teams we cover in that regard! As they work hard to learn and improve game to game, we'll be doing the same in our coverage of these teams. Hope you enjoy it!
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Craigs Corner 08/09/04 - 08/15/04
Wednesday, August 11, 2004
Sudden-death playoffs in golf are so final ... yet so much fun!! If you're a spectator that is. Ten golfers played off for the final three spots in the championship flight of the 72nd Annual Pine to Palm Golf Tournament today and it was personally frustrating for me.

I mentioned in an earlier column this week that my 19 year old son Ben was participating in his fourth Pine to Palm and hoping to qualify for the championship flight match play competition for the first time. This is where the frustrating part comes in and thanks to this column and the fact that this is my website, I get to vent a little bit!

After struggling through 40 degree temperatures and windy and rainy conditions to shoot a 77 on Tuesday, Ben knew he had to shave about four strokes off his score to have a chance at making the field of 64. A 3-putt on the final hole of play on Wednesday left him with a bogey 5 and a 74 putting him at 151. As it turned out, that was the playoff number. When all golfers were in the clubhouse there were 60 golfers at 150 or below plus defending champion Greg Melhus which left three spots available. Eleven golfers were at 151 meaning there would be a playoff among those golfers for the final three spots.

In his first tournament, in 2001, Ben was one of sixteen golfers to playoff for the final six spots in the championship flight. A triple bogey on his 34th hole of qualifying put him into that situation in an otherwise exceptional two days of golf for a 16 year old in his first Pine to Palm. Going up against a very experienced bunch of players, Ben bogeyed the first playoff hole and chalked it up to experience. We talked often about how that playoff opportunity would be very helpful if he ever faced that situation again. Well, here it was, however, he never got an opportunity to face it as he had a work commitment and couldn't participate in the playoff. So, instead of eleven players playing for three spots it became ten, including one of Ben's high school golf teammates, Matt Spies, who graduated in 2000. In fact, Matt caddied for Ben in the playoff in 2001. Today, another teammate of Ben and Matt, John Ouren, who shot a 153 and will play in the name flights, caddied for Matt in the playoff. It was quite exciting.

Matt pushed his tee shot on the par five first hole into the rough on number five and didn't have a clear shot. He hit it through the first fairway and into the left rough by a tree. He was able to make a great recovery shot, rolling the ball onto the green but leaving himself a very long birdie putt. His putt for birdie was short but he drained his par putt to stay alive. Two players birdied that first playoff hole, Marc Redman and George Strand, earning spots in the championship flight. Two others bogeyed and were eliminated leaving six golfers to go after the final spot.

On the par 4 second hole, Matt hit a bomb off the tee but left his approach just short of the green. Only two of the six actually hit the green in two. Matt applied great pressure when he took his caddies advice, "just chip it in." He rolled the ball toward the cup and provided the gallery with some excitement as it dropped in for birdie. The two players with birdie putts and a third with an opportunity out of the sand for birdie all failed to match Spies and Matt will get to play the defending champion on Thursday at noon in the first round of match play. It doesn't get much more exciting than that!! Good luck Matt.

I tend to get caught up in the Pine to Palm every year and I don't want to neglect other things going on in sports! Congratulations are due to Jeff Morris. The Perham boys cross country coach was chosen as Minnesota State Cross Country Boys Class A State Coach of the year for 2003. His boys finished in 2nd place at the state meet. Morris was recognized at the Minnesota State High School
Coaches Clinic on August 4th and 5th. He will attend a banquet in
November where all of the state coach of the year winners will be
recognized from all sports in the 2003-04 academic year.

More congratulations to the Dent Babe Ruth baseball team. Perry Coleman informs me that the team, coached by Darrell Warne won their state tournament in St. Cloud over the weekend. I hope to connect with Darrell to get more information for you. Thanks to Perry for the heads up and remember, if anyone of you have any information on area teams or student-athletes, please let me know! It's impossible to keep on top of everything going on and I really appreciate it when someone contacts me with information!

Bad news for Justin Arneson. His quadriceps injury has sidelined him for the rest of the season. He has spent a couple of stints on the injured list and has tried to play through the injury for most of the season. The Twins have shut him down for now and will look at re-habbing for him in the Fall Instructional League. I would love to see Arne stay healthy for a full season. He has made great strides when he's able to play and the Twins like him as a prospect. He was among the statistical leaders for The Swing of the Quad Cities, the Twins Class A affiliate in Davenport, Iowa.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004
The 72nd Annual Pine to Palm Golf Tournament is underway at the Detroit Country Club in Detroit Lakes. Over 500 golfers, 200-plus attempting to qualify for 63 spots in the championship flight, began play in cold, wet, windy conditions on Tuesday morning.

When I was the sports director at KDLM Radio in Detroit Lakes (1973-1975), one of the highlights of the year for me was covering the Pine to Palm. Owner/manager Al Leighton is an avid golfer and his station is covering the event for the 48th consecutive year. I was fortunate to cover it for three years and ironically, the same player won the title all three years. Bill Von Wald of North St. Paul was the player. He joined Jack Rule of Waterloo, Iowa as the only golfer to win three consecutive titles. Rule won his in 1958, 1959 and 1960. I spent several hours at the DLCC during Pine to Palm week, giving hourly updates each day, hosting a half hour daily wrap up show and teaming with the late Dr. John Rutledge on hole-by-hole coverage of the championship match on Sunday. Andy Lia, a sports legend in DL, has been doing that duty since the 1980's! I hope he's still on Al's expense account! If you're in the Detroit Lakes area during the week you can find hourly updates on 1340 AM, KDLM.

My son Ben is playing in his fourth Pine to Palm and is hoping to qualify for the championship flight for the first time. When he was sixteen and playing in his first Pine to Palm he played two great qualifying rounds and wound up as one of sixteen golfers playing off for the final six spots. He lost in the playoff and had it not been for a triple bogey on his 34th hole of the tournament (his only poor hole) he would have advanced to the championship flight competition. I can still feel the pressure on that playoff hole. A tough spot for a 16-year old in a field of veteran golfers which included several Division I scholarship athletes.

It is tough to make the cut in the championship flight. The low 148 scores plus ties advance from the first day of qualifying (Tuesday) to the second day of qualifying (Wednesday). The low 63 scores from the two days join the defending champion, Greg Melhus of Fargo, in match play competition beginning on Thursday. Fargo has had quite a hold on the title in recent years as golfers from that North Dakota city have won four of the last five titles. David Schultz won in 2002, Andy Doeden won in 2001 and in 1999. Detroit Lakes golfer Chad Skarperud won it in 2000. Skarperud became the first DL resident to win the tournament title.

Perham is very well represented in the tournament every year. In fact, in 1988 Bob Cavanagh nearly won it. He lost 4 and 3 to Jon Christian of Albert Lea in the finals. Bob is one of five Cavanagh's competing this year. Charlie Cavanagh, Lee Cavanagh, Taylor Cavanagh and Mike Cavanagh are all entered in qualifying rounds for the championship flight. Other Perham golfers participating this year include Blake Riewer, Joe Schornack and Jeff Tweeton.

In addition to Ben Olson, Fergus Falls golfers entered in this year's event include Lance Walvatne (Hillcrest), John Ouren, Matt Spies, Derek Harris, Kyle Rohlfs and Adam Evavold.

Justin Speer of Battle Lake, Adam Hanson from Hoffman, Ryan Elton of Pelican Rapids and Patrick Moore of Underwood are among other area golfers competing.

The Pine to Palm has a rich tradition and a large part of that rich tradition was coverage provided by the late Ralph Anderson. His impact on the tournament is evidenced by his numerous articles through the years, the number of friends he made and the outstanding coverage in provided. This is the second Pine to Palm without Ralph and it still seems very strange to not be able to draw from his vast knowledge of past tournaments and participants. Mark Larson and the Detroit Lakes Newspapers are doing a commendable job in publicizing the tournament and have prepared an excellent program for the 2004 event and I know Ralph would pat them on the back for a job well done.

I hope you can get over to Detroit Lakes for some of the tournament action. I will be keeping you posted on the scores of area golfers and a complete rundown on the leaders in this space every day. An early report from day one has Lee Cavanagh of Perham as the first player to shoot par or better on a tough day to golf. Lee shot an even-par 71! Great job.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, August 3, 2004
Craigs Corner 08/02/04 - 08/08/04
Friday, August 6, 2004
The storm earlier this week caused plenty of damage at Balmoral Golf Course near Battle Lake. Over 200 trees were knocked down and some damage was done to a cart storage shed, however, the course was open to golfers quickly thanks to a combined cleanup effort.

"We're very playable," said owner John Young on Tuesday. "All in all we are fine. It will just take some time to get everything cleared. Thumper Pond sent some of their crews over with equipment and Sparky Chase at Ethel Beach Resort came over with some equipment to help us out."

Young said most of the downed trees were in some of the outer areas of the course and not in areas where play would be affected. It's business as usual at Balmoral so you're welcome to tee it up!

A date has been set for the Fifth Annual Lee Franklin Maroon and Gold Golf Tournament. The event is set for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, September 18 at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls. The tournament is a 4-person scramble with a cost of fifty-five dollars per player if paid by August 29 and sixty-five dollars per player after that date. The funds that are raised will go to support the Fergus Falls High School boys hockey team as well as the Lee Franklin Memorial Scholarship Program. Franklin was an active supporter of the Fergus Falls hockey program and a member of the Fergus Falls city council. For more information or to register for the tournament you can contact Rod Rohlfs at 218-998-3233.

You are also reminded of the first annual Retz Open Golf Tournament, a Spartan Men's Basketball fundraiser, scheduled for 12:00 Noon at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls. The cost is $60.00 per person, $45.00 if you are a Pebble Lake member, or $40.00 for the meal only. A pork tenderloin dinner will follow the 18 hole shotgun scramble and a memorabilia auction will be held. The 2004-2005 Spartan Men's Basketball team will be introduced at the event. Contact Dave Retzlaff at 218-736-1618 for more information.

Thursday, August 5, 2004
It has become increasingly difficult to find officials for high school sporting events. Numbers have declined throughout the years and now with the popularity and growth of soccer in Minnesota, schools are experiencing scheduling problems due to a lack of officials.

Fergus Falls High School Activities director Gary Schuler is experiencing this problem first hand and is hoping to see a number of area soccer supporters and enthusiasts take an active role in participating as officials. To that end, interested individiuals, male and female, are being made aware of a Soccer Officials Certification Clinic being held at the Moorhead High School on Tuesday night, August 10 at 7:00 p.m. If you love soccer and enjoy seeing kids compete in the sport, you can help solve the official shortage.

BIG FRIDAY has arrived. The annual Fergus Falls Park and Recreation championship day for their youth baseball and softball programs is tomorrow, August 6 at Broadway Park. Here is the schedule of games.
8:30 a.m. - T-Ball (Dodgers vs A's), 9:45 a.m. - Toss (Reds vs Cubs), 11:00 a.m. - Division I Softball (Angels vs Cubs), 12:15 p.m. - Division II Softball (Twins vs Reds), 2:15 p.m. - Division III Softball (A's vs Twins), 4:15 p.m. - Dwarf (A's vs Twins), 6:15 p.m. - Pony (Tigers vs A's).

Tuesday, August 3, 2004
The First United Church of Christ in Fergus Falls is sponsoring a Twins bus trip on Saturday, August 7 and it's open to anyone. The Twins face the Oakland A's in a 12:10 p.m. game with the bus loading at 7:45 a.m. and leaving at 8:00 a.m. from the church parking lot.

The cost is $35.00 per person which includes your game ticket and transportation. Tickets are general admission lower deck in the left center field area. For reservations call Doug or Louise at 739-3833.

Justin Arneson from Fergus Falls continues his season with the Twins Class A minor league team, the "Swing of the Quad Cities", in Davenport, Iowa. A motor coach trip is planned for August 27, 28, 29 to take in two evening games and an afternoon game.

The bus will load at 7:00 a.m. at Ottertail Coaches and will leave at 7:30 a.m. on August 27. They will stop for lunch and arrive in Iowa, check into the hotel and then head to the ball park for the 7:00 p.m. game on Friday night. Some sightseeing is planned for Saturday before the 7:00 p.m. game. After checking out on Sunday, the fans will have lunch and head to the 2:00 p.m. game leaving for Fergus Falls immediately following the contest. The bus is expected to arrive back in Fergus Falls around 2:00 a.m. on Monday.

The cost for the trip is $240.00 ($120.00 per person) for double occupancy amd $176.00 for single occupancy. The deadline for sign up is August 12. If interested contacted Dave or Sue Arneson at 218-736-3418.

The first annual Hillcrest Invitational Golf Tournament is scheduled for Friday, August 13 at the Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls. All net proceeds will go towards the new Student Activities Center which is currently under construction. The event is a four-person scramble with a cost of $100.00 per person. The cost includes green fees, cart, prizes and meal following the tournament back at Hillcrest. For more information e-mail Richard Risbrudt at drisbrudt@prtel.com
Posted By Craig Olson
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