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Monday, November 28, 2005
Former Spartans Help Mayville Get Off to 8-0 Start
Former Spartan Men's Basketball players Archie Weatherspoon IV and Andy Parochka have been key contributors to the early season success of the Mayville State University Men's Basketball team.  The Comets are 8-0, their best start in 43 years.  They also beat UND for only the second time in school history and the first time since 1945.  The Sioux have won 28 of 30 meetings between the two teams but the Comets posted an 86-78 win, led by Weatherspoon who had sixteen points.

Archie is shooting the ball at a 59.3% clip (35/59) and is averaging 11.2 points per game and 4.13 rebounds per game.  He has six blocked shots.

Parochka, a tremendous 3-point shooter, has hit 16 of 30 from behind the arc for 53.3% and is 22 for 41 overall for 53.6%.  He is scoring 8.5 points per game and is second on the team with a total of 24 assists.  He is also 8 of 9 from the free throw line for 88.8%.

Tori Ehlert, the former Battle Lake girls basketball standout, is now a senior at Concordia College in Moorhead.  The Cobbers are off to a 2-1 start and Ehlert has posted back-to-back double-doubles with 13 points and 10 rebounds in their 60-56 win over Mayville State and 11 points and 11 boards in a loss to Pacific Lutheran in Redlands, California.  In a win over Redlands, Ehlert had 9 points and 8 rebounds.

Bob Bjorklund, who coached the Fergus Falls boys basketball team to three state tournament appearances in the mid-80's and early 90's, is in his ninth year as head coach of the Bethel Men's Basketball team.  He has a career record of 131-78 with the Royals and has led them to the MIAC playoffs for the last seven years.  Bjorklund has eight players with varsity experience returning, including his son Tyson Bjorklund who is a senior this year.  Tyson is a 6' 2" guard who averaged 8.6 points per game and connected on 41% of his 3-point field goal attempts in his junior year.  The Royals are off to a 3-0 start.

Fergus Falls High School graduates Kirby Carr and Brandon Carr have received post season honors in the MIAC.  Kirby is a first team All-MIAC selection and Brandon was selected to the second team.  Kirby was fifth in the conference and first on the Royals with 102 total tackles.  He also had two sacks, two interceptions, two blocked extra point attempts and returned two blocked PAT's for scores.  Brandon had 66 tackles, second on the team to his older brother, and intercepted a pair of passes.

Hillcrest and MSCTC grad Luke Hansen had a great fall at wide receiver for Bethel as he caught 20 passes for 292 yards and a pair of TD's.  He was third on the team in receptions and second on the team in yards.  He also returned twelve kicks for 256 yards, an average of 21.3 yards per return.  Two other former area players saw limited duty carrying the ball in the Bethel backfield.  Former Otter Jared Bangs ran for 83 yards on 29 carries and former Comet Steve Moline had 10 carries for 28 yards.

Two area athletes now playing for the successful Concordia football team, received All-Conference Honorable Mention in the MIAC.  Senior Ben Aakre from Underwood, a cornerback, was fifth on the team with 39 tackles, grabbed four interceptions and forced a fumble.  Junior Dave Moll from Battle Lake, a strong safety, was second on the team with 45.5 tackles and had one interception. 

Ryan Mason, a junior offensive lineman from Barnesville, was a starter for the Cobbers.  Senior cornerback Nick Ellenson from Battle Lake, junior guard Aaron Boyum from Battle Lake and former Fergus Falls athletes, Shane Garrahan (So, DT), Scott Masten (Jr, DL) and Paul Shol (Fr, FS) were also on the team that just saw their season end with a 28-14 loss to Linfield, Oregon in the second round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Posted By Craig Olson
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Former High School Standouts Begin College Season
Former girls high school basketball standouts are beginning their college basketball seasons this week.  Megan Ronhovde, former West Central Area player, is beginning her junior year at Iowa State.  She is joined by freshman Gillian Bjerke from Pelican Rapids.  Another freshman, Ashley Samuelson from Underwood, begins her college career at Colorado State University.

Ronhovde made 9 of 16 three-point field goal attempts in Iowa State's two exhibition victories, scoring 17 points and 12 points while grabbing 13 rebounds and dishing out six assists in the two games. 

Bjerke scored one point in her first game, making 1 of 2 free throws and going 0 for 4 from the field.  She did have three rebounds in fifteen minutes of playing time.  In her second game, Bjerke had 8 points, grabbed 3 rebounds and had two blocked shots, again playing fifteen minutes.

Iowa State opens the regular season on Sunday against IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis).  The Cyclones were 23-7 a year ago, advancing to the NCAA Tournament.

Samuelson played seven minutes in the first exhibition game for Colorado State, coming up with a pair of rebounds in the Rams 74-72 win over Fort Hays State.  She didn't score in the game.  In their second pre-season game, Samuelson had 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and a blocked shot as the Rams won 76-51 over the Colorado School of Mines.  She is 0-2 on field goal attempts and 0 for 1 from from foul line.  CSU opens up the regular season on Tuesday against Concordia of St. Paul.

Last Saturday the "International Black Belt Federation's National Championship Tae Kown Do Tournament" was held at the Fargo Civic Auditorium.  The Master's Martial Arts Academy of Fergus Falls sent five competitors.  Nearly 300 athletes competed in patterns, weapon forms, board breaking and sparring.

Kathy Lehn placed second in sparring and fourth in forms, while her husband Jim Lehn took second in both sparring and forms.  Both are red belts who will be testing for their first degree black belt in December.

Other Fergus Falls competitors included Lucas Denault with a second place in sparring, Terry Neubauer who placed second in sparring and third in breaking, and Brody Neubauer who participated in both sparring and breaking.

Hillcrest, Battle Lake, Perham and Henning got together on Saturday for a girls basketball jamboree, along with some scrimmage sessions.  Teams got to work on specified defenses against specified opponents and then played a half of basketball against an opponent in the jamboree portion of the day.

The Sixth annual West Central Area Hoops Booster's Girls Basketball Scrimmage and Jamboree was also held on Saturday in Barrett.  MACCRAY, Foley, Pelican Rapids, Barnesville, Crookston, Ulen-Hitterdal and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley all participated in half court scrimmages, full court scrimmages and jamboree contests.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Uvaas Earns Section 2A Coach of the Year Honors
Tom Uvaas has had quite a fall!  The Fergus Falls girls swimming coach was named the Section 2A Coach of the Year after his team won the Section championship over the weekend in Morris.  Uvaas, whose Otters shared the Central Lakes Conference title and won the Section True Team competition, was also named the Teacher of the Year for School District 544.  Uvaas teaches at the Fergus Falls Middle School.

The Gustavus men's soccer team won their first two games in the Division III playoffs last weekend in Whitewater, Wisconsin, qualifying for the "Sweet Sixteen".  Former Fergus Falls boys high school soccer standout Jack Underwood is a sophomore midfielder for Gustavus (14-2-1).

The Gusties will face Loras College in Grand Rapids, Michigan this weekend in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. The Gustavus-Loras match is slated for 10 a.m. on Friday, November 18 with the second game between host Calvin College and Fredonia State (N.Y.) to start 30 minutes after the completion of the first. Friday's winners will play in the sectional final on Saturday at noon for the opportunity to play in the NCAA Final Four set for Nov. 25-26 in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Underwood has seen action in ten games this season.

Former Hillcrest girls soccer player Mandy Jensen, a junior at Northwestern College in Roseville, has been named to the UMAC All-Conference first team.  Jensen, a midfielder for the Eagles, earned the All-Conference honor for a third straight season.  She is a three-year starter and letter winner who netted two goals and had four points on the year.  She currently ranks fifth all-time in program history for career assists and seventh in career points.  Northwestern won three of their last five games and finished with an overall record of 4-11. 

Freshman David Jensen, also a former Comet, placed ninth in the Upper Midwest Athletic Conference championship cross country meet, earning All-Conference recognition, posting a time of 30:15.0 in the 6K event hosted by Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minnesota, at the Flandrau State Park.  As a team, Northwestern finished third, the highest ranking for the men's program in the last four years at the UMAC championship meet.

Barnesville junior outside hitter Erica Nord has been named an honorable mention All-State selection in Class 2A girls volleyball.  The Trojans were 10-6 in dual meets this fall.  Another Heart O' Lakes Conference athlete, Jennifer Lopez of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, was named to the Class 2A All-State first team.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, November 3, 2005
Brue Agrees to Continue as Head Coach
When Hillcrest football coach Charlie Brue took the head coaching position this fall, he wanted to give it a one year trial and see how things went. After an 8-2 season, a Tri-County North Conference title and a conference Coach of the Year award, Brue has decided to continue in his role as head coach of the Comets.

"Charlie did a great job and was able to get the most out of every kid on the team," said Hillcrest Activities Director Pete Campion. "It will be great to have him back again next year. I don't know how many people thought we would be this successful on the football field this season, but under Charlie's leadership everything came together."

Liz Glesne is one of only two sophomores selected to this years All-MIAC volleyball team.  Glesne, an outside hitter from Underwood, led the MIAC and was 14th in the nation this season in kills per game with 4.62 and also finished second in the MIAC in points per game with 4.91. She finished the year with 481 kills while being selected to the Hamline and Northwestern All-Tournament teams. Glesne recorded three of the top five top kill performances this year with her 27, 26, and 26 kill games. In two years Liz has accumulated 844 kills. Glesne is a Business major at Bethel College.

Luke Hansen hauled in a 34 yard touchdown pass from Ben Wetzell as the Bethel football team beat Carleton 41-0 last Saturday. Hansen, the former Hillcrest and FFCC standout,caught two passes for 42 yards. Former Otters Kirby Carr and Brandon Carr had six and five tackles, respectively.  Another former Otter, Jared Bangs, ran for 17 yards.
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