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Wednesday, December 28, 2005
Roberts at it Again, Driscoll Phenomenal Shooter
Battle Lake skier Wynn Roberts competed in the National Junior Trials for biathlon in Coleraine December 16 through 19, qualifying to be a member of the Junior National team. 

Wynn had a 6th place finish in the first race, second place in the second race and fourth place in the last race.  This gave him a third place overall finish, qualifying him to compete with the Junior National team in the World Jr. Biathlon championships January 28th - Feburary 3rd 2006 in Presque Isle, Maine.  Congratulations Wynn!

What a shooting peformance by Jake Driscoll of D-G-F on Tuesday night in Moorhead.  Driscoll scored a school record 45 points, burying six 3-pointers and sinking 15 of 16 foul shots, including thirteen in a row.  Driscoll broke the previous mark of 40 points, scored by Robb Flint in 1998.  I guess it was fitting that it happened on the Moorhead High School basketball court since Driscoll's father and uncles starred for the Spuds in the mid to late 1960's and early 1970's.  The amazing thing about Driscoll's effort on Tuesday night was the fact that the Otters actually defended him pretty well.  He just couldn't miss.  Driscoll is the grandson of former Fergus Falls and Frazee High School coach Dennis Anderson and his wife Norma.  It's always great to see them.

I also had the opportunity to visit with Rex Haugen, former Pelican Rapids head coach and Phil Seljevold, who did such an outstanding job as Moorhead High School Athletic Director for many years.  There are some great people involved with our high school kids and it's great to see them still following and supporting kids after they are no longer involved in an official capacity.  They just love the game and love to watch kids compete.  Sounds like Rex is going to be putting on some miles as he has grandchildren playing basketball at the high school level, including one in Princeton which will make for quite a round trip on game nights!

Dick Simpson, long time girls basketball coach and high school baseball coach at Brandon-Evansville High School, picked up his 400th career victory when his Lady Chargers beat Henning on Thursday, December 22, at the Bertha-Hewitt Holiday Tournament.  Congratulations Dick!  He has had some super teams over the years and loves to coach.  Dick is also a fellow Twins fan.  A die-hard you might say!  It's always a treat to visit with him about baseball or high school athletics. 

Speaking of the Twins, Michael Cuddyer, Mike Redmond and Dan Gladden are the members of the organization scheduled to be in Fergus Falls for their Winter Caravan stop on Wednesday, January 25.  Details of the Lakes Radio hosted event are still being worked out.  We'll let you know when we know!
Posted By Craig Olson
Saturday, December 24, 2005
Holiday Tournaments
Several high school teams from the area will be participating in Holiday Tournaments the week between Christmas and New Year's weekends.  Two of those tournaments will take place in Fergus Falls, one in Pelican Rapids, one in Detroit Lakes and a couple in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

The Fergus Falls boys hockey team will be hosting their annual Maroon and Gold Holiday Hockey Tournament Tuesday through Thursday at the Fairgrounds Ice Arena.  The Otters, Detroit Lakes,West Fargo and Austin are the teams competing in the round robin event.  Varsity games will be played at 3 and 7 each day with the Otters playing the seven o'clock games each night.  The 'B' squad games will be played at 1 and 5 each day.

The Otter girls hockey team will be in the Detroit Lakes Kiwanis sponsored Girls Hockey Tournament.  On Tuesday, Fergus Falls will play Silver Bay at 5:00 p.m. and Detroit Lakes will face Park Rapids at 7:00 p.m.  The two losers of Tuesday's games will play for third place on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m., while the two winners clash for the title at three o'clock Wednesday.

The JV schedule has DL and Fergus Falls squaring off at 1:00 p.m. and Silver Bay facing Hibbing at 3:00 p.m.  The third place game will be Wednesday at 9:00 a.m. and the championship game of the JV tourney is at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Fergus Falls Girls Basketball team will be hosting the 1st Annual American Federal Holiday Classic on Wednesday and Thursday with the Breck School from Minneapolis, Holdingford and Zimmerman all participating.  The Breck School is currently rated #1 in Class 2A and has three players who have committed to Division I colleges for next year.  Fergus Falls is 8-0 and ranked fifth in the state in 3A. 

First round action on Wednesday has Breck facing Holdingford at 6:00 p.m. and Fergus Falls taking on Zimmerman at 8:00 p.m.  On Thursday, the two losers square off for third place at 6:00 p.m. while the two winners play for the tournament title at eight o'clock.

B-squad tournament play begins at two o'clock Wednesday with Breck and Holdingford going at it.  Fergus Falls and Zimmerman will play at 4:00 p.m.  Thursday at 2:00 p.m. will be the third place game and the championship game is set for 4:00 p.m.

In addition to basketball, there is a lot of great entertainment.  The varsity teams will have a team Lightning contest between games the first night and a team 3-point shooting contest the second night.  There will be a tricycle races for high school kids, a shooting contest for the crowd, and a special contest for elementary kids at half time of each game.  The main entertainment will be "Crunch", the Timberwolves mascot, who will be performing his high-flying, thunderous slam dunk show at half time of the championship game.  Crunch will be walking around the gym mingling with the crowd during the third place game.

Musically, Six Appeal, a band made up of current high school kids plus some alumni will provide music both nights.  The Men of Note will be singing the National Anthem before the championship game and high school choral groups will be singing the Anthem before the other games.

The Otter boys will be in the Moorhead Holiday Basketball Tournament.  Tuesday night Fergus Falls faces D-G-F at 6:00 p.m. and Moorhead will meet Buffalo at 7:45.  Wednesday, the third place game is at 5:30 and the championship game at 7:15.  JV action features Fergus Falls and D-G-F at 2:30 Tuesday and Moorhead against Buffalo at 4:15.  The third place game will be Wednesday at 1:45 and the title game at 3:30.  All games will be played at the Moorhead High School gymnasium.

The Pelican Rapids girls basketball team is hosting what is billed as "Two Tournaments Under One Roof".  Two four team varsity tournaments have been organized by Vikings head coach Doug Bruggeman.

On Wednesday in the Valkyrie Division, Perham faces Underwood at 4:00 p.m. and West Central Area goes up against Battle Lake at 5:30 p.m.  The two losers play for third place on Thursday at 5:30 and the two winners clash for the title at 8:30 Thursday night.

In the Valhalla Division on Wednesday, Sauk Centre and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley will play at 7:00 p.m., followed by Pelican Rapids and Hillcrest at 8:30 p.m.  On Thursday, the third place game is set for a 4:00 p.m. tip-off and the championship game is slated to begin at 7:00 p.m.

The Pelican Rapids boys will be playing in the Fargo Shanley Tournament.  Their first round opponent will be De La Salle at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday.  If they lose they will play at two o'clock Wednesday and if they win they will play at 5:30 Wednesday.  Their second round opponent will be either Detroit Lakes or Richland-Colfax.  Those two teams square off at 3:45 Tuesday afternoon in a first round game.  The other bracket will see Minot taking on Crookston at 5:30 and Shanley battling Foley at 7:15.

The Hillcrest boys basketball team is playing three games in three days at Concordia College in Moorhead starting with a Wednesday game against Cass Lake-Bena at 3:15 p.m.  On Thursday, the Comets will battle Norman County East at noon and on Friday at 6:15 p.m. Hillcrest will square off with Lake Park-Audubon. 

The Barnesville boys are also in the field at Concordia, playing Menahga at 6:15 Wednesday, Cass Lake-Bena at 3:15 Thursday and Norman County East at 3:15 Friday.

The Lady Trojans will be in the Ulen-Hitterdal tournament along with Frazee, Rothsay and the host Lady Spartans.  The tournament will be held Tuesday and Wednesday in Ulen.
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, December 16, 2005
Aho Reaches Milestone
When Fergus Falls beat Sartell in wrestling on Tuesday, December 6, head coach Mark Aho reached a milestone.  It was his 100th career coaching victory.  On Thursday night at the Middle School, prior to their match with Little Falls, Aho was presented with a placque by Activities Director Gary Schuler commemorating the event.

Otter wrestling Alumni Night is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20 when Rocori is in town.  All past wrestlers and coaches are encouraged to attend and be part of a special evening recognizing Otter wrestling history.

Registration for the winter session of the Fergus Falls Gymnastics Academy will be Monday, December 19, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Commons.  The program is open to kids ages 6 to 12.  Sixty kids just finished the inaugural session of the Academy under the direction of Jessica Viele and Don Viele.  The second session will run from January 9th through March 2nd.

The Central Lakes Conference selects Performers of the Week in all of their sports and two Fergus Falls student-athletes were chosen for the week of December 5th.  In boys basketball, Andrew Larson had 38 points and 25 rebounds in two games.  In boys hockey, Matt Waclawik scored six goals and had two assists in two games. 

In the Section 4A hockey report from December 12, Waclawik was the third leading scorer in Section 4A with 7 total points, but was first in goals with six. 

Games from the Underwood Girls Basketball Shootout were postponed on Thursday night with a tentative makeup date set for next Tuesday.  Ashby was scheduled to play Hankinson and Wheaton/Herman-Norcross was supposed to play Wyndmere in the six o'clock games.  The 7:30 games were to feature Underwood against Lidgerwood and Park Christian School against C-T-F.  The two late games from Thursday that were called off will not be rescheduled.  Underwood was to have played Hankinson that night.

Did you catch the Hawley Nuggets record setting performance against Staples-Motley?  You can read all about it on www.lakesareasports.com .  Just a couple of notes from the game ... It was the first varsity game coached by former Staples-Motley standout Trevor Peterson.  Trevor was coaching against his dad, Lynn Peterson, who was looking for win number 600 in his illustrious career.  In a run and gun affair, the Nuggets scored 127 points and beat the Cardinals 127-73.  The Nuggets set a new state record with 38 steals and they had the second highest assist total at 38.

Saturday, March 25th, the West Central Area Hoops Booster Club will be hosting 5th and 5th grade girls basketball tournaments at the West Central Area High School in Barrett.  To register or for more information contact Paul Peterson at 320-986-2921or e-mail Paul at [email protected]

The Pelican Rapids girls basketball team is sponsoring a 5 on 5 Tournament for girls in grades 5, 6, 7 and 8 on April 8th.  Call Doug Bruggeman at 218-863-5910 (extension 4352) or e-mail [email protected] for more information or to register.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, December 1, 2005
Bergh Performs Well at Grand Nationals
Derik Bergh performed extremely well in the Race of Champions at the Grand Nationals in Tulsa, Oklahoma over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend.  The 10-year old BMX racer too first first place in his Open Class on Friday and then took second place in his 10 Expert Class and third in his Open Class on Saturday.

Derik, who is a Fergus Falls resident, was picked up by Phantom Ontrac, a factory racing team out of San Diego, California, in June of this year.  They are the number one factory team in the nation for 2005. 

Derik is now considered a NAG 2 in his 10 Expert Class and a NAG 4 in his Cruiser Class.  NAG stands for National Age Group.  Derik is the second best rider in the nation in his age group of ten year olds that ride BMX and the fourth best in the nation in his Cruiser Class.

The Fergus Falls girls volleyball team has received word that they have been awarded the Central Lakes Conference Sportsmanship award.  Renee Erickson's team was voted the award by the nine other conference teams.  It is based on consideration of athletes, fans and coaches.  Congratulations Otters!

Former Otter Jack Underwood just completed his sophomore soccer season at Gustavus and the Gusties made quite a run at the national title in Division III, falling 1-0 to Messiah College of Pennsylvania in the championship game this past Saturday night in Greensboro, North Carolina.  Messiah picks up its fourth national title in six years and finishes with a record of 24-0-0.  Gustavus ends up 17-3-5 on the season.

Gustavus beat Fredonia State 2-0 in a Section Finals on the 19th of November, clinching their first ever trip to the Final Four where they beat Whitworth College of Washington on Friday night by a score of 2-1.  The Gusties were co-champions in the MIAC with a 7-1-2 record.

Posted By Craig Olson
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