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Monday, February 21, 2005
Walters Wins for Tenth Time
Zach "Jungleboy" Walters dominated Mike Wood in an impressive fifth round TKO on Friday night, improving his light heavyweight record to 10-1 with 9 KO's.

The fight was the first for Walters under his new trainer, Buddy McGirt, and his manager and co-trainer, Chuck "Sharky" Horton was impressed with Zach's aggressiveness. "I bet he was averaging over 110 punches per round and he was landing them too," said Horton.

Walters used his height and reach advantage well as the fight wore on and they really made a difference once the fighters reached the fifth round. He bloodied Wood's nose in the second round and landed several hard punches to Wood's body and head. Walters continued to do extensive damage to Wood in the third and fourth rounds, but Wood never backed down and continued to fight back.

"I give the guy so much credit," said Walters. "He's tough as nails. There is no stop in Mike Wood."

With about a minute left in the fifth round Walters hurt Wood badly with a hard right hand to the head. Blood immediately flowed over Wood's left eye and he backed into the ropes. Walters followed up with a hard right to the body and ended the fight with another devastating right had to Wood's head.

Zach's world ranking on BoxRec jumped from 92 to 66! No word on when his next fight or who his next opponent will be at this time. For more on the fight you can go to www.fightnews.com

Gigi Marvin of the Warroad girls' hockey team was named Ms. Minnesota Hockey on Saturday night. Marvin, who is heading to the University of Minnesota, scored 55 goals and added 57 assists during the 2004-2005 season. The Warriors lost to Hibbing/Chisholm in the Section finals and Hibbing/Chisholm finished as runner-up to Holy Angels Academy in the State Class A hockey tournament.
Posted By Craig Olson
Saturday, February 12, 2005
Otter Boys Hockey Team Receives #3 Seed
The Fergus Falls boys hockey team received the number three seed in Section 4A and will host a first round playoff game on Tuesday night at seven o'clock at the Fairgrounds Ice Arena in Fergus Falls. Their opponent will be number six Morris/Benson Area.

Top seeded Little Falls will receive a first round bye as eighth seeded Crosby-Ironton/Aitkin will not participate due to the teachers' strike in the Crosby-Ironton school district. Number two seeded Wadena-Deer Creek will tangle with seventh seeded Pequot Lakes and number four Prairie Center will host number five Willmar.

First round winners will advance to the Section 4A semifinals on Friday night at the Runestone Ice Arena in Alexandria. The championship game will be played on Tuesday, February 22nd in Alexandria.

The Otters got good information concerning forward Shawn Goos. Goos, who suffered a shoulder injury in the 3-2 loss to Thief River Falls on Friday night, was diagnosed with a sprain, not a separation. He will get a second opinion on Monday. Senior goalie Eric Swendsen played the first period of the Friday night game with the Prowlers and is expected to be ready to go on Tuesday night. Senior defenseman Kyle Kronemann and sophomore forward T.J. Gaustad also returned to the lineup on Friday and should be available for Tuesday's game.

There will be a Boys Baseball Forum and a Boys Football Forum on February 16th beginning at 7:00 p.m. These forums are open to the public for anyone interested in having input for the hiring of a baseball coach and football coach at Fergus Falls High School. The meetings will take place in the Fergus Falls High School cafeteria. The Baseball Forum will be held at seven o'clock and the Football Forum will begin at 7:45 p.m.

Jeff Moon will serve as interim head coach for the Fergus Falls boys tennis team this spring. Head coach Derek Abrahams is taking a leave of absence for personal reasons. Ben Underwood will assist Moon.

Zach Walters will be involved in one of the two feature fights at The RIverCentre in St. Paul on Friday, February 18. The fights will be televised on Fox Sports North. Zach will be fighting Mike Woods of St. Charles, Missouri. Tickets are available at Ticketmaster. The show is being promoted by the Brunettes of St. Paul and the media coverage in the Twin Cities area will be big. Mike Woods is 12-2-1 with 6 KOs. Comparing records, it looks like it will be a very good fight.

The West Central Area girls basketball team has received the number four seed in Section 3AA. They will host a first round playoff game against fifth seeded Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta on Tuesday, February 22nd in Barrett. Other first round games will feature top seeded Yellow Medicine East hosing number eight Benson, number two MACCRAY at home to number seven Ortonville and number three Montevideo entertaining Lac qui Parle Valley. Second round games are set for February 25 with sub-section finals on March 1 and the section championship game to be played at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall on March 4.

A charter bus trip to see the Gopher wrestling team against Ilinois on Sunday, February 20, is being put together by John Dermody. Fans will be able to watch former Frazee wrestlers Matt Nagel and Gabe Dretsch in action for the U of M. The Anderson Coach bus will leave from Frazee Event Center lot at 9:00 a.m. Sunday, February 20. The cost is $25.25 per person and includes the ticket to the match. Checks can be made payable to Frazee Community Club/Youth Sports. For more information contact John at 218-346-6466.

Ashley Samuelson of Underwood is the second leading scorer in the state of Minnesota in Class 1A girls basketball, averaging 28.7 points per game. Kierah Kimbrough of Badger-Greenbush-Middle River leads the state with 34.3 points per game. Nikki Washek of Battle Lake is 22nd in the state with 18.1 points per game. Samuelson is also twelfth in the state with 10.8 rebounds per game and Samantha Meyer is the 25th leading rebounder in 1A with 9.1 per game. Barnesville's Erica Nord is ranked eighth in assists with 5.2 per game.

Class 2A leaders include Gillian Bjerke of Pelican Rapids in fifth place with 19.7 points per game. Katie Stearns is 17th with 16.7 points per game. Stearns is also 22nd in rebounds with 7.7 per game. Her teammate Jennifer Hensel is third in 2A with 6.5 assists per contest.

Class 3A scoring leaders include Jenni Strand of Alexandria in sixth place with 17.5 points per game, Jordanne Even of Detroit Lakes in eighth place with 16.9 points per game and Hannah Draxten of Fergus Falls is thirteenth with 15.8 points per game. Even is also sixteenth in rebounds at 7.5 per game and her Detroit Lakes teammate Betsy Hutchinson is 23rd with 5.8 rebounds per game. Laker point guard Hallie Hoganson is fourth in assists with 5.2 per game and Even is ninth with 4.3 per contest.

Samuelson and Bjerke are both candidates for Ms. Minnesota basketball and have both been nominated for consideration as McDonald's All-Americans.

Boys' High School statistical leaders from around our area include Barnesville sophomore Brandon Fankhanel who is eighth in assists in Class 1A with 6 per game. In 2A, Blake Olson of West Central Area is 13th in scoring with 20 points per game and Taylor Witt of Morris Area is twentieth with eighteen points per game.

In 3A, Andrew Larson of Fergus Falls is fifteenth in rebounding with seven per game.

The Minnesota Basketball News is now accepting nomination for the boys' and girls' all-state basketball teams to be named following the state tournament. Coaches, players and fans are all welcome to nominate individuals from their own school as well as any other school throughout the state. Nominations should include the name of the player, grade, position, season and career statistics, as well as any highlights or honors earned. Nominations should be sent to editor Ron Haggstrom at [email protected] or writer Bill Bentson at [email protected]

Members of the Fergus Falls Golden Gloves Boxing team competed on Saturday, February fifth at the Wadena National Guard Armory. Hickory Smith, making his first appearance in the ring at 165 pounds, won by KO over Michael Edwards of Wadena. At 152 pounds, Tyler Hultin won by decision over Cory Burton of Detroit Lakes. Leni Drewelow, boxing at 170 pounds, lost by decision to Dewayne Steward of Wadena and Jeremiah Ray, fighting at 148, lost by decision to Patrick Szathemary of Wadena.
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, February 4, 2005
Belmont to the Bison
Kyle Belmont had a great senior season for the Ottertail Central Bulldogs. He received many accolades for his athletic ability and leadership ability on the Class A state-runner up Bulldog football team. Now, he is being rewarded for his stellar season by becoming a member of the NDSU Bison.

Belmont was named the Fargo Forum Player of the Year and was one of twenty finalists for Minnesota's Mr. Football. He passed for 1,144 yards and 11 TD's, and rushed for 682 yards and 13 TD's at quarterback during the 2004 season. He also intercepted four passes and returned three for touchdowns. He was credited with 67 tackles including 44 solos, knocked down seven passes and recovered one fumble. He intercepted 14 passes in his career with four returned for TD's. He was also honorable mention all-state, Minnesota Vikings all-state and first team all-section 6A in 2004. Belmont was a two-time all-Prairie North Conference Most Valuable Offensive Back.

Belmont was recruited by the Bison as a Strong Safety. The 5'11", 190 pounder may be redshirted his freshman season, but coach Craig Bohl hasn't made any decisions on who his redshirt players will be for the upcoming year. In his press conference talking about the recruiting class Bohl did say that "The guys that are the skilled position players like the defensive backs and wide receivers have the best opportunity to play."

Congratulations to Kyle on joining a Division I football team and best of luck with NDSU.

More honors for a couple of outstanding senior girls basketball players from our area. Ashley Samuelson of the Underwood Rockets and Gillian Bjerke of the Pelican Rapids Vikings have been nominated for consideration for the McDonald's High School All-American team. Local McDonald's Restaurant manager Lincoln Kalenberg says he can't remember ever having a candidate for this honor from our area and to have two is a rarity. Samuelson will be playing Division I college basketball at Colorado State and Bjerke is going to play at Division I Iowa State. Congratulations Ashley and Gillian!

Fergus Falls High School tennis standout Kim Lindblom is attending St. Cloud State University and started tennis practice on January 20. She got off to a great start for the Huskies on January 30 when she participated in her first meet at Concordia College, Moorhead. Kim won at doubles 8-4 in an 8-game pro-set format and also won 6-1, 6-1 at number five singles. The Huskies have a home meet this weekend with UND, St. Ben's and Emporia, Kansas.
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