Jeff Moon was voted Coach of the Year by the Otter Coaches Association. Moon was recognized at the annual associaton meeting on Monday at VFW Post 612. Jeff earned his 300th career coaching victory last season, his first as ninth grade girls basketball coach after several years with the ninth grade boys basketball team.
Officers were re-elected for the 2005 school year with Renee Erickson continuing as president, John Tufte as vice-president and Keith Pearson as treasurer.
Team pairings have been announced for the 2005 Pot O' Gold Golf Tournament and the 2005 Labor Day Classic. Here are the Pot O' Gold teams: Pat Tuel and Mark Welle, Brian Shuck and Brooks Anderson, Erik Johnson and John Fitzgerald, Asko Rajaniemi and John Gillund, Chris Daniels and Troy Meyer, Chuck Lundeen and George Jurgens, John Hagge and John Gervais, Kevin Swenson and Lynn Schultz, John Ouren and Joel Myhre, Jere Hanson and Leon Jensen, Ben Jurgens and Jim DeBoer, Gregg Western and John Schwankl, John Gaudreau and John Tufte, Dan Madsen and Gene Shuck, Steve Lundeen and Eddie Kiphuth, Lance Anderson and Dave Olson.
Here are the Labor Day Classic teams: Dan Ouren and Brian Bond, Lonny Duenow and Milt Aasness, Tony Rendz and Dave Peters, Tim Lill and Ted Burrington, John Hatling and Mike Alt, Dick Pribbernow and Jerame Tysdal, Gary Haffley and Grant Colling, Joe Stachowski and Rick Johnson, Lincoln Kalenberg and Shane Kangas, Dave Siems and Erv Johnson, Eric Shelstad and Jim Fish, Pat Shol and Bill Henkes, Todd Herbel and Randy Highland, Robbie Olson and Steve Thompson, David Thacker and John Page, Snook Harworth and Dan Walvatne.
The tournament begins with rounds on Saturday and continues through Monday, Labor Day at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls. Spectators are welcome!
Mark down September 16, 17 and 18 on your calendar! You won't want to miss the PRCA Rodeo event which is coming to Red Horse Ranch Arena, located just six miles north of Fergus Falls. This all new, multi-million dollar facility will host an exciting three day rodeo that will feature fun for the entire family. I had a tour of the facility about a month ago and it is very impressive. This professional rodeo will feature some outstanding competition and entertainment. The action begins Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday's rodeo starts at 1:30. Tickets are available online at www.redhorserancharena.com , Nelson Ford and Nelson Dodge GMC, JK Sports, BJ's, Country Store, Floor to Ceiling Store, Olson Oil and Rainbow Kennels, all of Fergus Falls, Denny Ray's Floor Covering, Henning and Thumper Pond Golf Course, Ottertail. Tickets are $13 for adults, $6 ages 6-12. Three day passes are $32 for adults, $15 for ages 6-12. Under 6 will be admitted free. I'd also like to welcome Red Horse Ranch Arena to www.craigolsonsports.com and www.lakesareasports.com as sponsors!! Visit their website by clicking on their link on either website.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
'Canes Open State Play Thursday
The Fergus Falls Hurricanes know who they will play in the opening round of the Class C State Amateur Baseball Tournament. They will match up with the Lamberton Long Sox, the Region 2C runners-up. Lamberton and Fergus Falls will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Dassel.
Lamberton earned a trip to state by beating Milroy 5-2 last Wednesday, but lost twice to Milroy 3-1 and 6-0 on Sunday to finish as the runner-up in the Region 2C Tournament.
Joel Alvstad, a West Central Area High School graduate, covers amateur baseball in that part of the state for the Windom News and he has shared some information with us on the Long Sox.
Lamberton is led by current Southwest Minnesota State University All-Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference infielder Colby Pack, pitchers Matt Samyn and Jacob Jenniges and catcher Derrick Jenniges, a former All-NSIC performer at Southwest Minnesota State.
Lamberton is in just its fourth year of existence as a team, after a hiatus of over a decade. The team is comprised of players from the Lamberton, Westbrook and Wabasso areas, many of whom played collegiate ball at Southwest State University in Marshall.
Lamberton won the Tomahawk East National Division championship for the second year in a row this year, but is making its first appearance at state.
Hurricanes coach Dave Johnson has announced his probable starting lineup and batting order for Thursday. It will most likely look like this: Tim Erickson (CF), Ben Brimhall (SS), Aaron Olson (2B), Kellen Shebeck (DH), Ryan Hendrickson (1B), Mike Gaustad (LF), Chad Hopponen (RF), Pat Lisko (C), Dusty Christenson (3B) and Tyler Gagner (P).
Gagner has a record of nine wins and no losses with a 1.46 earned run average. He has 59 strike outs, 18 walks and has allowed 50 hits in 67.2 innings pitched. Erickson leads the team with a .415 batting average. Hendrickson is hitting .348, Olson is at .330 with four home runs, Gaustad is hitting .304 and Shebeck is at .303. Olson has a team high 25 runs batted in and Brimhall has scored 28 runs to lead the team.
The 'Canes have added pitcher Shane Hendrickson from Wolf Lake to their roster. Midway, the runner-up team from Region 16C, picked up pitcher/catcher Nate Meissner from Brandon-Evansville.
One more time on the Fergus Falls Otters Football Booster Club Golf Tournament Scramble. It will be held on Sunday, August 21 at Pebble Lake Golf Club in Fergus Falls with a 2:00 p.m. start. A donation of sixty dollars per player includes greens fees and the after golf meal. Another ten dollars will rent a football player for your caddy. For more information or to sign up contact Dennis Hagstrom at (218) 736-5456. All proceeds will go to the Fergus Falls Otters Football Booster Club.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Pine to Palm Underway, FF Youth Football to Start
The Pine to Palm Golf Tournament is underway at the Detroit Country Club in Detroit Lakes. The top 63 golfers from two days of qualifying join defending champion Chris Braaten of Detroit Lakes in the championship field as match play begins on Thursday.
Kane Hanson of Detroit Lakes won the medalist honors with a two day total of 133, firing an eight-under par 63 on Wednesday, the low eighteen hole score of the qualifying rounds. Two golfers, Andy Paulson of Lino Lakes and Michael Fielder of Blaine, tied for the second best qualifying total of 136.
Josh Herzog of Detroit Lakes and Taylor Cavanagh of Perham were among nine golfers to shoot 141. Bob Cavanagh of Perham and Matt Gorden of Detroit Lakes came in with scores of 143, and Ben Bergquist of Detroit Lakes and Kyle Rohlfs of Fergus Falls shot 144.
Joe Wagner of Lake Park qualifed with a 145 and three area golfers, Mike Seelye of DL, Lee Cavanagh of Perham and Justin Speer of Ottertail, all qualified with rounds of 146.
Six golfers shot 147, putting them in a playoff for the final three spots in the championship flight. The six included Mike Cavanagh of Perham and Kirk Eilertson of Detroit Lakes.
Match play will continue through Sunday in the championship flight, name flights and numbered flights.
Area golfers who failed to qualify for the championship flight but will be competing in the name flights included John Ouren of Fergus Falls, former Otter Matt Spies of Minneapolis, Dan Elton and Jason Justinson of Pelican Rapids, Detroit Lakes golfers Aaron Burnside, Mitch Buboltz and Adam McArthur, Andrew Passanante and Ted Cox of Hawley, Terry Kragero, Jr., of Morris, Dave Conzemius of Breckenridge, John Peter Krier III of Lake Park and Perham's Blake Riewer.
Fergus Falls High School golfer Mike Tuel won the Resorter's Golf Tournament Junior Division title in Alexandria last week.
In the women's division, Detroit Lakes golfer Christine Herzog made it to the finals before losing to Miss Minnesota, Karyn Stordahl of Prior Lake 7 and 6. Herzog, a senior at DLHS, coasted into the finals by closing out Sue Swenson of Chanhassen on the fourteenth hole in the semifinals. Swenson had eliminated Henning graduate Kaari Espeland, headed to Augustana College, in an earlier match.
A couple of aces have been recorded this week at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls. On Tuesday, Richard Birkeland aced the 215 yard eleventh hole with a four iron. Witnesses were Dean Birkeland, Gary Haffley, Gregg Western and Dave Nathe. On Wednesday, John Page of Fergus Falls got a hole-in-one on the 142 yard second hole, using a seven iron. Larry Greenquist, Ed Thornberg, Roger Evavold and Erv Johnson witnessed the ace.
The Fergus Falls Otters Football Booster Club Golf Tournament Scramble will be held at two o'clock Sunday, August 21 at Pebble Lake. A donation of sixty dollars per player includes greens fees and an after golf meal. Carts will be available for twelve dollars per person or golfers can rent a football player for their caddy for a fee of ten dollars. For more information contact Dennis Hagstrom at 218-736-5456.
The second annual Retz Open Golf Tournament, a fund raiser for MSCTC Men's Basketball, is scheduled for Sunday, August 28. The entry fee is seventy-five dollars per player, sixty dollars for members of Pebble Lake Golf Course. The entry deadline is August 19. E-mail your entry to Coach Dave Retzlaff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 218-736-1618 for more information.
The Fergus Falls Area Youth Football Association begins their inaugural season on Monday, August 15 when equipment will be distributed. Players in third through sixth grade must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to get their equipment between 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at the Fergus Falls Middle School swimming pool doors. Tryout information will be handed out at the time the equipment is distributed. Tryouts will be held on Tuesday, August 16, Wednesday, August 17 and Thursday, August 18 with players needing to attend one of the tryout sessions. Practices will begin the following Tuesday, August 23 with another practice scheduled for Thursday, August 25. A scrimmage for all teams is set for Saturday, August 27 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the levee by the high school. Pictures will be taken beginning at five o'clock that afternoon. Games will begin on Saturday, September 3 at 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Third and fourth graders will play at the Middle School Field and fifth and sixth graders will play at the levee.
Adam Hauser, a native Minnesotan and a former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher hockey player will be sharing his testimony at GraceUnitedMethodistChurch, near the YMCA in FergusFalls at and this Sunday, the fourteenth of August. Hauser helped the Gophers to the NCAA Menís Ice Hockey Championship in 2002.The Gophers beat the University of Maine at the XcelEnergyCenter to win the title.In his first year as a pro, Adam was named to the ECHLís Southern Conference All-Star team.He also earned a spot on the All-Rookie team.Adam has led the Manchester Monarchs, the AHL affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings, in all goaltending categories the last two seasons.This past season he broke the franchise record for shutouts, and became one of only three goalies in the 88 year history of the AHL to post a goals against average lower than 2.00 in two seasons.Everyone is welcome to attend the worship service.
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, August 5, 2005
Big Friday Once Again a Big Hit
There is just no doubt that Big Friday is the perfect way to put an end to an outstanding season of summer baseball and softball for nearly 850 kids between the ages of 5 and 14. The annual event was played on an ideal day for baseball Friday at Broadway Park as seven league championships were decided in front of great crowds all day long.
The day started with the T-Ball championship game at 8:30 a.m. The Dodgers were crowned champs with a 21-18 win over the Yankees.
In the Toss League title game, it was the Astros over the Dodgers by a score of 15-10.
The Division I girls softball title went to the Reds, who posted a 16-13 victory over the Angels. In the Division II girls softball game, the Rockies scored 26 runs while holding the Reds to 17. The Cubs held off a determined rally by the Twins to claim the crown in Division III girls softball, 13-11.
In the Dwarf League battle, Eric Kvidt and Peter Gaustad combined on a one-hit shutout as the Reds blanked the Giants 6-0. Kvidt struck out ten batters in his four innings on the mound.
The Dodgers dominated the Pony League championship game, beating the Angels 15-1.
Access Television of Fergus Falls taped all seven games and will play them back on Friday, August 12 and Friday, August 19, in succession beginning at 8:30 a.m. Copies of the games will also be made available after August 12. To order a copy of a game, contact Robert Fitzgerald at Access Television. The phone number is 218-739-1027.
The Park and Recreation Department hosted an appreciation picnic for their team sponsors during the day with several kids who participated in the program serving their guests. The involvement of area businesses in a sponorship role allowed every participant to have a team jersey and cap and also allowed the Park and Recreation Department to invest in some much needed new equipment for the programs.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, August 2, 2005
Fergus Falls Baseball Teams Advance
Kellen Shebeck's American Legion Post 30 baseball team and the 25-1 Fergus Falls Hurricanes Amateur baseball team have both qualified for more tournament action. Post 30 begins play in the Division I American Legion State Tournament in St. Cloud on Thursday morning, and the 'Canes open up Region 16C play in Dent on Thursday night.
Post 30 qualified for state as the runner-up team in the District 9 Tournament held in East Grand Forks last weekend. The top two teams in District 9 qualified this year and the host team, East Grand Forks, beat Fergus Falls in the title game. Fergus Falls won four of the six games they played and will bring a 25-15 season record into the tournament. Their first round opponent is District 7 Champion, Alexandria. Post 30 split their games with Alex during the regular season, losing 3-1 and winning 7-2 in their double header played in Alexandria on July 20.
Shebeck will start Casey Kowalski on the mound in the 10:00 a.m. game. Kowalski has a record of 5-3 with 4 saves. He has pitched 43 2/3 innings, second on the team, and struck out 39 batters while allowing 21 hits and walking 16. His earned run average is 1.44. The pitching has been very good for Post 30 this summer. Travis Swiontek, who pitched three games in two days at the District 9 tournament, has a record of 4-3 and an ERA of 4.96 and a team high 48 innings pitched. Andrew Fick, who will probably pitch the second game of the state tournament, is 4-3 with a 3.63 ERA in 36 2/3 innings. Andy Price has also thrown 36 2/3 innings, has a 5-3 record and a 5.15 ERA. Kyle Kidder has thrown 36 innings, has an earned run average of 3.69 and a record of 3-1. Anthony Oslund is 1-0 with 1 save and an ERA of 1.15 in 18 1/3 innings. Games in the post season are all nine innings, putting some added stress on the pitching staff. During the regular season teams mainly play two-seven inning games when they meet.
The bats were very productive during the District 9 tournament with lead off hitter Brandon Carr picking up ten hits in twenty-four at bats, including a home run,and driving in six runs while scoring eight times. Mic Johnson had twelve hits in twenty-one at bats, hit four home runs, drove in eleven runs and scored six times. Nick Lewis, who has struggled at the plate this summer, saw his average jump over .100 points with a 7-for-10 tourney. Andy Price was 7-for-21 with a pair of homers and eight runs batted in.
Season leaders for Post 30 are Carr with a .445 batting average, 53 hits, 19 doubles, 36 runs scored and 17 stolen bases in 19 attempts, Johnson with a .438 average, 8 home runs and 37 RBI, Kowalski with a .367 average, 3 homers and 23 runs batted in and Oslund with a .344 batting average and eight stolen bases out of nine attempts. As a team Post 30 has stolen 44 bases and been caught only three times. They are hitting .310 and have hit 19 homers. They have scored 217 runs and allowed 199.
Fergus Falls is 3-3 against state tournament teams, going 1-1 against Alexandria, 1-0 against Coon Rapids and 1-2 against East Grand Forks.
The Fergus Falls Hurricanes will open Region 16C Tournament play on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Dent when the Countryside League champs will battle the Resorters West Runners-Up, the Kensington Norsemen. Other first round games have the Midway Snurdbirds (Lake & Pine North Champs) playing the Vergas Loons (Countryside League Runners-Up) at New York Mills, and the Brandon-Evansville Bluedogs (Resorter West Champs) going up against the Wolf Lake WolfPack (Lake & Pine North Runners-Up) in Carlos. Additional games will be played on Saturday and Sunday.
Tim Erickson is hitting .420 in 20 games and Brandon Carr is hitting .426 in the 14 games he has played for the Hurricanes. Aaron Olson has hit 4 home runs to lead the team and Troy Wasiloski hit 3 in only five games played early in the season. Wasiloski didn't play enough league games to qualify to be placed on the post season roster as he was coaching American Legion Baseball in East Grand Forks this summer. Olson led the team with 23 runs batted in. Erickson and Ben Brimhall. each had 23 runs scored and Brimhall had a team high 17 walks. Tyler Gagner is 8-0 on the mound with an impressive 1.40 earned run average and Ryan Hendrickson is 5-0 with a miniscule 0.72 ERA. Gagner pitched 58 innings, striking out 50 batters and Hendrickson went 37 1/3 innings, recording 44 strike outs. The team ERA of 1.96 reveals how effective the staff has been throughout the season. Brandon Goltz (2-1, 2.86), Casey Kowalski (3-0, 2.50), Eric Anderson (3-0, 3.00), Bryan Flach (2-0, 1.50) and Dave Johnson (2-0, 1.73) round out the pitching staff.
Kirby Carr, a 2003 Fergus Falls High School graduate and a junior at Bethel College this year, will also be with the Hurricanes for the playoffs. Kirby has just returned from a two month stint with the Athletes in Action Baseball team in Alaska. Athletes in Action baseball is a part of the sports ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. Since 1980, their teams have traveled the world playing the game of baseball and sharing the message of hope through Jesus Christ. Their purpose is threefold: 1) to promote international goodwill thorugh the game of baseball; 2) to help athletes maximize their mental, physical and spiritual potential; 3) to challenge people to get to know God through a relationship with Jesus Christ. They accomplish their purpose through games, clinics, camps and competing teams. For more information you can visit www.aiabaseball.org .
Players from several Division I schools across the nation were on the team including infielder Luke Maclean from the University of Minnesota, and Andrew Justice, an infielder from the University of Richmond in Virginia, two of the players who Carr became very close to.
"I think the best thing that happened to me through this experience was the relationships I was able to establish with people," said Carr. "We really got to know each other on a deeper level. We had regular Disciple Group meetings that led to side discussions that really helped us grow spiritually."
The spiritual emphasis at Bethel College and the opportunity to play two sports at that level, football and baseball, were the main reasons Carr decided to pursue is Biology degree there. "We're done with football practice of 6:30 or 7:00 every night which leaves enough time to get school work done and get to bed at a decent time," noted Carr. "I've really developed a cool relationship with Defensive Coordinator Jimmy Miller. He disciples me weekly and that has been so helpful. I also room with Steve Moline, who went to Hillcrest, and we have my brother Brandon, and Jared Bangs, another Fergus Falls graduate, and Luke Hansen who also went to Hillcrest, on the team. This year, Brandon is going to play Free Safety and I'm going to be the Strong Safety so that should be fun."
Carr thinks last year's champs, Concordia, and perennial favorite St. John's, will once again be battling for the top spot, but he feels that Bethel will be able to challenge them. "We have a solid nucleus of returning starters and our senior class will be full of great leaders," said Carr. "This should be a fun year."
Justin Arneson has been out of the lineup for the Class A Fort Myers Miracle since he injured his right shoulder diving for a ball in the outfield during a game on July 23. An MRI revealed no damage and Arneson is on anti-inflammatory medication and has begun a throwing program to gradually get him back in the lineup. He has experienced soreness in the shoulder on a daily basis since the injury occurred but has seen that soreness begin to subside with the treatment that has been prescribed and expects to be back in the lineup soon.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College of Fergus Falls kicks off the football season on Thursday, August 11 with an administrative day, followed by the first day of practice on Friday, August 12. Spartan Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Lloyd Danziesen is entering his twenty-third season at the helm. Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Steve King is in his thirteenth year. Community Volunteer Dave Monson is back for his twenty-second season. Monson works primarily with the running backs but assists all over the field. Defensive Line Coach Joe Barfknecht, an All Region Defensive Lineman for the 2001 State Championship Team is back for his second year on the staff. Chris Akin, a former Offensive Lineman at Oklahoma State University, is new to the staff this year as the Offensive Line Coach. Former Fergus Falls High School Head Coach Phil Link will join the Spartan staff as Linebacker Coach and will also work with the Special Teams.
Among the returning players for MSCTC are quarterback Wes Stettner and outside linebacker Benji VerSteeg from Hancock, wide receiver Chris Ohren of Ashby, wide receiver Tony Parker from Little Falls, inside linebacker Josh Didier from Osakis and defensive linemen Ryan Skwira from Holdingford and Glenn Dirksen from Maynard.
Several area players have indicated they will be attending MSCTC and will be joining the football team for the 2005 season, including five from Ottertail Central. Linebackers Derek Frederick and Will Luhning, defensive ends Jordan Pieper and John Muehlberg, and offensive lineman Zach Henry are the former Bulldogs. Detroit Lakes lineman Rich Johnston, running back Cody Rinke from Wheaton, wide receiver/tight end Andy Bramer from Verndale, Taylor Michaels of Pelican Rapids, defensive lineman Daniel Sunde of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, nose guard Matt Uttermark from Clara City, running back Anthony Carpenter from Sauk Centre and Wadena wide receiver Tyler Wolden and defensive back Darrin Sabbinash are also among the incoming freshmen from area schools.
Underwood High School football and volleyball coaches will meet with all their student athletes and their parents on Monday, August 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Underwood school. Although junior high practice will not begin until August 22, all fall athletes in grades 7 through 12 and their parent / guardian must be in attendance. Practices for junior varsity and varsity squads begin Monday, August 15. Rules and various expectations will be covered, as well as the UHS, MSHSL and insurance forms completed at this time. All physicals must be completed and forms turned in before students will be allowed to participate.
Hillcrest Activities Director Pete Campion has announced the volleyball coaching staff for the 2005 season. Former head coach Patti Zwiers will remain with the program as an Administrative Advisor for one season. Carrie Brue will take over as Head Coach. Julie Stender and Nancy Stender will serve as assistant coaches. Earlier this summer, Charlie Brue was named as head football coach, replacing Richard Risbrudt who took a job as teacher and head football coach at Fergus Falls High School. Brue will be assisted by Tim Jensen and Eric Strom with Pete Campion and Dean Erkenbrack in volunteer coaching capacities. A new Cross Country Coach, replacing Leo Zhdanovych, is yet to be named at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.
The Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding their inaugural 18-hole Golf Scramble and Business After Hours Showcase at the Pebble Lake Golf Club on Friday, August 12. A 1:00 p.m. shot gun start is scheduled for the golf event and the Business After Hours function is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. The cost to play in the tournament is eighty dollars per player or $300.00 per foursome. Business may also register to showcase their business during Business After Hours at a cost of $75. For more information call 218-736-6951 or e-mail Chamber@prtel.com .