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Monday, October 30, 2006
Local Athletes Honored as MIAC Athletes of the Week
Bethel University had two athletes honored as MIAC Athletes of the Week this past week.  Junior outside hitter Liz Glesne, who starred for the Underwood Rockets in high school, has been named the MIAC Volleyball Hitter of the Week, and for the fourth time this season, former Fergus Falls High school standout Kirby Carr, a senior linebacker at Bethel University, has earned the MIAC Defensive Player of the Week award. 
 
Glesne led the Royals to a 3-2 week with a conference win over Macalester and wins over Lakeland and UW-Superior, and losses to UW-River Falls and UW-Eau Claire. Glesne gave the Royals a chance at the final MIAC playoff spot leading all players with a 28 kill performance (in 4 games) versus the Scots on Wednesday night, while also tallying 9 digs, 3 blocks, and 3 aces. Glesne tallied 75 more kills and 33 digs on the weekend at the UW-River Falls Tournament, averaging 5.36 kills per game and 2.36 digs per game in the four matches. She was named to the six-player All-Tournament team, her third such honor this season. Glesne completed the 2006 season with 574 kills to bring her career total to 1418 kills, and led the MIAC in conference play in kills per game. Stats for the week: 3-2 team record, 18 games, 103 kills (5.72 kills/game), 40 errors, 266 total attacks, .237 hitting percentage, 5 aces, 42 digs (2.33 digs/game), 9 assisted blocks, (.5 blocks/game).
 
Carr helped lead Bethel and a dominating defense to an impressive 35-0 win over Hamline on Saturday.  Carr continued his strong season finishing the afternoon with seven tackles, 1.0 Tackle For Loss, one pass break-up, and an interception, which he returned 52 yards for his second defensive touchdown of the year.  All this happened while the Bethel defense held the Pipers to only 47 offensive plays and only 3 series out of 12 that went more than four downs.  Carr was instrumental in a Royal defense that also held Hamline to only 72 rushing yards on 25 carries (2.9 yards per carry) and 78 passing yards for 150 yards of total offense.  The Carr led defense has yet to allow a team to rush for more than 100 yards all season.  Carr also played on the offensive side of the ball rushing two times for 11 yards.  He is currently second in the MIAC in Tackles for Loss with 12.5, fourth in sacks with 5.5 and sixth in tackles with 7.2 a games.  This is the sixth time in eight games that the Royals have held their opponent to under 200 yards of total offense. 
 
The Concordia College women's volleyball team completed a perfect MIAC regular season with a win over St. Ben's last week, finishing 11-0 in conference play.
 
The Cobbers have won the MIAC regular season championship for the first time in program history and secured home court advantage throughout the conference tournament.  Concordia will try to capture the league double by winning both the regular season and the playoff tournament titles in the same year, a feat they have never accomplished before. 
 
Former Hillcrest player Abby Scheel continues to play well for the Cobbers with 94 blocks, second best on the team, and the sixth highest kill total, 95.  Scheel is averaging 1.15 blocks per game, again, second on the squad.
 
The Cobbers will host St. Thomas or Hamline in the conference semifinals on Thursday night. 

The University of Minnesota women's golf team captured the 2006 DeBary Intercollegiate championship by one shot over second place Mercer Monday at the par 72, 6,078-yard DeBary Country Club. The team is coached by Fergus Falls High School graduate Katie (Weiss) Hanneman
 
Freshman Christine Herzog, a 2006 Detroit Lakes High School graduate, tied for 13th at 8-over 152. This was the final event of the fall season for the Gophers. They resume play in February at the Lady Puerto Rico Classic.
 
 
 
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Saturday, October 21, 2006
Carr Semifinalist for 2006 Draddy Trophy
Bethel College senior Kirby Carr is one of three MIAC football student-athletes named as semifinalists for the 2006 Draddy Trophy.  One of college football's most sought after and competitive awards, the Draddy Trophy recognizes an individual as the absolute best in the country for his combined academic success, football performance and exemplary community leadership.
 
Carr, an outside linebacker for the Royals, has been a consistent contributor to the team both on and off the field.  Kirby is a standout two-sport athlete, also participating as a member of the Bethel baseball team, but is more importantly a leader in the classroom and community.  As a three-time All-MIAC performer in both football and baseball, Carr carries a 3.498 GPA as a biology major and has worked for organizations such as Young Life and Athletes in Action.  On the field, he has been named MIAC Player of the Week two times this season (four times overall) while leading one of the top defenses in the nation.  He has recorded 44 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, one forced fumble and two interceptins, one for a touchdown.  Carr currently ranks ninth in tackles, first in TFL and second in sacks in the MIAC this season while also ranking sixth all-time at Bethel in career tackles with 244.
 
The other two MIAC candidates are Saint John's linebacker Jamie Steffensmeier and St. Thomas wide receiver P.J. Theisen.
 
There will be a fan bus taken to Sartell on Tuesday for the Fergus Falls High School football playoff game against the Sabres.  The motorcoach will load at 4:15 p.m. and leave at 4:30 p.m. from the lower middle school parking lot near the tennis courts.  The cost is $20.00 per person with a $50.00 maximum per family.  Contact Sherri Money at 736-2519 or e-mail her at bmoney@prtel.com.  
 
West Central Area Knights senior linebacker, Mitch Ronhovde, has now made more tackles than any player in WCA football history, dating back to 1993 when the school was formed.  Ronhovde broke the record in the Knights 24-8 win over DGF on October 13th.  Only five players have recorded over 200 career tackles for WCA.  They include Ronhovde with 271, Dan Mashek (2003) with 247, Mark Reiner (2001) with 238, Shane Wevley (1996) with 233 and Elliot Richards (2004) with 211.
 
Hillcrest boys soccer coach Rod Jensen attended a meeting on Sunday night in the Twin Cities which determined the quarterfinal round pairings for the Class A State Tournament, which begins on Wednesday.  The eight Section champions were seeded by the coaches to pair them up for the first round games.  Hillcrest received the number five seed and will play fourth seeded Rochester Lourdes at seven o'clock Wednesday night at Irondale High School in New Brighton.  The game will be broadcast live on AM 1250, KBRF.
 
Recently, the ice machine in the Fergus Falls High School athletic department broke down.  A new machine was bought through the generous contributions of the DIstrict 544 Foundation, the Otter Coaches Association and various booster clubs.  Activities Director Gary Schuler and the Otter athletic teams would like to thank these groups for their financial help with this project.
 
The first ever Hunter's Expo is coming to Dalton on Wednesday, November 1st from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Zion-Sarpsborg Lutheran Church, located on the North side of Dalton on County Road 35.  There will be seminars and wild game tasting, highlighted by the appearance of TV-radio host, and outdoor outreach biologist Doug Leier.  Doug appears weekly on Outdoor Adventures on CBS TV in Fargo, WDAY TV, and also monthly on KVLY's "The Valley Today".  He also hosts "Outdoor Live" heard on many radio stations across Minnesota and North Dakota.
 
The seminars will be hosted by local outdoor experts on bow hunting (Todd Finkelson, Ashby), rack scoring (Chuck Vukonich, Fergus Falls), taxidermy (Rob Westby, Dalton), venison processing (Ron Buse, Evansville), clothing and gun cleaning tips (Dalton Outdoors), and deer hunting tips (Dick Anderson, Underwood).  All of the seminars should help area hunters with their preparation for the 2006 deer opener.  Local conservation officers will also be on hand to answer questions.
 
In addition to the seminars there will be wild game tasting including venison chili, bear roast, elk, pheasant, duck, sandhill crane, geese, buffalo, moose, caribou, and fish, including halibut and smoked salmon.  There will also be door prizes for both kids and adults.  The event is free and the whole family is invited.  For further information you can call the church office at 218-589-8909.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, October 12, 2006
Carr Earns Second Athlete of the Week Award
Former Fergus Falls standout athlete Kirby Carr, now a senior at Bethel College, has earned his second MIAC Athlete of the Week Award during the 2006 season.  Carr was named the Defensive Player of the Week for helping the Royals to a 40-0 win over Gustavus last Saturday.
 
Carr continued his strong season with five tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, one pass break-up and an interception which set up the Royals final score of the game.  Kirby was instrumental in a Bethel defense that also held Gustavus to only 37 rushing yards on 26 carries and 88 yards of total offense.  He also played on the offensive side of the ball, making two receptions for four yards and also rushing two times for nine yards.
 
Carr is currently second in the MIAC in sacks with five, and leads the conference in tackles for loss with 11.5. 
 
Former Fergus Falls High School hockey defenseman Isaac Vatnsdal is a member of the Northern Lights hockey club of the Minnesota Junior Hockey League.  The team is located in Bloomington and they are currently tied for first place with the Wisconsin Mustangs with nine points and a record of 4-3-0 with one overtime loss.  In five games, Vatnsdal has three assists and has served eight penalty minutes.
 
Alyssa Johnson begins her sophomore season as a member of the UND Women's Hockey team.  The Fighting Sioux are off to a 2-0 start and will play in Duluth this weekend against UMD.  Johnson had five assists in 33 games as a defenseman last season.
 
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, October 9, 2006
Post Season Begins for Fall Athletics
The post season has arrived for Fall athletics.  Soccer and tennis are the first two sports to get their playoffs underway.  Some sections have already had a few tennis matches completed and soccer games are scheduled to begin on Thursday around the state.
 
The Fergus Falls boys soccer team plays in Section 8AA and their seeding was announced on Monday with St. Cloud Apollo getting number one, Brainerd number two, St. Cloud Tech number three and Elk River number four.  Those top seeds will all get a first round home game on Saturday, October 14. 
 
Fergus Falls was seeded fifth and will play at Elk River at a time to be determined on Saturday.  Sixth-seeded Bemidji will travel to St. Cloud to face Tech, while number seven Moorhead will play in Brainerd.  St. Cloud Apollo will play the winner of the Buffalo at Alexandria match up, which will be played on Thursday in Alexandria.  The regular season game between the Otters and Cardinals that was scheduled for Thursday has been canceled.
 
Section 8A seeding results will be announced on Wednesday.  The Otter girls, Hillcrest girls and Hillcrest boys are all in 8A.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, October 4, 2006
Stafford Honored and More
Fergus Falls High School graduate Zach Stafford, now a starting defensive lineman as a junior at Bemidji State University, was named the NSIC Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts last Saturday in BSU's 25-22 win over Northern State.  Stafford had five tackles, 3 solo stops, with three tackles-for-loss and two sacks in the game.  The Beavers are 4-1 overall and 30-0 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
 
Another former Otter, Tanya Hensch, playing volleyball at the University of Mary, led the Marauders last week in their loss at Concordia of St. Paul and their win at Upper Iowa.  Hensch hit .302 for the week with 19 kills, had two digs and a block.
 
Nikki Kneisl, outside hitter for Minnesota State Community and Technical College of Fergus Falls, has been named the Southern Division Player of the Week for September 25 through September 30.  Kneisl had 18 kills, 40 digs, and 5 ace blocks in two conference wins against Anoka-Ramsey and Rochester.
 
Good friend Chris Wasberg and I were at Bethel College in Arden Hills on Saturday to watch the Royals play St. Thomas.  One of the things I never get to do enough of is to watch former area high school athletes compete at the next level.  Seems like I'm always covering high school events for radio or my website when they play their games.  Well, last Saturday worked out and it was great to see Kirby Carr, Brandon Carr, Luke Hansen and Jared Bangs playing for Bethel in their 17-7 homecoming win.  These guys are quality football players, but more importantly they are quality young men.  Thanks to former Otter boys basketball coach Bob Bjorklund, the Athletic Director at Bethel, for his hospitality!  Bob obviously enjoys the Fergus Falls connection and the opportunity he has to keep in touch with people from his old home area.  It was a perfect fall afternoon for football, played in a beautiful setting at Bethel.
 
John Ouren, what's up?  Two Double Eagles in one season!?!?!?  That may be more unique than two holes-in-one by one person in one golf season!!  John did it for the second time on October 1 (Rod Carew's 61st birthday by the way) at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls.  He hit a driver and then a pitching wedge on the 522 yard fifth hole (that's right, I said driver and pitching wedge), and the feat was witnessed by Chuck Hyslop, Steve Lundeen and Gene Shuck.  Johnny O got his previous deuce on the 520 yard 14th hole on August 29.
 
MSCTC Fergus Falls football has forfeited their win against the Hibbing Cardinals in a game played on Saturday, September ninth.  The forfeit resulted from a football player dropping a class, lowering his credit total below the required 12 credit full time status requirement.  The Spartans have a BYE week this week and travel to Central Lakes College in Brainerd on Saturday, October 14th.
 
The Fergus Falls Gymnastics Academy will be having a Tailgating Party Fundraiser before the Homecoming Football game on Friday, October 6th, in the Upper Parking Lot of the Middle School.  Serving will start at 5:15 p.m. with hot dog meals available for three dollars and hamburger meals for $3.50.  All proceeds will benefit the Fergus Falls Gymnastics Academy and the High School Gymnastics programs.
 
Registration for Hillcrest Saturday Morning Basketball will be held this Saturday, October 7th from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the HLA Activities Center.  All girls and boys in grades 1-6 from Fergus Falls and the surrounding area are welcome to register.  The fee is $35.00 with all first year players receiving a free jersey at the first practice session on October 21st.  The Boys Program Director will be John Weisenberger who has ten years of varsity coaching experience and has been on the staff of three North Dakota state championship teams.  He also has 20 years experience as a volunteer coach.  The Girls Program Director will be Missy Isaac, a multiple record holder in Hillcrest Girls Basketball with the top game shooting percentage, and the high point scorer for an individual game.  She played on the best team (17-2) in HLA Girls BB history and will be serving as JV coach this coming season.  For more information you can call 739-3371. 
 
Congratulations to Brandon Goltz of the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks.  The former Otter and Spartan has been selected as the Rookie Pitcher of the Year in the Northern League.  Goltz appeared in 19 games for the RedHawks, including 18 starts, while compiling a 9-2 record with a 3.47 ERA.  At the end of the season he had the league's eighth lowest earned run average, having allowed 41 earned runs in 106.1 innings of work.  Goltz held opposing batters to a .234 batting average and collected 56 strikeouts.  Goltz is the second FM player in three years to have earned the honor.  Current teammate Mike Peschel received the same award in 2004.
Posted By Craig Olson
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