|Monday, November 27, 2006|
|Breakdown Tip-Off Classic Features Two Area Teams|
Two area girls basketball teams will be participating in the Fourth Annual Breakdown Classic on Saturday at Rogers High School. The day long event features six games and begins at 10:00 a.m. with the final game starting at 8:00 p.m. Several Division I future college players along with defending state champions will be on hand for what should prove to be an exciting way to start the basketball season.
Number 15 in AA Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted will face number 11 in Class A Parkers Prairie at 10:00 a.m. Fulda, ranked number 1 in Class A will square off against number 3 in AAAA Minneapolis South at noon. The 2:00 p.m. game is between Barnesville, ranked fifth in AA and number 6 in AAA Cretin-Derham Hall. Number 1 in AA Winona Cotter faces number 4 AAAA Champlin Park at 4:00 p.m. Rogers, the number 3 team in AAA battles the Fergus Falls Otters, ranked sixth in AAA at 6:00 p.m. and the final game is between number 4 in AAA Becker and number 1 in AAAA Hopkins at 8:00 p.m.
The cost for admission is ten dollars for adults and eight dollars for students.
Fergus Falls Coach Dave Rund is excited about his team being involved in this event. "I sent an e-mail out last year indicating that we'd be interested in participating and they answered back saying we were in. It's quite an honor as they had well over 100 applications and we were one of the twelve teams selected." The game will be the second in two nights for the Otters who open their home season on Friday night against the Brainerd Warriors.
MSCTC-Fergus Falls basketball player Dustin Monsebroten has been named to the Third Team NJCAA Division III preseason All-American basketball team. Monsebroten, a 6' 1" guard from Newfolden, earned All-MCCC Southern Division honors in the 2005-06 season while averaging 12 points and 5 assists per game. "Dustin is extremely talented player," states Spartan Head Basketball Coach Jason Retzlaff. "He is a rare player that has the ability to score and create for his teammates. We look for him to have a great season." Monsebroten was also named a tri-captain for the Spartans who were ranked #13 in the NJCAA Division III preseason poll.
Byron Ninham, a sophomore tri-captain for the Spartans from Cass Lake-Bena High School, was named the Southern Division Player of the Week in the MCCC for the opening week of the college basketball season. In two games, Ninham averaged 16.5 points per game, pulled down 11.5 rebounds per game, had 5 blocks per game and 3.5 steals per game.
Sign-up for J.O. Volleyball for the 2007 season will be held on Monday, December 4th between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. at the Fergus Falls Middle School Commons area. Registration will be held for the following teams: 17 and under, 16 and under, 14 and under, and 12 and under, including fifth and sixth grade girls. The cost will be $50.00 for the 12 and under group, and $210.00 for the other groups. For questions contact Denise Kinder at 739-3823.
Baseball in December? That's right. Relive the glory days of Minnesota's town team baseball as Armand Peterson and Tom Tomashek present Town Ball: The Glory Days of Minnesota Amateur Baseball at the Otter Tail County Historical Museum on Wednesday, December 6, at 7:00 p.m.
Fergus Falls stunned Minnesota baseball fans when they upset the powerful Austin Packers to win the 1950 State Class AA Championship. In the days before television and the Minnesota Twins, town team baseball was the glue that held a community together and generated a great sense of pride and passion among its residents. Almost 30,000 fans flocked to Fergus Falls games that summer when 800 teams battled on diamonds across the state.
Featuring individual stories of success and defeat, hundreds of photographs, scores and statistics, Town Ball chornicles the unfolding of a fascinating period of Minnesota baseball history, a span of sixteen years beginning in 1945 and the euphoric post-war days to 1960. During this time Minnesota experienced a magical era of amateur baseball, setting records in town participation and attendance that have not been matched since.
The authors will be signing copies of Town Ball after their presentation. For more information on this program call the Museum at 218-736-6038.
The J-Club from Saint John's University announced that Bethel University senior linebacker Kirby Carr
, from Fergus Falls, has been named one of 10 finalists for the 2006 Gagliardi Trophy
as the NCAA Division III football player of the year. It has also been announced that Carr has been selected by the American Football Coaches Association to play in the 2006 Aztec Bowl
. Carr will represent Bethel on a team of 48 Division III all-stars that will travel to Mexico to battle a team of that country's top college players on December 16 in Aguascalientes, Mexico.
Carr, a four-year starter for the Bethel Royals, was also named to the All-MIAC first team for the fourth time and was named MVP of the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the first time for a defensive player since 2000, after finishing a stellar career at Bethel. Carr finished the season with 68 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 6 pass break-ups, a fumble recovery and three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. Carr showed his versatility throughout the year also playing on the offensive side rushing 14 times for 86 yards while completing 2-2 passing for 80-yards including a 52-yard touchdown pass. Carr earned MIAC Player of the Week honors five times (three times in 2006) and was a 2006 Draddy Trophy Semifinalist. Through his career he has also earned D3football.com Team of the Week honors and holds an NCAA record for scoring on a defensive PAT in consecutive weeks. He was named 2005 d3football.com 2nd team All-West Region, 2005 Don Hansen's Gazette 3rd team All-West Region, and 2006 Don Hansen's 2nd team Preseason All-American. Carr finished his career fourth on the Royal's all time tackle list recording 268 tackles.
In addition to his on-field success, Carr is a four-time Edgren Scholarship Recipient, four-time Academic/Faculty Scholarship, Member of Dean's List, 2005 CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Second Team, 2006 CoSIDA ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V First Team, and carries a 3.498 GPA.
He has served on the Student Athlete Advisory Committee for Bethel and the MIAC and has worked as a Young Life Leader and youth baseball instructor. Carr has also volunteered with Athletes in Action summer missions trips and prison ministry.
His younger brother, Brandon Carr, a junior at Bethel, was named to the All MIAC defensive team as a safety. Bethel senior defensive end Zach Danielson won the Stam Award and Bethel Head Coach Steve Johnson was named the Coach of the Year in the Conference.
|Monday, November 20, 2006|
|Walters, Kolle, Draxten, Wasiloski Among Names in the News|
To help celebrate the return to the fight scene of the Minnesota Boxing Commission, an eight-bout card was held on Friday night at Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. A couple of young men who got their boxing start in Fergus Falls, under the tutelage of the late Chuck Elliott, were on the card. Zach "Jungle Boy" Walters and Andy "Kaos" Kolle both had fights with Walters suffering his first TKO and Kolle winning by a KO for the eighth time in eleven victories.
Walters (15-2, 11 KOs) was beaten by former IBF title contender Hugo Pineda (39-3, 28 KOs). Pineda, a southpaw, dropped Walters with a technical knockout at 2:24 in the fifth of six scheduled rounds. Walters' previous loss was also to a left-handed fighter.
Kolle (11-1, 8 KOs) had no trouble with his opponent, knocking out Bobby Kliewer (1-1-1) of Maplewood at 2:18 of the second round.
Fergus Falls High School grad Troy Wasiloski, finishing up his bachelor's degree at UND, has signed a contract to play baseball this summer for the Sioux Falls Canaries of the American Association. Wasiloski was a three time All-North Central Conference selection from the University of North Dakota. He played all 41 games for the Fighting Sioux his senior year, hitting .394 with seven homers and 40 RBI. Over four years at UND, Wasiloski totaled 50 doubles, 28 homers and 140 RBI.
"We are always looking to give an opportunity to talented players form the local area," said Canaries Manager Steve Shirley. "Troy can swing the bat very well, and will have a chance to contribute to the Canaries this summer."
Wasiloski made his mark on UND baseball history. Of the twelve total offensive career categories that the Athletic Department records for Sioux baseball statistics, Wasiloski is in the top ten in six categories. He is UND's all-time leader in doubles and is in the top five in total bases, RBI and home runs.
His coach Kelvin Ziegler said, "Troy Wasiloski will go down in the UND baseball history books as one of our best players ever. I can honestly say that he was one of the most feared and respected hitters in the NCC during his college career."
A couple of other FFHS grads, Zach Stafford and Abby Barker, have both been named to the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference All-Academic Teams for the 2006 fall athletic season. To be eligible for this honor, the student-athlete must be a member of the varsity traveling team and have a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 or better. Stafford is a senior on the football team at Bemidji State University, while Barker is s sophomore on the MSU-Moorhead women's soccer team.
The Minnesota Basketball News has named the Top 100 Girls High School Players in the state of Minnesota. Fergus Falls Junior Hannah Draxten, who just made a verbal commitment to attend the University of Iowa following high school, is one of the Fab Five chosen by the magazine. That select company includes Center Janessa Wolf, a senior from Park Rapids, senior forward Tara Steinbauer of Bloomington Kennedy, sophomore guard Tayler Hill of Minneapolis South and senior Angel Robinson of St. Paul Central. Seniors Corey Lof and Hallie Hoganson of Detroit Lakes, junior Jennifer Lopez of D-G-F, senior Erica Nord of Barnesville, senior guard Tara Thielke of Hancock and freshman Sari Noga of Parkers Prairie were also among the top 100 players. The only other Central Lakes Conference player chosen by the magazine is junior guard Kayla Huether of Brainerd.
The Otter girls basketball team hosted their 25th Annual Otter Jamboree on Saturday with their 'B' team and JV squad participating. The varsity was honoring a request form last year to play in the Montevideo Jamboree.
D-G-F played Rothsay in the first match-up of the day. The Rebels posted a 41-29 victory over the Lady Tigers. D-G-F was led by Jenna Green with 16 points. Rothsay was paced by Hailey Brenden with 10 points and Kelly Lehn with six points.
Breckenridge defeated the Fergus Falls B team 12-9 in their half of basketball. A three-pointer by Margaret Wilson of the Cowgirls was the winning margin. The Otters were led by Nicole Clouse's 3 points. Coach Jeff Moon was very pleased with the defensive intensity, holding a varsity team to only twelve points in a half. "We are still searching to find some offensive fire power," Moon said.
Frazee defeated the Otter JV team 31-20. The Hornets, coached by former Otter legend Tim Swenson, overcame a late charge by the Otters and pulled out the victory. The Hornets used a 12-0 run, starting at the 8:00 minute mark, to win the game. The Otters couldn't contain Courtney Kallis as she scored 18 points and was named the FF JAM MVP. The Otters used a balanced attack with 7 out of 9 players scoring. They were led by Becca Rengel's 5 points, all coming on free throws as she was constantly driving hard to the basket.
The Otters will play in the 11th Annual Central Lakes Conference Jamboree on Saturday at the new Forestview Middle School gymnasiums in Baxter. Ten teams will be participating with a scrimmage session scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and the jamboree to start at 12:50 p.m. with Fergus Falls playing St. Cloud Tech at that time.
The season came to an end on Saturday for the Bethel University football team as they lost in the NCAA Division III playoffs, 28-21 to UW-La Crosse. The 17th-ranked Royals played the game without the MIAC's All-Time leading rusher, Phil Porta, who was injured in the victory over St. John's last week, and lost standout safety Brandon Carr from Fergus Falls, to a shoulder injury early in the game. Two Fergus Falls graduates, Jared Bangs (20 carries, 75 yards) and Kirby Carr (8 carries, 52 yards) picked up the slack in Porta's absence. Bethel fell behind 14-0, scored 21 unanswered points to go out in front 21-14, gave up the tying TD with 2:02 left in the third quarter and couldn't prevent the home team from moving ahead with a touchdown with 8:30 remaining in the game. Bethel finishes at 9-2 on the season and Kirby Carr's tremendous college football career comes to a close.
Bethel University junior safety Brandon Carr (Fergus Falls, Minn.) helped to lead Bethel and a strong defensive performance to a 28-13 win over Saint John's on Saturday, November 11th and was honored as the MIAC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance. Carr finished the afternoon with ten tackles, one pass break-up and an interception that sealed the victory for the Royals. Carr led a strong defensive effort that held the number two offense in the MIAC to 44 yards rushing on 15 carries (2.9 yards per carry) and only 44 plays of offense. This was the second week in a row where Carr had a major impact on the defensive side. The previous week Carr had two interceptions including one for a touchdown. Carr is first in the MIAC in interceptions with seven and second in passes defended with 15.
|Monday, November 13, 2006|
|Rockets to Play in Metrodome|
The Underwood Rockets trailed by 16 points going into the fourth quarter on Friday night in their Class 9-Man state quarterfinal game with Edgerton. The Rockets had a lot more fuel in the tank that the Flying Dutchmen over the final twelve minutes as they outscored their opponents 24-2 in the final quarter for a thrilling 46-40 come from behind victory. The win puts them into the semifinal round of the state playoffs and has them in an 8:00 a.m. contest Thursday against Stephen-Argyle in the Metrodome.
Both school and charter buses will be available for transportation to the dome. The cost will be eight dollars to ride a school bus and seventeen dollars to ride a charter bus. Fans may sign up until ten o'clock Wednesday morning in the Underwood School office.
Tickets to Thursday's game will be available in the Underwood School office Monday and Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tickets are priced at ten dollars for adults and seven dollars for students K through 12.
Lakes Radio will provide coverage of the game on Groovy 1020, KJJK AM, starting with the pre-game show at 7:45 a.m. The Friday semifinal between Wheaton and Cromwell will also be covered live on Groovy 1020, with an eight o'clock kickoff for that game also.
Underwood High School graduate Liz Glesne received Honorable Mention recognition to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All America Team. The junior outside hitter for Bethel University led the MIAC in kills for the second straight year and finished ranked 26th nationally in kills per game as she earned All-MIAC honors. Glesne reached her 1,000th career kill in September and now has 1,418 kills in her three seasons of play. This year Glesne finished with 574 kills good for second on Bethel's all-time single season kills list.
The College Sports Information Directors of America has named 13 MIAC football student-athletes to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V Team. Bethel University senior linebacker Kirby Carr, from Fergus Falls, was one of the individuals honored. Carr is a Biology Major, carrying a 3.49 GPA. Top student-athletes from non-Division I programs in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ontario and Manitoba are eligible for inclusion on the district team. Student-athletes must have a grade-point average above 3.20 and have outstanding athletic credentials.
The Fergus Falls players on the Bethel roster made important contributions to the Royals in their 28-13 win over St. John's University on Saturday in Collegeville. The win enabled the Royals to share the MIAC title with the Johnnies and earn an automatic berth into the Division III playoffs.
Filling in for an injured Phil Porta, Fergus Falls graduate Jared Bangs ran for 76 yards on 14 carries, including a 14 yard touchdown run with 2:23 left in the game to give Bethel a 28-13 lead. Another FFHS grad, Brandon Carr, picked off his league leading seventh interception of the season with 1:22 remaining in the game. Carr also had a team high ten tackles on the day and had a pass break-up. Kirby Carr finished the day with 3 tackles, and former Hillcrest Comet Luke Hansen grabbed one pass for eight yards. Bethel will play at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse on Saturday in the first round of the playoffs.
|Wednesday, November 8, 2006|
|Spartan Buddies are Back, Bethel Goes to 8-1|
The 19th Annual Spartan Basketball Buddy Clinic will be held on Saturday, November 18th and Sunday, November 19th at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls.
The popular clinic is open to boys and girls in grades one through six. Members of the 2006-2007 Spartan Men's and Women's Basketball teams will be in uniform, demonstrating and teaching basketball fundamentals.
Participants will receive a Buddy T-shirt, which will allow them free admission to every Spartan home game, and a newly designed Spartan Buddy Basketball. The Buddies will also perform at halftime of the Women's home opener, scheduled for Tuesday, November 21st against Itasca Community College at 6:00 p.m.
Session 'A' times will be from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. on Saturday and from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday. Session 'B' times will be from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon on Saturday and from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. The cost is $15.00 per person and enrollment is limited to the first one hundred kids.
For more information, or to sign up, contact Jason Retzlaff at (218) 736-1618 or Ann Williams at (218) 736-1621.
Spartan freshman outside hitter Nikki Kneisl has been named to the All-Region 13 Tournament team. Kneisl was also selected to the MCCC All-State second team.
Former Otters Kirby Carr, Brandon Carr and Jared Bangs all played significant roles in Bethel University's 48-21 win over Augsburg last Saturday. Brandon had two interceptions, returning one 45 yards for a TD, broke up four passes and made four tackles. Kirby had five tackles, forced a fumble and threw a 52 yard TD pass to Kyle Lee. Jared scored a touchdown on a 34 yard run from scrimmage. Bangs carried the ball five times for 58 yards.
Bethel is now 8-1 overall and 6-1 in MIAC play. They will play St. John's University for the MIAC title and an automatic bid to the Division III Playoffs on Saturday at one o'clock in Collegeville.
|Monday, November 6, 2006|
|Rockets at Home Friday|
The Underwood Rockets will face the Edgerton Flying Dutchmen in the 9-Man quarterfinals on Friday at 7:00 p.m. in Underwood. Both teams are 10-1 on the season and both teams were 28-14 winners in their Section championship games. The Rockets beat Verndale to claim Section 4 and Edgerton beat Westbrook-Walnut Grove in Section 2.
In the final Associated Press poll of the season, Edgerton is rated sixth and Underwood eighth. In the QRF ratings, found on www.Minnesota-Score.com
, Edgerton is ranked ninth and Underwood sixth. No matter how you slice it, this game should be a close one.
Tickets for the game are available during school hours through four o'clock Thursday at the Underwood School office. Admission prices are seven dollars for adults and five dollars for students. Advance sales are encouraged so there isn't such a delay at the gates prior to kickoff on Friday. The game will be broadcast live on AM 1250, KBRF.
In a press release from Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls, Jerome Migler, Interim Provost at MSCTC-FF, announces an investigation is underway in response to an incident on the field at a recent home football game with Minnesota West Community and Technical College.
With just over four minutes remaining in the game, an altercation began between a player from MSCTC and a player from the opposing team, near the Minnesota West sideline. The situation escalated and players from both teams joined in the melee.
"Like all Spartan fans, students, parents, alumni, faculty and staff, I am deeply disappointed to see this lack of sportsmanship and self control from our student athletes," Dr. Migler said. "The college must protect the confidentiality of those involved and respect the privacy of our students and faculty. At the same time, I assure you that appropriate corrective action, as set by existing college policy, will be taken."
Fergus Falls seniors Samantha Revering and Kacey Franklin have been chosen to participate in the North Central Volleyball All Star Series in Bemidji on November 18th and 19th.
Revering, a 5'8"outside hitter for the Otters, played in only ten matches this season due to a high ankle sprain that sidelined her for half the season. She was still able to record 100 kills in 238 attempts and had 81 digs. She was an All Conference selection in the Central Lakes Conference and was voted the Otters Outstanding Player.
"Sam plays the game of volleyball with her whole heart and soul," said Fergus Falls Head Coach Renee Erickson. "She is the leader of our team and her drive and determination are very admirable."
Franklin, a 5-7 libero, averaged 12.4 digs per match, giving her a total of 248 for the season. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is planning on attending either NDSU or UND.
"Kacey is an extremely hard worker, with a desire for success," stated Erickson. "She's dedicated to being the best defensive player on the floor."
There are eight teams participating in the All Star Series, four Silver and four Red teams. Revering and Franklin are members of the Silver I team.
The World Chang Moo Kwan Taekwondo Championships will be held on Saturday at the Fargo Civic Auditorium. This event is hosted by the International Black Belt Federation, with headquarters in Moorhead, Minnesota, and is sanctinoed by the World Chang Moo Kwan located in Seoul, South Korea. Over 1,000 participants will compete in pattern and sparring events, with several area Taekwondo students taking part.
Guests coming from Korea include Great Grand Master Soon Bae Kim, the head of World Chang Moo Kwan, Grand Master Joong Young Kim, President of World Chang Moo Kwan, and Grand Master Sank Ki Lee, General Secretary of World Chang Moo Kwan. Grand Master Moo Yong Yun of Fargo, North Dakota, the founder of the International Black Belt Federation, will also be a guest.
The event boasts martial arts and Taekwondo at its very best and it gets started at nine o'clock Saturday morning.
|Wednesday, November 1, 2006|
|Twins President Speaks to Noon Kiwanis|
State Representative Bud Nornes was responsible for the October guest speakers at the meetings of the Fergus Falls Noon Kiwanis club. He hit a home run with the appearance of Minnesota Twins President Dave St. Peter on Tuesday at the weekly luncheon at the Fergus Falls YMCA. Nornes has worked closely with St. Peter since his days as a radio station owner and general manager, and most recently in the Twins pursuit of a new ballpark with the Minnesota legislature.
"With the leadership of people like Representative Nornes and Senator Cal Larson, we were able to get the ballpark issue resolved after ten years of searching for a workable solution," St. Peter told the large audience at Tuesday's gathering. "The plan put before us by Hennepin County, along with the diligent efforts of the legislature, has made it a reality."
In his position as team President, St. Peter is primarily responsible for the business side of the organization, including the formation of an operating budget. It's his job to generate revenue on the business side to pour into the baseball side to help piece together the team which the Twins field every season. He works closely with General Manager Terry Ryan and his boss is Jerry Bell.
"We had a great year on the field with a total of 96 wins, third highest in all of baseball, and we had the second youngest team in the major leagues," noted St. Peter. "The only disappointing part of the year was our play in the post season."
St. Peter continued, "Fan interest in the team is strong. We drew 2.4 million to the ballpark, our highest single season attendance since 1992. In fact, baseball had another record setting year with more people than every before, attending baseball games. The game is much healthier today that it ever has been."
St. Peter said the Twins would most likley concentrate their efforts on finding a starting pitcher during the off season. With the retirement of Brad Radke and the uncertainty of Francisco Liriano, the starting pitching is a question mark. He also said the Twins were excercising their option of 4.5 million dollars on right handed starter Carlos Silva, who had a disappointing 2006 season.
"We need his innings," said St. Peter. "Hopefully he'll bounce back with a better year in '07."
He also announced that listeners along the Twins Radio Network, which included KJJK AM in Fergus Falls, would be happy to know that Twins broadcaster John Gordon and his partner Dan Gladden, have been signed to new broadcast deals. Negotiations with Herb Carneal will be held following hip surgery for the Hall of Fame broadcaster.
In a related story, John Gordon, Dick Bremer
and Bert Blyleven
are all in the running to be enshrined at Cooperstown, N.Y., as candidates for the 2007 Ford C. Frick Award.
Presented annually since 1978 for excellence in baseball broadcasting, the Ford C. Frick Award is given to an active or retired broadcaster with a minimum of 10 years of continuous Major League broadcast service with a ballclub, network or a combination of the two. Fans will have the opportunity to vote for up to three of the nearly 200 broadcasters eligible for consideration for the 2007 Ford C. Frick Award. Bios of each candidate can be found at the Hall of Fame's official Web site. Fans are allowed to vote once daily. Results will be announced when voting concludes, though updates will not be provided during the voting. The fan selections, along with the full ballot of 10 candidates, will be announced on December 6.