|Monday, October 29, 2007|
There is a new feature on www.craigolsonsports.com
and it is sponsored by Pizza Ranch, a great place to take your whole family!! The feature is called the 'Team of the Week' and like the 'Athlete of the Week' it will honor an area team for their performance the previous week. Teams selected in a particular month will go into an end of the month drawing for a pizza party at Pizza Ranch. We're looking forward to recognizing these deserving team in this new feature. It will run during the school year, September through May.
The Perham Yellowjackets were incredible at the Section 8A cross country meet last Friday in Hawley. The Perham boys won the team title by 37 points over Staples-Motley and will be making their sixth straight appearance in the Class A State meet at Northfield College in St. Olaf on Saturday, November 3rd. Kevin Lachowitzer won the boys individual race, claiming his second straight title. Rounding out the Perham top seven and all making the All-Section team, top 15 in the section, were Eddie Stenger (3rd), Justin Tellinghuisen (5th), Sam Stoll (7th), Keith Schornack (11th), Parker Carignan (14th) and Alex Barney (15th). The Perham boys are ranked at the top of the Class A team poll. Lachowitzer is rated second and Stenger fourth in the individual rankings.
The Perham girls will make their fifth straight state meet appearance and hope to improve on last year's 4th place finish. They head into next week ranked 2nd in the state. Abby Anderson and Maddie McClellan continue to give a solid 1-2 performance for the 'Jackets finishing 2nd (15:04) and 3rd (15:05), respectively. They are currently ranked fifth and seventh in the state individual rankings. Rounding out the top 5 and making the All-Section team were Cassie Beseman 11th (16:18), Maddie Covington 12th (16:24), and Alli Januszewski 13th (16:25). Their 6th and 7th runners showed that every teammate counts, both passing a number of runners in the final stretch including the Staples-Motley 5th runner, which eventually gave Perham a one point victory over the third ranked team in the state. Perham was first with 38 and the Cardinals had 39. They both qualified for state meet next weekend in St. Olaf.
Coach Jeff Morris was named Section 8A coach of the year for the boys for the 2nd straight year and his wife, Assistant Coach Kay Morris was named the Section Assistant Coach of the year.
Pelican Rapids senior Kristin Westby qualified for her fifth straight trip to the state meet, placing seventh with a time of 15:53.58. Their will be a send-off for Westby in the Pelican Rapids High School gym on Friday morning. The top two teams and top ten individuals qualified for the state meet.
|Tuesday, October 23, 2007|
|VanWechel a Champion|
Former Fergus Falls High School Cross Country and Track and Field athlete Anna VanWechel won the women's individual championship at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference cross country meet on Saturday in Winona. Her time of 22:34.5 was over 14 seconds better than the second place time.
VanWechel's team, the MSU-Moorhead Dragons, won the team title with 50 points, finishing five points ahead of Wayne State of Nebraska. The Dragons entered the meet tied for 25th in the country in the Division II rankings, while Wayne State was ranked twelfth.
Freshman hitter Krista Shaikoski of the MSCTC-Fergus Falls Lady Spartans was named the Southern Division Player of the Week in the Minnesota Community College Conference for the week of October 8-13. In two huge division wins, Shaikoski had 25 kills, 8 blocks and was 29-for-31 on the serving line with a pair of aces.
Sophomore co-captain Lisa Gorr was recognized as MCCC Southern Division Player of the Week for the week of October 15-20. In their division win over Rochester and the Lady Spartans second place finish at the Crossover Tournament in Brainerd, Gorr contributed 33 kills and 28 digs. She was also 50-for-51 on the serving line and 50-for-52 on serve receive.
The Lady Spartans finished second in the Southern Division standings and will open play in the MCCC State Volleyball Tournament on Friday at Ridgewater College in Willmar. Ridgewater is first in the South and is currently ranked first in the NJCAA Division III National poll. Anoka-Ramsey and Rochester were the third and fourth place teams in the South.
Central Lakes, ranked second in the nation, is the top seed from the Northern Division, followed by Northland, Mesabi Range and Hibbing.
Pool play will be held on Friday and Saturday with the Spartans scheduled to face Rochester at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Mesabi Range at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Central Lakes at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The top two teams in each pool will move into championship semifinal play beginning at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, while the bottom two teams in each pool will play in the consolation round beginning at nine o'clock Sunday morning.
The schedule is out for the 2007 Breakdown Girls Basketball Tip Off Classic which is set for Friday, November 30th and Saturday, December 1st at the Fergus Falls High School gymnasium.
On Friday, Albany and Crookston will square off at 6:00 p.m., followed by Fergus Falls and Park of Cottage Grove at 7:45 p.m. The FM Acro Team will perform at halftime of the Fergus Falls game.
On Saturday, six games are on the schedule, beginning with Mountan-Iron Buhl against Ada-Borup at 11:00 a.m., D-G-F and Albany at 12:45 p.m., Crookston and Park of Cottage Grove at 2:30 p.m., Rogers and Lakeville North at 4:15 p.m., Moorhead and Centennial at 6:00 p.m. and the Otters against Becker at 7:45 p.m.
The event will feature some of the best teams and players in Minnesota, including home grown Hannah Draxten who is headed to the University of Iowa following her senior year of high school. Draxten is one of six Division I recruits who will be playing in this event.
|Saturday, October 20, 2007|
|Bison Live Up to Top Billing|
I just got done listening to the Bison-Gopher football game. What a great win for NDSU, 27-21 over the U of M. The FCS Coaches had the Bison ranked number one again this week and they are certainly right about that. NDSU is now 7-0 and have reached another historic milestone for their program, beating a Big Ten opponent for the first time in school history. Congratulations to Coach Craig Bohl and his squad.
NDSU racked up 585 yards of total offense on the day, including 394 yards rushing and a new single game rushing record set by Tyler Roehl. The Gophers had 307 yards on offense, 125 on the ground and 182 through the air.
Bison defensive back Kyle Belmont, a 2005 Battle Lake High School graduate and member of the Ottertail Central Bulldogs, is having a great year for NDSU. He is their second leading tackler and has three pass break-ups to his credit. Belmont is just a sophomore and I'm sure he's enjoying this tremendous ride and being a part of Bison football history.
It will be interesting to see what excuses Sid Hartman has tomorrow!
The Spartan football team will close out their season with a 12:00 noon kickoff next Saturday, October 27, against Fon du Lac Tribal and Community College from Cloquet. The game was originally scheduled for a 1:30 start but has been moved up to the earlier start.
MSCTC-Fergus Falls had to forfeit their win over Northland due to the use of an ineligible player. The Spartans self reported the violation once it was discovered.
Freshman wide receiver Garin Gardner from Baltimore, Maryland was named the Minnesota Community College Conference Southern Division Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in a 29-26 loss to Central Lakes in Brainerd on Saturday, October 13. Gardner caught 7 passes for 156 yards, including touchdown receptions of 42, 24, and 51 yards. For the season, Gardner has 31 catches and has averaged an impressive 21.5 yards per catch. He also leads the state with ten touchdown receptions this season.
The high school football playoffs are set. First round action begins on Tuesday night. The Fergus Falls Otters can thank St. Cloud Apollo for helping them land a home game as the Eagles won for the first time all season on Wednesday night when they beat the Rocori Spartans. That means that the Otters will host the Spartans at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday on the Otter Stadium field in the Section 8AAAA quarterfinals. The winner will travel to Detroit Lakes for a semifinal encounter with the top seeded Lakers. Other first round games have Little Falls (#7) at Sartell-St. Stephen (#2) and Apollo (#6) at Sauk Rapids-Rice (#3).
In Section 8AAA, the Perham Yellowjackets received the number two seed and will host Pequot Lakes at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at Ted Meinhover Field in Perham. Thief River Falls earned the top seed and will entertain East Grand Forks in their quarterfinal contest. Other first round matchups include Warroad (#6) at Roseau (#3) and Crookston (#5) at Park Rapids Area (#4).
In Section 8AA, top-seeded Hawley will open at home against Bagley, while number two Pelican Rapids hosts Frazee. Barnesville/Rothsay (#3) will be home to Pine River-Backus (#6) and D-G-F (#4) will host United North Central.
The quarterfinal round of Section 6AA features Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (#8) at Breckenridge (#1), Morris Area (#5) at West Central Area (#4), Wadena-Deer Creek (#6) at Ottertail Central (#3) and Holdingford (#7) at Pierz (#2).
In Section 4 9-Man, top seeded Verndale has a first round bye. Bertha-Hewitt (#5) is at Hillcrest (#4), Underwood (#6) travels to Eagle Bend to face Eagle Valley (#3) and Brandon/Evansville (#7) is at Ashby (#2).
In Section 5 9-Man, top seeded Wheaton will host Lincoln HI/Lake Benton, Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross (#4) is home to Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (#5), second seeded Westbrook/Walnut Grove entertains Hancock (#7) and Edgerton (#3) opens at home against Hills-Beaver Creek/Ellsworth (#6).
Tuesday night winners advance to the section semifinal round on Saturday, while the losers will have their season come to an end.
In high school volleyball, Fergus Falls is the number one seed in the South half of Section 8AA. They will open up at home against Pelican Rapids at seven o'clock Thursday night. Breckenridge (#5) travels to play Staples-Motley (#4), Wadena-Deer Creek (#2) is home to Frazee (#7) and the Perham Yellowjackets (#3) will host Detroit Lakes (#6).
D-G-F is the number one seed in the North half of Section 8AA and will take on Walker-Hackensach-Akeley in their first tournament contest. Crookston (#4) is home to Roseau (#5), Park Rapids Area (#7) will visit Warroad (#2) and East Grand Forks (#3) is at home against Thief River Falls (#6).
Pigtail games Monday in Section 6A will included North sub-section contests between Barnesville (#9) and Lake Park-Audubon (#8) in Audubon, Rothsay (#10) at Ulen-Hitterdal (#7), and Waubun (#11) and New York Mills (#6). In the South half of Section 6A, Battle Lake (#9) plays at Brandon/Evansville (#8), Hillcrest (#12) visits West Central Area (#5), Henning (#11) travels to Parkers Prairie (#6) and Underwood (#7) is home to Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (#10).
|Wednesday, October 17, 2007|
|Walters Wins Again, 20 Years of Spartan Buddies|
Zach Walters improved his record to 20-2 overall with 15 knockouts when he stopped Ali Supreme in the second round of their fight on Saturday night at the Mortorelli Gym. Supreme is a 2005 NABF Cruiserweight champion.
"I expected Supreme to be more of a counter puncher and tentative boxer, but instead he marched right out at the first bell with a strong attack," said Walters. "My plan was to pick my shots, jab, and move during the opening rounds, but I found out early on that was not the correct strategy."
Halfway through the first round Zach caught him with a left hook that wobbled him backward. A few exchanges later he dropped Supreme with a left hook, right hand combination. He beat the count but as the bell rung Walters had him backed up in the corner again with a good flurry. It was more of the same in the second round. About one minute into the round Walters caught Supreme with another left hook that sent him back to the corner where Walters dropped him with a follow-up combination. Again, he beat the count, but Zach jumped right back on him and finished the job. Supreme went down, stood up to resume the fight, but the referee had seen enought and called a halt to the bout.
"My summary is that I did a lot more fighting than boxing," Walters said. "My old scrappy self got the best of me and I brawled out a tough win. I may have made it a tougher night than it had to be by neglecting some of my strengths, but what counts is that I earned another win against a good opponent. The 2,400 fans in attendance seemed to thorougly enjoy the fight and I look forward to more good fights in the future."
The 20th Annual Spartan Basketball Buddy Clinic is scheduled for Saturday, November 3 and Sunday, November 4 at the Spartan Gymnasium at MSCTC-Fergus Falls. The clinic is open to boys and girls from kindergarten through sixth grade. The cost is fifteen dollars for two sessions of fundamental basketball instruction from the Spartan coaches and players. The cost includes a Buddy T-shirt, newly designed size 5 Baden Glow bsketball and free Buddy admission to all Spartan Women's and Men's home games, just by wearing their Buddy T-shirt.
Session A will run 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, while Session B runs from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday and from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Sunday. Buddies will also perform at halftime of the Men's game against Mayville State JV on Thursday, November 8. Game time is 7:00 p.m. with the performance at approximatley 7:30 p.m.
For more information you can contact Jason Retzlaff at 736-1618 or Ann Williams at 736-1621. Registration forms are available at the Spartan Men's basketball office at the Fergus Falls campus of MSCTC. Enrollment is limited to the first 100 elementary students.
|Tuesday, October 9, 2007|
|Perham CC Teams, Runners, Ranked Among the Best|
The Perham boys cross country team is still ranked number one in the Class A state rankings. Seniors Kevin Lachowitzer, Eddie Stenger and Justin Tellinghuisen are ranked second, third and fifth individually.
Donny Wasinger, a senior at Winona Cotter is the top ranked runner in the state for the second straight week. Wasinger overtook Lachowitzer in the individual rankings last week.
Following Perham in the team rankings are Plainview-Elgin-Millville, Holy Family, Long Prairie/Grey Eagle, Minnehaha Academy, Adrian, Byron, St. James, USC/AC and St. Anthony Village.
The Perham girls are ranked second in the state, behind top ranked Adrian. Fairmont is third, followed by Rochester Lourdes, Staples-Motley, Holy Family, LaCrescent, Park Rapids, Mankato Loyola and St. Cloud Cathedral.
Junior Linda Keller of Paynesville Area is the top ranked individual, with junior Naomi Landecker of Staples-Motley second and eighth-grader Marissa Janning of Watertown-Mayer third. Perham sophomore Abby Anderson is ranked fourth and classmate Maddie McClellan is ranked sixth.
Registration for the Fergus Falls Backcourt Club 2007-2008 Saturday Basketball season is set for Saturday, October 13th from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Senior High Gymnasium Foyer. All boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grade who live within and/or attend any of the schools (private, public or home schooled) within the boundaries of the Fergus Falls school district are eligible to participate in the program.
Cost of the program is $25.00 for kindergarten through second graders and $45.00 for third through eighth graders with a $90.00 maximum per family. Brand new uniforms are included in the cost this year with all third through eighth graders receiving both a jersey and shorts. All seventh graders will receive a new leather basketball, compliments of the Backcourt Club.
Practice dates for kindergarten to second grade will be October 27th through December 8th and practice dates for third through eighth graders will be October 27th through January 26th. Practices will be held at varying sites depending on grade level. Sites include McKinley Elementary, Fergus Falls Middle School, Fergus Falls High School and the YMCA.
|Wednesday, October 3, 2007|
|Halls of Fame Await|
Two area residents will be honored with Hall of Fame inductions this weekend.
1984 Fergus Falls High School graduate, Len Kretchman, is going to be inducted into the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday. This is the 36th annual class of eight new members, bring the total number of individuals enshrined by NDSU to 217. Len played for the Bison football team from 1985-1988.
Kretchman started on three NCAA Division II national championship teams at NDSU, catching six touchdown passes in NCAA playoff games over his career. He was a three-year starter and four-year letterman for the Bison, leading the team in receiving as a sophomore and junior, and finishing with 84 career catches for 1,915 yards and 24 TD's. The yards and TD's were career records when he graduated. Len is currently third all-time in receiving yards and second in TD receptions at NDSU. He caught five passes for 232 yards agains UNC for a single game yardage record and averaged 26.8 yards per reception in 1988 for a single season record.
At FFHS, Len was a three-sport athlete starring in football as a tailback, basketball as a guard and in track and field as a sprinter and hurdler. He competed in state championships in all three sports.
Following graduation from NDSU, he has been in the food service business the past 17 years. For the past 15 years he's been the owner of companies and brands that manufacture, market and sell sandwich products to schools nationwide. Len and his wife Emily (Stricker), currently reside in Fergus Falls with their daughters Chloe (15), Elly (13) and Maggie (10), all of who aspire to compete as Bison!
Dwight Hintermeister, a Fergus Falls native and now active in the local business community, will be inducted into the Concordia Cobber Athletic Hall of Fame on Saturday.
Dwight, the son of Ken and Luella Hintermeister, was born in Fergus Falls but his family moved to Rochester when he was in second grade. He graduated from Rochester Mayo High School in 1977 where he lettered in football and track. He was an All-Big Nine Conference selection in football and elected team co-captain and team MVP his senior year. His picture hangs on the Wall of Fame at Mayo High School. He was selected to play on the Minnestoa All-Star Shrine Bowl football team. He was a state champion and a member, along with his sister Denise, of a National Championship rifle shooting team.
His freshman year at Concordia he made the traveling team and started the final game of the season. He would start every game he played in from that point on. He was elected the Most Outstanding Freshman. His sophomore year he started on the defensive line for the MIAC championship and National Championship team that went 11-1-0 with six shutouts. Hintermeister started despite playing all season with a broken wrist. He would have to red shirt the 1979 season because of surgery to rebuild that wrist. In 1980 he came back and started at nose guard on the conference champion team that went 8-2 and earned honorable mention all-conference and was elected as one of the team captains for the 1981 season. In 1981 he stated on the conference and National Championship team that went undefeated with a record of 11-0-2. He was chosen as Defensive MVP of the national championship game against Austin College of Texas, was selected MIAC All-Conference, All-District and Honorable Mention All-American. While at Concordia the teams he played on went 37-5-2, won three conference championships and two National Championships.
Dwight and his wife Suzie live on their farm in rural Dalton. He is a bank officer for State Bank and Trust and is a Licensed Insurance Agent. His is very active in the Dalton community. He is a two time past president of the local branch of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, is the current Vice-President of the Otter Tail County Bankers Association, serves on the board and has been the President of the Dalton Lions Club many times and is very involved with the Dalton Community Club.
Fergus Falls junior Kara Fisher is the Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week in Girls Swimming and Diving. Fisher took first place in the 100 backstroke and 200 IM and was on thewinning 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay teams in the Otters win over Sartell last week.
Junior Josh Campion of the Otters was named CLC Performer of the Week in football. Campion anchors the offensive line and sees time on the defensive line in critical situations. He is being looked at as a Division I prospect by several major college teams.
Concordia senior midfielder Matt Klein from Fergus Falls, was named the MIAC Men's Soccer Player of the Week it was announced on Tuesday by the league office.
It is the first time in his career that he has earned the weekly award and he becomes the first men's soccer player from Concordia to win the award since Oct. 16, 2001 when Kris Overby was named the Player of the Week. Overby is now an assistant coach for the team.
Klein earned the award for scoring the game-winning goal in Concordia's historic victory over St. Mary's on Saturday. Klein's goal in the second half against the cardinals helped the Cobbers end a 35-game conference winless streak - a streak that dated back to Oct. 25, 2003 and totaled 3,200 playing minutes and 1,433 calendar days.
Klein also helped the Cobber defense record only its second conference shutout in the past four seasons. Klein's goal was his second goal in consecutive games and brings his season point total to five. He entered the season with only five goals in his first three years and has two in 2007.