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Monday, November 19, 2007
Former Otters Receive Honors
Jack Underwood (Gustavus), Jake Haws (Bethel) and Matt Klein (Concordia) have made Fergus Falls proud by being named to the 2007 All-MIAC Men's Soccer Sportsmanship team.  The three former Otters, all college seniors, were three of the eleven players chosen for the honor.  Another former Otter, Jared Bangs, a senior at Bethel, was named to the 2007 All-MIAC Football Sportsmanship team.
 
Members of the All-MIAC Sportsmanship team are selected by their coaches and teammates as individuals who demonstrate ideals of positive sportsmanship both on and off the field of competition.
 
Underwood, a midfielder for the Gusties, was also named to the MIAC All-Conference Men's Soccer team, while Haws, a defenseman for the Royals was an honorable mention selection.
 
Brandon Carr, a senior safety at Bethel, was chosen to the 2007 MIAC All-Conference First Defensive team.  Carr had two interceptions on Saturday as the Royals won the first game in team history, beating Concordia, Wisconsin 28-0.   Bethel (10-1), two-seed in the Central Regional, will now host seven-seed UW-Eau Claire (9-2) on Saturday, November 24 at 12:00 p.m.
 
Dave Moll from Battle Lake was named to the 2007 MIAC All-Conference Second Defensive team as an outside linebacker.  Moll is a senior at Concordia College in Moorhead.
 

Concordia sophomore kicker Carl Hauser (Fergus Falls) finished second in the MIAC in scoring among kickers during conference play. Hauser averaged 6.4 points per game in the team’s eight league games. He was also third in the league in field goals made.   

 
Zach Stafford, a 2003 graduate of Fergus Falls High School, completed his final season as a member of the Bemidji State University football team by being honored as the Defensive Player of the Year in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. 

 

Stafford, a 6’2”, 279 pound senior defensive tackle helped the Beavers to a final record of 7-4 and a conference mark of 6-3, good four fourth place behind Winona State (9-0), Wayne State (7-2) and Mary (7-2).

 

MSU-Moorhead senior offensive tackle Aaron Cribb from Breckenridge was named to the NSIC All-Conference second team offensive unit.  He was joined by Minnesota-Crookston senior tight end Jordan Grafsgaard from Ulen-Hitterdal.

 

Bethel University senior outside hitter Liz Glesne (Underwood) has added another award to her long list of accomplishments on the college volleyball court.  Glesne, a 5'11" outside hitter was chosen to the 27th Annual AVCA All-America second team in NCAA Division III.  Thirty-six players are selected nationwide.  Glesne was earlier named the MIAC Most Valuable Player and set a school record and ranked in the top 20 nationally in kills per game with 4.8. She also set the school record and finished second in conference history for career kills with 1,984. Glesne led the Royals to the second round of both the MIAC and NCAA Playoffs. She is an AVCA All-American for the first time in 2007.

 

Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, November 12, 2007
FF Girls to Host Tip-Off Classic, VanWechel Wins Awards
Fergus Falls will host the 5th Annual Tip-Off Classic on Friday, November 30 and Saturday, December 1. The Tip–Off Classic is the biggest girls basketball event ever held in Minnesota outside of the state tournament. This event will feature 12 of the best Minnesota high school girls basketball teams playing eight games over two days at the Fergus Falls High School gym. This is the first time the event will be held in outstate Minnesota.
 
“Fergus Falls was given the honor of hosting this years’ event because of it’s reputation for having a great gym, a great crowd, and a great band which makes for a great basketball atmosphere” according to Head Coach Dave Rund. “We’re confident that we’ll have an incredible fan turnout to kick off the Otters girls basketball season.” 
 
On Friday night at 7:45 p.m., the Otters will play Park of Cottage Grove which is one of the top AAAA teams in the state. Park returns all five starters, four of which are 6’ or taller, and features 6’1” Jackie Voigt who will play for the Gophers next year. This follows a 6:00 p.m. game between Crookston and Albany which could be a preview of next March’s Class 2A state championship game. Friday night also features the F-M Acro team, a “Lightning” contest between games, and the Fergus Falls Girls Basketball debut of the “Fine Nine” pep band at both games.
 
On Saturday, the action begins at 11:00 a.m. with two of the best Class A teams, Mountain Iron-Buhl and Ada-Borup, going head-to-head. This is followed at 12:45 p.m. by another battle of top AA teams Dilworth-Glydon-Felton and Albany. At 2:30, Crookston takes on Park of Cottage Grove followed by Rogers vs. Lakeville North at 4:15. The 6:00 p.m. game features Centennial, who is picked by many to win the AAAA state tournament this year, going against the Moorhead Spuds. At 7:45 p.m. the Otters go from the frying pan into the fire as they line up against last years AAA State Champ Becker Bulldogs who return all five starters and features Brianna Mastey and Nicole Mastey, 6’1” twins who will be playing basketball at the University of Minnesota next year. The Bulldogs also have four starters 6’ or bigger. The full Fergus Falls pep band will provide music at the last two games of the night.
 
This event not only has some of the top teams in the state but also many of the top players as well. Twenty-two of the top 100 players in the state (according to www.gprep.net) will be playing in Fergus Falls. There are currently seven Division I commits who will be playing in the Tip-Off Classic: Jackie Voigt – Park of Cottage Grove (Minnesota), Brianna Mastey – Becker (Minnesota), Nicole Mastey – Becker (Minnesota), Hannah Draxten – Fergus Falls (Iowa), Kamille Wahlin – Crookston (Iowa), Kelsey Jacobson – Moorhead (Florida Gulf Coast), and Kiara Allums - Centennial (George Washington). There are also many Division II commits here as well. The tallest player in the tournament will be 6’5” sophomore Cassie Rochel of Lakeville North who is the #1-rated player in the Minnesota Class of 2010. Another interesting angle to the games is that at least five of the games will have summer AAU teammates pitted against each other on their high school teams.
 
This event will be a tremendous kickoff to a season which has the Otters playing 16 of their 26 regular season games at home including 12 of their first 14. The American Federal Bank Holiday Classic will have two new teams this year: Faribault and Milwaukee (WI) Custer in addition to Fergus Falls and Holdingford. The Crevier Family will provide halftime entertainment at this years tournament. Home games include traditional rivals Moorhead and Detroit Lakes plus an always tough Central Lakes Conference schedule. Many special events are planned at home games this year. You won’t want to miss any of the action.
 
Anna VanWechel, a 2007 graduate of Fergus Falls High School, enjoyed a tremendous freshman season as a member of the MSU-Moorhead Women's Cross Country team.  Van Wechel, the individual champion at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference meet, was named Rookie of the Year and Team MVP at the Dragons banquet on Sunday night.  She was also the recipient of the John Thiemann Courage Award.
 
Andy "Kaos" Kolle (14-1, 11 KOs) from Fergus Falls will face former IBA Americas junior middleweight champion Matt "The Predator" Vanda (37-4, 21 KOs) on Saturday, November 17th for "Capital Punishment", an event taking place at Myth in Maplewood. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. with the first bout at 6:00 p.m.  Tickets are $30, $55, and $65. 
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Glesne, Underwood, Carr Receive Honors
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) has announced the 2007 MIAC Volleyball Awards.  Leading the 18-player All-Conference team is Bethel University senior outside hitter Liz Glesne.
 
Glesne, an Underwood High School graduate, was named MIAC Most Valuable Player after averaging 4.89 kills per game (181 in 39 games) during conference play.  She broke Bethel's all-time career kill record and she is currently 2nd in MIAC career kills, as well as 6th in the nation in kills per game this year. 
 
There is an excellent online article about Liz written by Rich Mies of the College Sporting News.  It is part of the MIAC Profiles of Excellence series.  Please check it out at http://www.miac-online.org/News/wvball/2007/11/1/vb110107.asp?path=wvball.

Carleton's Laura Barsness, Gustavus' Emily Klein, and Concordia's Anna Tinkham were named MIAC Tri-Defensive Players of the Year. It was the second consecutive year that Klein earned the honor. St. Thomas first-year player Emily Foster was named the MIAC Rookie of the Year.

St. Thomas head coach Thanh Pham received the MIAC Coach of the Year award. Pham's Tommies went 11-0 in conference play in 2007 and earned  the #1 seed in the MIAC Playoffs.
 
Jack Underwood, a 2004 Fergus Falls High School graduate, has been named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District Five College Division First Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
 
Underwood will now advance to the national ballot with the Academic All-America Men's Soccer Team being announced on Monday, November 19. Underwood is a senior midfielder for the Gusties. He has started every game for Gustavus this season and has played in 48 consecutive matches as the team has posted a record of 38-7-3. Primarily a defensive midfielder, he has been a part of a team that has recorded 42 shutouts in its past 57 games.
 
Underwood is a three-time Academic All-Conference selection and a member of the Big Brother program. To be eligible for this award, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.0, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standards at his current institution and be nominated by his sports information director.
 
The Gusties are 16-3-1 this season and were the regular season co-champions in the MIAC with a conference mark of 9-1. They won the MIAC post season title and will take on Whitworth in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Friday at 5:00 p.m.
 
Bethel University senior safety Brandon Carr, a 2004 Fergus Falls High School graduate, has been named the MIAC Defensive Player of the Week. Carr had eight tackles, intercepted a pass and had three pass break-ups in Bethel's 44-35 win over Augsburg on Friday night in the Metrodome. Carr's interception came at a critical time in the game as Bethel was clinging to a two-point lead with Augsburg driving deep into Royals territory with less than three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. His interception at the Bethel four yard line allowed the Royals to begin a five-play, 96-hard drive that put them up by nine.
 
The Minnesota Vikings will be making a visit to Fergus Falls as a part of the "You Made the Team Tour" on Thursday, November 15th. Fans area welcome to attend a noon luncheon at the Z103 Bar and Grill, where they will hear from Vikings President and part owner Mark Wilf, along with broadcaster and former Viking Pete Bercich. Tickets are twelve dollars apiece or ninety dollars for a table of eight. Proceeds will benefit the Fergus Falls Area Chamber of Commerce. To purchase tickets or for more information call 736-6951. Limited seating will be available and reservations must be made by Monday, November 12th.

The Pelican Rapids community is rallying around Cole Anderson to help him in his battle with cancer.  Cole was a standout wrestler and baseball player for the Vikings.  The baseball and wrestling teams have come up with a combined theme of Step Up to the Plate to Take Down Cancer.  On November 24th they are hosting a fundraiser Spaghetti Feed with a bake sale, entertainment and a silent auction at Crossroads Corner from 4:00 to 9:00 p.m.  Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend this fundraiser.

Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Glesne Wins MIAC MVP Award
The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) announced the 2007 MIAC Volleyball Awards on Wednesday.  Leading the 18-player All-Conference team is Bethel University senior outside hitter Liz Glesne.
 
Glesne, an Underwood High School graduate, was named MIAC Most Valuable Player after averaging 4.89 kills per game (181 in 39 games) during conference play.  She broke Bethel's all-time career kill record and she is currenty 2nd in MIAC career kills, as well as 6th in the nation in kills per game this year. 

Carleton's Laura Barsness, Gustavus' Emily Klein, and Concordia's Anna Tinkham were named MIAC Tri-Defensive Players of the Year. It was the second consecutive year that Klein earned the honor. St. 
Thomas first-year player Emily Foster was named the MIAC Rookie of the Year.

St. Thomas head coach Thanh Pham received the MIAC Coach of the Year award. Pham's Tommies went 11-0 in conference play in 2007 and earned  the #1 seed in the MIAC Playoffs.

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