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Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Otter Teams Gear Up for Holiday Tournament Action
Two Fergus Falls High School teams will be hosting Holiday Tournaments and two others will be traveling to participate in Holiday Tournaments next week.
 
The Otter girls basketball team will be hosting the Third Annual American Federal Holiday Classic on Thursday, December 27 and Friday, December 28.  This is a varsity and 'B' team tournament.
 
The first day schedule begins with 'B' squad action at 2:30 featuring Holdingford against Milwaukee Custer.  The second 'B' game is at 4:15 with Faribault facing Fergus Falls.  In the varsity competition, Holdingford and Milwaukee Custer square off at six o'clock and the Otters will close out the first days schedule with an eight o'clock start time against Faribault.  Losers of opening day games will play for third place on Friday, while winners will battle for the tournament title.  Game times will remain the same on the second day.  Between games the first night there will be a Lightning contest with each team providing three players.  Between games the second night there will be a 3-point shooting contest with each team supplying two players.  The Crevier Family will be performing their amazing ball handling skills on the second night of the tournament.
 
The Fergus Falls boys basketball team will once again be participating in the Moorhead Holiday Tournament at the Moorhead High School.  This is a JV and varsity event with JV action beginning at 2:30 on Thursday, December 27 when the Fergus Falls junior varsity squares off with the Pelican Rapids JV team.  The Moorhead and D-G-F JV teams will follow at 4:15 p.m.  On the varsity schedule, Fergus Falls and Pelican Rapids will play at six o'clock, while Moorhead and D-G-F match up at 7:45 p.m.  The action resumes at 1:45 on Friday with the JV third place game, followed by the JV championship game at 3:30, the varsity third place game at 5:30 and the varsity championship at 7:15 p.m.
 
The Fergus Falls boys hockey team will be hosting their annual Holiday Hockey Classic at the Community Ice Arena.  Detroit Lakes, Mankato West and West Fargo will all join the Otter varsity and 'B' teams in the competition.  This three day event is a round-robin tournament with the following schedule of games:
 
Thursday, December 27
'B' - 12:30 p.m. - Detroit Lakes vs West Fargo
'A' -   2:30 p.m. - Detroit Lakes vs West Fargo
'B' -   5:00 p.m. - Mankato West vs Fergus Falls
'A' -   7:00 p.m. - Mankato West vs Fergus Falls
 
Friday, December 28
'B' - 12:30 p.m. - Detroit Lakes vs Mankato West
'A' -   2:30 p.m. - Detroit Lakes vs Mankato West
'B' -   5:00 p.m. - West Fargo vs Fergus Falls
'A' -   7:00 p.m. - West Fargo vs Fergus Falls
 
Saturday, December 29
'B' - 12:30 p.m. - Mankato West vs West Fargo
'A' -   2:30 p.m. - Mankato West vs West Fargo
'B' -   5:00 p.m. - Detroit Lakes vs Fergus Falls
'A' -   7:00 p.m. - Detroit Lakes vs Fergus Falls
 
The Red Wing Girls Invitational Holiday Hockey Tournament is where the Otter girls are heading over the holidays.  Red Win, River Falls and Simley will join Fergus Falls in the competition.  This varsity only tournament gets started when Red Wing and Simley square off at three o'clock on Friday, followed by Fergus Falls and River Falls at 5:00 p.m.  The two winners will play for the title on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.  The third place game will feature the losers of the two Saturday games at 11:30 a.m.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
FF Dance Team to Host Invitational
The Fergus Falls High School Dance Team is hosting an Invitational Dance competition on Saturday, December 15 in the Fergus Falls Senior High School gymnasium. 
 
Doors open at 10:30 a.m. with competition starting at 11:30 a.m.  Admission will be six dollars for adults, four dollars for students and children under five will be admitted free.
 
Participating dance teams include Pelican Rapids, Barnesville, Wadena, Melrose, Hawley, Mahnomen and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.
 
Competition will include Jazz and High Kick dancers.  Everyone is welcome.
 
Fergus Falls Dance Team Head Coach Amanda Kretchman is very excited about the season, ""The dancers we have on this team are some of the most talented dancers in our area. "We are a very young team and some of our dancers will have five or six years to compete.  We have high hopes of great success from this team."
 
Captains for the 2007-2008 season are Katie Koep, Emma Phillipe and Jessica Marquedant.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Hot Stove League
It's been a long time since I did a Craig's Corner update and this one will probably be outdated pretty quickly as the Hot Stove League heats up at Major League Baseball's winter meetings in Nashville, Tennessee.
 
I find myself trying to get information from the winter meetings several times each day as the Twins have become a major player this off season with the status of Johan Santana and Joe Nathan.  Both are signed for 2008, but both will be free agents after that.  The Twins would be wise to use the leverage they have right now to trade them both and get multiple prospects as they look to rebuild a challenger to the Tigers and Indians in the AL Central. 
 
These winter meetings will be a real test for new GM Billy Smith.  He has already had a showdown with Hank Steinbrenner of the New York Yankees and Smith didn't cave in to Hank's deadline demands.  Reports are saying the Yankees are out of the picture but I don't buy that.  They may have taken a backseat to the Red Sox and possibly the Angels in the negotiations, but when it comes right down to it I think Steinbrenner and the boys in pinstripes would be ready to ante up their offer to keep Santana from signing with the hated Bosox.
 
Reportedly, the Yankees offered fireballing right hander Phil Hughes, centerfielder Melky Cabrera and a middle-level minor league prospect for Santana.  Smith held out for Hughes, Cabrera and another highly touted pitching prospect, Ian Kennedy.  The Yankees said the price was too high and they weren't going to be used as leverage for negotiations with the Red Sox.  Boston is said to have offered left handed pitcher John Lester, centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury or pitcher Clay Buchholz along with shortstop Jed Lowrie and another minor league pitching prospect.  The Twins have apparently countered with Ellsbury, Lester or Buchholz and Lowrie for the two-time Cy Young award winner.  The Red Sox say that's too spendy.  Now the Angels are said to be in the mix and the Twins are asking for pitcher Jered Weaver, shortstop/third baseman Brandon Wood and another pitcher from the group of Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders or minor league prospect Jose Arredondo.
 
Once the Santana talks are done or cool down, look for talks surrounding the trade of Joe Nathan to heat up.  I think the Twins might be better off holding onto Nathan until close to the July 31st deadline and trading him to a contender at that time.  His 6.5 million dollar salary for 2008 isn't a hindrance to anything the Twins are trying to do right now.  Of course, if there's a great offer on the table this week, I'd trade him!
 
Speaking of baseball, American Legion Post 30 of Fergus Falls is in need of a manager for the summer of 2008.  Applications can be made by contacting Mary at 218-736-2708 or sending a resume to her attention at 216 West Cavour, Fergus Falls, 56537.  Applications are requested by December 21st.
 
Jeff Siemon, an 11-year veteran of the Minnesota Vikings who played in 3 Super Bowls and 4 Pro Bowls, will be in Fergus Falls on Saturday morning.  Siemon, a Divisional Director for Search Ministries for 23 years, will be addressing a men's group between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday at Bethel Luthern Church, 702 West Alcott Avenue in Fergus Falls.  All men are welcome and encouraged to attend. 
 
Siemon graduated from Stanford University in 1972 with a B.A. in history.  He was a consensus All-American, played on two successive Rose Bowl champioship teams in 1971 and 1972, serving as captain in '72, received the "Pop Warner Award" for most outstanding senior on the West Coast, played in the Hula Bowl and co-captained the College All-Star team, received the Silver Anniversary Dick Butkus Award for best collegiate linebacker in the United States in 1971 and was the tenth player chosen in the college draft in 1972.  He started as a rookie for the Vikings and made the NFL All-Rookie team.  He was voted Most Valuable Player by his teammates in 1978 and was chosen as a member of the Vikings All-25-Year and All-40-Year Anniversary teams.  Siemon was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2006.
 
He earned his master's degree in Christian Apologetics from Simon Greenleaf School of Law and as a national speaker has developed numerous presentagions aimed at enriching the quality of one's life.  He currently resides in Edina, Minnesota with his wife Dawn.  They have four grown children and five grandchildren.
 
Former Fergus Falls swimmer Luke Money, is off to a great start at St. Olaf College in Northfield.  They had several meets in November and participated in a big Invitational at Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin this past weekend.  Luke has been swimming the 100 and 200 butterfly events in most meets.
 
This past summer, Luke had his best 200 fly (2:14.19), however, this fall he dropped that time to 2:11.70 and at the Carthage meet he swam 2:02.68 in prelims and a 2:02.99 in the finals , taking fifteenth place.  His best ever 100 fly was 52.56 his junior year at FFHS.  At Carthage he was sixth in that event with a time of 53.23 in the finals.  He also swam in the 50 freestyle, turning in his best ever time (23.41) in that event.  In the 200 and 400 freestyle relays, Luke also had his best times for his splits (22.70 in the 200 and 50.05 in the 400). 
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