The latest Heart O' Lakes Conference stats are out, Mike Hamann of Perham is retiring after 25 years of coaching the Yellowjackets basketball program, and students of the Master's Martial Arts Academy are in the news.
Here are the latest Heart O' Lakes Conference girls basketball statistical leaders. Angie Jetvig of Hawley is the leader in field goal percentage at 62.9% with Christine Moe of Barnesville second at 61.1%. From 3-point land, Jennifer Lopez of D-G-F is on top at 43.5% and her teammate Stacie Drechsel is second at 38.2%. The top free throw shooters are Sam Spaeth (88.1%) of Hawley, Meghan Schultz (83.7%) of Ulen-Hitterdal, Lopez (82.1%) and Drechsel (7.95%).
Jetvig leads all scorers, averaging 16.9 points per game, with Dawnelle Askelson of Lake Park-Audubon second at 16.2 points per game. Lindsey Schultz of Ulen-Hitterdal is next at 15.7 and Erica Nord of Barnesville is fourth at 15.6. The leading rebounder is Jetvig (9.6) with Askelson (9.2) second, Lindsey Schultz (8/4) third and Moe (7.4) fourth. Leah Lage of LPA is fifth with 6.9 boards per game.
Nord is the steals leader with 5.5 per game, followed by Ashley Tingelstad of LPA with 5.2, Lindsey Schultz at 4.4 and two players, Courtney Kallis of Frazee and DeLaine Ronhovde of West Central Area tied at 3.1. Topping the assists chart are Lopez (5.1), Chelsea Nordquist (3.8) of Frazee, Nord (3.6), Jaynie Herbranson (3.1) of Barnesville and Shannon Winkels (3.1) of Perham.
Hawley is the top shooting team with a field goal percentage of 46.8% and a free throw percentage of 71%. D-G-F is the top three-point shooting team at 37% and Breckenridge leads in rebounds with 31.8 per game. The Lady Trojans score a conference leading 59.9 points per game and Hawley has the top defense, giving up only 34.6 points per game.
Jake Driscoll of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton is the leading scorer in Heart O' Lakes Conference boys basketball, averaging 25.4 points per game. Hawley's Eric Clute (20.1) and Andrew VanHavermaet (17.3) are second and third, followed by Eric Shulstad (17.2) of Pelican Rapids and Brent Halverson (16) of Barnesville.
Derek Bredy of West Central Area is the best shooter (66.7%) with Brandon Fankhanel of Barnesville second at 57.7% and his teammate, Brent Halverson third at 56.5%. Two Pelican Rapids players are fourth and fifth, Shulstad (56%) and Zach Lundquist (54%). The best 3-point percentage of 45% belongs to Beau Sorenson of Hawley, with Kolten Lee of West Central Area second at 44.2%. Another Knight, Andrew Giese is next at 39.1%. Tydan Storrusten of Pelican Rapids is fourth at 37.9% and VanHavermaet is fifth at 36%. From the free throw line, Lee (86.1%), Driscoll (83.5%), Lundquist (76.7%), Storrusten (71%) and Yuri Johnson (70.7%) of Ulen-Hitterdal are the top five.
Shulstad is the leading rebounder with 9.4 per game, followed by Justin Grafsgaard (7.6) of Ulen-Hitterdal, VanHavermaet (7.3), Drew Daggett (7.07) of Frazee and Jonathon Molina (6.93) of D-G-F. Steal leaders are VanHavermaet (4.7), Tyler Krump (3.9), Giese (3.1) and Jaime Magnuson (3.0) of West Central Area. Fankhanel leads in assists (8.4) with VanHavermaet (7.5) second and Storrusten (7.1) third. Driscoll is fourth at 5.8 and Giese fifth at 4.8 assists per game.
The top shooting team is Barnesville at 49.4%, with West Central Area the top 3-point shooting team at 35.3%. From the foul line, D-G-F hits 70% of their shots. The Rebels also lead the conference with 43.9 rebounds per game. D-G-F tops the league with 78.1 points per game and the top defense belongs to the Knights, allowing only 54.4 points per game to their opponents.
Mike Hamann has been a fixture in the Perham Girls Basketball program for 25 years. On Friday, he will coach his final game. Hamann will be recognized at the Yellowjackets game with Hawley in Perham and he will be the guest of honor at a retirement party following the game.
Over the years Hamann has served as a Varsity Assistant Coach, B-Squad Coach and C-Squad Coach. He has an overall coaching record of 339 wins and 161 losses. His 1998-99 team finished with a 24-1 record, while his 1996-97 team was 21-1. His 2005-06 team also won 20 games, while losing just four. In 1987-88 his team was 16-1 and in the 1984-85 season they ended up 14-2.
Hamann was Assistant Coach for District 23A Championship teams in 1988, 1989 and 1991, Assistant Coach for a Region 6A championship team in 1991, Assistant Coach for the Minnesota Class A State 4th place team in 1991 and Assistant Coach for the Sub-Section 6A championship team in 2000.
One of his career highlights has to be the fact that he was able to coach for three daughters, Shayne (1991), Tasha (1995) and Brooke (2002).
I covered many of those Perham teams through the years and have had the opportunity to get to know Mike and his wife, Tricia, and their family. They are wonderful people and it will be strange for Perham fans to not see Mike on the bench!! He has been an extremely dedicated coach and every community needs people who give like he has. Thanks Coach Hamann for your time and love for the kids you have spent so much time teaching over the last 25 years!
Brothers, and students of The Master's Martial Arts Academy of Fergus Falls, Taylor Gray and Quinten Gray, competed in the 17th Annual Brandt's Taekwondo Association Invitational Tournament in Bemidji. Over 300 participants from Minnesota, North and South Dakota, as well as Wisconsin competed in sparring, traditional poomse (pattern), weapons demonstration and board breaking.
Quinten Gray (8) finished third in both sparring and pattern in the purple-trim belt division. Taylor Gray (14) finished first in both pattern and sparring in the Junior Black Belt division.
A contingency of ten female black belts from Greenquist Academy are in Seoul, South Korea for martial arts training. Three of the ladies are from Fergus Falls. They are Dawn Gray, Maranda Neubauer and Kathy Lehn. The trip is being guided by Grand Master Moo Yong Yun. "To be invited to go on this trip is a very significant achievement and there are rarely all female contingencies. The fact that there are three from Fergus Falls along is almost unbelievable," according to Doug Gray of the Master's Martial Arts Academy.
Brothers Tieg Herman and Tory Herman have developed a novelty item for Twins fans. They came up with a t-shirt with the "Smell 'em" theme, the rally cry used by the Twins last year in RBI situations. Nearly 20,000 shirts have been sold in the Fargo-Moorhead area and the Twin Cities since late August. Tieg is a marketing major and pitcher on the Concordia Cobbers baseball team and his borther is a freshman at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, who has artistic talent. The Herman boys are nephews of former Battle Lake wrestling coach and teach Ken Worden and his wife Sharon.
A reminder for Fergus Falls High School graduates, the First Annual Foundation Alumni Basketball Tournament will be held on Saturday, April 14 beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Fergus Falls High School gymnasium. Players must be graduates of FFHS or seniors this year, to participate. For further details you can visit the foundation website at www.544foundation.org
and click on "Alumni Basketball Tournament."