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Monday, February 26, 2007
Welcome William James Olson
We usually don't like getting phone calls in the middle of the night, but this one is good!  My wife called at about 4:15 a.m. to congratulate me on becoming a grandpa for the second time!
 
William James Olson was born to daughter-in-law Erin and son Ben at 3:43 a.m., Monday, February 26 at Lake Region Hospital.  He weighed in at 8 pounds, 10 ounces!  Big brother Alex will be very excited when Grandma Sue shares the news when he wakes up!
 
Just thought I would share this as many of you have inquired in the last week as to whether or not I was grandpa again.  What a blessing it is to be a grandparent and to have a new life enter your family!
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
HOL Stats, Hamann Retiring, Taekwondo
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."
 
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
MCCC Tournament Pairings Set
The MCCC Men's Basketball Tournament pairings have been announced.  MSCTC-Fergus Falls (18-8, 8-4), seeded third in the South, will open play at three o'clock Friday afternoon against Central Lakes (17-8, 10-2), the number two seed from the North.  The Spartans have two wins over Central Lakes this season, beating them 77-71 in Brainerd on December 15 and 76-73 in Fergus Falls on January 6.
 
The tournament beging with a one o'clock game between Rochester (21-5, 10-2), the number one seed from the South, and Mesabi Range (15-10, 5-7), the four seed from the North and a playoff winner over Rainy River on Monday night.
 
In the evening session, the six o'clock game features the top seed from the North, Northland CTC from Thief River Falls (22-4, 12-0) will face number four from the South, Minnesota West of Worthington (13-12, 6-6), a playoff winner over Riverland in Austin on Monday night.  Host team and number two seed from the South, Minneapolis Community College (18-8, 9-3) will play the eight o'clock game against Vermilion (14-12, 6-6), the number three seed from the North.
 
If the Spartans win their game on Friday, they would play the six o'clock game on Saturday night against the winner of the Rochester versus Mesabi Range contest.  A loss on Friday would land MSCTC-Fergus Falls in the one o'clock game against the loser of the game between Rochester and Mesabi Range. 
 
Games on Sunday will be at 12:00 noon (Consolation championship), 2:00 p.m. (3rd place) and 4:00 p.m. (Championship).  The top three teams from this weekend tournament will join the Wisconsin champion in the Region XIII Tournament on March 2 and 3.  That event will be hosted by the MCCC State Champion.
Posted By Craig Olson
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Krog Signs, Johnson Honored, Correction Made
Peter Krog, a senior linebacker at Fergus Falls High School, has signed a national letter of intent to play football for the St. Cloud State Huskies.  Krog was the Defensive MVP for the Otters in 2006 and was named to the Central Lakes All-Conference team.  He also received All-State Honorable Mention recognition.  Krog earned four high school football letters, two at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy and two with the Fergus Falls High School team.
 
Alyssa Johnson, a 2005 Fergus Falls High School graduate, was one of five UND women's hockey players named a 2007 WCHA Scholar-Athlete.  To be named to the team, student athletes must have completed at least one year of residency at their present institution prior to the current academic year and must also have a grade pont average of at least 3.50 for the previous two semesters.  Johnson was the all-time leading scorer for the Fergus Falls girls hockey team when she graduated.  Earlier this year, Megan Sjolie broke her mark.
 
When Hannah Draxten scored 36 points in a game against Brainerd she broke the school single game scoring record which was held by Kim Hanson.  In that same game she made a team record eight 3-point field goals.  When that was announced, it was stated that she broke the previous record of five which she had held jointly with Jess Holicky.  That information was incorrect.  Further research has revealed that Laurie Rueckert hit six 3-pointers in a game against Bemidji on February 2, 1991.  It marked the third time she had accomplished that feat.  She also had six 3's against Wadena on January 9, 1991 and against New London-Spicer on January 30, 1991.  Rueckert also holds the record for most three-pointers in a half, hitting five in both the Wadena and Bemidji games, including five in the second quarter of the game against Wadena.  Coach Dave Rund of the Otters is glad to have the additional information to provide the accuracy the players and the records deserve.  He has done a lot of work to put together a comprehensive Otter girls basketball record book and his research was limited to what scorebooks and season ending reports he had access to.  The goal is to get it right and he appreciates, as do we, the additional information that shed some more light on the subject. 
 
Laurie was a tremendous shooter and had a great Otter career and a great career for the Lady Spartans.  In fact, Laurie is the career leader with 174 three-pointers at MSCTC and the second leading scorer in Spartan Women's basketball history with 989 points.  Only Pam Ledding, the former Underwood star, is ahead of her with 1,006 points as a Lady Spartan.  I love looking at those lists.  How's this for a top ten scoring list, Ledding, Rueckert, Anita Follingstad (Rothsay) 971 points, Malinda Klassen 936 points, Amy Nelson (Rothsay) 922 points, Liz Runyan 817 points, Dana Berglund 801 points, Teresa Olson (Ashby) 759 points, Sheila Beaman (New York Mills) 706 points, and Naomi Moerke (West Central Area) 703 points.  Ledding is also the career leader in rebounds at the college with 510, one more than Any Nelson.
 
Brian Draxten informs me that the "Tip Off Classic" will be held in Fergus Falls next year.  I haven't seen the schedule of games, but four players who have committed to Big Ten schools, including Hannah Draxten, will be playing in the classic. The number one F-M Acro team is going to perform during halftime of one of the games.  The Otters participated in the event this year at Elk River.  Next years American Federal Bank Holiday Classic will feature Holdingford, Minneapolis Roosevelt and Custer High School of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
 
Registration for Fergus Falls Fastpitch Spring softball will be held in the Fergus Falls Middle School Media Center on Monday, February 12th.  Girls in grades 5 through 8 are eligible to participate.  Registration will be from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. with a question and answer time scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
 
Justin Arneson, a member of the Minnesota Twins organization, will be heading to Florida on Monday.  Arne will begin working out in preparation for reporting to the Twins minor league spring camp on March 8th.  It isn't known where he'll be playing this year but that will be determined during the month long camp.  Arneson hit .232 last year in Class A ball in the Gulf Coast League, playing for Fort Myers.
 
Recently six students from The Master's Martial Arts Academy (Fergus Falls)successfully completed their Junior Black Belt exam in Taekwondo.  Grand Master Eric Greenquist, 7th Degree Black Belt, tested Amber Dreschel(14), Ryan Stocks (14), Erik Vergiels (14), Terry Neubauer(11), Cameron Osmundson (11), and Alyssa Dreschel (12) all of Fergus Falls on Friday, February 2nd in Breckenridge. 
 
The Junior Black Belt exam is both a physical and mental challenge involving execution of a wide-range of martial arts techniques that must be done with power, accuracy and spirit.  Board breaking using a variety of kicking techniques was also required.  In addition each student had to pass a written and oral exam testing their knowledge of and development in the Martial Arts.
 
Fewer than 10% of individuals who are granted the opportunity to test for Junior Black Belt pass the exam the first time.  The fact that all six successfully completed the exam is a testament to their dedication and hard work.  Each has been practicing Taekwondo for over two years.
Posted By Craig Olson
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