Justin Arneson, a 2000 graduate of Fergus Falls High School who starred in football, basketball and baseball at both FFHS and Fergus Fall Community College, has been released by the Minnesota Twins. Arneson was signed after attending a Twins tryout camp in the spring of 2002, following his sophomore season with the Spartans. He has been plagued by injuries throughout his time in the Minnesota Twins organization. Arne hit .232 for the Fort Myers Miracle in Class A ball last season.
Senior guard Nate Thompson of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy is an Honorable Mention selection to the AssociatedPressMinnesotaAll-StateHigh School boys basketball team.Thompson averaged 13 points per game for the Comets.He is joined as an honorable mention member of the team by Luke Buchholz of BattleLake, Elliot Risbrudt of Ashby, Kolten Lee of West Central Area and Tydan Storrusten of Pelican Rapids.
Thompson has also been selected to play in the North Central High School All Star games on Saturday, April 14th at BemidjiStateUniversity.He will be a member of the Maroon I team, coached by Kurt Stumpf of Pierz.
Sixty-two teams are entered, bringing in 600 players and an estimated 1,800 people will be in attendance over the two days of the 41st Annual Hillcrest Invitational Tournament.
With so many players and fans, the tournament will be held at several locations.Both of Hillcrest’s gyms will be used, along with the YMCA, the Community College, FergusFallsMiddle School and FergusFallsHigh School gymnasiums.
There are four divisions for the tournament.They are Division I, II, and III, along with the Classic Division, which consists primarily of church, alumni and family teams.
Proceeds above the costs of the tournament will go towards the curtain that has been ordered for the new gym.The curtain will be hung from the ceiling, and will be electronically controlled.It will divide the gym into two parts, allowing more than one activity to be played at the same time.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, March 26, 2007
Stenoien Wins State AAA Award
Underwood High School senior Carl Stenoien has won the State Class A Triple-A Award for excellence in the arts, academics and athletics. Stenoien was honored during championship Saturday at the Boys State High School Basketball Tournament at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.
Stenoien has participated in wrestling, football, track, baseball, speech, one act play, school plays, band and choir during his high school years.
"Many of the skills learned from extracurricular activities are applicable to real life situations because things like goals, teamwork, confidence, enthusiasm, deadlines, leadership and communication are relevant to success, not unlike the working world," said Stenoien. "An important ideology I have come to understand is teamwork. Any group, no matter the size or mission statement, needs leadership, but without role-players, success in unlikely. The groups and goals will change, the importance of teamwork will not."
His career plan is to pursue medical school and become a doctor following majoring in athletic training or another health and science related field. Carl is the son of Dan and Ann Stenoien of Underwood.
The Associated Press All-State team for Minnesota boys basketball has been announced. Cole Aldrich, a senior from Bloomington Jefferson is the Player of the Year and is joined on the first team by seniors Blake Hoffarber of Hopkins, Noah Dahlman of Braham and Eric Carlson of Shakopee, and junior Cody Schilling of Ellsworth. The second team consists of Brady Fairbanks of Cass Lake-Bena, Trevor Mbakwe of St. Bernards, Max Hintz of Woodbury, Jordan Taylor of Benilde-St. Margaret's, Trent Carlson of Belle Plaine and Justin Stommes of Rocori.
Area players selected as Honorable Mention All-Staters include seniors Nate Thompson of Hillcrest, Luke Buchholz of Battle Lake, and Elliot Risbrudt of Ashby, junior Kolten Lee of West Central Area, and sophomore Tydan Storrusten of Pelican Rapids.
Other Heart O' Lakes Conference players listed as honorable mention selections are Andrew VanHavermaet of Hawley and Jake Driscoll of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.
Honorable mention choices from the Central Lakes Conference are Eric Hartmann of Alexandria, Seth Noreen and Preston Whitaker of St. Cloud Apollo, Landon Stanfield of Brainerd and Kyle Townswick of Willmar.
Bethel University junior Brandon Carr from Fergus Falls has been named the Defensive Back of the Year in Division III. He and his brother Kirby Carr, a senior linebacker at Bethel, have both been named to the 2006 Don Hansen's Football Gazette NCAA Division III All America team.
The Carr brothers make up half of the Fergus Falls connection now performing for the Royals on the baseball field. Kirby leads the team with a .426 batting average, a .517 on base percentage and a .574 slugging percentage. He shares the team lead in hits (20) and runs (16) with Brandon and Brandon has a team high 29 total bases and 7 doubles.
Mike Gaustad and Jared Bangs are the other two members of the team from Fergus Falls. Gaustad, a senior, has three triples and has earned two saves to lead the Royals in those two categories. Bangs, a junior catcher, has stolen three bases. The Royals are off to a 10-and-6 start.
Here's an update on area hockey players and how they did during the just completed season collegiately, in junior hockey and at the minor league level.
Two former Otters were skating at Concordia College in Moorhead with Shawn Goos scoring 1 goal and adding 4 assists in 24 games, and Dan Perry finishing with a goal and two assists in six games.
Kyle Rohlfs, skating for Gustavus-Adolphus, scored two goals in sixteen games.
Matt Waclawik, at the University of Minnesota, Crookston, notched five goals and four assists in 23 games for the Trojans. Waclawik also spent 37 minutes in the penalty box.
Ryan Miller, completing his career at Bemidji State University, scored four goals and tallied nine assists for a total of thirteen points in 29 games. He also compiled 45 penatly minutes.
Isaac Vatnsdal, playing junior hockey for the Northern Lights Junior 'B' team in Bloomington, had 4 goals, 14 assists and 34 penalty minutes in 39 games.
Josh Anderson, playing minor league hockey for the Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL, has six goals and nine assists through 48 games. His season is still in progress.
Sam Kahler is playing at Carleton, but no statistics are available at this time.
As I've said before, we love to keep up to date on how area players are doing at the next level. Thanks to those of you who provided us with information.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Honors, Fights, Super Sunday
Zach Walters earned victory number 17 at the brand new Grand Casino Events and Convention Center in Hinckley on Saturday, St. Patrick's Day when he defeated James Johnson.The fight was stopped 32 seconds into the fifth round when Walters pasted Johnson on the chin with a left.Johnson tried to cover up being hurt by taking a knee, then tried to buy time complaining of an elbow injury.His plans backfired when the ref called a halt to the bout.Johnson began arguing with the ref and tried to hit Walters while the ref held him back. With the win Walters moves to 17-2.
“It was an animated ending to a wild fight,” said Walters.“The rounds prior were one sided in my favor as I hurt Johnson numerous times with hard shots.I was able to dominate the rounds by keeping my range and countering with hard shots.The changes in my boxing style helped tremendously in this fight.My defense was tip-top and I made it out of the fight without a bruise on my face!”
Fight fans should mark down Saturday, April 14th as Professional Boxing returns to the Fargo Civic Memorial Auditorium when Horton's Gym Promotions presents 'Red River Rumble,' a six bout evening of professional fights. The main event will feature NDSU senior Andy "Kaos" Kolle in an eight round bout against an opponent soon to be determined. The co-main event will feature Zach "Jungle Boy" Walters against an opponent to be determined. Also being featured on the show is West Fargo native, Tyler "Young Guns" Gould, a freshman at the University of Minnesota-Moorhead, and Robert "Bad Medicine" Miller, a 2004 graduate of UND. 'Red River Rumble' will begin at Tickets, beginning as low as $15 are on sale now and can be obtained through the Fargo Civic Memorial Auditorium box office, Ticketmaster, or by calling 701-235-7171. For more information visit www.HortonsGym.com or contact Chuck Horton at 218-310-5200 or Mike LeTourneau at 651-815-1648.
TJ Gaustad, senior defenseman for the FergusFalls boys hockey team, has been selected to play on the 4A-4AA team that will participate in the Great 8 Hockey Tournament.Two other Otters, goalie Josh Fandrich and forward Cody Koski have been chosen as first alternates at their respective positions.
Junior Hannah Draxten and senior Krista Shaikoski of the Fergus Falls Otters were both honorable mention selections to the Associated Press All-State girls basketball team.Other area players named to the squad include Erica Nord of Barnesville, Megan Gullickson and Alisha Sethre of Ashby, Abbey Evavold of Battle Lake, Sari Noga of Parkers Prairie, Corey Lof and Hallie Hoganson of Detroit Lakes, Kelsey Jacobson and Kassie Hooten of Moorhead, Angie Jetvig of Hawley and Tara Thielke of Hancock.
The Spartan baseball team from Minnesota State Community and TechnicalCollege in FergusFalls, had their final three games rained out in Florida.They finished their trip with two wins and five losses.Their home opener is slated for Wednesday, March 28th with a double header against the St. John’s JV team starting at
Pam Muxfeldt filed the following report on Super Sunday, held at the Fergus Falls Ice Arena on Sunday, March 18th.
Game 1 (Beginner Termites)
AMP Insurance 10, Bremer Bank 4
Goals were scored for AMP Insurance by Tyler Hanson (4), Ian Richards (4) and Madison Shjerve (2). Helping with assists was teammate Mark Adams. Bremer Bank had goals scored by Noah Tarzon, Tyson Reiken and 2 goals by Isaac Young. Assistance was also given by Kaleb Watkins.
GAME 2 (Intermediate Termites)
Security State Bank 5, Otter Tail Telcom 2
Goals were scored for Security State Bank by Cole Knudson (2), Mason Hastings, and Georgia Wildung (2).Assisting on the goals were teammates Alex Hastings and Damon Jones. Otter Tail Telcom left the scoring up to Mitchel Tenneson for both goals but he had plenty of assistance from Blake Schuetzle and Blayne Schuetzle, Taylor Gardin and Madison Shjerve
GAME 3 (Advanced Termites)
Sun Mart 4, Westridge Dental 3
This was a tough match between two pretty equal teams. Jared Kuehl started the scoring for Sun Mart and Aaron Shelstad added 3 more goals with the last goal coming in the last few seconds of the game to win it. They were assisted by teammates Campbell, Cichosz, Mason Hoffman, Andrew Sillerud, Jakob Brimhall and Andrew Johnson. Westridge Dental started of the scoring with a goal by Sophie Rausch, and then another by Declan Young. The game was tied up when Sophie Rausch got her second goal of the game. They were assisted by teammates Madison Koep, Isaac Ahlgren, Kaden Peterson, Wyatt Thorson and Hunter Eldien.
Game 4 (First Year Mites)
ShoreMaster 4, Otter Risers 2
Brady Kampsula scored 2 goals for the ShoreMaster Team and Carter Randklev and Cole Mahler also had 1 goal each for the winners. Tanner Stadum had a great game in the net and turned away many shots on goal. Assisting in the game were Tom Mattson, Lydia Mann, Brooke Lillemon, Bryce McGary, Austin Shjerve, Dyson Thacker, Dan Anderson, and Tyler McGary. Otter Risers scoring was led by Joe McKeever with 2 goals and goalie Jack Angus played a strong game in the net, making numerous saves. Assisting on the goals were Isaac Daniels, Logan Wentworth, Bradley Moxness, Ryan Beck, Brandon Hatlestad, Sam Kaliher, Micah Reiken, Alex Evenson, Ariel Hierrara and Riley Sheridan.
Game 5 (Second Year Mites)
B/W Blades 5, Godfather's Pizza 3
The Breckenridge/Wahpeton Blades started off the scoring early with 3 goals by Braden Kessel and 2 goals by Nicholas Johnson. Godfather's was quick to try and comeback with 2 goals being scored by Jack Nathe and another one added by Zach Tarczon. Goaltender CJ Ward had a great game. Assisting the Godfather's Pizza team were Tyler Stanley, Camden Andrews, Seth Pribbernow, Tyler Hobbs, Abby Hobbs, Peter Johnson, Austin Damrau, Mathew Johnson and Nicholas Johnson.
Game 6 (Squirts)
Kiwanis/Fergus Tire Cetner 11, Service Food/Rotary 5
It was a flurry of action as the Squirt House League divided up into 2 teams and came head to head Sunday evening for this match. Scoring for Service Food/Rotary was done by Sam Rausch with 2 goals and Tosten Mann, Taylor Lemke and Adam Evenson each adding a goal. Strong goaltending by Derek Christianson was also needed as he had many saves in the game. Assisting in the game were Annie Magnusson, Josh Anderson, Conor Nesbitt, Ean Goos, Jacob Viger, Keanna Overland, Gus Kolstad, Alex Phillipe, Ryan Smith, Megan Odland and Sydney Kuehl. Scoring for Noon Kiwanis/Fergus Tire Center was Colton Buseth with 6 goals and Adam Drake adding 3 more, and Mitchell Toso with 2. Goaltender Keaton Lausch didn't have as much action in the net but there were still plenty of saves. Assisting in the game were Will Storhaug, Brady Halvorson, Andrew MacFarlane, Josh Evavold, Connor Murphy, Michaela Bock, Katie Shelstad, Austin Koep, Mitch Watkins, Abby Moxness, Michael Bell, Kyler Peterson, Lauren Norgren and Mitch Cole.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Walters & Kolle Update, Tournament Notes
Zach Walters will be on the first boxing card hosted at the brand new Grand Casino Events and Convention Center in Hinckley on Saturday, St. Patrick's Day. Walters will be fighting James Johnson, a southern boxer with 48 fights to his name. The event will begin at seven o'clock.
Walters, a light heavyweight, defeated Preston Kenny from Columbia, Missouri on a second round TKO on Saturday, February 24 in Superior, Wisconsin. Walters dropped Kenny with a hard right hand to the body that sent him to the canvass just seconds into the bout, one of two times he hit the floor in the first round. Walters landed a hard right-left combination to the head that dropped Kenny face first, ending the fight 41 seconds into round two. With the win Walters moves to 16-2, with 12 KO's.
Andy "Kaos" Kolle also appeared on the card, and also made quick work of his opponent, beating Corey Budd of Lima, Ohio with a TKO at 1:35 of the first round. Kolle is now 12-1 with 10 KO's.
Fight fans should mark down Saturday, April 14th as Professional Boxing returns to the Fargo Civic Memorial Auditorium when Horton's Gym Promotions presents 'Red River Rumble,' a six bout evening of professional fights. The main event will feature NDSU senior Andy "Kaos" Kolle in an eight round bout against an opponent soon to be determined. The co-main event will feature Zach "Jungle Boy" Walters against an opponent to be determined. Also being featured on the show is West Fargo native, Tyler "Young Guns" Gould, a freshman at the University of Minnesota-Moorhead, and Robert "Bad Medicine" Miller, a 2004 graduate of UND. 'Red River Rumble' will begin at 8:00 p.m. Tickets, beginning as low as $15 are on sale now and can be obtained through the Fargo Civic Memorial Auditorium box office, Ticketmaster, or by calling 701-235-7171. For more information visit www.HortonsGym.com or contact Chuck Horton at 218-310-5200 or Mike LeTourneau at 651-815-1648.
There has been some tremendous tournament action over the past week. Roseau winning the 2A Minnesota State High School hockey tournament with a 5-1 win over Grand Rapids was sweet. It's the Rams seventh state championship in their record 31st appearance. Those two northern teams ruined the weekend for Twin Cities hockey fans!
How about Pelican Rapids and Breckenridge in 8AA boys basketball. The Vikings upset top seeded Hawley and the Cowboys then beat second seeded D-G-F on Saturday, setting up a great south sub-section championship game on Tuesday night at Concordia. A controversial three-point field goal by Todd Johnson as time expired lifted the Vikings to a 51-48 win over the Cowboys. It was a tremendous game between two evenly matched, competitive teams. Too bad it has to be tainted by the question of whether or not the shot should have counted. The slow motion replay on WDAY shows that the ball hadn't left Johnson's hand as the clock ticked down to :00. That's all anyone will be talking about, but don't let it overshadow the hard fought 36 minutes of basketball that was played by the two Heart O' Lakes Conference rivals. As long as officials are human, they are going to miss calls, especially bang-bang calls that are made in a fraction of a second. If it's perfection we want, then start using instant replay for everything. Brad Strand and Dean Haugo, the two coaches, are both class acts who get the most out of their kids. These two teams are young and they will be right back here battling again next season. Now the Vikings get a chance at a return trip to state when they face Bagley on Friday night at seven o'clock at Concordia College in Moorhead.
Former Pelican Rapids player Travis Lage is a member of the Northland Pioneers, the Region XIII Men's Basketball champions from Thief River Falls. The Pioneers are participating in the NJCAA Division III National Tournament this week in Delhi, New York after beating Minneapolis and Central Lakes in the Region Tournament. Northland is on a 26 game winning streak.
Former Spartan Andy Parochka finished his college career by playing in the NAIA National Championship game on Tuesday night. Mayville State lost to MidAmerica Nazarene University by a score of 78-60. Parochka made only 2 of 13 field goal attempts as Mayville State struggled from the field, making just 32% (23/73) of their shots and 13% (2/13) of their three's. Mayville State finished with a 27-9 final record. They were ranked 13th in the country entering the tournament and ended up as runners-up. Mayville opened tournament play with a 101-86 win over William Penn of Iowa and followed that win with an 88-72 win over Florida Memorial. In the quarterfinals they beat number twelve Cedarville, Ohio 82-81 and then knocked 16th ranked Northwest of Washington out of the tournament with a 74-65 win. Northwest had eliminated top ranked Bellevue, Nebraska 61-56 in the second round. Parochka averaged 9 points per game and hit 39% (76-196) of his three-point field goal attempts during his senior season.
I have the opportunity to broadcast the Class AA State Tournament games involving the Barnesville Lady Trojans this week in Minneapolis. This is the third trip to state by Barnesville with the last one coming during the 2003-2004 season. Two of this year's seniors, Erica Nord and Mandy Johnson, played on that team. Johnson made 3 of 5 shots and scored 7 points in the state quarterfinal loss to Wabasso and Nord had a team high 3 assists and 3 steals in that game.
Barnesville has a very balanced attack, led by six seniors. Nord (15.4), Johnson (11.6) and Christine Moe (10.2) all average in double digits, while Amanda Amundson (8.0) is close. Moe is the rebounding leader with nearly eight per game and Nord averages six per contest. Nord also leads the team with 5 steals and 3.4 assists per game. The other two seniors are Jaynie Herbranson (4 points, 3 steals, 3 assists per game) and Nicole Adamietz. Adamietz has seen limited playing time due to ACL injuries (both knees) in each of the last two seasons. As a team, Barnesville averages 15.6 steals and 13.4 assists per game. They also hold a 31-23 average edge on their opponents on the boards. The Lady Trojans score 60.1 points per game and allow 41.3 points per game to their opponents. They also hit 42.3% of their field goal attempts and 69.4% of their free throws. They force an average of 20 turnovers per game with their aggressive defensive play. The games will be broadcast live on KJ Country, 96.5 FM, KJJK beginning with the eleven o'clock game on Thursday morning from the U of M Sports Pavilion against fourth-ranked Jordan (26-1).
Iowa State senior Megan Ronhovde, a West Central Area High School graduate, is playing her final games in the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Tournament. Iowa State is seeded sixth in the Dallas Regional and will play Washington in the opening round on Saturday at 11:00 a.m. Ronhovde averaged 7.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for the Cyclones this season. Sophomore Gillian Bjerke from Pelican Rapids saw action in 13 of the 33 games this year.
Underwood High School graduate Ashley Samuelson suffered an ACL tear to her knee during the last week of practice for the NDSU Women's basketball team. Samuelson transferred to NDSU from Colorado State last year.
The Fergus Falls 5th Grade Girls Traveling Basketball Team took 2nd place at the Perham Spring Fling Tournament on Saturday, February 17. They defeated New York Mills in the first game and Hawley Sparks Maroon in the second game. In the championship game, Fergus Falls lost to Wahpeton.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Spartans Preparing for Spring Baseball Trip
Head Coach Kent Bothwell has taken his Spartan baseball teams to both coasts over the past several years and this year will be no exception. MSCTC-Fergus Falls will travel to Florida to play ten games in seven days at fields in Pensacola, Florida.
Bothwell's guys will board their comfortable Otter Tail/Minn-Dakota motor coach on March eighth and will have a two hour practice session after they arrive in Florida on the ninth. Their first games will be a double header agaisnt Frederick College on the tenth. They will play two games against Dakota County Tech on the eleventh, face Dean College in a single game on the twelfth, and play another double header on the thirteenth against Iowa Central. The team will enjoy an off day on the fourteenth before playing two games against Ellsworth College on the fifteenth and concluding their game schedule with one game agaisnt Jamestown on the sixteenth. The team will leave Floriday following their final game and return to Fergus Falls late on the seventeenth.
The Minnesota portion of their schedule begins with a home double header on Wednesday, March 28th, weather permitting and their Central Division schedule starts on Tuesday, April 10 with a pair of home games agaisnt St. Cloud Technical College. MSCTC will play fourteen non-division games against Minnesota Teams before starting division play.
Kyle Johnston will once again be assisting Bothwell. More information will be forthcoming.
Congratulations to four members of the Fergus Falls girls hockey team. Seniors Megan Sjolie, Kacey Franklin, Heather Briese and Katie Fredrickson received honorable mention All-State recognition from the Associated Press. Sjolie and Franklin are forwards, Briese and Fredrickson are defensemen.
Randy Carlson, who is quite involved with researching the sport of swimming and writes and edits articles for some swimming organizations, shares some interesting news about Fergus Falls eighth-grader Mike Hurley. The standout swimmer at Fergus Falls High School was mentioned in the February issue of Swimming World Magazine. Every year they issue a National Age Group Top 16 Honor Roll for long course swimming, which includes all registered kids who particpate in USA swimming programs, like the Fergus Falls Flyers summer program.
"USA Swimming is the governing swim program that most Olympians cycle through during their developing years," Carlson says. "In fact, many elite high school swimmers bypass high school programs to swim year round with their USA club. Last summer, while swimming for the Flyers, Mike posted a time in the 100 meter breaststroke that placed him at number sixteen in the USA for his age group (13-14). This is an unbelievable accomplishment! Mike is a great kid with a special talent and passing for swimming."
Hurley has been a key member of the extremely successful Fergus Falls boys swimming and diving team, which won the Section 3A title last weekend in Morris. He is competing in two individual events and two relays at the State Class A meet this weekend at the U of M Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.