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Friday, July 27, 2007
Fall Registrations
Fall sports registrations continue as we close in on the start of youth football and soccer.  High school practices begin on August 13th.
 
The Fergus Falls Youth Soccer Association will hold registration for their Recreational Soccer program on Monday, July 30 and Monday, August 6.  Registration is for kindergarten through sixth-graders and will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Middle School Commons in Fergus Falls.  Registration for seventh and eighth grade soccer will be held at the same time.
 
On August 1 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Old Gymnasium at the Fergus Falls Middle School, registration for 7th and 8th grade football will be held.  The cost is $125.00 per player with each player having the option of selling Otter cards as a fundraiser to help defray the cost.  This is the first year the 7th and 8th grade programs have fallen under the direction of the Fergus Falls Area Youth Football Association.  For more information contact Dan Prischmann at 218-739-2064.
 
The third annual Otter Football Booster Club Golf Scramble is scheduled for Sunday, August 19th at the Pebble Lake Golf Club at 2:00 p.m.  It will be a shotgun start with two divisions of competition, a championship flight and a fun flight.  The cost for the fund raising event is $75 per player.  Current Fergus Falls football players and all FFHS alumni graduating from 2003 through 2007 pay only $50 each.  Cart rental is available at a cost of $12 per person ($24 per cart), or Otter football players may be hired to caddie at a cost of $10.  Registration can be made online at www.ffareafootball.org.
 
Dave Gadow celebrated his first day of retirement but acing the par-3, 176 yard eighth hole at the Pebble Lake Golf Club in Fergus Falls.  Gadow used a 4-iron and the feat was witnessed by Dan Madsen.
Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, July 22, 2007
Hockey and Golf in July
The Fergus Falls Hockey team took second place in the Hockey Fest Tournament in Alexandria over the weekend. They defeated River Lakes 5-0, Midwest Marauders 4-3 and Hudson, Wisconsin 8-3. They lost to a team from Alexandria 4-0 on Saturday.
 
First place in the Fred Evenson Memorial Golf Tournament went to the team of  Dusty Christenson, Wade Jyrkas, Dan Tonneson, Justin Arneson, and Lonny Duenow with a score of 52.  The group of Bill Riviere, Doug Koennicke, Scott Collins, Tony Rendz, and Jeff Mauch finished second with a 55.
 
The team of Karin Storm, Cathy Welle, Nancy Mattson, Missy Rogers,  and Jolene Larsen had the highest score of 78.
 
Several Hole Contests were held during the tournament which was held on Friday at Pebble Lake Golf Club in Fergus Falls.  David Mosher (#2) and Jim DeBoer (#15) were closest to the pin winners, while John Hagge (#4) and Lonny Duenow (#11) were closest to the pin in two shots.  Jimmy Pederson (#9) and Brian Shuck (#17) made the longest putts.  Dusty Christenson (#1) and John Ouren (#13) had the longest drives for men, while Darliss Hagge (#10) and Karin Storm (#16) had the longest drives for women.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
Local BMX Racer to Represent USA
Derik Bergh has returned to Fergus Falls after participant in BMX races in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Bergh raced to a pair of third place finishes and a fourth.  He crashed attempting for a first place position on Sunday.  Bergh will now represent the United States in the Worlds which will be held in Victoria Island, Canada on July 26.
 
Hard to believe we are less than a month away from the fall sports season.  Summer always flies by.  I'm sure we'll all be ready to get back to the routine that fall and school bring in another 4-6 weeks, but until then, we still have some of summer to enjoy!
 
I would like to thank those summer coaches who have provided me with information on their teams throughout the last six weeks.  Programs are a lot less structured during the summer months and the effort taken by the coaches to promote their team and sport is appreciated.  From time to time I receive e-mails wondering why some teams get a lot of coverage on my website and others don't.  The answer is a simple one ... if I get the results and information from the coaches or team managers the team gets a lot of coverage.  If I don't receive any information on a team, it's hard to write about them.  I'm one person trying to cover as much of what is going on as is possible, but with the number of different teams and sports we cover on the website, if I don't have the cooperation of the coaches it doesn't get done.  Thankfully, I am blessed to work with a number of excellent coaches and people who care a lot about the kids they are working with and want to reward their hard work and dedication with positive publicity.  Thank you coaches!
 
Former Spartan Men's basketball player Tommy Chatman forwarded the following information. 
43 Hoops is proud to offer its summer skills camps in the month of August.  They will host a number of different camps that cater to the specific needs of each player, according to the position that is played.  They will host a Perimeter Players Skills Camp, August 6-9, 2007.  This camp is designed to help point guards and wing players improve on things such as shooting, ball handling, and proper footwork.  Their second camp will be the Post Players Skills Camp, August 13-16, 2007.  This camp is designed to help post players have a better understanding of how to play with both their back to the basket and facing the basket.  The final camp of the 43 Hoops Summer Skills Camp installment will be the 43 Hoops Elite Camp.  This camp will have the best players in their respective grades, competing to be the best.  43 Hoops is also pleased to have the services of Hoops Minnesota, a national ranking service, available to rank the participants, both boys and girls, by class.  This will aid in creating a fun and competitive environment!  These camps will be for boys and girls, grades 5-8.  Space is limited so please register today!  You may register online at www.43hoops.com For more information about the camps, and other services offered by 43 Hoops, log on to www.43hoops.com or call them at 952-294-4667.   

43 Hoops, in partnership with North Tartan AAU Club, is proud to present their second annual live recruiting showcase.  The event, a great exposure event for high school girls basketball players, will be September 29, 2007 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  College coaches from across the country will be present, along with Hoops Minnesota, a national ranking service.  This service will help in ranking the attendees by grade.  The event will also feature, for the first time in the state of Minnesota, combine style testing.  College coaches will be especially interested in this event as they will receive important information for each player pertaining to areas such as vertical jump, shuttle speed, stationary shooting, and sprint speed.  The 43 Hoops/North Tartan Super 80 is the premier event for women's basketball in the Twin Cities.

 

Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Draxten and North Tartan Team Doing Well
Fergus Falls standout Hannah Draxten is having a great summer with the North Tartan girls basketball team.
 
North Tartan ended up playing the Tennessee Flight for the championship of the Diamond Division at the End of the Trail Tournament in Portland, Oregon this past weekend.  The Tennessee girls went on to win the overall title in the tournament.
 
Here is some text from www.hoopgurlz.com who provided coverage of the event. 
 
 It took the Flight a little while to figure out that 6-foot 2008 class guard Hannah Draxten can hurt you if allowed to catch and shoot. She knocked down several threes in the first half.
 
North Tartan wing Hannah Draxten, from Fergus Falls High School lit up the net shooting from the perimeter. The 2008 sharp-shooter was dead on in catch and shoot situations in North Tartan's win over East Bay Xplosion.
 

North Tartan will play in Memphis July 21-25, Minneapolis July 26-27, and North Augusta, South Carolina July 28-31.

 

Mark Welle recorded a hole-in-one on Tuesday, July 10, at Pebble Lake Golf Club in Fergus Falls.  Welle aced the par 3, 15th hole, using a six-iron.  Witnesses included Mike Alt, Scott Schauff and Dave Thacker.

 
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, July 6, 2007
FF Coaches Await Board Approval
The search for a head boys basketball coach and a head boys tennis coach at Fergus Falls High School is nearly complete.  Job offers have been extended and accepted by candidates for each position with the final step being approval by the Fergus Falls School Board.  This should come at their meeting on Monday, July 9th.
 
Dave Lehrke, a long time assistant to Bob Bjorklund in the Fergus Falls High School program, has accepted the head boys basketball position, pending board approval.  Lehrke has also spent time as head girls and boys basketball coach at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, and assisted Jason Retzlaff at MSCTC last season.  He has been actively involved in Fergus Falls basketball at all levels, including the Backcourt Club Saturday morning basketball program.
 
Former Otter Josh Mohagen has accepted the head boys tennis position, pending board approval on Monday.  Mohagen starred for the Otters in his high school career in both tennis and basketball.  He has instructed middle school tennis and summer recreation tennis lessons in the past and also coached with Lehrke on Retzlaff's Spartan Men's Basketball staff last winter.
 
The positions opened with resignations by Keith Pearson and Jeff Moon at the end of the school year. 
 
Other positions needing to be filled include head girls hockey coach and head girls golf coach.  Former girls hockey coach, Jim Conrad resigned when he accepted a teaching and coaching job in Long Prairie, and girls golf coach John Tufte has resigned his teaching and coaching position at FFHS to take a job at Grand Forks Red River High School.  The interview process is underway with candidates for those two coaching positions.
 
Former Otter Karoline Brause was hired as the new head girls soccer coach earlier this spring, replacing Eric VanSickle, who moved to the St. Cloud Area.
 
Several assistant coaches will need to be hired in the system with the new head coaches playing a key role in the process.
 
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Bruce Bakke.  Bruce was the Sports Editor at the Fergus Falls Daily Journal for nearly 15 years, retiring due to health reasons in 1982, shortly after I arrived in the city.  I never really got to work alongside Bruce in covering local sports, but got to know him and his wife, Nancy, through our Foster Care support group.  In doing some research for a book on Dave Retzlaff's 38 years of coaching Spartan basketball, I came across some of Bruce's Off-Side columns that Retz had clipped and saved.  He did a thorough job of covering local sports and as Daily Journal Sports Editor Brian Hansel said in his column on Bruce, "he was from the old school."  Packer fan till the end, supporter and promoter of local sports, and helping kids through years of being a foster parent.  I hadn't seen Bruce for quite awhile and will always regret that.  I always enjoyed our visits and he served this community well.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, July 2, 2007
Otter FB Camp, Amateur BB All Star Game
The third annual Fergus Falls “Otters” July 2007 football camp will begin Thursday, July 5 at 9:00 a.m. Practice sessions will run Tuesdays and Thursdays during the month of July at the High School levee from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Players should be on the field by 8:45 a.m.
 
Varsity football technique and fundamentals will be taught as players learn the offense and defensive systems used by the Otters. All interested players, both new and returning, entering grades 9 through 12 are invited to participate. There is no cost for the camp. Players that need equipment will be issued equipment by Coach Carl Prischmann at the equipment room on the east side of the high school on Tuesday, July 3 at 9:00 a.m.
 
On Friday June 29 in Dent, the Countryside League/Hi-10 All Star baseball team won their amateur baseball All Star game 5-3 over the All Stars from the Lake and Pine Leagues.  It was an errorless game that featured 24 hits.                               

Mic Johnson of the Fergus Falls Hurricanes hit a solo home run in the fourth inning and delivered a 2-run single in the 5th.  Jordan Wohlwend of Deer Creek contributed a 2-run single in the 6th inning for the CL/Hi-10 All-Stars.  The winning pitcher was Dustin Geiser of Bluffton who struck out three in one inning of work.

Zach Etter of Midway hit a solo homer in the third inning and finished 3-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored to lead the Lake and Pine All Stars.  Luther Kangas from Wolf Lake drove in a run with a single in the 5th, and Adam Johnson from Nimrod had an RBI single in the 5th inning.

Here are the standings at the half-way point of the Minnesota Lakes Conference American Legion Baseball schedule. 

                                    W        L

DGF                            6          1

Hawley                        6          2

Breckenridge                4          2

Pelican Rapids              4          3

Barnesville                    3          4

New York Mills           2          5

Parkers Prairie              1          5

Frazee                          0          5

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