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Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Underwood VB Alumni, Retz Open Results
The Underwood High School volleyball alumni will meet the 2007 version of the Underwood Rockets in an alumni game at five o'clock Friday afternoon in the Underwood gymnasium.
 
Coach Diane Ross confirms that former players Breck (Johnsen) Grove and Jenny (Gronner) Roisum are going to play, as well as Megan Ness, Livvy Jacobson, Meegan Shebeck, Simone Stroschein, Becky Wold, Megan Peterson, Erica (Pederson) Wolden and others.
 
"It should be a good time," said Ross. "It's open to the public and free of charge so we hope to see a lot of Underwood fans.
 
The Underwood football opener will follow at 7:00 p.m. with the Rockets hosting Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross.
 
Several former Spartan basketball players were on hand for the fourth annual Retz Open at Pebble Lake Golf Club in Fergus Falls on Sunday.  The annual fundraiser for Spartan Men's Basketball includes an introduction of the Spartan team for the upcoming season.
 
The team of Aaron Grove, Nate Grove, Chris Fernholz and Steve Fernholz won the scratch division with a score of 59. 
 
Winners of the net division title this year are Peter Kruize, Peter B. Kruize, Tom Ness and J.T. Ness.
 
Hole contest winners were Ben Olson (closest to the pin), Lance Walvatne (longest drive-men), Karen Michaelson (longest drive-women), and J.T. Ness (longest putt holed).
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, August 20, 2007
Football Fundraiser, Middle School Registration
The 3rd Annual Fergus Falls Otter Football Booster Club Golf Tournament Scramble was held on Sunday at the Pebble Lake Golf Club.
 
The McDonalds team of Lincoln Kalenberg, Gary Haffley, Ben Olson and Justin Arneson won the Competitive Flight with a score of 54.  Team Morstad (Jim Morstad, Tom Morstad, Alex Morstad and Erin Morstad) came in second with a 57.  The Spirit Team award went to the Ed Jones team of Josh Kasowski, Mike Ross, Derek Jensen and James Wiederman.
 
In the Fun Flight, the 11 - 2 Team of Jerry Ness, Dean Monke, Todd McGovern and Larry Enderle finished in first place with a 67 and the Risbrudt / Evavold team, consisting of Richard Risbrudt, Roger Evavold, Bill Schueller, Don Cole and Mike Payson took second with a 69, winning a tie breaker to claim the runner-up spot.  The Spirit Team award went to the Math Team of Eric Paul, Dennis Bowman, Tom Bowman and Rick Tryaw.
 
The Otter Football team will continue with two-a-day practices this week and the varsity, junior varsity and freshman teams will travel to Sauk Centre on Saturday to participate in a scrimmage.
 
Registration for 7th and 8th grade volleyball, girls tennis, girls swimming and boys and girls cross country, is scheduled for five o'clock Thursday at the Fergus Falls Middle School Auditorium.  Tuesday, August 28 is opening day for all Middle School sports.
 
Any student who intends to participate in Middle School or High School interscholastic athletic activities must have on file in the Student Activities Office, a record of a physical examination performed within the previous three years.  Proper forms are available at local clinics.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, August 13, 2007
Walters and Kolle Scheduled for Boxing Cards in Superior
Zach "Jungle Boy" Walters and Andy "Kaos" Kolle will most likely be headlining three boxing cards in Superior, Wisconsin between October and May.  Horton's Gym of Duluth recently announced the series of cards at a press conference.
 
The first event, Superior Jungle Rumble 2, will be held on October 13 at Mertz Mortorelli Gym.  The second event, Superior Jungle Rumble 3, is scheduled for February 13 at Mortorelli Gym, and the final event, Superior Showdown IV, is set for May 9 at Wessman Arena.
 
Both Walters and Kolle earned decisive victories in their most recent fights on May 4 at Superior Showdown III.
 
Grandstand admission for each event is $25 and $35 for the floor.  For tickets call (715) 392-2268.
 
Fergus Falls senior Hannah Drazten is listed as the fourth best high school girls basketball player in Minnesota by www.gprep.net.  Courtney Boylan of Chaska, Klara Buford of St. Paul Central and Brianna Mastey of Becker are ranked as the top three players in the state.
 
Twenty-two of the top 100 players listed will be playing in Fergus Falls at the tip-off classic November 30 through December 1.
 
Centennial leads the way with six players on the list, followed by Becker with four and Park of Cottage Grove with three.  The Otters play Park of Cottage Grove on Friday night, November 30, and go up against Becker, the defending Class 3A state champion, on Saturday night, December 1.  Becker returns every player from their championship team.  Eight games will be played at the Fergus Falls High School gymnasium over those two days, featuring some of the top teams and players in Minnesota.  The F-M Acro Team will also be performing.
 
In addition to hosting the Tip-Off Classic, Fergus Falls will once again host the American Federal Holiday Classic.  Sixteen of their twenty-six games are home games.
 
Other area players making the top 100 list include seniors Kamille Wallin of Crookston, Kelsey Jacobson of Moorhead, Jordyn Sears of St. Cloud Tech, Maggie Bryant of Sartell-St. Stephen, Molly Simmons of Crookston and Angie Jetvig of Hawley.  Junior Nicole Smart of Ada-Borup is also on the list, along with sophomores Sari Noga of Parkers Prairie and Bree Holleman of Hancock.
 
The fall sports season is underway with teams beginning practice on Monday.  With that in mind, circle these dates on your calendar.  The 2007 State Football Tournament quarterfinals will be played on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, November 8, 9, and 10 at sites around the state.  The semifinals will be held at the Metrodome on Thursday and Friday, November 15 and 16, and the Prep Bowl will be held over two days, Friday, November 23 and Saturday, November 24 at the Dome.  The 9-Man, A, AA and AAAAA games will be held on Friday, with the AAA and AAAA title games scheduled for Saturday.
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, August 7, 2007
Lady Spartans to Host Volleyball Pals Clinic
The Lady Spartans will be hosting their annual Volleyball Pals Clinic on August 15 and 16 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at MSCTC-Fergus Falls campus.  The clinic is open to kids entering first through sixth grades.  The cost is twelve dollars per person.
 
"Our players will once again be involved in the clinic and the kids will get a chance to meet them and work with them," said first year Head Coach Terri Strom.  "Everyone will receive a ball and a t-shirt, and the kids will be invited to showcase their skills at our home match against Minnesota West on September 19th."
 
All players will also be eligible for drawings to determine who will be Spartan Pals for each home match, gaining the opportunity to sit on the bench with the team.
 
For more information on the Volleyball Pals Clinic, contact Terri Strom at 320-760-9340 or 218-736-1638.  The Lady Spartans begin their season with their home tournament on Saturday, August 25. 
 
Steve King begins his first year as Head Coach of the Spartan football team.  King spent last year as the Head Coach at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids after serving as an assistant to Lloyd Danzeisen for several years in Fergus Falls.
 
The Spartan football team begins practice on Friday with numbers expected to be around forty.  Joe Barfknecht will serve as defensive coordinator with Adam Baker and Dave Monson also in assistant roles.
 
The Spartans open the season on Saturday, August 25 at St. Cloud State University with a 7:00 p.m. kick-off against Rainy River Community College.
 
The Fourth Annual Retz Open Golf Tournament is fast approaching.  The Spartan Men's Basketball Fundraiser will begin at 12:00 noon, Sunday, August 26, at Pebble Lake Golf Club in Fergus Falls.  It's an 18-hole shotgun scramble with scratch and handicap champions crowned.  The entry fee is $75.00, $60.00 for Pebble Lake Golf Club members.  The price includes 18 holes of golf, on course events, dinner, great door prizes, a complimentary gift, memorabilia, an opportunity to meet the 2007-2008 Spartan Men's Basketball team and a portion of the fee goes to support the Men's Basketball program at MSCTC-Fergus Falls.
 
Entry deadline is Wednesday, August 22, with a cart reservation deadline of noon on Wednesday, August 15.  Reservations can be made by calling the pro shop at 218-736-7404.  Mail entry information to Spartan Men's Basketball, c/o Coach Retz, MSCTC-Fergus Falls, 1414 College Way, Fergus Falls, MN 56537-1000, or e-mail to [email protected]. Make checks payable to Spartan Men's Basketball.
 
Derik Bergh had another successful weekend of BMX racing as he competed at the Land O' Lakes Nationals which was held at Pineview Park BMX Track in St. Cloud.  Racing in the 12 Expert category, Bergh was first out of sixteen racers on Saturday night and first out of fourteen racers on Sunday.  In the 11-12 year old open division, Bergh was second on Saturday and first on Sunday.  Derik beat 2007 World Champion Tyler Whitfield from Illinois in his two Expert races.
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, August 3, 2007
Big Friday Signals End to Summer Activities
Big Friday was held on August 3 at Broadway Park in Fergus Falls.  The playing of the six championship games in the Fergus Falls Parks and Recreation Department signals an end to summer activities for over 650 kids who participated on one of the over sixty teams. 
 
The day started at 8:30 a.m. with the T-Ball championship game between the Angels (Jeremy Umlauf) and the Twins (Jed LaPlante) with the Angels scoring ten runs in the bottom of the third to win 27-26.  Nick Pearson, Josh Nehk, Matthew Johnson and Ben Golden each scored three times for the Angels.  Austin Stanislawski, Ronnie Becker and Nate Longtin each scored three runs for the Twins.  In the Toss League title game, Joel King delivered a bases clearing hit in the bottom of the third as the Giants (Erin Evavold) beat the Reds (Jed LaPlante) 18-14.  Elijah Colbeck and Sean McGuire each scored three runs for the Giants, while Chandler Sanders crossed the plate three times for the Reds.
 
In the Division I championship game, the Mets (Sam Revering) edged the Twins (Heather Briese) 19-18.  Girls scoring three times each for the Mets included Jessica Pistulka, Kayla Hoeper, Alex McKinnell, Lexie Palm and Destiny Reckmo.  For the Twins, Hannah Eckhardt came across the plate five times and Tara Budke scored four runs.  The Reds (DJ Ringquist) won the Division II title with a 19-14 victory over the Orioles (Erin Evavold).  Alyssa Klinger led the Reds with five runs scored and Jileen (Rocket) Tennesson scored four times.  Chloe Kugler scored three runs to lead the Orioles.
 
The Dwarf League game was a nail-biter with the Dodgers (Barry Seidel) scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth inning to beat the Reds (Mark Aho) 11-10.  Josiah Rostad came through with a bases loaded single to score Travis Seidel with the game winner.  Dustin Iverson hit a two-run home run for the Dodgers in the third and Evan Newman delivered a two-run single in the fourth.  For the Reds, Michael Bell was 4-for-4 with two singles, two triples, three runs batted in and three runs scored.  Marlo Bell had a double, a homer and three runs scored, and Abram Aho went 3-for-4 with a single, two doubles, two RBI and three runs scored.
 
The Pony League game was the final game of the day, and it took two extra innings to decide it.  The Angels (Brian Laugen) took leads of 2-0 and 3-1, but the A's (Steve Undseth) came storming back to tie the game with a pair of fifth inning runs.  In the top of the eighth, Austin Ewert drove in Austin Hanson with a two-out single to give the Angels a 4-3 lead.  Joe Dubard went 2-for-3 with two runs scored.  Hanson was the winning pitcher, going four innings, striking out two and allowing only two hits and two unearned runs.  He didn't walk a batter.  Blake Ricks (3-4, 2B, 2R, 4IP, 7K, 3BB, 4H, 1ER) took the loss.  Connor Lausch had two hits and socred one run for the A's.  Joe Nathe and Walker Heinen each had one RBI.
 
The Ladies 4-Player Scramble was held on Friday at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls.  In the Gross Division, the team of Jessica Toop, Sharon Toop, Brenda Radloff and Ryma Meier took first place with a score of 67.  Carol Hamann, Wanda Meslow, Cheryl Ferrell and Angie Wamre finished second with a 68 and the team of Cindy Kraby, Alice Swanson, Deb Wurzbacher and Becky Ihringer came in third with a 69.
 
Jill Green, Becky Sheeley, Joyce Perez and Andrea Kovarik won the Net Division with an adjusted score of 45.9.  Liane Mauch, Laurie Christensen, Tammy Althoff and Sue Heitkamp finished second with a 47.8 and in third place with a score of 47.9 was the team of Karen Lundstrom, Lisa Wigdahl, Margo Shebeck and Karen Michaelson.
 
Hole contest winners included Judy Klaers for Closest to the Pin (#2), Anne Pyle for Closest to the Pin (#15), Jessica Toop for Longest Drive (#1), Gloria Polman for Longest Drive (#13), Michelle Bishoff for Longest Putt (#9) and Joyce Perez for Longest Putt (#18).
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