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Thursday, September 27, 2007
MIAC Honors Presented to Rohlfs and Shol
Weekly honors have been bestowed on a couple of former Otters by the MIAC.
 
Gustavus Adolphus College senior Kyle Rohlfs, a Fergus Falls High School graduate, has been named co-MIAC Men's Golf Player of the Week after firing rounds of 72-72 for a two over-par total of 144 to tie for first place at the UW-Eau Claire Invitational. The win at Eau Claire is Rohlfs' first collegiate victory. The Gustavus team finished second in the meet one stroke behind host UW-Eau Claire.
Rohlfs has compiled a stroke average of 74.3 this fall through two tournaments. He and the Gusties will take part in the Twin Cities Classic this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.
 
Paul Shol, a junior on the Concordia College football squad and another FFHS grad, has been named the MIAC Special Teams Player of the Week.  Shol returned a kick-off 90 yards for a touchdown in the Cobbers loss to St. John's last Saturday.  It was the second longest kick-off return in Concordia football history and the first returned for a touchdown since 2003.  Shol is the MIAC leader in kick return average at 28.9 yards per return.
 
Shol was also the recipient of the Champion Award for Special Teams this past week at Concordia.  Every week the coaching staff hands out "Champion" awards to position and scout team players based on game and practice performance the prior week.  Shol also earned the honor after the first game of the season agains MSU-Moorhead.
 
Freshman Aaron Schindler from Barnesville won the Champion award for Scout Team Defense against St. John's.
 
Senior linebacker Dave Moll, a former Ottertail Central standout, won the Champion award for linebacker for his efforts against Dickinson State and another Fergus Falls grad, Carl Hauser won the Special Teams award for that game and for the Bethel game.  Sophomore Justin Hensch, another former Otter, was the recipient of the award for Defensive Line play against Bethel.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Aasness Participates in BB Showcase, P P & K Results
Cody Aasness, a 6-1 senior all-conference guard at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, was a major contributor in the Midwest High School Basketball Showcase championship game held on Saturday in Verona, Wisconsin. 
 
Aasness hit a big 3-pointer down the stretch to help keep his team in the game.  Cody's aggressive all around play with scoring, passing, rebounding and tough defense not only helped his team in the championship game but also in reaching the big game.  For his efforts he was named to the Showcase 'Special Mention' team.
 
The basketball event showcased some of the top high school basketball players in the Midwest and competition was keen with players invited from Chicago and out-state Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.
 
The results are in for the 2007 Pepsi NFL Punt, Pass and Kick competition which was hosted by the Fergus Falls Jaycees last Saturday. 
 
Boys 8-9
1. Dylan Brusven, 2. Matthew Biegler, 3. Chris Tungseth
 
Boys 10-11
1. Jacob Isaac, 2. Mitchell Cole, 3. Noah Strom
 
Boys 12-13
1. Austin Rund, 2. Cody Ward, 3. Joey Gaworski, Cody Nelson, Casey Ward
 
Boys 14-15
1. Tyler Lawrence
 
Girls 8-9
1. Abby Hobbs
 
Girls 12-13
1. Megan Biegler
 
Girls 14-15
1. Kalea Hatlewick
 
Top finishers in each age group will now advance to the Sectional competition on Saturday, October 13th in Brainerd.  Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. with a 12:00 noon start.
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, September 24, 2007
FFHS Homecoming Week, Jungle Boy to Fight Soon
It's homecoming week at Fergus Falls High School.  The week is full of activities and of course the homecoming football game on Friday night against Willmar which includes the outstanding halftime show presented by the FFHS Marching Band.
 
Once again this year the Fergus Falls Gymnastics Academy will hold their (3rd) Annual Tailgate Fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Middle School upper level (South) parking lot.  They will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, cookies, nachos, pop and water.
 
Zach "Jungle Boy" Walters is preparing for his next fight, coming up on October 13th at the Mortorelli Gym in Superior, Wisconsin.  Andy "Kaos" Kolle (14-1) will also appear on the card, fighing Bradley Thompson (15-11-1).  Zach sent out an e-mail to his fans earlier this month and here are some of the excerpts.
 
"The fight is on! We had our team press conference September 20 to announce the matches for the October 13 show. I will be up against Ali Supreme. Supreme is out of Chicago with a record of 15-7 (7 KO). He has been boxing at cruiserweight since 2004 and won the NABF title by way of 12 round decision in ’05. His team has chosen to take Supreme back down to light heavyweight which is the class he debuted in. He is 6’1” and has fast hands. This should make for a good fight.

I am more than ready for this challenge since I have been training hard all summer. I have added some new moves to my boxing game and further solidified what was already working for me. Since the match was made I have been sorting through my bag of tricks to choose what will work best in fighting Supreme. I am molding my style into one that will beat this guy and keep me safe in the process.

I am currently ranked #14 by the NABF and beating Supreme should boost my rank since Supreme is a former champ. I have also been added onto the USBA rankings at #15. Both of these belts hold a lot of merit and it is an honor to be a contender for each. This winter will be a good fight season. I have been doing nothing, but boxing since December of last year. Boxing full time was a team decision to make it possible to face tougher opposition successfully. My focus has been great over the last year. Boxing has become a way of life for me. I wake up to train and box. I believe this type of dedication will take me to a world title.
 
The venue is a nice spot for a fight card because it has two sides of grandstand seats with all four sides of the ring floor packed with tables and chairs. It is fun to box in the middle of a packed house with a raucous crowd on all sides. There’s real feeling of energy in the middle of the noise. I can hardly wait to get back into the ring! "
 
To find out more visit www.nabfnews.com, www.ibf-usba-boxing.com, or www.hortonsgym.com, along with Zach's own website at www.jungleboywalters.com.

Tickets for Superior Jungle Rumble are available at Benna Ford on 3022 Tower Ave Superior, WI. The phone number is (715) 392-2268.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Punt, Pass & Kick, Spartan Update
The Fergus Falls Jaycees will be hosting the NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick competition this Saturday at the Fergus Falls High School Varsity Football field.  The competition is free and open to boys and girls ages 8 to 15.  Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.  Entry forms are available online at www.nflyouthfootball.com.
 
The NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick football competition allows youngsters to showcase their talents in punting, passing and kicking with scores based on distance and accuracy.  Top finishers from each of the eight age groups at local competition will advance to the Sectional competition in October.
 
Kenny Davis, a freshman running back from Perry High Schoolin Perry, Georgia, was named the Minnesota Community College Conference Southern Division Offensive Player of the Week.  Davis ran the ball 27 times for 187 yards, including a game clinching 58 yard burst with less than two minutes left in the game.  The MSCTC-Fergus Falls Spartans won their second game in a row 20-7 over the Itasca Vikings.
 
The Spartans will host the defending State Champion Vermilion Ironmen on Saturday, September 22.  Kickoff is set for 3:00 p.m. in Fergus Falls.
 
The Spartans are allowing 264.7 yards per game and gaining 295.7 yards per game.  They have outscored their opponents 43-40 in three games.  Davis is third in the Southern Divisioni with 347 yards rushing on 70 carries, a 5 yard per carry average.  Receiver Garin Gardner is second in receptions with sixteen for 288 yards, an average of eighteen yards per catch.  He has also found the end zone three times.
 
Defensively, Taurean Smith is second in the division with 41 tackles, twenty unassisted and twenty-one assisted.  Korey Fry is fourth with 33 tackles and leads the division with five interceptions.
 
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Otter Football Team to be Featured
WDAY news will be doing a story on the Fergus Falls High School football team and their connection with the Minnesota Veterans Home in Fergus Falls. 
 
Every Monday the team goes to the Veterans Home and spends time with the Vets.  On game days, if the weather cooperates, several of the veterans head over to the stadium to watch their players compete.  WDAY will be featuring this special community relationship on their Sunday, September 23rd 10:00 p.m. newscast.
 
The Fergus Falls JV football team played a rare Monday game at home against Detroit Lakes and Coach Dan Prischmann filed this summary of the game.
 
The JV team came away with their third win of the season by a final score of 22-13, despite spotting the Lakers six points in the first quarter on an early touchdown.
 
Early in the second quarter the Otters scored on a 15 yard run by Boyden Lee and took the lead 8-6.  The Otters scored once more in the first half on a 17 yard pass from Nick Risbrudt to Boyden Lee and then Risbrudt scored the two-point conversion on a boot leg run.
 
In the third period the Otters converted a third and eight situation with an outstanding catch and run by Tony Sibenaller for 56 yards, bringing the ball down to the five yard line.  That big gain was sprung by a huge block by Will Rader on the outside.  Boyden Lee carried the ball into the end zone for his third TD of the day and the two-point conversion was made good on a pass to Sibenaller from Risbrudt.
 
The Otter offensive line was quite proficient again today.  The line was led by Andrew Sletten, Tyler Garding, Jesse Laugen and Sebastia Benzi by offering good pass protection for the quarterbacks and making good running lanes for the running back trio of Lee, Trevor Larson and Jordan Ringquist.
 
The defense was led by Derek Schreiber (DT/LB) and Brandon Jannsen (DT).  There were some huge hits by Jared Carr (ILB), Jesse Laugen (ILB) and Will Rader (OLB).  Late in the game, a touchdown saving tackle was made by a hustling Derek Schreiber.  John Block made a great tackle on kick-off coverage on special teams.
 
It was a very good game for the young JV Otters, who are really starting to gel as a complete team.
  
Here is Coach Brian Carlson's assessment of the Fergus Falls ninth-grader game against Detroit Lakes.
 
The 9th grade team traveled to Detroit Lakes on Thursday for a 5:00 p.m. game.  Coming off the weekend, the coaches were concerned about the kids coming out flat.  Our concerns were confirmed as Detroit Lakes took the opening kickoff and promptly returned it for a touchdown.  On their next possession, the Lakers went around end for 70 yards and the Otters quickly found themselves down two touchdowns.  The final score was 20-2 in favor of the Lakers and with the exception of a late 4th quarter touchdown on a Fergus turnover, the Otter defense really stuffed their offense for most of the game. 

On offense, Tim Weller continues to run well up the middle.  The Otters had several nice sustained drives but seemed to stall in the red zone and could not find the end zone.  Aaron Helbling made a beautiful diving catch but for the majority of the night, the Otters passing game just didn't click.  On defense, both Eden Beck and Nate Donoho had huge games at defensive end.  Nate Donoho scored the only Otter points when he sacked the Lakers quarterback in their endzone.  Our cornerbacks, Austin Carr, Bryan Marquendant and Nate Cole did a nice job at containing the outside game of the Lakers. 

The 9th grade travels to Moorhead on Thursday for a 4:30 p.m. contest with the Spuds.
 

 

Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, September 17, 2007
Concordia-Bethel Game Longest Ever in MIAC
The college football game between Bethel and Concordia last Saturday set a record for the longest game in MIAC history as the two teams needed three overtime sessions to decide the winner.  Bethel won 48-45.
 
Fergus Falls High School graduates played a role in the game for both teams.  Concordia kicker Carl Hauser made two field goals of 29 and 27 yards, the last one giving the Cobbers a 45-42 lead in the third overtime.  He also made 3 of 4 extra point kicks in the game, including both of his overtime attempts.  Also for Concordia, defensive lineman Justin Hensch forced a fumble and was in on four tackles.  Paul Shol made two solo tackles, returned two kick-off for 35 yards, and also caught a pass for 13 yards, and Jed LaPlante assisted on one tackle.  Andrew Larson ran the ball twice for six yards and was 0-for-2 throwing the football.  Former Ottertail Central player Dave Moll, a linebacker for the Cobbers, had four solo tackles and assisted on three others.  He also had one pass break-up in the contest.
 
On the Bethel side of the ball, Brandon Carr had an interception and a pass break-up, along with three solo tackles and five assisted tackles.  Brandon also had three punt returns for a total of ten yards.  Jared Bangs ran the ball four times for eleven yards.

Bethel University senior outside hitter Liz Glesne, an Underwood High School graduate, has been named the MIAC Hitter of the Week.  Glesne led the Royals to a 4-1 week, including a win in the conference opener over Saint Benedict, when she tallied 25 kills, 15 digs, 4 blocks, and a .305 hitting percentage. She led all players from both teams with 27 points on the night. Glesne also helped Bethel to a 3-1 record at the UW-Oshkosh Pizza Hut Classic and was named to the 8-player All-Tournament team. Despite the lone loss to #8 Oshkosh, Glesne led all players from both teams in that match with 17 kills. Against UW-Platteville and Elmhurst she hit the 20-kill mark with 21 and 24 respectively, recording a double-double again Elmhurst with 10 digs. As a primary passer she had 118 serve reception attempts and only 7 errors. For the season, Glesne has already totaled 213 kills in 11 matches, and stands only 104 kills from Bethel's all-time career leader in that category. Stats for the Week: 5 matches, 18 games, 104 kills (5.78 kpg), 37 errors, 261 attempts, .256 hitting percentage, 7 aces, 48 digs (2.66 digs/game), 10 blocks - 3 solo (.56 blocks/game), 7 reception errors in 118 reception attempts.  Bethel is 9-2 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
 
Former Hillcrest volleyball player Abby Scheel leads the Concordia Women's volleyball team with 37 blocks (18 solo, 17 assists) in 28 games.  She also has 38 kills.  The Cobbers are off to a 6-3 start and are 1-0 in the MIAC.
 
Former Otter Sam Revering, a freshman at Jamestown College, had a part in a single match record for serving aces set by the Jimmies in their victory over Minnesota-Crookston.  Revering had two of the nineteen aces recorded by Jamestown in the match.  She also had two kills and one dig in a recent loss to Dickinson State as she continues to see limited playing time early in her first season.  Jamestown is off to a great start at 10-2 overall and 2-1 in the DAC.
 
The Fergus Falls Parks and Recreation Department is now accepting team registrations for their Women's Volleyball League.  Registration deadline is Monday, September 24th with league play starting on Wednesday, October 3rd.  All games will be played Wednesday nights at the Fergus Falls High School gymnasium with games beginning at 7:00 p.m.  The 2007 team fee is $200.00 and must be paid before the league begins.  All team managers must sign up at the Park and Recreation office located at 305 South Peck Street in Fergus Falls.  If you have any questions, please call 218-739-3205.
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Awards and Honors
Several awards are earned during the course of the sports year and we do our best to keep you up to date on the award winners.  Again, I appreciate your help in this area.  If you hear of someone receiving a special award or special recognition please let me know!
 
Len Kretchman, a 1990 graduate of NDSU and a 1984 Fergus Falls High School graduate, will be inducted into the Bison Athletic Hall of Fame on October 5th.  Kretchman played on three Division II National championship teams at NDSU and one runner-up.  He still holds the record for most receiving yards in a single game, 232 yards against Northern Colorado.  Kretchman was a three-sport standout athlete in football, basketball and track and field at FFHS.  A luncheon honoring the inductees will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, the 5th of October.  Inductees will also take part in the homecoming parade and in a special recognition ceremony at Saturday's Bison football game.
 
Korey Fry, a sophomore strong safety from Detroit, MI, was named the Minnesota Community Conference Southern Division Player of the Week.  Fry had two interceptions and 11 tackles in the Spartan’s 10-7 overtime victory against Northland CTC.  Fry returned his first interception for an 11-yard touchdown in the third quarter.  His second interception ended the game in overtime.

 

Fry is also very involved in other student life programs at MSCTC.  He is a member of the College Ambassadors, Student Senate, and CACTUS. 
 
Junior forward Chelsey Enderle of the Fergus Falls girl soccer team has been named the Girls Soccer Performer of the Week in the Central Lakes Conference.  Enderle had three goals and one assist as the Otters went 2-1 last week.
 
Some area student athletes participated in the St. John's Invitational Cross-Country meet held on Saturday, September 8.  Fergus Falls High School graduate Sam VanWechel placed ninth out of 97 runners in the Women's 6K race with a time of 24:51, while Breckenridge High School graduate Rebecca Arnhalt came in 43rd with a time of 27:20.

In the Men's 8K race, 141 runners participated and Breckenridge grad Tyler Berndt wound up 74th with a time of 30:05.


Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, September 2, 2007
Lots of Area Athletes Playing College Ball
I'll do a disclaimer up front.  There are many area student athletes playing college sports.  I have made an attempt to find information on as many as possible by surfing different websites for several hours.  I'm sure I missed some of them and this is where you come in.  I need your help in keeping everyone posted on how our young male and female student athletes are doing at the next level.  If you have information, please get it to me by e-mailing to [email protected].  Thanks in advance!!!
 
What a start for Andrew Larson from Fergus Falls!  The sophomore quarterback at Concordia College in Moorhead started Saturday's Power Bowl IX against MSUM on the sidelines as the backup QB for the Cobbers.  He didn't stay there.  Larson wound up throwing an 11 yard pass to Nick Alton (Parkers Prairie) with only three seconds on the clock, lifting the Cobbers to a 34-32 win over the Dragons.  Andrew led Concordia on a 52 yard scoring drive in eleven plays, covering a minute-twenty-nine seconds.  Larson completed 3 of 7 passes for 33 yards, ran the ball three times for 16 yards and even caught a pass for 3 yards on that game winning drive.  Overall, Larson had 66 yards rushing on 16 carries and completed 3 of 14 passes for 33 yards.  Concordia had 487 yards of offense on 99 plays, including 318 yards rushing.
 
Sophomore kicker Carl Hauser (Fergus Falls) made four extra point kicks and did the kicking off for the Cobbers as he did his freshman season.  Junior Paul Shol (Fergus Falls) returned three kicks for a total of 84 yards, the longest one covering 33 yards.  He also had a solo tackle and two assisted tackles on special teams.  Sophomore Jed LaPlante (Fergus Falls) assisted on a pair of tackles and sophomore Justin Hensch (Fergus Falls) recorded a sack which resulted in a ten yard loss.  Strongside linebacker Dave Moll (Ottertail Central) made two solo tackles and assisted on a pair of tackles as a starter on Saturday.  Three other Otters, junior corner back Grant Davenport, senior offensive tackle Shane Garrahan and sophomore wide receiver Nick Lewis did not see action.  Garrahan is sidelined for 4 to 6 weeks with a broken foot, while Lewis is out for the season with a contusion on his left lung, suffered in the Morris scrimmage.  Other players on the Concordia roster are Craig Lachowitzer (Ottertail Central), Dylan Jorgenson (Ottertail Central), Alex Jenson (Breckenridge), Aaron Meyer (Breckenridge), and Aaron Schindler (Barnesville).
 
Area players on the MSUM roster include senior Kyle Anderson (OLB) from Underwood, junior Patrick Moore (FS) of Underwood, Freshman Kurt Schoening (Special Teams) from Underwood, freshman Luke Buchholz (WR) from Ottertail Central and senior Aaron Cribb (OT) of Breckenridge.
 
Sophomore Kyle Belmont (Ottertail Central) will be starting at strong safety when the NDSU Bison open their season at home next Saturday against Stephen F. Austin.  Belmont had a good showing in the spring game when he had a pair of pass break-ups for the Green team in their 21-14 win over the Gold team.

Bemidji State University senior defensive tackle Zach Stafford (Fergus Falls), is out until mid-October with a broken bone in his foot.  Stafford was named to Don Hansen's Football Gazette NCAA Division II pre-season All-American team.  BSU is ranked #20 in the D2football.com pre-season poll.  Two former Underwood players, Brian Jensen and Jacob Ledding, are also with the Beavers.
 
Former Otter Luke Schalekamp is a junior wide receiver at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and sophomore Dan Beck from Pelican Rapids is an offensive lineman for the Bulldogs.  Schalekamp caught two passes for eleven yards in UMD's opening week victory over Bemidji State.
 
The Bethel Royals were upset in their season opener on Saturday, losing to Buena Vista College from Storm Lake, Iowa 21-16.  Bethel was ranked #24 in the D3football.com pre-season rankings and #2 in the MIAC pre-season poll.  Senior Brandon Carr (Fergus Falls), who was All-MIAC, All West Region and 3rd Team All-American last season, was a first team selection for the D3football.com Preseason All-American team and a second team selection for the Lindy's Preseason All-American team.  Carr led the MIAC with 7 interceptions a year ago.  On Saturday he made two solo tackles and assisted on three others, caught one pass for 7 yards and returned four punts for a total of 26 yards.  Another former Otter, Jared Bangs, ran the ball 20 times for 70 yards, returned one kickoff for 25 yards and made one solo tackle.
 
Also in the MIAC, senior Nate Novak (Ashby) is a linebacker at St. John's University, freshman Andy Lee (Fergus Falls) is playing defensive back for Carleton College and freshman Zach Lundquist (Pelican Rapids) is a linebacker for Gustavus-Adolphus. 
 
Ryan Jensen (Underwood) is now a senior receiver at St. Cloud State University and Peter Krog (Fergus Falls) is a freshman defensive end for the Huskies.  SCSU opened the season with a 17-7 win over Northern State University.
 
Playing for the Jimmies in Jamestown, North Dakota are former Otters Dan Sunde (FB) a freshman, Jesse Tysdal (OG) a sophomore and Evan Twedt (OLB) a junior, along with freshman offensive lineman Aaron Field (Pelican Rapids).
 
Two former Pelican Rapids players, junior Tayler Michels (SS) and freshman Riley Zsedeny (OL) are playing at the University of Minnesota, Crookston.  Freshman quarterback Mike Hamann (Underwood) is at U of M-Morris.  Nick Kiphuth from Perham is playing football at Central Lakes Community College in Brainerd.
 
Five former Hillcrest players are now on the roster at Northwestern College in Roseville.  Junior quarterback Jake Stroud, sophomore linebackers Ty Crabtree and Kyle Nash, and freshman Tajahn Cloud and Calvin Brue.
 
Former Comet Fred Gill (midfielder) is a senior on the Men's Soccer team at Northwestern College.
 
Former Fergus Falls standout Jack Underwood is a senior midfielder at Gustavus-Adolphus.  His team has started strong with back-to-back shutouts.  They were very successful last year, making it to the second round of the NCAA playoffs.  They have 12 seniors on the roster and were ranked 18th in the D3kick.com pre-season poll.
 
Two former Otters, senior Matt Klein (mid/defense) and junior Aaron Klein (mid/defense) are on the Concordia Men's Soccer team, along with junior midfielder Miguel Diaz (Hillcrest/Pelican Rapids).  Another former Otter, Jake Haws, is a senior defender and captain for the Bethel Men's Soccer team, while two former Otters, Sarah Tommerdahl (junior) and Jami Johnson (freshman) are on the Women's Soccer team at Bethel. 
 
Anna VanWechel (Fergus Falls), a freshman at MSUM, had a great debut on Friday, placing third in the NDSU Cross Country Open with a time of 18:59.39.  Her sister, Sam VanWechel, is a junior for St. Benedicts College.  Freshman Brittany Gigstead (Perham) was 12th overall in the NDSU Open, Hailey Brenden (Rothsay) was 29th, and sophomore Kelsey Bratlie (Breckenridge) was 63rd. 
 
A couple of other Breckenridge student-athletes are running cross country in college.  Tyler Berndt is a freshman at St. John's University and Rebecca Arnhalt is a freshman at the College of St. Benedict.
 
Concordia middle hitter Abby Scheel (Hillcrest) is now a junior and a dominant force at the net.  In three matches at the Concordia Invitational over the weekend Scheel had 12 blocks and 14 kills.  Concordia was 3-1 on the weekend.  Scheel missed the last match of the four played by the Cobbers.  Liz Glesne (Underwood) is a senior outside hitter for the Bethel Royals volleyball squad.  Through 14 games Glesne leads the team with 79 kills and has 32 digs.
 
Margaret Wilson (Breckenridge) is a redshirt freshman for the Valley City State University volleyball team.  Also playing college volleyball are Samantha Revering (Fergus Falls) at Jamestown and CalieAnn Rittenour (Underwood) at Iowa Central Community College.
 
Junior Abby Barker (Fergus Falls) is a midfielder for the MSUM Women's Soccer team, sophomore Sara Thanel (Fergus Falls) is diving for the Dragon Women's Swimming and Diving team, and Jennie Miller (Fergus Falls) is a sophomore at Carleton, swimming the breaststroke and the individual medley.  We wrote extensively about another former Otter, Stacy Busack, in a previous column.  Stacy has qualified for the Olympic Trials in both the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle at the University of Minnesota with school record times.  Freshman Luke Money (Fergus Falls) is swimming for St. Olaf.
 
Of course at MSCTC-Fergus Falls we are fortunate to have a number of area student-athletes to follow on www.craigolsonsports.com on a daily basis.  Playing volleyball are Krista Shaikoski and Deveny Moore from Fergus Falls, Lisa Gorr and Ashley Peterson from Underwood, Kendra Gamble and Nicki McGuire from Hillcrest, Sam Woida and Cassandra Klimek from Parkers Prairie, and Nikki Kneisl from Wadena-Deer Creek.
 
Jesse Schuett and Jerid Gutzmer, both from Fergus Falls, are on the Spartan football team.
 
Former Otters Kassidy Nygaard and Anna Larson are freshman golfers at MSCTC.  On the Men's team, Ben Schultz (Hillcrest), Mike Goldade (Breckenridge) and Will Ryan (Perham) are all sophomores, while incoming freshman include Shawn Strunk (West Central Area) and Taylor Ashworth (Fergus Falls).
 
Well, that's what I've uncovered so far with some special help from some of you out there in cyber space.  If you have information on other student athletes please forward it to me at [email protected].  Just an added note.  I have heard from many people and have updated this article as I have received information on other athletes.  I also heard from several people about area student-athletes participating in winter and spring sports.  I will be doing similar stories during those seasons to mention those individuals.  Thanks for the help!
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