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Friday, October 31, 2008
State Cross Country
The Perham boys cross country team is making their seventh consecutive trip to the State Class A meet and the Perham girls cross country team is making their sixth state tournament appearance in a row.  The state meet is Saturday at St. Olaf College in Northfield.
 
The Perham boys are the two time defending state champs and the Perham girls are looking to improve on a third place finish a year ago.  The girls run at 10:00 a.m. and the boys run at 11:00 a.m. Saturday.  Fans can check out live blog internet coverage of the race at www.downthebackstretch.blogspot.com.
 
Members of the Perham girls team are Maddie McClellan, Abby Anderson, Shayla Fulford, Cassie Beseman, Maddie Covington, Ciarrin Covington and Holly Sheets.  Pelican Rapids seventh-grader Emily Bakken also qualified for the individual girls state meet.
 
The Perham boys will be represented by Sam Stoll, Keith Schornack, Alex Barney, Klaus Weber, Brandon Karels, Isaac Werner and Nick Carignan.  All seven finished in the top fifteen at the Section 6A meet, earning all-section honors.
 
Kyle Toms of the West Central Area Knights and Rusty Duncan of the Ottertail Central Bulldogs will both be competing in the Class A boys individual competition.

 

Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, October 27, 2008
Hauser Hits Game Winner
Former Otter Carl Hauser was the hero for Concordia College on Saturday when he hit a 27-yard field goal with twelve seconds remaining to lift the Cobbers to an 18-17 win over Hamline University.  Concordia is also all alone in first place in the MIAC.
 
For his efforts Hauser has been named the MIAC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week.  Hauser currently leads the MIAC in field goals in conference games and overall games. He is 4-for-5 in field goal attempts in conference play this season and 7-for-8 in all games. He is also third in the league in scoring by kickers. Hauser is averaging 4.4 points per game in the team's five MIAC games this season.
 
Another former Otter now starting for the Cobbers in their defensive secondary, Andrew Larson, won the Defensive Player of the Week award on September 29th in their 24-7 win over Bethel.  Larson had a team
high eight total tackles and team highs in solo tackles (6) and assisted tackles (4) and made a key interception in the fourth quarter to seal the victory for the Cobbers.
 
Hillcrest graduate Abby Scheel, a senior at Concordia, is a key member of the lady Cobbers volleyball team which has clinched an MIAC playof spot for the eighth straight year.  Concordia is now 19-3 overall and 7-2 in the MIAC.  In a five game match victory over Carleton on Saturday, Scheel had one of her best matches of the season.  She finished with a game high attack percentage of .611 and came away with 12 kills.  She also had a match high six blocks.
 
Scheel leads the team with a .307 kill percentag and is third on the squad with 133 kills.  She also leads the Cobbers with 65 blocks, 17 of which are solo blocks.  Her 2.48 points per game is third on the team.
 
Chris Stier, a 2008 FFHS grad, is now playing soccer at Mary College in Bismarck, North Dakota.  Stier scored his first varsity goal, the lone goal of the game as the University of Mary defeated Jamestown College 1-0 last Thursday.  He then scored two goals on Sunday as they beat the University of Wisconsin-Superior 3-2.  Twice in the span of 24 seconds, Matt Binegar broke down the Yellowjackets defense to set up goals by Stier.
 
Remember to tune in Craig Olson Sports on PRTV Channel 1, available only through Park Region Telephone/Ottertail Telcom digital television.  For subscription information contact them at 218-998-2000.
PRTV Channel 1 is also featuring tape delay broadcasts of full games, including the Fergus Falls football playoff win over Rocori and last week's Spartan football victory over Itasca.  Earlier this season they had the Otter girls swimming invitational, Hillcrest football, a volleyball match between Hillcrest and Underwood, Fergus Falls volleyball, Otter and Comet soccer action and regular season football games for FFHS.  They will continue to provide game coverage throughout the winter.  We have a fresh Craig Olson Sports every Tuesday night at 7:00 p.m.
 
PRTV Channel 1 also has a program hosted by Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce director Lisa Workman and another hosted by Rebecca Peterson from A Center for the Arts.  It's a great opportunity to get up to date on local events.  More shows are in the works.  Tim Brinkman is the man putting it all together for Park Region Telephone/Ottertail Telcom and he's doing a great job.  Tim Litt is the producer of the shows and spends a lot of time editing everything together.  As a veteran of the old Lake Region Community Television days, I for one am thrilled at what they are doing.  It's just another way to promote the positive involvement of the youth of our area in sports and to inform viewers about what's happening in our business community and the arts. Remember to call 218-998-2000 for more information on how to get the channel.
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, October 24, 2008
Lady Spartans Compete at MCAC State Tourney
The Lady Spartans of MSCTC-Fergus Falls are competing this weekend in the MCAC State Volleyball Tournament which is being held at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls.
 
MSCTC qualified for the tournament by winning a playoff match with Minnesota West on Monday night, earning the fourth and final spot from the South Division.  They will begin tournament play Saturday with pool play against Northland at 10:00 a.m., Central Lakes at 2:30 p.m. and Ridgewater at 4:00 p.m.
 
The other pool will feature Itasca, Rochester, Hibbing and Anoka-Ramsey.  The top two teams in each pool will move on the championship bracket on Sunday, while the bottom two teams in each pool will play in the consolation round on Sunday.
 
The Lady Spartans have won 5 of their last six matches and bring a 14-13 record into the post season.
 
Emily Liljestrand leads the South division with 361 digs in 73 games, an average of 4.9 digs per game.  Brittany Nelson is averaging 3.5 digs per game, good for seventh in the South division.  CalieAnn Rittenour is sixth in kills per game with 2.6 and fifth in attack percentage at .298.  Deveny Moore is eighth in set assists per game with 3.3 and Linsey Strom is ninth with 2.8 per game.  Nicky Carrison is third in the division with 53 blocks.
 
Joshua Ottoson, a 2005 graduate of Pelican Rapids High School is now at Crown College, a private Christian college located near St. Bonifacius, Minnesota.  Joshua recently won the UMAC Golf Championship and UMAC Player of the Year award.  His two day score at the Alexandria Golf Club was 155, earning him a three stroke victory over the rest of the field. 
 
Joshua is a senior, majoring in youth ministries.  He is the son of Danny and Merilee Ottoson of rural Detroit Lakes.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Lady Spartans in Play-in Game
The Lady Spartans of Minnesota State Community and Technical College of Fergus Falls will host a play-in game on Monday at 6:30 p.m. against Minnesota West Community College from Worthington.  MSCTC won a coin flip during a conference call on Thursday morning which gave them home court for the game.
 
Fergus Falls could have qualified for the MCAC State Tournament with a win over Southern Division leader Rochester on Wednesday night, but the Lady Yellowjackets defeated the Lady Spartans three games to one, forcing the play-in game for the two teams tied for fourth place in the South.
 
Coach Terri Strom's team has played some of their best volleyball over the past couple of weeks, winning three of their final four matches to finish strong.
 
It would be great to see a good crowd at the college gym on Monday night to spur the Spartans on.
 
While on the subject of the Lady Spartans, thanks to Renae Rasmusson.  She is amazing.  Renae, a former Spartan three-sport athlete herself, assists Coach Strom at the college, coaches with Carolyn Schmidt in the Middle School volleyball program, coaches a J.O. volleyball team during the winter/spring season and has just this week agreed to be the ninth grade coach for the Fergus Falls girls basketball team this winter.  By the way, she also coaches soccer in the summer! 
 
Speaking of Carolyn Schmidt, her dedication to teaching and coaching the young student athletes in our community is commendable.  I think Carolyn has coached at nearly every level of athletics over her career.  She is one of the unsung heroes we are so blessed to have in this community.  She has received accolades, as a Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce Sports Hall of Fame member, among other awards, but that's not why she's doing what she does.  She just genuinely loves to work with kids and help them learn and grow.  Thanks Carolyn!
 
Parents and former student athletes who have had their lives touched by these people or the many others in school systems and community programs all around the area, should go out of their way to let these special people know how much they are appreciated. 
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Mohagen to Coach Otter Girls, Dowzak Signs with Rangers
Josh Mohagen, a 2004 FFHS graduate, is the new head girls basketball coach at Fergus Falls and a Fergus Falls native, Tysen Dowzak, has signed a professional hockey contract with the New York Rangers of the NHL.
 
Mohagen was named the head girls basketball coach by the Fergus Falls School Board at their Monday night meeting.  Josh was a key player on the 2004 Otter boys basketball team that qualified for the state tournament.  He also was the number one singles player for the Otter tennis team.  Mohagen played basketball for Dave Retzlaff at MSCTC-Fergus Falls for two years.
 
"Josh has a great passion for the game of basketball," said Activities Director Gary Schuler. "He has a tremendous knowledge of the game and will put in many hours and work especially hard for our girls."
 
Mohagen will be assisted by Denny Hystead, Jeff Moon, and Renae Rasmusson.
 
Mohagen takes over for Dave Rund who resigned the position last March.  Rund will be assisting Dave Lehrke with boys varsity basketball team this year.
 
Fergus Falls native Tysen Dowzak has agreed to contract terms with the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League.  The following information was included in a press release by the Rangers.
 
The twenty-year old Dowzak skated in 68 games with the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL) last season, registering 13 assists with 91 penalty minutes and a plus-29 rating.  His 13 assists tied for third on the team among defensemen, while his plus-29 rating ranked second on the club.
 
In seven post-season contests with Kelowna, Dowzak recorded one assist and 13 penalty minutes.  In addition, he skated in five playoff games with the Texas Wildcatters of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL).
 
The 6-5, 215 pounder, has appeared in 166 career WHL matches with Kelowna, collecting four goals and 20 assists for 24 points, along with 227 penalty minutes.
 
Dowzak established a career high in goals scored with three goals during the 2006-2007 season.  He also tallied one assit and 29 penalty minutes in fifteen career WHL playoff contests.  Dowzak made his American Hockey League debut with the Hartford Wolf Pack last Saturday.  Dowzak was a part of the highly successful hockey program at Shattuck-St. Mary's in Faribault, Minnesota.
 
The Brandon/Evansville Chargers football team has made the decision to forfeit their final regular season game against Eagle Valley and their first round playoff game.  Coach Dan Johnson said, "We have incurred numerous season ending injuries that gave us little choice in the matter.  This decision was made for the safety of our players."
 
The Lady Spartans volleyball team hosts Rochester at 6:30 p.m Wednesday.  They need to win to assure themselves of a spot in the upcoming state tournament.  If they lose they will be tied with Minnesota West and will be forced to face them in a play-in game for the final spot in the tournament.  Volleyball fans are encouraged to show their support by attending the Wednesday night game at MSCTC-Fergus Falls.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
FF Boys Soccer Opens Post Season in Brainerd
The Fergus Falls boys soccer team will open their post season on the road Saturday as they travel to Brainerd to face the Warriors.
 
The Otters were seeded sixth in Section 8AA and Brainerd earned the number three seed.  Game time has not yet been decided.
 
Fergus Falls played Brainerd to a 1-1 tie on the Warriors home field on September eighth and lost to them 3-1 on the Stadium Field in Fergus Falls on October 2nd.
 
Number four seed St. Cloud Apollo will host fifth-seeded Moorhead in another first round game on Saturday.   Top-seeded Elk River entertains Bemidji and number two St. Cloud Tech will be home to Alexandria.

The Hillcrest boys are the top seed in Section 8A North sub-section play and will host either Crookston or East Grand Forks in a playoff game at two o'clock Saturday afternoon in Fergus Falls.  The Pirates and Greenwave will clash on Thursday to determine who takes the trip to face the Comets.
 
Detroit Lakes is the number two seed and will play either third-seeded Minnewaska Area or sixth-seeded Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Saturday.  MWA and WHA play Thursday in the opening round.
 
The Fergus Falls football team remained number five in the Class 4A high school football poll this week with a perfect 6-0 record.  They will face unranked Brainerd (5-1), a Class 5A team, on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. in Fergus Falls.
 
The Hawley Nuggets are ranked number one in Class 2A and Pelican Rapids is in at number ten this week.  Those two teams are both unbeaten in six games and appear to be on a collision course to the Section 8AA championship game.
 
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Backcourt Club Basketball Registration
Registration for Fergus Falls Backcourt Club basketball will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Saturday, October 11th at the Fergus Falls High School gymnasium
 
All boys and girls in grade K-8 who live within and/or attend anyof the schools with the boundaries of the Fergus Falls school district are welcome to participate.  The cost is $25 for K-2 and $45 for third through eighth graders.  There is a $90 maximum per family.  Included in the cost are new basketball jerseys.  Third graders also receive new shorts and all seventh graders will receive a new leather basketball at their first practice.
 
Practice dates are October 25 through December 6 for K-2, and October 25 through January 31 for third through eighth graders.
 
Women's Recreational Volleyball League starts soon.  Teams can register at the Fergus Falls Parks and Recreationoffices on South Peck Street in Fergus Falls.  The registration deadline is Monday, October 20 with league play starting Wednesday, October 29.  The team fee is $220 and must be paid before the league begins.  Games are played Wednesday nights at the High School gymnasium.  Call 739-3205 for more information.
Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, October 5, 2008
Dodgers and Phillies Advance
The Los Angeles Dodgers and Philadelphia Phillies will meet in the National League Championship Series beginning on Thursday in the city of brotherly love.  The Dogers swept the Chicago Cubs and the Phils beat the Milwaukee Brewers in four games in the National League Division Series'.
 
What a shock for fans of the Chicago Cubs.  They haven't won a World Series for 1908 and many fans thought 2008 was the year.  They didn't count on the Dodgers doing what they did in the NLDS.  Manny Ramirez was spectacular and the LA pitching staff did a tremendous job keeping the Cubs bats silent.  I don't think anyone was expecting a Dodger sweep, especially when they had to play the first two games at Wrigley Field where the Cubs have been amazing this season.  I am happy for Joe Torre!  What a great first year managing in the National League.  Where did the Yankees finish in Joe's first year out of the Big Apple?
 
The Phillies beating the Brewers doesn't surprise me at all.  Philadelphia can score runs.  They have a very good lineup and I think the NLCS will be very competitive.  Moorhead native Chris Coste may get to the World Series!  The Phillies backup catcher didn't see any action in the four games against the Brewers, but I'm sure he'll be more involved from here on out with the NLCS being a best of seven series.
 
The Perham cross country teams continue to be ranked highly in Minnesota Class A.  The Perham girls are third behind Adrian and Staples-Motley and the boys are fourth behind Blake, Mora and Pequot Lakes.
 
Individual rankings have Maddie McClellan third in Girls Class A and Emily Bakken of Pelican Rapids is ranked twelfth. 
 
The Battle Lake sophomore class is sponsoring the homecoming tailgating supper at the Battle Lake football field on Friday, October 10 from 5:30 p.m. until game time (7:00 p.m.).  The tailagating fundraiser takes place right before the footrball game between Ottertail Central and Upsala-Swanville Area.  Chili, chips and bars will be served and everyone is welcome to attend.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, October 1, 2008
Greenhill Earns Honor
Jarvis Greenhill, a sophomore football player at MSCTC-Fergus Falls, from Robichaud High School in Detroit, Michigan has been named the Southern Division Offensive Player of the Week.
 
In the Spartans homecoming game this past Saturday, Jarvis had 13 catches for 266 and three touchdowns. His touchdown receptions were 53 yards, 56 yards, and 25 yards. He also returned punts and kicks for a total of 108 yards.

For the season, Greenhill is the Southern Division leading receiver with 32 catches for 492 yards (15.4 yards per catch) and four touchdowns.
Posted By Craig Olson
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