|Wednesday, November 26, 2008|
|Scheel an All-American|
Concordia senior Abby Scheel, a Hillcrest Academy graduate, has been named to the AVCA All-American Volleyball Team. Scheel becomes the eighth Cobber player in the past five seasons to earn All-American honors. The award follows on the heels of Scheel earning All-Region and All-MIAC honors.
Scheel was one of the reasons Concordia advanced to the NCAA Regional Championship. It marked the first time in program history that the Cobbers have advanced past the second round of the national tournament. Concordia finished the season 22-6 and the Cobbers were ranked in the top 25 of the nation for the entire season.
Scheel led the teams in blocks and was third in kills. Her career block total places her sixth on the schoolâ€™s all-time list.
|Monday, November 24, 2008|
|Magnusson on National Under-18 Preliminary Roster|
USA Hockey has announced the preliminary roster for the U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team that will defend its world title at the 2009 International Ice Hockey Federation World Women's U18 Championship from January 5-10 in Fussen, Germany. Fergus Falls High School senior defenseman Erika Magnusson is on that roster.
The current 21-player roster will be reduced by one defenseman following USA Hockey's Women's Holiday Camp, which will run from December 26-31 in Blaine.
Included on Team USA are seven members of the gold medal-winning U.S. contingent that competed in the first-ever IHF World Women's U-18 Championship last January in Calgary. All but two members of the 2009 team were part of the U.S. Women's Under-18 Select Team for the 2008 Under-18 Series in August. There, Team USA nearly swept Canada in the three-game series, posting a pair of victories before being edged in overtime in the final game. Magnusson and Alex Nelson, a forward from Andover High School are the only members of the team who did not play in the 2008 Under-18 Series.
The team includes representation from 12 U.S. states. The head coach is Mark Johnson, head women's ice hockey coach at the University of Wisconsin. He is assisted by Katie King, head women's ice hockey coach at Boston College, and Jeff Giesen, head women's ice hockey coach at St. Cloud State University.
|Saturday, November 22, 2008|
|Welcome Home for Otter Swimmers|
There is a welcome home scheduled for the Otter Girls swimmers on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock at the Fergus Falls High School gymnasium. Everyone is welcome to attend. The Otters placed fifth in the state meet with 145 points.
Visitation High School won the meet for the fourth consecutive year. Virginia, a team that dominated the early years of girls swimming and diving won 12 straight titles from 1930 to 1941.
Eight new Class A State Meet records were established. Visitation relay teams set two of the records and two Visitation swimmers set two individual records.
The Central Lakes Conference made a strong showing with Sartell-St. Stephen leading the way with a third place finish, scoring 162 points. The Otters were next, taking fifth place withi 145 points. Willmar was tenth with 79 points, Little Falls was thirteenth, St. Cloud Apollo finished sixteenth, and Sauk Rapids-Rice ended up 22nd. In the AA meet, St. Cloud Tech was fourteenth and Brainerd took 29th place.
Fergus Falls sophomore Heidi Busack swam an All-American time in the 50 freestyle (23.89) and an All-American consideration time in the 100 freestyle (52.37). Senior Kara Fisher's time in the 100 backstroke (58.69) is also an All-American consideration time, as are the 400 freestyle relay time of 3:35.07 and the 200 medley relay time of 1:49.88.
|Thursday, November 20, 2008|
|Jerseys, Fundraiser and Gordo|
Bantam A Jerseys
VFW Post 612 of Fergus Falls has sponsored the VFW Bantam 'A' traveling hockey team for decades. Historically, the VFW has purchased Red, White and Blue uniforms and other items of equipment. Now, they are retiring their inventory of traveling hockey uniforms and the public is welcome to them.
If any past players would like a souvenir of years gone by, this is your opportunity. For a modest fee the local VFW will give you a souvenir jersey. Jerseys will be issued from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday, November 22, at the south door of the Fergus Falls VFW at 420 Washington Avenue East.
Booster Club Fundraiser
Nelson Auto Center is running a promotion which could get Fergus Falls and Pelican Rapids booster clubs some money. Here is how it works. For every person from the booster clubs of those two schools who goes to Nelson Auto Center and test drives a certain car between 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Friday, November 21, and Saturday, November 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., your club will receive $20. Individuals will need to sign a waiver, drive for about five minutes with a representative of the dealership, and do a follow up two minute survey. The offer is limited to one person per household and you must be 18 years of age or older. Fergus Falls can have 200 people do this for a total of $4,000.00 in donations to the Fergus Falls booster clubs. Pelican Rapids can have 100 people and can earn up to $2,000.00 for their booster clubs. Each person who participates will receive a free key light.
Minnesota Twins radio voice John Gordon has inked a new two-year deal to continue calling the team's games. Gordon, who will work a slightly reduced schedule under the new pact that will give him about 12 games off each season, began his long run with the Twins in 1987 after stints with the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles. Gordon is a weekly guest on my 'Talkin' Sports' radio show Wednesday's at 7:20 a.m. on AM 1250, KBRF, between the months of March and October.
|Wednesday, November 12, 2008|
Pelican Rapids junior Kendra Coleman has been named to the Class AA All-State volleyball team as an honorable mention selection.
Kendra was one of twenty volleyball athletes in Class AA named to the squad and is the first volleyball player in Pelican Rapids history to receive this type of recognition.
The Fergus Falls Junior Olympic Volleyball program will hold tryouts on Monday, November 17 and Thursday, November 20 at the Fergus Falls High School gymnasium. The tryouts will be held between 7:00 and 9:30 p.m. each night and is for volleyball players ages 13 and older. Tryouts will determine what team the girls will be on for the 2008-2009 J.O. season.
|Tuesday, November 11, 2008|
|Former Comets Earn Honors at Northwestern|
Three former Hillcrest Lutheran Academy football standouts are excelling for the Northwestern Eagles at Northwestern Bible College in Roseville. Senior linebacker Kyle Nash, senior wide receiver Ty Crabtree and freshman linebacker Karsten Nash are all members of the 8-1 Eagles, who won their second consecutive UMAC championship last week. Another former Comet, Jake Stroud, is a senior defensive back who is currently out with a hamstring injury.
Kyle Nash was named the UMAC Defensive Player of the Week for the second straight week. He posted seven tackles and had a key 74-yard interception return for a touchdown in the Eagles 44-7 win over Crown College in the Metrodome on Friday night. Crabtree, who was named Defensive Player of the Week earlier in the season, picked off a pair of passes in the win over Crown.
The Northwestern College football team has turned a few heads in its first year of eligibility as a full time member of the NCAA Division III, as the Eagels were named in the regional ranking for the first time. NWC, who would be eligible for a Pool B berth into the NCAA tournament due to its independent status, has been ranked eighth in the West Region. They have one game remaining on their regular season schedule as St. Thomas (6-3) will visit Reynolds Field on Saturday, November 15.
Two Spartan football players were named to the Minnesota College Athletic Conference All-Division first team and five more were named to the MCAC All-Division second team. Sophomore wide receivers Jarvis Greenhill and Garin Gardner were named to the first team. Sophomores Rashaad Smith (LB), Lance Tinsley (LB) and Spencer Carpenter (OL), and freshmen Carson Johnson (OL) and Tanner Gramm (LB) were named to the second team.
Mesabi defeated Vermilion 6-0 in the MCAC championship game this past Sunday.
Minnesota State Community and Technical College has announced plans to discontinue course offerings in physical education at the Fergus Falls campus. The decision takes effect at the end of the college's spring semester in May 2009.
According to Dr. Gary Henrickson, academic dean at MSCTC-Fergus Falls, intercollegiate sports will continue as they have in the past. The college currently offers women's volleyball, basketball, softball, and golf, as well as men's football, basketball, baseball, and golf.
The decision was based on low student interest in physical education courses over the last several years, according to Henrickson. The courses are not part of the Minnesota Transfer Curriculum, so they do not transfer to four-year colleges and universities, except as electives. MSCTC has not required students to take credits in physical education since the 1990's.
"Our intercollegiate sports and physical education course offerings are very expensive to operate. Looking at the two programs, intercollegiate sports are most important to the overall culture and student experience on the Fergus Falls campus," Henrickson commented.
As a member of the Minnesota State College and Universities System, the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College serves more than 1,800 students.
|Thursday, November 6, 2008|
|Otters Making History|
The Fergus Falls football team is making history in 2008. The season continues Saturday with the Otters first state playoff appearance since 1987. It is their fourth state playoff appearance in the history of the school with the other two coming in 1977 and 1986. All three previous state tournament teams were coached by Don Stueve.
In 1977, Fergus Falls lost in the state semifinals to Rocori 6-0. In 1986 the Otters beat Rocori 7-6 in the state quarterfinals before losing to Cambridge in the state semifinals 23-6. In 1987 the Otters beat Litchfield 19-18 in the quarterfinals and then lost to Cambridge again in the semi's 42-12.
The team already tied a record with ten wins in a single season and is the first team to win ten straight games in a single season. The 1987 team finished 10-2. The 1986 team played thirteen games, more than any other Fergus Falls football team.
With their 8-0 regular season record, the Otters posted an undefeated regular season for the first time since 1989 when they won their first nine games before being eliminated by Crosby-Ironton in the section semifinals 20-13. The Otters were also unbeaten during the 1977 regular season schedule of eight games.
Other undefeated teams in Otter history include the 1932 team, coached by Win Brockmeyer (7-0), a team that allowed only 20 points all season, the 9-0 team of 1950, coached by Norm Galloway, and Galloways 1955 (9-0) and 1956 (8-0) teams.
As for head coach Richard Risbrudt, he took the Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Comets to ten state tournament appearances, winning the title in 2001 and finishing as 9-Man runners-up in 1976, 1977, 1982, 1998 and 2003. Other state appearances came in 1978, 1981, 1999 and 2004.
The Otters Saturday opponent, St. Michael-Albertville, will be making their fifth state tournament appearance. They were AAA runners-up in 1999 and also qualified in 1997, 2001 and 2007.
|Tuesday, November 4, 2008|
|Cowboys Return to State Playoffs for First Time Since 2001|
The Breckenridge Cowboys are back in the state football playoffs for the first time since 2001. Chad Fredericksen's team is 8-3 heading into their Class 2A quarterfinal contest against unbeaten Moose Lake-Willow River (11-0).
The game will be played at 5:00 p.m. Friday at St. Cloud State University with the winner advancing to the state semifinals in the Metrodome on November 14.
Breckenridge is no stranger to state tournament action. The Cowboys are making their thirteenth appearance since 1980. They were Class B champions in 1988 and have been Class B runners-up three times (1983, 1984, 1995).
The Cowboys recorded impressive wins over Ottertail Central and Pierz in the semifinal and championship games in Section 6AA to advance to the state quarterfinals.
|Monday, November 3, 2008|
|Spartan Buddies to Perform|
Close to eighty elementary students will get to showcase their basketball handling skills on Wednesday at the Spartan Men's Basketball season opening game with the Mayville State Junior Varsity. The Spartan Buddies will entertain the opening night crowd at halftime of the game, which gets underway at 7:00 p.m.
The Spartan Buddies met with Spartan players and coaches for two sessions last week where they learned the skills they will demonstrate on Wednesday night. This program is a very popular annual event with participants receiving a free basketball, a t-shirt that allows them admission to the home games when they wear it, and a free Godfather's pizza.
|Monday, November 3, 2008|
|Fan Bus Information|
Fergus Falls football fans turned out in large numbers last Saturday to see the Otters win the Section 8AAAA championship. Several of those fans took advantage of the fan bus that was offered and they will have the opportunity to do that again.
The buses will load at 9:00 a.m. from the high school parking lot on Saturday morning. The cost is fifteen dollars for the bus ride with admission to the game costing eight dollars for adults and five dollars for students.
Bus tickets and game admission tickets can be purchased at the Fergus Falls High School Activities Office from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.
The Otters will face Section 5AAAA winner St. Michael-Albertville at noon on Saturday at St. Cloud State University. Fans who can't make it to the game can listen to the broadcast on AM 1250, KBRF. Roger Olson and I will have the privilege of calling the game.