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Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Rund Resigns
Fergus Falls High School will begin searching for a new head girls basketball coach.  The man who has held the position for the past ten years, Dave Rund, has turned in his resignation.
 
"For nineteen years I've been a classroom teacher and a head basketball coach and I just felt that I needed a change," Rund said.  "I've spent ten wonderful years as head coach in Fergus Falls.  When I came here from Pelican Rapids it re-energized my coaching career.  I've enjoyed the challenges and successes, but most importantly the relationships with my players and the friendships I've formed with my fellow coaches.  I'm very proud of the competitive level the program has reached and I can walk away knowing that this program will continue to be competitive in the tough Central Lakes Conference and Class 3A for years to come."
 
The Otters made their first ever state tournament trip this past season, winning a school record 24 games.  Rund will be running the summer basketball camp at the high school and will continue to coach at some level.
 
Former Otter Chelsey Ouren is golfing for MSU-Moorhead.  Ouren played well at the NSIC Women's Golf Championship being named to the Second Team All-Tournament team for her tenth place finish.  Ouren was 45-over par with rounds of 80, 86, 84 and 83 for a total of 333.  MSU-Moorhead was fifth in the team competition.  Upper Iowa on its second consecutive NSIC Women's Golf Championship.
 
Pebble Lake Golf Club Pro Jeff Bass reports that the course has lost the vast majority of snow cover over the last couple of days.  The bad news is the moisture that a foot-and-a-half of snow has left.  With rain and possible snow in the forecast over the next couple of days, it's not looking good for the range or the course to be open by the weekend.  If the forecast doesn't come to fruition, then the range could open as early as this weekend.  Bass says both the range and course are in a day-to-day situation.  Saturday's two-man bestball has been postponed and the Otter Boys Golf Invitational has been rescheduled for Wednesday, May 7 with a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start.  The Ladies Spring Banquet is set for Wednesday, May 14 with the social hour set for 5:30 p.m. and the dinner for 6:30 p.m.  Please contact the pro shop by May 12 to put your name on the list.
 
The Spartan baseball team qualified for the MCCC State Tournament with their double header split in Brainerd on Tuesday and will open play on Friday at 1:30 p.m. at Faber Field in St. Cloud.  Their opponent will be St. Cloud Tech, a team the Spartans have faced six times this season with a 3-3 outcome.  The top three teams at the state tournament will advance to the Region XIII Tournament in Willmar next weekend.
 
Freshman second baseman Cody Curry of the Spartans has been named the Central Division Player of the Week.  Curry batted .636 (7-11) with 4 RBI in a double header agaisnt Anoka-Ramsey.  Freshman Jamie Jacklitch of MSCTC-Fergus Falls was named the Central Division Pitcher of the Week.  Jacklitch pitched seven innings, giving up only one earned run on five hits and striking out five batters in a win over St. Cloud.
 
MSCTC-Fergus Falls volleyball coach Terri Strom has announced that Hillcrest senior Sam Hanson will be enrolling at Minnesota State Community and Technical College for the 2008-2009 school year.  Hanson, a three-sport standout athlete for the Comets, plans to play volleyball, basketball and softball for the Spartans.
 
The Pitch, Hit and Run competition, sponsored by the Fergus Falls Jaycees, is scheduled for Saturday, May 10 at American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park in Fergus Falls.  Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with the competition starting at ten o'clock.  This event is free for all participants.  All boys and girls ages 7 to 14 are welcome to participate.
 
Dwarf League tryouts were postponed on Monday and Pony League tryouts were postponed on Wednesday.  The two tryout dates have been rescheduled for next Monday, May 5 and Wednesday, May 7 at 5:30 p.m. at Broadway Park in Fergus Falls.
Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Drake Relays Feature Some Familiar Names
The Drake Relays concluded this past Saturday at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.  Several former area track and field athletes had the opportunity to compete with their college teams.
 
The Minnesota Gophers 4 x 800 meter relay team finished first with a world leading time of 8:32.73.  Perham graduate Gabriele Anderson, a junior at the U of M, is a member of that team.  She was also on the second place 4 x 1600 meter relay team (19:06.11) along with freshman Nikki Swenson from Lac qui Parle Valley.  Swenson also ran on the Distance Medley relay team which placed fourth (11:46.25).
 
NDSU's 4 x 800 meter relay team took second place with freshman Brittany Gigstead, another former Perham runner, a member of the team.  She was also on the 4 x 1600 team that took fifth place (19:49.83).
 
The Concordia Cobbers also had some entries in the Drake Relays and junior Paul Shol from Fergus Falls was a part of two different teams, the 4 x 200 which took seventeenth place and the 4 x 110 meter shuttle hurdle relay which did not qualify for the finals.
 
Former Frazee athlete and state high school pole vault champion Jennifer Hensel, placed twelfth for Minnesota State-Moorhead in her event (12-01.50).
 
Bemidji State University junior Derek Harris, a Fergus Falls High School graduate, led the way for the BSU men's golf team on April 15th posting a 37-38-75 (4-over par) to tie for third place individually at the Concordia University Spring Invitational at the Jewel Golf Course in Lake City.  Harris paced the Bemidji contingent of ten golfers and was just one stroke behind co-medalists Steven Buscho of Crookston and Josh Wells of Upper Iowa University.
 
Former Fergus Falls High School standout athlete Brandon Carr is swinging a big stick for the Bethel Royals baseball team.  Last Tuesday Carr went 6-for-8 with a double, stolen base, four runs, three RBI and a walk off three-run homer in the second game of a double header against Concordia College of Moorhead. Bethel won that game 5-4 after posting an 8-4 win in the first game.  Since returning from an eye injury that sidelined him for the better part of four games a little over a week ago, he raised his average 68 points from .311 to .379.  Carr has 33 hits in 87 at bats, including 6 doubles, 2 triples and 3 home runs.  He has driven in 17 runs and scored 18 times.  He has 14 stolen bases in 15 attempts.  Click on the link below for an excellent article on Brandon.
 
  
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, April 21, 2008
Spartans Announce Student Athlete Commitments
The recruiting process is in full swing for colleges all around the nation, including Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls.  Earlier this spring, football coach Steve King announced several recruit signings and now volleyball coach Terri Strom, women's basketball coach Ann Williams and men's basketball coach Jason Retzlaff have some signings to announce.
 
Nicky Carrison and Ashley Torgusson from Fergus Falls High School, Emily Liljestrand from D-G-F, Linsey Strom from Brandon-Evansville, Holly Mikkelson from Minnewaska Area High School and Denise Ripplinger from Upsala will be attending MSCTC in Fergus Falls and playing volleyball for coach Strom.
 
Ripplinger has also indicated that she will play basketball for coach Williams, along with Abby Wolden from Underwood, Kelsey Draper from Chokio (Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta girls basketball team) and Jessica Oman from Hawley.  Draper is the younger sister of Jessica Draper, post player and tournament MVP from the 2001 NJCAA Division III National Championship team.
 
Sam Neumann, a 6' 6" standout wing from Hawley High School has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for coach Retzlaff next year while attending MSCTC.  Neumann led the Nuggets to the HOL championship, was named all-conference and MVP of his team.  He averaged 14.5 points, 8.7 rebounds, 5.3 assists, and 3 blocks per game.
 
"We are very happy Sam is going to be a Spartan," said Coach Retzlaff. "It's rare for somebody that is 6' 6" to have the shooting, ball handling, and passing abilities that he does.  He is a great young man that comes from an excellent high school basketball program.  It will be a great fit."
 
The 36th Annual All Sports Honors Night, sponsored by the Spartan Athletic Boosters, will be held on Monday, April 28 at Legacy Hall on the campus of MSCTC in Fergus Falls.  The social hour begins at 5:00 p.m. with the banquet at 5:30 p.m.
 
Coach Strom has also released details concerning the MSCTC-Fergus Falls Volleyball Camp to be held June 23 through June 26 at the college.  The camp will be open to student athletes in grades six through graduating seniors.
 
"The Spartans volleyball coaching staff is excited about providing a college volleyball camp for athletes in our area," said Strom.  "Camp sessions include specific training of their skill of choice as well as a rounded knowledge of game tactics.  The staff will work hard to provide athletes the opportunities to develop and refine their individual skills and team play.  It is our goal to raise their (camp participants) game to the next level.  There will also be a discussion on physical development and nutrition.  If you have the heart and determination to be the best volleyball player you can be, this is the camp for you."
 
The cost is eighty dollars.  Each session is open to the first 32 campers who register.  Registration forms are available at the college main office or by contacting Coach Strom at 320-760-9340 or e-mailing [email protected].
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Aasness to Attend UM-Crookston, Ross Signs with NDSU

Hillcrest senior Cody Aasness has received a scholarship to the University of Minnesota-Crookston and has signed his letter of intent stating that he will play basketball for the Golden Eagles.  UMC plays in what is probably the best Division II conference in the country, the NSIC.  One of the conference teams, Winona State, has won the national championship two of the last three years.

 

Aasness had an outstanding high school career for Gregg Preston at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, finishing with 997 career points, the fifth highest total in school history.  He holds career records for most 3-point field goals in a career (147), season (70) and game (7). 

 

During his senior season Aasness averaged a team high 17.2 points per game, pulled down 3.2 rebounds per game and dished out 3 assists per game.  He was an all-conference performer in the Little Eight Conference twice, was a captain of the team his junior and senior seasons and was an honorable mention all state selection this year. 
 
Undefeated 189-pound Class 2A state wrestling champion Drew Ross of Fergus Falls has signed a letter of intent to wrestle for Division I North Dakota State University.  Ross was 39-0 during his senior season and finished his Otter career with 102 wins.
 
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
HIT This Weekend
The Hillcrest Invitational Tournament is happening this weekend with 64 teams participating and 106 games scheduled to be played at six different gyms around Fergus Falls on Friday and Saturday.  Some 645 players between the ages of 13 and 58 will be involved in this two day event.  Bracket schedules can be viewed at http://www.hlacomets.org/HIT.
 
There are five divisions, beginning with Division 1A which is the most competitive division, Division 1B, Divisoin 2, Divisiion 3A and the Classic Division. 
 
The HIT has been around since the late 1960's and this is the 42nd year of its existence.  Forty-three teams are Lutheran Brethren Church teams from Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and the East coast.  Briarcliff, New York travels the greatest distance and has been attending the tournament for many years. 
 
Dickinson, North Dakota is sending two teams.  Pastor Tim Voth wrote, "It has been a great experience for our church.  It's a long drive for us, but we have found that you get to know one another a lot better and through the fellowship there is a bond that lasts."
 
Fourteen teams are alumni teams which have been organized either by class and friends or by families.  The Thompson and Borowski families each have two teams entered in the tournament.
 
The remaining teams are either Hillcrest student teams (5) or other Lutheran Brethren organizations such as Inspiration Point Bible Camp, which has two teams.  New this year is the Canadian Lutheran Bible Institute from Calgary.
 
Games will be played at the following locations, Hillcrest old gym (11) and new gym (22), MSCTC (12), Fergus Falls High School (13), Fergus Falls Area YMCA (20) and the Fergus Falls Middle School (28).
 
The Championship games are held at the Student Activities Center at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Saturday, April 12.  Admission is charged only for these games and the cost is five dollars for adults and three dollars for students for the five championship games.  The Division 3A championship begins at 2:15 p.m., followed by the Division 1B championship game at 3:30, the Division 2 championship game at 4:45, the Classic Division championship game at 6:00 and the Division 1A championship game at 7:30 p.m.
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