The Isaiah Anderson Benefit Softball Tournament and Benefit Supper are coming up on Saturday, June 7. Proceeds will go to establish a scholarship in Isaiah's memory through the Dollars for Scholars program.
The softball tournament has 13 teams confirmed for participation and will begin at nine o'clock Saturday morning at DeLagoon Park in Fergus Falls.
The supper is scheduled from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. at American Legion Post 30 in Fergus Falls. The cost will be five dollars per person plus a Free Will Offering will be taken. The supper is open to all ages and families are encouraged to attend. A Silent Auction will be held during the supper. Any business or individual wishing to donate an auction item can call Mary Morris at 218-736-2712.
A band will be playing following the supper at American Legion Post 30.
Isaiah was killed in an automobile accident this past winter. He has been active in coaching baseball at several different levels in recent years including the Babe Ruth and VFW levels. He was scheduled to begin his first year as head coach of the Fergus Falls American Legion team this summer. He was also set to coach at the ninth grade level of Fergus Falls High School baseball.
Several Fergus Falls football players will be boarding a bus on Thursday morning at ten o'clock for Valley City, North Dakota and the Valley City State University Football Camp. The players will return home on Sunday around 3:30 p.m. Players will also be taking part in a 7-on-7 tournament at Concordia on June 10 and another 7-on-7 tournament in Detroit Lakes on July 11. The Fergus Falls varsity football camp for players in grades 9-12 will be held from June 23 through June 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. There will be a Fergus Falls Area Youth Football Camp from June 24 through June 26 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This camp is four kids entering third through eighth grades. For registration forms and more information go to www.ffareafootball.org.
Grant Torgerson, who just finished his junior year at FFHS, has been selected to participate in the U.S.A Junior Nationals "2008 International Championship Competition" July 21-27 in Columbus, Ohio. Torgerson was chosen as one of twenty players after his performance at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion on Saturday, May 18. Torgerson was one of the top free throw shooters at the camp, making 24-of-25, and also hit six three-pointers in just thirty seconds.
The USA Junior Nationals is considered the top amateur high school basketball competition in the United States. It is viewed as an entry level to international competition and for high school athletes seeking college basketball scholarship opportunities.
MSCTC-Fergus Falls men's basketball coach Jason Retzlaff has announced commitments from three post players for the upcoming season. Commitments are from Jordan Johnsrud (6'7" from Minnewaska Area), Pete Rikhus (6'10" from Richfield) and Brad Sand (6'5" from Cottage Grove).
"The addition of these three young men should give us a solid base in our post play for next season," said Retzlaff. "Jordan is an outstanding athlete with great upside. Pete will give us a true low post presence with the ability to block shots. Brad is very active, has a great nose for the ball and is an excellent rebounder. We look forward to having all three in our basketball program."
Frazee high school graduate Jennifer Hensel, a junior at MSU-Moorhead, was crowned National Pole Vault Champion at the 2008 NCAA Divisioin II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Mount San Antonio College in Walnut, California May 22-24. Her vault of 13-feet-two-and-a-quarter-inches is a new national record. This is the fourth time Hensel has been named an All-American.
Five other MSU-Moorhead track and field athletes were named All-Americans, including Fergus Falls High School graduate Anna VanWechel in the 3000 meter run.
Fomer Otter standout and current U of M swimmer Stacy Busack
will be competing in the 50 and 100 meter freestyle events at the Olympic Trials in Omaha, Nebraska this summer. In each of her first three seasons with the Golden Gophers, Busack has qualified to compete in the NCAA Championships and was part of the 2008 Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championship team this past season. She is a three-time All-American and was named to the 2007 and 2008 Academic All-Big Ten teams. Stacy is also a part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes on the U of M campus, serving on the school's FCA leadership team. She is featured in the latest FCA online newsletter at www.sharingthevictory.com
under the Heart of the Athlete heading.