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Friday, July 18, 2008
Fred Evenson Memorial Tournament and More
Results are in from the fifth annual Fred Evenson Memorial Scramble at Pebble Lake Golf Club in Fergus Falls.  Proceeds go toward golf course improvements and to fund a scholarship to a senior golfer from FFHS.  The tournament is affectionately called "The Freddie" and many friends and business associates of Fred Evenson make it an annual event.  As has been the case every year at this tournament, the weather was great!  The golf wasn't too bad either.
 
In the Fred Evenson Division the team of Mike Alt, Sam Zender, Nick Kuehl, Dustin Harris and Derek Harris took first place with a 54.  The team of Snook Harworth, Glenn Anderson, Karl Beck, Perry Reinertson and Jean Reinertson won a scorecard playoff to take second place with a 55.
 
In the Pebble Lake Division the team of John Fitzgerald, Mark Graff, Tom Brimhall, Wayne Jensen and Brett Hopponen won the title with a score of 59.  Winning a scorecard playoff for second place with a 60 was the team of Matt Bucher, Scott DeBrito, Chuck MacFarlane, Joe Stachowski, Dave Schneeberger and Tim Carr.
 
Contest winners included Glenn Anderson (Longest Putt, Hole #9), Joel Myhre (Longest Putt, Hole #17), Ben Jurgens (Longest Drive, Hole #1), Justin Arneson (Longest Drive, Hole #13), Jean Reinertson (Longest Drive, Hole #10), Brenda Daniels (Longest Drive, Hole #16), Sam Zender (Closest to the Pin, Hole #2), Mark Graff (Closest to the Pin, Hole # 15), Kip Borowski (Closest to the Pin in 2, Hole #4), and Glenn Anderson (Closest to the Pin in 2, Hole #18).
 
A hole-in-one was recorded at Pebble Lake Golf Club on Friday.  Jake Lillestol of Fergus Falls aced the 171-yard eighth hole using a #3 Hybrid Club.
 
Travis Swiontek's Fergus Falls White 14-15 year old Babe Ruth Baseball team has received the number one seed in their upcoming District Tournament in Breckenridge July 21 through July 23.  They will open against either DGF or Pelican Rapids at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.  The tournament champion moves on to the state tournament in Thief River Falls August 1 through 3.
 
Baseball card collecting has been around for a long time and collectors in our area will have an opportunity to add some prized possessions to their collections on Friday, August 1.  That's the date that Aasness Auctioneers will be holding a Large Quality Estates auction at the Dalton Community Center, beginning at 1:00 p.m.  Among the items up for bid are several vintage baseball cards, including 1955 Bowman cards of Don Zimmer, Hank Bauer and Enos Slaugher, 1955 Topps Double Header card featuring Ellis Kinder and Hal Brown, plus many other 1950's cards.  Several Pete Rose cards and several other vintage cards will be auctioned off.  Many cards from the 1980's and 1990's and some full sets and unopened boxes will also be available.  Several cards of Kirby Puckett, including his rookie Topps card will be made available.  Twins boxed sets from the '80's and '90's, many rookie cards including Puckett, Joe Mauer, Gary Sheffield, Randy Johnson, Manny Ramirez, John Smoltz, Curt Schilling, Dwight Gooden, Frank Thomas, Bo Jackson and others.  Several superstars like Roger Clemens, Ken Griffey, Jr., Tom Glavine and more will be up for bid.  Rookie cards of Jason Giambi, Nolan Ryan, Paul Molitor, Pedro Marinez, Gregg Maddux, Reggie Jackson, Tony Gwynn, and others.  Barry Bonds case graded rookie card and several other Bonds deals, plus an assortment of Mark McGwire cards.  A book of autographed cards and a selection of several older NFL cards will also be available at this auction, along with some boxing cards and a Twins bobble head collection.  For more information, check out the Aasness Auctioneers website at www.midwestauctions.com.  If you are a baseball fan and card collector,  you won't want to miss it!
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
All Star Thoughts and More
As I write this column the Major League Baseball All-Star game is in the fourteenth inning.  More thoughts on this amazing game later in the column.
 
First, a reminder that the Fergus Falls Area Youth Football registration date is this Saturday, July 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the Fergus Falls High School Cafeteria.  Students entering third through eighth grade this fall are welcome to participate.  For more information visit www.ffareafootball.org or contact Dan Prischmann at 218-739-2064.
 
Another hole-in-one was recorded at Pebble Lake Golf Club this past Sunday, July 13.  Valerie Johnson aced the 132-yard second hole.  Her shot was witnessed by Nathan Johnson.
 
In the Monday Junior Golf Series, Megan Niblock was first in the girls division with a nine-hole score of 62.
Boys division winners were Derek Kinder (15-18) with an 84, Chris Swenson (12-14) with a 77 and Will Haas (11 & under) with a 47.
 
The All-Star game is now entering the fifteenth inning.  Joe Nathan did pitch a perfect seventh inning, striking out one batter.  Joe Mauer walked and had an infield hit.  Justin Morneau has a double and was intentionally walked.  He will lead off the bottom of the fifteenth.  How about a walk-off home run.  It would be a great way for Morneau to cap the trip to New York.  Winning the Home Run Derby competition was quite an accomplishment for the Twins first baseman and 2006 AL MVP.  Josh Hamilton was incredible with 28 first round homers, but he (and his 71-year old pitcher) tired in the finals as Morneau hit five out of the park compared to three for Hamilton.
 
The 2008 Hoot Lake Triathlon is scheduled for Sunday, July 27 starting at the Hoot Lake Public Access, one mile Northeast of Fergus Falls on County Highway 1.  The course is a 1/4 mile open water swim, a 15.7 mile bike ride and a run of 3.3 miles.  The race is limited to 275 participants and there is no race day registration allowed.  Top male and female finishers will receive a first place overall trophy.  Awards for the first three places for males and females will be presented in each one of six age groups.  Packet pickup is scheduled between 6 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Pasta dinner which will be served at the Fergus Falls Area YMCA.  Check-in for the race is between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. Sunday at the Hoot Lake Public Access.  All participants must attend the pre-race meeting at 8:15 a.m.  The race will begin at 8:30 a.m.  Course Records belong to Robert Gillis (male) with a time of 1:00.24 in 1998, Becky Youngberg (female) with a time of 1:12.27 in 2003, and Team Lite Speed (relay) with a time of 1:04.56 in 2002.  Contact Tim Jensen, YMCA Race director at 739-4489 or e-mail Tim at [email protected].
 
No homer, but a base hit up the middle for Morneau to lead off the bottom of the fifteenth.  What can be done to prevent the problem of not having enough pitchers for an extra-inning contest in future All-Star games?  Remember in 2002 when the game ended in a tie because everyone had been used?  This year's game may end the same way as the AL is out of pitchers and position players and the NL is now using their last pitcher.  Tim Lincecum of the Giants was hospitalized before the game when he developed flu-like symptoms so Clint Hurdle went into the game knowing he'd be one arm short to begin with.
 
The late innings of this game have had some great defensive plays with the National League getting out of a bases loaded nobody out situation in the tenth.  Nate McLouth of the Pirates threw out Dioner Navarro at the plate in the eleventh preventing the winning run from scoring.  Russell Martin did a great job catching the throw on a short hop and blocking the plate effectively.
 
Okay, bases loaded, one out, Morneau on third and he scores on a sacrifice fly by Michael Young as the American League earns home field advantage for the World Series with a 4-3 win in 15 innings, equalling the longest game in All-Star history when the NL beat the AL 2-1 in 1967 on a Tony Perez home run.  The American League is unbeaten in the last 12 All-Star games with an 11-0-1 record.  Four hours and 50 minutes long.  A great night at Yankee Stadium.  Forty-eight Hall-of-Famers were introduced on the field prior to the game.  Two weeks from Thursday night, I will be at Yankee Stadium for my first ever visit.  Had to see it before it disappears.  You will get reports on the trip in this column!!  All-Star Game MVP Award and the keys to a brand new Chevy Tahoe Hybrid (what a great looking vehicle) to J.D. Drew, who hit a two-run home run, went 2-for-4 at the plate, stole a base and scored a run.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Summer News and Notes
They say summer is all downhill after the fourth of July, right?  With NFL training camps opening soon and playoffs just around the corner for summer baseball, softball and soccer, I think that old saying is true.  In fact, Big Friday in only three weeks away!  Having said that, a lot of things have been happening this summer!
 
I talked with Stacy Busack on AM 1250, KBRF (Talkin' Sports) last week before her experience at the US Olympic Swim Trials.  She was excited about the opportunity she had and also the fact that so many of her University of Minnesota teammates were also swimming.  Stacy had her best times ever, swimmng a time of 26.00 to finish 32nd in the 50 freestyle.  In the 100 freestyle, her time of 56.23 put her 44th.  The fastest time recorded in the event was 53.66.  Stacy has the honor of being the first Fergus Falls High School graduate to participate in the US Olympic Trials.  What a thrill and an honor for her and Fergus Falls should be very proud of her accomplishment.  She is always pushing herself to the limits in her event and is extremely dedicated and focused.  It's hard to believe she is going to be a senior for the Gophers.  She (and the team) should have an exceptional 2008-2009 season.
 
Mark Moxness of the I-94 BMX Racing Organization in Fergus Falls reports that a fundraiser for eight-year old Alyssa Martin, who suffered a severe injury during a tug-o-war event between races a couple of weeks ago, will be held at the track on Thursday, July 24 from 5 to 9 p.m.  The cost for food and drink will be five dollars per person with free will donations being accepted to help the family with medical costs.  Moxness says Alyssa is in good spirits and is quite a remarkable young girl.  She has a long road to recovery after having the four fingers on her left hand severed and re-attached.  If you would like to donate to the cause you can do so that evening at the track or at Security State Bank in Fergus Falls or by contacting Mark Moxness at Frontier Power Sports.
 
Fergus Falls High School and Community College graduate Ryan Hendrickson, currently coaching the Fergus Falls VFW Post 612 baseball team, has accepted a position in the West Central Area School District.  Hendrickson will be teaching Elementary Physical Education and will be involved in coaching football, basketball and either baseball or softball in the Knights program.  Ryan indicates that he and his wife Janice (Ripplinger) will be moving to Elbow Lake, but that he has a desire to continue to coach summer baseball in Fergus Falls.  Ryan will do a great job in this position and will be an assett to the WCA district.  We wish him the best!!
 
The Ashby A's will be hosting the 2008 Resorter's League Playoffs beginning Saturday, July 12.  All of the games will be played at the Ashby baseball field over the next three weekends.  The schedule for Saturday, July 12 has sixth-seeded Kensington facing number three Osakis at 4:00 p.m. and fifth seeded Barrett taking on number four Ashby at 7:30 p.m.  The game one winner will meet second seeded Alexandria at four o'clock on Sunday, July 13, followed by the game two winner against Brandon-Evansville at 7:30 p.m.
 
Former Fergus Falls High School players Aaron Olson, Troy Wasiloski and Nate Brown are playing amateur ball in the highly competitive River Valley League as members of the Shakopee Indians.  The Indians are 19-10 overall and 15-4 in the River Valley East, a game behind Jordan and residing in second place in the division.  Stats posted on their website are through games of June 21 and show Olson hitting .406 with 7 doubles and two home runs.  He has knocked in 11 runs and scored 15 times.  Wasiloski is batting .473 with 14 doubles, a triple and 3 homers.  He has 24 RBI and 21 runs scored.  Brown has seen limited playing time and is batting .135.  He has also pitched in six games, posting a 1-2 record and an earned run average of 6.52.  He has 12 strikeouts and 16 walks.  You can find out more by visiting www.shakopeebaseball.com.
 
Final results from the Monday Junior Series Golf Tournament at Pebble Lake Golf Club from June 30 saw Jack Nathe win the 11 and under division with a 9-hole score of 53, Megan Niblock take the 12-14 year old girls division with a 124, Chris Swenson finish first in the 12-14 year old boys division with a 90 and Lucas Gervais win the 15-18 year-old boys division with a 73.  The scores for the three older divisions were 18-hole totals. 
 
Richard Oftedahl of Battle Lake aced the 142 yard second hole at Pebble Lake Golf Club in Fergus Falls on Wednesday, July 3.  He was using a 7-iron and the shot was witnessed by Aaron Heinrich and Jim Heinrich.  On Tuesday, July 8, Gary Becklund aced the 156-yard fifteenth hole using a 3-wood.  Witnesses were Roger Sinner, Dennis Trosvig, Dick Nitz and John Soby.
 
The Fred Evenson Memorial Golf Tournament is coming up on Friday, July 18 at Pebble Lake Golf Club.  The cost is $100.00 per person with teams of four or five golfers.  The cost includes green fees, dinner, prizes and a gift bag.  Registration is at noon with a shotgun start at 1:00 p.m.  The social hour and awards will begin at 5:00 p.m. with dinner to follow at six o'clock.  The proceeds from the tournament will be used for improvements to the golf course.  There will also be a scholarship given to a Fergus Falls graduating senior through Dollars for Scholars.  To register or for more information contact Brian Olson at 218-736-4525 or E-mail Brian at [email protected].
 
The Hoot Lake Triathlon is rapidly approaching.  The event is scheduled for Sunday, July 27th.  The course consists of a 1/4 mile open water swim in Hoot Lake, a 15.7 mile bike ride and a 3.3 mile run.  The race is limited to 275 participant with no race day registration allowed.  Top male and female will receive a first place overall trophy, while awards will also be provided for the top three places for males and females in six different age groups.  19 and under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and over.  One lucky participant, attending the awards ceremony, will win a Grand Prize Triathlon Bike valued at over $1,500.00 courtesy of Island Park Cycles.  All participants also receive a t-shirt and refreshments. 
 
Packet pickup is scheduled for Saturday night from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Fergus Falls Area YMCA.  A Pasta dinner will be served during those hours at the 'Y'.  Check-in on Sunday is between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. at the Hoot Lake Public Access with a pre-race meeting at 8:15.  The race is scheduled to start at 8:30 a.m.  Awards will be presented following the last finisher.
 
The fee for an individual is $65.00 and for a relay team the fee is $90.00.  For more information contact Tim Jensen, YMCA Race Director, at 739-4489 or E-mail Tim at [email protected].
Posted By Craig Olson
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