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Thursday, October 29, 2009
Carrison Earns Two All-State Honors
Sophomore co-captain Nicky Carrison of the M State Women's volleyball team has been named the MCAC State All-Tournament team and is also a first team All-State Selection in the MCAC.  
 
The lady Spartans finished fourth in the state volleyball tournament, which was held this past weekend at Northland Community College in Thief River Falls.
 
Carrison had 35 kills, 21 digs and 6 blocks in the three tournament matches.
 
"Nicky is very deserving of these awards," commented head coach Terri Strom of M State.  "She's one of the most unselfish players I've every coached, and probably one of my hardest workers.  Nicky also was the top vote getter amongst the Southern Division coaches.  There were numerous times that teams tried to triple block her and she was still either quick enough to power it through or hit it over the top.  With so many teams keying on her, she opened up opportunities for our outside hitters to hit against single blocking.  She also had a wicked top spin serve which proved to be difficult for opponents to handle."
 
Carrison is planning to continue her volleyball career at Mayville State, playing for Lindsay Johnson, former Underwood high school standout.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Spartan Buddies
It's time for one of my favorite programs! The 22nd Annual Spartan Basketball Buddy Clinic will be held over two days at M State-Fergus Falls.  This program is for boys and girls from kindergarten through sixth grade.
 
The 2009-2010 Spartan Men's and Women's Basektball Teams, in uniform, will be demonstraing and teaching basketball fundamentals.  Sessions are scheduled for Thursday, Novembe 5 and Saturday, November 7 at the college.  Session A will run from 6:30 to 7:30pm on Thursday and 9:00 to 10:00am on Saturday, while Session B will take place from 7:30 to 8:30pm on Thursday and 10:00 to 11:00am on Saturday.
 
The cost is fiteen dollars per person.  Participants will receive a Buddy t-shirt, Buddy basketball, certificate for a free Mini Godfather's Pizza, certificate of participation, free admision to all Home Spartan Women's and Men's games just by wearing your Buddy t-shirt and a chance to be chosen as a Spartan Game Buddy.
 
Clinic directors are Spartan Men's Coach Jason Retzlaff and volunteer coaches Dave Retzlaff and Ryan Retzlaff, and Spartan Women's Coach Ann Williams and volunteer coaches Brenda Johnson, Janice Hendrickson and Jessica Price.
 
The Buddies will showcase their skills at halftime of the Men's game against Jamestown JV on Monday, November 9.  Game time is 7:00pm with peformance time approximately 7:30pm.  For more information contact Jason Retzlaff at 736-1618 or Ann Williams at 736-1621.
 
Sponsors included Minnesota Motor Company, Sears, Stop N' Go and Godfather's Pizza.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, October 26, 2009
M State to Host State Volleyball Tournament in 2010 and 2011
M State - Fergus Falls will be the host site for the MCAC State Volleyball Tournament in 2010 and 2011.  The announcement was made at the conclusion of the 2009 State Tournament which was held at Northland Community College in Thief River Falls.
 
It was also announced that Middle Hitter Nicky Carrison was named to the All-Southern Division first team.
 
Libero Emily Liljestrand and setter Linsey Strom were selected to the All Southern-Division second team.
Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, October 25, 2009
College Update
Former Fergus Falls Otter Chris Stier scored a hat trick on Saturday and assisted on a fourth goal to lead the University of Mary Marauders to a 5-1 win over Jamestown College.  Stier is just one of the former area high school student athletes we're going to update you on in this space.
 
Stier opened the scoring in the eleventh minute on a header.  The sophomore then struck from the top of the 18 yard line for a 2-0 lead.  The Marauders added a third goal before intermission on an own goal by Jamestown College with Stier forcing the Jimmies into the costly defensive error.
 
Stier struck again to start the second half, hitting again from the 18.  In two games this season against Jamestown, Stier has scored five times.  He has seven goals on the season.  The Marauders improve to 8-9-1 on the season.  The eight wins doubles last year's win total of four.  U-Mary closes out its home season when the host Upper Iowa on November 1 at 11:00am.
 
Minnesota State-Mankato freshman defenseman Erika Magnusson was one of the nominees for WCHA Rookie of the Week.  The Fergus Falls High School graduate has played in all four game for the Mavericks, being penalized three times for six minutes.  She has a plus-minus rating of plus-2 and has one shot on goal in the four games.  Mankato is 3-0-1 overall and 1-0-1 in WCHA play.  They beat UND 4-2 and tied them 1-1 in overtime October 17 and 18 in Grand Forks.  After two games at Ohio Stated October 30 and 31, the Lady Mavs will open their home season with two games against Bemidji on November 6 and 7, before hosting Minnesota the following weekend.
 
Junior Sam Revering of the Jamestown volleyball team led the Jimmies with 13 digs and added 9 kills in a sweep of South Dakota Mines on Friday night in Rapid City, South Dakota.  She also had 7 kills and 12 digs in a 3-1 win at Black Hills State University in Spearfish, South Dakota on Saturday night.  The Jimmies lead the Dakota Atheltic Conference by two games.  Jamestown is 17-7 overall and 11-0 in the DAC.  They have won eleven straight matches. 
 
Andrew Larson (Fergus Falls) scored on a 12 yard run and a 1 yard run Saturday as the Concordia Cobbers recorded their first MIAC victory of the season, beating Hamline 41-21 on Saturday at Jake Christiansen Stadium in Moorhead.  Carl Hauser (Fergus Falls) was 5-for-5 on extra point kicks and converted field goals of 24 and 28 yards.
 
Larson ran the ball 22 times for 106 yards and caught one pass for two yards.  Battle Lake graduate Craig Lachowitzer had two carries for three yards.
 
Two members of the Cobber defense are also FFHS grads.  Jed LaPlante was in on seven tackles Saturday, second most on the team, and Justin Hensch participated in four tackles and recorded a quarterback sack.  He was also credited with three quarterback hurries.
 
Kyle Belmont, former Ottertail Central standout and a senior defensive back for NDSU, was in on four tackles in the 21-17 Bison loss to Missouri State on Saturday.  Belmont has one of the two Bison interceptions this season.  He is the fourth leading tackler on the team with 37 and is second on the team with 22 solo tackles.  He also has one sack.
 
Northwestern Bible College handled the University of Minnesota-Morris on Saturday, 46-16.  Former Hillcrest players Kyle Nash, Daniel Sunde and Jake Stroud all participated in the Eagles win.  Nash collected ten tackles from his linebacker spot and Sunde scored on a two yard run. Sunde carried the ball twice for eight yards and caught one pass for four yards.  Stroud, a corner back, finished the day with two tackles.  The Eagles are 5-3 overall and 3-1 in conference play.
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, October 23, 2009
Jungle Boy to Fight 'Razor' Sharpe
Duluth boxer Zach "Jungle Boy" Walters announced on Thursday that he would fight veteran Larry "Razor" Sharpe in the co-main event on Friday, December 4 at Target Center in Minneapolis on an eight-bout card dubbed "Heavyweights Hit the Target."
 
Walters (24-4, 19 KOs) snapped a two-bout losing streak with a second round technical knockout of James Morrow on June 18 in Duluth.
 
Sharpe (23-7, 11 KOs), of Pine Falls, Manitoba, is coming off a first round knockout of Bruce Rumbolz on October 15 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, snapping a three-bout losing streak.  Prior to those losses, he had won six straight and 15 of 17.
 
Duluth trainer Chuck Horton said Walters would spar against good friend, Andy "Kaos" Kolle, who like Sharpe, is a left-handed boxer.
 
"It's been a couple summers since Andy and Zach went at it, and it was heated, but that is the best way to get Zach ready," Horton said.  "Sharpe is a crafty fighter, and both he and Zach need this to get their rankings back up there."
 
Walters is currently ranked 120th out of 719 boxers in the world in the Light Heavyweight Division and 35th out of 203 in the United States.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Football Playoff Brackets Set
Well, here we go!! The majority of the football playoff brackets are written in stone, now, so we can start looking ahead to Tuesday night and the quarterfinal games.  This column will give you a concise view of who plays who, when they play and where they play.  For a look at the brackets, go to http://net.minnesotasportsonline.com/brackets/
 
In Section 4 9-Man, Verndale is the number one seed, followed by Bertha-Hewitt, Hillcrest Lutheran Academy, Isle, Underwood, Onamia, Eagle Valley and Ashby.  Two of the four quarterfinal games will  begin at 7:00pm Tuesday with Verndale hosting Ashby and Bertha-Hewitt at home to Eagle Valley.  The other two games begin at 6:00pm with Underwood traveling to Isle and Hillcrest hosting Onamia at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls.
  
In Section 3 9-Man, top-seeded Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley has a 2:00pm game in Graceville against Lincoln HI, the number eight seed.  Number two seed, Edgerton/Ellsworth, entertains Hancock at 7:00pm Tuesday, while number three seed, Wheaton is home to Brandon/Evansville, also at seven o'clock.  The fourth-seeded Chokio-Alberta/Herman-Norcross Spartans will host Hills-Beaver Creek in a six o'clock kickoff in Chokio.
 
The unbeaten Barnesville Trojans are the top seeded team in Section 6A and will open playoff action at home on Tuesday against Parkers Prairie.  Second-seeded Browerville will host Pillager, number three Lake Park-Audubon has a home game against Pine River-Backus and fourth seeded Upsala/Swanville Area (USA) will be at home to Royalton.  All games will begin at seven o'clock.
 
The Crosby-Ironton Rangers received the number one seed in Section 6AA and will open tournament play against Wadena-Deer Creek.  Number two Pierz will be home against West Central Area, while third seeded Osakis entertains Ottertail Central.  The Breckenridge Cowboys are the four seed and they have a home game against Holdingford.  All Section 6AA games begin at six o'clock Tuesday night.
 
The Fergus Falls Otters are the eighth seeded team in Section 8AAAA and have drawn top-seeded Sartell-St. Stephen in the quarterfinal round.  Number two Alexandria will host St. Cloud Apollo, number three Sauk Rapids-Rice is home to Detroit Lakes and number four Rocori entertains fifth seeded Little Falls.  All games begin at seven o'clock Tuesday night.
 
In Section 8AAA, number one Pequot Lakes opens up at home against Roseau, while second seeded Perham entertains Park Rapids Area.  Staples-Motley, seeded third, will host East Grand Forks and number four Thief River Falls has a home game against Crookston.
 
In Section 8AA, number one D-G-F hosts Walker-Hackensack-Akeley, number two Hawley is home to Bagley, number three Frazee welcomes Pelican Rapids and number four United North Central has a home game against Warroad.  All games kickoff at six o'clock Tuesday night.
 
The Section 8A playoff games will be played at seven o'clock Tuesday night with Cass Lake-Bena visiting number one Fosston, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River traveling to number two Mahnomen, Fertile-Beltrami on the road against number three Warren-Alvarado-Oslo, and Red Lake County at number four Lake of the Woods.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Liljestrand Named Southern Division Player of the Week
Sophomore co-captain Emily Liljestrand of the M State lady Spartans volleyball team has been selected Southern Division Player of the Week.
 
Liljestrand had 48 digs and 4 ace serves for the Spartans during Week 7 of MCAC play.  Emilyis from D-G-F and her parents are Sue and Gerald Zimmel.
 
The lady Spartans will be competing in the MCAC State Tournament on Friday and Saturday at Northland Community College in Thief River Falls.  They are the number three seed from the South and will open play at ten o'clock Friday morning against Central Lakes, the second seeded team from the Northern Division.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Punt, Pass and Kick
Results from the 2009 Fergus Falls Jaycees Punt, Pass and Kick competition have been reported.  Abby Hobbs, who won the 10-11 year old girls category in the local competition also went on to win the sectional tournament title on October 17 in Foley.  Michaela Bock was the runner-up in that age group.
 
Here are the results in the four different age groups of boys' competition.
 
8-9 Year Old Boys
1. Bennet Cameron, 2. Nathan Zierden, 3. Andrew Johnson
 
10-11 Year Old Boys
1. Tony Ukkelberg, 2. Chris Tungseth, 3. Matthew Biegler
 
12-13 Year Old Boys
1. Jacob Isaac, 2. Cody Clift, 3. Marvin Berry
 
14-15 Year Old Boys
1. Brandon Anderson, 2. Tanner Werner, 3. Austin Lehmen
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Underwood to Host 26th Annual Volleyball Invite
The Underwood volleyball team is hosting the 26th Annual Underwood Volleyball Invitational Thursday.  The varsity and 'B' team tournaments will begin at 9:30am and continue throughout the day with four courts in play all day long.
 
Teams are divided into two pools, playing a round robin format within their pool to decide who plays for the championship and third place in the tournament.
 
Wheaton, Frazee and Barnesville will join the host Rockets in Pool 1 and Pool 2 consists of Rothsay, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and Ulen-Hitterdal.
 
Fans are encouraged to attend and a concession stand will be available throughout the tournament.
 
This tournament was originally hosted by Fergus Falls Community College, now M State-Fergus Falls, shifting to the Underwood high school when the new school was built.  The Rockets have not won the title since 2004.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Otter Boys Earn #2 Seed in Section 8AA Soccer
The Fergus Falls boys soccer team has earned the number two seed in Section 8AA and will host a first round playoff game on Saturday at the Stadium Field in Fergus Falls.
 
The Otters will play seventh-seeded St. Cloud Apollo at one o'clock Saturday in quarterfinal action.  Top seeded Elk River will receive a first round bye.
 
Other first round pairings will find third seeded Moorhead hosting Zimmerman and number four Brainerd at home to St. Cloud Tech.
 
The Otters finished the regular season with a record of 11-4-1.  On of their losses was a 1-0 defeat at the hands of the Eagles on the eighth of September.  They recorded a 2-1 victory over Apollo on October first.
Posted By Craig Olson
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Boys Soccer Game Postponed
The Fergus Falls boys soccer game scheduled for today (Saturday, October 10) in St. Cloud against St. Cloud Tech, has been postponed due to the cold weather.  The game may be rescheduled for Tuesday, however, that decision has not been finalized.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Backcourt Basketball Registration
Registration for the Backcourt Club Saturday Basketball program in Fergus Falls will take place between 9:30am and 12:00noon on Saturday in the Fergus Falls High School gymnasium.
 
All boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grades who live within and/or attend any of the schools (private, public or home schooled) within the boundaries of the Fergus Falls school district are eligible to participate in the Backcourt Club program.
 
The cost is $25 for kids in kindergarten through second grad and $45 for third through eighth graders, with a $90 maximum per family.  Included in the cost are new jerseys for fourth through eighth graders and t-shirts for kindergarten through second graders.  Third graders will receive both a jersey and a pair of shorts.  All seventh graders will receive a new leather basketball, compliments of the Backcourt Club, at their first practice session.
 
Practice dates for kindergarten through second graders are Saturday's from October 24 through December 6.  For third through eighth graders, practice dates are Saturday's from October 24 through January 30.  Practices will be held at varying sites depending on grade level.  Sites included McKinley, Cleveland, the Middle School, High School and YMCA.
 
For more information you can go online to www.fergusfallsbasketball.org.
Posted By Craig Olson
Saturday, October 3, 2009
Fergus Falls Flyers Swim Team Registration Scheduled

The Fergus Falls Flyers Swim Team will be having sign-up in the lobby of the YMCA on Tuesday, October 6 and Wednesday, October 7 from 4:00 to 6:00pm.

 

Practices will be in the YMCA pool Monday-Wednesday and Fridays from 3:45 to 5:15pm, depending on the ability of the swimmer. Requirements to be on the team are that the child needs to be able to swim the length of the pool comfortably without stopping, which is 25 meters.

 

Sign-up forms are available on the Fergus Falls Flyers website at www.fergusfallsswimming.org so you can print off your forms and have them completed for the registration nights so it will be more time efficient for families. If you are unable to attend the registration nights at the YMCA a parent can print the forms from the website and mail them to: Fergus Falls Flyers, PO Box 30, Fergus Falls, MN 56538.  

 

If you have questions you can call Amy Fisher at 736-0126. This is not a YMCA team, the team will just be renting their pool.

 

 

Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Stier Off to Great Start
Fergus Falls High School graduate (2008) Chris Stier is off to a great start for the University of Mary Men's Soccer team in Bismarck, North Dakota.
 
Stier scored two first half goals on Saturday as the Marauders rolled to a 3-0 homecoming win over Jamestown.  Stier's first goal came on a header into the left side of the goal at 6:15 of the first half.  The sophomore struck again in the nineteenth minute when the Jimmie goalkeeper deflected the ball to Stier, who pounced on the ball and one-timed it into the net for a 2-0 lead.
 
On Sunday, in the Senior Day game for the Marauders, Stier scored his third goal in less than 24 hours, but St. John's University tallied the next three goals as the Johnnies defeated the University of Mary 3-1.  Stier scored on the rebound of a shot that went off the Johnnies goalkeeper, giving U-Mary a 1-0 lead at 38:54 of the contest.  Playing their sixth game in nine days and their second contest in less than twenty hours began to take a toll on U-Mary in the second half.  Working with a wind gusting to over 40 miles per hour, the Johnnies tallied three goals in the second half.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Risbrudt Joins Schueller with Season Ending Injury
Fergus Falls senior wide receiver and defensive back Nick Risbrudt is out for the season.
 
Nick had his knee hyper-extended in practice on Tuesday as he took a helmet to the outside of the knee.  Results of an MRI, taken on Wednesday night, show that the MCL is torn away from its attachment site on the lower leg (tibia) and surgery will be done as soon as possible.
 
Risbrudt joins his teammate, classmate and friend Adam Schueller on the sidelines.  Schueler fractured a bone above his left ankle in the second game of the season.  Both players are also members of the Otter boys basketball team.  Their availability for the basketball season is uncertain at this time.
Posted By Craig Olson
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