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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Meet the Otters Night a Success Once Again
The Fergus Falls Fairgrounds ice arena was filled with excitement from the youngest players to parent alumni Monday night with the annual "Meet the Otters Night". 
 
The youth hockey players were treated to hot dogs, beverage, chips and a cookie, as well as Otter Player Trading Cards.  The high school teams signed autographs and the highlight of the evening was the termite, mite and squirt hockey level skaters getting to skate on the ice with their favorite Fergus Falls Otter, while the older players looked on.

 

Finishing out the night was the traditional intra-squad scrimmage, with the Coaches acting as the referees in a friendly, but competitive game, with the white team claiming victory.

 

The boys open their season in Detroit Lakes on Saturday, December 5, at 7:30 PM.  The first home game is Tuesday, December 8. 

 

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Saturday, November 21, 2009
Monsebroten Leads UND
Former Spartan Dustin Monsebroten led four UND players in double figures on Saturday, scoring 15 points, however, the Sioux fell to Missouri-Kansas City in Grand Forks 70-63.
 
UND shot a season best 60 percent from the floor and outrebounded UMKC 30-25, but 19 turnovers spelled defeat.
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, November 20, 2009
Jiles Earns Player of the Week Honors
Wiley Jiles, a sophomore for the M State Men's basketball team, has earned Southern Division Player of the Week honors in the MCAC.
 
Jiles, from Minneapolis, averaged 20.7 points, 8 rebounds and 2 steals per game in three games.  The Spartans were 2-1 during the first week of the season.
 
"Wiley had a great week and is off to an oustanding start to his sophomore season," said M State head coach Jason Retzlaff.  "It was certainly a well deserved honor."
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, November 20, 2009
Local Crew Officiating State Semifinal Contest
A local officiating crew will be working the Minnesota Class AA semifinal football game between Eden Valley-Watkins and Waterville-Elysian-Morristown at 5:45 Saturday afternoon at Mall of America Field (Metrodome).
 
Crew chief John Klinnert and his crew, which includes Tim Rogelstad, Derrick Nelson, Isaiah Godding and Greg Gerhart, worked the Section 8AAAAA championship game between Brainerd and Buffalo last week, and the Section 8AAAA semifinal contest between Detroit Lakes and Alexandria two weeks ago.  Klinnert, Rogelstad and Nelson have all worked games in the Dome in previous years.
 
This year the games can be viewed on the internet at www.45.grandstadium.tv.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Carrison and Liljestrand Headed to Mayville State
Two members of the M State Women's volleyball team have signed letters of intent to attend Mayville State University.  Middle hitter Nicky Carrison and libero Emily Liljestrand will become members of the Comets next fall.  Former Underwood standout Lindsay Johnson is the head coach at Mayville State University.
 
The Spartans will be hosting the MCAC State Tournament the next two years.  Official dates of the tournament for 2010 have not yet been announced.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Kangas Resigns as Perham Football Coach
At Wednesday night's meeting of the Perham School Board, the board was asked to accept the resignation of Howie Kangas as head football coach.  Kangas leaves as the longest tenured football coach in school history.
 
"Howie gave this decision a great deal of thought and he intends to continue to be involved in football in one form or another," said Perham Activities Director Fred Sailer.  "Howie is remarkably well liked and respected by students, parents and fellow coaches.  He is known across the state as a creative, hard working and well-read football coach."
 
In Perham's 86 years of playing football, Howie Kangas is one of only eight head coaches.  He was at the reins for eighteen years and notched 119 wins while leading the Yellowjackets to three state tournamens and to the state semifinals in 1997 and 2007.  The last five years his team has played for the section championship.  Kangas will remain on the the staff of the Perham Public Schools.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Simonsen Reaches College Milestone
Rothsay High School graduate Colby Simonsen, now a senior at Trinity Bible College in Ellendale, North Dakota, scored his 1,000th career point last Saturday in a win over Turtle Mountain Community College.
 
Colby was honored for his achievement prior to the Valley City State game on Tuesday night.  One of his coaches is his brother Derek Simonsen, who is an assistant at the school.  Derek also played at Rothsay High School and Trinity Bible College before playing last summer in the Israel Basketball League.
 
The Spartan Men's basketball team from M State in Fergus Falls will be paying a visit to Ellendale on Saturday afternoon.  Game time is three o'clock.  The lady Spartans will play at one o'clock Saturday against the Trinity Bible College Women's team.  All Spartan Men's and Women's games can be heard on the internet through www.craigolsonsports.com.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Thursday Deadline for NFL Picks
The NFL Prediction Contest is a very popular feature on www.craigolsonsports.com.  This time of year, the NFL starts scheduling some Thursday games, so it is important for fans to remember to get their picks turned in early.  The deadline is 7:00pm Thursday.  Olson Oil Company is the sponsor of the contest and the weekly prize is a $20.00 gas certificate.  Two entries are allowed per week for each person, one online and the other by filling out a form at Olson Oil Company in Fergus Falls.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Cobbers Benefit From Larson Moving to Running Back
Concordia senior Andrew Larson has played quarterback, defensive back and now running back for the Cobbers in his college football career.  The move to running back is paying big dividends for the former Fergus Falls Otter and the Cobbers.
 
In their 17-14 win over St. Olaf in Northfield on October 31, Larson ran for a touchdown and caught a 14-yard pass for another score.  He finished the game with 21 carries for 58 yards and 5 receptions for 94 yards as the Cobbers won for a second straight week and beat the Oles for the first time in three seasons.  Another former Otter, kicker Carl Hauser booted the game winning field goal from 30 yards with 13:32 to play.
 
On November 7, Concordia won for a third straight week, beating Carleton College 31-16 in Northfield to improved their overall record to 5-4.  They are 3-4 in the MIAC.  Larson had another career-best game on the ground, rushing for 148 yards and two TD's on 32 carries.  Hauser made a 24 yard field goal and was 4-for-4 on PAT kicks.  Former Otter Justin Hensch, a senior defensive lineman for the Cobbers, came up with the only sack of the day.
 
Concordia will finish off the 2009 season when they host Gustavus on Saturday, November 14 at 1:00pm in Moorhead.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Samuelson Scores 11 in NDSU Exhibition Win
Senior captain Ashley Samuelson scored 11 points, pulled down 4 offensive rebounds and came away with three steals on Monday as the NDSU Women's basketball team recorded a 49-49 exhibition victory over Jamestown College.
 
Samuelson, a standout high school player for the Underwood Rockets, made 4-of-7 field goal attempts and all three of her free throws in 22 minutes of playing time.
 
Junior Krista Shaikoski, in her first year with Jamestown College, went 1-for-5 from the field, hitting one of four three-pointers to finish with 3 points.  The former Fergus Falls Otter and M State Spartan also had 3 rebounds and fouled out of the game in 14 minutes of playing time.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Draxten to Miss a Week
Sophomore guard Hannah Draxten of the Iowa Hawkeyes Women's Basketball team will miss at least a week with a bulging disc in her back.  Draxten will miss this weekend's KCRG TV-9 Hawkeye Challenge.
 
Iowa senior center JoAnn Hamlin has been hospitalized with a blool clot in her lower right leg.  She is out indefinitely and it could be a career-threatening injury.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Hobbs Qualifies for State Punt, Pass and Kick
Abby Hobbs from Underwood has qualified for the Minnesota State Punt, Pass and Kick competition and will be competing at the Minnesota Vikings game on Sunday, November 22 at the Metrodome.
 
Abby, a fifth grader in Underwood, finished in the top four of all the sectional qualifiers in the Minnesota Vikings region which included Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Iowa.
 
"Abby was our only female football player in Fergus Falls Area Youth Football this year and we're very proud of her accomplishment," said Youth Football Coordinator Dan Prischmann.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
FFJO Volleyball Tryouts Scheduled

The Fergus Falls Volleyball Club has scheduled Junior Olympic Volleyball tryouts for the 2010 season.  Any interested volleyball players ages 13-17 who are enrolled in the Fergus Falls Public School District are encouraged to participate.

Tryouts will be held at the Fergus Falls High School Gymnasium on Tuesday, November 17 and Thursday, November 19 beginning at 7:30pm both nights.  Players must attend BOTH sessions to be considered for team placement.

The FFJO Handbook and Tryout Information Sheet can be picked up at the Fergus Falls High School Activities Office.  Players must bring a signed FFJO Volleyball Handbook Agreement and a $5.00 tryout fee in order to participate.  

For more information, please contact Tanya Kort, Junior Girls Director, at 218-731-9535 or [email protected].

Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Gulsvig Stepping Down
Chuck Gulsvig is stepping down as the head boys basketball coach at Moorhead High School.  Gulsvig has been in that position for 27 years, compiling a record of 445-222 with only two losing seasons.
 
Gulsvig will be replaced on an interim basis by Corey Zimmerman, who has been an assistant to Gulsvig for eleven years.
 
Back when the Spuds and Otters were in the same section and class, they would play as many as four times per season.  Each team would host a home game during the regular season, they would often times meet in a Christmas Tournament and would inevitably clash in the section tournament.  Those were some high intensity contests which always seemed to bring out the best in competition from both teams.
 
Bob Bjorklund, long time Otter coach, recalls with fondness the battles with Gulsvig's Spuds. "Chuck loved to compete and I can still feel the pre game excitement whenever we played the Spuds.  I appreciated the classy way Chuck handled his team and treated opponents.  Some of my fondest coaching memories are packed gyms with Maroon and Gold squaring off with Orange and Black.  It was a huge disappointment for me when Minnesota basketball went to the four class system and we no longer were up against Moorhead at tournament time.  I would say that the Fergus Falls-Moorhead basketball rivalry was intense, fierce, fun, and extremely healthy.  I had a deep respect for how hard the Spuds played and how well they were prepared under Chuck."
 
Former Fergus Falls High School head coach Gary Schuler, now the Activities Director, enjoyed it when he matched up with Gulsvig, "I loved preparing our teams to play Moorhead.  The Spuds were always so well prepared, intense, and well-coached.  I miss coaching against Coach Gulsvig's teams.  It was a fun rivalry.  We always knew we needed to be on our A game, especially at Moorhead."
 
From a media standpoint, Chuck was always approachable and helpful in preparing for a game whether it would be answering basic questions about his team or conducting a pregame interview.  I always appreciated the passion and professionalism he brought to the court.  Watching him work the officials and encourage or implore his team to do well from the sidelines was always a treat. 
 
Gulsvig is taking a position with Sanford Health-MeritCare in Fargo in the newly formed Office of Public Affairs.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, November 9, 2009
Shaikoski Enjoying Good Start at Jamestown
Former Otter and Spartan Krista Shaikoski is enjoying a good start for Jamestown College.  The Jimmies are ranked sixth in the NAIA Division II pre-season poll and are off to a 4-0 start this season.
 
Shaikoski played eight minutes in their first game, an 87-68 win over Brandon, Manitoba, scoring three points and grabbing a single rebound.  In their second game, an 85-58 victory over the same team, Shaikoski didn't score, missing all three field goal attempts, but did grab a pair of rebounds in fifteen minutes of playing time.  In the Jimmies 80-63 win over second ranked Northwestern of Iowa last Friday night, Shaikoski scored four points and had three rebounds in ten minutes of court time.  On Saturday, Jamestown posted a 65-52 win over Dordt College of Iowa and Shaikoski contirbuted 7 points on 2-of-6 shooting, pulled down six rebounds and dishe out two assists in 18 minutes on the floor.  She also went 3-for-3 from behind the 3-point arc, scoring nine points in an 86-56 exhibition loss to UND.
 
The Jimmies will play an exhbition game against NDSU on Monday night, November 9 in Fargo.  Ashley Samuelson, the former Underwood High School standout, is the captain of the Bison.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, November 9, 2009
Jamestown Finishes Perfect DAC Volleyball Season
Fergus Falls High School graduate Sam Revering, a junior at Jamestown College, is a part of the Jimmies volleyball team which just finished the Dakota Athletic Conference season with a perfect 14-0 record. 
 
With their sweep of rival Valley City State last Wednesday night, the Jimmies ran their winning streak to fifteen matches and ended the regular season perfect on their home court (8-0), sweeping every match.
 
Revering led a balanced offensive attack with 11 kills and added a team high 8 digs.
 
The Jimmies opened post season play on Saturday night with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-15, 25-17) victory over Dakota State and will now host a semifinal match on Wednesday night at the Hansen Center in Jamestown.  Revering had 9 kills, 8 digs and a pair of blocks as the Jimmies improved their season record to 22-7.
 
For her efforts, Revering was named the Dakota Athletic Conference Hitter of the Week.  Revering hit .462 with 20 kills, 16 digs, two service aces, one solo block and two assisted blocks .
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, November 9, 2009
Spartan Basketball to be Broadcast on the Internet Once Again
Spartan basketball fans can once again follow the M State Men's and Women's teams over the internet through COSports Radio, a service of www.craigolsonsports.com.  I will provide play-by-play of all 54 (27 men, 27 women) games for the fifth consecutive season. 
 
To access the live broadcasts just click on the COSports Radio link on the home page of www.craigolsonsports.com, then select the season and game from the menu.  Broadcasts of games from previous seasons are also available through the archives.
 
The Spartan Athletic Boosters, M State-Fergus Falls, Minnesota Motor Company, Midwest Printing, the law firm of Svingen, Karkela, Cline, Haugrud, Hunt, Larson and Jensen, Norson Window and Glass and Aasness Auctioneers all sponsor the coverage of Spartan basketball on the world wide web.  Please pass the word and thanks for listening!!
 
Coverage begins Monday night, November 9, when the Spartan Men host the Jamestown JV at 7:00pm.  The Women begin their season at six o'clock Thursday night, November 12, with a game against Itasca Community College from Grand Rapids.  The Men will follow at 8:00pm.  On Saturday, Northland Community College from Thief River Falls will be in town for a women's game at 1:00pm and a men's game at 3:00pm.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, November 9, 2009
Belmont Receives National Honor
North Dakota State University free safety Kyle Belmont was named to the 2009 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VII University Division first team.  The team is selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America.
 
Belmont, a senior from Battle Lake, maintained a 3.70 grade point average in psychology.  He is currently in his first year of graduate school at NDSU.  He advances to the national ballot for the ESPN The Magazine All-American team, which will be announced on November 24.
 
To be eligible for the team, student-athletes must be a starter of important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA for their career and must have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing at their current insitution.
 
Belmont, who has started all nine games for the Bison in 2009, is the third leading tackler on the squad with 25 solo tackles and 18 assisted tackles for a total of 43 tackles.  He has recorded one sack and has one of the three NDSU interceptions this season, returning it 27 yards.  He also has two pass break-ups to his credit.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, November 9, 2009
LEC Volleyball Teams Earn State Academic Honors
Five Little Eight Conference girls volleyball teams have received MSHSL Academic Team awards for their cumulative grade point average during the fall season. 
 
Five teams have received Gold Awards from the Minnesota State High School League.  Underwood (3.95), Parkers Prairie (3.92), Ashby (3.84), Rothsay (3.80) and Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (3.76).
 
Congratulations to the players and coaches on excellence in the classroom and on the volleyball court.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Rogness to Coach Rothsay Boys
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy grad Darren Rogness will be coaching the Rothsay boys basketball team this winter, replacing Steve Hartman who stepped down earlier this fall to join Rich Glas on the coaching staff at Concordia College in Moorhead.
 
Rogness has served as head girls basketball coach at Fargo Oak Grove the past two seasons and prior to that was the junior varsity girls coach at Heritage Christian Academy for a year.  Darren was the head girls basketball coach at Hillcrest from the 2003-2004 through the 2005-2006 seasons.  He also assisted Gregg Preston with the Hillcrest boys for one year and spent four seasons as a varsity assistant at Park Christian School in Moorhead.  Of his 11 years coaching basketball, five have been as a head coach.
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