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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Draxten Sidelined for Rest of the Season

Fergus Falls High School graduate and University of Iowa sophomore Hannah Draxten will miss the remainder of the college basketball season with a herniated disc in her back.

Draxten played through the pain in four games this season, but will not be available for the remainder of the schedule.

"Hannah has suffered with this condition for most of the season,” Head Coach Lisa Bluder said in an article which appeared in the Iowa City Press-Citizen. “She has been incredibly strong in trying to overcome the pain. But, unfortunately the injection has not helped and she has lost mobility. She may even need surgery. We look forward to having a healthy Hannah Draxten next season."

"This is obviously another devastating loss for our team,” Bluder added. “But, I am proud that our team continues to battle despite the adversity."

Posted By Press Release
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Roberts Brothers Fare Well in Biathlon World Team Trials
Wynn Roberts and Conrad Roberts of Battle Lake competed recently at the Biathlon World Team Trials in Coleraine, Minnesota with good results.
 
Wynn competed in a series of five races in the men's division, winning the overall event.  This was the first level of races for selection of the Olympic team.  Wynn will be going to Germany to compete in the beginning of January for the second phase of the Olympic team selection.
 
Conrad competed in the Junior Division in a series of three races.  He was selected to the Junior World Team and will be competing in the Junior World Championships in Torsby, Sweden the end of January.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Spartan Men Scrambling to Find Opponent for Friday
The M State Spartans Men's basketball team is slated to play Central Lakes Community College in Brainerd on Friday night in the Central Lakes Classic, however, the Raiders have a scheduling problem.  Central Lakes has scheduled 28 games this season, one over the allowed 27 games.  That means they must drop a game and it's going to be the Friday night game against Fergus Falls.
 
The Raiders have only two non-division contests left on the schedule, Friday against the Spartans and Saturday afternoon versus Ridgewater.  Since the Raiders and Spartans played last Saturday, Coach Jim Russell decided it would be best for his team to play a different opponent and kept the Ridgewater game on the schedule.
 
The Spartans still have the eight o'clock time slot available to them on Friday night, but finding an opponent with an open date to fill that slot on such short notice in a problem that Coach Jason Retzlaff may not be able to solve.  If he is unable to find an opponent for Friday night, Retzlaff may be able to find a team to add to the schedule after the Christmas break.  Stay tuned.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Draxten Starting to See Some Action
Former Otter standout Hannah Draxten, now a sophomore at the University of Iowa, has been limited in her playing time this season due to a back injury.  Draxten is beginning to play once again, but still is bothered by her back.
 
"The Iowa State game (Friday) was basically my first game back," Draxten told www.craigolsonsports.com in an e-mail.  "My back felt pretty good, but it isn't quite 100%.  I haven't been participating in full practices yet, but I would say I do 80% of the drills.  I am hoping to play a little more each game."
 
Draxten has one herniated disk and one bulging disk, both in her lower back.  The injury has pretty much limited any type of movement for her.  The more she works out, the more the back tends to flare up. 
 
Draxten said, "The good news is that while my back isn't 100%, I can feel definite improvements.  I hope I can return to usual play very soon."
 
If she continues to be bothered by the injury, Draxten would be able to request a medical redshirt from the school and the NCAA, however, she, the school and her fans certainly hope it doesn't come to that.  Draxten's Hawkeyes will make there 2009-2010 appearance at Williams Arena on Sunday, January 3, for a two o'clock Big Ten contest against the Gophers.
Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Jungle Boy Announces Retirement
Zach 'Jungle Boy' Walters has announced his retirement from boxing.
 
Walters lost his most recent fight on Friday night when he was knocked down and then knocked out just 56 seconds into the first round by Larry “The Razor” Sharpe.
 
"I am officially calling it a day and hanging up my golves," Walters said in his statement.  "Friday night was my final bout.  I am happy with my career at this point.  I have had the privilege to box for half of my life and in that time I have had some of the best of memories and experiences.  I have met some great people and done things I never thought possible with the sport.  The last seven or so years I have been a pro, have been full of good times.  Boxing has been a defining feature in my life and I am proud to say I had the chance to fight as a pro.  I don't want to hang on and damage myself physically.  As we are all aware, there are long term risks from boxing too long.  I don't want to make those risks part of my life."
 
As an amateur boxer Walters won the Bronze medal at the Silver Gloves Nationals, won the 4-State Tournament five times, boxed at the national level four times, and won the Upper Midwest Golden Gloves twice.  As a pro he won the Minnesota Light Heavyweight title, the NABA-US title, and the WBC-African Boxing Union title.  All those wins came by knock out.  At one time Walters was ranked twelfth in the world in the WBC world rankings.
 
Walters has always had a great relationship with his fans, "Thanks to all the fans that packed the stands every time I boxed.  Over the years I watched as the crowds grew and grew.  Without the fan support I received, I would have never been able to accomplish what I have in boxing.  Together we made Duluth and the Twin Ports a true landmark in the region for boxing.  Nationally we are recognized for our boxing attendance.  It has been a true blessing to have had many of my fights take place at home.  Althought my role as a fighter is over, my involvement in the sport of boxing will carry on.  I know that God will continue to guide me."
 
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, December 4, 2009
Otter Boys Hockey Team Supporting Salvation Army Toy Shop
The Fergus Falls boys hockey team is involved in a Community Service Project in support of Salvation Army Toy Shop donations.  Otter fans are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy item to the December 8 home game at the Fairgrounds Ice Arena and drop it in the Salvation Army's Toy Shop box which will be located by the puck toss table until after the first period of the varsity game.
 
Each player has purchased and contributed a toy item and on December 9, a group of high school hockey players will deliver the toys to the Salvation Army to help those in need.  On December 16, a group of high school hockey players will help families pick out toys for their children.
 
Last year, 432 households in Otter Tail County were registered, with 733 children benefitting from this program.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
39th Annual Fergus Falls 9th Grade Tournament
The 39th Annual Fergus Falls 9th Grade Boys Basketball Tournament will be held on Saturday, December 5 at the Fergus Falls High School gymnasium and the Cleveland School gym.
 
Four teams will be participating with semifinal round action slated for noon.  Hillcrest and Fergus Falls will square off in the high school gym and Perham will face Pelican Rapids at the Cleveland gym.  The losers of those two games will play for third place at 1:15pm and the championship game, featuring the two winners of the semifinal contests, will begin around 2:30pm.  The third place and championship games will be played in the high school gym.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Late Night with the Otters
Friday, December 4, participants in the Fergus Falls Backcourt Club Basketball program for third through eighth graders are invited to the Fergus Falls High School Gym for Late Night with the Otters.
 
This is a great way to kick off the start of the basketball season as games and drills will be conducted by varsity players and coaches.  Backcourt participants are encouraged to bring a camera and take pictures of your team and with your favorite varsity player(s).  Pop and pizza will be provided.  The event begins at 7:30pm and runs until 9:00pm.
Posted By Craig Olson
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