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Thursday, February 26, 2009
Honors for Spartans
M State sophomore Krista Shaikoski from Fergus Falls has been named to the 2008-2009 MCAC Women's All-State Team.  She is the only member of the lady Spartans to receive All-State recognition.  Shaikoski was also named to the Southern All-Division First team, while teammate Deveny Moore was an honorable mention selection.
 
Spartan freshman post player Jordan Johnsrud was named to the MCAC 2008-2009 Men's All-State Team.  Johnsrud, from Minnewaska Area High School, was also chosen to the Southern All-Division Team along with fellow Spartans Jerome Vaughn, Wiley Jiles and Brandyn Frelix.  Vaughn and Jiles are freshmen and Frelix is a sophomore.
 
Spartan sophomore wing Brad Sand, from Cottage Grove, was named the Southern Division Player of the Week for last week.  He led the Spartans to a win over Anoka Ramsey, recording a double-double and nearly a triple-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds, 8 assists, 3 steals and 3 blocks.  Sand was 8-for-14 (57%) from the field.
 
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Former Otter Swimmers Making a Big Splash in College
Several former Fergus Falls High School swimmers are making a big splash with their college teams!
 
Stacy Busak, a senior at the University of Minnesota, helped her team to a second place finish in the Big Ten Championships this past weekend at Michigan.  Busack was a member of the 400 freestyle relay team which placed first, qualifying for the NCAA Championships.  She was also a member of the first place 200 freestyle realy team which won the event, setting a school and Michigan pool record in the process.  Individually, Busack won the 100 freestyle, her first individual Big Ten title in her collegiate career.  Busack set a Big Ten record, a U of M school record and a pool record with  a time of 48.08 seconds.  She also claimed second place in the 50 freestyle (22.39) and was runner-up in the 200 freestyle (1:45.63).  The Gophers are currently ranked number ten in the nation.  Indiana won the Big Ten championship with 823 points and the Gophers were second with 665 points.
 
UND freshman Nathan Jobe is competing with the Fighting Sioux this week at the Conference USA Championships and Invitational in Houston, Texas.  Jobe swam on the 200 medley relay team which placed third on Wednesday and established a new school record time of 1:28.61 in the process.  The meet will continue through Saturday.
 
The MIAC Conference swim meet was held February 19 through February 21 at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.  The St. Olaf Men's team won the event with 851 points.  Gustavus was second with 738 points.
 
Sophomore Luke Money had a great meet, swimming personal best times in all four events he participated in.  Luke swam the butterfly in the 200 medley relay and the team finished in first place, making the NCAA Division III 'A' cut time, setting an MIAC and meet record and receiving all-conference recognition.  Luke was third in the 100 butterfly (50.47) with an NCAA Division III 'B' cut time and all-conference recognition.  In the 200 butterfly, Luke swam a 1:55.68 to finish in fourth place, and in the 100 backstroke his time of 55 seconds placed him thirteenth.  Luke will be swimming at NCAA Division III Nationals on March 18 through March 21.  This year they will be held at the U of M Aquatic Center.  He will be swimming in the 200 medley relay for sure and possibly the 100 butterfly.
 
Freshman Joel Money also had a good MIAC meet.  In the 200 IM, Joel swam a 2:07.02 in the prelims, taking 18th place.  He was fifteenth in the 100 backstroke (55.36) with his personal best time and was thirteenth in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:00.61.
 
Jennie Miller, a senior at Carleton College, swam on the division winning women's team.  Carleton scored 721 points to win the event and Gustavus was second with 619.5 points.  Miller placed tenth (4:55.42) in the 400 IM, twelfth in the 200 breaststroke (2:33.37) and was tenth in the 400 IM (4:55.42).
Posted By Craig Olson
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Time to Register for J.O. Softball and Youth Soccer
There will be a Fergus Falls spring J.O. Softball registration on Monday, February 23 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Fergus Falls Media Center.  Sign-up is for fifth through eighth graders.  The Fergus Falls Youth Soccer Association will be holding a Summer Traveling Soccer Registration on Tuesday, February 24 at the Otter Tail Power Community Rooms from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m..  The Summer Traveling Program season runs from May thorugh July and is for players ages 9 to 19.  For more information contact Jeff Hatlewick at 739-0337.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Otter Boys Get Home Playoff Game
The Section 6A boys hockey tournament seeds were announced on Wednesday with second ranked Little Falls getting the top seed and a first round bye.  Fergus Falls received the number four seed and will host St. Cloud Apollo on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. in a quarterfinal playoff game.
 
Number eight Prairie Center will host number nine Detroit Lakes on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. in Long Prairie in a first round play-in game.  The winner will travel to Little Falls to face the Flyers at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.
 
Alexandria earned the number two seed and will host Wadena-Deer Creek in the quarterfinal round of the tournament.  The number three seed went to Sartell-St. Stephen.  The Sabres will entertain the Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm in Sartell at seven o'clock Tuesday night.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, February 16, 2009
Post Season Begins
The high school post season begins Tuesday for area teams in a couple of sports.  Girls hockey and wrestling get their tournaments going with the Fergus Falls teams in action in both activities.
 
The Otter girls hockey team will host Detroit Lakes at 7:00 p.m. at the Fergus Falls Community Ice Arena in the Section 6A semifinals.  Alexandria and Morris/Benson Area will square off in Alexandria in the other semifinal.  If the top-seeded Otters win, they will play in either Moorhead or Alexandria on Friday night for the Section title.  The championship game would be played in Moorhead if Alexandria defeat Morris/Benson Area, or in Alexandria if Morris/Benson Area wins their matchup with the Cardinals. 
 
The Fergus Falls girls take a 14 game unbeaten streak and an 11 game winning streak into the game.  During the 14 game unbeaten streak, the Otters have scored 69 goals and allowed only 25.  The Otters were the runners-up in the section a year ago, losing to the eventual state champion Alexandria Cardinals.
 
The regular season game for the Fergus Falls boys hockey team will be played in the afternoon to accommodate the girls playoff game.  The JV game will begin at 2:45 p.m. and the varsity game against St. Cloud Tech will follow.  Jeff Swedberg of Lakes Radio will call the play-by-play of both games on Z-103.3 FM, KZCR, where Otter hockey rocks!
 
The Fergus Falls wrestlers will open Section 8AA competition with a first round match against Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus in Park Rapids at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.  A win will send the Otters to the quarterfinals against second-seeded Little Falls at 7:30 p.m.  If the Otters survive the two Tuesday matches they will advance to the semifinals at Fosston on Friday night at 6:00 p.m.  Fergus Falls is seeded third in Section 8AA.  Perham is the number one seed in the South half of 8AA and will meet the winner of the Park Rapids versus Detroit Lakes match at 7:30 p.m. in Park Rapids on Tuesday night.
 
Fergus Falls will also host an Elementary Wrestling Tournament on Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Fergus Falls High School gymnasium.
 
In section 6A at Staples, number eight OTC will face ninth-seeded Parkers Prairie at 6:00 p.m. with the winner taking on top-seeded Staples-Motley at 7:30 p.m.  At Graceville, seventh-seeded West Central Area will face number ten Barnesville at 6:00 p.m. with the winner advancing to meet second-seeded Border West at 7:30 p.m.  In Pelican Rapids, sixth-seeded New York Mills and number eleven Breckenridge will square off at six o'clock with the winner taking on Pelican Rapids at 7:30 p.m.  Number four Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale will battle Wadena-Deer Creek at 7:00 p.m. in Verndale.  The semifinals and finals will be held on Saturday afternoon at Bertha-Hewitt.
 
The Gymnastics team will travel to Park Rapids for their Section meet on Saturday.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Thanks from Hannah!
It was great to see Hannah Draxten playing for the Iowa Hawkeyes at Williams Arena this past Sunday.  Her Hawkeyes lost a close game to the Lady Gophers, having led the majority of the game.  Hannah saw about fifteen minutes of playing time and is making great contributions to her team as a true freshman.  I would estimate between 100 and 125 Fergus Falls fans were in attendance at the game.  As excited as all of us were to watch Hannah on the Division I stage, she was also excited to see familiar faces as she shares in the following thank you note.
 
A really big thank-you
 
I want to say thanks to all of you who came down to the MinnesotaIowa women’s basketball game at Williams Arena last Sunday.  It meant so much to me to see you all there.  It felt like being back in Fergus Falls. (And boy, was that a great feeling.)  It was fun to talk to so many of you after the game.  I only wish I could have had more time to talk to everyone.  I am so proud to call Fergus Falls my home and school.  I miss all of you.  Thanks again so much for coming!
 
Sincerely,
Hannah Draxten
 
Thank you, Hannah, for all the great basketball memories we have from your Otter days, and for the way you carry yourself on and off the court.  You have made a lot of people Iowa fans (at least in women's basketball!).
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, February 6, 2009
Fergus Falls Wrestling Milestones
The Fergus Falls wrestling team has accomplished several milestones this season and are sitting in a position to challenge for the Central Lakes Conference team title with a 6-1 conference record heading into the final week of the regular season.  Little Falls is also 6-1 and Alexandria stands at 5-1.
 
The Otters will host Alexandria on Tuesday night and St. Cloud Tech (4-2 CLC) on Thursday night in their final duals of the season.  Prior to that they are at Anoka for a team tournament on Saturday.  This event will feature many ranked wrestlers.  The match against Alexandria on Tuesday at the Fergus Falls Middle School will feature quite a battle at 285 as Josh Campion, the top-rated wrestler in his weight class in AA will face the number-one ranked wrestler in AAA, Tom Bouressa.
 
Campion, a senior, currently has 81 wins in his career and is 25-0 on the season.  Junior Colton Thorson recorded his 100th career win earlier this year and is currently at 105 wins and a perfect 30-0 this year.  Thorson also has 22 pins so far this season, while Ryan Jacobson (189) has 17 sticks.  Jacobson, a senior, picked up career win number 75 on January 31.  Junior Dan Revering (152) has 87 career wins, senior Jordan Ringquist (160) stands at 62 wins, and junior Alex Hensch (140) has 52 wins.
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, February 6, 2009
Magnusson Up for MS. Hockey
Let's Play Hockey newspaper has announced the top ten candidates for the 2009 Ms. Hockey Award, which will be presented to the top senior girls' hockey player in Minnesota at the end of the season.  Fergus Falls senior defenseman Erika Magnusson is one of the ten finalists for the award.
 
Magnusson will be attending Minnesota State, Mankato, on a hockey scholarship next fall.  Six of the ten finalists are committed to a WCHA school for next season, while the other four are bound for an Ivy League university.
 
The other finalists, with their college choice listed, are as follows: Lisa Berreman, Eagan defenseman (Dartmouth), Margaret Chute, Blake Forward (TBD), Callie Dahl, Stillwter Forward (St. Cloud State), Sally Komarek, Blake Forward (Dartmouth), Becky Kortum, Hopkins Forward (Minnesota), Mary Loken, Roseau Forward (UND), Alex Nelson, Andover Forward (St. Cloud State), Kelsey Romatoski, Holy Angels Defenseman (Harvard) and Lauren Zrust, Blaine Forward, (Minnesota State, Mankato).
 
The top ten finalists check in with a cumulative grade point average of 3.75.  Six of the finalists hail from Class AA schools.
 
The top five finalists for the Ms. Hockey Award will be named in the February 19 edition of Let's Play Hockey with the winner announced at the Ms. Hockey awards banquet on Sunday, March 1 at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Paul RiverCentre.
 
In addition to on-ice talent, criteria for the Ms. Hockey Award includes academics, community/extracurricular activities, citizenship and coachability.  The 2008 Ms. Hockey winner was Sarah Erickson of Bemidji.
 
Other awards that will be presented at the banquet include the Let's Play Hockey Senior Goalie of the Year award, which goes to the top senior goalie in girls' high school hockey, as well as the Minnesota Girls High School Hockey Coaches Association's Coach of the Year, and All-State and All-Academic award winners for the 2008-2009 season.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, February 2, 2009
FFHS Announces AAA Winners
Fergus Falls High School has announced their 2009 AAA winners.  They are seniors Chelsey Enderle and Tommy Olsen.  The two advanced to face the other 14 girls and boys from Section 8AA with Enderle finishing a very close second to the winner, Elizabeth Hauer of Little Falls, and Olsen finishing sixth.  Jakob Lindaas of Moorhead was the section winner.
 
Enderle and Olsen will both attend the Section 8AA banquet for AAA winners which will be held in Brainerd at Cragun's Resort on Sunday, March 1 at 4:00 p.m.
 
Enderle participated in soccer, basketball, track, softball, band, choir and visual arts.  She ranks in the top 10% of her class.
 
Olsen has participated in cross country, track, band, choir, orchestra, one act play, speech and visual arts.  He has been a member of the B Honor Roll at FFHS.
 
Fergus Falls senior Josh Campion is the Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week for wrestling.  Campion is undefeated this season, has won four tournament titles and is currently ranked #1 in the state at 285 pounds.
Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Coaches for Cancer
The Otter girls basketball game against Sartell-St. Stephen on Tuesday and the Otter boys basketball game against St. Cloud Apollo on Thursday have been designated as Coaches for Cancer games.  The Minnesota High School Basketball Association has asked that all Minnesota basketball coaches join together to dedicate one of their home events to an effort to raise funds for fighting cancer.
 
One in two men and one in three women are touched by cancer.  Last year more than 23,160 citizens of the state of Minnesota were diagnosed with cancer.  As coaches and as athletes, the Otters want to do their part to fight the disease.
 
One dollar of the gate admission price for the Sartell and Apollo games will go to the local American Cancer Society. In addition, the team will donate 50% of its concession proceeds to the cause.  There will be an opportunity for free will donations and any students wearing a white tee shirt, as part of a "White Out" Snoball Week promotion will have a one dollar donation made on their behalf.  All of the Otter basketball coaches are hoping that the town and students can get behind this effort, filling the gym for these games and helping to find a cure for the disease that has touched so many of our lives.
 
The Fergus Falls high school boys hockey teams, along with Pizza Ranch, invited all Fergus Falls youth to come out on Tuesday to cheer on the Otters as they play St. Cloud Apollo at the Fairgrounds Ice Arena.  All fans are encouraged to wear maroon and gold.  Youth ages 9 and under will be admitted free of charge up until 7:00 p.m.  The first 50 youth in attendance will receive a cup from Pizza Ranch and there will be a variety of prizes given away during the game.  The JV game begins at 5:00 p.m. and the varsity will play at seven o'clock.
Posted By Craig Olson
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