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Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Metro Football All-Stars Defeat Outstaters
Quarterback Blair Townsend of Coon Rapids tossed scoring passes of 9, 22 and 58 yards as the Metro All-Stars defeated the Outstate All-Stars 54-13 on Saturday at Husky Stadium on the campus of St. Cloud State University.
 
The 36th Annual Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game showcased outstanding senior players from the 2008 high school football seasons.  Players and coaches representing 77 schools and 31 conferences participated in the game this year.  They were selected by members of the Minnesota Football Coaches Association.
 
Pelican Rapids senior Tydan Storrusten completed 8 of 19 passes for 100 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown pass, and threw one interception.  He also ran the ball seven times for sixteen yards with his longest run from scrimmage being a nine yard gain.
 
The game marked the end of a tremendous senior year for Storrusten, who was also chosen to compete in the Lions All-Star Basball series earlier this month and as a member of the Outstate Boys Basketball team in April.  Storrusten is headed to Northern State in Aberdeen, South Dakota on a basketball scholarship.
 
Fergus Fall senior offensive lineman Josh Campion was also selected to play in the game, however, surgery forced the University of Minnesota signee to miss the game.  Campion will either be red-shirted or grey-shirted his freshman year.
Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Familiar Names on Minnesota Amateur Teams

The Moorhead Brewers sponsored and ran an amateur baseball tourney over the weekend at Wahpeton’s John Randall Field. Fergus Falls High School graduate Ryan Olson managed the Brewers who defeated the Jamestown Elks in the finals. Jason Brueske, formally of NDSU and Deer Creek amateur teams also plays for the Brewers.

 

The Jamestown Elks defeated the Midway Snurdbirds 6-4 in the semi-finals. Tim Nelson, former FFCC and Frazee pitcher, threw the victory over Midway. He allowed no earned runs.

Nelson also pitched the Jamestown Elks over defending North Dakota State Champs, Jamestown Merchants, in the finals of the Detroit Lakes Angels Amateur Tourney on June 14.  Nelson was the winner in an 8-2 game, again with no earned runs allowed.

 

Shakopee finished fourth in the Brewers’ Tournament this week-end.  Former Otters Nate Brown, Aaron Olson, Dan Harris and Troy Wasiloski were all members of the Shakopee team.
 

For more on the Shakopee team visit their website at http://www.shakopeebaseball.com/.

Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, June 26, 2009
Spartan Volleyball Camp Starts Monday
The Spartan Volleyball Coaching staff will be providing a volleyball camp for student athletes beginning on Monday, June 29 and going through Thursday, July 2 at M State in Fergus Falls.
 
Camp sessions include specific training of their skill of choice, as well as a rounded knowledge of game tactics.  The staff will work hard to provide athletes the opportunities to develop and refine their individual skills and team play. 
 
"It is our goal to raise their games to the next level," stated head coach Terri Strom of the lady Spartans.  "There will also be discussion on physical development and nutrition.  If you have the heart and determination to be the best volleyball player you can be, this is the camp for you!"
 
The cost is $80 and if you need more information you can contact coach Strom by e-mail at [email protected] or call her at 320-760-9340.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Wins for Kolle and Walters

Thursday night was fight night for two boxers with Fergus Falls ties as Bridge Battle II was held at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth.  Not surprisingly, both boxers had strong performances in the ring, walking away with victories.

Former Fergus Falls resident Andy "Kaos" Kolle (19-2) stopped Anthony Shuler (20-6) of Indiana in the third round of their bout. Referee Mark Nelson stopped the fight at 2:05 of round three.  Kolle was wearing his new Minnesota Middleweight title belt.
 
Another boxer with Fergus Falls ties, Zach "Jungle Boy" Walters (24-4) flattened James Morrow (11-13) in round two in the co-feature. A left-right-left to the head of Morrow prompted referee Bobby Brunette to stop the right at 1:46 of round two.  Here is Zach’s take on the fight from an e-mail he sent out to his fans, supporters and the media.

 

What a great night of boxing! The Sports Garden was packed and the crowd was ready for the fights. It was awesome to see the ovation I received walking out to the ring. Boxing in front of the people that have supported me from the start has always been the best for me. Thanks to all of you that were able to be there. The ifan.tv gig was a good addition to the event as. I hope those that watched live via internet feed enjoyed it.

My bout with 'Jammin' James Marrow went just the way I wanted. He came out aggressive in the first with big loopy hooks and rights. I was able to calm him down with a crisp jab and after I found my range began to land some good power shots. I took advantage of with a good body attack which opened up more good shots to his head. Toward the end of the round Marrow was already beginning to tire and I was able to catch him with a good combination which dropped him. He was able to beat the count, but there was only seconds to go in the round and he made it out on his feet.  In the second I wanted to pick up where I left off and started right away cutting off the ring with an aggressive jab. About a minute in I landed another good shot and followed up with a barge of punches that landed him on the mat again. Marrow beat the count, got back on his feet to resume the fight, but it was clear to me that he had little left. I got back to work trapping him on the ropes with a flurry of punches. Before I was able to drop him again, his corner tossed in the towel and the fight was called. I wanted a solid victory and was able to get it.

All being said, I am happy with my performance. I was able to show my speed and power. This is the beginning of a new chapter in my career. Even though Marrow came in heavy on the scales, I spent my training camp getting ready for a fight at 168 pounds. I feel great at that weight. There are some fun fights in the near future. Phil Williams out of the Twin Cities has been running his mouth about a fight and talking as much trash as he can muster. I too have played into the war of words and done my share of trash talk as well. I like Phil, but I can hardly wait to crack him in the face. Check out mnboxinglegue.com and minnesotaboxing.com to track the action.  Another potential future fight is one with Matt Vanda. He called me out the other day and he too has talked his share of dirt.  I think he is too small to fight me, but none the less he wants to fight so we'll see if we can't make that happen for him. I wouldn't want to be him on that night. I think a fight with Vanda would bring a rise out of the Minnesota boxing fans. We'll see what the future holds. I love this sport!
 
For more on the fights, visit www.mnboxingleague.com.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, June 22, 2009
Perham's McClellan Has Strong Race at Nike Nationals
Perham distance runner Maddie McClellan competed in the Nike Outdoor Nationals, competing in the Emerging Elite heat of the two mile race which is a second tier of National qualifiers. 
 
To make the elite heat runners need to run a time of 10:55 or better.  The Emerging Elite need to have a time of 11:05 or better.  Two weeks ago, McClellan won her first individual state championship in the 2 mile run, beating defending state champ Linda Keller from Paynesville.  Maddie ran a time of 11:00.99 to win the Class A 3200 meter title.
 
At Nationals McClellan ran in the Emerging Elite full 2 mile (3218 meters), which is 18 meters longer than the distance she ran at the state meet.  She finished second overall, just getting passed in the final straight after making a big push to take the lead at 400 meters to go in the race. 
 
"What made Maddie's race so great was the condition she ran it in," said Perham Assistant Track Coach and Head Cross Country Coach Jeff Morris. "She ran 11:09 full 2 mile and 11:05 (3200 meters) in 95 degree temperature with a heat index of 101 at the time of the race.  A great run and finish to her incredible season."
 
To check out the video of the race go to http://www.runnerspace.com/video.php?do=view&video_id=13987.
 
"Special thanks to these businesses and individuals who helped send Maddie to Nationals," added Coach Morris. "Station House, Perham Memorial Hospital and Home, Mark's Fleet Supply, Inc., All Creatures Veterinary Hospital and KLN Enterprises."
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, June 19, 2009
Otter Football Camp Starts Monday
The fifth annual Fergus Falls Otters Varsity Football Camp will begin on Monday, June 22 and go through Friday, June 26 with practice sessions being held at the Fergus Falls High School levee field from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. daily.  Players should be on the field by 8:15 a.m.
 
Varsity football technique and fundamentals will be taught as players learn the offensive and defensive systems used by the Otters during the fall season.  All interested players, both new and returning, entering grades 9 through 12 are invited to participate.  There is no cost for the camp.  Players that need equipment can pick it up at the FFHS equipment room at the east entrance to the high school on Monday at 7:45 a.m.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Watch Walters and Kolle Fights Online Thursday
Horton's Gym presents Bridge Battle II on Thursday at Grandma's Sports Garden in Duluth.  The card features Zach 'Jungle Boy' Walters against 'Jammin' James Morrow and Andy 'Kaos' Kolle against Anthony 'Showtime' Shuler.  Fight fans will be able to view the bouts online at www.ifan.tv.
 
The cost is $11.99 for the live web coverage with Tony Grygelko of Seconds Out Promotions will be providing the ringside commentary. 
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, June 12, 2009
State Tournament Notes
The Fergus Falls Otters completed a tremendous post season run by finishing as the Class AA runner-up in high school baseball, losing the championship game to La Crescent by a score of 5-3.  The state appearance was the fourth for the Otters and the second place finish is their highest finish ever.
 
The Otters first state tournament appearance came in 1961 and resulted in a tie for third place with Springfield.  The tie was the result of rain preventing the third place game from being played.
 
The Otters also participated in 1969 when there was still one class of high school baseball in Minnesota.  Their third state tournament appearance was in 2002 as a Class AAA qualifier.
 
Fergus Falls has an overall tournament record of 4-4 after their 2-1 mark this season.
 
Jake Heck and Matt Mithaugen were named to the All-State Tournament Team, presented by Wells Fargo and the Minnesota State High School League.  The team was selected by the media and a panel attending the tournament.
 
Check out the numbers for these two guys, Heck was the leading hitter in the tournament going 8-for-11 (.729) with 3 doubles and 11 total bases, both tournament highs.  His .750 on base percentage and 1.000 slugging percentage were also the best in the tournament.  He also was the leading pitcher, going 1-0 in two appearances, pitching 9 1/3 innings, allowing just three hits and one unearned run, walking one batter and striking out 16.  Opposing hitters hit .097 against him.  Mithaugen batted .636 (7-11) with a tournament best six runs batted in and four runs scored.  His four runs was tied with teammate Derek Hansen and two others for the tournament high.
 
Joe Anderson had an ERA of 1.40, pitching five innings, allowing just three hits, walking one and striking out seven.  Opposing hitters hit just .167 against him.
 
The Otters hit .415 (34-82) as a team, far and away the best average of any team in the tournament.  Luverne was second at .309 and no other team was better than .260.  They were also second best in pitching witha a 2.06 earned run average.  La Crescent was best with a 1.62 ERA.  The Otters led all teams with 29 strikeouts and allowed the fewest hits (13), earned runs (5) and walks (3) of any team in the tournament.
 
The teams the Otters beat on the first day, Mora and Orono, came back to finish strong.  The Mustangs won the consolation title with an impressive 8-2 victory over Luverne and the Spartans took third place by beating DeLasalle 12-2.
 
Other All-Tournament team members included Luverne catcher Phil Paquette, Mora pitcher Jake Oslin, DeLasalle pitcher Brian Gosz, Orono infielder Derek Page and outfielder Ben Persian, and La Crescent catcher Troy Traxler, pitcher Brandon Verthein and outfielder Joss Sandven.
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, June 12, 2009
Enjoy a Helicopter Ride and Help Spartan Football
Spartan football is teaming up with Hawkeye Helicopter for a Spartan Football fundraising event. As part of the Summerfest activities in Fergus Falls, helicopter rides on Friday, June 12, will help benefit the M State Spartan football team.
Rides will begin at 4:00 p.m. and go until about dark, so stop over at the Spartan football field and enjoy a helicopter ride and help the Spartan football team in the process.
Fergus Falls VFW Post 612 baseball coach Ryan Hendrickson informs us that today's scheduled games with Perham have been postponed due to the Fergus Falls High School baseball team's Class AA State Championship game against LaCrescent.
Posted By Craig Olson
Saturday, June 6, 2009
FF Area Youth Football Camp Coming Soon
The second annual Lakes Area Youth Football Camp is scheduled for Tuesday, June 16 through Friday, June 19 at the Fergus Falls  High School Levee Field.  The third through fifth grade camp will run from 8:30am to 10:00am and the sixth through eighth grade camp will run from 10:15am to 11:45am Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
 
Participants will learn proper techniques of football passing, receiving, blocking and tackling.  Offensive and defensive individual, group and team drills, along with punting and kicking will be included with an emphasis on good sportsmanship and player safety.
 
There will be minimal physical contact during the camp, but certain drills and scrimmages with players will involve full contact blocking and tackling.  Safe technique will be shown and special attention will be taken not to 'mismatch' player sin different age and size groups.
 
A registration fee of $40 made payable to FFAYFA Football Camp must accompany the Youth Football Camp Registration form.  Youth football participants will receive their football equipment on Monday, June 15 and a Parent or Guardian must sign and date the Waiver of Liability, Indemnification, and Medical Release at the time of equipment issue.  Registration forms for all grades can be printed from the website, www.ffareafootball.org on the Youth Football page, under 2009 Youth Football Camp.  Helmet, shoulder pads, hip pads, thigh pads, knee pads, practice jersey and practice pants will be provided.  Particpants must provide their own T-shirt, socks, shoes, mouth guard and water bottle.
 
All equipment, except the jersey, will be returned at the conclusion of the camp unless those participants are are not playing youth football this coming fall in which case they must turn in everything, including the jersey, at the end of the camp.
 
This football camp will be conducted by Richard Risbrudt, head coach of the Section 8AAAA champion Fergus Falls Otters, and his entire varsity coaching staff, Steve King, head coach of the M-State Spartans football team, as well as current Fergus Falls players.
 
"We are excited and looking forward to hosting our second youth football camp," said Coach Risbrudt. "The goal of our camp is to provided a positive and fun experience for everyone while giving instruction on the techniques and position specific details to the game of football.  The Fergus Falls High School will apply the same basic philosophy to our summer youth football camp as we do for our Fergus Falls football teams.  We pursue excellence through the teaching of sound football fundamentals with enthusiasm and discipline.  There is excitement and anticipation over the future of Fergus Falls Area football.  If it is important to you for your child to take his or her game to a higher football level, even at this young age, we encourage you to sign up today and take advantage of this opportunity."
 
The registration form and $40 registration fee must be mailed to Daniel Prischmann, 19721 Cozy Point Drive, Fergus Falls, MN, 56537 as soon as possible.  No camp refunds will be give after June 15.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Elks Soccer Shoot Out
The Elks Soccer Shoot Out is scheduled for this Friday, June 5 at the Cleveland School Soccer Field in Fergus Falls.  It is open to boys and girls under 14 years of age as of August 1, 2009.
 
Registration will take place from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. with the shootout scheduled to run from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  the event is being sponsored by the Fergus Falls Community Education Office and the Fergus Falls Youth Soccer Association and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Fergus Falls Lodge #1093.
 
In October 1997, a Grand Lodge Youth Activities Subcommittee met in Chicago to discuss the various soccer programs they were supporting and to develop a Grand Lodge Program.  After a concentrated session where many viewpoints were expressed and many arguments presented, the Committe agreed upon a two-stage contest that best represented the skill levels of four age groups.
 
The "Five Goal Contest", with its succession of smaller target goals lets younger players (U8 and U10) build their confidence as they move down the line.  It matches both physical and skill abilities to the challenge they present.
 
The "Grid Goal Contest" used the penalty kick distance to challenge the older participants (U12 and U14) to lift the ball from the field while aiming it for score, thus developing advanced skills.
 
Each of the four age group winners in both divisions will advance to the Regional Soccer Shoot Out to be held in Baxter, Minnesota on July 18.  Regional winners from the respective age groups will advance to the State Soccer Shoot Out, to be held at the Minnesota State Elks Youth camp near Brainerd on August 28 through August 30.
 
More information on this program is available at www.mnelks.org.
Posted By Craig Olson
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