|Monday, September 28, 2009|
|Jaycees Punt, Pass and Kick|
The Fergus Falls Jaycees and the Fergus Falls Area Youth Football Association will host a free Punt, Pass and Kick Competition for area youth on Saturday, October 3 at the M State practice football field in Fergus Falls. Registration will begin at 9:30am with the competition to follow at 10:00am.
The NFL Punt, Pass and Kick program is a national skills competition for boys and girls between the ages of 8 and 15 to compete separately against their peers. Establish in 1961, the PPK program is the oldest NFL Youth Football program. Girls and boys in four separate age divisions (8-9, 10-11, 12-13, and 14-15) compete against each other in punting, passing and place kicking in a fun and engaging forum.
The PPK program is free to every youngster who wants to participate.
With more than four million boys and girls from around the country taking part in the PPK competition every year, it is one of the world's largest youth sports participation programs.
For questions concerning the competition, please contact Paul Lundeen at (218) 736-5433.
The Fergus Falls Jaycee organization offers its members opportunities to learn leadership skills, serve their community, establish rewarding friendships, and create professional contacts. The Fergus Falls Jaycees Club meets every second Tuesday of the Month in the meeting room of Don Pablo's Restaurant in Fergus Falls. Social hour begins at six o'clock with the meeting following at seven o'clock.
|Friday, September 25, 2009|
|Lady Trojans to Volley for a Cure|
The Barnesville Lady Trojans will Volley for A Cure on October 6, 2009 during their game against the DGF Rebels. The Lady Trojans will be wearing pink to represent Breast Cancer but the evening is to bring awareness to all cancers.
The team will be doing several fundraisers to benefit the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo. They will start off by selling Volley for a Cure t-shirts, hoping to get the gym filled with pink shirts on October 6. At the Cancer Awareness Benefit fans can pledge money per dig, set, hit or block for their favorite players and participate in a serving contest. The volleyball teams, families and staff from Barnesville will be putting together Silent Auction Baskets for the evening. The Silent Auction Baskets will represent other colors of Cancer. All proceeds from the Lady Trojans, Volley for a Cure will be given to the Roger Maris Cancer Center.
"In our small town we have had several individuals/families affected by cancer and we feel this is a great way for us to show our support for them and the many others who are affected by cancer," said Barnesville head coach Megan Askegaard.
If you have any questions regarding the Volley for a Cure Cancer Awareness Benefit, please contact Coach Askegaard at 218-354-2300.
|Thursday, September 24, 2009|
|Diaz Named MCAC Southern Division Player of the Week|
Diego Diaz, a freshman defensive lineman for M State-Fergus Falls and a Pelican Rapids High School graduate, has been named the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) Southern Division Player of the Week.
For the Homecoming game played last Saturday, Diaz had 6 unassisted tackles, two quarterback sacks, and two more tackles that resulted in lost yardage.
Even though the Spartans lost the game 35-24, Diego and the rest of the team put forth a great effort. The next game for the Spartans is Saturday, September 26 versus Ridgewater College in Willmar. Kickoff is at 6:00pm.
|Monday, September 21, 2009|
|Volleyball Pal Camp|
The Fifth Annual Lady Spartan Volleyball Pal Camp is scheduled for Monday, September 28 and Thursday, October 1 at M State in Fergus Falls. The camp is open for kids from kindergarten through sixth grade and is sponsored by American Federal Bank, Lake Area Docks and Lifts, Park Region Telephone-Otter Tail Telcom, and ShoreMaster.
The 2009 Lady Spartan Volleyball team will be demonstrating and teaching volleyball fundamentals including passing, setting, hitting, diving and serving. There will be limited enrollment of 80 particpants. Students should have received a registration form from their school. If you need more information contact head coach Terri Strom (320) 760-9340 or assistant coach Renae Rasmusson at (218) 739-4690. The camp sessions will be from 6:00 to 7:00pm on both dates. The registration fee is ten dollars with participants receiving a volleyball, a Pal T-shirt, and free admission to all Lady Spartan volleyball games just for wearing your Pal T-shirt. Register by Thursday, September 24. All participants are invited to demonstrate their learned skills on Saturday, October 3 between the second and third games against Riverland CC which begins at one o'clock.
|Monday, September 21, 2009|
|Youth Hockey Registration|
The Fergus Falls Hockey Association has Hockey Registration nights scheduled for Monday and Tuesday, September 21 and 22. Registration will be taken from 6 to 9 pm. both nights at the Ice Arena located on the West Ottertail County Fairgrounds in Fergus Falls.
The association offers a first year Equipment Program and levels for all kids between the ages of 4 and 16. The Termite division is for 4-6 year olds. They practice on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings. The Mite division is for youngsters between 7-9 years of age. The practice on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings with games on Saturday mornings. The Squirts are ages 10-12 with practices and game schedule to be determined by the coaches. Traveling teams begin with the Squirt level and continue through the Pee Wee (13-14) and Bantam (15-16) levels.
|Thursday, September 17, 2009|
|College Athlete Update|
Several area student athletes are competing in college athletics at various institutions of higher learning. Periodically, we like to update you on how they are doing at the next level of athletic competition. We welcome information on other area athletes so please feel free to contact us at [email protected]
Sam Revering is in her junior year at Jamestown and is a member of the Jimmies volleyball team. Sam has had to make some adjustments on the court due to a shoulder injury. I have been exchanging e-mails with same over the last few days and got the lowdown from her on her situation.
"During preseason my shoulder began getting sore due to overuse and I had strained my posterior rotator cuff and have been strengthening it since then. It is now getting better. I have been jump serving still, but have had to change my swing a little bit, just an adjustment of reaching higher when I swing instead of reaching out. This is supposed to be safer and help prevent future injuries."
Sam has also made a position switch during the injury recovery time which has allowed her to continue to make contributions on the court.
"I went into the coaches office one day after practice and he asked me what I though about being our libero. I told him I had never considered it, but would definitely try it! So, that's kind of how my libero routing came about. I play left back as the libero and go in for each of the middles and serve for one of them, so I am actually out only half of rotation where the other middle comes in to serve. It has been a very fun experience. I see a lot of court time, just from a completely different perspective. It doesn't feel as rewarding because I don't get all the cheering like after a big kill, but it is still a really fun challenge. I am not sure what the plan is as far as my returning to the front row. I have still been swinging up there and practicing so we'll just see day to day what happens."
Revering was chosen to the all-tournament team at the Graceland University Tournament in Iowa and received a plaque for that accomplishment. Not bad for a rookie libero! She's also having her best serving year of her career, which she says is fun to see after working to improve that part of her game for so many years.
Jamestown will play their first conference game this weekend at home. On Friday they play Mayville State, where another former Otter, Ashley Torgusson, is also playing the libero position. On Saturday, Dakota State University will be in Jamestown. Both games begin at seve o'clock.
Revering has 175 digs, averaging out to 3.6 per game and has recorded 20 service aces so far this season. Jamestown has six wins and seven losses so far this season, as does Mayville State. Torgusson has served up 12 aces for Mayville.
Another former Otter, Minnesota State - Moorhead junior Anna Van Wechel has been named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Women's Cross Country Athlete of the Week. Van Wechel finished first at the Greenwood Run in Bemidji last Friday with a time of 18 minutes, 31 seconds. She also took first place at the Bison Open the weekend before.
The Concordia football team defeated Valley City State University 43-28 last Saturday. Former Otter Andrew Larson ran for a touchdown and passed for another, while former Otter Carl Hauser booted field goals of 19 and 25 yards and kicked five extra points. Larson finsihed the game 11-for-17 for 120 yards and ran the ball ten times for 83 yards.
Through the first two games Larson has connected on 56.2% of his passes, completing 18-of-32 for 239 yards and one touchdown. He has been intercepted once. He is also the second leading rusher for the Cobbers having carried the football 34 times for 103 yards and a pair of scores. Hauser is perfect on his kicks so far, converting all three of his field goal attempts and making all eight of his PAT kicks.
Former OTC standout Craig Lachowitzer has 9 carries for 38 yards and has caught three passes for 41 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, Jed LaPlante, another former Otter, is tied for the team lead with 14 tackles through two weeks of play. Former Otter Justin Hensch has been in on six tackles, five of them solo's.
Former Bulldog Kyle Belmont, a senior at NDSU, has one pass interception, which he returned for 27 yards, has recorded 11 tackles, seven of which are solo tackles, including a sack. The interception and sack are the only ones for the Bison defense through their first two games.
Former Hillcrest Lutheran Academy student-athlete Kyle Nash was named the UMAC North Division Defensive Player of the Week in the first week of the football season for Northwestern Bible College. Nash had a lot to do with NWC's 44-27 win over Wisconsin Lutheran, as he tallied nine tackles, two of which were for a loss. Nash, who was the 2008 UMAC Defensive Player of the Year, also had a sack in the game. The Eagles lost their second game of the season, 48-20 to Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Through two games, Nash has 13 tackles. Another former Comet, Jake Stroud, a senior defensive back, has 14 tackles, second highest total on the team. Senior Dan Sunde, also a Hillcrest grad, is a senior defensive lineman.
|Wednesday, September 9, 2009|
|Perham CC Teams Ranked #1 in Class A|
According to the Minnesota State Cross County Coaches' Association Class A rankings, the Perham boys and girls cross country teams are both ranked number one in the state.
In the boys' poll, Plainview-Elgin-Millville is second, followed by Pequot Lakes, Albany, Minnehaha Academy, Staples-Motley, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, St. Cloud Cathedral, Byron, Waseca, Blake and Jackson County Central.
Paul Koullick of Blake is the top ranked individual runner, with Connor Gjevere of Annandale ranked second. No Perham runner was ranked in the top twelve.
The Perham girls' have Maddie McClellan ranked number one individually and Abby Anderson is number six. Emily Bakken of Pelican Rapids is ranked fourth.
Canby-Minneota/Lincoln HI is ranked second in the team poll, followed by Waseca, Fairmont, Adrian, LaCrescent, Staples-Motley, Rochester Lourdes, Mora, Park Rapids, Blake and Paynesville.
The Perham teams are coached by Jeff Morris.
|Wednesday, September 9, 2009|
|Spartan Volleyball Players Among Division Leaders|
M State - Fergus Falls volleyball players are among the early season statistical leaders in the MCAC Southern Division.
The Spartans lead the South with 12.5 kills per game and 19 digs per game as a team.
Indivdiually, Nicky Carrison (44.3%), Whitney Moore (40.8%) and Alisha Roske (33.3%) are the top three in attack percentage. Carrison is also second in kill per game (3.1) and third in serving aces per game (0.63). Emily Liljestrand and Moore are tied for fifth in digs per game (3.8) and Linsey Strom is ninth in setting assists per game (3.2).
Carrison was also named the Hitter of the Week, recording 29 kills with only one hitting error and serving three aces to help lead the lady Spartans past Anoka-Ramsey in a five game match.
|Wednesday, September 9, 2009|
|Gramm Named Defensive Player of the Week|
|M State Spartan football player Tanner Gramm has been named the Minnesota College Athletic Conference (MCAC) Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week. Gramm is sophomore from Hancock, Minnesota and plays an inside linebacker position for the Spartans. |
Gramm received the honors for his efforts in the Spartans win this past Saturday over Fon du Lac. The Spartans won the game 36-21 with Gramm playing a big role in the victory.
For the day he had 7 solo tackles, 5 assisted tackles, one tackle for a loss, one quarterback sack, and forced a fumble. He also intercepted two passes, returning the first 50 yards to the opponent’s 18 yard line. The next interception, he returned 50 yards for a touchdown.
Gramm was also selected as a captain for the 2009 Spartan football squad. The Spartans are 1-1 on the season and travel to Thief River Falls on Saturday to play Northland Community and Technical College.
Game time is 1:30pm. The Spartans return home on the 19th of September toplay Vermillion in the M State Homecoming game. Game time is 3:00pm.
|Monday, September 7, 2009|
|FF Connection Helps Shakopee Indians to State Title|
The Shakopee Indians won the Minnesota State Amateur Class B Tournament title on Monday with a 5-1 win over Prior Lake in the championship game. Former Fergus Falls High School players played a big role in the success of the Indians this season and in the title game.
Aaron Olson had a home run in the game against Prior Lake and was also named to the all-tournament team. Troy Wasiloski, Dan Harris and Nate Brown also play on the team.
In the five state tournament games played by the Indians, Olson hit .333 (5-15) with two doubles, two homers and five runs batted in. He also scored four runs and walked three times. Wasiloski hit .211 (2-17) with one triple. Harris hit .182 (2-11).
Shakopee outscored their opponents 19-10 in the tournament.
They opened play on August 21 with a 4-2 win over Hutchinson and followed that win with a pair of 3-2 victories on August 29 and August 30 against Miesville and Savage. On September 5 they beat Prior Lake 4-3 and then beat them again in the championship game on Monday by a score of 5-1.
|Sunday, September 6, 2009|
|FF Athletes Help Cobbers to Opening Day Win|
Fergus Falls athletes Carl Hauser and Andrew Larson played key roles for the Concordia Cobbers in their opening day football victory on Saturday in Moorhead. The Cobbers beat the eighth-ranked Williamette Bearcats 24-17 at Jake Christiansen field.
Hauser, a senior kicker for the Cobbers, was a perfect 3-for-3 on extra point kicks and also booted a 21-yard field goal. Hauser also had four kickoffs for 219 yards, an average of 54.8 yards per kick.
Larson, a senior who won the starting quarterback spot after playing defensive back his first three seasons at Concordia, completed 6-of-14 passes for 98 yards. He also had 23 carries for 60 yards.
On the defensive side of the ball, two other former Otters contributed with linebacker Jed LaPlante in on seven tackles and defensive end Justin Hensch recording two tackles.
Craig Lachowitzer, a Battle Lake High School graduate and former member of the Ottertail Central Bulldogs football team, ran the football eight times for eighteen yards and was on the receiving end of two Larson passes for a total of 27 yards.
In NDSU's 34-17 loss to Iowa State on Thursday night, senior defensive back Kyle Belmont, also a former OTC standout, recorded five solo and two assisted tackles, including one quarterback sack.
Former Perham High School golfers Lee Cavanagh and Taylor Cavanagh are beginning their senior years (that went fast) at NDSU. The Bison open the fall season on Friday.
Sam Revering is in her junior year at Jamestown College in Jamestown, North Dakota. Sam is playing volleyball for the Jimmies, who have started the season 5-4 and just completed a tournament appearance in Irvine, California this weekend. In their home win over Concordia, Revering led the team with 11 digs and three aces and added one kill and one block.
|Thursday, September 3, 2009|
|Pot O' Gold and Labor Day Classic This Weekend at PLGC|
The annual end of the season club tournaments are scheduled, as always, for this Labor Day weekend at Pebble Lake Golf Club in Fergus Falls. The Pot O' Gold and Labor Day Classic tee off on Saturday and continue their match play competition through Monday.
POT O’ GOLD & LABOR DAY CLASSIC FIRST ROUND MATCHES (Saturday)
Pot O’ Gold:
9:00 - Erik Johnson & Lance Anderson vs. Bob Endahl & Kip Borowski
9:10 - Mike Smith & Karl Beck vs. Gregg Western & Brooks Anderson
9:20 - Lance Walvatne & Tony Rendz vs. Wade Jyrkas & John Hatling
9:30 - Chuck Lundeen & Sam Zender vs. Troy Meyer & Glenn Anderson
9:40 - Gene Shuck & Tim Lill vs. Kevin Swenson & Mark Graff
9:50 - Jason Anderson & Lincoln Kalenberg vs. Brian Shuck & Dan Walvatne
10:00 - Nick Kuehl & Travis Johnson vs. Joel Myhre & Lynn Schultz
10:10 - Jere Hansen & Eric Shelstad vs. John Ouren & Mike Alt
Labor Day Classic:
10:20 - Leon Jensen & Dan Madsen vs. Chuck Klaers & Jerry Ness
10:30 - Daryl Evavold & Randy Highland vs. Kelly Longtin & Ted Burrington
10:40 - Scott Schauff & Robbie Olson vs. Snook Harworth & Gary Boldenow
10:50 - Gary Haffley & John Page vs. Mark Welle & Dave Siems
11:00 - Mike Glas & Steve Thompson vs. Dan Ouren & Duane Stigen
11:10 - John Gillund & Bill Henkes vs. Dean Birkeland & Jason Winter
11:20 - John Fitzgerald & Dennis Tuel vs. Joe Stachowski & Brian Bond
11:30 - Pat Shol & Travis Martinson vs. Perry Reinertson & Dave Peters
Club Pro, Jeff Bass, also relayed the following information concerning September hours and special rates for fall golf.
A reminder once again of September hours in the pro shop. The pro shop will be open weekdays 8:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Weekend shop hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Closing hours may vary depending on weather and course activity. The range will open daily with the pro shop except Wednesdays, when the range will open at approximately 9:30 a.m. Range balls will be available until the pro shop closes except on Tuesdays, when players must be done hitting by 5:30 p.m.
PLEASE tell any friend or acquaintance who plays golf that our twilight green fee rates ($11 for 9 / $17 for 18) will be in effect all-day, every-day, beginning September 8. Help us promote this outstanding golf value at PLGC!