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Wednesday, January 27, 2010
VanWechel and Bredy Perform Well for Dragon Track Team

The Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons track and field team split squads on Saturday to compete in both the Jack Johnson Minnesota Classic and the Concordia Open. Two area high school graduates fared quite well for the Dragons.

West Central Area graduate Derek Bredy and Fergus Falls graduate Anna VanWechel led the Dragons in Minneapolis. Bredy won the long jump event, topping seven NCAA DI athletes with a leap of 7.02 meters (23’0.4”). VanWechel hit a provisional qualifying time in the one-mile run as she set a new school record with a race time of 4:59.23. She finished seventh, behind six NCAA DI athletes.

Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Wrestling Fundraiser

Otter Wrestling is serving supper at the VFW this Friday, January 29.  They will be serving Stuffed Pork Chops from 5:30 to 7:00pm and the cost is $7.00.  Come enjoy a wonderful meal and help support the Otter Wrestlers.

Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Fundraisers to Benefit Spartans & Nordic Ski Team

The Spartan Booster Club, Spartan Baseball Team and Otter Tail Nordic Ski Association are all holding fundraisers this coming weekend.

 

The Spartan Athletic Boosters will be holding a Chili Feed on Saturday from 12:00 to 3:00pm when the Spartan Basketball teams are hosting Minneapolis CTC in a double header.  The ladies play at one o’clock and the men play at three o’clock.  All proceeds will benefit the Spartan Weight Room

 

That same day, the M-State Baseball team will be doing a silent auction fundraiser starting at 12:30pm in the fireplace lounge.  The bidding will end at halftime of the men’s game with people able to pick up their prizes anytime after halftime.

 

The Otter Tail Nordic Ski Association will be holding a Swedish Meatball Dinner fundraiser on Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00pm at Bethel Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls.  A free will offering will be taken with proceeds going to support the young skiers of the Otter Tail Nordic Ski Association, consisting of students from Fergus Falls High School and Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.

 

Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, January 25, 2010
Area Wrestlers Help Bison to Success
Former Perham High School wrestlers Mac Stoll and Kenny Moenkedick, and former Fergus Falls High School wrestler Drew Ross have all been contributing to the success of the NDSU wrestling program this season. 
 
The Bison pulled off their biggest upset since making the move to Division I, beating number six-ranked Boise State on Friday, January 15.  The Bison won five bouts with three coming by fall.  Stoll, a redshirt freshman, beat Levi Holt 10-0 at 174 pounds and Ross, a sophomore pinned Matt Casperson at 197 pounds to clinch the win.
 
The followed that win with a 21-19 Western Wrestling Conference victory over Northern Colorado.  The Bison lost the first three bouts but claimed six of the final seven matches to earn the win.  With NDSU down 19-12, Moenkedick, a junior, came from behind to win a 5-4 decision over Eric Brennan at 184 pounds to cut the margin to 19-15.  The Bears had to forfeit the 197 pound weight class, which gave the Bison the six points needed to clinch the win.
 
The Bison notched a pair of wins at the Boston University Duals on Saturday, January 23.  They upended East Stroudsburg, 42-6 and then defeated Boston University, 27-12.  NDSU has now won four straight duals and has an overall record of 7-4.
 
Against East Stroudsburg Stoll won by pin at 174 and Ross also pinned his opponent at 197.
 
Against BU Moenkedick won by forfeit at 184 and Ross took a 4-0 decision.
 
Stoll is 16-12 overall and 5-6 in duals, with one pin to his credit.  Moenkedick has an 9-7 record and is 6-5 in duals with one pin.  Ross is 17-9 overall, 7-4 in duals, and has pinned four opponents.
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Jiles Named Player of the Week
Sophomore forward Wiley Jiles of the Spartan Men's basketball team has been named the MCAC Southern Division Player of the Week.
 
Jiles averaged 27.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game while shooting 62.5% from the field in helping the Spartans win two games last week.
 
Jiles leads the Southern Division in scoring with a 20.8 points per game average through 17 games.  He is also fourth in rebounding with 8.5 per game.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Perham's Morris Keeps Busy with Off Season Coaching
On Sunday, January 17, Perham cross country coach Jeff Morris and a postcollegiate runner, Justin 
Grunewald were in Houston for the USA half-marathon championships, attempting to qualify for the 2012 Olympic trials.  Justin graduated from Brainerd high school in 2004 and was state runner-up in the 2 mile run in the Class AA track meet in 2004.  Justin went on to run for the Minnesota Gophers, participating in 3 NCAA national championship meets.   Morris shared the following information with us.
 
"I started coaching Justin in June of 2009 when he graduated from school.  Justin is now in medical school at the U of M, Duluth.  To qualify for the Olympic trials in the marathon, you can qualify one of three ways, by running either 28:30 for 10,000 meters on the track, 1:05:00 in the half-marathon on a USATFcertified course, or 219:00 in a full marathon on a certified course.  Justin's race started out a little shaky with a slow first mile, but picked up the next few miles to get back ahead of qualifying pace.  However a huge gap had formed between the lead pack and Justin would lead a of pack of 4 runners from 2-12 miles.  When I saw Justin at 7 miles he was 20 seconds ahead of pace and then at 12 miles was 15 seconds ahead of pace.  Justin in his debut at the half marathon distance in his first attempt at a qualiflying standard for Olympic trials, qualified with a time of 1:04:50, 10 seconds under the "A" standard qualifying time.  He ended up 18th overall and was the last runner to qualify for the trials in an elite USA championship field of 50 plus elite runners.  Justin will fly to Jacksonville, Florida for his next race, the 15k USA championships, the Gate River  run on march 13th.  The 2012 Olympic Trials marathon will be held in either Boston, New York, or Houston, as the official site is still to be decided.

USA Half-marathon championships
Full results at http://www.usatf.org/events/2010/USAHalfMarathonChampionships/results.asp

Marathon qualifying standards:  http://www.usatf.org/events/2012/OlympicTrials-Marathon-Men/entry/qualifyingStandards.asp

List of qualifiers to be updated:  http://www.usatf.org/events/2012/OlympicTrials-Marathon-Men/entry/eligibleByHalfMarathon.asp

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Sunday, January 17, 2010
Coaching is All in the Family
When the Spartan Men's basketball team met Anoka-Ramsey on Saturday in Coon Rapids, something unique happened.  For what is certainly one of the very few times in college basketball history, the opposing coaching staffs were made up exclusively of family members.
 
The Spartans staff is made up of Jason Retzlaff, assisted by his father, Dave Retzlaff and his brother, Ryan Retzlaff.
 
The Golden Rams staff is made up of Ron Larson and his son Rory Larson.
 
In addition, Ron and his wife Lani Larson, are Godparents to Justin Retzlaff, Dave's son and younger brother to Jason and Ryan.  Plus, Dave and his wife Deb Retzlaff, are Godparents to Jay Larson, the second of three sons born to Ron and Lani.
 
Now that's pretty unique.
Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, January 10, 2010
Roberts Nominated for US Olympic Team
Wynn Roberts of Battle Lake has been nominated for the Olympic Team by the U.S. Biathlon Association.
 
The International Competition Committee of the U.S. Biathlon Association made final review of the results from the IBU Cup races in Altenberg, Germany on Sunday and will be forwarding a list of five athletes, including Roberts, to the United States Olympic Committee. 
 
Wynn will be racing World Cup races in Rupholding, Germany next weekend and then will travel to Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada) to train for the Olympic games.
 
Roberts was second overall in the Altenberg races.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Otters Named CLC Performers of the Week
The Fergus Falls High School student athletes have earned Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week awards.
 
Cristina Masten of the Otter girls hockey team scored three goals and added three assists in an 8-1 win over Fort Frances, Ontario at the Roseau Holiday Tournament.  She also scored a shorthanded goal in a loss to the host Rams.
 
Sophomore Mariah Monke of the Otter girls basketball team had 19 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocked shots in a loss to Fargo North and had 19 points and 10 boards in a win over Wadena-Deer Creek.

Gymnast Nicole Schleske, a senior captain for the Otters, won each of the events and recorded the highest all around score in a dual meet victory over Alexandria.
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, January 1, 2010
Blackburn, Guerrier and Oliva Headline FF Caravan Stop
Starting pitcher Nick Blackburn, reliever Matt Guerrier and Twins legend Tony Oliva will be appearing in Fergus Falls as a part of the 2010 Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan.  The Twins stop in Fergus Falls is being presented by Lakes Radio and the Pemberton, Sorlie, Rufer and Kershner Law Firm.
 
The location is the Bigwood Event Center with the program going from 11:00am to 1:00pm on Monday, January 18.  Tickets are seven dollars per person with all proceeds going to benefit the Fergus Falls Area Food Shelf.  Tickets are available at Lakes Radio and Service Food.
 
The event is being co-sponsored by Service Food, Viking Coca-Cola, Premier Meats and Seafood, Barrel O' Fun, Ag Country/Farm Credit Services, Cass Clay and Charter Communications.
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, January 1, 2010
Good Rivalry Resumed at Otter Holiday Classic
When the Breckenridge Cowboys squared off against the Fergus Falls Otters for the championship of the First Annual State Bank and Trust Otter Holiday Boys Basketball Classic, it renewed a rivalry that gave fans of both teams many great games in years past. 
 
Otter basketball fan and historian Dean Nielsen shared some interest facts concerning this series with me following the conclusion of the holiday tournament.  Dean said it was the first time Fergus Falls and Breckenridge have met since the 2000-2001 season when the Otters won 51-28 and the first time the Otters have lost to the Cowboys since the 1991-1992 season when Breck won 76-69 at Breckenridge.  Rico Curry, who went on to play college ball for NDSU, led the Cowboys that night with 29 points, while Kevin Pearson had 22 and Ryan Retzlaff 20 for the Otters.
 
When I first started broadcasting Otter basketball games during the 1981-1982 season, the series was really at its peak as the teams played a home-and-home series each year and often times met in the Breck/Wahp Tournament over the holidays.  In fact, in the 81-82 season the Otters won two of the three meetings.  They were swept by the Cowboys in three games during the 82-83 season and the Otters won two out of three in 83-84, their first state tournament appearance under Bob Bjorklund.  The 84-85 team, swept three games and in 85-86 the teams only met twice with Fergus Falls winning both with their state tournament bound squad.  The 86-87 Otter team swept three from the Cowboys and in 87-88 the Otters won both games played between the two teams.  According to the information compiled by Nielsen in the Otter Basketball Record Book he published in 1998, the 88-89 season was the last time the two teams met three times in a season with the Otters win two of the three meetings.  Breckenridge head coach Dean Haugo informs us that the two teams have met a total of 78 times through the years with the Otters holding a 44-34 record against the Cowboys.  Haugo would love to see the rivalry renewed on an annual basis, however, with conference schedules and class separation, it is unlikely.
 
Nielsen also stated that Mike Millard's 16 points may be the most ever by a Fergus Falls freshman in a varsity game.  Jason Retzlaff had 13 in a 69-65 loss to Moorhead in a section tournament game during the 1992-93 season.
 
Thanks for the good info Dean!
Posted By Craig Olson
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