|Tuesday, November 30, 2010|
|Area Teams Schedule Special Nights|
High school athletic teams host a variety of special nights during the course of a season and two such nights are scheduled for next week at a couple of schools.
The Pelican Rapids boys' basketball team will be holding their fifteenth annual 'Powerade/Gatorade Night' on Monday, December 6 at 7:00pm in the Pelican Rapids High School gymnasium. This is an evening where the Viking fans can meet the 2010-2011 boys basketball teams and coaching staff. The evening will include three intrasquad scrimmages, one with the ninth grade team, JV team and varsity. Everyone is invited to attend. Admission is a bottle of Powerade or Gatorade. They will be used by the team throughout the season as a reward for winning various drills in practice. The boys would love to see a large turnout to support the team now and throughout the season.
The Fergus Falls boys' hockey team is once again taking part in the annual Salvation Army's Toy Shop Campaign. Otter fans and players are encouraged to bring an unwrapped toy item to the home hockey game on Thursday, December 9. Toys can be dropped in the Salavation Army's Toy Shop box located by the puck toss table until after the first period of the varsity game. On December 10, the seniors of the boys' high school hockey team will deliver the toys to the Salvation Army to help those in need.
|Wednesday, November 24, 2010|
|Post 30 Baseball Team to Appear in Gopher Classic|
Fergus Falls American Legion Post 30 baseball coach Nick Lewis informs us that his team has been invited to participate in the 2011 Gopher Classic which will be held from July 8 through July 12.
The Gopher Classic is entering its 33rd year and is considered the most competitive American Legion Baseball tournament in the Midwest. Fergus Falls has been placed in a pool with Eagan, the 2010 state runners-up, Hopkins, Grand Forks, ND, Rochester Patriots and Kenosha, WI. Other teams in the tournaemnt include Eden Prairie, the American Legion World Series runner-up in 2010, and five other top ten ranked Minnesota teams from the summer's final rankings, along with many other top programs from the Midwest and around the nation. All pool play games will be played in Eagan with the winner from each of the 10 pools, along with six second place teams, advancing to tournament play.
"This is a great opportunity for our program to not only go head to head with some of the best teams in teh state of Minnesota, but also from around our country," said Lewis.
Fergus Falls American Legion Post 30 was 16-3 during the 2010 season, going 2-2 in state tournament play.
|Tuesday, November 16, 2010|
With so much happening on the local sports scene right now I thought it would be good to pass along a few brief updates.
Fergus Falls Girls swimming coach Tom Uvaas passed along some historical facts concerning Otter divers who have qualified for state since 1980. Sophomore Rachel Appert qualified fourth at the Section 8A meet Saturday in Bemidji, making her the first diver to qualify since Vanessa Walters did in 1998 as an eighth-grader. Senior Stacy Warner went in 1997 and her 25th place finish at state is the best by an Otter diver, as is her 129.0 points scored. Warner also qualified in 1996 as a junior. Tricia Torkelson qualified four straight years, beginning in 1984 as a ninth-grader and returning in 1985, 1986 and 1987. Sandi Lambert (1984, 1985) and Dee Davenport (1991, 1992) both competed twice. Elizabeth Erickson (1993), Karin Mathison (1985) and Erin Nelson (1980) each qualified for the state meet once. The diving prelims are set for a noon start on Thursday at the U of M Aquatic Center.
Senior swimmer Heidi Busack, who was named the Section 8A Swimmer of the Year, signs her National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Minnesota on Wednesday. Heidi's older sister, Stacy Busack, had a great career for the Gophers and is currently an assistant coach at the U of M. Heidi will be competing in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle at the state meet, as well as two relay events, the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay. She set new Section 8A and pool records in both the 50 and 100 freestyle this past weekend in Bemidji.
A welcome home is planed for Sunday, November 21 at 1:00pm in the Gold Gym at Kennedy School in Fergus Falls. This is for the Fall season state participants from Cross Country and Girls Swimming and Diving. The public is encouraged to attend.
Fergus Falls High School Activites Director Gary Schuler told us that there were about 150 people in attendance at the Public Forum hosted by the school board on Monday night. The Public Forum was arranged so that members of the community could voice their opinions on where winter sports activities should be held. The recommendation of the Activities Department and Administration Office is that boys basketball and girls basketball games should be played in the Gold Gym at the Kennedy School and that the gymnastics and dance practices and competitions should take place in the Roosevelt gym, which is better known as the Old high school gym. There were no contrary opinions voiced at the meeting and the school board will vote on the recommendation at their meeting on Monday, November 22.
Underwood High School Activities Director Derrick Nelson informs us that the Underwood School will host a send off for the Football team on Friday morning at 8:30am in the Underwood gymnasium. Parents and community members are invited to attend. The Rockets will play Cromwell in the 9-Man semifinals on Saturday at 8:00am in the Metrodome. Cromwell is coached by Underwood graduate Jeff Gronner.
Fergus Falls grad Hannah Draxten, now an Iowa Hawkeye, had a scare in a game played in Corpus Christi, Texas this past weekend. Draxten, who underwent back surgery last year and missed the whole season, suffered another injury to her back, although it was not related to the surgery. She is feeling much better actually played thirteen minutes in the Hawkeyes home opener against Bradley Tuesday night, scoring 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range in a 91-53 Iowa victory. Iowa has a busy stretch of games ahead as they play games on Saturday and Sunday at home and then leave for Cancun and the Caribbean Challenge for games against James Madison and Virginia Tech the week of Thanksgiving. The following week they play at North Carolina and then host Kansas State and Iowa State.
Sam Revering, another FFHS grad, is a senior at Jamestown College and a member of their volleyball team. We reported on her achievement of 1,000 career digs early this season and the fact that the Jimmies won the regular season title in the DAC. Well, now they have captured the tournament title as well and are advancing to the 2010 NAIA Volleyball National Championship Tournament in Billings, Montana. The Jimmies beat the Dickinson State Blue Hawks in the DAC championship game by a score of 3-1 and received the automatic bid into the tournament by winning the post-season conference title. They will face Rocky Mountain College on Saturday in the opening round of the tourney. The Battlin' Bears defeated the Jimmies 3-0 at the Holiday Inn Classic in Great Falls, Montana back in August. The winner will advance to the Tyson Events Center/Gateway Arena in Sioux City, Iowa, the location of the NAIA National Championship Tournament, November 30 through December 4.
Revering was a first team all-conference honoree along with teammates Shannon Fee and Katie Zent. Revering finished first in the DAC and third in the country in service aces. She was also one of the premier defensive players in the conference, averaging 4 digs per set. "She's just a complete all-around player," said head coach Jon Hegerle in an article posted on the Jimmies website. "But the thing that got her all-conference was what she does from the back row and what she does passing and serving for us." Hegerle was also recognized by the conference as DAC Coach of the Year for the second straight year.
|Saturday, November 13, 2010|
|Hurley Signs Letter of Intent to Indiana|
Fergus Falls senior Mike Hurley, who made a verbal commitment to attend Indiana University on a swimming scholarship, signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday at the Kennedy Secondary school.
Hurley is a three time state champion in the 200 IM and a one time winner of the 100 backstroke with a state record time of 50.90 seconds. He earned All-America status in both events.
Mike also participated in the Speedo Junior Nationals in Irvine, California this past August, placing tenth in the 100 breaststroke. He also competed in the 100 butterfly and the 200 IM.
Hurley will be looking to help guide the Otter boys swimming team to a strong showing in the Central Lakes Conference and Section 8A during the 2010-2011 high school season.
|Wednesday, November 10, 2010|
|School Board Forum to Discuss Location of Winter Sporting Events|
The public is invited to a School Board Forum scheduled at 6:30pm Monday, November 15 in the Kennedy Secondary School Gold Gym regarding the location of winter sporting events.
The School Board heard a proposal at a recent work session regarding the location of high school activities scheduled for each gym and would like input from the community. The proposal was for basketball events to be held in the new Gold Gym, located at Kennedy Secondary School, and gymnastics and dance events to be held in the Roosevelt Otter Gym, the old high school gymnasium.
This proposal is scheduled to be on the November 22 School Board agenda.
|Monday, November 8, 2010|
|FFHS Grad Finishes Strong at NYC Marathon|
Fergus Falls High School graduate Eric Loeffler made a great showing at the New York City Marathon on Sunday as he finished 28th overall out of over 45,000 runners.
Loeffler, 33, was third in his age group and the eighth American to finish the race with a time of 2 hours, 27 minutes, 47 seconds.
|Friday, November 5, 2010|
|Revering Reaches 1,000 Career Digs|
Jamestown College senior Samantha Revering, a Fergus Falls High School graduate, reached 1,000 career digs for the Jimmies this past week. Revering also ranks fourth in NAIA Division I Volleyball in total service aces with 74 and is eighth in service aces per game (0.730).
Jamestown defeated Valley City on Thursday 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-16) to wrap up their third straight Dakota Athletic Conference title. The Jimmies will share the title with Dickinson State with 13-1 records, but do own the number one seed due to the number of sets won against the Blue Hawks in head to head competition. Revering had 3 ace serves to go along with 11 digs, seven kills and three blocks.
|Wednesday, November 3, 2010|
|Area VB Teams Compete in Section Semifinals|
Area volleyball teams will be competing in the Section 8AA and Section 6A volleyball semifinals on Thursday with the hope of advancing to Section championship action on Saturday night.
The Fergus Falls Otters, seeded second in the South half of Section 8AA, will matchup with the top-seeded Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines at seven o'clock in Perham. The Otters (15-11) will have their hands full with the #2 ranked team in the state in Class AA. WDC has a perfect 28-0 record and even more impressively they have only lost two games in their 28 matches, compiling an amazing 72-2 record in games played. The teams have four common opponents, Rocori, Sartell, St. Cloud Cathedral and Detroit Lakes. Obviously, the Wolverines have beaten all four of these teams, beating Rocori, Sartell and Cathedral in weekend tournament and defeating DL 3-0 in an early season match. The Otters split a season series with their conference rival Rocori Spartans, lost a 3-2 match to Sartell and beat the Sabres 2-1 in a weekend tournament matchup, lost to St. Cloud Cathedral 2-0 in the Sartell tournament and beat Detroit Lakes twice in the last two weeks, including a hard fought 3-2 win in the Section tournament.
In Section 6A, the Underwood Rockets will take a 24-5 record into their South sub-section championship match with top-seeded Hancock at seven O'clock at the Minnewaska Area High School in Glenwood. Four of Underwood's losses occurred in weekend tournament play (best of 3 matches) and the fifth was a 3-0 loss to Bertha-Hewitt early in the season. The Rockets won the Little Eight Conference with a perfect 10-0 record. Top-Seeded Hancock is 27-1 with their only loss coming against Morris Area in the U-M Morris Tournament, losing 2-0. The Owls were unbeaten in winning the Pheasant Conference and are 67-13 in games played.
In the North half of Section 6A, Barnesville, the number two seed, will battle number one Ada-Borup. The lady Trojans (23-6), were runners-up to unbeaten D-G-F in the Heart O' Lakes Conference and have won ten straight matches. Barnesville beat Ada-Borup 3-2 (25-16, 25-23, 18-25, 21-25, 15-9) in the first match of the season on August 31 in Ada. The Cougars are 23-6 on the season.