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Sunday, February 28, 2010
Four Sign to Play Volleyball at M State
Four area high school seniors have signed leters of intent to attend M State in Fergus Falls and play volleyball for the lady Spartans.
 
Coach Terri Strom reports that Carly Beals, a setter from Montevideo, Jordyn Campbell, a back row player from Fairmont, North Dakota, Jenna Nelson, an outside hitter from Morris Area, and Hattie Russell, a setter/outside hitter from Fergus Falls, have all put their names on a letter of intent.
Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, February 28, 2010
Jiles, Johnsrud and Vaughn Earn Honors
Three sophomore members of the Spartan Men's basketball team have received post season honors.
 
Wiley Jiles and Jordan Johnsrud, both of whom have cracked the top ten all time scoring and rebounding lists for the Spartans, were named to the MCAC All-State team.  They were joined by Jerome Vaughn, second all time in steals at M State, on the All-Southern Division team.
 
Joining Jiles and Johnsrud on the All-State Team are sophomores Aaron Norman of Hibbing, Kenny Olafeso and Peter Olafeso of Minneapolis, Bentley Hylton of Rainy River, Casey Sussenguth of Ridgewater, Demetrius Williams of Rochester, Venzal Russell and Anthony Brant of Vermilion, and Marco Richardson and Rico Wells of Northland, and freshmen Terrell Lipkins of Northland, Quincy Bethea, Jr. of Anoka-Ramsey and Marcus Ayala of Central Lakes.
 
Bethea, the Olafeso brothers, Sussenguth and Williams are also on the All-Southern Division team.  Other members of the team are Trey Scott of Anoka-Ramsey, Ron Kelly, Jr. of Minneapolis, Cory Lesnar of Minnesota West, Shawn Neu of Ridgewater, AJ Kortz of Riverland, David Fritsch and Brandon Milde of Rochester.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Ferry Closing in on 1,000 Career Points
Ellen Ferry, a junior at Underwood High School, needs just five points to reach 1,000 career points.  The Underwood girls basketball team will host Bertha-Hewitt on Thursday night with Ferry poised to become the sixth player in Lady Rockets history to reach the milestone.  Senior Aann Bjorklund surpassed the mark earlier this season.
 
Ferry does much more than play girls basketball at Underwood.  She is also one of 32 students from Minnesota selected as a recipient of the 2010 ExCEL Award.  ExCEL stands for Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership.  This unique recognition program is awarded annually to high school juniors who are leaders in their schools and who work voluntarily in their community helping others.  AAA Minneapolis is the award sponsor. 
 
The ExCEL award program began in 1996.  Award recipients are selected through a multi-level process that involves Minnesota State High School League member schools and an independent panel of judges from schools throughout Minnesota.  More than 3,000 students have been recognized with this award.  Two-hundred and fifty-six students were nominated by their schools this year.
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, February 19, 2010
Roberts Competes in Olympic Games
Wynn Roberts from Battle Lake competed in the 20K Individual Biathlon event at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver on Thursday.  Roberts was the 86th competitor to cross the finish line and his time of 58 minutes, 49.2 seconds was just over ten minutes behind the winning time of 48:22.5.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, February 18, 2010
A Tradition Continues

This photo was taken after the Fergus Falls High School Boys section qualifying swimmers and divers followed in the annual tradition of cutting and coloring their hair.  Harriet at Bahama Looks did all the colorful hair styling.  The boys will compete at Sections in Detroit Lakes on February 26 and 27.

 

 

 

Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, February 15, 2010
Spartan Men Earn Tourney Berth
The M-State Fergus Falls Men's Basketball team has clinched a berth in the MCAC State Tournament.  They secured the playoff spot this past Saturday when Rochester defeated Riverland 83-56.
 
This is the 24th consecutive season the Spartans have qualified for the tournament, the longest running streak in the league.  The tournament will be held February 26, 27, 28 at Minneapolis Community and Technical College.  Tournament pairings have yet to be determined.
 
The Spartans are 17-6 on the season and 6-3 in the Southern Division.  They have their final home game on Wednesday night against Rochester and will travel to Austin for a game on Saturday afternoon. The Spartans also have a makeup game scheduled at Rochester on Sunday night with the ladies playing as six and the men starting at eight o'clock.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Jiles Named Player of the Week for Third Time
Sophomore Wiley Jiles of the M State Men's basketball team has been named the MCAC Southern Division Player of the Week for the third time this season.
 
Jiles had 19 points and 19 rebounds at Ridgewater last Wednesday in an 85-84 overtime loss to the Warriors.  He followed that performance with 30 points and 14 rebounds in a 76-70 win over Minnesota West on Saturday in Fergus Falls, including a clutch three-pointer with fourteen seconds left to seal the win.
 
"Wiley had another fantastic week," commented Spartan head coach Jason Retzlaff.  "He has always been a great scorer, but he has become a relentless rebounder as well.  He is also a wonderful young man and a joy to coach."
 
The Spartans are 16-6 overall and 5-2 in the Southern Division.  Their final two home games of the season are tonight (Wednesday, February 10) against Anoka-Ramsey, and Wednesday, February 17 against Rochester.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, February 8, 2010
Kiwanis Citizen of the Year
In January I received quite an honor from the Otter Risers Kiwanis Club as they named me Citizen of the Year.  They surprised me with a gift of a beautifully hand crafted and quite unique rocking chair (see picture) that was made by Neil Herman, along with a very nice plaque.  Thank you Otter Risers for this honor.  I am really blessed to do what I love to do in a place I love to do it!  The following article appeared in the latest edition of the Otter Risers Kiwanis Enquirer, their monthly newsletter.
 
For his ongoing work for the youth of our region, Craig Olson, aka Craig Olson Sports, was named Citizen of the Year by our Otter Risers Club. Craig received a baseball bat rocking chair, constructed by our own Neil Herman. Neil, Larry and Bob helped with the surprise presentation. Neil's account of the occasion follows.

The OtterRisers "Citizen of the year award " was given to Craig Olson, local sports announcer, KBRF radio personality and co-host of a talking sports show on the local community TV channel. Craig is active with youth in their early stages of development all the way up to those aged people who just think we are young. Craig Olson's play by play call of (not just his favorite baseball) but any sporting event is distinct and is always positive to the efforts of both teams competing. It was an honor to be a part of giving this award to Craig Olson.

Our team of OtterRisers planned a surprise presentation to Craig Olson while he was taping their TV show. We had made contact with Kris Svingen (previous OtterRiser member) co host of the show, no one else knew of the planned presentation. The presentation consisted of a plaque and a rocking chair made from baseball bats. Our team consisting of Larry our President, Lynn our photographer, Bob our Past President and myself, Neil who submitted Craig's name to OtterRisers for consideration for the award. We met outside the TV studio until the show had started and then barged in plaque and chair in hand.  To say Craig Olson was surprised would be an understatement. The presentation has shown on PEG ACCESS TV and is being repeated. A CD of the presentation will also be available from Brian. The Otter Risers in some past years has given this award but it has not been awarded for many years, we need to keep alert for other opportunities to recognize people in the community that are doing activities that fit into our OtterRisers Kiwanis goals and objectives.

The chair given to Craig has created lots of interest and questions. It took me lots of  hours to build, but less than the first one that I had to create with nothing but an idea in my head, and many of you know that anything coming out of my head could be questionable. This is the third one I have built (and most likely the last!). If I would have worked on it steady it may have been completed in 120 hours. NO JOKES ABOUT OLD STATE WORKERS SPEED OR HOW YOU USE TO KNOW A CARPENTER LIKE THAT.  Material used in this chair are: 18 broken baseball bats, collected by my son Jay Herman who plays baseball for the Waterville, MN Indians town team and Dave Johnson Manager/player for the Fergus Falls town team, the Hurricanes.  100 feet of 3/8" nylon rope are woven in the seat and back from Fleet Farm.  One handle from a broken snow shovel, rockers cut from basswood boards all from my junk bins.  About 1/3 of my time is spent scraping pine tar off bats, removing tape, gluing bats together, sorting bats for length, shape and color, as just about every bat is different (new bats would be a lot easier to work with, but they cost $40 - $100 dollars per bat). Cutting, assembling, finishing is another 1/ 3 of the time. Weaving is the last step and about 1/3 of the project.

Coverage in the news on this project was on PEG ACCESS TV, KBRF radio and while I was doing this article I received a request from the Daily Journal, and they are working on an article for their personal profile section on Craig and also the award.

Posted By Neil Herman
Friday, February 5, 2010
Samuelson Named Summit League Co-Player of the Week
Underwood High School graduate Ashley Samuelson earned an honor as Co-Player of the Week in the Summit League this past week.  The press release follows.
 
North Dakota State University forward Ashley Samuelson and Oral Roberts University guard Kevi Luper were named Summit League Women's Basketball Co-Players of the Week for their efforts Jan. 30-Feb. 1. The league office made the announcement Tuesday. Luper picked up the honor for the sixth time this season.

Samuelson, a 6-foot senior from Underwood, Minnesota, earned the honor after doubling her season scoring and rebounding averages last week. She averaged 20.5 points and 9.0 rebounds as NDSU (11-10, 6-5 Summit) went 1-1, after averaging only 9.3 points and 4.8 boards on the season.

Samuelson set career-highs with 22 points vs. Centenary and 13 rebounds against ORU. For the week, she shot 59 percent (16-of-27) from the field, 50 percent (5-of-10) from behind the arc and was a perfect 4-of-4 from the line.

Luper, a 5-foot-10 freshman from Adair, Okla., averaged 26.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game last week. The Golden Eaglesí (15-7, 9-2 Summit) two wins over NDSU and SDSU propelled them into sole possession of first place.

Luper scored 30 points with eight rebounds and three steals vs. the Jackrabbits, while scoring 23 points and collecting four steals in the win over the Bison. For the week, Luper shot 48 percent (20-of-42) from the field and 81 percent (13-of-16) from the free throw line.

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Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Girls Hockey Food Drive
The Fergus Falls girls hockey team is sponsoring a Food Drive on Thursday during their final regular season home game against the Willmar Cardinals.
 
The JV game starts at 5:30pm with the varsity scheduled for a seven o'clock start.  It's also Senior night at the Fairgrounds Ice Arena.
 
Fans are asked to please bring food items and/or cash donations.  All proceeds will go to the local food shelf.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Big Weekend Ahead for Fergus Falls Gymnastics
The Central Lakes Conference Girls Gymnastics Meet will be held at the Fergus Falls High School gymnasium on Saturday beginning at one o'clock.  That is the first big event of the weekend.  The second takes place on Sunday with the 10 team Competitive Team Invitational hosted by the Fergus Falls Gymnastics Academy beginning at 1:00pm.
 
On Saturday, teams from Brainerd, Willmar, Alexandria, St. Cloud Apollo, St. Cloud Tech, Sauk Rapids-Rice, Sartell-St. Stephen, Rocori and Little Falls will be competing in the CLC meet.  Tickets are seven dollars for adults and five dollars for students.
 
On Sunday, Fargo, Tumble West, Melrose, Minnetonka, Premier Complex 1 and 2, and Owatonna 1 and 2 will joing the Fergus Falls Gymnastics Academy Prep and Competitive teams in the Competitive Team Invitational.  Four events will run simultaneously.  Participation will be limited to ten participants per age group.  Age groups include; Novice (9 years and under), Children (10 and 11 years), Juniors (12-14) and Seniors (15 and up).  There will be a spectator fee of five dollars for adults and three dollars for students.  All funds raised will benefit the Fergus Falls Gymnastics Academy.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Thorson Receives Weekly CLC Performer Award
Fergus Falls senior Colton Thorson is the Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week in wrestling.  Thorson is currently 29-0 and ranked number one in the state at 215 pounds.
 
Aimee Magnusson of the Fergus Falls girls hockey team received the CLC Girls Hockey Performer of the Week award for the week of January 18, scoring a goal and adding three assists in two games that week for the Otters.
Posted By Craig Olson
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