|Wednesday, March 31, 2010|
|Draxten Named Academic All-Big Ten|
Sophomore Hannah Draxten is one of 53 University of Iowa student-athletes who have been named to the 2010 Big Ten winter Academic all-Conference team.
Draxten, a Fergus Falls High School graduate with a business major, is one of four members of the Iowa Women's Basketball team to receive this honor. She is joined by sophomores Kamille Wahlin from Crookson and Kelly Krei from Iowa City, and junior Kelsey Cermak from Norwalk, Iowa.
To be eligible for academic all-Big Ten, student-athletes must be letterwinners and be in at least their second academic year at the institution. They must also carry a career grad point average of 3.0 or better.
|Wednesday, March 31, 2010|
|Dates Announced for Shada 3 on 3 Tournament|
|Organizers of the Shada 3 on 3 basketball tournament in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota have announced the dates for this year's tourney.|
On Friday, June 18 the elementary divisions will take the courts in a fun filled day starting around 2:00pm and ending with championship games at ten that night. Elementary divisions include this year's 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th graders.
On Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20 the "upper divisions" begin their two days of competition. Divisions include:
7th Grade boys and girls
8th Grade boys and girls
9th Grade boys and girls
B-Squad boys and girls
Varsity boys and girls
Post High School men and women
*Division's are all based on grade or age as of May 31, 2010
More tournament information and registration forms can be found at the following web site:
Tournament Director Doug Bruggeman can be reached at:
|Thursday, March 25, 2010|
|Registration Dates Set for FF Flyers Swim Team|
Registration for the Fergus Falls Flyers Swim Team for Preseason and Summer season will take place on Tuesday, March 30 and Wednesday, March 31 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm at the Fergus Falls High School Cafeteria.
Registration and Health forms that need to be completed are available on the website at www.fergusfallsswimming.org so you can print a copy and have them completed when you come for registration. There will be swim suits, caps and goggles available for purchase at these times as well. The sales are open to people whether or not they join the swim team. If you are unable to attend the registration times, you can send the completed forms with the payment to: Fergus Falls Flyers, PO Box 30, Fergus Falls, MN 56537. Please e-mail questions to [email protected].
|Tuesday, March 23, 2010|
|Five Otter Hockey Players Still on the Ice|
Five members of the Fergus Falls Otter boys hockey team have continued to play after their high school season ended. Seniors Lucas Gervais and Derek Kinder are a part of the Great Eight Tournament, while juniors Cole Sonstebo and Austin Carr both made the Advanced 18 team from Section 6. Sophomore Peter Gaustad passed through the first round of the Advanced 16 tryouts and will play in a tournament in mid-April.
The Great Eight Tournament will begin on Friday at 9:00pm at the Wakota Civic Center in St. Paul. The Section 6 team will play the Section 2 team in the first round. The game will be broadcast on the internet through www.mnsportsnetwork.com
"To have two of our senior selected to the Great Eight is quite an accomplishment," stated Fergus Falls head coach Mike Donaghue. "Lucas and Derek worked very hard to earn those spots and will represent the Otters well."
The Advanced 18 Tournament will also begin Friday at the same location with the Section 6 team squaring off against Section 8 at 4:00pm.
Gaustad will play in the Advanced 16 Tournament April 16 through 18 in Plymouth. Participants will be vying for 54 spots on the Minnesota Teams that will be playing in tournaments this spring and summer.
Gervais and Kinder were also Named to the All-Central Lakes Conference team. Adam Heifort and Trevor Larson were honorable mention selections.
|Monday, March 22, 2010|
|Thompson a Part of Championship Team|
Nate Thompson, a 2007 Hillcrest Lutheran Academy graduate, is a member of the Northwestern Bible College Men's Basketball team. This past weekend the Eagles won their first National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I championship, defeating number one ranked King College of Tennessee, 58-54.
Northwestern College was seeded sixth in the tournament. The Eagles shot 54% in the second half of the game and wound up hitting 43% of their field goal attempts in the game. In the final 20 minutes, NWC made seven of its 13 three-point attempts while holding King to 2-for-16 from beyond the arc. The Eagles owned a 39-27 margin in rebounding while holding the Tornadoes to a 35.6 shooting percentage for the game.
Northwestern earned a berth in the championship game by claiming back-to-back victories over fully-funded scholarship schools in the eight team tournament. On Thursday, the Eagles beat number 3 Mid-America Christian University 70-61 before handing second-seeded Mid-Continent University an 83-76 loss on Friday.
NWC finished the 2009-2010 season with a 22-7 overall record, winning 18 of its 19 games of the year.
Thompson ended the year averaging 14 minutes a game and 4.3 points a night. He was the sixth man and playing close to twenty minutes a night until he had to have heart surgery in January to correct a racing heart. He also rolled his ankle and his playing time diminished down the stretch. He played five minutes against Mid-America Christian but that was all the court time he saw in the tournament. Nate is in his junior year at Northwestern.
|Sunday, March 21, 2010|
|Super Sunday Marks End of Youth Hockey Season|
Super Sunday is the official end to the Fergus Falls Youth Hockey Association's season. The schedule on Sunday, March 21 included three termite games, two mite games and squirt game. the action got underway at 2:00pm and concluded at 7:30pm at the Fairgrounds Ice Arena in Fergus Falls.
Here are the results from the day.
AMP Insurance 7, Bremer Bank 5
Security State Bank 5, Ottertail Telcom 5
SunMart 2, Westridge Dental 2
Godfather's Pizza 10, Otter Risers Kiwanis 8
Shoremaster 11, McDonald's 8
Fergus Tire White / Rotary Blue 12, Noon Kiwanis Red / Service Food Green 7
|Friday, March 19, 2010|
|Kent Steps Aside as Ashby Girls Basketball Coach|
John Kent, who has served the last five years as head girls basketball coach at Ashby High School, has resigned his position.
Kent has coached for 27 years, spending time coaching volleyball, baseball and football in addition to both boys and girls basketball. Prior to taking on the role of head girls basketball coach he assisted Dave Nelson for 12 years in the boys program and spent five years as head boys basketball coach at Ashby.
"I just would like to thank everyone for their support throughout the years, it has been a great job," said Kent. "Most importantly, I would like to thank all of the wonderful athletes I have had the privilege of coaching. I will miss that relationship the most!"
|Wednesday, March 17, 2010|
|Hansen Off to Great Start at Augustana, Heck at Itasca CC|
Fergus Falls High School graduate Derek Hansen is off to a great start to his freshman year at Augustana, South Dakota. Hansen has started 13 of the 15 games he has appeared in this spring.
Derek is hitting .395 with 17 hits in 43 at bats. He has 3 doubles, one homer, 14 RBI and 7 runs scored. He also has walked four times and has an on-base percentage of .447. He has four steals in five attempts.
Hansen has also been pitching some this spring, having appeared in five games, making three starts. His ERA is 6.43 and his record is 1-1. He has struck out 13 batters in fourteen innings, walked seven and allowed 10 earned runs on 15 hits. Opponents are hitting .268 against him.
Augustana is off to a 10-9 start.
Another former Otter, Jake Heck, is a freshman at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids. Heck has played in six of their ten games and is hitting .438 with 7 hits in 16 at bats, including a triple. He has driven in 4 runs and scored six times. He is second on the team with a .500 on-base percentage. Heck is also pitching for the Vikings, but no pitching statistics are available at this time.
|Monday, March 15, 2010|
|Simonsen Earns Post Season Honors|
Rothsay High School graduate Colby Simonsen, a senior at Trinity Bible College, was recently named to the NIAC First team All Conference. Colby has also been honored this season as honorable mention to the North Central Regional team for 2009-2010 basketball season.
Simonsen finished is college career with over 1200 points, and this season shot 48% from the field with 52 steals and 117 rebounds.
Colby was captain of the team the past two seasons with the Trinity Lions winning the regular season NIAC Conference, finishing as runners-up in the conference tourney and runners-up in the North Central Region. Colby’s parents are Kim and Shaw Simonsen of Barnesville.
|Monday, March 15, 2010|
|Van Wechel Runs All American Time|
Junior Anna VanWechel of Minnesota State University Moorhead earned All-American status in the one-mile run on Saturday at the NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Championships held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The Fergus Falls High School graduate began the race after placing fifth overall in the preliminaries on Friday. VanWechel raced to a 4:58.69 time in the event to earn the honor.
|Saturday, March 13, 2010|
|Big Sports Weekend|
This is a big sports weekend on the local and regional scene with the high school playoffs in full swing and the college basketball and hockey conference tournaments underway. I just got done watching the 4 overtime battle between Minnetonka and Hill Murray in the Class AA State Hockey Tournament. Minnetonka pulled out a 2-1 win 2:31 into the fourth OT. Thanks to Park Region Telephone/Ottertail Telcom for carrying the tournament on PRTV Channel 2!!
Minnetonka will now face Edina, a 2-0 winner over Apple Valley in the other AA semifinal, at seven o'clock Saturday night for the Class AA championship.
In the Class A semifinals, Hermantown won a 7-6 overtime affair with Mahtomedie and the Breck School defeated Warroad 4-2. Hermantown and Warroad will square off at noon on Saturday for the Class A boys high school hockey title.
In the WCHA best-of-three playoff series between UND and Minnesota, being played at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, the Fighting Sioux dominated the Gophers 6-0 in the opening game. Game two is Saturday night at 7:07pm. If necessary a third game would be played on Sunday afternoon. The winner advances to the WCHA Final Five next week at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.
Section championship games in high school girls basketball were played on Friday night. Here are some of the outcomes of area games. In Section 5A, Barnum beat Sebeka 82-37. In Section 6A, Parkers Prairie defeated New York Mills 66-47. In Section 6AA, Sauk Centre recorded a 58-44 win over Staples-Motley. In Section 8AA, it was Hawley 53, East Grand Forks 51 in overtime.
In the Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament, the Golden Gophers earned their 20th win of the season and are back in the NCAA Tournament talk as a Bubble team. Minnesota needed overtime to defeat Michigan State 72-67 in the tournament quarterfinals and will now face Purdue in the semifinals at around 2:30 Saturday afternoon. The NCAA Tournament field will be announced on Selection Sunday, this Sunday night.
|Thursday, March 11, 2010|
|There will be a Flapjack Fundraiser in support of Fergus Falls Otter Wrestling this Saturday, March 13, from 8:00am to 10:30am at the Fergus Falls Applebees Restaurant. Customers can meet members of the Fergus Falls wrestling team as they serve you a delicious pancake/sausage breakfast. You are encouraged to enjoy wrestling fans of all ages for this great event!|
|Monday, March 8, 2010|
|Samuelson Earns All-Conference Honorable Mention|
North Dakota State University guard Katie Birkel was selected to the 2010 All-Summit League Women's Basketball first team and forward Ashley Samuelson received honorable mention in voting by the league's 10 head coaches, sports information directors and selected media members.
Samuelson, a 6-foot senior from Underwood, Minn. (Underwood H.S./Colorado State), is averaging 10.6 points and 5.8 rebounds in 29.1 minutes played per game. She is hitting 46.1 percent from the field including 31.3 percent from the three-point line and 70 percent from the free throw line.
Samuelson, who had three "double-doubles" the second half of the year, led the Bison in rebounding 11 times and in scoring on six occasions. She finished the regular season ranked is 4th in rebounding (6.9 rpg), 9th in three-point shooting (.359, 23-64) and 10th in steals (1.7 spg) in league statistics. Samuelson was named Summit League Co-Player of the Week on February 2.
|Monday, March 8, 2010|
|Area Wrestlers Perform Well at Next Level|
Several area wrestlers have moved on to the college level and done well this year, including junior Phil Moenkedick from Perham who became the first Concordia wrestler to win a national title in three decades when he beat Brennan Ward of Johnson and Wales 7-4 to win the 184-pound title at the NCAA Division III National Tournament in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
The Cobbers hadn't won an individual national championship since Barry Bennett did it in 1979.
Concordia finished the tournament with three All-Americans, a school record for one season. Junior Justin Berns was seventh at 149 pounds and junior Ross Dankers was eighth at 174 pounds.
Former Frazee High School coach Clay Nagel has done a great job with the Cobber program since taking over.
Former Fergus Falls standout Drew Ross finished second at 197 pounds Saturday in the NCAA West Regional at Brookings, South Dakota. The Bison wrestler had a great tournament, pinning number two seed Alfonso Hernandez of Wyoming at 2:38 of the first round before winning a 6-5 decision over UNI's Dustin Bauman. Ross lost to top-seeded Tyler Sorenson of South Dakota State by technical fall in the final. Drew finishes the season with a record of 20 wins and 14 defeats.
Perham graduates Kenny Moenkedick (184), a junior, and Mac Stoll (174), a redshirt freshman, also participated in the tournament. Moenkedick went 1-2 over the weekend and finished the season with a record of 13-11, while Stoll was 0-2 over the weekend and completed the year at 18-17.
Thanks to Stuart Kovstad for contributing information for this update!
|Wednesday, March 3, 2010|
|Masten and Vatnsdal to Compete in Senior Classic|
Fergus Falls seniors Cristina Masten and Tayler Vatnsdal have been chosen to compete for the Section 6A-6AA girls hockey team in the annual Senior Classic this Friday through Sunday in Blaine.
The team will begin play at nine o'clock Friday night against the Section 8A-8AA team. Their pool play games continue on Saturday with a 9:15am game against Section 2A-2AA and an 8:00pm game against the Section 4A-4AA squad. Following the pool play games the teams will be paired up depending on their records for one more contest on Sunday.
Erika Magnusson of the Otters played in the Senior Classic a year ago.
The tournament gives high school seniors an opportunity to display their hockey skills one more time.
|Tuesday, March 2, 2010|
|An Open Letter to the MSHSL|
Lake Radio Sports Director Jeff Swedberg is the play-by-play voice of the Fergus Falls Otter hockey teams. He was calling the game last Saturday in Sartell when the Otters lost a 2-1 double overtime Section playoff game. A controversial call on a penalty shot in overtime has caused quite a stir and a lot of questions from fans. "Sweds" has written an Open Letter to the MSHSL asking some of those questions and that is what follows in this column.
If you are an Otter Hockey fan, like me, then you may be asking yourself a lot of “Why” questions lately. Why wasn’t the penalty shot in the section 6A boys hockey semifinal versus Sartell counted as it should have been? Why wasn’t there a goal judge behind the net? Why wasn’t a rule book referred to after the call was made? Why hasn’t someone from the High School League stepped forward and reversed the game’s outcome? Why isn’t there a protest policy? Why doesn’t the High School League do something, anything, when there isn’t a Twin Cities team or TV money involved? Why is it so tough to take the judgment from an organization that preaches to play by the rules but then refuses to uphold them? Who is this fair to?
The story, as I saw it, was that with the scored tied at 1-1 the Otters were awarded a penalty shot in the first overtime period due to a Sartell player freezing the puck in the crease. The officials did not rule immediately but did confer and correctly awarded the penalty shot. Lucas Gervais, the Otters leading scorer, was selected to take the shot. He addressed the puck and moved to his left, weaved in front of the net and brought the puck back to his left and released the shot. The puck then hit the pipe, ricocheted off of the Sartell net minder and into the net. These are the facts on the matter. This was never in dispute by any of the officials. The ruling on the ice was that the forward progress of the puck was stopped and that meant the end of the play. According to the rules that the MSHSL plays by, the National Federation of High School Associations, that ruling was incorrect (See Rule below). That means more questions. Why wasn’t a rule book referred to? I believe it is a fair question. I know I have been accused of being overly critical of officials in the past and for that I apologize. I know that it is a very difficult job for very little pay and that High School sports needs qualified officials. All we can ask is that they take the job seriously and call the game fairly. One of my issues was that available resources, the rule book, were not used. Not everyone can memorize each and every rule and the fact that one was not consulted is puzzling.
But the biggest question is: Why hasn’t the MSHSL stepped in and corrected this error? The officials are human and can make mistakes but that shouldn’t mean that those errors can’t be remedied, in some limited cases. My point is that the penalty shot would have been the last play of the game, had the correct call been made, then that should make the rest of the game null and void. If this play had happened in the middle of the game and the same call issued then there would be a reasonable doubt if Fergus Falls would have hung on and won and the MSHSL‘s ruling of “Human error” would be plausible and I believe the Otters then would not have much to argue, but since it would have meant a Fergus Falls victory I believe the call could have and should have been reversed. The next game will not be played until the following Friday so why can’t this be reviewed and corrected?
I cannot speak to the state of mind of the MSHSL powers that be and so most of these questions will remain unanswered. The Fergus Falls coaches have asked the team and parents to accept the situation and be proud of our boys. And that we all are! And that we will…in time. This situation is not fair to the athletes, coaches, parents, students, alumni, and fans of the Fergus Falls Otters.
I wish no ill will toward the officials on the ice during this game. I don’t believe that they should be sanctioned or reprimanded in any way. I’m sure they have already gotten an earful. I do hope they have learned from the situation and because of it will become better at their job. I truly feel that they did the best they could that night and, for most, that should be good enough, but for the MSHSL to just sit idly by and say there is nothing they could do is ridiculous and insulting. The motto for the MSHSL should be “Do as I say and not as I do.”
NFHS Ice Hockey Rules 2009-2010
SECTION 7 PENALTY SHOT
ART. 1 . . . A penalty shot is awarded to restore a lost scoring opportunity.
ART. 2 . . . If the offense for which the penalty shot was awarded was one that normally would incur a minor penalty, the non-offending team may, prior to the penalty shot, elect that the minor penalty be assessed to the offending player or team in lieu of the penalty shot.
ART. 3 . . . The penalty shot shall be taken by the player fouled. If no player has been fouled, the shot may be taken by any player of the nonoffending side who is not serving a penalty when play is stopped for the penalty shot (captain’s choice of players).
ART. 4 . . . The puck shall be placed at the center faceoff spot. At the referee’s instruction, the attacking player shall begin toward the goal, keeping in motion toward the goal until the puck is shot or has crossed the goal line extended. Only one shot is permitted.
ART. 5 . . . The goalkeeper shall remain in the goal crease until the attacking player has touched the puck. The goalkeeper may attempt to stop the puck in any manner except by throwing his stick. If a foul is committed by the goalkeeper during the try and the try is unsuccessful, another penalty shot is awarded.
ART. 6 . . . If the player awarded the penalty shot is injured, the try may be taken by any teammate who is not serving a penalty.
ART. 7 . . . If the attacking player commits a foul, that player may be permitted to take the shot before going to the penalty box.
ART. 8 . . . All players shall move to their respective bench areas and remain quiet until the shot has been completed. If a player other than the defending goalkeeper causes the penalty shot by another player to fail, a second attempt shall be awarded, and a misconduct penalty assessed to the player who interfered with or distracted the shooter.
ART. 9 . . . If a goal is scored from a penalty shot, a further penalty to the
offending player shall be applied if the offense for which the penalty shot was awarded was such as to incur a major, disqualification or misconduct penalty. In that case, the penalty prescribed for the particular offense shall be imposed.
4.7.4 SITUATION: On a penalty shot, the puck (a) hits the post, hits the back of the goalkeeper’s leg and enters the goal, or (b) hits the glass or boards, hits the goalkeeper’s leg and enters the goal.
RULING: In (a) goal is scored. In (b) no goal is scored, since puck crossed the goal line extended, which nullifies the play.
|Monday, March 1, 2010|
|Amann Receives Southern Division Recognition|
Sophomore guard Jess Amann of the M State Lady Spartans has been named to the MCAC Southern All-Division Team as an honorable mention selection. Amann is the only member of the Lady Spartans to be so recognized.
She was joined on the honorable mention list by Sierra Howard of Minneapolis, Rachel Pavelko of Minnesota West and Whitney Fick and Nikki Borkhuis of Rochester.
First Team members are Maria Gangelhoff of Rochester, Alex Moore and Marie Hanson of Anoka-Ramsey, Brianna Blackhawk of Minneapolis and Sam Lynn of Minnesota West.
Listed as Second Team members are Krista Viehauser of Riverland, Erin Wahl of Minneapolis, Stephanie Pilgrim and Alyssa Silva of Anoka-Ramsey and Kelsey Guetter of Ridgewater.
|Monday, March 1, 2010|
|MCAC State Tournament Results|
The Rochester Yellowjackets claimed the MCAC Men's State Basketball Tournament title with an 85-74 victory over the host Minneapolis Mavericks on Sunday afternoon at Minneapolis Community and Technical College on Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis.
The Yellowjackets will travel to Delhi, New York to compete in the NJCAA Division III National Tournament. Rochester opened the tournament Friday afternoon with an 82-72 win over Rainy River and then eliminated Northland 77-73 on Saturday. Minneapolis had reached the finals with an 88-67 win over Vermilion on Friday and a thrilling 69-66 overtime victory over Central Lakes on Saturday.
At the Women's MCAC State Tournament at Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls, Anoka-Ramsey defeated Minneapolis 74-72 in the championship game and Rochester claimed third place with an 86-85 overtime win over Minnesota West. Northland earned consolation honors by beating Rainy River 73-55.
The Region XIII B Women's Championship game will be hosted by Northland Community and Technical College with the lady Pioneers playing Rainy River Community and Technical College for a NJCAA Division III National Tournament berth.
The Region XIII A Women's Championship game will be hosted by Anoka-Ramsey Community College in Coon Rapids with the lady Rams hosting Minneapolis Community and Technical College for a NJCAA Division III National Tournament berth.