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Saturday, May 29, 2010
Section 8AA Baseball Bracket Released
The Section 8AA High School Baseball Tournament bracket has been released and the defending section champion Fergus Falls Otters are the top seed in the South half of the section.  The Otters will open tournament play with a home game against Pelican Rapids on Thursday, June 3 at American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park in Fergus Falls.
 
The tournament is single elimination through the quarterfinal round and switches to double elimination in the semifinal round when four teams remain.
 
Other first round games in the South sub-section on Thursday include Breckenridge (#5) in Battle Lake against Ottertail Central (#4), Pequot Lakes (#7) at Staples-Motley (#2) and Crosby-Ironton (#6) at Wadena-Deer Creek (#3).
 
In the North sub-section, Thief River Falls (#9) will travel to Crookston (#8) for a pigtail playini game on Tuesday, June 1 at five o'clock.  The winner of that game will play at Warroad (#1) on Thursday, June 3.  Other first round playin games on Thursday include East Grand Forks (#5) at D-G-F (#4), Park Rapids (#7) at Detroit Lakes (#2) and Roseau (#6) at Perham (#3).
 
The tournament semifinals and championship rounds will be hosted by Fergus Falls at American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park on Tuesday, June 8, Thursday, June 10 and if necessary, Friday, June 11.
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, May 28, 2010
Christopherson Decides on M-State
Amanda Christopherson, an outside hitter for the Fergus Falls High School volleyball team has decided to attend M-State in Fergus Falls and play college volleyball for the lady Spartans this fall.
 
Amanda has been a starter for the Otters the past two seasons.
 
"Amanda comes to us with a tremendous energy and passion for volleyball," said head coach Terri Strom of the lady Spartans.  "I am very excited to have her coming to play for the Spartans.  She will be a wonderful addition to our program."
 
Amanda is the daughter of Mark and Brenda Christopherson of Fergus Falls.
Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, May 23, 2010
Section 6A Softball Bracket Released
The Section 6A Girls Softball Tournament bracket has been released.  The games begin on Tuesday in Hawley, Walker, Bertha, Ashby, Sebeka, Menahga, Parkers Prairie and Pillager.
 
In the South Sub-Section at Bertha, Verndale (#8) will face Brandon/Evansville (#9) at 3:00pm with the winner advancing to face Bertha-Hewitt (#1) at 5:00pm.  In Ashby, West Central Area (#7) will face Hillcrest (#10) at 3:00pm for the right to advance to face Ashby (#2) at 5:00pm.  Other games at five o'clock have New York Mills (#5) at Pillager (#4) and Eagle Valley (#6) going up against Parkers Prairie (#3).
 
In the North Sub-Section at Hawley, Laporte (#8) will face Nevis (#9) at 3:00pm with the winner moving on to face Hawley (#1) at five o'clock.  In Walker, Lake Park-Audubon (#7) will take on Cass Lake-Bena (#10) at three and the winner will play Walker-Hackensack-Akeley (#2) at five.  The other games in the North have Pine River-Backus (#5) at Sebeka (#4) and Frazee (#6) at Menahga (#3).
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, May 21, 2010
Fergus Falls American Legion Baseball Tryouts
Tryouts for Fergus Falls American Legion Baseball are scheduled for this Sunday, May 23 at American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park.  American Legion Post 30 sponsors the team and it will be coached this summer by Nick Lewis and Travis Swiontek.  Tryouts will be held beginning at five o'clock on Sunday afternoon.  They were previously scheduled for a 1:30 start, but have been moved to 5:00pm. 
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Friday Deadline for Summer Activities
The deadline to register for summer activities sponsored by the Fergus Falls Park and Recreation Department is Friday, May 21.  Registrations will be taken after that date but a $25.00 late fee will be imposed.  For more information or to register call 218-739-3205 or visit their website at www.ci.fergus-fall.mn.us.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Elks Soccer Shoot Set for Saturday
The Fergus Falls Elks Soccer Shoot is scheduled for Saturday at DeLagoon Soccer Park in Fergus Falls.  This event is sponsored by the Fergus Falls Community Education Office, the Fergus Falls Youth Soccer Association and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Fergus Falls Lodge #1093.
 
The Soccer Shoot is open to boys and girls under 14 years of age, as of August 1, 2010.  It is free to all participants and begins with registration at 8:30am Saturday.  The Shoot-out begins at 9:30am.
 
Each of four age group winners in both divisions will advance to the Regional Soccer Shoot to be held in Baxter on July 24.  Regional winners from specific age groups will advance to the State Soccer Shoot, to be held at the Minnesota State Elks Youth camp near Brainerd August 27-29. 
 
For more information you can contact Clair Iverson, Soccer Shoot Chairman, at 218-736-5757.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Babe Ruth Tryouts Wednesday

Fergus Falls Babe Ruth tryouts are Wednesday, May 12 at the High School Levee field.  Times have been changed to four o'clock for 14 year old players and five o'clock for 15 year olds.  The times were adjusted due to the Spring Honors Band Concert in the High School gymnasium that night.

Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Engen to Be Honored at NDSCS Graduation

North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) will honor Don Engen with the title of Director Emeritus at its 2010 graduation ceremony on May 14 in Wahpeton.

 

Engen joined NDSCS in 1966 as menís basketball coach. During his thirteen-year tenure as head coach, he led the Wildcats to an impressive 169 wins with one-half of the schedule played against four-year colleges. These victories included five North Dakota State Junior College championships and one Region XIII championship. In 1970, his team finished 12th at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) tournament. Engen was the first Wildcat coach to win a first-round game at an NJCAA tournament.

 

Engen retired from coaching in 1979 and became department chair for physical education. He was named director of education and athletics in 1981 where he remained until his retirement in 1998.

 

During his 32 years of service to NDSCS, Engen championed many initiatives to support

Wildcat athletics, including fundraising for athletic scholarships. He led the ďLights for the Football StadiumĒ fundraising drive and served on the planning committee for the development of the Clair T. Blikre Activities Center.

 

Engen has been actively involved in collegiate athletics during his career. He served as

assistant Region XIII menís director for athletics (1989-93) and Region XIII menís director for athletics (1993-97). He was selected to supervise two Division III NJCAA National Basketball tournaments in Delhi, N.Y. During this time, Engen worked closely with regional high schools hosting numerous basketball tournaments and track meets at NDSCS.

 

Engenís service to high school and college athletics has been recognized previously on a local and regional level. In 1998, he was named to the NDSCS Athletic Hall of Fame and received recognition awards from North Dakota District I and Region I high schools for services rendered. That same year, he was honored with the NJCAA Region XIII Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

A native of Volin, S.D., Engen holds a bachelorís degree from Wayne State College and a masterís degree from South Dakota State University. He served on the Wahpeton Park Board for eight years and officiated high school football and basketball for more than 10 years.

 

Engen and his wife, Janet (White), reside on Munson Lake, near Detroit Lakes. They have three children, Denise, Richard and Jon (deceased), and four grandchildren, Ben, Jackson, Trey and Molly.

Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, May 10, 2010
Football Mini-Camp Scheduled for Saturday
Athletic Republic is hosting a one day football mini-camp on Saturday, May 15 at 10:00am at the Fergus Falls Football Field.  The camp is free and there is no need to pre-register.
 
Athletes will be evaluated, timed and tested in various fields of speed, power and agility.  Scores can be compared to peers in the area as well as nationally.  For more information contact Jarrod Asmus at 218-736-8451.  Athletic Republic is a service of Lake Region Healthcare.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, May 3, 2010
Pitch, Hit and Run Rescheduled for Saturday, May 8
The Fergus Falls Jaycees and the Fergus Falls Hurricanes will host a free Pitch, Hit and Run competition for area youth on Saturday, May 8 at American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park in Fergus Falls.  Registration will begin at 8:30am with the competition to follow at 9:00am.  The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, May 1 but was postponed due to rain.
 
Pitch, Hit and Run is the Official Skills Competition of Major League Baseball.  This grassroots program is designed to provided youngsters with an opportunity to compete free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core baseball skills.
 
Competitors are divided into four age divisions, 7/8, 9/10, 11/12, 13/14.  The individual Pitching, Hitting and Running champions, along with the All-Around Champion in each age group at the local competition will be awarded and advance to the Sectional Level of competition.  New this year is a softball level for girls. 
 
For questions, contact Stu Fleischauer of the Ferugs Falls Jaycees at (218) 731-0119.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, May 3, 2010
Pitch, Hit and Run to be Rescheduled
The Pitch, Hit and Run skills competition for boys and girls from 7 to 14 years of age had to be postponed on Saturday morning and will be rescheduled.  The Fergus Falls Jaycees and Fergus Falls Hurricanes amateur baseball team co-sponsor this event which is held annually at American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park in Fergus Falls.
Posted By Craig Olson
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