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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Johnson Will be Missed by Arrows

Ashby High School softball coach Joey Andreasen will miss Amanda Johnson.  Johnson finished her prep softball career with a 3rd selection to the All State Softball roster as a shortstop and earned a spot on the 2010 All Star team.

 

Included in Johnson's career accolades are All State Honorable mention as an eighth grader and All State selections in her sophomore, junior and senior years.  Johnson was named to the All Section team 3 times, Pheasant Conference MVP twice and Team MVP 3 times as well as earning various other team awards throughout her career.  Johnson played both center field and shortstop for the Arrows and ended her career with a batting average of .512 including 26 home runs.    

Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, June 28, 2010
Risbrudt Shines in All Star Football Game
The Metro All-Stars shutout the Outstate All-Stars 28-0 at the 37th Annual Minnesota High School All-Star Football Game on Saturday, June 26 at Husky Stadium on the campus of St. Cloud State University.  Fergus Falls High School graduate Nick Risbrudt was one of the bright spots for the Outstate team.
 
Risbrudt caught two passes for a total of 62 yards, including one that covered 51 yards.  He also had a kickoff that covered 57 yards.
 
Perham quarterback Ben Bucholz completed 6 of 11 passes for 72 yards.  Two of his passes were intercepted.  He also ran the ball twice for 5 yards.  Perham was also represented by offensive guard Andrew Muer.
 
Alexandria quarterback Colin Erickson was 2-for-7 throwing the football for 45 yards and ran the ball five times for 11 yards.  He was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player for the Outstate team.  Mark Whiting of the Cardinals caught one pass for 34 yards.
 
The Outstate team turned the ball over four times and the Metro team didn't turn the ball over at all.  The Metro team had 240 total yards and the Outstate team compiled 183 yards.
 

Fergus Falls has had 19 football players (Nick is the 19th) and two coaches (Don Stueve in 1977 and Richard Risbrudt in 1999) participate in the Minnesota All-Star game.  In 1957, FF had 3 players play in the game. 


Bruce Halvorson was the first FF player to play in the game in 1952 as an end. Chuck Weiss played in 1957.  Len Kretchman played in 1984 as a runningback.  Kirby Carr as a LB played in 2003 and Andrew Larson played QB in 2006.

Gordy Kvern of Fergus Falls played tackle for the North and was one of four captains for the the 1960 All-Star game.  The South won the game 12-0 over the North.  It was played at Parade Stadium in Minneapolis.  Prior to the game Kvern was among the former players recognized for his participation in the game.  He also served as an honorary captain of the Outstate team.

Don Stueve was an assistant coach for the North in 1977. (When it was North vs. South)  The game was South 12, North 7.

Richard Risbrudt was an assistant coach for the Outstate team in 1999.  The game score was Outstate 17, Metro 14.  “It's kind of fun having my son play in the 2010 game when I coached in the 1999 game, 11 years ago,” noted Risbrudt.  “As a coach, I have had 7 players play in this game.  Five while I was coaching at Hillcrest (Jeff Martinson, Tippy Stensrud, Michael Levang, Luke Hansen, Jesse Keller) and 2 at Fergus Falls, (Andrew Larson and Nick Risbrudt).

The Metro has now won 16 games and the Outstate has won 15 games. 

Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
FF Girls Athletics Helping Wadena Girls Athletics
Fergus Falls Girls Athletics will be helping the Wadena Girls Athletic programs with a cash donation to help them as they recover from damages incurred during last week's thunderstorm and tornado.  Members of Fergus Falls girls athletic teams will be holding a Car Wash on Thursday from 11:00am to 2:00pm at Tires Plus in Fergus Falls.  Free will donations will be accepted at that time and people are invited to donate even if they don't need a car wash!
 
"When we heard about the devastation and how it affected the coach and her family and the school, we just felt we wanted to do what we could to help," said Otter Coaches Association President Renee Erickson, who is the head girls volleyball and softball coach at FFHS.  "It started with me talking to a couple of volleyball players about it and a couple of girls basketball players heard about it, then softball and before you know it kids were texting their friends and we decided to make it all girls athletic teams participating to help our friends in Wadena."
 
Head coach Sue Volkman and her family lost most of their farmstead in the tornado.  In addition, the school is heavily damaged and it is unknown if they will be able to salvage equipment and uniforms for their athletic teams.  Other Section 8AA coaches are also rallying their teams to help out.  If you would like to make a contribution but are unable to attend the car wash you may contact Renee Erickson at 736-0800.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, June 21, 2010
Isaiah Anderson Tournament Winners
The Fergus Falls Eagles / Indigo Signworks slow pitch softball team won the title at the Isaiah Anderson Memorial Tournament on Saturday at DeLagoon Park in Fergus Falls.
 
"Not bad for having seven of our eleven players over the age of forty," said head coach Kurt Nygaard
 
Nygaard was joined on the team by Paul Ratz, Reid Olson, Chad Swenson, Dave Sillerud, Bud Sjolie, Marc Bye, Kyle Sem, Mike Blank, Paul Edmunds and Dan Revering.  The team donated $200 back to the Isaiah Anderson Scholarship fund.
 
Fergus Falls High School graduate (2009) and former Otter baseball player Devin Barker won the Home Run Derby competition.  Barker received a pair of Oakley suglasses, donated by 20/20 Optical.
 
The proceeds this year will be donated to Fergus Falls wrestling and to sponsor a Park and Recreation team.
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, June 18, 2010
Isaiah Anderson Memorial Charity Softball Tournament
The third annual Isaiah "Pudge" Anderson Memorial Charity Softball Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 19 at DeLagoon Park Softball complex beginning at 8:30am with opening ceremonies, including the singing of the National Anthem by Megan Johnson.
 
Fifteen Men's softball teams will compete in pool play in the morning, attempting to qualify for the bracket play tournament in the afternoon.  A home run derby will be held at two o'clock and full concessions will be available throughout the day.  Proceeds will be used in a variety of ways, including funding the Isaiah Anderson Memorial Scholarship through Dollars for Scholars.  Fergus Falls senior Boyden Lee, a member of the baseball and wrestling teams at FFHS was the recipient of that scholarship this year.
 
Anderson played on the 2002 state tournament team for Fergus Falls High School and was also a member of the 2004 National Tournament team from M State in Fergus Falls.  He went on to play baseball at UND.  Anderson was killed in a one car rollover in February of 2008, shortly after accepting the head coaching job for the Fergus Falls American Legion Baseball team.  He had coached Babe Ruth baseball and assisted Ryan Hendrickson in the VFW baseball program previously.
 
Fans and friends of Isaiah are encouraged to attend the tournament at take part in remembering Isaiah and contributing to the scholarship fund.  In addition to helping fund the scholarship, proceeds will go to other projects around the community.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, June 14, 2010
Four Perham Track and Field Athletes Headed to Nationals

Four Perham Yellowjacket Track athletes will be competing at the High School Track and Field Championships in North Carolina this coming weekend.

 

Elisa Moenkedick, who won the Class A State Discus championship of Friday, Maddie McClellan, who captured her second consecutive 3200 meter run title on Friday, Abby Anderson, who participated in the1600 meter run in the Class A state meet and Holly Sheets, who will participate in the 800 meter run.

 

Also, Gabrielle Anderson former Yellowjacket 800 meter run State Champion, just placed 2nd in the NCAA Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon in the 1500 meter run for the University of Minnesota.

 

Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, June 10, 2010
HIT Golf Tournament Set for June 18
The Hillcrest Invitational Golf Tournament (HIT) is scheduled for Friday, June 18 at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls.  Registration begins at 12:00pm and the tournament will start at one o'clock.
 
The cost is $400.00 per team which includes green fees, golf cart, dinner at Hillcrest provided by A'viands Food, and an opportunity to win prizes.  A portion of the fee will go to the football field fence project.  Hole sponsorships are available at a cost of $150.00 per hole.  Call 218-737-6414 to register or e-mail information to [email protected].
 
Prizes will be awarded after the meal at Hillcrest with Red Jackets being awarded to teams for best gross score and best net score.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Area Volleyball Camp Being Offered in Ashby

Ashby volleyball head coach Brenda Johnson is offering an area volleyball camp to run from Monday, June 28 through Thursday, July 1 at the Ashby High School.  The camp will run from 1:00pm to 4:00pm each day and is open to girls from all around the area who will be entering fifth through twelfth grades this fall. 

"The idea of this camp is to try to provide a quality camp to area athletes without worrying about long travel or unaffordable fees," said Coach Johnson.  "I have asked for area coaches with qualified and distinguished backgrounds in volleyball to come one day out of the four and volunteer their time in teaching a skill of their choice."
 
Bob Hatlestad, former head coach of the Perham volleyball team, Terri Strom, former Brandon/Evansville High School coach and current head coach at M State in Fergus Falls, Spartan assistant coach Renae Rasmusson, former Spartan head coach Ann Williams, and Wheaton head coach Darla Thiel have all committed.
 
For more information or to sign up contact Brenda at 218-589-7218.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, June 10, 2010
Twins Clinic Scheduled for Friday in Fergus Falls
The Minnesota Twins are offering a free baseball and softball clinic in Fergus Falls on Friday, June 11 at American Legion Field or in the case of inclement weather at Fergus Falls Community Ice Arena.
 
The clinic will be held in two sessions with the 2:00pm to 3:30pm session being open to 6 to 9 year old boys and girls and the 3:30pm to 5:00pm session being held for 10 to 16 year old boys and girls.
 
The Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics program provides boys and girls from throughout the Upper Midwest with the opportunity to enhance their baseball and softball skills, while also hearing positive messages about staying is school and away from drugs and alcohol.  Play Ball! Minnesota Youth Clinics are funded and administered by the Twins Community Fund.
 
2010 marks the 50th year the Minnesota Twins and the Twins Community Fund have offered free youth baseball/softball clinics.  To celebrate the milestone, the Twins Community Fund will offer 50 clinics throughout the summer.
 
Clinics focus on hitting, fielding and throwing.  Parents are encouraged to participate with their children.  Created in 1961 by longtime Twins scout Angelo Giuliani, the clinic program serves as a way for the ball club to promote the games of baseball and softball to boys and girls throughout the region.  Since the program's inception, more than 800,000 youth have taken part in Twins clinics in the Upper Midwest and Southwest Florida.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, June 7, 2010
Wild Coming to Fergus Falls June 23
The Minnesota Wild has announced the celebreties for each leg of their 18-city, four-state 2010 Wells Fargo Minnesota Wild Road Tour.  Three separate legs of the tour begin Monday, June 21 and will stop at two locations each day.  The Fergus Falls stop will be from 11:30am to 12:30pm on Wednesday, June 23 at Fergus Falls High School.
 
Wild broadcaster Dan Terhaar, Wild Alumnus and current Director of Community Partnerships Brad Bombardier, Wild players Brent Burns and Nate Prosser, plus Nordy, will be in attendance at the Fergus Falls stop.  The public is encouraged to attend!
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, June 7, 2010
Fred Evenson Memorial Golf Tournament Scheduled for July 23
The Fred Evenson Memorial Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, July 23 with registration at noon and a shotgun start at 1:00pm at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls.
 
"Last year's event was a tremendous success and this year's tournament promises to be even more fun," said Tony Rendz, a Friend of Freddie and one of the tournament coordinators.  "Over $65,000 has been  donated in the past from this tournament and we'd like to thank all who were involved last year for making the event a very successful day of fun, golf and giving."
 
This year's proceeds are going to Pebble Lake Golf Course for improvements and there will again be two $500 scholarships awarded to deserving Fergus Falls graduating seniors through Dollars for Scholars.  There will be room for 36 teams in the 2010 event and paid registrations need to be received prior to July 9.  The cost is $100 per person with 4 or 5 person teams accepted.  This cost includes green fees, dinner, prizes and a gift bag.  Teams are also asked to please consider sponsoring a hole for an additional $100.  Registration forms can be mailed to Tony Rendz, 638 West Spruce Street, Fergus Falls, MN 56537.  Checks should be made payable to Pebble Lake Golf Course.  You can also e-mail [email protected] or call 218-770-8661.  Please check out www.playpebblelake.com for additional information.
 
"This event promises to be a fun-filled day and one of the biggest tournaments of the year," added Rendz.  "There will be the typical games on the course such as skins, longest drive and closest to the pin.  There will also be a hole-in-one contest sponsored by Minnesota Motor Company.  The tournament will be followed by a meal, short program and socializing.  If you don't wish to golf, please consider buying a meal ticket and joining us after the tournament for the supper and awards.  We look forward to a great tournament."
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Otters Varsity Football Camp Begins Monday
The sixth annual Fergus Falls Otters Varsity Football Camp will begin on Monday, June 7 and go through Friday, June 11.  Camp sessions will be held at the Fergus Falls High School levee field from 8:30am to 11:00am each day.
 
Varsity football technique and fundamentals will be taught as players learn the offensive and defensive systems used by the Otters during the fall season.  All interested players, both newe and returning, entering grades 9-12 are invited to participate.
 
Equipment pickup for players will be Thursday, June 3 at the Fergus Falls High School gymnasium.  Seniors may pick up their equipment at 9:00am, juniors at 9:30am, sophomores at 10:00am and freshmen at 10:30am.  Players unable to pick up their equipment at those times can do so at 7:45am on Monday, June 7.  There is no cost for the camp.  Players should be on the field by 8:15am.
Posted By Craig Olson
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