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Friday, July 30, 2010
Morris Named Cross Country Assistant Coach of the Year
Kay Morris, assistant cross country coach at Perham High School, was named State Assistant Coach of the Year for boys and girls cross country at the annual Cross Country Coaches Clinic held in the Twin Cities.
 
Both Perham teams placed second in the 2009 state meet with the boys just two points out of first place and the girls only twelve points back.
 
Kay has been coaching for six seasons and has been a part of the boys state title teams in 2006 and 2007.  She is also an assistant track coach as the hurdles coach for Perham track teams and coordinates the after school Academic Boosters program for the Heart O' Lakes Elementary School in Perham.  One of the hurdlers she coached this past season, Matt Winkels, finished fourth in the Class A state meet.  Kay is also the full time children's and youth coordinator at Perham Community Church and is the mother of four children.
 
Head coach Jeff Morris (Kay's proud husband), also reports that the Perham boys had the highest GPA (3.997) of all Minnesota Cross Country programs for the second straight year.
 
Underwood Activities Director Derrick Nelson has announced that the Underwood Fall sports meeting will be held at the school on Thursday, August 12.  The Underwood Sports Boosters will serve supper from 6:30 to 7:15 with the meeting beginning at 7:30pm.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, July 26, 2010
Pivec Named DCTC Head Basketball Coach
Jay Pivec, one of the top coaches in the history NJCAA Division III basketball, has been named head coach of the new men's basketball team at Dakota County Technical College. Pivec is best known as the legendary head coach of the Minneapolis Community and Technical College Mavericks.

DCTC and Pivec are gearing up to launch Blue Knights men's basketball in October 2011. The plan for now is to have the team compete as an independent at the NJCAA DII level, but having the Knights join a conference is also a possibility.

"My job at DCTC presents several similarities to when I took over an MCTC team in 1990 that had just come off an 0-21 season," Pivec said. "I'm looking forward to building a program from scratch. Working from the ground up, we'll be able to get our thumbprints all over this thing."

Pivec's thumbprint is already renowned in the realm of NJCAA DIII basketball. An eight-time Minnesota College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, he entered the MCAC Hall of Fame in 2002. During his career at MCTC, he posted a 425-115 record, leading the Mavericks to four appearances in the DIII national tournament, including two second-place finishes-the last in 2009, a tough one-point loss to Richland College, ending a 33-2 season that saw the team ranked number one in the country for seven consecutive weeks on the NJCAA DIII poll.

That same year, Pivec was named the NJCAA Division III Coach of the Year. In 2010, he entered the NJCAA Men's Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame. With 452 wins under his belt, he ranks second among active DIII coaches for career victories. While at MCTC, he coached eight NJCAA First-Team All-Americans, a feat unmatched by any other DIII program in the U.S.

"Right from the start at DCTC, it will be very important to prove to the community that our players are both serious students and ready to play at the highest level," said Pivec, who will be focusing a good share of his recruiting energy in the South Metro, building on already strong relationships with high school coaches in Rosemount, Apple Valley, Burnsville, Lakeville, Eagan, Farmington, Hastings and other cities in the area. "One of the primary goals of our program will be to guide our students on to four-year colleges and universities where they can continue their academic and athletic careers. DCTC is the beginning, not the end-and that's what will separate us from the pack."

Two out of three of Pivec's players at MCTC went on to play basketball at four-year institutions with two out of three of the transfers earning bachelor's degrees. Cam Stoltz, the athletic coordinator at DCTC, echoes Pivec's dedication to the future success of DCTC student-athletes.

"Hiring Jay to lead our new basketball program was the obvious choice," Stoltz said. "He has an unsurpassed track record of mentoring his players and pointing them in the right direction. He is famous for giving second chances to players who might not get the opportunity to play anywhere else. He is famous for giving opportunities to players while preparing them for the highest levels of college basketball and life. He also knows how to field championship-caliber teams."

Stoltz went on to say that taking the step to start a men's basketball program at DCTC fits perfectly with the strategic plan of an athletic department with five other sports-women and men's soccer, fastpitch softball and women's volleyball.

"Basketball is a paramount sport when it comes to intercollegiate athletics," he said. "With Jay Pivec at the helm, we are on course to make our new basketball program a boon to our students, our surrounding communities, DCTC athletics and the college as a whole."

Pivec reported that Ron Gates, who worked as his assistant coach for all his 20 seasons at MCTC, will be joining the Blue Knights in his former role. Pivec also expressed his wish for the college to work in partnership with area communities and other entities to pursue the construction of a multipurpose arena on the DCTC Rosemount campus that would serve not only his program, but also other sports, particularly volleyball, in addition to housing important collegiate and community functions and events.

Jay Pivec | Professional Achievements

 *   Minnesota College Athletic Conference Coach of the Year
    *   1993, 1995, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010
 *   Minnesota College Athletic Conference Hall of Fame
    *   2002
 *   NJCAA Basketball Hall of Fame
    *   2010
 *   NJCAA Region XIII Coach of the Year
    *   1993, 1995, 2004, 2009
 *   Phi Theta Kappa Teaching Excellence Award
    *   1995
 *   Head Coach NJCAA National All-Star Team
    *   2009
 *   NJCAA National Coach of the Year
    *   2009
 *   MCTC Head Coaching Record
    *   20 Seasons: 452-115
 *   Head Coaching Record
    *   28 Seasons: 563-242
 *   Assistant Coaching Record
    *   Four Seasons: 91-26
 *   Coached eight NJCAA First-Team All-Americans

For more information on DCTC athletics, visit www.GoBlueKnights.com.
Congratulations to Coach Pivec and Coach Gates!!  I'm sure we'll be seeing them on the Spartans non-conference schedule in the future!
Posted By Press Release
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Retz Open Set for August 29
The Seventh Annual Retz Open Golf Tournament, a fund raiser for Spartan Men's Basketball, is set for Sunday, August 29 with a 12:00 non start at Pebble Lake Golf Club in Fergus Falls.
 
In addition to several former Spartan players participating, the tournament is open to everyone.  Area businesses, Spartan fans and boosters, and any other avid golfers are encouraged to enjoy a fun afternoon on the golf course while supporting Spartan Men's Basketball.  The cost is $80 per person with four person teams playing a scramble format.  The entry fee gets you 18 holes of golf, a great meal from Putter's, door prizes, gifts and an opportunity to renew acquaintances with former Spartan players and meet the 2010-2011 Spartan Men's Basketball team.  Singles are welcome and will be placed on a team.  Entries may be e-mailed to ddretzlaff@prtel.com and fees may be paid when you register at the golf course on August 29.
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, July 9, 2010
Williams Wins Ladies Invitational at PLGC
Ann Williams won the 2010 Ladies Golf Invitational at Pebble Lake Golf Club on Thursday with a scratch score of 79. 
 
Jean Reinertson won the net division with a 69 and Iris Owings placed second with a net score of 70.
 
In the First Flight Sharon Boldenow shot an 87 to win the scratch division and Judy Klaers won the net division with a 65, three strokes ahead of Mary Ann Goese.
 
The Second Flight scratch champion is Joyce Olson with a 101.  First place in the net division went to Karen Lundstrom with a 70 and Joan Kritzberger was second with a 72.
 
Lisa Wigdahl was the Third Flight scratch division winner with a 95, while Deb Thormodson took thenet division with a 65 and Kay Black was second with a 70.
 
Contest winners were as follows:
Longest Drive #1, Iris Owings
Longest Drive #4, Sharon Boldenow
Longest Drive #5, Pam Jacklitch
Longest Drive #6, Karen Lundstrom
Closest to the Pin #3, Lisa Wigdahl
Closest to the Pin #8, Joyce Olson
Closest to the Pin #13, Ann Williams
Closest to the Pin #15, Virginia Prieb
Longest Putt Holed #9, Joyce Olson
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Remembering 1960 Fergus Falls Baseball
Fergus Falls baseball in 1960 was very special and the accomplishments of the American Legion, VFW and Town teams will be recalled at a gathering on Saturday, July 10 from 3:00 to 5:00pm at the American Legion in Fergus Falls.  A special program will be held at 4:30pm, introducing the members of those teams in attendance.  The public is welcome to attend the event.
 
American Legion Post 30 won all three of their state tournament games in 1960, beating St. Cloud and future major leaguer Tom Burgmeier 3-2 in the quarterfinals, defeating Willmar 8-3 in the semifinals and then winning the state championship with a 7-5 win over Norwood.  Harley Oyloe was the manager of the team.
 
VFW Post 612 won the state title with a 3-0 win over Wells.  The team was managed by Oats LeGrand.
 
The Red Sox town team lost a 2-1 decision to Pipestone in the state championship game.  Roland Harlow served as team manager.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Rothsay Prairie Days Features Wood Bat Tourney and 5K Walk
A couple of years ago the community of Rothsay celebrated their 125th Anniversary.  The event was such a great success that the members of the Rothsay Area Community Fund spearheaded the efforts along with other community members to continue an annual celebration that is now called "Rothsay Prairie Days".  The goal is to offer a fun weekend community celebration for all ages.  Events include a Men's Wood Bat Softball Tournament and a "Shatter the Silence" 5K Walk.
 
The Wood Bat Softball Tournament will begin at 9:00am with an entry fee of $100 per team, plus two softballs.  The champion will receive their $100 entry fee back and trophy's will be awarded to the first and second place teams.  All proceeds will go to the Rothsay Prairie Days Community Celebration Fund.  Each team will be guaranteed two games in this double elimination tournament played under ASA rules.  The event is being sponsored by MinnDak Computer Services.  There is a need for a few more teams to fill out the bracket.  Interested teams can contact Chris Buckingham at 218-731-9319 or e-mail chris.buckingham@minndakcs.com.
 
The "Shatter the Silence" 5K Walk is an event to promote awareness and prevention of psychiatric conditions and suicide.  The mission of those organizing the walk is to "shatter the silence" of our youth and all those who struggle with depression and other psychiatric conditions.  Money raised will be used to provide cooperating area schools with educational materials that will educate our youth about depression and other psychiatric conditions, and how to recognize the signs that they or others are struggling with. The 5K Walk will begin with registration at 7:00am and the walk at 8:00am at American Legion Memorial Park in Rothsay.  Those unable to participate in the event who wish to support the cause with a monetary donation can do so by sending donations to Bank of the West, 408 Minnesota Avenue, Breckenridge, MN 56520.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Deadline Approaching for Fred Evenson Memorial Tournament
The deadline to register your team for the 7th Annual Fred Evenson Memorial Golf Tournament is Friday, July 9.  The event is scheduled for Friday, July 23 at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls.
 
The cost is $100.00 per person with teams consisting of four or five players.  This amount includes green fees, dinner, prizes and a gift bag.  This year the proceeds will be used for course improvements.  There will also be two $500.00 scholarships given to deserving Fergus Falls graduating seniors through Dollars for Scholars.
 
Registration will begin at noon on the 23rd with a shotgun start at one o'clock.  The social and dinner is set to get underway at five o'clock.
 
A Hole-In-One Contest, sponsored by Minnesota Motor Company, is one of the highlights of activities on the course, along with the longest putt, longest drive, skins games, mulligans and closest to the pin contests.
 
Non-golfers are invited to come for the meal at a cost of $25.00.  For more information you can e-mail Tony Rendz at tonyrendz@hotmail.com or call Tony at 218-770-8661.  You can also check out the revamped PLGC web site at www.playpebblelake.com.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Perham Plans 2010 Crazy Days Half Marathon and 5K
The 2010 Perham Crazy Days Half Marathon and 5K races are planned for Saturday, August 7 beginning at 7:00am.  Registration will take place at Arvig Park, located on Highway 51 near the softball, baseball and soccer fields in Perham.  The park will serve as the starting line and finishing line for both races.
 
The Half Marathon will start at 7:00am and the 5K will begin at 7:15am.  All Half Marathon finishers will receive a t-shirt and the top three finishers in each age division will receive a gift.  Age divisions include 13 and under, 14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over.
 
Entry fee is $30 for the Half Marathon and $15 for the 5K.  Race day registration is $40 for the Half Marathon and $20 for the 5K.  There will be championship chip timing fro both races.  The event is being hosted by the Perham Cross Country Boosters.
 
For more information or to access an entry form you can long on to www.perhamcc.com.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, July 1, 2010
25th Annual Ottertail Lake Chase Set for Saturday
The 25th Annual Ottertail Lake Chase is scheduled for Saturday, July 3 at 6:30pm with an 8K run and 5K walk being held.  The race will begin and end at Lake Country Gardens.
 
Race day registration is available for $20 with each entrant receiving a t-shirt and all runners welcome to attend a post-race picnic sponsored by Amor Rumors.
 
Awards will be presented to the top ten overall finishers as well as the top male and female in each race and the second and third place finishers in each event.
 
E-mail lake_chase@yahoo.com or call 218-495-2850 for more information.
Posted By Craig Olson
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