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Thursday, September 30, 2010
Maroon & Gold Hockey Fundraiser Friday Night
The Otter Hockey Rocks 1st Annual Fundraising Dance is scheduled for Friday night, October 1, from 8:30pm to 12:30am at the Eagles Ship in Fergus Falls.  Funds raised will help support the Maroon and Gold Hockey Boosters and the Community Ice Arena Project.
 
Burgers will be served before and after the homecoming football game, beginning at five o'clock.  The event will be featuring the music of 'Giving Back Jack' and there will be a $5.00 cover charge.  Other donations will be accepted.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, September 27, 2010
Punt, Pass and Kick Results
The Fergus Falls Area Jaycees sponsored the annual Punt, Pass and Kick competition on Saturday at M State in Fergus Falls.  Sixty kids between the ages of 6 and 15 participated in the event which was held in cooperation with the Fergus Falls Area Youth Football Association.
 
Here are the results by age group:
 
Boys 6-7
1. Donald Aguilar (122), 2. Landon Thacker (90), 3. Dominic Aguilar (81)
Boys 8-9
1. Jaydon Ollila (136), 2. Ethan Olson (134), 3. Brock Kotschevar (132)
Boys 10-11
1. Matthew Monke (233), 2. Peter Johnson (203), 3. Nathan Rund (181)
Boys 12-13
1. Tony Ukkelberg (278), 2. Chris Tungseth (268), 3. Sean McGuire (234)
Boys 14-15
1. Jacob Isaac (254), 2. Dane Ringquist (249)
Girls 12-13
1. Abbigail Hobbs (168)
 
Here are the scoring rules for the Punt, Pass and Kick competition.
1. Each participant is allowed one punt, one pass and one placekick as part of his or her competition.
2. Scores are based on both distance and accuracy. For example, if a participant passes the ball 100 feet, but the ball lands 30 feet to the right of the measuring tape, the final score is calculated by deducting 30 from 100, for a final score of 70. Scores are based on exact feet and inches (partial inches are rounded to nearest inch). Participants cannot receive a negative score, but they can receive a score of zero.
3. A participant's final score is his or her cumulative total for the three individual events. For example, if the participant scores 40 for punting, 60 for passing and 22 for kicking, the participant's final score would be 122.
 
Winners will participate in the Section competition on Sunday, October 17 at 2:00pm at Chet Anderson Stadium on the campus of Bemidji State University.
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, September 24, 2010
Perham Mighty Mite Cross Country Program Begins Monday
The Perham Cross Country program has been one of the elite programs in the state of Minnesota since Jeff Morris arrived on the scene.  The Yellowjacket boys have been to state eighth consecutive years and the girls for seven consecutive years.  The boys are currently ranked number one in the state in Class A and the girls are ranked seventh.  Morris, along with his assistant and wife, Kay Morris, are encouraging fifth and sixth graders to participate in their Mighty Mite Cross Country Program which begins on Monday, September 27.
 
"Practices will be focusing on an introduction to cross country," said Morris.  "Each day we will do some light introductory running, running drills, race strategies and lots of fun running games."
 
Practices will begin at the Perham High School track at 3:45pm on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, September 27 through October 15.  The Perham Invite will be held on Thursday, October 7.
 
"The program is based somewhat on the 5th and 6th grade programs that we already have here in Perham," added Morris.  "We plan on being very low key in the approach with the kids.  Having fun and participation will constantly be stressed above all else.  Workouts are intended to basically introduce running for longer periods of time, which very seldom get over 10 to 20 minutes in length at one time, stressing some of the basic fundamentals and techniques while learning to enjoy running."
 
Treats and Gatorade will be served after every practice and a Mighty Mite t-shirt will be available for $10.
 
"Coach Kay and I look forward to working with the younger kids," concluded Morris.  "Their enthusiasm and excitement is contagious and they are fun."
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Pebble Lake Golf Club Offers Great Opportunity
Golfers in the Lakes area are all too familiar with the lousy weather we have endured since August.  Pebble Lake Golf Course is bound and determined to make fall golf something very special this year.  They are offering a $50 all-you-can-play special for the rest of the fall.
 
The fee is for green fees only, carts would be optional and at an extra cost.  To take advantage of the $50 all-you-can-play special, contact Jeff Bass at the pro shot at 736-7404 or stop by in person.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, September 20, 2010
Punt Pass & Kick Comes to Fergus Falls
The Fergus Falls Area Jaycees will be joining forces with the Fergus Falls Area Youth Football Association to host the annual Punt, Pass and Kick competition.  The event will be held on Saturday, September 25 at M State-Fergus Falls during and after the Youth Football games at the college.
 
The age groups include boys and girls 6 to 15 years old.  The competition will start at 10:00am and conclude at 2:00pm so that kids that are having games out of town that day can still get to compete in the event.  Kids coming from an out of town game are asked to call Kris Wilke at 218-205-7361 to alert her that you are going to compete and to expect your arrival.  Players involved in games in Fergus Falls that day should just report to the PPK competition area following their game.
 
Area Punt, Pass and Kick winners will go on to compete in a regional competition later this fall, withi the chance to be in the state competition in the Metrodome at halftime of a Vikings game.
 
Punt, Pass and Kick is the Official Skills Competition of the National Football League.  This program is designed to provide youngsters with an opportunity to compete, free of charge, in a competition that recognizes individual excellence in core football skills.
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Hockey Registration Set for Monday and Tuesday
The Fergus Falls Youth Hockey Association will hold registration on Monday, September 20 and Tuesday, September 21 from 6 to 9pm both nights at the Ottertail Power Community Meeting Rooms.
 
Parents can register their children for Termites (4-6 years old), Mites/8U (ages 7-9) and Squirts/10U (ages 10-12).  They also offer 8U, 10U and 12U teams for girls.
 
Termites will practice on Wednesday nights and Saturday mornings.  The cost is $50 for the first year.
 
Mites will practice on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings.  The cost is $100 for the first year.
 
Squirts will have practices determined by coaches and available ice time.  The cost is $300 for the first year.
 
There is also a first year equipment program for any new skater.  This program will offer all the equipment they will need to get started at a very reasonable rate.  Like most other sports the Fergus Falls Hockey Association does have a fundraiser that is required for all participating skaters.
 
For more information you can contact Pam Muxfeldt at 736-2312.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Former Area Student Athletes Making an Impact at Crown College
As always, it's fun to follow former area high school student athletes when they move on to the next level to compete or coach.  I received a press release from Crown College which highlights several former area standouts who are making contributions in the coaching and playing ranks for their football team and wanted to share it with you in this column.  Remember, if you have any information that would be of interest to our viewers concerning other area high school graduates who are competing collegiately, please e-mail me at [email protected].
The Crown College football team is off to a 2-0 start including wins over M.I.A.C. foe Carleton College and Maranatha Baptist (Watertown, WI), of the Northern Athletics Conference.  Former Hillcrest Comet player and coach, and Otter assistant Jake Carr serves as the Associate Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator for the Storm.  Under Carrís guidance, Crown has averaged 48.5 points per game this season and a year ago, finished 9th in the country as a NCAA Division III member, averaging 39.7 points per game.  Carr begins his fifth season at Crown following a three year stint at Bethel University.

Former Yellow Jacket, now Crown College freshman, Tim Herrmann competes as a wide receiver for the Storm and sees action on both the kick-off and kick-off return teams.  Herrmannís speed and work ethic should garner him playing time for years to come as the Storm graduate four senior receivers in 2010. 

Also competing for Crown in his first year, is Amos Schmidt of Verndale, MN.  An all-state selection in 2009, Amos led the Pirates to three state tournaments as both a running back and linebacker.  Schmidt rushed 10 times for 63 yards and his first collegiate touchdown on Saturday in the Stormís 48-14 home victory.  Schmidt sees action on multiple special teams and is currently second on the teamís depth chart as a tailback. 

Senior center Caleb Horn, (Pillager, MN) is finishing up a fine career for Crown as he anchors the offensive line from the center position.  A second year starter for the Storm, Horn has seen action up front in each of his four years as an offensive lineman.  Horn is majoring in Music Education and also participates in the choir.

Crown will travel to New Ulm, MN to take on 2009 conference champion Martin Luther College (1-1) on Saturday, September 18 for a 1:00pm kick-off. 

Posted By Press Release
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Former Otters Competing at Gustavus
Two former Fergus Falls High School student athletes are now competing at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter.  One of them, Trevor Gervais, was a part of the golf team that won the Augsburg Invitational over the weekend.
 
Gustavus won the title with a 54 hole total of 35-over par 611.  The 19 team tournament was held at the Majestic Oaks Golf Course in Ham Lake on Saturday and Sunday.  Gervais finished in a five-way tie for 20th place with a two day total of 156 (78-78).
 
Liz Underwood scored the first goal of her college soccer career in the Gusties 9-0 win over Central College on Friday afternoon.  Gustavus is  now 4-1 on the season.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Wasiloski Named Tournament MVP as Shakopee Wins Again
Former Otter and UND baseball star Troy Wasiloski won the MVP award in the Class B Amateur Baseball Tournament after his team, the Shakopee Indians, repeated as state champions on Labor Day in Bird Island.
 
Wasiloski hit .391 (9-23) in the tournament, scored six runs, hit two home runs, drove in seven runs and had a .698 slugging percentage.
 
"Two in a row feels pretty good," said Wasiloski.  "Pretty hard to do with the talent, you know the guys that we play against in this league.  We feel like we play pretty good baseball even though it's considered amateur.  Feel like there are a lot of good college guys out there, ex-pros that play the game still and play it hard so we feel back to back's a great accomplishment."
 
Three other former Otters, Aaron Olson, Dan Harris and Nate Brown are also members of the Indians.
 
In the 3-1 championship game victory over the Dundas Dukes, Wasiloski went 3-for-4 with a home run and 3 runs batted in.  Olson was 1-for-3 with a single, a walk and a run scored.  Harris appeared as a pinch-hitter, drawing a base on balls.
 
You can visit www.minnesotabaseball.org for more on the tournament.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
Stier Leading University of Mary
Fergus Falls High School graduate (Class of 2008) Chris Stier begins his junior season at the University of Mary as one of the leaders and impact players on a team that has doubled their win total over the past two seasons.
 
Stier scored eight goals and added an assist last season, teaming with Nikola Nikolic, a junior from Belgrade, Serbia, who totaled 10 goals and five assists a year ago, to give the Marauders a powerful scoring punch.
 
 
After opening with a hard fought 1-0 double overtime loss to Metro State College on Friday, the Marauders played Regis University on Sunday in the University of Mary Labor Day Invite.  Stier opened the scoring early and narrowly missed knotting the score late in a 2-1 loss.  In the final game of the Invite, played in a steady rain on Monday, Upper Iowa University scored on their only shot on goal of the game from 35 yards out with a 20 mile per hour wind at their back.  The best scoring opportunity for the Marauders came on a penalty kick in the 57th minute.  Stier was fouled inside the penalty box and was awarded a penalty kick, however, his effort was smothered by Upper Iowa's keeper, Jordan Bell, who made six saves in the match. 
 
There is little doubt that Stier will be a main force to be reckoned with all season long.  We'll keep you posted on how his season progresses and as always, we love to keep visitors to the website up to date on the progress of former area high school athletes who are competing at the next level.  With that in mind, if you have information that might assist us in that endeavor, please e-mail me at [email protected]
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Saturday, September 4, 2010
NFL Prediction Contest Returns for 11th Year
The NFL Prediction Contest is back for an eleventh consecutive year on www.craigolsonsports.com.  To enter the contest, scroll down on the home page to the NFL Contest link, sponsored by Olson Oil Company.
 
A new contest is posted on the website following the Monday night football game.  Participants can enter the contest once online each week and once each week by filling out an entry form at Olson Oil Company.  The winner of the contest each week receives a twenty dollar gas certificate from Olson Oil.
 
Have fun and good luck!
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, September 2, 2010
FFHS Grads Part of Shakopee Indians Run at 2nd State Title
Four Fergus Falls High School graduates are playing for the Shakopee Indians Amateur Baseball Team once again this summer.  They were all members of the team when they won the 2009 Minnesota State Class B championship and are hoping they have what it takes to repeat.  So far there is no reason to doubt that they will be right in the thick of the battle.
 
Troy Wasiloski (3B), Aaron Olson (SS), Nate Brown (P, IF, OF) and Dan Harris (IF, OF) are playing for the 28-13 Indians who are a perfect 3-0 in state tournament play this season.
 
Shakopee started the playoffs with a 1-0 win over the Austin Blue Sox.  Wasiloski scored the only run of the game with a nifty slide to avoid the tag of the catcher.  Brannon Weigel drove Wasiloski home with the only Shakopee hit of the game.  Dan Secott allowed four hits, struck out seven and didn't walk a batter in hurling the complete game shutout.
 
In their second game, Shakopee beat the Hastings Hawks 8-4 in 10 innings.  Wasiloski walked twice and scored a run, and Olson had a double, a sacrifice fly, a run batted in and a run scored.
 
The third game of the tournament was an 11-8 victory over Burnsville with Wasiloski (3-5, RBI), Olson (2-4) and Harris (R) all contributing to the win.
 
The Indians are now set to face Savage at six o'clock Saturday night in Willmar.  Shakopee and Savage are the only teams left in the tournament without a loss.  The championship game will be played at 11:00am Monday in Bird Island with a second game scheduled for 1:30pm, if needed.
 
Interested fans can keep tabe on the Indians and the local players at www.shakopeebaseball.com, and can follow the state tournament at www.mnstateamateurbaseball10.com.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Lee Franklin Maroon & Gold Golf Tournament Scheduled for 9/11
The eleventh annual Lee Franklin Maroon & Gold Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, September 11 at the Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls.  It will begin at 9:30am and the cost to enter is $60 for adults and $50 for students 18 and under.
 
Participants will be supporting the Lee Franklin Memorial Scholarship Program and the Fergus Falls High School Hockey Team.
 
Posted By Craig Olson
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