We have been getting some updates on injured players and also have received some information on conference honors being bestowed on some area athletes, so it's time to give you an update!
Fergus Falls Head Football Coach Richard Risbrudt shared information with us on Craig Olson Sports Live on PRTV Channel 1 Monday night that Hayden Zenner did not suffer a concussion in last week's win at Sartell. Hayden participated in practice Monday and is good to go for the regular season finale on Wednesday at home against Willmar. A win against Willmar on Wednesday night will certainly secure a number two seed for the Otters in the Section playoffs, assuring them of a home game next Tuesday and if they win that one, a home game again on Saturday, October 29. With Sartell facing Bemidji on Wednesday, an Otter loss to Willmar may have the same outcome, but you don't want to bank on that! So, go Otters!
Spartan football coach Steve King is optimistic that linebacker/defensive lineman Chase Johansen, a 2011 Fergus Falls High School graduate, will be able to play in their final game of the season on Thursday in Grand Rapids. The Spartans play Itasca Community College in a 2:00pm game. Johansen dislocated his knee cap in the loss to Rochester on October 8 and missed the final home game against Minnesota West. The Spartans need Chase in their defensive scheme as he provides some depth and versatility. King has been very pleased with the way his freshman season has gone.
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy graduate Danny Tungseth, also a freshman at M State-Fergus Falls, has informed us that he has received a medical redshirt and will not lose a season of eligibility. Tungseth was injured in the first game of the season.
Running back Victor Lumley is the Offensive Player of the Week in the MCAC Southern Division. In the 13-9 win over Minnesota West, Lumley ran for 155 yards, including a 48 yard TD run.
Spartan volleyball players Jordyn Campbell and Morgan Kapphahn have received Player of the Week honors in the MCAC Southern Division.
Campbell, a sophomore Libero, has been named the Libero of the Week. Jordyn had 37 digs (4.63 per game) for the lady Spartans in a 2-0 sweep against Trinity Bilbe College and a 3-2 win over Rochester. She also served at 94% (30/32) and had a 94% passing efficiency.
Kapphahn, a freshman, was named the All-Around Player of the Week with 21 kills (2.6 per game) and 50 digs (6.3 per game) in the two matches. She also served 97% (25/26) and passed with 91% efficiency.
The lady Spartans failed to advance to the Region XIII Tournament when Western Wisconsin Tech was able to finish with a .500 record after receiving a forfeit on Saturday. The advancement rule states that the top four teams from the Northern Division of the MCAC qualify for the Region XIII Tournament and the top three teams from the South. The fourth team in the South advances only if Western Wisconsin Tech has a record under .500. Seems to me that they should play a playoff match to determine which team goes in that spot, but nobody asked me my opinion! Tough luck for Terri Strom's girls, who were exciting to watch and who were playing some good volleyball at the end of the season. They finished 12-12 overall and 7-5 in the division.
The Otters have received several Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week honors this fall. Back on September 6, Hayden Zenner received the award for football and Lindsey Kimball received the Singles award for girls tennis. On September 12, Carly Ouren and Sarah Bowman were recognized as the top Doubles team of the week and on September 26, Eric Kvidt received the football award. October third winners were Chris Rausch in boys soccer, Lauren Norgren in girls soccer, Kylie Jensen in tennis and Mariah Monke in volleyball. The awards for October 10 included Bill Rodning in football.