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Saturday, October 29, 2011
Spartan Buddies 2011 Schedule Released
The 24th Annual Spartan Basketball Buddy Clinic has been scheduled for Saturday, November 5 from 1:00 to 2:00pm and Thursday, November 10 from 6:30 to 7:30pm at M State in Fergus Falls.  The clinic is open to boys and girls from kindergarten through sixth grade and also features a halftime performance at the Spartan Men's game versus Northland on Saturday, November 12.
 
Participants receive a Buddy t-shirt, Buddy basketball, certificate for a free mini-Godfather's Pizza, certificate of participation, free admission to all home Spartan Women's and Men's games just by wearing your Buddy t-shirt and a chance to be a Spartan Game Buddy if your name is drawn for that honor.
 
The cost is $20 and parents are welcome to come and observe the sessions and enjoy doughnuts and coffee.  Be sure to remember your camera for some lasting images of your Buddy!
 
The 2011-2012 Spartan Men's and Women's basketball teams, in uniform, will demonstrate and teach basketball fundamentals.  Players will direct all sessions and no competitive games will be played.
 
For more information or to register you can contact Spartan Men's Head Coach Jason Retzlaff at 736-1618 or Women's co-Head Coach Janice Hendrickson at 736-1621.
 
This is a great way to expose your child to the great game of basketball and to provide them an opportunity to interact with players they will be watching at the Spartan gym during the 2011-2012 season.  Their involvement is sure to create a lasting memory and help them to understand and appreciate the game of basketball.
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, October 28, 2011
Three Lady Spartans Named to Southern All-Division Team

The Minnesota College Athletic Conference 2011 Southern All-Division Teams have been named and three members of the M State-Fergus Falls lady Spartans were selected as All-Division players.

 

Sophomore Libero Jordyn Campbell (368 digs, 24 ace serves, 274/293 serving, 93.5%) and freshman Morgan Kapphahn (195 kills, 269 digs, 18 blocks, 217.228 serving, 95.1%) were named to the first team and freshman Christine Moenkedick (113 kills, 283/299 serving, 96.6%) was selected to the second team.

 

“Jordyn was definitely our emotional team leader and did a superb job as captain,” said Head Coach Terri Strom of the lady Spartans.  “Morgan and Christine both did a stellar job of always being a hitting threat from our left side and I’m looking forward to seeing them back on the court for the 2012 season.  All three players anchored our back row defensively as they combined for a serve receive of 93.2%.”

 

Ridgewater’s Hannah Smith was named MCAC Southern Division Player of the Year and Head Coach Joel Sussenguth of the Warriors was chosen as Coach of the Year. 

 

Other first team selections were Kat Kuecker and Kelly Barnes of Rochester, Molly Hurrle and Aimee Johnson of Ridgewater, and Tesslynn Callander of St. Cloud Tech.

 

Chosen to the second team were Kelsey Stommes of Ridgewater, Cassie Masberg of Riverland, Abbie Fay of Rochester, Katherine Kazemba and Katey Granstra of Minnesota West, and Kat Evans and Shannon Gruber of St. Cloud Tech.

Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Injuries, Player Honors and More
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.
Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, October 9, 2011
FF Backcourt Club Registration Set for Saturday
The Fergus Falls Backcourt Club will hold registration for their Saturday Basketball season from 9:30am to 12:00noon on Saturday, October 15 at the Kennedy Secondary School in Fergus Falls.
 
All boys and girls in grades K-8 who live within and/or attend any of the schools (private, public or home schooled) within the boundaries of the Fergus Falls school district.  The cost is $25 for K-2 students and $45 for 3-8 graders with a $90 maximum per family.  Included in the cost are new jerseys for 3rd through 8th graders and a t-shirt for K-2 students.  Third graders and all first year kids will received both a jersey and shorts.  All 7th graders will receive a new leather basketball, compliments of the Backcourt Club, at their first practice session. 
 
Practice dates will be October 29 through December 10 for K-2nd grade and October 29 through January 28 for 3rd-8th grades.  Practices will be held Saturday mornings at varying sites depending on grade level.  Sites will included Cleveland, YMCA, Kennedy Gold and Maroom gyms.
 
Registrants are asked to enter the Kennedy Secondary School through the Southside Main Entrance.  More information can be found at www.fergusfallsbasketball.org.
 
The mission statement of the organization is:  "Fergus Falls Backcourt Club's purpose is to provide instruction in developing team and individual skills while fostering a love for the game of basketball."
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, October 3, 2011
Local Teams Promote Cancer Awareness Month
The Underwood and Fergus Falls High School volleyball teams will be promoting Cancer Awareness Month at home games this week.
 
The Rockets will have the "Pink Posse", a group from the Lake Region Healthcare Cancer and Research Center selling items and taking donations at their home game with Brandon-Evansville on Tuesday night.
 
The Fergus Falls volleyball team will be hosting their Block Out Cancer event at their home game with Alexandria on Thursday at the Kennedy Secondary School gymnasium.  Fans are encouraged to wear pink and to bring their spare change for a "noisy offering" to help make a change in the battle against Cancer.
Posted By Craig Olson
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