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Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Draxten Named Academic All-Big Ten
Hannah Draxten, a 2008 Fergus Falls graduate in her third year at the University of Iowa, was named Academic All-Big Ten in Women’s Basketball for the 2010-11 season. 
 
Draxten played a significant role for the Hawkeyes during the first half of the season but the return of back problems hampered her during the second half of the season. She missed most of last year with herniated discs in her lower back that eventually required surgery.
 

To be eligible for Academic All-Big Ten selection, student-athletes must be letterwinners who are in at least their second academic year at their institution and carry a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.

Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, March 28, 2011
Shada Shootout Scheduled for June 10-12
The 18th annual Shada Shootout 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament is scheduled for June 10-12 in Pelican Rapids.  Registration deadline is May 20.
 
The tournament will be held on courts inside the Pelican Rapids High School and Elementary School.  Information on the tournament and a registration form can be found at www.shada3on3.com.  You may also contact, via e-mail, tournament director Doug Bruggeman at [email protected] and tournament information along with a registrationi form will be sent to you.
 
On Friday, June 10 the Elementary Divisions for 3rd through 6th grade boys and girls will start at 12:00 noon and go until 10:00pm.
 
On Saturday, 7th grade through varsity boys and girls, and adult men and women divisions will be contested.  Some divisions will begin in the morning session from 8:00am to 1:00pm and some divisions will begin play during the afternoon sessions from 1:00pm to 7:00pm. 
Sunday game times will again be played in a morning session (10:00am to 2:00pm) and an afternoon session (2:00pm to 6:00pm).
Posted By Craig Olson
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Still Time to Enjoy Some Spring Skiing
David Spidahl of Spidahl's Ski Gaard informs us that with the cold temperatures the snow is still holding up great for a couple of beautiful days of spring skiing this weekend. "This is the latest date that we have been officially open in over thirty years of skiing at the Gaard. Hope you can get out to enjoy it," said Spidahl.
 
Here are the directions to Spidahl's Ski Gaard, taken from their website at www.skigaard.com.
 

Spidahl Ski Gaard is located just fourteen miles northeast of Fergus Falls, MN in the beautiful sugar maple hills of Friberg Township.

FROM FARGO: Take I-94 to Hwy. 108/Pelican Rapids Exit. Go east (left) on MN 108 4.5 mi. to County 21. Go south (right) 5 mi. to County 24. Go east (left) 11 miles to County 3. Go south (right) 4 miles to County 22. Go east (left) 2 miles to County 43. Spidahl Ski Gaard is just past 43 on the right.

FROM FERGUS FALLS: Take County 1 (Otter Tail Lake Road) 9.5 miles to County 43 (Wee Town.) Go north (left) 4 miles to County 22. Turn east (right) on 22. Spidahl Ski Gaard is first driveway on right.

FROM ALEXANDRIA: Take I-94 to County 35/Dalton Exit. Go north (right) approx. 20 miles to County 22. (You will pass through Dalton and Underwood and will cross County 1.) Turn west (left) on 22 and go 4 mi. Spidahl Ski Gaard is on left at bottom of hill. (Or, go to Fergus Falls and go past High School and YMCA on Friberg Ave. which turns into County 1. Follow Fergus directions above.)

FROM PERHAM: Take MN 78 south 2 miles to MN 108. Go west (right) 7 mi. to Dent/County 35. Go south (left) 12 mi. to County 22. Go west (right) 4 mi. Spidahl Ski Gaard is on the left at bottom of hill.

Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, March 18, 2011
Former Comet Plays in NCAAA Division III Tourney
Former Hillcrest Lutheran Academy student-athlete Nate Thompson, a senior at Northwestern College in St. Paul, helped the Eagles to their first ever NCAA Division III Tournament appearance this season.  Thompson, who was named to the UMAC All-Defensive team, scored 9 points in the Eagles 73-60 win over UM-Morris in the UMAC championship game.
 
That win sent the Eagles into the D-III Tournament and into a first round match at St. Thomas.  The Tommies, ranked eighth in the nation, closed the game with a 16-5 run to defeat the Eagles 70-60, ending Northwestern's season with a final record of 21-7.  They won the UMAC regular season title with a conference record of 13-1.
 
Thompson had six points and two assists in 29 minutes of playing time.  Thompson averaged 9.6 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 25 games for the Eagles.  Because of his defensive skills his assignment was usually to guard the top offensive player from the opposing team.
 
The UM-Morris team that the Eagles beat is coached by former Spartan Paul Grove.  The Cougars finished 15-12 overall and 10-4 in the UMAC.
 
The UM-Morris Women's team played in their second straight NCAA Tournament, losing to 23rd ranked Coe College, 78-53.  The lady Cougars are coached by former Spartan Tim Grove.  Their final record was
21-7.  They won the UMAC with a perfect 14-0 mark. 
 
 
 
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, March 18, 2011
Money Boys Compete in MIAC Swimming Championships
Senior Luke Money and junior Joel Money, Fergus Falls High School Otter Alumni and current members 
of the St. Olaf Oles Men’s Swimming and Diving Team, competed in the MIAC Championships recently at
the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Luke was All Conference (top three places) in two individual events: the 100 Butterfly (prelims 51.09, finals 
50.74 – 3rd place) and 200 Butterfly (prelims 1:55.66, finals 1:55.19 – 2nd place); and in two relays:  2nd
place 200 Medley (50 fly 22.42) and 1st place 400 Medley (100 fly 49.58); and also scored points for his
team by finishing 15th in the 100 Backstroke (prelims 56.19, finals 55.90).  His individual 100 fly final time
and both the 200 and 400 medley relay times are NCAA Division III “B” qualifying times.
Joel scored for the Oles in all three of his individual events: 100 Butterfly (prelims 53.83, finals 54.04 – 11th 
place); 100 Backstroke (prelims 53.85, finals 53.90 – 9th place) and 200 Backstroke (prelims 1:56.01, finals
1:55.79 – 6th place).
Kelsey Appert, a freshman at Concordia College and an alumni of the Fergus Falls Otter Girls Swimming 
and Diving Team, also participated at the MIAC’s. She dropped two seconds from her seed time in both the
100 Backstroke (1:07.10) and 100 Freestyle (1:00.43).
Luke will be participating in the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championship with the St. Olaf 
team, swimming the butterfly portion in both the 200 and 400 medley relays.  Division II Nationals will be
held March 23rd – 26th at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Posted By Press Release
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Bracket Challenge is Back!
The Bracket Challenge is back for another run, thanks to the sponsorship of Kevin Johanson, Certified Financial Planner with LPL Financial.  The College Basketball Challenge is open to anyone and you can access the contest at http://lplncaa.mayhem.cbssports.com/e.  When prompted, enter the password lpl and fill out your bracket!  One entry per person with a deadline of Thursday at Noon EDT.
 
Kevin will be providing cash prizes of $100, $50 and $25 for the top three finishers in the challenge.  In addition, all entries with more points than our host will be thrown into a drawing for another $100 in cash!
 
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Benefit for Family of Tyson Meissner Set for Sunday
Brandon-Evansville junior student-athlete Tyson Meissner is recovering from brain surgery and the communities of Brandon and Evansville are coming together to host a fund raiser on Sunday, March 13, with a sloppy joe supper from 4 to 6 pm at Faith Lutheran Church in Evansville.  A free will offering will be received for the meal.
 
There will be a 24-hour prayer vigil from Saturday at 6:00pm to Sunday at 6:00pm at Faith Lutheran Church.  Anyone who can is invited to join others at the church during this time to pray for Tyson's recovery from brain surgery.
 
Donations can be left at Evansville Sports & Lawn or can be sent to Bremer Bank, Meissner Family Benefit, Attention Marylou Otto, PO Box 68, Brandon, MN 56315.
 
People are encouraged to visit Tyson's Caring Bridge website at www.caringbridge.org/visit/tysonmeissner.
Posted By Craig Olson
Saturday, March 5, 2011
What a Day!
Saturday was quite a day for Fergus Falls High School athletes and their teams!  The highlight of the day was the first ever State Championship in Boys Swimming and Diving as the Otters edged out St. Thomas Academy by a single point in the Class A State Meet at the U of M Aquatic Center.
 
This team has trained hard for the past several months to put themselves in a position to challenge for a state title and that hard work, along with the excellent taper orchestrated by head coach Tom Uvaas, has paid off big time.
 
Mike Hurley reached Automatic All American times in both the 200 IM and the 100 freestyle, winning state titles in both and establishing another new state record time in the IM, breaking his own record set a year ago.
 
The Otters also set a new school record with their second place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:37.63).  All three relay teams placed in the top seven with the 200 freestyle relay seventh and the 400 freestyle relay fourth.
 
At the Class AA state wrestling meet, Abbot Aho claimed third place with a 9-5 win.  Aho had four wins and one loss in the state tournament.
 
In the Section 8AAA semifinals at St. Cloud State University, Fergus Falls forced 21 Detroit Lakes turnovers and blocked ten shots as they handed the Lakers a 53-42 loss in girls basketball.  The Otters and Lakers were battling for the seventh straight year in the post season.  Fergus Falls will now face Alexandria, a winner over Sartell-St. Stephen in the second game, on Friday night at six o'clock at St. John's University.  The winner will play in the Class AAA State Girls Basketball Tournament which begins on Wednesday, March 16.
 
Fans are encouraged to attend a special Welcome Home Ceremony on Sunday afternoon at the Kennedy Secondary School Gold Gymnasium.  The event will begin at four o'clock and the boys swimming and diving team and state wrestling participants will be recognized at this event.
 
The Fergus Falls boys basketball team will open the post season on the road Tuesday night, facing the Detroit Lakes Lakers.  The Lakers are the number three seeded team in Section 8AAA and the Otters are seeded sixth.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, March 3, 2011
Masten Earns Season Honors at Bethel
Bethel freshman and Fergus Falls High School graduate Cristina Masten has been named to the MIAC All-Conference Women's Hockey Team and to the MIAC All-Rookie Team.
 
The Royals also made team history on Thursday when they defeated St. Thomas 4-2 in the MIAC semifinals, recording their first ever MIAC playoff victory, punching their ticket to Saturday's championship game against Gustavus.
 
Gustavus head coach Mike Carroll, who coached the Fergus Falls Community College hockey team in 1986 and 1987, was named the Women's Hockey Coach of the Year in the MIAC. 
 

Carroll, in his 15th season with the Gusties, led his team to a regular season conference title, a 14-2-2 MIAC (19-3-3 overall) record and the top seed in the conference playoffs. This is Carroll's fifth MIAC Coach-of-the-Year honor, and it comes in a season in which he surpassed 250 career wins. This is the Gusties' seventh-straight MIAC regular season championship, and the team's 10th title overall in the conference's 16 seasons.

Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
State Send-Off Scheduled for Otters
There will be a state tournament send off for the Fergus Falls boys swimming and diving team and the Fergus Falls wrestlers on Wednesday at three o'clock.  The send off will place in the Activities Hallway in front of the Activities Office at the Kennedy Secondary School.  The public is encouraged to attend.
Posted By Craig Olson
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