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Sunday, July 31, 2011
Hurley to Compete in Senior Nationals

Fergus Falls High School graduate and future Indiana Hoosier swimmer Mike Hurley is competing in the Senior National this coming week at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California.

 

“Mike is making Fergus Falls swimming history once again,” noted head coach Tom Uvaas.  “This is the first time that we have ever had anyone compete at this level for the Fergus Falls community.  Stacy Busack competed as a member of the Gophers at the NCAA level and of course came up through the Fergus Falls program.”

 

Hurley has qualified in two events, the 200 meter Individual Medley and the 100 meter breaststroke.  During his high school career, Hurley won 9 state championships including four consecutive state titles in the 200 IM.

Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Golf Tournament Scheduled to Benefit FF Football

The Seventh Annual FFOFBC (Fergus Falls Otter Football Booster Club) Golf Tournament is scheduled for Sunday, August 21 with a two o’clock tee-off at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls.

 

The tournament is a scramble format and will feature both a competitive division and a fun division.  The cost is $50 per player, including green fees, prizes and dinner.  All proceeds will benefit the Otter Football program.

 

Mail-in registrations are preferred and interested individuals/teams can find a registration form at www.ffareafootball.org.  Completed forms may be mailed to FFOFBC, PO Box 821, Fergus Falls, MN, 56538.

 

Caddies are available for a nominal fee or you can rent a cart for $24 plus tax.

 

Alumni football players are encouraged to participate by either getting a team together to play in the event or by making a donation to the program.

 

Many Fergus Falls businesses have already stepped up as hole sponsors for a $100 donation, while others have donated cash or prizes.  If anyone would like to help out in any way please contact Kim Ward at 218-205-1248, Heather Wahlgren at 218-205-0825, or Carol Rengel at 701-212-8383.

 

This tournament is open to anyone who enjoys golf, is a supporter of Fergus Falls football, or both!

 

Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, July 18, 2011
American Legion District Tournament Week
It's District Tournament week for American Legion baseball teams around the state of Minnesota.  The District 9 Division I Tournament will be played in Crookston Wednesday through Sunday and the District 9 Division II Tournament will begin on Wednesday in Red Lake Falls.
 
In the Division I Tournament, Fergus Falls American Legion Post 30 received the number one seed in the South half and will square off against Crookston (N4) at 7:00pm Wednesday night.  Post 30 would play on Thursday at seven o'clock if they win, or at 1:00pm Thursday if they lose.  Their opponent will be either Detroit Lakes (S3) or Roseau (N2).  Those two teams will play at four o'clock Wednesday.  The early games have East Grand Forks (N3) facing Moorhead (S2) at 10:00am and Perham (S4) taking on Thief River Falls (N1) at 1:00pm.
 
Post 30 has a 14-3 record and some very impressive team stats.  They are hitting .373 as a team and have scored 176 runs while allowing 91.  Post 30 has hit 21 home runs and have only 65 strikeouts as a team, compared to drawing 87 walks.  Their pitchers have struck out 92 batters in 102 innings and have given up 95 hits, while issuing 59 walks.
 
Individual leaders included Peter Gaustad (.491BA, 26RBI, 6HR, 21R, 26H), Danny Revering (.429, 3HR, 19RBI, 24H, 19R), Alex Hensch (.391, 20R, 17BB), Abbot Aho (.386, 22R), Boyden Lee (.339, 17RBI, 21R), Luke Heck (.356, 5HR, 20RBI, 16R) and Darin Stanislawski (.375, 3HR, 13RBI, 13R).  Pitching leaders are Revering (4-0, 3.15), Stanislawski (3-0, 2.57) and Zach Rengel (2-0, 3.46, 20K).
 
In the Division II District 9 Tournament, Breckenridge is the number one seed from the South and will open the tournament at 10:00am Wednesday against Stephen/Argyle (N4).  Post 53 would play either at 3:00pm Thursday if they win, or at 10:00am if they lose.  Their opponent will be either Hawley or the number two seed from the North (Warroad or Ada).  Those two teams will play their first round game at 12:30pm Wednesday.  Frazee (S4) will face the top seed from the North (Warroad or Ada) at 3:00pm and Barnesville (S2) will go up against Red Lake County (N3) at 5:30pm. 
 
Breckenridge won the Minnesota Lakes Conference title and has an overall record of 18-5 and have won their last ten games.  Leaders for Post 53 have been Erik Hiedeman (.421BA, .577OBP, 14SB, 2.50ERA), Ryan Voss (.367BA, .500OBP, 17RBI), David Bergquist (.471BA, .548OBP, 2.20ERA) and Bobby Pauly (.324BA, .545OBP).  Hiedeman was named the MVP of the conference.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, July 11, 2011
American Legion Division II Sub-District 9 South Tournament Bracket Released
Bob Marshall Field in Dilworth is the site of the 2011 American Legion Division II Sub-District 9 South Tournament to be held July 14 through July 17.
 
The tournament opens with third-seeded Ottertail Central taking on sixth-seeded Barnesville at 11:00am Thursday, July 14.  The second game, schedule for a 1:30pm start, pits second-seeded Hawley against seventh-seeded Frazee.  At four o'clock number one Breckenridge will tangle with New York Mills (#8), a 12-1 winner over Pelican Rapids in their play-in game.  Fourth-seeded DGF will face fifth-seeded Parkers Prairie in the final game of the first day at 6:30pm.
 
Loser out games will be played at 11:00am and 1:30pm Friday, featuring the losing teams of day one.  Winners' bracket games will be played at 4:00pm and 6:30pm.
 
On Saturday, loser out games will once again be featured at 11:00am and 1:30pm, with a winners' bracket game slated for 4:00pm and another elimination game at 6:30pm.
 
Sunday's schedule will feature a loser out game at 1:00pm and the championship game at 3:30pm.  The top four teams from the South will advance to the District Tournament in Red Lake Falls July 20-24, joining the top four teams from the North.   The Sub-District 9 North Tournament is being played in Ada this week.
Posted By Craig Olson
Friday, July 8, 2011
5K Walk/Run Scheduled for Saturday, July 16 in Ashby
The Ashby Appreciation Days 5K Walk/Run is scheduled for Saturday, July 16, starting at the Central Lakes Bike Trail shelter on County Roads 82 and 10.  More information can be found at www.ashbyminnesota.org.
 
Registration will begin at eight o'clock that morning and the race begins at 8:30am.  Participants must be ten years old or older and the cost is $20 if you register in advance and $25 the day of the race.  Checks should be made out to the Ashby Community Club and registration can be mailed to Amy Johnson, PO Box 180, Ashby, MN 56309. 
 
Pre-registration is recommended, however, registration can be done the day of the race, but your t-shirt will be ordered and mailed to you at a later date.  Please include Name, Address, Phone number and age on your registration form.  A parent or guardian must sign the registration if the participant is under 18 years of age.
 
The route will be marked and will have a water station.  Prizes will be awarded at the end of the race in various categories.
 
On Friday, the frist round of Ashby's Got Talent will be held at 6:00pm at the Ashby School Auditorium.  The Ashby Legion will host a Steak Fry and Dance from 7:00 to 11:00pm, featuring ROger Gillispie playing Old Time Country, and the Murphy's Pub Dance from 8:30pm to 12:30am will feature the band Soulmates playing Blues and Rock. 
 
Saturday events during Ashby Appreciation Days include a co-ed Sand Vollyball Tournament starting at 8:00am Saturday at the Ashby School, the Ashby A's Softball Tournament, also starting at 8:00am, and the Kiddie Parade at 10:00am with registration at 9:30am at the Ashby Fire Hall.  A Food Shelf Breakfast of French Toast, sausage, juice, milk and coffee will be served from 7:30am to 9:30am at the Ashby Legion.  Non-perishable food items or a cash donation will be taken as the fee for breakfast.  A Bean Bag Toss Tournament will begin at ten o'clock Saturday morning at the Ashby Track Field.  Free BBQ chicken and beef will be served in the city park from 11:00am to 1:00pm and Supper in the Park takes place from 5:00 to 6:30pm with proceeds going to Ashby Youth Football.  There will be Music in the Park from 11:00am to 4:00pm, complete with a taped tribute to Harold and Vonnie from 11:00am to 1:00pm, the Ashby's Got Talent Semifinals at 1:00pm and finals at 3:30pm, and the Balgaard Brothers from 2:30 to 3:30pm.  A Pie and Ice Cream Social will be conducted at 2:30pm in the City Park, a lively Live Auction will be held at 4:00pm, sponsored by the Ashby Education Foundation and the Parade will go through downtown Ashby at 7:00pm.  The Ashby Legion will host an Outdoor Dance with the rock band, Fuse, from 8:30pm to 12:30am and a dance at Murphy's Pub from 8:30pm to 12:30am will feature the Rock and R & B music of Ross William Perry.
 
On Sunday, the Ashby Lions will serve up a Pancake Breakfast from 8:00am to 1:00pm and will be offering Free Diabetes Screening and new Defibrillator Training by Arrow EMS.  There will be a joint Community Worship service at 10:45am in the park, hosted by Peace Lutheran Church, and a Horseshoe Tournament in Memorial Park at 1:00pm.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Spartan Gymnasium Gets a Facelift
The Spartan Gymnasium at M State in Fergus Falls has a new look!  This summer the floor has been totally stripped down to bare wood with all the old logos replaced with new ones.
 
The entire gymnasium, including the ceiling, has been painted white to brighten things up.  A sharp royal blue stripe, approximately four feed wide, runs around the entire building at about scoreboard height.  Once the floor sealant dries, new royal blue bleachers will be replacing the old wooden relics that have been in the gym since day one. 
 
There is little doubt that the $100,000 project will make a big difference in the atmosphere of all events held in the gym.
Posted By Craig Olson
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