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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Chargers Name Football Captains
The Brandon-Evansville football team has announced their captains for the 2011 season.
 
Seniors Levi Hintermeister (RB/LB), a 4-year starter, two time first team all-conference selection and recipient of the 2010 most valuable back post season award, three-year starter Dan Schaffer (C/DT), Zach Hintermeister (TE/LB), a 4-year starter and 2010 all-conference honorable mention selection, and Tyson Meissner, a 2-year starter and 2010 all-conference honorable mention player who is unable to play this fall due to surgery this past winter that led to nervous system health issues.
 
Coaches Mike Quist and Greg Lanners, along with the entire staff, feel these four players are an excellent choice to represent the program for the 2011 season.  "They are quality young men as well as good football players, who have displayed dedication to the development of the program.  We are confident they will provide solid leadership through the season," said Quist and Lanners.
 
Charger football captains are named at the end of the two week preseasonperiod.  It is viewed as an important responsibility that is awarded to deserving players who show high levels of commitment to the program year round, demonstrate leadership on the field, in the weight room, and in the school, and present the football program in a positive fashion in the community. 
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
B-E Football Booster Club to Unveil New Field
The Brandon-Evansville Football Booster Club is inviting Charger football fans to a meet and greet at the new football field in Brandon on Wednesday, August 31 from 5:30 to 8:00pm. 
 
The fundraising event will create an opportunity for fans to meet members of the B-E football team and their coaches.  Hot dogs, chips and pop will be served and free will donations will be taken to help fund the cost of the field.
 
The Chargers will play their first game on their new home field Friday, September 2 against Parkers Prairie.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Former Otters Make a Bid for Playing Time in Jamestown
Three former Otter football players are still teammates.  Matt Mithaugen, Will Rader and Nick Risbrudt are all playing for the Jamestown Jimmies this season. 
 
Mithaugen, a junior, is in the starting rotation as a running back, while Rader and Risbrudt, both sophomores, are working to get into the wide receiver rotation.
 
All three were members of the 2008 Otter football team that won the Section 8AAAA title and played in the state quarterfinals, finishing with a 10-1 record.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Big Friday Results (Updated with Pictures)

Big Friday turned 25 years old with probably the most comfortable weather day in the history of the event.  Pleasant temperatures, cloudy to overcast skies, a light breeze and no rain highlighted the day at Broadway Park on Friday, August 12 as five championship games were played in front of large crowds throughout the day.  Photos from Big Friday are available from Mike Welde at http://welde.photoshelter.com/.

The T-Ball championship games got things underway at 8:30am.  The Orioles erupted for 12 runs in the bottom of the third inning to claim a 31-27 victory over the Braves.
 
In the Toss League title game the Indians rode an eight run first inning to a 15-13 win over the Brewers. 
 
The Twins won the Girls Softball championship with a 24-18 win over the Angels.  Emma Haugrud, Mareyn Veum and Jacy Johnson each scored three runs for the winning team.
 
The Yankees beat the Pirates 2-1 in the Dwarf League championship as Nate Longtin scored both Yankee runs, including the walk-off inside-the-park home run to win it with one out in the bottom of the seventh.  Carter Randklev led off the game for the Pirates by ripping an inside-the-park homer, their only hit of the game.  Winning pitcher Austin Stanislawski struck out eight batters in three innings on the mound.
 
In the Pony League championship game, the Mets broke open a scoreless game with seven runs in the fourth inning.  All seven runs scored after the first two outs were recorded in the inning.  The Mets went on to score once more in the fifth to beat the Brewers 8-0.  Four pitchers combined on a one-hit shutout for the Mets.  Sean McGuire and Andrew Tysdal each drove in two runs for the winning team.
 
Recreation Supervisor Pam Muxfeldt reports that 574 boys and girls participated in the baseball and softball programs this summer.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, August 11, 2011
BIG FRIDAY Returns!
BIG FRIDAY!  For 25 years those two words have been uttered thousands of times by eager young boys and girls in the Fergus Falls Parks and Recreation Department's baseball and softball programs as they strive to be one of the two teams in their division of play to make it to Big Friday.  The day that all five leagues decide their champions for the summer.
 
Big Friday, 2011, is Friday, August 12 at Broadway Park.  Games will begin at 8:30am with the T-Ball championship tilt between the Braves and the Orioles.  The Toss League game between the Indians and the Brewers will follow at 9:45am.  The Girls Softball final between the Twins and the Angels will begin at 11:00am.  The final two games will be played in the afternoon with the Yankees and Pirates squaring off at 12:15pm for the Dwarf League championship, followed by the Pony League title game between the Brewers and the Mets at 1:45pm.
 
The very first Big Friday was held in 1987 and came about as a suggestion from Lake Region Community Television, which was run by Charlie Grunewald, to Parks and Recreation Director Butch Benson.  After some discussion and fine tuning, Big Friday, featuring all 7 championship games at that time, was born.  Keith Stafford, Trevor Johnson and Pam Muxfeldt have all filled the role of Recreation Supervisor through the years with Muxfeldt in her second year in 2011.
 
Lake Region Community Television provided coverage of the first few Big Friday's, before Peg Access came on the scene.  Bonnie Schlangen, Robert Fitzgerald and for the past several years, Jim Francis, have overseen production of the event, providing video copies as a keepsake at a nominal cost and airing the games numerous times.  Anyone wishing a copy of their game this year can put their order in by calling Peg Access at 218-739-1027.
 
Muxfeldt said 574 kids participated in the baseball and softball programs this summer with ten teens coaching as many of five teams each.  The Dwarf and Pony leagues benefit from adult volunteer coaches for many of their teams.  Muxfeldt wants to thank all of the sponsors who 'stepped up to the plate' to help fund the program.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Fundraisers Scheduled for Otter Football
The Fergus Falls Otter Football Booster Club will be hosting their 7th Annual Golf Tournament Scramble on Sunday, August 21, beginning with a 2:00pm tee-off at the Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls.  This tournament, along with a special price on tickets to a pair of Minnesota Vikings pre-season games, are two of the activites that have been scheduled to help raise money for the Fergus Falls Football program.
 
The golf tournament features a $50 per player entry fee, which covers green fees, prizes and dinner.  The tournament is open to anyone and all proceeds will help benefit the Otter Football program.  Carts are available for an additional $24.00 per cart, plus tax and can be arranged through Pebble Lake Golf Course.  Football players can be hired to caddy at a cost of ten dollars a pair.  There will be two flights, a competitive flight and a fun flight.  The registration form can be found on line at www.ffareafootball.org
 
The Minnesota Vikings have issued an invitation to the Fergus Falls community once again this year.  You can support the Otters and cheer on the Vikings by purchasing a ticket to one of two pre-season games at the Metrodome for just $25.  A portion of the ticket price, last year it was $10 per ticket, will be returned to the Otter football program.  Tickets normally sell for between $50 and $83 each and are located in the upper level of Mall of American field.  The two game dates this offer applies to are Saturday, August 27 at 7:00pm against the Dallas Cowboys, and Thursday, September 1 at 7:00pm against the Houston Texans.  Once again, the order form can be found at www.ffareafootball.org.
 
The Otters will be participating in a scrimmage at Detroit Lakes beginning at 10:00am on Saturday, August 27 with varsity, JV and 9th grade teams involved.  After the scrimmage, they will take a bus to Minneapolis for the Vikings game with Dallas (for those players who purchased tickets).  The regular season opens at seven o'clock Thursday, September 1 at St. Cloud Apollo.
Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Two Former Fergus Falls Red Sox Players Pass Away
Two members of the 1950 state champion Fergus Falls Red Sox baseball team recently passed away.  Duane Baglien, a centerfielder on that team, and Jim McNulty, the second baseman, both passed away within the last ten days.
 
In addition to his involvement with the Red Sox, Baglien became well known as a high school boys basketball coach, leading Fergus Falls to a third place finish in the 1957 state basketball tournament and then taking the Edina Hornets to three consecutive state basketball titles, from 1966 to 1968.  During this period Edina won 69 straight basketball games.  Baglien was inducted into the Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.
 
McNulty, who served with the Marines during World War II, played minor league baseball in the Brooklyn Dodgers organization.  He and teammate Harley Oyloe were among the players honored in September of 2006 when the Minnesota Twins recognized  Town Team Baseball.  In fact, McNulty threw out the ceremonial first pitch at that game.
 
Fergus Falls defeated Austin 3-0 in the state championship game in 1950. 
Posted By Craig Olson
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