Fergus Falls High School is hosting three big athletic events this week with the 53rd Annual John Hermes Cross Country Invitational on Thursday, the Otter Girls Swimming and Diving Invitational on Saturday and the first annual Blocktoberfest Volleyball Invitational, also on Saturday.
The Pebble Lake Golf Course is the site for the John Hermes Cross Country Invitational on Thursday, beginning at 4:00pm with the Girls Junior High race. The Boys Junior High race follows at 4:20pm. The Girls Junior Varsity race is set for a 4:40pm start and the Boys JV race will begin at 5:05pm. The afternoon will conclude with the running of the Girls Varsity race at 5:30pm and the Boys Varsity race at 5:55pm.
Teams entered in the event include Little Falls, Detroit Lakes, Perham, Wahpeton, Ottertail Central, Bemidji, Breckenridge, Park Rapids Area, West Central Area, Alexandria, Moorhead, Frazee, Sartell, Staples-Motley, Thief River Falls, Trek North and Fergus Falls.
The top twenty finisher in the varsity boys and girls competition will receive medals, while the top ten finishers in the JV and junior high races will receive medals and the 11th through 20th place finishers get ribbons.
The Fergus Falls Girls Swimming and Diving Invitational will get started at 10:00am with the Diving Prelims. Timed swimming finals will take place at 1:00pm. This is a timed final meet with each swimmer swimming only one time in each event they are entered in. All heats are determined by the swimmers’ seed time. Visitation and Wahpeton will join Fergus Falls in the competition.
The first annual Blocktoberfest Volleyball Invitational in scheduled for Saturday, October 1 and the Kennedy Secondary School gymnasium. The Otters will be hosting seven other teams in the event which begins at 10:00am.
Fergus Falls will be joined by Breckenridge, Crookston and Park Rapids in the Gold Pool, while Detroit Lakes, Pelican Rapids, East Grand Forks and Pequot Lakes will play in the Maroon Pool.
After playing each team in their pool, teams will be positioned in the consolation (5th place and 7th place) matches and championship (1st place and 3rd place) matches, based on their record in pool play.
Matches will be a best 2 of 3 format with the first two games scored to 25 and the third game to 15.
Admission will be six dollars for adults and four dollars for students with a full concession stand menu being served. Doors open at 8:00am.