|Monday, October 29, 2012|
|Fick Shatters State, Sets New National Bench Press Record|
Saturday, Oct. 27th Hunter Fick of Ashby, MN competed in a powerlifting event in Sleepy Eye, MN. The competition was hosted by the International Body Building and Powerlifting Association, (IBPA) and held at Dungeons Gym and was officiated by IBPA judge Brent Mielke. His father, Kevin Fick filed this report on the record setting event.
Hunter attempted three lifts in the bench press portion of the meet. His first lift in the Teen II bracket, 16-19 year olds between 181-198 lbs was 315 lbs. This weight surpassed the current Minnesota State Record by 29 lbs. With a new state record behind him the next attempt was 345 lbs. When the bar was racked he had set a new National Record in his age and weight category. The old record was 335 lbs. The third attempt was 375 lbs and Hunter could not quite get the massive amount of weight moving at the bottom end. The IBPA rules for this competition require the lifter to bring the weight to the chest, remain motionless for a second until the judge gives a "Press" command, the lifter can then push the weight. It is incredibly difficult when compared to a touch and go type lift. All lifts are in the "Raw" meaning no supportive gear may be used. There were 69 lifters in the competition. Hunter placed 4th overall for the day amongst some fantastic athletes of all ages and weights. His spotter for the day was father Kevin Fick, with friend Michael VanSanten also in attendance. Hunter's strength coach is Andy Campbell, head coach of the Ashby Arrow Football Program. Campbell said, "Hunter is the definition of hard work and that hard work will pay off. I've never seen a kid work harder than this young man and he is truly deserving of any awards or accolades which come his way. We are extremely proud of what he's done and who he is as a person and representative of our Arrows Football Program."
Hunter is 16 years old and a sophomore at Ashby High School. He has been lifting for 6 years and entered the competitive scene a year ago. Asking Hunter why he started lifting he thought it just "sounded fun". The gains he gets in a weight room are put to practical use on the gridiron as Hunter plays middle linebacker and left offensive guard for the Arrows. In football he is a 2 time letter winner, an All Pheasant Conference selection and Honorable Mention to the All-State team from the Pioneer Press his freshman season. Hunter will participate on the mat as a grappler when he wrestles for West Central Area this winter. He also participates in Golf, Track, letter winners, has four years on Student Council, in FFA and Band, and is also an Honor Roll student.
Hunter would like add this for the younger members of his football family and community, "When you have a goal in mind let your heart and soul lead the way. Do not become discouraged by others who do not share your goal, for it is your goal. Let hard work and determination pave the path. Always keep striving forward with a smile on your face. Stay a good sport and honor those who compete with, against, and before you. If you get knocked down then get up, prepare and come back again."
Hunter will compete at his next lifting competition in Sioux Falls, SD on December 1st. This is a USAPL event.
|Monday, October 22, 2012|
|Kapphahn Player of the Week, Region 13A Tourney Starts Friday|
Morgan Kapphahn, a 5'7" sophomore at M State - Fergus Falls has been named the MCAC All-Around Player of the Week.
Kapphahn, a Bertha-Hewitt High School graduate from Wadena helped the lady Spartans clinch second place in the Southern Division with a 3-1 win over St. Cloud Tech. She averaged 2.5 kills per game and 2.25 digs per game while serving 90% with 2 aces.
M State (#2 seed) will open Region 13A Tournament play on Friday at Ridgewater College in Willmar with an eight o'clock match against Rochester CTC, the number three seed. The six o'clock match will feature top-seeded Ridgewater, the defending national champion and top-ranked team in the nation in NJCAA Division III, facing Western Wisconsin Tech (#4 seed).
The two winners of Friday's matches will play for the title and a national tournament berth at 12:00noon Saturday in Willmar.
|Tuesday, October 9, 2012|
|Freed Named MCAC Southern Division Libero of the Week|
Freshman Gretchen Freed of the M State lady Spartans has been named the MCAC Southern Division Libero of the Week.
Freed, a Henning High School graduate, was instrumental for the lady Spartans as they won three times improving to 10-12 overall and 7-3 in Southern Division play. She had 46 digs with 21 coming against St. Cloud Technical College. In addition, Freed served at a 95% clip (52/55) with 5 aces in wins over Rochester, Anoka-Ramsey and St. Cloud.
|Monday, October 8, 2012|
|Fergus Falls Backcourt Basketball Registration Set for Saturday|
The Fergus Falls Backcourt Basketball Saturday program registration is Saturday, October 13 from 9:30am to Noon at the Kennedy Secondary School. Registrants are asked to use the South entrance.
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 are welcome to participate. The cost is $25 for K-2 and $45 for 3-8 graders with a $90 maximum per family. Included in the cost are new basketball shorts for 3-8 graders and a new T-Shirt for K-2 graders. Third graders and all first year participants will receive both a jersey and shorts. All seventh graders will receive a new leather basketball, compliments of the Backcourt Club, at their first practice.
Practice dates for K-2 will be October 27 through December 8. For grades 3-8 practice dates will be October 27 through January 26. Practices will be held Saturday mornings at varying sites depending on grade level, including Cleveland Elementary School, YMCA, Kennedy Gold and Maroon gymnasiums.
For registration forms and more information you can visit www.fergusfallsbasketball.org.
“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!”
|Wednesday, October 3, 2012|
|Trevor Gervais Earns MIAC Golfer of the Week Award|
Gustavus senior Trevor Gervais, a Fergus Falls High School graduate, has been named the MIAC Golfer of the Week.
Gervais took second place with a one-under par 215 at the 2012 Twin Cities Classic in Wayzata over the weekend, helping the Gusties to the tournament title with a score of 879, five strokes ahead of second place University of Manitoba. Gustavus had four of their golfers place in the top eleven.
With a first round 73 (+1), and a second round 72 (E), Gervais was tied for seventh entering Monday's final round of play. The senior put together the finest round of his 2012 season with a two-under par 70 to move him up the leaderboard to a tie for second. Gervais finished with a career best 215 (-1), recording the first Gustavus individual under-par score in a three-round tournament since 2010.
"Trevor played a great tournament," stated Head Coach Scott Moe. "He was fun to watch this weekend."
The Gusties will resume action next weekend at the MIAC Championships October 6 through 8 at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids.
|Monday, October 1, 2012|
|Risbrudt Reaches Coaching Milestone with 200th Win|
Richard Risbrudt, Fergus Falls football coach, won his 200th career game Friday night (9/28) with a 35-28 win over Sartell-St. Stephen in a Central Lakes Conference game at Sabre Field in Sartell. His career record is now 200-144.
“The 200th win is a tribute to the hard working players on this year's Otter football team and to the many other great players that I have had the privilege and honor to coach since 1976,” said Risbrudt. “I like to think of them all as if they were my own sons. They all have their own story to tell; many times were tough, many times were fun, many times were hard, and many times were shear joy; but all of the times were good. God has blessed me beyond my wildest expectations in coaching these kids and to Him I am eternally grateful for this opportunity for these young men just to call me “Coach”.”
Risbrudt is in his 35th season as a high school football head coach and is in his eighth season as the head coach at Fergus Falls High School. His record at Fergus Falls is 29-43, with an appearance in the State Football Tournament (Class AAAA) in 2008.
He was previously the head coach at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (Fergus Falls) for 27 years (1976-1984 and 1987-2004), compiling a 171-101 record at that school. He coached the Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Comets to ten State Football Tournament appearances, six state championship games (including four Prep Bowls) and one 9-Man state championship in 2001.
“I have many wonderful memories of coaching football in the Fergus Falls community starting way back in the fall of 1976. Coaching and participating in this game of football requires a total team effort in order to be successful. That means teamwork from many talented players and teamwork from hard working and passionate assistant coaches. I have been very blessed and fortunate over the years to be surrounded by many good people. One of them is still with me, and he's been there keeping stats for almost every game for 35 years (Mark Levang).
The Fergus Falls Otters have a record of 4-1 in the 2012 season and are currently 4-0 in the Central Lakes Conference. The Otters will host Grand Rapids at 7:00pm this Friday (10/5) in their homecoming game.
“The Minnesota Football Coaches Association congratulates Richard Risbrudt on this tremendous career accomplishment,” said Association Historian Dave Giles. “He is an outstanding “Keeper of the Game”.”