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Thursday, December 27, 2012
Former M State Spartan Named National Football Coach of the Year

M State alumnus Scott Strohmeier has been named the 2012 American Community College Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year. Strohmeier recently completed his fourth season as head football coach at Iowa Western Community College (IWCC) by guiding the 2012 Reivers to the school’s first-ever National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Championship.

 
The Reivers, who played their first game of football just four years ago, won a school record 12 games in 2012, capped off with a 27-7 win over No. 2 ranked Butler Community College. Strohmeier also led IWCC to the Midwest Football Conference Championship for the second time in three years.
 
Strohmeier played quarterback for the Spartans in 1993 and 1994 and was selected All State both years, leading the Spartans to the State Championship game in 1993. He was also inducted into the M State Spartan Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. Scott’s offensive coordinator at Iowa Western is his brother Mike, who played for the Spartans in 1999 and 2000 and was an assistant coach for the Spartans in 2001.
 
The award will be presented to Strohmeier at the American Football Coaches Association Coach of the Year Dinner on Tuesday, January 8, at the 2013 AFCA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee.

 

“I’m honored and humbled to be selected,” said Strohmeier. “To me, it’s not just an individual award, I know my name’s on it, but I wouldn’t be where I am without my assistants and especially my players. It’s an honor receiving this award on behalf of Iowa Western, my staff and all my players.”

 

Scott is from Eden Valley, MN and lives in Council Bluffs with his wife Karla and three daughters.

Posted By Press Release
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Magnusson Quoted in Minnesota Hockey Journal
Minnesota Hockey Journal, the Official Publication of Minnesota Hockey, features an article entitled Big Time, Little Town in the December 2012 issue.  Former Little Falls standout Ben Hanowski, now a senior at St. Cloud State and a third round NHL draft pick by the Pittsburgh Penguins is on the cover and the main focus of the story, however, several former Minnesota youth hockey players are mentioned.  Fergus Falls graduate Erika Magnusson is one who is not only mentioned, but is quoted in the article and is also pictured in the body of the story.  To read the whole story and see what Erika has to say you can go to http://www.e-digitaleditions.com/i/96026.
 
Magnusson has skated in fifteen of the twenty games the Mankato State University Mavericks have played this year.  Erika is a defenseman and is second on the team with 15 blocked shots.  She has tallied one assist and has not scored a goal.  She has been penalized five times for ten total minutes and has a -7 rating on the ice.  Mankato has struggled to score goals in their 6-11-3 start to the season, finding the net only 36 times for an average of 1.8 goals per game.  They have played well defensively, giving up only 3 goals per game, allowing a total of 60 goals.
 
Bethel University junior forward Cristina Masten, also a Fergus Falls High School grad, is leading the Royals Women's hockey team in scoring with 8 goals and 5 assists for a total of 13 points.  She has 1 power play goal and 1 shorthanded tally to go along with one game winning goal.  Her plus-6 on ice rating is also tops on the team.  The Royals are off to a 6-4-1 start.
Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, December 6, 2012
FF 8th Grader to Compete in Punt, Pass & Kick at Metrodome

Fergus Falls 8th grader Abby Hobbs has qualified to compete at the Metrodome in the 2012 Minnesota Vikings NFL Punt, Pass and Kick team championship.  She will compete on Saturday at the Metrodome and then has a pregame exhibition at the Vikings game on Sunday.

 

Abby competed in the Fergus Falls portion of the competition, advancing to Brainerd for the Sectional competition.  In order to advancer her score had to be higher than the competitors in several states.  At the sectional event her score totaled 276 feet.  Scoring takes distance and accuracy into account.

 

First place finishers from this weekend’s competition will have their scores submitted to the NFL.  Once all 32 teams have completed their team championship, the scores will be ranked and the top four finishers nationwide in each age group will receive a trip to the national finals taking place at an NFC playoff game in January, 2013.

 

This is Abby’s second time reaching the Metrodome in Punt, Pass and Kick competition.

Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Freed and Moenkedick Receive All-American Recognition
M State volleyball players Gretchen Freed and Christine Moenkedick have received All-American recognition in NJCAA Division III.
 
Freed, a freshman libero from Henning, was selected to the All-American first team, while Moenkedick, an outside hitter from Bertha-Hewitt High School, was an honorable mention selection.  Both were members of the 2012 lady Spartans who won the Region 13A title and finished fourth in the national tournament.
 
Other Minnesota players on the first team include libero Tia Klein and setter Ashley Lindgren, both sophomores for Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls; freshman setter Tiffani Karbo and sophomore middle hitter Kelsey Stommes from Ridgewater College in Willmar; freshman libero Sarah Miller of Central Lakes College in Brainerd; and sophomore setter Megan Sobtzak of Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids.  Marcy Swenson, a sophomore libero from Rochester, was an honorable mention selection.
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