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Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Shane Bosek Earns Player of the Week Honors
Freshman Shane Bosek of the M State Spartans Men's Basketball team has earned MCAC Southern Division Player of the Week honors.
 
Bosek, a Minnewaska Area High School graduate from Lowry, had a big week for the Spartans as he averaged 26.5 points per game on 19-of-31 (61%) shooting in two games, including 9-of-15 (60%) three-pointers and 6-of-8 (75%) free throws.  Bosek also averaged 7 rebounds per game.
 
Bosek and sophomore John Paul Bright were both named to the All-Southern Division team and Spartan Coach Jason Retzlaff shared Coach of the Year honors with Jim Russell of Central Lakes and Justin Heckenlaible of Minnesota West.

Bosek and Bright were also honored as members of the 2012 MCAC All State Team.
Posted By Craig Olson
Monday, February 27, 2012
Fergus Falls Winter Sports Teams in Section and State Competition
This is a very busy week for Fergus Falls High School as a number of their winter student athletes are participating at the Section Tournament or State Tournament level in their respective sports.
 
The Fergus Falls boys hockey team will play for the Section 6A championship on Thursday at 7:00pm at the MAC in St. Cloud.  Their opponent will be top-seeded Little Falls, ranked number sixteen in the state in Class A boys hockey.  Otter fans are invited to reserve a seat on the fan bus for just fifteen dollars.  The bus will load at 3:45pm in the Kennedy School parking lot.  See Sue Thorsen or Gary Schuler at the Kennedy Activity Office to sign up.  If you have questions call 998-0544, extension 2619.  Admission for the game is extra with adult tickets priced at eight dollars and student tickets priced at five dollars.
 
The Fergus Falls girls basketball team is seeded number one in the North half of Section 8AAA and will host East Grand Forks in the Section 8AAA quarterfinals on Tuesday at the Kennedy Secondary School.  The cost will be $8.00 for adults and $5.00 for students.  No passes will be honored.  A win will put them into the semifinal round game at 6:00pm at St. Cloud State University on Saturday. 
 
The Fergus Falls boys swimming and diving team won the Section 3A title in Willmar over the weekend and will competing in the Class A State meet at the U of M Aquatic Center Friday and Saturday.  Orders for tickets to the state swim meet must be in by Tuesday at 9:00pm.  Tickets for Friday and Saturday can be pre-ordered so that fans can sit together as they cheer for their team.  If you do not pre-order tickets you can still purchase them at the door, but you will not be sitting with the other Otter fans.  Please e-mail Amy and Gene Fisher at [email protected] or call 218-731-9220 with how many tickets you need for the Friday swimming prelims and Saturday swim and dive finals.  The cost per ticket per day is $8.00. 
 
Fergus Falls junior Abbot Aho (38-4) has qualified for a return trip to the State Class AA wrestling meet at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.  Aho will wrestle his first round match at one o'clock Friday afternoon.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Former Spartans Prepare for Post Season at Mayville State
Two former members of the M State Men's basketball team are preparing for the post season at Mayville State University.  Eric Shulstad (2009 Pelican Rapids High School graduate) and Cody Aasness (2008 Hillcrest Lutheran Academy graduate) are junior teammates with the Comets.  They spent last season as sophomore teammates with the Spartans.
 
The Comets open play in the 2012 State Farm Association of Independent Institutions (A.I.I.) Men's Basketball Tournament on Friday at 8:00pm against Dickinson State.  Mayville State (13-14) is the number five seed and Dickinson State (11-17) is seeded fourth.  The winner of the 8:00pm game will face top seeded Jamestown (24-5) at 7:00pm Saturday in the A.I.I. semifinals.  The other semifinal game pits second seeded Valley City State (20-9) against number three Dakota State (16-12).  The tournament is being hosted by Dakota State in Madison, South Dakota.  The winners of the semifinal games on Saturday will advance to the championship game on Sunday at 6:00pm with both teams qualifying for the 2012 NAIA Division II Men's Basketball Tournament at Keeter Gymnasium, Point Lookout, Missouri, March 7-13.
 
Shulstad is averaging 13.2 points, 6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game for Mayville.  He is also hitting 41% of his 3-point attempts, having made a team high 49 3's in 120 attempts.
 
Aasness is averaging 5.1 points and 2.3 assists per game, hitting 35.4% (34/96) of his shots from beyond the arc, with his total of 34 3's second to Shulstad's total on the team.
 
Another member of that Spartan team of a year ago, Dewon McKenzie, just completed his junior season at Concordia College in Moorhead.  The Cobbers finished the season 7-18 and will not be playing in the post season.  McKenzie averaged 11.1 points, 2.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game.  His 35 steals were high on the team and his 57 assists was second among Cobber players.
 
One of Shulstad's high school teammates at Pelican Rapids, Tydan Storrusten, is a member of the Northern State Men's Basketball team in Aberdeen, South Dakota.  Unfortunately, Storrusten's season ended after the fifth game of the season in December when he suffered a knee injury.
Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Derek Hansen placed on Tino Martinez Award watch list

Augustana right-handed pitcher/infielder Derek Hansen is included on the initial watch list for the 2012 Tino Martinez Award for the most outstanding player in Division II baseball.  Hansen was a standout three sport athlete at Fergus Falls High School, participating in football and basketball, in addition to baseball.

The annual honor is named after the former University of Tampa Spartan, Olympian and Major League Baseball All-Star Tino Martinez. Nominations for the award were made by baseball sports information contacts and media members.

Hansen, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior from Fergus Falls, Minnesota, recorded a team high 13 starts on the mound in 2011. He worked 57 innings, pitched a pair of three-hitters, and finished with a 5-4 record. His 62 strikeouts were second highest on the Vikings' staff. He had five games in which he retired at least five batters on strikes.

He was named Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference pitcher of the week (April 19), conference player of the week (May 2), and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Central Region player of the week (May 5).

Hansen batted .263 for the season with seven doubles and two home runs. He also stole nine bases in 10 attempts.

The list of nominees will be updated with a mid-season release in April. Semifinalists are scheduled to be announced on May 7 with the finalists to be named on May 21.

Augustana was 30-24 last season, the second consecutive year with 30 or more wins. Coach Tim Huber's Vikings are ranked No. 7 in the NCBWA Central Region preseason poll for 2012.

The Vikings open the 2012 season March 10 in Springfield, Mo., against Drury.

 

Posted By Press Release
Saturday, February 18, 2012
St. Scholastica Head Coach Jen Walter to Run Softball Camp

The College of St. Scholastica head softball coach Jen Walter and her staff are coming back to central Minnesota for the second straight year.  This time they will be at Osakis High School on March 3-4 for a coaches’ clinic and softball camp.

The Spring Tune Up Softball camp will be on Sunday, March 4.  Sessions for pitchers and catchers begin at 10am and the skills session begins at noon.  All sessions are open to softball players in grades 7-12.  The coaches’ clinic will be on Saturday, March 3 from 6-9pm.  Both will be hosted by the Osakis Softball Program.

“Osakis Softball is excited to host this camp and provide softball players from Central Minnesota this opportunity to improve their skills,” said John Stigman, head coach at Osakis.  “Coach Walter, her staff, and players will be an excellent resource for girls in this area to learn and improve their skills.” 

Last year Wadena-Deer Creek hosted Walter and her staff as a benefit to raise money for the WDC softball program to replace equipment lost during the June 2010 tornado.  More than 60 area players attended.

 “We had a great turnout in Wadena last year,” said Walter, a former Wadena High School graduate.  “My roots are in central Minnesota so any opportunity I have to get back there and work with the softball community is definitely something I am excited about.”

The pitching and catching sessions will run concurrently on Sunday morning beginning at 10am.  The skills session in the afternoon will include hitting, defense and base running and run from noon until 4:30.

Topics for the coaches’ clinic on Saturday evening will include Pitching, Hitting and Defense.  It is hands on so coaches will be able to participate in the drills if they wish. 

The camp and coaches clinic will take place at Osakis Public School.

For more information contact Jen Walter at [email protected], or 218-723-6422, John Stigman at [email protected] or go to the Spring Tune Up Softball Camp and Coaches Clinic
Posted By Press Release
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
M State welcomes high school athletes on Super Saturday

Area high school athletes are invited to a Super Saturday for sports on the Fergus Falls campus of Minnesota State Community and Technical College on February 18.

Athletes and their parents are invited to check out the campus and meet with staff to learn about Spartan athletics and M State during the day. The Spartans compete in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference in eight sports:  football, volleyball, mens and womens basketball, baseball and mens and womens golf.

Super Saturday begins for recruits at 11:00am in the college’s Legacy Hall. Athletes will have the opportunity to tour the campus, check out housing options, visit with admissions staff, learn about Spartan athletics and enjoy pizza with other recruits and current Spartans.

Recruits are invited to stay and watch the Spartan basketball teams in action against Riverland Community College, with the women’s game at 1:00pm and the men’s game at 3:00pm in the newly remodeled M State gymnasium. Spartan fans are encouraged to “Color the Gym Pink” with pink attire, and donations will be collected during the games for cancer research.

For more information, contact Kyle Johnston, M State enrollment manager, at 218-736-1544 or [email protected]

Also during the day, the Spartan baseball team is sponsoring a fund-raising breakfast at Applebee’s restaurant in Fergus Falls from 8-10am, and Spartan Athletics has a chili feed at noon. Both will accept freewill donations.

As a member of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system, M State serves more than 9,200 students in credit courses each year  in more than 120 career and liberal arts programs at its four campuses in Detroit Lakes, Fergus Falls, Moorhead and Wadena, and through eCampus. By partnering with communities, the college also provides custom training services and other responsive training programs.

Posted By Press Release
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Pivec Enjoying Immediate Success at DCTC
When it was learned that Jay Pivec and Ron Gates would be starting a Men's basketball program at Dakota County Technical College (DCTC), those familiar with their past success at Minneapolis Community and Technical College had no doubt that they would build a program that would be successful.  The fact that the success has come so quickly may be somewhat of a surprise ... or not.
 
"The challenges for our new program are many, including no home gym and no conference to participate in," said Pivec in a recent correspondence with www.craigolsonsports.com.  "We have exceeded our first year expectations with a current record of 18-5 and a #16 ranking in the NJCAA Division II poll.  If the ball bounces our way we could take a run at a national tournament appearance."
 
Coach Pivec has posted several articles on his DCTC blog http://blogs.dctc.edu/athletics and the Star Tribune did a great article on Piv, Gator and the Blue Knights at
 
We wish Jay and Ron nothing but the best!!  Their quick success with their new program comes as no surprise to me.
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Tummy Tuesday?
What exactly is Tummy Tuesday?  That's what I was wondering after being invited to be the 'Special Guest' of a group of senior and junior boys from Fergus Falls High School during their Tummy Tuesday gathering at a local restaurant. 
 
What I discovered when I joined the 12 students was a group that has the theme of  "Commitment is Key".  Now, that theme is primarily assigned to commitment to Tummy Tuesday and the Brotherhood of classmates that comprise the group, however, this group of young men has demonstrated their commitment to their school through their involvement in athletics, the fine arts and numerous extra-curricular and community activites.  Tummy Tuesday is just another way to exercise commitment in a fun, unique way while also getting to enjoy some of the finer eating establishments (Mabel Murphy's this week) in Fergus Falls in place of school lunch one day per week.
 
They have an agenda, not unlike some of the fine civic organizations which meet on a regular basis.  They also practice democracy as they vote for the restaurant they will be visiting for their next meeting.  Above all they enjoy their time together and have a strong bond through something as simple as eating a meal together once a week.  They even have t-shirts identifying themselves as Tummy Tuesday members.  I thoroughly enjoyed the meal and the fellowship with these young men who are our leaders of tomorrow.  They are hoping to have Mayor Hal Leland as their special guest next week and I would encourage the Mayor to accept their invitation.  He spent many years molding leaders of tomorrow while at Fergus Falls Community College and I'm sure would enjoy his time with this group of young men.
 
Thanks for the invitation guys and I sincerely hope to be invited back when you have your 10 year Tummy Tuesday reunion!!
Posted By Craig Olson
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Frostbite Fun Volleyball Tournament
The Frostbite Fun First Annual Women's Volleyball Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, February 11 at the Underwood School.
 
The cost is $100 per team with each team guaranteed four matches.  The first place team will win t-shirts for their players.
 
Posted By Craig Olson
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