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Monday, April 30, 2018
Stroh Wins Hammer Throw Title at Drake Relays

Senior Steffan Stroh won the collegiate hammer throw title, and the North Dakota State men's track and field team posted several strong relay performances to cap the weekend at the Drake Relays.  

Stroh, an Underwood High School graduate and former member of the Ottertail Central Bulldogs track and field team, recorded the second-best hammer mark of his career, reaching 217-9 (66.39m) on his first attempt of the meet. He is ranked 22nd in the NCAA this season. 

Stroh also placed fifth in the shot put with a throw of 58-10.75. 

Stroh will participate in the final home event of his college career on Friday when the Bison host the NDSU Tune-Up beginning with the Hammer Throw at 11:30am. 

Another former Bulldog, and Battle Lake High School graduate Eric VanErp, a freshman at NDSU, won the high jump (6-04.75) and was fourth in the triple jump (44-05.5) at the Cobber Twilight Meet on Wednesday, April 25. He finished fifth in the high jump (6-01.25) and the long jump (22-00.75) at the Ron Masanz Classic on Saturday. 

During the Indoor Season both Stroh (shot put, weight throw) and Tony Ukkelberg (heptathlon) made the Summit League All-League Team. 

After an outstanding indoor season, Ukkelberg, a Battle Lake High School graduate and sophomore at NDSU, has been sidelined for the entire outdoor season with a stress fracture in his right foot. He will be redshirted this spring, leaving him three more years to compete in the outdoor track and field season for the Bison.

Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Bread and Jam Dash Inspired by Memory of Diane Ihrke

The Bread and Jam Dash, which will be held on Saturday, April 28, is a fundraiser inspired by the memory of Diane Ihrke. Diane was a Hillcrest parent and supporter. Her sacrifices to enable her children to attend Hillcrest inspired her boys, Sam and Zeke, to want to raise funds for other families to attend Hillcrest.

Diane found Hillcrest a place where transformation can take place for high school students. She created a warm and loving home that many students enjoyed fresh baked bread and strawberry freezer jam while receiving mentorship. After her passing in March of 2017 her legacy continues. Sam and Zeke want to create a memorial endowment, using the Bread and Jam Dash to fund the account, for other students to experience the love and joy of being in community, something that continues at Hillcrest and something that Diane partnered with Hillcrest staff to create.

Packet Pick up for the Bread and Jam Dash Begins at 7:00 am, April 28, 2018 in the Student Union (Building behind the castle and down the hill) at Hillcrest.  For more information or to register you can go online to https://www.ffhillcrest.org/breadandjamdash or call Mary Dolan at 218-205-1133, or race director Hannah Clark at Hillcrest at 218-739-3371.

Parking is available in the Bethel Church lot and the Hillcrest lot behind the football field.  Additional parking available on side streets.  The race begins at 9:00am.

This is a family friendly event.  Lots of entertainment and inflatables for kids.  Strollers welcome in the race too!  You are welcome to run, walk, even bike the 5K course that will begin and end on the front steps at Hillcrest.

Sam and Zeke are the children of Diane Ihrke. The two are very proud of the sacrifices their mother made to enable them to attend Hillcrest. In her memory, they are forming the endowment to enable more students to attend Hillcrest.

Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Saying Goodbye to a Friend and Fan of the Otters

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Greg “Fuzz” Noren on Friday, March 30. “Fuzz” was a huge Otter supporter and a former Otter standout athlete himself. 

He was employed with the Fergus Falls Public Schools and coached track and field alongside Terry Harrington. He and Terry also officiated at the MSHSL State Track and Field Meet for many years. 

“Fuzz” graduated in 1967 and then attended Fergus Falls Community College and Moorhead State University. He was inducted into the Fergus Falls Athletic Hall of Fame in May 2013. 

Tony Rendz reminded me through an e-mail that “Fuzz” also partnered with Jack Weiss to win the Pot O’ Gold Golf Tournament at Pebble Lake Golf Course in 1990. Tony said Jack’s most vivid memories were of how “Fuzz” was so solid for three days and how excited he was when they finally won on Monday afternoon. 

Tom Hintgen and I were privileged to serve with “Fuzz” as the selection committee for the Fergus Falls Chamber of Commerce Sports Hall of Fame. His knowledge of and passion for Fergus Falls High School sports, and his home town, was unsurpassed.  An Otter through and through.  

I am very thankful that I got to know “Fuzz” and thoroughly enjoyed our visits through the years and appreciated the way he supported all the student athletes at FFHS through the years as a coach, fan and employee of District 544. He took great pride in caring for the Otter football field and all of the facilities he oversaw.  “Fuzz” will be missed greatly but will be remembered fondly by all who came in contact with him.

Posted By Craig Olson
Thursday, April 5, 2018
Christensen Commits to NDSU

Breckenridge junior Noah Christensen (6’ 8”, Post) has signed a letter of intent to attend NDSU and play basketball for the Bison following his senior season of 2018-2019. 

“Noah Christensen has earned all the recognition he has received,” exclaimed Breckenridge Head Coach Arly Ohm.  “I feel strongly he is a perfect fit for the Bison program in many ways.  Noah will bring diversity on both ends of the court as he is very skilled and possesses a high basketball IQ.” 

Christensen averaged a double-double (20 points, 10 rebounds) this year, leading Breckenridge to their second consecutive state tournament appearance and third in the last four years.  He was named the Most Valuable Player in the Heart O’ Lakes Conference. 

“People see him perform on game nights, but what makes him truly special is that he is an "everyday guy" in practice who doesn't take a rep off,” added Ohm.  “Noah will help build on a championship culture by his work ethic and his ability to make his teammates better.  Without a doubt, Noah Christensen will be a fan favorite as an NDSU Bison!  Noah is very excited to be a Bison and Coach Richman and his staff should be commended as they are building a program which is on the rise!”

 

Posted By Craig Olson
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