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Monday, May 19, 2008
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With school coming to an end the summer camps can't be too far away.  In fact, registration for a variety of camps is already underway and student athletes have several options locally for camp activities.

The Twelfth Annual Otter Tennis Clinic is scheduled to be held at the Fergus Falls Middle School Tennis Courts from Monday, June 9 through Wednesday, July 30.  The clinic will be held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday of each week.
 
Middle School boys and girls will meet between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. each morning with High School boys and girls meeting during two different sessions from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. and from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.  The schedule for the first week only is different as groups will meet from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m., 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
 
Anyone entering grades 7 through 12 and interested in learning more about tennis is encouraged to attend.  The clinic is for beginners through advanced players.  Individual attention will be given to each player so that they may work at whatever level they are comfortable.
 
The cost is $60.00 for the entire clinic and will include a t-shirt as well as a certificate of participation.  Skill work, doubles and singles play, and competition against others at the same level will be featured during the clinic.  Fergus Falls head boys tennis coach Josh Mohagen will conduct the clinic along with other members of the FFHS coaching staff and former Otter players.
 
For more information contact coach Mohagen at 731-1290.
 
The dates have also been set for the 2008 Otter Basketball camp for boys and girls who have completed grades one through nine.  The camp will run from June 2 through June 13.  Here is the camp schedule with grades shown in parentheses:
 
Boys (1-3) : June 2 - June 6 (5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. at FFHS)
Boys (4-5) : June 9 - June 13 (5:00 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. at FFHS)
Boys (6-7) : June 2 - June 6, June 9 - June 13 (8:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. at FFHS)
Boys (8-9) : June 4 - June 8, June 11 - June 15 (12:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. at FFHS)
Girls (1-3) : June 2 - June 13 (8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. at FF Middle School)
Girls (4-5) : June 2 - June 6 (9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. at FF Middle School)
Girls (6-7) : June 2 - June 6, June 9 - June 13 (11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at FF Middle School)
Girls (8-9) : June 2 - June 6, June 9 - June 13 (1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at FF Middle School)
 
For more information contact coach Dave Rund at 998-0544 (extension 2068).
 
Another summer camp, the MSCTC-Fergus Falls Spartans Volleyball camp, is scheduled for June 23 - 26 at MSCTC.  Two sessions will be held with Session I for grades 9 through 12 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon each day.  High school graduates are also welcome to participate.  Session II is for grades 6 through 8 and will meet from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.  The cost is $80.00 per person.
 
Conducting the camp will be the head coach of the Spartans, Terri Strom, and assistant coach Renae Rasmusson, along with the Spartan volleyball players.
 
For more information contact coach Storm at 320-834-4517 or e-mail terri.strom@minnesota.edu.
 
Roger Evavold recorded a hole-in-one on Friday at the Pebble Lake Golf Club in Fergus Falls, acing the par-3, 171-yard eighth hole with a seven-wood.  Witnesses were Erv Johnson, John Page and Jack Hotchkiss.
 
The United Way "Shot in the Dark" Golf Tournament was held on Friday at Pebble Lake Golf Club.  The first place trophy went to the team of Jerry Ness, Karen Ness, Peter Jacobson and Ann Jacobson.  Their winning score was a 69.
 
Winners of hole contests included the shortest tee shots on hole number one (Valerie Johnson and Jay Johnson), longest putt holed on number three (Ann Jacobson and Mike Alt) and the cosest to the pin on hole number nine (Jenny Nelson and Rich Maras).
 
The Central Lakes Conference JV Softball Tournament was held over the weekend with Fergus Falls finishing in fourth place.  The Otters won their first game in the tournament, beating Alexandria 3-1.  They then lost to Rocori 5-4 and to St. Cloud Tech 4-3.  The Fergus Falls JV team finishes the season at 10-8.
Posted By Craig Olson
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
FFHS Senior Recognition and HOF Ceremony, Stier Signs
The 2008 Fergus Falls High School Senior Recognition and Hall of Fame Ceremony was held on Monday night at the Bigwood Event Center.  Many scholarships were handed out and five individuals were inducted into the District 544 Hall of Fame.
 
Athletic Awards presented include the Outstanding Female Athlete to Hannah Draxten and the Outstanding Male Athlete to Cody Peck.  Draxten and Will Johnson were also recognized as MSHSL Triple 'A' Award winners for excellence in the Arts, Athletics and Academics.  The Otter Coaches Association handed out four $250.00 scholarships.  To be eligible for these scholarships, students must have lettered in two or more sports during their senior year, have a grade point average of 3.5 or higher and cannot have any MSHSL violations.  Recipients were Brittany Gagner, Amanda Lewis, Joshua Hofmann and Seth Johnson.
 
Those seniors lettering in three sports included Draxten, Sarah Erickson, Gagner, Kelly Kitzman, Amanda Lewis, Becca Rengel, Megan Suek, Susan Wellendorf, Hofmann, Johnson, Aaron Link, Peck, Brian Rodning, Drew Ross and Derek Smith.
 
Jim Henkes, a 1950 graduate of FFHS, was inducted into the District 544 Athletic Hall of Fame.  Henkes began his varsity football career as a ninth-grader, playing quarterback, running back and punter for the Otters.  He played college football at Bemidji State University, leading the Beavers to the conference championship as a freshman.  In 1954 he was offered a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals, but his football career was ended by a head injury during the first week of training camp.  Henkes taught and coached in North Dakota and Battle Lake before becoming football coach at Wheaton.  In 1964 Wheaton won the conference championship and Henkes was named Minnesota Football Coach of the Year.  During his career, he was named Minnesota Athletic Director of the Year and was inducted into the BSU Athletic and Minnesota Coaches Association Halls of Fame.  Henkes retired from coaching in 1974 and as Wheaton's athletic director in 1979.  Henkes was unable to attend the ceremony due to health reasons, but his daughter Nancy accepted the honor in his behalf.
 
Being inducted into the District 544 Hall of Fame as Distinguished Alumni were David and Tudy Nycklemoe, and Jeff JohnsonKeith Schmidt went into the District 544 Arts Hall of Fame, and Frances Haller was inducted into the Hall of Fame for Distinguished Service to the district.
 
Senior Chris Stier signed a letter of intent to attend the University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota at a ceremony in the Activities Office at FFHS on Tuesday morning.  Mary is a member of the NSIC, the largest Division II Conference in the country. 
 
"I'm fortunate to have the ability to play soccer and have numerous colleges express interest in me, but without my coaches, teammates, and parents support it would not have been possible," said Stier.  "The University of Mary has a great Doctrine P/T program and being in a large D-2 conference was nice as well." 
 
Stier, an extremely talented soccer player, received a full scholarship.  He ended his high school career tied for seventh in career scoring with Knute Walde and Matt Klein with 36 points on 23 goals and 13 assists.  His senior year he had 12 goals and 3 assists for 15 total points.
 
Baseball fans of all ages are invited to An Evening at the Ballpark on Thursday in Battle Lake.  This community celebration and dedication event has been taking shape for the past two years as people from the communities of Battle Lake, Underwood, Henning, Ottertail and Urbank have rallied together on several projects to enhance Ottertail Central baseball.  Individuals, families, and businesses have contributed money, products, and services to add new dugouts, seating, and a scoreboard (dedicated to the late Dick Buntje) to the baseball complex.
 
"On Thursday night we will be celebrating community spirit as we dedicate the new amenities to the baseball program and express gratitude to the many people that contributed to the effort," said Dan Malmstrom, one of the organizers of the event. 
 
During the game between OTC and Bertha-Hewitt, which begins at 4:30 p.m., a variety of ballpark food will be available from Gene Kelm, a former ballplayer in Battle Lake and a member of the Shriners.  After the game, kids and families are welcome to stick around for some pick-up ball games on the local fields.  Some Bulldog players may even be convinced to join in the fun.
 
Tryouts for the Fergus Falls American Legion Post 30 baseball team will be held on Sunday, May 18 at 4:00 p.m. at American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park.  Anyone born between January 1, 1989 and December 31, 1994 is eligible to play.  For more information or if you are unable to make it to the tryout contact Coach Chris Winter at 320-815-1688.
 
Former Otter golfer Chelsey Ouren placed 32nd at the NCAA Divison II Women's North Central Region Championship.  Ouren finished 42-over par for the three rounds as she shot 84-87-87 (258) on the Par 72 King's Walk Course in Grand Forks, North Dakota.  Ouren is a member of the Minnesota State University-Moorhead women's golf team.
Posted By Craig Olson
Sunday, May 4, 2008
College Update, Tryouts Scheduled
The Ron Masanz Track and Field Invitational at MSU-Moorhead featured a few former high school standouts from the Lakes Area.
 
Former Fergus Falls High School runner Anna VanWechel, now at MSU-Moorhead, won the 5000 meter run (18:02.10) with 55 seconds separating her from the nearest competitor.  Anna also placed second in the 1500 meter run (4:39.16).
 
Brittany Gigstead of NDSU, a former Perham standout, took fourth place in the 800 meter run (2:11.56).
 
Another former Yellowjackets, Jake Januszewski, competing as an utattached athlete, won the 300 meter steeplechase.
 
Former Fergus Falls high school girls tennis player Kim Lindblom has completed her college tennis career at St. Cloud State University with a couple of records.  Lindblom holds the record for most singles matches as a member of the Huskies (108) and tied the record for most total matches (207).  SCSU was ranked eighth in the final NCAA Division II North Central Region and finished the year with a record of 19-8.
 
Tryouts are scheduled this week for the 2008 Park and Recreation leagues and Babe Ruth traveling team.  Ten and eleven year old players will tryout on Monday at 5:30 p.m., while twelve and thirteen year olds will tryout on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.  Both tryouts will be held at Broadway Park.  The fourteen and fifteen year olds will tryout at 6:00 p.m. Wednesday at American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park.
 
On Saturday, the Fergus Falls ninth grade baseball team traveled to Detroit Lakes for a one day tournament.  "The young Otters swept the tournament and won all three games with a strong effort on a very cold and windy day," said assistant coach Dan Prischmann.  "This was an extremely good effort by this young and improving team."
 
In the first game against the host Lakers, Fergus Falls posted a 7-4 win with Derik Viger going all the way on the mound and striking out five batters.  Luke Heck (3-3), Zane Stratton (2-3) and Trent Toso (2-3) were the offensive leaders for the Otters.
 
In the second game against Bemidji, the Otters came from behind to win 6-5.  The winning pitcher was Conor Swenson, going all the way and recording seven strikeouts.  Shay Johnson went 2-for-3 and Cody Briese hit a bases loaded triple.  The game winning hit was delivered by Swenson with two outs and two men on base.
 
In the final game, Zane Stratton struck out nine in a 3-0 shutout of Moorhead.  The runs were scored on a 3-run home run by Eden Beck.
 
The annual Pitch, Hit and Run competition is slated for Saturday, May 10 at American Legion Field at DeLagoon Park in Fergus Falls.  Registration begins at 9:30 with competition starting at 10:00 a.m.  The event is being co-sponsored by the Fergus Falls Hurricanes and the Fergus Falls Jaycees.  The competition is free to all participants and is open to boys and girls ages 7-14.
Posted By Craig Olson
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