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Wednesday, November 29, 2000
Bulldogs & Bob
Congratulations to the Ottertail Central "Bulldogs" on a nice finish to the 2000 football season. Their second place finish to a stiff team from Triton was fun to broadcast last Friday in the "Dome". Even though the "Dawgs" lost 31-12, the statistics were fairly close and the game was fun to be a part of. Also congratulations to head coach Don Siepkes and to the hundreds of fans in their red shirts that streamed into the dome.

This week I also want to congratulate Bob Tubant, the Wadena area Golden Gloves boxing coach.

Bob starting boxing himself in 1959 and for the past 32 years has coached the local program. Bob has certainly seen his programs roller-coaster up and down in numbers, but for the past 18 years that I have been in central Minnesota, he has always found a way to put a number of quality boxers in the ring!

Bob will have three local fighters in Rochester December 2nd and 3rd for the state "Silver Gloves" boxing tournament. The bouts will be held at the Rochester 4th Street Gym and will start at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

The tournament features some of the state's best junior boxers in the 10-15 year old divisions. Comptitors from this area include: Dewayne Steward, a 147-pounder from Wadena in the 12-13 year-old division. At the 14-15 year-old division are Wadena veteran Cody McManigle at 112 pounds. Mcmanigle fought this tournament last year and was defeated in the quarter-finals at 95- pounds. Also from this area in the 14-15 division will be Shane Milbrandt a 139-pounder from Sebeka.

The winners this weekend will fight in the 4-state tournament on January 6th and 7th in Fergus Falls.

The Wadena boxing team will host a home card Saturday, December 16th at the Wadena National Guard Armory. Door will open at 6:00 p.m.

Good luck in Rochester to Bob and his boxers.

Posted By Dan Skogen
Wednesday, November 22, 2000
Goodbye To Fall
The deer hunt is over and although the deer my boys and I bagged were not wall-of-famers, two things are certain. They will not eat any more corn and they will feed us for another year. I enjoy that two day hunt....and this year that first day was a beautiful day in the woods. But with the end of the hunt comes the end of fall at the Skogen Ranch.

Yes, there are still things I would like to get done, but the snow has come, the ground is hard, the priorities have changed. Make sure the cattle have water, get some wood in, fire up the stove. So it's with this week's keyboard-hunt-and-peck that I say goodbye to fall. And what a fall it was.

SportsCow.com showed up in full force and Kyle Gylsen the President and CEO did a great job and spent many hours keeping it updated. Area teams treated me and their fans to some great highschool sports. Kyle and I spent hours camped at football fields around central Minnesota and would get together Saturday or Monday and compare notes on weird plays, great efforts, sharp coaching, or what to do and say when it's 40-ZIP at the half!

A couple of parting thoughts on the fall of 2000. Johanna Olson and the National Championship in Division III cross country that she won last week in Spokane, Washington as she completed an undefeated season. Johanna...a true athlete...battling back from brain cancer...showing the athletic ability combined with the HEART of a great athlete. It's the HEART no one can measure. A coach can't coach it, a competitor can't prepare for it. But all the great ones have it. And those of us who watch the games can only comment in awe when the champions with HEART step up to the next level.

Final thought on fall 2000...Thank you to the coaches, the activities directors, the fans (Verndale goodies every week) and to the hundreds of student athletes of various abilities that threw it all out there on any given night for their school, their team and I hope for themselves.

Let me leave fall with Good Luck to the OTC "Bulldogs" in the 2A title game Friday! Nice job!

COME ON WINTER SPORTS: It's time to turn the page, move inside and enjoy another winter sports season. Any clear cut favorites? Well, the rumor mill has WDC wrestling near the top of its game. In boys' basketball, you always expect Staples-Motley and Bertha-Hewitt to be tough. And I like what I see happening with New York Mills. Girls basketball, as well as the gymnastics and girls' and boys' hockey programs are question marks for me.

I do know it's going be a wild ride to the end of March! I hope to see you in a gym or arena down the road.

In sports,

Dan
Posted By Dan Skogen
Wednesday, November 15, 2000
Down In The Basement
11/15/00

As excited as I am about the prospects for Ottertail Central, Detroit Lakes, Browerville, and Minnewaska Area football teams advancing to the next round of the MSHSL playoffs, I must confess...I write this weeks article from the basement...in the fetal position...sucking my thumb. It's that damn election!

Oh, I stayed up all night, election night. Only to let all the air out of my big fat political balloon and splat against the wall, moist and without form as the national media, then the candidates and finally the voters themselves, made monkeys of themselves.

So I have retreated to the basement. (I'm thinking of becoming a survivalist somewhere near Hewitt.)

I am not, nor do I pretend to be a man of the law. I do enjoy the political scene and the break neck speed that the let me be first media that will chase the smallest of stories, on the whim that it breaks the politician and their careers wide open.

I am not a lawyer. But I know a couple darn good ones in central Minnesota that could probably whip open that Consitution and the Florida voting laws rules and regulations and explain to me, Mr. Joe Average, what the laws say should happen when people less intelligent than the ballot are allowed to vote!

I pride myself on common sense, but hold the phone. This sucker has sent me for a loop! And will someone send Jesse Jackson home before I puke!

What will bring me out of the basement? Maybe the MSHSL going back to the best boys' basketball tourney ever, the Sweet 16! Maybe making a Sweet 24 of this year's football tournament, so we could see a matchup between Cretin-Durham Hall and Stephen-Argyle. How about adding about 30 more classes of sports, so pretty soon I can drive to Minot, North Dakota to cover a game between two teams located 15 miles from home.

I really enjoy high school athletics--so much common sense there don't you know?! I like my job. I think I'm going to like writing this article. But I think it will be awhile before I like national politics again.

In the meantime, good luck to the Bulldogs, Lakers, Tigers and others. Until I hear the all clear siren, you'll find me in the basement...in the fetal position...sucking my thumb...AND FOR GOD'S SAKE WIPE YOUR FEET AND COVER THE HOTDISH IN THE FRIDGE!

Dan Skogen

Dan can be contacted at dan@sportscow.com
Posted By Dan Skogen
Wednesday, November 8, 2000
Break Out The Cliches
That's why they play the game!....It's tough to beat a good team twice!....Come ready to play or go home without the prize!....Control our own destiny!....O.K. you got the picture...Now you pick the cliche.

We all have used them and anyone who has strapped on athletic equipment for a coach somewhere has heard them at practice, on the bus or at the game.

For those of you who threw away your "tunnel vision" last week and ventured to a volleyball, football or cross country meet now know exactly what those cliches stand for.

What a great week for "revenge," "upsets" and great competition. The Wadena-Deer Creek volleyball team goes 0-5 against a nice Hawley team during the regular season, then come back in the south section 8AA tournament for a 3-0 win. Striking back from a 14-7 deficit in the first game to pick up the win.

Off to the Fargodome where teams like Walker-Hackensack- Akeley come behind, showing alot of poise to stop a nice Pequot Lakes squad, a team they had lost to earlier this year. Browerville went to the "bone" and ate up the clock turning back a fine Eagle Valley team that had stopped them early in the season. Roseau upends Perham, Pillager surprises Bertha Hewitt, and on it goes.

The teams eliminated were all good teams, but maybe not on their best game that day. Or maybe just ripe for the upsets against teams they had beaten before, in a strange environment, the breaks of the game, or they just got beat by a team that played better that day. Upsets happen, but in November in Minnesota high school sports, there are no bad teams.

If you are healthy, focused, and leave it all on the court, the course or the field; you have that chance to not only win, but get the upset. And that's why the fans come to their feet when the teams take the field, the play is made and the clock clicks to 00:00. That's why they play the game...on any given day....it's tough to beat a good team twice...Someone's going to the next round.

Good luck this week!

Dan Skogen can be contacted at dan@sportscow.com
Posted By Dan Skogen
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