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Thursday, December 28, 2000
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
HAPPY NEW YEAR! I know last week I promised some resolutions. Nah. I really don't like resolutions, probably because I seldom can keep them. Instead let's say goodbye to the old and welcome the new!

First a big thank you to the people who have shown interest in SportsCow.com. Especially to Kyle who had the vision and the intestinal fortitude to give it a try. If you are a regular visitor, you know how committed Kyle is to keeping his site up to date on the area schools.

I know more and more coaches and activities directors are contacting Kyle with scores, highlites, schedule changes and more.

Advertisers take note also. People who follow local sports are a very dedicated group. If you support them, they'll support you. If you would like your name in front of adults with young families, or teachers, coaches, and others into activities at area highschools then you should contact Kyle.

Thanks also to all the activities directors and area coaches who have helped me. I appreciate the time you take to not only work with the student athletes in this area but also the time to work with me at KWAD/KNSP/KKWS. One of my job duties that I have never lost my love for is play-by-play of highschool sports. I liked it in 1978 when I worked in Thief River Falls and it still excites me to head to an area gym or football field for highschool sports.

Behind the scenes, to all the parents and fans who show their appreciation for the work we put in covering events. Every year the problem is dishing out not equal, but fair time to all the activities that area schools now offer. Every year and 2000 was no exception, we miss some big games and broadcast some that would be better left to the local fans...but I scour the schedules and we do a pretty fine job of getting the coverage of local sports that central Minnesota has come to expect.

Thank you to all who have helped is some way this past year. We should never spend too much time looking back. So let's look ahead...let's resolve to do our best at work, in the classroom and in our civic groups. Let's resolve to do a little more than is expected. Let's resolve to be better prepared to do what is required of us. And when the chips are down, as they will be from time to time in 2001, let's resolve to dig a little deeper, try a little harder, stand a little firmer and resolve to get the job done!

Good luck to the winter sports teams in this area as we move to the second half of the season...Remember to check with us for updates, scedule changes, scores and more! I don't have an evening event until Thursday, January 4, 2001, so I'm going out on a date with my wife. I'm going to Thief River Falls to visit some relatives. I'm going to sleep in the morning and nap in the afternoon. I'll eat too much, watch too much tv and remember...2000 was not a perfect year, but not good either....it was GREAT I met new friends, reaquainted myself with old ones and strengthened some already great relationships. I ate everyday and slept in a safe home....my family was healthy...I really couldn't ask for more. I'll see you around the gyms this winter...say hi....2001...I can hardly wait!

Dan Skogen

Dan can be contacted at dan@sportscow.com
Posted By Dan Skogen
Wednesday, December 20, 2000
Dear Santa
Dear Santa:

I have a short list of items I have been thinking about and thought maybe you could help. I know you are busy this time of year, but this shouldn't take long.

12 more hours in each day so I can get everything done that's important.

11 defensive players. (Send these directly to Winter Park).

10 more classes in highschool football so I can't cover anyone.

9 baseball players (Send these directly to the Metrodome).

8 dollars

7 days of +32 degree weather (In January).

6 hockey players (Send these directly to the Excel Energy Center).

5 basketball players (Send directly to the Target Center).

4 batteries for my remote.

3 big fish in the upcoming Wadena Fishing League (I mean BIG fish).

2 classes in boys' basketball so I can see that sweet 16 tournament again.

1 huge reminder of the reason we celebrate this season.

Thank you for your quick attention to these matters.

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE! Spend some time this week to let the bustle of everyday life take a back seat. Hug those close to you....eat some good food....take a power nap....Next week I'll visit some new years resolutions for 2001.

Dan Skogen

You can wish Dan a "Merry Christmas" at dan@sportscow.com
Posted By Dan Skogen
Thursday, December 14, 2000
Merry Christmas A-Rod!
We have a president! The "ALL-CLEAR" siren sounded and I came bounding out of the basement...my thumb well wilted from 5 weeks of sucking on it; my 43 year old body hurting from days in the fetal position....only to see that Alex Rodriguez has found a 10-year, 252- million dollar contract to hit .300, maybe 40 home runs, and scoop up grounders and toss them to first base. GOD! Doesn't anyone get it?!
MERRY CHRISTMAS A-ROD! Looks like I only have time for a quick weiner, a bathroom break and then it's back to the basement.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch...I have had a chance to see some of the area winter sports teams. Staples-Motley looked rough around the edges in their win over Perham, but Lynn Peterson, head coach of the Cardinals, told me they came out and played much better especially on the defesive end when they throttled Park Rapids a few days later. Of course, with Jeff Brever at the point, the Cardinals will be able to do alot of things. The post boys were not in the flow, but it's not March yet, is it?

I also talked with Steve Techam, coach of the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders wrestling team. The Raiders have jumped out to an impressive start with invitational wins at Wadena and Long Prairie...plus a tie for first place with Foley at the New York Mills dual invitational . Techam tells me he is very happy with their start, but the key will be avoiding injuries and illness. The don't have a lot of depth, but they do have about 15 wrestlers that are real tough.

I saw the WDC Wolverines play this week when they lost to Pequot Lakes. WDC will struggle until they start to shoot the ball better...alot of clinkers from the outside and no true post will test this young team especially in the Mid-State.

My pick to win the Girls' Mid-State played well against Staples- Motley last week. Wadena-Deer Creek plays good defense and spreads the scoring around. Becky Woessner should have a quality young team over time.

Other happenings in the real world...Bob Tubandt will have his boxers at a home card at 7:30 Saturday December 16th at the Wadena Armory...don't forget to get your studded machine sticker for your snowmobile if you have a metal stud track...and cross country ski passes are available on the phone now at 1-888-MNLICENSE.

Meanwhile, we all want to wish A-ROD a very happy holiday. Sleep well this week...we have a President. Get out and support an area high school winter sports team. They need your support...and you need to get out of the house!

Dan can be contacted at dan@sportscow.com
Posted By Dan Skogen
Wednesday, December 6, 2000
State Of The Mid-State
I generally don't look too deep into my crystal ball when I look at high school sports in central Minnesota. This week I make an exception after receiving a couple of letters on Mid-State Conference Girls' and Boys' Basketball.

According to the coaches in the Mid-State, the girls' basketball race could be a dandy. The coaches expect Staples-Motley, Detroit Lakes, and Wadena-Deer Creek to challenge for the top spot. The Cardinals won the race last year and will return three starters including Alisha Miller, Rachel Landecker, and Tina Blake. Detroit Lakes will return six varsity players from last year, while WDC brings Kerby Johnson, Marissa Browne, Sara Kniesl, Missy Speed, and Kate Friedrich back this year.

The conference will see one new coach this year, as Randy Swanhorst takes over the girls' program at Crosby-Ironton.

In the race for the Mid-State Conference boys' title, you can expect the Staples-Motley Cardinals to be in the hunt. Although the Cardinals will have several positions to fill as Lynn Peterson begins his 26th year of coaching boys basketball. Lynn certainly has created a tradition. First at Deer Creek where he went 61-27 in four years. Then in Staples and eventually Staples-Motley, where he has a 453-99 win-loss record; for a 25 year total of 514-126...That's a winning percentage of 80%!

Who will challenge the Cardinals? Probably Crosby-Ironton who will return four starters. Park Rapids has be be a dark-horse and could put their best team in years on the floor. Detroit Lakes and Wadena-Deer Creek will show off alot of athletes that do not have much varsity experience.

It's my call, so I pick Staples-Motley in the boys' conference race. And I think WDC will gain the experience they need early and swipe the girls' title this year.

Final thoughts: Congratulations to Chris Bramer and Matt Kern of the Verndale Pirates football program. Both were recently named to the 2000 9-man football All-State team. Kern was named as a running back, Bramer as a defensive back.
Posted By Dan Skogen
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