|Thursday, March 29, 2001|
|The Dawn Of Knight|
|Like the Phoenix rising from the ashes to live another age, Bobby Knight has risen to attempt another reign of terror....this time with Texas Tech. Why do I have the feeling that as we speak, the custodial department is bolting chairs to the floor, padding practice areas and sound proofing the coaches office?|
Bobby Knight...who beat, kicked, screamed, punched, his way to the top in the Big Ten, even winning three national titles while at Indiana.
I can not deny the man knew the game of basketball. He could take a quiet kid and turn him into a rebounding animal. He could take a smart-ass, hot-shot, ball-hog and turn him into a team player that would lead the nation in assists. He would come out of timeouts with plays that produced points. Yes, he could do all that and "could" may be the key to that statement.
I would have wanted to play for Mr. Knight. He gave the game as much as he expected from it. But Texas Tech is taking the chance that he can still do that. In this day of political correctness and recruiting with your hat in your hand, I feel the game may have passed Bob Knight.
As in business, agriculture, education, and medicine....in sports, you keep up or you fall behind.
I would like to see Bobby Knight succeed at Texas Tech. I actually liked his hard-nosed style of coaching. But remember Robert, you are going to a school that has 10-percent of the faculty wishing you would not come. And you will be watched and watched and watched.
Take it easy....treat the game for what it really is....a game and go out with a smile on your face.
Meanwhile, Wadena-Deer Creek gymnastics and cross country coach Terry Olson has taken a one year leave of absence from W-DC to become the womens' cross country coach at Hamline University. Olson graduated from Hamline in 1972 and had always dreamed of returning there to coach.
Terry has brought a huge committment to programs in Wadena, while coaching track, cross country, and gymnastics. He has coached the gymnastics teams to section titles in 1996, '97 and '98; with state girls' cross country titles in 1996 and 1998. He coached the boys' cross country team to a section title in 1993.
In my opinion, Terry Olson has always gone the extra mile and will do fine at Hamline. Terry told me one of the big challenges for him will be recruiting to a school that offers only academic scholorships. But he is looking forward to it.
Good Luck Terry and thanks for all the great info you've sent my way over the past few years.
Also, once again, those Staples-Motley Cardinals boys' basketball teams continue to surprise me. What a fine job Lynn Peterson did with this years group. Yes, Jeff Brever was special, but this may have been one of Lynn's best jobs of coaching the game in many years. He got a lot out of a team that will be tough next year too. Never bet against Lynn in March.
Remember: Talk does not cook rice.
Dan can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Thursday, March 22, 2001|
|Girls BB and Other Stuff|
|I just back from a fun State Girls Basketball Tournament! It was a fun tourney, with good close games and great players, coaches, and fans! It's just one of the perks of my job as a broadcaster. I get to go to these events and watch them without any emotional ties to winners and losers.|
One thing that struck me was the number of freshmen and sophmores that made huge contributions to their teams' success.
I do believe, that for a number of reasons, girls more often than boys, do peak in their performance level often in the sophomore or junior season. As always there are exceptions to the rules...but I have noticed it. Not only in basketball, but also in track and field, and volleyball. No need to get into the reasons, but I will tell you there were some great underclassmen at this year's Girls Basketball Tournament.
The boys will wrap up their tourney this week and then we will settle into a less intense spring sports season. Good Luck to Staples-Motley, and Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. (As this article is being written, Pine River-Backus has already been eliminated.)
Looking for something different this weekend? Head to the Wadena National Guard Armory for the Region 4 Northern Minnesota Box-Off. The card will pit champions from the north and south of Region 4 fighting for the right to advance to the Upper Midwest Sunday and Monday. Bob Tubant indicated that they will also have some female, novice and junior bouts. The action starts at 7:30 Saturday night.
I told Kyle that I was finding it difficult to come up with anything for this week's article, so I'll leave you with this...Enjoy the Boys' Basketball Tournament, the N.I.T. and the NCAA tournaments!
Hey, it's warmer everyday...it won't be long before the Twins start, then more high school spring sports.
Remember: If the knocking at the door is loud and long, it isn't opportunity...it's relatives!
And have a great week!
|Wednesday, March 14, 2001|
|The End of the World As We Know It|
|Not since the A-Rod baseball contract or the election in Florida have I had such a desire to head for the basement, assume the fetal position and start sucking my thumb. I don't know if it was in the moon and stars or if other unusual forces were at work, but it all started coming together this past week.|
Tournament upsets got it started. In Class AA boys' basketball, Wadena-Deer Creek gave Staples-Motley all they wanted before bowing to the Cardinals in the 8AA tournament; Litchfield gets knocked out of their tourney; so does Crookston and Bertha-Hewitt...plus Breckenridge in the girls' tournament. I guess thats why they play the game. And once again this year some of the best teams will not be in the State Tournament.
The true sign that it's the end of the world as we know it...the Verndale school board has approved a plan by the Verndale Lions to install lights at the Verndale football field. I know this will be viewed as progress. But for the past 18 years I have enjoyed my Friday afternoons in Verndale covering their home games. I have been able to develope nice friendships with the parents and staff. Nothing like a nice fall day for football. Another area is coming to a close. I know my coverage of Verndale football will dwindle as they now compete with the other 13 schools we (KWAD/KNSP/KKWS)cover for that night-time broadcast.
In other news...
Johanna Olson runs to a third place finish and won All-American Honors at the Division III Indoor Track and Field championships last week with a school record time of 17:10.21. Johanna also anchored the Luther College distance medley relay team to a five-second victory.
I have heard that Wadena-Deer Creek hockey coach Brad Shelstad has resigned the hockey position. Brad is the only head coach the Wolverines boys' hockey program has had. Brad has always been a pleasure to work with. He plans to continue to coach the golf program. Good luck Brad.
Well now you understand that it may in fact be the end of the world as we know it...things they just keep changing...if it drives me back to the basement...I'm bringing my TV with this time...It's NCAA tournament time!
Remember: It is easier to do a job right, than to explain why you did't.
Dan can be contacted at email@example.com
|Wednesday, March 7, 2001|
|Dan Ponders A Big Question|
|Where to start this week?! |
Matt Nagle of Frazee winning his fifth state title at the just completed state wrestling tournament! Nice job Matt!!
Bertha-Hewitt/ Verndale, Frazee, Wadena-Deer Creek all wrestling hard as teams at the state tournament...and all the individuals who left nothing behind.
Of course, the Girls' and Boys' sectional basketball tournaments are rolling and already we have seen upsets and great individual efforts.
I got to see Rachel Lonfors, the 6-4 center from Pelican Rapids, in action last week. Longfors poured in 32 points on an undersized W-DC girls team as the Vikings moved to the semi- finals in Section 8AA.
Bob Tubandt reminds me that the 2001 Region IV Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament will be held Saturday, March 10th at 7:30 at the Wadena National Guard Armory. Fighters will be in from Wadena, St. Cloud, Willmar, Bemidji, Fergus Falls, Pine River and Detroit Lakes. Championship bouts will be decided in Class A, Novice and Juniors.
The NCAA Tournament field will be filled this week. State Hockey and on and on and on...isn't it great?!
Remember: Once a decision is reached, stop worrying and start working.