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Wednesday, May 30, 2001
Wow! What A Spring!
After a cold wet and slow start to the spring sports seasons things are certainly heating up.

And as the weather warms, the playoffs move toward their state finals. The Staples-Motley girls' golf team is on fire behind the fine play of Mary Hasselberg. Several area athletes will be advancing to the state track and field championships in Blaine. Tennis is moving to the state quarterfinal rounds and already we have seen some great play in the softball and baseball sub-section and sectional playdowns.

For the most part, I have only seen softball.

Sebeka has certainly showed heart by digging in late in the season to avenge two losses this year to Menahga. The Trojans beat the Braves in the Sub-Section 6A North final, before advancing to the Section 6A title game against Brandon-Evansville.

Timley hitting by most of the team, great pitching from Amy Ratcliff and some great defensive plays by Sarah Funk, Abby Olson and Randi Vargo have helped spark this club.

Wadena-Deer Creek defeated Sebeka 4-3 in a fun regular season baseball game at the Metrodome last week.

There is still time to get out and see what Central Minnesota has to offer at the high school level.

And to all the seniors...from the fall, winter and spring sports... thanks for the memories and good luck!

Good Luck also to all the area coaches who have retired this year. Thank you for the hard work and dedication you have given your respective programs.

See you down the road.

Remember: There is no finish line.

Dan can be contacted at dan@sportscow.com
Posted By Dan Skogen
Wednesday, May 23, 2001
The NHL and NBA With Strawberries On Top
Could somebody please send me the phone numbers for the commissioners of the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association? Someone from the real world needs to tell them that the winter sports seasons are over!

Please look at your calendars. We are heading for June. Could we please crown a champion and move on?! How much greed and money grubbing must we do in pro sports before the fans say, "No thanks!"

I'm going to the ballpark, the lake, the golf course, camping, or just sitting on the deck with a golden yummie and by June I don't care what the NHL or the NBA are doing. End it already! Please for the sake of the free world! You want something to watch...check out coverage of the NCAA Womens' Softball and Mens' Baseball World Series. Fun stuff! Let summer reign...Long live summer!!

And while I'm in the tongue lashing mood...If I or anyone I know would have violated as many paroles as Darryl Strawberry, it would take a team of miners and the best equipment in the industry today to ever hope to dig me a tunnel long enough to get back to daylight.

I understand addiction to some degree. I understand he needs help. But I and that judge both know Strawberry is more than a "three time loser" who apparently doesn't want help and doesn't want to live in our law abiding society.

"CLANG GO THE DOORS!"

Mr. Strawberry is not at bat in the bottom of the ninth with two out...He has taken a called third strike and never moved the bat off his shoulders. Let him join the others in our country who just don't understand second and third and fourth and fifth chances. Strawberry is no Angel Food Cake and is more like whipped cream.

Remember: The road to success is marked with many tempting parking spaces.

Dan can be contacted at dan@sportscow.com
Posted By Dan Skogen
Sunday, May 20, 2001
Olson and Summer
Like the bunny stuffed with batteries she just keeps going...and going...and going. Former Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverine student athlete Johanna Olson, competing in her final Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference meet, was named the conference Most Valuable Performer.

The meet was held at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Olson won both the 3000 and 5000 meter runs in record time. Her 3000 time of 10:02 broke the conference record by 12 seconds and her 5000 meter time of 17:21 was 27 seconds faster than the previous conference mark!

The double victory also helped Luther College of Decorah, Iowa to a third place finish.

Need I remind you that Johanna has battled back from two bouts with brain cancer and holds a GPA over 3.6. What heart, what an athlete.
Her father Terry Olson, is headed to Hamline University to coach cross country this fall.

Meanwhile summer is here. The Twins are fun this year. But it appears that as the pitching gets tired, the bats will have to get going....and Cleveland won't go away. This may be a great race all the way thru summer.

My employer KWAD-KNSP Radio is in the process of scheduling coverage of the spring softball, baseball, and track tournaments.

After that it's summer....fishing, golfing, farming, doing nothing and feeling good about it. It won't be long before the wind feels a little cooler, the days shorten up, the fall practices start.

Have some fun with friends and family...take a few days off this summer...enjoy doing nothing...take the phone off the hook, shut down the computer, unplug the fax maxchine...disappear for awhile...it's summer! Get out and enjoy!

Remember: Whether you think you can or think you can't...you're right.

Dan can be contacted at dan@sportscow.com
Posted By Dan Skogen
Thursday, May 10, 2001
Here Comes Summer
In old business....I took a shot at the amatuer baseball leagues in central Minnesota last week. And so far all responses have agreed that more must be done to make baseball more user friendly in this part of the state. I even got a Lake and Pine schedule.
This week there are several chances for you to show your support for different sports.

Let's check the schedule.

Golfers, the Wadena Golf Club will begin both it's Mens' and Womens' leagues next week with their annual scrambles and meetings. Also, the club hosts a 2-man, 27-hole tournament Sunday, May 20th which will include 9 holes of bestball, 9 holes of alternate shots and 9 holes of scramble, with both a net and gross division. Contact the Wadena Golf Club for more information.

The W-DC and Sebeka baseball teams will be playing in the MetroDome on Friday, May 25th. The Twins and Oakland will open play at 7 p.m., with the high school game to follow. Tickets cost $15 and are being sold by both baseball teams or at the school offices. The ticket will get you into the Twins game and allows you to stay for the high school game. Cash donations are also being accepted.

The W-DC girls' and boys' basketball programs will have a fund raiser on May 22nd from 5-7:30 p.m. at the W-DC commons area. Tickets are $4 for adults, $2 for kids under 11. All money will be used for the WDC girls' and boys' basketball programs.

Here comes summer...golf leagues, softball leagues, fund raisers and spring tournaments. Get out and have some fun with people who enjoy what they do.

Remember: The misfortunes hardest to bear, are those that never come.
Posted By Dan Skogen
Wednesday, May 2, 2001
Is Amatuer Baseball Doomed?
What should we do today? Hey, I know. There's a baseball game in Perham or Henning or Nimrod or Wadena. Let's go see some amatuer baseball. Wait. I think they played last night. Or was that last week? Or do they start when the college kids get home? Forget it. Let's find something else to do.

Is it my imagination or does amatuer baseball, at least in central Minnesota, want to fail?

For the past several years I have hoped that the amatuer teams in this part of the state would grow and prosper. I know they will never go back to the "good old days" when they were the only entertainment attraction in the area. The days when everyone voted, went to church, school functions, the County Fair and the baseball game.

But it has really frustrated me over the past few years how little information is available on these teams....how hard it is to get anyone to call in a score....and especially how poor the leagues are doing in enforcing rules and setting schedules.

If you want people to show an interest...if you want people to come to the games and become familiar with the players and the teams, then you must make a schedule and stay with it. I have already received two different schedules from the Hi-10 league, two schedules from the Countryside league and two weeks into their season, but no schedule yet from the Lake and Pine.

I have not even attempted to contact anyone this spring. To me it's been a futile battle. And I, like the fans, have gone away. Yes, you'll still attract the wives, girlfriends and kids. But this should be more than a softball league.

This is, at times, good baseball. I enjoy it and Kyle and I always have enjoyed broadcasting the Region and State playoffs. Guess what? Those schedules are set. Dates and times. We and the fans know what's going on.

Too many teams are allowed to alter the schedules or maybe we should say "manipulate" the schedules to better serve their needs. League officials it's up to you. Set a schedule and stick to it. If you can't show, you take the forfeit!

Every summer I hear the accusations of players moving, being stolen or playing out of their territory. Let's concentrate less on that and more on a solid league with a solid schedule so the fans know when to be there. Let's have a secretary that reports scores and schedule changes. Let's give amatuer baseball a chance again in central Minnesota.

Remember: Don't ever take a fence down until you know why it was put up.

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