|Monday, September 22, 2003|
|Dan Dont Need No Stinkin Enhancements|
|Several weeks into the fall sports season and it's time for me to analyze, look over the field, see who's real...and who's not.|
Football: Staples-Motley is the real deal. Led by senior quarterback Adam Johnson, the Cardinals are scoring points and sticking the opponents on defense. Menahga and New York Mills, although vastly improved, still are missing a couple pieces to put them on the top. Verndale has surprised me. I expected another tough-nosed, Mike Mahlen-type team, but this squad started the year ready to play and defend their 9-Man title. They have shown a strong ground attack, and three-year starter Cory Umland at quarterback allows this team to include a lot of people in the offensive scheme. And although I have not seen them this year, I like the scores Perham is putting on the board. The Yellowjackets are tough, and quick! Other teams on the edge of coming back: Wadena-Deer Creek...the running attack is back; Hancock...as good as they have been in years--they can throw the ball; Parkers Prairie...need more scoring and teams will find them tough to deal with.
Cross Country: I expect the Staples-Motley cross country teams--both boys and girls--to win state title this year. They are loaded!
Tennis: Also from Staples-Motley, a pretty salty girls' tennis team that is playing very well.
Volleyball: You have to like Bertha-Hewitt, Underwood and the Perham Yellowjackets, who are proving they are ready to jump to the next level.
There...it's a lot of speculation, but I've started to notice a few teams this fall. Why not take an evening and go see a team you haven't seen for a while. They appreciate the support!
Otherwise: The Twins win song keeps running through my head. The Vikings have beaten two teams that they should beat (they may be better than I gave them credit for) and it will be interesting to see what the Gophers can do in the Big-10 this fall.
Meanwhile, as I was reading my e-mails, a few thoughts...I don't need enhancements, business opportunities, special deals, refinancing, or any more virus protection!
It's time for me to go back and take myself off some lists again.
I'm going in.
|Saturday, September 6, 2003|
|Skogen Kills Time, Fills Space|
|Editor's Note: After a too-short summer vacation, Dan Skogen enthusiastically returns to column writing as the fall sports season gets underway.|
It's been a month since my last article, so I'm surprised that Kyle didn't send me a note that read something like...
Dan, thanks for all your help, but if you don't start doing a regular article for SportsCow.com I will be forced to let you go.
My thought is, "Look back in the archives." I'm sure you will find an article about the Twins, Vikings or Gophers that with some slight alterations would still be a good article today!
Editor's Note: SportsCow.com believes that Dan's first thought was actually, "You don't PAY me anyway, so I've got your article RIGHT HERE!" We now return you to Dan's article.
Anyway...Nice run for Wolf Lake and Clarissa in the State Class C baseball tournament. The Flyers finished in third place with a 7-5 loss to eventual champion Green Isle in the semifinals. The Wolf Pack fell in the first round of the play backs with a 5-3 loss to Granite Falls. Neil Jensen of Clarissa and Ryan Breitbach of Wolf Lake were named to the All-Tournament team.
Long distance runner Johanna Olson of Wadena finished 11th in the 20K National Championship held in New Haven, Conneticut earlier this month. The event was won by Olympic runner Marla Runyan.
Verndale and Ottertail Central, who both opened with wins last week in high school football, were ranked #1 in their respective classes this week. Several other area schools are getting some votes.
I met new head coach Tom Ahrendt in Park Rapids last week. He was very nervous before the season opener against Pine River-Backus. Tom was upbeat, even though his numbers are down and his team will be young for the 2003 season. Good Luck Tom.
The weather is great...there's some interesting matchups...get out and enjoy some area high school events.
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