|Monday, March 29, 2004|
|Id Like To Thank Everyone|
|As the fall and winter sports seasons wind to a close, it's time to thank everyone who helped me out over the last six months.|
All those activities directors and coaches who kept me up to date, and offered themselves for phone calls, and interviews. Not only for information for the SportsCow.com, but also for our KWAD-KNSP/KKWS broadcasts.
Thanks to the parents and band directors who have gone back-and-forth with me this season.
To the other radio guys who have helped and shared phone lines up and down the road.
Of course, all the outstanding student athletes whom we expect too much from every night out. They all play hard...they all want to win...they all deserve our thanks for jobs well done.
I also especially want to thank Rick Johnson and "Baldy" Waldahl for their help with statistics.
To Kyle Gylsen who took on every game we threw at him this year and also helped make broadcast decisions at critical times this year.
All the listeners who stayed by their radios until the final seconds ticked off the clock each night.
To all the others...Thank You! As always it's a pleasure working with you all!
Dan Skogen is the Operations Manager and Sports Director at KWAD/KNSP/KKWS in Wadena. He is a regular contributor to SportsCow.com
|Sunday, March 21, 2004|
|Notes From The State Girls Basketball Tournament|
|Covering twelve games over four days at the 2004 state girls' basketball tournament reminded me how nice it is to come home. It also reminded me how good girls' basketball has become and how far it has come.|
These girls can play some basketball!
I had a chance to visit with Janet Karvonen, who as a standout for New York Mills, gave the girls' game a big boost when it was still somewhat in its infancy.
We talked how remarkable it was that it has been 25 years since the last of the Eagles' three consecutive state titles. Those teams, along with a few others, had some very good athletes. But many more teams had girls that would have a difficult time making a varsity roster today.
This year's state tournament had some great teams, athletes, coaches and even philosophies.
Lots of fans commented on how "boring" Hawley's style of play was. But you can't argue with the success of "Billy-ball," named in honor of Nuggets' coach Bill Gottenborg. They've been to the state tournament four years in a row and have finished as runners-up the last two, once in Class A and now in Class AA.
Sometimes coaches know what they're doing. The hard part is getting the kids to buy into the system.
Congratulations to the Underwood Rockets on their great season! Their run to the championship game was a bit surprising, but fun to watch. Just think what could have been if they hadn't won those close games over Browerville and Parkers Prairie in the Section 5A tournament. It just goes to show that you can never really take a game "off" and each possession is becoming more and more important. Thanks to coach Chuck Ross for being so accomodating whenever I needed an interview.
Speaking of the Panthers, after being the number one seed in their sub-section two years in a row,I felt bad for them when they lost to the Rockets (again), but there were very few tears shed on court that night. They handled the loss with a lot grace and should be proud of their actions and accomplishments over the past two seasons.
Several other girls' basketball teams from our area had great seasons and had legitimate hopes of making it to the state tournament...New York Mills, Park Rapids Area, Pequot Lakes, Staples-Motley...but things don't always work out the way we want them to. Congratulations on your outstanding seasons!
If you have dreams of seeing your team in the "Barn" one day, I hope you had a chance to watch some of these teams play, or better yet, got down to the state tournament.
There you see that occassionaly a team with a "star" will be able to carry their team to a title, but more often than not it's the teams that have kids that work together, share the load and put aside their own agendas that will be successful.
Team work. What a concept.