M State Fergus Falls Holds 46th Annual All Sports Banquet

M State Fergus Falls Holds 46th Annual All Sports Banquet

Pebble Lake Golf Course hosted a long standing tradition in Spartan Athletics, the annual banquet that recognizes all Spartan athletic teams and individual award winners. The event was catered by the American Legion and a rib dinner was provided. The night was capped off by the selection of the Male and Female Student Athlete of the Year and the Coaches Award winners.

Sydney Hovland, a freshman from Underwood, received the Female Student Athlete of the Year award for her excellence in the classroom and in athletics.

Sydney participated in volleyball and basketball this year for the Lady Spartans. In volleyball, Sydney was named to the:

· MCAC All Southern Division 2nd team

· MCAC Fall All-Academic Team

· She was named the MCAC Setter-of-the-Week in week 6 for her work against Ridgewater College in which she had an amazing 42 set assist

· Sydney ended the season with 762 assists, 245 digs, 120 kills and 30 service aces.

· Sydney ended the season with 762 assists, 245 digs, 120 kills and 30 service aces.

On the basketball court Sydney was selected as:

· Southern Division Player of the Week

· MCAC Southern Division First Team

· All State First Team

· All Region

· She ended the season scoring 434 points and grabbing 145 rebounds.

Sydney is the daughter of Brian and Kris Hovland


The 2018-2019 Male Student Athlete of the Year award was awarded to sophomore Matt Pietsch. Matt is a sophomore from Fargo and attended Fargo North High School.

· Since Matt's freshman year he has only missed one game.

· He is 8 hits short of the century mark which hasn't been reached in Spartan baseball for the last 13 years

· Currently he leads the team in average, hits, RBI, doubles, triples, and runs scored.

· Matt was selected to the 2018 MCAC All State team and was also named to the All Region 13 Team

The Spartan coaches in the Spartan athletic department also select what is called the Coaches Award. This award is typically awarded to one male and one female student athlete that has exemplified what it means to be a Spartan. It is a person of high character, a great teammate, and someone that is always willing to help the coaches and others be their best.

The Female Coaches award winner was awarded to Katie Merrick. Katie is a sophomore from Elbow Lake and attended West Central Area High School. Katie has been active in Lady Spartan athletics, participating two years in volleyball and one year in softball.

In a very rare occurrence, there was a repeat winner for the Male Coaches Award. For the second year in a row, the award goes to sophomore golfer Jordan Kern. Jordan is from Wadena and graduated from Wadena High School. Jordan is a member of the very successful M State Fergus Falls golf team and will be part of the team that travels to the NJCAA National Tournament in June.