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Following Joe Aase at Davidson

6 Nov

As the Austin Packers are gearing up to go for a third straight Big Nine title and to defend their Section 1AAA championship, 2013 graduate Joe Aase is beginning his college career at Davidson College. See this article in Tuesday’s Rochester Post-Bulletin for more background.

Joe saw his first collegiate action Sunday afternoon in an exhibition game against Lenoir-Rhyne University, a Division II school from North Carolina. Here are some highlights of his play:

The Davidson Wildcats open their season Friday at #5-ranked Duke University in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU at 6 p.m. CST. Their home opener is Monday, Nov. 11 against University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in a game broadcast on ESPN3, also at 6 p.m. CST.

If you want to keep up with the Wildcats basketball team online, see the official men’s basketball site or follow on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. Home games that are not televised are streamed from the Davidson Web site for a fee.

Fearless…

4 Apr

…and Beardless.

Austin Packer senior Tommy Olmsted gained statewide and worldwide notoriety in the Minnesota State Tournament because of his beard, which gained its length and prominence due to the Packers’ 30-game winning streak. With the season over, now Tommy has shaved his beard for baseball season. See the before and after below:

Tommy Shaven

 

Undefeated Underdogs

22 Mar

That’s what the Austin Packers will be tomorrow night when they square off against top-ranked Minneapolis DeLaSalle.

Austin is 30-0 and therefore obviously hasn’t lost all season. DeLaSalle is 28-1 and hasn’t lost to any team from Minnesota. The Islanders’ only loss this year was to a top team from Kansas. And considering that they are the defending Class AAA state champions, their winning streak against Minnesota competition is now 39 games, dating back to February 7, 2012.

When Austin last came to the state tournament with an undefeated team, it was the 1981 Packers (22-0) facing another undefeated defending state champion from Minneapolis, the North Polars. North was riding a 41-game winning streak and was heavily favored.

Underdog Austin trailed by seven points at halftime. Here’s what happened in the second half:

The next day, Austin beat another undefeated team, Chaska, to advance to the championship game against Anoka. The Packers lost that game and finished 24-1.

DeLaSalle obviously has a great team and deserves its top ranking. The 2013 Packers have faced lots of challenges, and this will be the biggest one. The 1981 Packers join all Austin alumni and the whole community in support of the Packers and in hoping they have their best game yet.

Welcome the Packers Home Saturday Night!

22 Mar

This just in from the Austin High School Activities Director, Lisa Quednow-Bickler:

We will be having a welcome home celebration for our boys basketball team on Sat. night in Knowlton Auditorium.

The doors (#1, #5) will be open to the public at 10:30 pm

The celebration will begin when the team arrives home.

A chance to recognize and celebrate a great season for our Austin Packer Boys Basketball team and community of Austin.

Please join us for the game at 6 p.m. Saturday, whether you ride the bus or take a carpool. If you can’t make it in person, the game will be broadcast in the Austin area on KAAL-TV Digital 6.2 or you can listen to the call from Dan Bettlach and Jim “Voice of the Packers” Lemar on KAUS AM 1480. For Packer expatriates, you can  watch it live on Prep45.com or listen to the KAUS stream.

Then come out at 10:30 for a great community celebration of a season to remember!

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Share Your Packer State Tournament Photos!

22 Mar

Fans celebrating

Our Austin Packer Fast Break Club page on Facebook has some great photos from the Packers’ quarterfinal win over The Blake School thanks to Rhonda Besel.

Did you take photos at the State Tournament? Upload them to the Packer Fast Break Club page and share your Packer Pride with the world or Tweet them using the #PackNation tag!

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Bring the Red Sea to Target Center!

22 Mar

Band and Student TC

The Austin Packers are playing in the State Class AAA Championship Game Saturday night, and Austin High School has arranged for student fan buses to help bring a wave of Red to fill Target Center. Here’s the announcement from the school district:

Austin High School has reserved six student fan buses for the game on Saturday. Cost will be $6.00 for the fan bus.  Permission slips can be picked up at Austin High School on Friday, March 22, 2013 during regular school hours, or you can Download the form here.

Signed permission slips can be turned in to the Cashiers Office on Friday, March 23, 2013 and they can also be turned in from 8:00 – 10:00 AM on Saturday, March 23, 2013 in the Cashiers Office in the high school. Fan buses will load at 2:45 PM and depart at 3:00 PM. Buses should return to Austin around 11:00 PM.

Note that we were only able to secure school buses, so these buses are open to both students and adults, but the charge for adults to ride the bus is $10. Elementary and middle school students may ride the bus only if accompanied by a parent. Riders will need to purchase their game admission tickets when they arrive at Target Center. Student tickets are $9 and Adult tickets $14.

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If you can’t make it to Williams Arena tomorrow…

19 Mar

…you can tune in to KAUS AM 1480 to hear Dan Bettlach and sidekick Jimmy “Voice of the Packers” Lemar with all the action. If you live outside of the Austin area you can hear it streamed live here.

Here are the remixed highlights from the Packers’ section final win, with audio added from the KAUS broadcast:

The Austin Daily Herald also will have a live chat about the game on their site. If the Packers advance to the semifinals the game Thursday will be carried on KAAL’s digital channel 6.2.

Thanks to all of the Austin-area media for their great coverage of the Packers this season!

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