Archive | March, 2013

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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Packers Advance to Title Game

21 Mar

With its 68-65 overtime win against Marshall today, the Austin Packers earned a spot in the Minnesota Class AAA Boys Basketball Championship game Saturday night at 6 p.m. against Minneapolis DeLaSalle at Target Center.

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See the stories in the Austin Daily Herald, Rochester Post-Bulletin and Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Zach Wessels led the Packers with 20 points, while Tom Aase added 16, Ajuda Nywesh 12, Joe Aase and Collin Weisert 8 each and Bret Lukes 4.

When the archive from the TV broadcast is available for streaming (or DVD purchase) we will do another post with the link.


Packers’ Comeback Wins Puts Austin in State Semifinal

20 Mar

Joe Jumper WilliamsThe Austin Packers trailed by 7 at halftime, and the deficit was as large as 11, but they stormed back in the second half for a 59-56 win over The Blake School Wednesday in the Minnesota Class AAA quarterfinals at Williams Arena.

Joe Aase led the Packers with 20 points, including four second-half threes, while Ajuda Nywesh tallied 15 and had numerous timely steals. Zach Wessels chipped in 9, Tom Aase 8, Collin Weisert 5 and Bret Lukes 2.

See the stories in the Austin Daily Herald, Rochester Post-Bulletin and Minneapolis Star Tribune, as well as the KAAL-TV coverage.

Here are the highlights:

The Packers now face #3 Marshall at 2 p.m. Thursday at Target Center. As you can see in the video above, the community support for the team Wednesday was amazing. Let’s make sure we’re just as strong for the semifinals.

If you can’t attend in person, you can follow on KAUS radio, or watch on KAAL Digital Channel 6.2. If you’re not in the Austin area, you also have the option to stream the game live on

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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!

Top 10 Reasons to Ride the Packer Express to Williams Arena

19 Mar


The Packers open State Tournament play tomorrow at 2 p.m. against Blake at Williams Arena. Here are 10 reasons why riding the Packer Express is the best way to join them:

  1. No-Hassle Parking. It’s much easier to find a parking spot in downtown Austin, before boarding the bus, than it is on the U of M campus.
  2. Save Big Money. At the standard IRS mileage rate (plus parking), if you were car-pooling you would need to have five adults (or 20 students) riding with you just to break even. So riding the bus means you will have…
  3. More Money for Souvenirs. Use what you save on gas and mileage to help Paint The Barn Red. Get your Packer Paraphernalia (shirts and towels) at Games People Play.
  4. Get there Relaxed and Ready to Roar. No need to fight traffic or worry about arriving late. Leave that to the professionals. You’ll be dropped off right at the arena entrance.
  5. Community Spirit. Celebrate the Packers’ success this year with your friends in a festive atmosphere.
  6. Time for Creativity. Brainstorm and practice new cheers and chants together on the way.
  7. Psychological Impact. There’s nothing like a wave of Red sweeping into the seats of an arena, as Packer fans stream in together. Be part of that wave!
  8. Be Like the Packers. After the Pep Fest tomorrow morning the Packers will board a bus to Minneapolis. Go and do likewise.
  9. It’s Better than a Snow Day. Getting out of school is great, but a state tournament game is an experience you will never forget.
  10. You can sing along with “The Wheels on the bus go round and round…” all through Minneapolis!

Get your bus reservation forms here, and be sure to turn them in with payment at the AHS Activities Office by noon today!

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