Archive | March, 2013

Aases Make All-Star Series

19 Mar

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Austin High School Seniors Joe Aase and Tom Aase have been selected to play in the Minnesota Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Series.

Four teams of 10 graduating senior players will play in the series. Joe was named to the Gold team, while time will play for the Maroon. See the rosters.

The games will begin Friday, April 5 at St. Cloud State University at 7 p.m. with Gold vs. Maroon and Blue vs. Green. The series continues Saturday, April 6 at Macalaster College in St. Paul with games at 2:15 and 4 p.m.


Ride the Packer Express to Williams Arena

18 Mar

BusThe Austin Packer Fast Break Club is happy to cooperate with Austin Public Schools to help provide bus transportation for Packer fans to get to Minneapolis for the State Basketball Tournament.

The Packers’ first game is Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, where the Packers will face Blake.

Buses will be available for students and for adults. Students will ride school buses while adults will have a coach bus.

The bus tickets for students are $15 each (including the $9 student admission game ticket), while for adults the cost is $40 (including the $14 game ticket.) ** Please note that game tickets are non-refundable.

The buses will begin loading at 10:15 a.m. and will depart from Austin High School at 10:45 a.m. for the 2 p.m. game.

To reserve your spot on the bus, get to the Austin High School Activities office by 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday with your payment. Students also will need a signed release form. Please pick this up at the cashier’s office at Austin High School, or download below.

If the Packers win Wednesday their semifinal game will be at 2 p.m. on Thursday. Buses also will be available for that game, and those interested in riding will need to pay in advance, also by 12:00 Tuesday, to reserve their spots. If the Packers don’t play Thursday, the cost of the second trip will be refunded.

Contact the Austin High School Activities Office with any questions. Below are the forms you will need to turn in with payment by noon Tuesday:

Student Fan Bus for Wednesday

Student Fan Bus for Thursday

Adult Fan Bus for Wednesday

Adult Fan Bus for Thursday

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Medal Ceremony for Section 1AAA Champs

17 Mar

The Austin Packers successfully defended their Section 1AAA title on Friday March 15, 2013 at Mayo Civic Arena in Rochester, Minn. Following the overtime win, the Packers received their medals and the captains claimed the trophy. Here’s the ceremony:

The Packers begin State Tournament play Wednesday at 2 p.m. against Blake at Williams Arena.

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Fear the Beard!

16 Mar

Beard closeupWhen Austin High School Senior Tommy Olmsted decided to participate in “No-Shave November” he had no idea of where it would lead. The idea is to see how much facial hair contestants can grow in a month.

But as Tommy, a reserve guard for the Packer basketball team, was discussing it with his teammates, somehow the decision was made that he couldn’t shave until after an Austin loss.

Thus was born “Fear the Beard!” And since Austin is now 28-0, Tommy’s beard has had a lot of time to grow.

Tommy profile

James Harden has nothing on Tommy…at least in beard-growing ability.

When the Packers all agreed to shave their heads before the January 17 “Hoops for Hope” game in honor of Samantha Gasner, a teammates mom who is fighting cancer, it made for a contrast that was interesting to say the least. Here Tommy is pictured with Joe Aase just after both had their haircuts:

Tommy and Joe

Tommy has made it clear that when the season is over, the beard will be gone, too.

Now the goal for the Packers is to make sure he doesn’t get to shave until Sunday morning.

Fear the Beard!

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Packer Paraphernalia

16 Mar

As the Packers get ready for their second straight trip to the State Basketball Tournament, they’ll be counting on continued great community support to cheer them on, and Games People Play in Austin is your source for clothing and accessories you need to help us

Paint “The Barn” Red!

State Bound Back2Back Pack section champion T-shirts are available for $12 each. See pictures below for the designs (click to enlarge):

Section Champs T-ShirtsBack to Back

Games People Play also will have Go Packers towels for $5 each:

Packer Towels

Shirts and towels will be available starting Monday, but you can call Games People Play at  507/433-7593 to place your order for pick-up.

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