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STATE BOUND 2012 Shirts Available

17 Mar


Packer fans can get a STATE BOUND 2012 T-shirt like the ones given to the team members Friday night for $12 through Tim Duren and Games People Play. The deadline for ordering is noon on Tuesday. Call Tim at 279-0026 or send him your order by email, including your name, phone number, size(s) and quantities.



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Pack the Fan Buses!

12 Mar

The Packer Fast Break Club (Like us on Facebook) is sponsoring and subsidizing the cost for fan buses to Friday night’s Section 1AAA Final against New Prague.

The school buses will leave from Austin High School at 6 p.m. and will return after the game. The cost is only…

$1 for students


$5 for adults!

To reserve your spot, click the appropriate link below and print, complete and sign the form and return it to the Austin High School Activities Office with payment by noon on Thursday, March 15.



Update: The first adult bus will be a coach bus instead of a school bus, so get to the AHS Activities Office and sign up early if you want to be sure to get on the coach bus.

Game tickets may be purchased separately at the Mayo Civic Center when you arrive. Game time is 8 p.m.

There also is a big concert at the Mayo Civic Center Friday night. There is plenty of parking and it is free, but parents and fans should be notified that they may have to walk a few blocks from the lots. The ramp across the street from the Civic Center may be full.

Packer fans have fueled an undefeated home record this year. Now it’s time to build that enthusiasm to an even greater scale at Mayo Civic Center to earn a trip to State!

Thanks to 3-Point Club Members!

15 Jan

The Packer Fast Break Club raises funds each year to provide equipment, services and and to pay entry fees for the Summer tournaments that help the team get better. The list of current members is here.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed! If you would like to join them, send your tax-deductible contribution to:

Packer Fast Break Club
c/o Sherri Wessels
2001 W Oakland Ave
Austin, MN 55912-4619

2010-11 Regular Season Schedule

29 Nov

Below is the 24-game regular season schedule for the Austin Packer Varsity Boys Basketball Team (click to enlarge and print).

Packers Impressive in Century Scrimmage

28 Nov

The Packers looked strong today in a scrimmage held at Century High School in Rochester. Six teams were involved, including Austin, Albert Lea, Century, Rochester John Marshall, Stewartville and Winona Cotter.

The Packers matched up first with Stewartville, with about half of the one-hour session devoted to half-court situations before a brief full-court session. The second-round against Winona Cotter was all full-court scrimmaging. Scores weren’t kept against either, but the boys looked sharp.

In the final session, the Pack faced off in a simulated 20-minute game against JM. Here are some of the highlights of the 41-16 win:

Here are three other upcoming events:

  • Monday, November 29 is “Meet the Packers Night” at Packer Gym, starting at 6:30 p.m. Come out to see an intrasquad scrimmage and get an exciting preview of the 2010-11 Packers
  • Next Saturday, Dec. 4, the Fast Break Club is hosting a Pancake Breakfast fundraiser at Applebee’s in Austin. See any player for tickets, which are $6 per person.
  • That same day, the Packers open the season against Cedar Falls, Iowa. The B Squad game is at 3, with the Varsity following at 4 p.m. Let’s turn out a big crowd to cheer the boys on to victory.

If you want to keep up on all the Packer action, subscribe to receive e-mail updates or join the Packer Fast Break Club group on Facebook.

Getting Ready for the 2010-2011 Season

9 Nov

Coach Fadness held the first team meeting for the 2010-11 season tonight, giving players and their parents an overview of what to expect in the next several months.

While captains’ practices have already started — led by seniors Max Coffey, Matt Duren, Jay Ettinger and Zach Fadness —  the team will officially start workouts with coaches on Monday, Nov. 22. Meanwhile, some of the boys have been participating in a fall tune-up league in Bloomington, where they are undefeated through the first eight games.

Expect the 2010-11 edition of the Packers to feature an athletic, up-tempo style, taking advantage of depth and team speed.

You will be able to track the Pack all season on this site, so check back regularly for updates and Fast Break Club news, as well as game highlights and links to news coverage.

If you would like to get an email notification whenever this site is updated, click this link to subscribe. You also can join the Packer Fast Break Club group on Facebook.

From the Prez

24 Jan

We are now at the halfway point of the basketball season and the Fast Break Club has continued to stay busy and support the team.  Recently a meeting was held of the Executive Committee and the Committee Chairs to discuss a variety of activities that the Club is involved with.  This newsletter will provide you with a quick update of the many items that are a part of the Club’s activities.

Treasurer’s Report.  As of January 16th, the Fast Break Club’s account balance was just over $5,400.00.  Various budgeted items yet to be expended leave approximately $2,500.00 for future support of the team.  Additional expenses that remain to be completed include, but are not limited to, banquet and awards, long-term project fund, coaching salaries, with future needs including but not limited to shorts for the 9th grade players, summer tournament fees, video and computer equipment, etc.

3-Point Club.  Solicitation letters were mailed in mid December.  As each of you review this memo, if you haven’t yet made a contribution to the 3-Point Club, please consider doing so.  Checks can be made payable to AYB Fast Break Club.  Your contribution can be mailed to AYB Fast Break Club, 4318 20th Avenue NW, Austin, MN 55912.

Thanks to all of you who have contributed thus far.  The 3-Point Club plans a follow up calling effort to contact individuals who received the previous letter this coming Sunday evening, January 28th.  Mark Coffey and Tim Fritz head up the 3-Point Club effort.  Contact either of them with any questions that you might have.

Game Day Activities.  Signe Rizzi and Jane Justice have been very busy during game day activities raising money for the basketball team.  The raffle is currently underway.  Tickets are available prior to home games.  In addition, the Fast Break Club is selling Younkers Community Day coupons.  The coupon book costs $5.00 and contains a $10.00 coupon, along with eight 20% off coupons.  See Joan Maxfield or Kelly Collier to purchase a coupon book.

The committee continues its game day activities, including the 50-50 draw and the half-time hoop shoot.  These 2 activities have been tremendously successful this year.  In addition, the student gift card drawing is another popular activity conducted by this committee.  Thanks to all of you who have helped with the projects.

Senior Night.  The Senior Night Committee is busy preparing for senior night activities for the home game on February 16th.  A new wrinkle will be added to senior night this year when all basketball players in grades 9 to 12 will be invited to the cafeteria following the game for pizza and refreshments.  This activity will be for players and coaches and is sponsored by the Fast Break Club.  Other activities to recognize the team’s seniors are currently being planned.

Playoff  Dinner.  The Fast Break Club will host a spaghetti dinner  on Tuesday, March 6th for all of the varsity players, their families, and the coaching staff and their families the night before the team’s first playoff game.  More details of this event will be forthcoming.

Banquet.  The Banquet Committee (Bob & Kelly Collier) has scheduled the season ending banquet for Sunday, March 25th.  Many of the details have yet to be worked out as to the nature of the banquet, but you might mark your calendar accordingly if you plan to attend.  The season ending banquet will be for all players, 9-12 and their families.

Again, a big thank you to all of you who have contributed in one form or another to the success that the Fast Break Club has achieved in its first few months of existence.

Hopefully the Packers can continue to dominate at home and pick up a few road wins as the season enters its second half.  Go Packers!

Steve Rizzi, President

Fast Break Club

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