Tag Archives: Tommy Olmsted


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



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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Packers Beat Faribault 78-31

12 Feb

The Austin boys hosted Faribault on Tuesday and came away with a convincing 78-31 win to stay perfect on the season at 21-0. The Packers got off to an early lead which stretched to 43-15 at halftime and was 68-19 when the game reached the 9-minute running time mark in the second half.

Joe Aase paced the Packers with 19, while Bret Lukes had 11, Gach Gach 10, Tom Aase and Ajuda Nywesh 9 each, Collin Weisert and Zach Wessels 8 each and Tommy Olmsted and Ryan Synoground 2 apiece.

Here is the Austin Daily Herald story, and here are the highlights:

The Packers return to action Friday in Rochester against Century.


Packers lap Rochester Mayo

15 Dec

The Packers opened their home season Friday night with a 68-34 win over Rochester Mayo, the Packers’ 15th straight home win dating back to March 4, 2011.

Austin was in control the whole way, but put on a big spurt in the second half to stretch the final margin. Joe Aase led the Packers with 23 points, while Tom Aase had 12, Ajuda Nywesh 10, Bret Lukes and Zach Wessels 9 each, Tommy Olmsted 3 and Jacob Kempen 2.

Here are the highlights:

See also the story in the Austin Daily Herald.

The Packers return to action Tuesday night on the road against Mankato East.

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Packers Survive in 2OT at Albert Lea

11 Dec

The Packers traveled to Albert Lea Tuesday night to open Big Nine play against the Tigers. Full highlights of the double overtime win will be coming tomorrow, but for now here’s the big finish.

After a late three by Albert Lea gave the Tigers a 71-70 lead with 10.5 seconds in the second overtime, Packers coach Kris Fadness called timeout to set up a final play. Here’s the result:

Zach Wessels, who hit the game-winner, led the Packers with 27 points, while Joe Aase added 21, Ajuda Nywesh 9, Bret Lukes 6, Tom Aase 5, Tommy Olmsted 5 and Collin Weisert 1.

The Packers, now 3-0 on the season, open their home season Friday night hosting Rochester Mayo.

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