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Page 8 THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY,AUGUST 12, 20 5 By Kevin Skavhaug A strange condition... Medical or Psychological journals can't always give us the exact diagnosis for what is affecting us. Just recently however, a study was done that does, once and for all, settle the age old puzzle that afflicts many men. Mostly men that is, some women, but mostly men. Hot flashes, quick to anger, elevated stress levels. These are three of the symp- toms. Sudden fits of rage, fop lowed by times of calm. Lev- els of ecstasy are sometimes reached followed by bouts of depression. Quick busts of adrenaline overload which leads to periods of deep sleep not long after. It's a vicious malady that has finally a de- finitive diagnosis. And at least a partial cure. The condition is called Football season. And it's about to descend and infect hundreds of thousands of us. There's not a whole lot you can do for it (even less if you are a Vikings fan), but there is a prescription. Spring and summer are two ways to combat it and they are very effective. But at other times of the year, the other two seasons, the best known cure is abstinence. Pure and Simple. Staying away is the best bet. And speaking of bets, don't bet. Or play in fantasy leagues or even your weekly office "pick the winners pool" for there are no win- ners. Even if you win your weekly pick, or your league, the consequences that the symptoms place on you aren't worth it. Ordinary people have come up with their own ways of coping with it. One man invented a sponge brick. Thrown at the television, the brick was a device that was supposed to be a way to re- live tension and a non- lethal way to vent frustrations.. That didn't world, most peo- ple just picked the brick to itty bitty pieces during the most stressful moments of the game. Then their dog would eat the pieces and cause even more discomfort to the fan. One person invented a plastic construction helmet with beverage holders on both sides with tubes leading to your mouth. This was sup- posed to help lesson the bur- den of eating junk food as you would have both hands available to shovel in the Chili Dip and Guacamole. You see, eating helps relieve stress, or so that was the idea anyway. That didn't work. Since the brick was long since destroyed, the second- ary outlet was the uncondi-. tioned response of throwing down your hat in anger when your team fumbles on the six yard line. So that failed mis- erably, and messily as well. There was a cheese hat theory that has some success but it just looked so stupid that peo- ple developed other com- plexes that are still being treated. So you see, there are ways of treating it but the only suc- cessful outcome is achieved by just saying no. But the sea- son is upon us. Men, women and children will suffer. More-so if you're a Vikings fan but all of us will suffer immensely this season. Colts fans not so much but the rest of you, well, all I can say is I feel your pain. Or some of it anyway. (By the way, did you hear who the Colts picked up in the off season at wide out??? BooyahI!I) By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press BUFFALO, N.Y. Sometimes having no one know who you are or where you come from is a good thing. For Park River's Ethan Pe- terson, that might not be the case much longer. Peterson, who will be a Junior at Park River Area High School this fall, was selected as the goalie from our four state region to attend the Na- tional USA Camp at the Universi- ty of Buffalo, N.Y., this past July: Tryouts were held earlier this spring and Peterson was the one goalie tak- en from North Dakota, Minnesota, Wyoming and South Dakota. He was one of twenty goalies who were then in attendance at the na- tional development camp in New York. The purpose of the national camp is to identify, train, and evaluate po- tential future players for USA hock- ey. And while USA hockey is look- ing for players for their teams, there are also scouts from virtually every college, junior, or even profession- al level team on hand looking at the best hockey players the USA has to offer. "The camp was so competitive," said Ethan, "We were evaluated on everything from our play, our phys- ical abilities and mentally as well." "It was pretty intense," he admitted. And it was a big stage as well. "I Was a little overwhelmed looking in the stands and seeing scouts, agents, and coaches everywhere," said Pe- terson. "When they asked me who I am with (meaning agent, trainer etc), they were a bit taken back when my reply was that I am here on my own." Most of the players at the camp came in well known within the ~i~+,~I Photos: Submitted Above: Ethan Peterson of Park River was the one goalie taken from N.D, Minn, Wyoming and South Dakota. He was one of twenty goalies who were then in attendance at the national development camp in New York.Left: Peterson eyes the puck as he protects the goal. Peterson, who will be a Junior at Park River Area High School this fall, was selected as the goalie from our four state region to attend the NaUonal USA Camp at the University of Buffalo, NY this past July. various hockey regions with some having trainers and agents already. For Peterson, that wasn't the case. "I guess my dad (Justin Ferguson) and grandpa (Kevin Ferguson) would have to be considered my trainers," Peterson smiled. "They both played a little goalie in their dayF' That changed soon after the camp was over. Scouts, agents and college hockey coaches have been in contact with Peteson after his im- pressive showing at the camp. He ranked third overall for the goalies after posting two shut outs in five games and ending with a 94.7 save percentage. Final stats showed Pe- terson saw the third most shots on net out of the goalies. During the week long evaluation period, Peterson said he enjoyed the "pace of the game" the most. "These players were all so ultra intense," he said. "Many of them have goals of playing in the NHL or at least at a high college level so yes, it was intense out on the ice." The experience has opened up hockey opportunities for Ethan now that he has been showcased. "I do hope to continue to play hockey af- ter high school," said Ethan, "but I know it's not a given, I'm going to have to work hard and clean up some parts of my game but I am willing to do whatever I can to do that." For now, Ethan will get ready for this season with the Grafton-Park River high school team where he will compete for a spot for the Spoilers. After his high school ca- reer is over he will look to see where hockey can take hina. The croup this summer was a good starting point for that journey. By Kevin Skavhaug of The Press GRAND FORKS, N.D. --Three area tbotball players partici- pated in this years N.Dak Shrine All Star fbotball game at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Abraham Hankey; son of David and Jana Hankey, Esten Beneda, son of Jon and Lori Beneda and Kyle Beck- er, son of Brad and Denise Becker were all a part of the east 11 man team this year. Hankey mad Beneda were members of this year's Aggie state cham- pionship football team. Becker played his high school career for Mid- way Minto. The three boys, who competed with and against each other for the past six years, all had stellar high school football careers for their respective schools. Hankey played quarterback and defensive back for the Aggies while Beneda played tight end and defensive end. Becker played at running back and defensive back for the Mon- archs. The boys would like to thank the sponsors who made the game possible for them. Beneda Insurance Agency, First United Bank, Dr. Joel Johnson, Br'mtnell Farms, CHS Lankin/Milton, North Star Co- op, Fordville Legion, George Moen, Ye Olde Medicine Center, John andAnna Mac Hankey, Farmers Union Insurance, Brent and Staslie Zimmerman, Don and Patty Hudson, and Dan and Phyllis Schin- dele. Right: (L to R) Esten Beneda, Kyle Becker, and Abraham Hankey all parUcipated in the Shdne Bowl at the Alerus Center this summer. Photo: Submitted l Your community. Your paper. Your source for H:ppy Happenings. I Walsh County Press 284 6333 I Tobacco Prevention Coordinator Wanted Walsh County Health District goes here! Call 284.6333 today for rates. Walsh County Health District is seeking to fill the position of Tobacco Prevention Coordinator. The Tobacco Preven- tion Coordinator oversees all management activities of the tobacco prevention grant program in Walsh County. Duties include grant writing, progress reporting, public education, strategic use of the media, and policy development and im- plementation. The ideal candidate "will have strong com- munication skills; enjoy working with the public, and have the ability to perform detail work. A Bachelor's degree is required. Preference will be given to candidates who have managed grants in the past, and who have some type of health or wellness related experi- ence. Must not use tobacco products. Excellent benefit package including fully paid family health insurance, retirement, and liberal vacation and sick leave benefits. The position is part time, Mon-Fri. EOE Interested individuals may call Walsh County Health District at 701-352-5139 for an application or go to Completed application must be received by August 24th at 638 Cooper Ave Suite 3 Grafton, ND 58237 PR Ye,uJth HJeckeV ,.., eg|straJt enJ Mandatory parent meeting and registration Sunday, Aug, 30 at 7 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. Parents must attend one of the meetings Location: Park River Area High School Alumni Room Termites $100 Mites $225 Squirts $275 Girls 19U NDAHA $325 HS Boys NDAHA $400 *MARK YOUR CALENDERS *** PRHB will be hosting TRY HOCKEY FREE DAY on November 7th from lOam-2pm th and February 20 from lOam-2pm FIR. T YEAR ON SKATES ARE FREE FOR ANY LEVEL