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Sign-up open for

men’s hoops tourney

The annual Willmar Men’s Basketball Winter Classic is Jan. 25 at the city auditorium. The deadline to register is Jan. 17 ($125) by calling 320-231-8490 or visiting

Mottinger, Johnson

CLC Top Performers

Willmar High School student-athletes recognized by the Central Lakes Conference as Top Performers of the Week:

Boys Hockey: Hunter Mottinger, senior center, scored four goals and had two assists in three games at the Little Falls Invite.

Wrestling: Vaughn Johnson, junior 182-pounder, got a 51-second pin at 195 in the Cardinals’ dual-meet win at Sartell.

Willmar chasing Tech

in CLC boys hoops

St. Cloud Tech has early command of the Central Lakes Conference boys basketball race. The Tigers are 6-0 with Willmar, Sartell and Alexandria each 3-1 in a tie for second.

Willmar (7-3) hosts Sauk Rapids (0-5, 0-10 this evening while the Willmar girls (1-1, 3-4) visit Sauk Rapids (0-3, 1-6).

Vikings’ LB Henderson arrested on DWI suspicion

Minnesota Vikings linebacker Erin Henderson was arrested on New Year’s Day for suspicion of DWI, his second drunk-driving arrest since November.

“We are aware of the matter involving Erin Henderson,” the team said in a statement. “We are continuing to gather information and will have further comment at the appropriate time.”

Henderson was arrested Wednesday in Chanhassen, Minn., on suspicion of DWI. According to jail records, Henderson was booked into the Carver County Jail at 3:03 p.m. for fourth-degree DWI, third-degree DWI, second-degree DWI test refusal and violating the conditions of a limited driver’s license, WCCO-TV in Minneapolis reported.

Henderson sued the state of Minnesota in late November 2013 after being arrested for probable cause of driving while intoxicated and possession of a controlled substance. He filed a lawsuit, stating the police didn’t have probable cause to stop him.

In another incident, according to the Minnesota State Patrol, Henderson was stopped on Aug. 31, 2013 after troopers noticed him weaving. He was warned and released.’s Tom Pelissero expects Henderson to be released after the Super Bowl, once rosters become unfrozen for non-playoff teams.

— Reuters/Staff reports