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Abrego benefit Sunday in Benson

A benefit and silent auction for Benson student-athlete Trenton Abrego is Sunday at the Benson High School cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A meal of French Toast, scrambled eggs, sausage and fruit will be served.

Abrego, 17, a Braves junior is recovering from April decompression surgery for Chiari Malformation. Abrego was injured in a September 2013 football game and the trauma to his head developed into CM, which involves the lower part of the brain being forced into space near the brain stem. The condition restricts the flow of spinal fluid to the spinal cord.

For more information on the event and to donate to the silent auction, contact Jeanine Bowman at, or 320-424-0286.

Bremer Bank boys hoops doubles down

The Willmar Cardinals activities office released a tentative schedule this week for the Bremer Bank Boys Basketball Classic on Dec. 26-27.

Friday: 1 p.m. New London-Spicer vs. Sauk Centre, followed by BBE vs. Benson, Windom vs. MACCRAY and Willmar vs. BOLD.

Saturday: 1 p.m. Windom vs. BBE, followed by BOLD vs. Benson, Sauk Centre vs. MACCRAY,  Willmar vs. NLS.

Senior Games set for Aug. 2-9 in metro

The Minnesota Senior Games are being held Aug. 2-9 in Bloomington, Minneapolis and St. Paul.  Senior athletes over the age of 50 can compete in 19 sports (e.g. archery, horseshoe, tennis, pickle ball, swimming, track & field, road races).

The games provide athletes an opportunity to qualify for the 2015 National Senior Games ( which will be held in the same sites as the 2014 Minnesota Games.

To qualify for the 2015 National Senior Games (July 3-15) athletes must qualify in a 2014 State Game, not necessarily in Minnesota.

Willmar Fest tennis starts today

The three-day Willmar Fest Tennis Tournament, headquartered at the high school, has 60 entrants.

Matches begin at 10:30 a.m. today at the high school.

Willmar Cardinals registered included Drew Corneil, Tate Hovland, Jarod Swoboda, Manny Obregon, Nick Revier and Cayle


Willlmar native Neil Radermacher and his son, Brady, are top seeds in both open singles and doubles.

Mens Open Singles has a draw of 16, and Men’s Open Doubles draw of eight pairs.

— Reuters/Staff reports