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Camden-WC South Challenge continues Saturday at LQPV

The Camden Conference's "King of the Hill" trophy ball finally changed hands when the Dawson-Boyd boys basketball team defeated MACCRAY 80-75 in overtime earlier this month.

MACCRAY head coach Gary Nelson started what he hopes will become a tradition last year as a traveling trophy among Camden North teams. Whichever team beats the current holder keeps it until they lose to an conference opponent.

But since MACCRAY didn't lose a conference game until the Feb. 3 game against the Blackjacks, it hasn't done much traveling.

"Nelson," said Blackjacks head coach Cory Larson with a laugh, "he starts it, and then he doesn't lose a game for a year and a half."

"I think it's a fun thing," said Nelson, who revived the idea from other conferences the Camden teams played it. "I hope it becomes a tradition."

* If the Camden North race ends in a tie, Dawson-Boyd will represent the North division in the Camden Conference's annual season-end game against the South representative, which likely will be Russell-Tyler-Ruthton. RTR is 10-2 in the conference and 15-7 overall, and holds a two-game lead over Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.

If a division has co-leaders, the team with the best overall record represents the division in the game. Currently, MACCRAY is 12-1 in the league and 17-5 with two conference games and three games overall remaining. Dawson-Boyd is 13-1 in the conference and is 18-2 overall with one league game and two games overall remaining.

* The Camden Conference and the West Central South Conference will play a challenge series on Saturday at Lac qui Parle Valley.

This is the sixth year of the West Central South-Camden Challenge, with the host site alternating between the leagues' teams.

On Saturday, KMS plays Yellow Medicine East at 1 p.m., followed by MACCRAY playing ACGC at about 3 p.m. At about 5 p.m., Dawson-Boyd plays Benson, and Renville County West and LQPV closing out the series at about 7 p.m. The event also will feature a 3-point shooting contest. In its first five years, the Camden leads the series 3-2.