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The "area" in Morris/Benson Area hockey is expanding, starting in the 2006-07 school year. Minnewaska Area High School, along with Ortonville, reached an agreement recently to join Morris and Benson for girls hockey. The move now offers female students at Minnewaska 10 sports, bringing the high school in compliance with Title IX.
WILLMAR -- Minnesota is known throughout the world as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes." Most of the fish occupying those waters are healthy to eat, but a lot of the lakes contain unsafe levels of mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs). Fortunately for area anglers, or anyone that enjoys eating fish, west central Minnesota can claim that its lakes have below-average levels of mercury. "You don't want to see anything, but we do," said Norm Haukos, the manager for the Ortonville Area Fisheries Office of mercury testing.
Mitch Schwindt missed eight weeks during the football season with a stress facture in his left foot. Fast-forward seven months later and the Renville County West senior is dealing with the same injury, only it's the other foot. Now with the baseball campaign in full gear, Schwindt is anxious to play his first game of the season on the diamond. Barring any setbacks, Schwindt is hopeful he can play next Thursday at Tracy. Stress fractures are one of the most common injuries for any athlete and occur from excessive running and jumping.
GRANITE FALLS -- Dave Brokke is retiring after 31 years of coaching in the high school football ranks that produced two state championships, 220 career wins and 10 conference championships. Brooke served as the head football coach in the Granite Falls school district -- Granite Falls (1978-88), Granite Falls-Clarkfield (1989-1994) and Yellow Medicine East (1995-2005) -- for the last 28 seasons, compiling a record of 201-88.
MINNEAPOLIS - New London-Spicer's main objective in its game against top-ranked Braham wasn't piling up the points.
MINNEAPOLIS - Pelican Rapids jumped out to a big lead early en route to posting a 72-50 win over Benson Wednesday in the quarterfinals of the Class AA State Tournament at the Target Center. The physical play of Pelican Rapids proved to be too much for the Braves to overcome. Turnovers also plagued the Braves (22-5) from the start and Pelican Rapids (29-2) took advantage.
The last time the Benson boys basketball team competed at the state tournament the average price of gas was 30 cents a gallon. That was 42 years ago and now a gallon of milk is almost cheaper than a gallon of gas. Benson went 0-2 in its first-ever state tournament appearance, but current coach Roger Lindahl thinks the Braves can break into the win column this time around. Benson (22-4) takes on Pelican Rapids (28-2) today at 6 p.m. in the Class AA quarterfinals at the Target Center. "Athlete-to-athlete, we are pretty identical," said Lindahl.
ST. PAUL - Matt Leither admits that his younger brother, Nic, usually gets the best of him during wrestling practice. During last weekend's state tournament at the Xcel Energy Center both stated that their brother has been instrumental in their careers. While Matt saw his high school career come to a close in grand fashion, Nic got a taste of what could materialize over the next two years. Even though he's two years younger, Nic has grabbed most of the headlines when it comes to football and wrestling.
ST. PAUL -- With nearly all of the attention focused on his younger brother,, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City senior Matt Leither wasn't expected to make much noise at the state individual tournament. Comfortable with brother Nic grabbing most of the spotlight, Matt completed a "dream" season by winning the state title in the Class A 189-pound division Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center. Matt wasn't the only competitor from the area that won gold.
ST. PAUL -- Even though the BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector and Little Falls wrestlers weren't at school Thursday, they still got a history lesson. On Jan. 6 at the Little Falls Quadrangular the two teams were in a 40-25 outcome that was won by Little Falls.