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Family, friends and fans of Spicer's Brandon Zylstra were thrilled when the news broke last week that the former New London-Spicer and Concordia-Moorhead wide receiver signed a futures contract with the Minnesota Vikings. Zylstra's phone surely buzzed constantly as kind words of congratulations and interview requests poured in. And it's good that people recognize the work Zylstra's put into pursuing his dream and that they wish him well. But now, while no one wants to rain on his parade, everyone needs to do an Aaron Rodgers and R-E-L-A-X.
NEW HOPE—The Willmar girls hockey team lost a heartbreaker, 2-1 in overtime, to Fergus Falls on Saturday at the New Hope Ice Arena in the Cardinals' final game of the Robbinsdale Armstrong/Cooper Tournament. The Otters' Sophie Rausch scored the winning goal unassisted at 3:33 of OT. Willmar took a 1-0 lead in the first period on Bailey Olson's goal at 14:29. Madison Garberding and Serena Monson had the assists. Fergus Falls' Chloe Nelson tied the game with a power play goal at 7:10 of the second period, and neither team scored in the third period.
Area prep basketball fans will have plenty of opportunities to see good hoops action this week as the girls Heritage Bank WildCard Tournament and the boys Bremer Bank Classic kick off at Willmar High School. See the area's full holiday tournament schedule on page B3. The Heritage Tournament features four powerhouse teams. New London-Spicer is 6-2 and ranked No. 18 in Class AA, according to Minnesota-scores.net's QRF rankings. The Wildcats take on Minnehaha Academy at 6 p.m. Wednesday. Minnehaha is 5-3 and ranked No. 10 in Class AA QRF.
BENSON - In small towns, there is no more communal place than the high school gym, where hundreds of people gather on numerous occasions to enjoy games, concerts, proms and graduations. It's typically the site of great fun, with the worst that can happen is the local squad loses a game or you spill a Coke on your team sweatshirt.
KERKHOVEN — BBE's Ethan Schwinghammer and Evan Wiener both scored 11 points and Ryan Illies scored nine as the Jaguars edged KMS 44-41 in both teams' season-opener on Friday night at KMS High School. The tightly contested matchup was tied 18-18 at halftime. BBE's Ryan Illies finished with nine points and Parker Schwinghammer had six points. KMS' Regan Carlson led the Saints with 14 points, 12 coming on 3-point shots, and he also grabbed five rebounds.
Golf broke me. On one recent late fall day, unlike any other time, golf hacked off my hind quarters, grilled it and served it to me on a plate. With garnish. And relish. I'm on a three-year experiment to see if I can improve my game but this day was a disaster, and I believe golf sadistically enjoyed every agonizing minute. Sliced drives, skulled irons, misread, misguided putts, all were on display in one horror show day on the links.
MINNEAPOLIS - Willmar diver Erica Schramm placed second in the 1-meter diving finals during the Class A Minnesota State Swimming and Diving Meet on Saturday at the University of Minnesota's Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center. Schramm, a junior, finished with 362.60 points to earn 17 team points for the Cardinals. Breck's Saylor Hawkins won with 439.60 points. Willmar's Olivia Welsh placed sixth with 342.40 points to earn 13 team points.
MINNEAPOLIS — Willmar divers Erica Schramm and Olivia Welsh both finished in the top four after 1-meter preliminaries and semifinals at the Class A Minnesota State Swimming and Diving Meet on Thursday at the University of Minnesota's Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center. Schramm enters Saturday's finals in second place with 272.90 points. Schramm scored 178.25 points in prelims to rank second behind Breck's Saylor Hawkins (193.15). Hawkins also was first after the semifinals with 308.95 points.
ALEXANDRIA — Having to tweak a starting lineup is a difficult proposition for any volleyball team at any point in the season. Willmar had to do it before its most important match of the season, and it gave Moorhead just enough of an edge to end the Cardinals' season in five sets in the Section 8AAA championship match on Saturday at Alexandria High School. Moorhead prevailed 25-18, 25-10, 20-25, 21-25, 15-6. The Cardinals finished 25-5 and narrowly missed out on the team's first state tournament berth.
ST. CLOUD — Another trip to the NJCAA Division III national tournament wasn't in the cards for the Ridgewater volleyball team as the Warriors fell to St. Cloud Technical in five games in the Region 13A championship match on Saturday at the Whitney Center. The Warriors finished 22-9 and were the No. 3-ranked team in the final Division III regular-season poll. They also shared the MCAC Southern Division title with St. Cloud Technical at 11-3.