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A walk, a Pierz error, a Tanner Heinsius sacrifice fly and an Adrian Belden single helped BBE score three unearned runs in the fifth inning of a 3-2 Central Minnesota Conference win over the Pioneers on Monday in Pierz
It’s been an eventful winter for Brandon Zylstra. The former New London-Spicer athlete moved to Arizona after graduating from Concordia-Moorhead in December and spending Christmas with his family. He just got back home after a couple of months in the southwest, he’ll celebrate his 23rd birthday today and he’ll celebrate Easter with his family on Sunday.
Willmar's Lexi Orlowski scored 26 points and the Cardinals staved off a late Zimmerman rally to advance to the Section 5AAA championship game with a 58-53 victory Saturday night at Buffalo High School
Two other area players will join college football teams this fall. New London-Spicer wide receiver Cody King is a preferred walk-on at Bemidji State. King, a 6-foot-1, 173-pound wide receiver, lettered three years in football and basketball and four in track. He was Wright County All-Conference junior year and was all-district and named to the Tribune All-Area team as a senior. King had 21 receptions for 422 yards and three touchdowns, and he averaged 20.1 yards per catch. Minnewaska’s Greg Helander has signed with Southwest Minnesota State.
WILLMAR — The Willmar Curling Club would have been elated to bring any national tournament to town, but the club took aim at the 2016 USA Curling Junior National Championships for a specific reason. The club, founded in 2004, has 110 members and they’d like to be able to draw in more to the sport, especially younger players. “We wanted to focus on a youth event,” said Matt Proehl, a club member and event manager for the Junior National, which officially begins today and runs through Jan. 23 at the Willmar Civic Center’s Blue Line Arena.
A feeling of family leads two former Willmar Stingers players — both progressing to possible major league careers — to return to town to reconnect with their summertime hosts
ACGC's Colton Minnick surpassed 1,000 career points but Breckenridge's fast-break attack and pressing defense proved too much for the Falcons in the Case IH Invitational title game Saturday night at Benson High School
Willmar’s Isaac Kobienia is off to a blistering start to the 2015-16 season, for which he immediately and humbly credits his Cardinal line mates. But it’s undeniable that the gifted senior forward has been holding up his end of the deal. “He’s a really good kid,” said Cardinals head coach Jamie Hagen, whose team plays its third game of the season against St. Cloud Tech at 7:15 p.m. today at the Willmar Civic Center. “He’s a good student,” Hagen said, “and he’s got a good head on his shoulders. He’s got a lot of good stuff going for him.”
As a guy who loves to watch hockey, I was never much good at playing it. In days way gone by, we played all the time but nothing ever seemed to rub off. I think of this every year when the prep hockey season rolls around, when the weather turns from chilly to cold, and the only feeling I have left in my feet and fingers is pain and swelling from hours spent playing on an outdoor rink that we often had to shovel, inside dasher boards that were, literally, boards.
A balanced offensive attack helped MACCRAY down Benson 54-42 in the Case IH Invitational’s third-place game on Saturday at Benson High School