Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.
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WILLMAR — Ickey Woods’ time on life’s center stage has always been fleeting but the impressions he’s left live on seemingly forever. Woods’ career with the NFL’s Cincinnati Bengals lasted just four years but he had a spectacular rookie season in 1988, rushing for more than 1,000 yards, scoring 15 touchdowns and leading the Bengals to the Super Bowl. And, of course, he invented the iconic “Ickey Shuffle” touchdown dance. Woods doing the “Shuffle” in a deli commercial for Geico this year was just 30 seconds, but the ad may be one of the most famous in TV history. “I’ve been fortunate
It was with immense pleasure that Minnesota Timberwolves fans watched the New York Knicks’ faithful booing and crying — while taking selfies of themselves crying, of course — when Phil Jackson drafted Kristaps Porzingis at No. 4 during Thursday’s 2015 NBA Draft. Poor babies. Porzingis is only one of this year’s widely prized prospects.
Striving for perfection makes Tigers’ Reimers a 3-sport star
Wildcats’ Zylstra displays vast talents no matter the sport
Two area athletes brought home fourth-place medals from the Minnesota State High School Track and Field Meet on Saturday at Hamline University’s Klas Field
Willmar sophomore Sophie Schmitz placed sixth in the Class AA 800-meter run this morning at the Minnesota State Track and Field Championships at Hamline University's Klas Field
Reimers, Krieger highlight team that features eight All-Staters
Twenty nine area individual athletes — including a defending state champion — and 11 relay teams will compete in the Class AA and Class A Minnesota State Track and Field Meets Friday and Saturday at Hamline University’s Klas Center. BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart’s Josie Lilja, the 2014 Class A pole vault champ, and Paynesville’s Katelyn Mrozek both are in this year’s field. New London-Spicer’s Shane Zylstra will again be gunning for medals, this time in the Class A triple jump and long jump. Zylstra, who placed third in last year’s long jump and medaled in the high jump, enters this year
Minnewaska left-handed pitcher Morgan Hess begins her windup rocking back, then forward, firing off the rubber and raising her right leg waist-high and locked straight, like a spear aimed at her catcher’s mask. As she windmills the ball from above her head and around her left shoulder, she digs in her lead foot at the front edge of the pitching circle, creating great torque as her arm slingshots past her thigh and reaches its release point. It’s a pretty involved pitching motion that requires a lot of skill and coordination, especially from a player who picked up the game just a few years ag