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BRAINERD — The Willmar WarHawks won their fourth-straight North American 3 Hockey League game 5-4 over Breezy Point on Saturday when Riley Dixon and Leonardo Ewald teamed up for the winning goal in the third period just eight seconds after the North Stars tied the game. The WarHawks successfully followed up on a 7-0 win over the Rochester Ice Hawks on Friday night in Rochester.
What a party it will be in Litchfield on Friday night if the Dragons football team can snatch a victory from perennial state powerhouse Hutchinson. Unlike previous encounters, such a win wouldn't be celebrated as an upset. The Dragons and Tigers both enter their 7 p.m. tangle with 5-0 records. How big is the game for Litchfield? Consider: * The Dragons have not won five games in a season since a 7-4 mark in 2008, the last year they had a winning record.
Rocket offense scores 10 consecutive runs to advance to state semifinals
Minnesota cornerback Marcus Sherels returned an interception 53 yards for the winning touchdown late in the fourth quarter, lifting the Vikings past the Seahawks 18-11 Thursday at Seattle in a rematch of last season's dramatic NFC wild-card game.
The United States and Spain finally lived up to expectations, posting blowout wins on Wednesday to reach the semifinals of the Olympic men's basketball tournament.
WILLMAR—As happened in 2014, the Northwood League's Willmar Stingers will lose several home dates at Bill Taunton Stadium because of excessive rainfall and flooding. Eight to 10 inches of rain fell on Willmar on Wednesday night, flooding many areas in town, including Taunton Stadium on 22nd Street Southwest. The Stingers were set to end their 2016 regular season with four home dates against Waterloo and Madison on Thursday through Sunday.
Sometimes even a baseball team that knows it has plenty of talent doesn't realize it can be good. That appears to have been the case for the Willmar VFW I team, which opens the 2016 VFW State Tournament against Hibbing at 11:30 a.m. Thursday in Fergus Falls. Post 1639 had some players who saw varsity action with Willmar's prep team in the spring and others had proven themselves during last year's successful VFW season.
Jimmy Walker said winning the PGA Championship on Sunday for his first career major was a matter of trust, both in himself and in his game
WILLMAR—They might not yet be mistaken for Murderer's Row, but the Willmar Stingers are flexing some serious home run muscle in the second half of the Northwoods League season. Dylan Woods hit a seventh-inning grand slam and the Stingers rocked Thunder Bay 8-0 in a Northwoods League game on Thursday at Bill Taunton Stadium. The Stingers are 6-3 in the NWL second half, a half game behind first-place Eau Clairie. Woods' homer marked the Stingers' ninth-straight game with at least one home run.
WILLMAR—Stormy weather washed out about half of the 90th Minnesota State Junior Boys' Championship opening round on Tuesday at Eagle Creek Golf Club. Play was suspended at about 3 p.m. when thunderstorms moved into the area. Sixty five golfers in the 141-player field either finished their rounds or played through nine holes. Play will resume today at 7 a.m. After the first 18-hole round is completed, the field will be cut and second-round pairings announced. Second-round play begins at about 1 p.m. from both the No. 1 and No. 10 tees.