Girls Basketball Alexandria 54, Willmar 30 Minneota 54, Yellow Medicine East 40 Benson 54, Minnewaska 48 Eden Valley-Watkins 78, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 52 Hancock 68, Central Minnesota Christian 33 Norwood-Young America 52, New London-Spicer 36 Lester Prairie 53, Buffalo Lake-Hector 41 Lac qui Parle Valley 58, Renville County West 52 Dawson-Boyd 46, MACCRAY 36 Redwood Valley 57, Sleepy Eye 14 Morris/Chokio-Alberta 53, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 45 Litchfield 52, Monticello 43 Sauk Centre 57, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 49 Glencoe-Silver Lake 76, BOLD 31 Montevideo 62, Or
Registration for YMCA youth basketball for students in kindergarten through fourth grade began at Monday for YMCA members and will start Wednesday for non-members. Registration for YMCA intramural basketball started Monday. All students in grades 9-12 and not in a competitive basketball program are eligible to participate. Players may register as a team or individually. Registration forms are available at the YMCA or online at www.kandiymca.org . For more information, call Tom at 222-9622.
The Willmar Cardinals girls basketball team opens its home and Central Lakes Conference schedule at 7:30 p.m. today by playing host to Alexandria. After going 2-1 in road games, the girls hockey team is at home for the first time tonight, hosting Hutchinson at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center.
WILLMAR -- Three games into the new season, the Ridgewater women's basketball team is only half the team they will eventually be. That was especially evident late in a 52-45 loss to the Gustavus Adolphus junior varsity Monday night at the college gym. "We're out of shape," said coach Carrie Ogdahl of the home opener. That became evident when Ridgewater's tank seemed to hit empty while leading 38-37 with seven minutes to play. The young Gusties -- only eight deep -- outscored their hosts 15-7 the rest of the way.
WILLMAR -- The college pre-Christmas basketball schedule is a time to learn. The Ridgewater College men's team went to class with the Gustavus Adolphus junior varsity on Monday and supposedly learned a few valuable lessons. The tall and quite talented young Gusties surpassed the Warriors 66-58, but not without difficulty. "They (the Gusties) were very disciplined and we just didn't take care of the ball," said Ridgewater head coach Bob Knutson. "We just had too many turnovers and we need better shot selection." David Johonson led the Warriors with 22 points.
The Cardinal Basketball Skills program starts Saturday and meets for the next three Saturdays. Children in grades 4-6 can register at Willmar Community Education and Recreation in the Washington Learning Center or by calling 231-8490. The cost of the program is $20.
Craig Radel of New London shot a hole-in-one Wednesday at Little Crow Country Club. Radel used a five-iron to ace the par-3, 159-yard No. 5 hole on the Pines course.
Ridgewater's dual wrestling meet with Rochester scheduled for Wednesday at Willmar has been postponed due to temporary health issues on the Rochester team. No make-up date has been announced.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following 2006 All-Area Football selection ran with the incorrect photo in Saturday's edition. Offense DAVID NELSON ACGC, senior, 5-9, 200, G-DT Nelson explodes off the block and overpowers defensive linemen with his strength and technique. The Falcons were second in the area in rushing yards per game and often followed Nelson's blocks en route to averaging 354 yards and over 33 points per game.
It's no surprise to see New London-Spicer and Willmar on top of the area preseason rating list. The two have been perennial powers for many years. It's the teams that are battling to take over the top of the heap that are surprising. New London-Spicer has two stellar starters back from a 20-8 team and is selected as our No. 1 team. Willmar (previewed last Saturday) lost four starters to graduation, but has a good nucleus of experienced players back and the Cardinals won their opener Saturday against a good Bemidji team. They are our No.