Ridgewater's Ethan Vogt and Dusty Myers survived the first day of the NJCAA national wrestling tournament Friday at Rochester. Vogt, at 197 pounds, won all three of his matches to advance to today's semifinals. Myers, at 157 pounds, is 2-1 and will be in the wrestleback quarterfinals. Both earned All-America status. Full results will appear in Monday's paper.
Events/competitions Prairie Woods Winter Fun Day -- Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center will hold a Winter Fun Day from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at the Center near Spicer. Visitors will be invited to cross country ski, snowshoe and participate in other winter activities. Individuals and families can also build snow sculptures and compete in snow snake races. The indoor climbing wall will be open from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.
REDWOOD FALLS -- A series of open houses sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and the Minnesota Trails Initiative have been scheduled to obtain public input on the future of the first leg of the proposed Minnesota River Trail. After meetings in Appleton and Montevideo, the next meeting will be held Monday in Redwood Falls from 4:30-7 p.m. at the Redwood Falls Area Community Center. Granite Falls will hold an open house Tuesday from 4:30-7 p.m. at Granite Falls City Hall and Ortonville will hold the final open house from 4:30-7 p.m.
After a few years, one would think a person would learn from their mistakes. Such is not the case. When my son Damon asked me what I was doing the other afternoon, without thinking, I said, "not much." Knowing Damon, the correct answer is either, "Why" or "I am leaving for Bermuda in about an hour." Damon can come up with some awful projects and consider them entertainment. Cutting four or five cords of firewood in an afternoon is just good clean fun.
All three Willmar relays went under the state cut Friday during preliminaries of the Section 2A swimming meet at Hutchinson. The medley relay is fourth, the 200-freestyle relay sixth and the 400-freestyle relay third. To qualify for the state meet, Willmar must either win the event or go under the cut time again in the today's championship heat. Steve Kluver is third in the backstroke after a swim under the state cut. The finals are at 1:30 p.m. today.
Willmar's Erik Borgos at 103 pounds, Brandt Haglund at 125 and Jesse Alonzo at 140 all advanced to the semifinals after the first day at the Section 2AA Individual Tournament Friday in Prior Lake. The other nine Willmar wrestlers (the Cardinals have two open weights) remained alive and will compete in wrestlebacks today. Complete area wrestling results for each section will appear in Monday's paper.
Boys Basketball YME 69, KMS 67 MACCRAY 64, LQPV 53 NLS 88, BOLD 51 Albany 75, ACGC 66 Girls Basketball Watertown-Mayer 51, Litchfield 41 Willmar 60, Sauk Rapids 27 Boys Hockey Little Falls 7, Willmar 4 Women's Basketball MCCC State Tournament Ridgewater 73, Rainy River 59 Itasca 76, MN West 58 Minneapolis 69, Hibbing 53 Rochester 78, Mesabi 56
Women's Basketball MCCC STATE TOURNAMENT At Willmar See schedule on Page B-1 Girls Basketball Section 3A-North QUARTERFINALS TODAY at Southwest Minnesota State, Marshall 1. Red Rock vs. Lakeview, 1 p.m. 2. RTR vs. Minneota, 2:30 p.m. 3. Canby vs. Lincoln HI, 4:30 p.m. 4. RCW vs. Dawson-Boyd, 6 p.m. Section 3AA-North QUARTERFINALS TODAY 1. Morris/Chokio-Alb. at Benson, 7 p.m. 2. Lac qui Parle Valley vs. West Central Area at Barrett, 7 p.m. 3. BOLD vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Falls, 7 p.m. 4. Montevideo vs.
LITCHFIELD -- Watertown-Mayer limited Litchfield to 32 percent shooting from the field and got 17 points from Laura Parochka as the Royals beat Litchfield 51-41 in the Wright County Conference Friday. The Royals (11-3, 21-5) owned a five-point lead at halftime and never looked back in the second half. Litchfield (10-4, 19-7) got within two in the second half, but poor shooting hindered the Dragons' chances of putting together a rally. Emily Davis with 11 points was the only Litchfield player to score in double figures.
KERKHOVEN -- In two of the last three games for Yellow Medicine East, Kenton Johnson has been the go-to guy. Friday against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (15-9), Johnson hit a 14-footer with 2.5 seconds left to lift the Sting (12-11) to a 69-67 non-conference win. Johnson was also responsible for YME's 54-53 win over Pipestone on Feb. 18. He made two free throws with 5.4 seconds left in that game. After trailing 33-25 at halftime, YME erased the deficit in the first four minutes of the second half to take a 40-39 lead. Johnson and Luke Berg led the Sting with 18 points each.