Swimming & Diving STATE MEET Finals at University of Minnesota Aquatic Center Thursday's Area Schedule No events scheduled Friday's Area Schedule No events scheduled
BEAUMONT, Calif. -- Aaron Barber needed a big round and he got it. His six-under par 66 on Saturday vaulted him into a 12th-place tie and a spot in the PGA Qualifying School final stage. The New London native, now living in Maple Grove, needed a clutch performance after shooting 76-71-75 the first three rounds of second-stage qualifying at Oak Valley Golf Club in Beaumont, Calif. The top 19 and ties advance to the six-round Final Stage Nov. 30-Dec. 5 at Orange County National in Winter Gardens, Fla.
Three former area athletes have been named to the first-team all-MIAC football team. Former Minnewaska standouts guard Josh Linman of Concordia and running back Cory Weber, both from Glenwood, of Saint John's were named on offense. Matt Ammermann, Bethel outside linebacker from Clara City (MACCRAY), was honored on defense. All three are seniors. Concordia quarterback Brian Schumacher was selected MVP offense and tackle Damien Dumonceaux of St. John's MVP defense. John Gagliardi of league champion St. John's is Coach of the Year.
Racquetball player Lee Rients, retired Willmar teacher, won the U.S. Open singles championship (age 65-69) on Sunday in Memphis, Tenn. He defeated Dave Lund of Michigan 15-11, 15-3. Rients, 65, finished the 2005 season with four firsts and three seconds in seven tournaments.
MINNEAPOLIS -- Mistie Persson, Montevideo/Yellow Medicine East diver, placed 17th in the Class A preliminary diving competition held Monday at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. Her score for eight dives of 207.05 fell 1.20 points short of tying for 16th place, the final spot advancing to Wednesday's final round. The Section 2A champion was 15th after six dives. Defending state champion Julie Brummond of Blake leads with a score of 278.00. Thirty-two divers were entered in the competition. The diving finals and swimming preliminaries begin today.
Girls Hockey CENTRAL LAKES St. Cloud Icebreakers at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. River Lakes at St. Cloud Tech, 7:30 p.m. Alexandria at Fergus Falls, 7:30 p.m. Little Falls at Sartell/Sauk Rapids, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato at Tartan, 7:30 p.m.
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WILLMAR -- Terra Billiet poured in 25 points to lead Ridgewater College to an easy 81-39 victory over Central Lakes College of Brainerd Saturday in junior college women's basketball. Billiet, a 6-foot sophomore post from Madison, also had 10 rebounds as the Lady Warriors controlled the boards, 57-30. Ridgewater, now 2-2, shot 47.6 percent from the field to 27.4 percent by the Raiders. Point guard Kayla Karnes distributed the ball for nine assists and also grabbed eight re-bounds.
The Willmar Golden Gloves Boxing Club drew 17 prospects opening week, seven of those returning fighters. The club welcomes boys and girls ages eight-and-up to its workouts held at 7 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday in the basement of the city auditorium. For more information, call Kirk at 235-1494 (days), 231-1136 (evenings).
WILLMAR -- Ridgewater College poured it on in the last 10 minutes of the second quarter to blow by Mesabi Range 90-83 on Friday at the college gym. "We talked before the game about both teams being hungry," said the Warriors' new coach Shawn Kopischke. "We had both started 0-2 and were both coming off a tough loss.