Pro drivers will be at Lake Hassel, six miles north of Benson on State Highway 29, on Jan. 21-22 for World PowerSports Association Xtreme (oval) Ice Racing. From 50 to 150 riders are anticipated, according to Brent Hill of the Northern Lights Trails Snowmobile Club, sponsor of the first-time event. Radar Runs and Kids' Z-120 Pro-Ice racing is also scheduled. Racing starts at 11 a.m. Saturday and noon Sunday.
SAN ANTONIO -- Tony Parker scored 23 points and the San Antonio Spurs reversed their poor foul shooting in the final quarter for an 83-77 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. The Spurs were 4-for-11 at the line in the first three quarters, but shot 7-for-8 in the final period. Manu Ginobili made all four of his free throws in the final 25 seconds. A long jumper by Wally Szczerbiak cut San Antonio's lead to 69-68 with more than six minutes remaining.
WILLMAR -- Though it's only the first week of the new year, this was a must win for the Willmar Cardinals. At 3-2 the Cardinals were already behind four of the nine other teams in the Central Lakes standings. That included the incoming Little Falls Flyers at 4-1. Willmar responded with an all-out effort to bring down the Flyers 61-50 Friday before about 500 fans at the Willmar gymnasium. Willmar was led by Kyle Townswick, who poured in 26 points, five over his average.
Events/competitions Annual Prairie Country RC&D Meeting -- The Prairie Country Resource Conservation and Development Council's Annual Meeting will be held 10:30 a.m. Jan. 11 in Room 2057 of the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building in Willmar. Minnesota state Senator Steve Dille will be the guest speaker and he will focus on the future of the state's livestock industry. A noon lunch will be available for a fee. Those interested must RSVP by noon on Jan. 9 by calling (320) 231-0008 ext.
Regular readers may have noticed during a large part of my spare time, I am preoccupied with hunting. My wife enjoys most aspects of the outdoors but does not really care for the hunting part. If she is going to hunt at all, she prefers it to be with a camera. This can be a good thing. As she walks the woods looking for a great shot of an owl, she may spook a deer my way. (Before I get a call from the enforcement division of the Department of Natural Resources, let me assure you, I have never asked my wife to drive deer for me while bow hunting.
Yellow Medicine East is hosting a six-team wrestling meet beginning at 9 a.m. today in Granite Falls. Besides the host team, Willmar, Canby, Tracy-Milroy-Balaton, Waubun and Wheaton/Herman-Norcross will be participating. YME is 7-0 in duals this season with four shutouts.
SPICER -- Long-time race driver and car owner Roger Canon and deducated race fan Frank Schmidt, both of Willmar, were inducted into the KRA Speedway Hall of Fame at its December banquet at the American Legion club. Sportsmen of the Year awards went to car owner Mark Bayer of Elrosa and Midwest Mod driver George Sniezek of St. Joseph. Jared Mogard, a Willmar teenager who attends races in a wheelchair, was honored at KRA's Fan of the Year. KRA Speedway 2005 awards ROOKIES OF THE YEAR - Hobby Stock: Shaun Feldman, Sunburg .... Street Stock: Heather Dally, Renville....
(All events 7:30 p.m.
Boys Basketball Litchfield 61, Delano 58 Willmar 61, Little Falls 50 CMCS 72, KMS 66 BBE 56, Kimball 53 LQPV 74, Ortonville 56 Luverne 67, Red. Valley 56 MACCRAY 73, Dawson-Boyd 42 Girls Basketball NL-S 46, Minnewaska 34 YME 50, Benson 38 Cedar Mountain 75, Buffalo Lake-Hector 37 Paynesville 52, LPGE 46 Morris Area 55, BOLD 47 ACGC 24, LQPV 23
Results Friday Tomahawk Cedar Mountain 75, Buffalo Lake-Hector 37 The Mustangs (2-7) lost their sixth straight game, shooting only 26 percent and cashing just 2 of 10 free throws. Alison Benson had 10 points and Leah Ashburn nine for BLH. Megan Madsen led all scorers with 23 points for Cedar Mountain. Cedar Mountain.................47 28 -- 75 BL-Hector (1-5, 2-7)...........14 23 -- 37 CEDAR MOUNTAIN - 32-91 FG (4-21 3 pt); 7-10 FT; 42 rebounds; 12 fouls ... Scoring: Megan Madsen 23, Nikki Schultz 13, Brittany Kokesch 10 ... 3-point shots: not available ...