When a person's children are grown, and they get past the stage of not wanting to be seen in public places with their parents, a strong bond grows that can be quite special. My sons and I have become friends, when I no longer have to be the parent. My older son and I decided to take up a new sport about two years ago. It would be a special thing we could do together. Some people golf or fish together. Others trap shoot or go hiking. We decided we would strap para-gliders on our backs and jump off mountains.
Events/competitions PWELC Winter Fun Day -- Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center invites the public to Winter Fun Day from 1-5 p.m. Sunday at the Environmental Learning Center near Spicer. PWELC staff has put together a variety of winter activities for people of all ages. Trails and ponds will be open for cross country skiing and snowshoeing (snow conditions permitting). Two-hour rentals of cross country skis and snowshoes will be provided for $2.
The Camden vs. West Central South Conference Boys Basketball Challenge is today in Clara City. Four teams from the Camden North Conference and four teams from the West Central South Conference will play against each other for bragging rights. There will also be a three-point shooting contest. See pairings in Scoresheet on Page B-2.
The Willmar Cardinals will try and build momentum going into the playoffs when they host Sauk Rapids at 7:15 p.m. tonight in a Central Lakes Conference boys hockey make-up game. The Cardinals go to Fergus Falls on Tuesday for the Section 4A playoffs.
The Willmar Cardinals' bid for the state tournament today at the Section 2AAA wrestling meet at Minnetonka High School. Willmar has a bye to the quarterfinals where it will meet New Ulm at noon. If they win, they would advance to the 4 p.m. semifinals. The 2AAA individuals are scheduled for Feb. 23-24 at Eden Prairie.
Boys Basketball McLeod West 61, Buffalo Lake-Hector 52 Redwood Valley 92, Windom 85 New London-Spicer 81, St.
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Camden vs. West Central South Conference Challenge at Clara City: Renville County West vs. BOLD, 1 p.m.; Dawson-Boyd vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 2:45 p.m.; Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg vs. Yellow Medicine East, 4:45 p.m.; MACCRAY vs. Benson, 6:30 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Mayer Lutheran vs.
GROVE CITY -- GROVE CITY -- The Paynesville Bulldogs couldn't hold a late lead and fell in the Section 5A semifinal round at the ACGC gymnasium Friday evening to Howard Lake/Waverly-Winsted 33-30. It was close all the way. The Bulldogs caught up and went ahead 27-24 when Brad Torborg pinned Matt Schmieg at 171 pounds. Corey Spanier then delivered a 7-2 decision by outwrestling John Long (27-3) at 180 pounds. Though the Bulldogs led their backs were to the wall. Without a heavyweight, they needed a win from freshman Eric Wolbeck.
WATERTOWN -- In a match between two teams that had never qualified for the state tournament, Annandale/Maple Lake rallied past New London-Spicer 28-26 Friday in the Section 5AA final. NLS won four of the first five matches to take a 17-3 lead before the Lightning (23-2) won seven consecutive matches to take control and secure a berth in the Class AA state tournament, where they will take on third-ranked St. Michael-Albertville on Feb.
BROWNTON -- Alyssa Kubesh became just the second player from Buffalo Lake-Hector to reach a 1,000 career points Thursday night, but the Mustangs fell to McLeod West 59-48 in a Tomahawk Conference game. Kubesh, the area's sixth-leading scorer this season, scored her 1,000th point on a free throws. She finished with 22 points and received the game ball after the game for reaching the milestone. Leah Ashburn is the only other BLH player to reach 1,000 points. The 2006 graduate finished with 1,798 points for her career.