Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE MACCRAY at Lac qui Parle Valley, 7:30 p.m. Clinton-Graceville/Beardsley vs. Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg at Kerkhoven, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Paynesville vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 7:30 p.m. Redwood Valley at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop, 7:30 p.m. MACCRAY at Lac qui Parle Valley, 6:15 p.m.
Boys Basketball Camden-West Central South Basketball Challenge BOLD 62, RCW 52 Dawson-Boyd 78, ACGC 75 KMS 64, YME 57 Benson 69, MACCRAY 61 Boys Hockey Sauk Rapids 4, Willmar 1 Wrestling Section 8AAA New Ulm 41, Willmar 24 Section 4A Championship Canby 43, YME 15 Semifinals Canby 46, KMS 22 YME 29, Minneota 22 Gymnastics Section 8AA (1) St. Cloud Tech 149.875 (2) Brainerd 143.4 (3) Buffalo 137.75 (4) Bemidji 134.15 (5) Willmar 132.25 (6) Sauk Rapids 131.8 (7) Alexandria 130.65 (8) Moorhead 129.975 (9) St.
Willmar will be competing in the Section 8AA gymnastics meet today in Buffalo will be held at noon. Other teams involved in the meet will be Alexandria, Bemidji, Brainerd, Buffalo, Crosby-Ironton, Elk River, Moorhead, St. Cloud Apollo, St., Cloud Cathedral, St. Cloud Tech, St. John's Prep, Sauk Rapids, Staples-Motley and Zimmerman. n New London-Spicer is the favorite in Section 6A today in Melrose. The Wildcats have never reached the state meet before.
BENSON -- Montevideo needed every break it could get Friday, first to beat Benson in their West Central South Conference boys basketball game, then to clinch the league title outright. The Thunder Hawks got both, downing the Braves 73-71 on the road, then earning the conference crown with a Lac qui Parle Valley loss to Yellow Medicine East, 78-62. After trading leads throughout most of the game, Montevideo (10-1, 18-2) went on a 7-0 run inside of three minutes remaining.
LITTLE FALLS -- The Willmar Cardinals extended their winning streak to seven games, but nothing came easy Friday night at Little Falls. The Flyers pushed the Cardinals all the way before succumbing 59-56 in a Central Lakes Conference game that also is big in Section 8AAA-South seeding. The Cardinals led 27-25 at halftime and fell behind by a point at several times in the second half.
ATWATER -- When the section tournament gets down to the final four, it's supposed to be a little tougher for the favorite. But the Atwater-Grove City-Cosmos Falcons made it look easy on their own mats. In two wins Friday night, they rolled up 114 points, while losing only five of 28 individual matches. The defending Section 5A champions dispatched Eden Valley-Watkins 57-12 in the semifinals and then rolled to a 57-6 win over Howard Lake-Waverly/Winsted in the championship. It will be ACGC's fourth straight trip to St. Paul for the team state tournament, which starts on Feb. 28.
NEW ULM -- A campaign to enroll additional lands in the Minnesota River basin into the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program is enlisting the help of a photographer whose passion for the watershed is well known. Ron Bolduan, New Ulm, has devoted himself to photographing the natural beauty of the Minnesota River watershed since 1992.
WILLMAR -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will host a public information meeting on a proposed fish and wildlife lake management plan for Lake Wakanda on Feb. 26. The meeting will be held at the Kandiyohi County Health and Human Services Building, Room 30, from 7-9 p.m. According to LeRoy Dahlke, DNR area wildlife manager at Willmar, the goal of the plan is to reduce carp and bullhead populations, manage game fish populations and improve waterfowl habitat by improving water quality and submerged aquatic vegetation.
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.