SPICER -- Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center invites the public to Winter Fun Day from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Environmental Learning Center near Spicer. All are welcome. 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. Tips and pointers will be available for beginning skiers. Prairie Woods' indoor climbing wall, a perennial favorite, will be open from 1-4 p.m.
While staring out the kitchen window over a hot cup of coffee on a brutally cold morning last Saturday, I noticed birds swarming to my wife's feeders, even before it was fully light. When nothing more than the inconvenience of having to stand up to get another cup of coffee is on a person's mind, I think some pretty strange thoughts. How do those little bird's feet keep from freezing right off their bodies? What would that many birds be eating if my wife was not spending a fortune on bird feed?
LITTLE FALLS -- Brin Hanson scored 14 points for the second straight game and Briana Goldschmidt added a season-high 12 points to help Willmar drub Little Falls for a second time this season, this time posting a 52-34 win Friday in the Central Lakes Conference. The Cardinals (8-7, 11-10) jumped out to comfortable lead early behind four first-half three-pointers -- three from Goldschmidt -- and eventually took a 33-15 lead into halftime. "Brin has had a couple of nice games in a row and she is playing with confidence on defense and offense," said Willmar coach Brad Atchison.
DAWSON -- Dawson-Boyd held off a late surge from Renville County West and went on to beat the Jaguars 57-55 Friday in a Camden North Conference game. The Blackjacks finished in a tie for the conference title with Lakeview with 11-4 records. Kelly Swenson scored 17 points to pace Dawson-Boyd (11-4, 12-7).
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Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at New London-Spicer, 7:30 p.m. Lac qui Parle Valley vs. Renville County West at Renville, 4:30 p.m. Montevideo vs. St. Cloud Cathedral at St. Cloud State, 7 p.m. Pipestone vs. Yellow Medicine East at Granite Galls, 7 p.m. Redwood Valley vs. MACCRAY at Clara City, 4:30 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Montevideo vs. St. Cloud Cathedral at St. Cloud State, 5:30 p.m. Morris/Chokio-Alberta at Paynesville, 2:30 p.m. Pipestone vs.
HAMEL -- Senior Phil Cleary placed 16th of 79 skiers in the Pursuit and the Willmar boys took ninth and the girls 10th at the Section 4 Nordic meet on Friday on the Baker National Golf Course west of Orono. Danielle Erickson placed 51st in the girls Pursuit. Cleary missed by three places of qualifying individually as one of the top 8, which excludes members of the first-place team. Girls Results TEAM SCORING -- (1) Little Falls 381 (2) tie, Wayzata, Maple Grove, both 370 (4) Osseo 324 (5) St. Cloud Cathedral 286 (6) Elk River/Zimmerman 282 (7) Buffalo 258 (8) Park Center 244 (9) St.
PRINSBURG -- Central Minnesota Christian dominated the boards to earn its second win of the season, beating Hancock 58-44 in non-conference boys basketball Friday. The Bluejays (2-17) pulled down 41 rebounds compared to 28 for the Owls (3-15). Mike Schwitters scored 18 points, including four 3-pointers, and had eight rebounds for CMCS. Jordan Zondervan added 14 points and 14 boards. Tanner Gramm scored 14 points for Hancock. Derrick Foss had 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Austin Schmidgall followed with 10 points.
MADISON -- Mindy Clark netted 23 points to lead a group of three players that scored in double figures for Lac qui Parle Valley as the Eagles stayed tied for first in the West Central South Conference by edging Morris/Chokio-Alberta 66-61 Friday. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City also won Friday to remain on top of the conference at 9-2 with the Eagles. Morris/Chokio-Alberta led by seven at one point in the second half before LQPV (14-7) switched up its defense to force some turnovers and got some clutch free throws down the stretch from Clark and Kayla Rheingans to cap the rally. Rheingans followe
NEW LONDON -- Albany secured the West Central North girls basketball title with a 70-50 win over New London-Spicer Friday. The Wildcats (10-3, 19-5) trailed 29-25 at halftime. But the Huskies took control in the second half, outscoring NLS 35-21. Jenny Noreen led Albany (13-0, 19-1) with 24 points. Sam Larsen added 18. Renae Henjum scored 20 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to pace the Wildcats. Albany 70, NL-Spicer 50 Albany (13-0, 19-1) 35 35 -- 70 NL-Spicer (10-3, 19-5) 29 21 -- 50 ALBANY - 32-70 FG (5-14 3-pt); 1-3 FT; 28 rebounds; 16 fouls ...