PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.
Area activities directors should send the spring schedules for all varsity sports to the Tribune as soon as possible. Schedules can be faxed to 320-235-6769, mailed to: Sports Department, West Central Tribune, P.O. Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201 or e-mail to: sthoma@wctrib ,com.
Each spring, my wife has a cleaning attack. She cleans everything, whether it needs it or not. This means I must spend great amounts of time protecting my valuables that she feels are unnecessarily taking up space. Some things' existences are easy to justify. The turkey decoy that has been in the top of the closet unused for almost a year needs to be there. It is only used once each year, for turkey season. Everything has to be somewhere. I have more difficulty hanging on to other prized possessions.
Events/competitions MWA Praire Pothole chapter banquet -- The Prairie Pothole chapter of the Minnesota Waterfowl Association will hold its first-ever banquet Friday, April 13 at the Kandi Entertainment Center in Willmar. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. with the dinner starting at 7 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go to support Prairie Pothole programs, including the annual Youth Shoot, MWA Woodie Camp and Family Habitat Day. There will be raffles, a silent auction and prize drawings.
Nearly a year after rolling his first 300 game, Jarrett Kopacek of Willmar threw another perfect game at the Kandi Lanes. Kopacek got his 300 in the second game of a 775 series Thursday night. He carries a 216 average for the Towmaster team in United City League. Kopacek, 29, manager of the bowling lanes, also had games of 237 and 238. At one point, he made 17 straight strikes. He threw a career-high 795 series on March 1. He rolled his first 300 game on March 22, 2006.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Freshman Jake Harrison tossed a no-hitter and four different Warriors knocked in a run as Ridgewater upended Bowdoin College (Ga.) 6-1 Friday in five-plus innings at the Port Charlotte Invitational. Harrison, a 6-foot-4 right-hander from Albany, allowed an unearned run in the first inning after Bowdoin's leadoff hitter reached base on an error, stole second, advanced to third on a balk and scored on a groundout. Harrison struck out four and walked three. Heavy rains invaded the area with Ridgewater batting in the sixth.
The Willmar After Shock Freestyle Wrestling Club will begin practice for wrestlers in grades 2-12 on Monday. The practices will run on Mondays and Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. into June. The cost is $40. The first two weeks will be held at Ridgewater College and the remainder in the Willmar High School wrestling room. For more information, call Jason at (320) 366-3676.
Girls Basketball State Class A Tournament Semifinal Hancock 66, Ada-Borup 50 Boys Basketball Section 8AAA Championship Rocori 58, Willmar 55 Section 5AA Championship Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 67, New London-Spicer 51
Girls Basketball CLASS A CHAMPIONSHIP At Target Center, Minneapolis Hancock vs. Fulda, noon College Baseball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater vs. Genessee CC (N.Y.) (2) at Port Charlotte (Fla.) Invitational, 8:30 a.m.
ST. CLOUD -- The New London-Spicer Wildcats return to St. Cloud State University looking to repeat their Section 5AA championship performance of a year ago. New London-Spicer takes on Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop at 6:30 p.m. today at Halenbeck Hall. The Thunderbirds were last to state in 1992. The Wildcats held off a second-half surge by the Watertown-Royals last year to capture the trophy with a 60-58 victory. That put the Wildcats into the Class AA quarterfinal where they fell to No.