WILLMAR -- Iowa Central displayed its championship form on Friday evening at Ridgewater College. The junior college national champions won a meeting of unbeaten teams when they subdued the Warriors, 26-12. The Tritons, an NJCAA Division I program, won the national championship last year and also in 2002. Except in 2005 when it finished seventh, Iowa Central has finished no lower than third since 2000.
SAUK RAPIDS -- Kyle Townswick scored 21 points to move within 13 points of 1,000 and help the Willmar Cardinals drill Sauk Rapids 85-51 on Friday. At St. Cloud Apollo, the Eagles handed the Rocori Spartans their first loss in Central Lakes Conference action, 69-63. That was just the kind of help Willmar was looking for after losing in overtime to the Spartans on Tuesday in Cold Spring. It means the Eagles and Rocori are both 8-1 and Willmar a game back at 7-2 with Brainerd. Townswick got 19 of his points in the first half.
Boys Basketball Willmar 85, Sauk Rapids 51 Montevideo 55, Yellow Medicine East 51 Pierz 63, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 46 Morris 66, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 58 Paynesville 67, Sauk Centre 54 Redwood Valley 91, Windom 64 Lac qui Parle Valley 60, Benson 49 Minnewaska 62, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 45 Girls Basketball Russell-Tyler-Ruthton 66, Central Minnesota Christian 49 Hancock 52, Benson 49 Renville County West 60, Lincoln County 50 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 66, Canby 52 New Ulm Cathedral 49, Buffalo Lake-Hector 32 Minneota 43, Dawson-Boyd 33 Redwood Valley 70, Wind
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Montevideo at Windom, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE New London-Spicer vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 7:30 p.m. MACCRAY vs.
It never fails. When the weather turns cold and we have a winter storm, we always hear about someone becoming stranded and freezing to death. They obviously do not shop for clothing at the same stores as the average hunter. Everyone knows, and even hunters will admit the fact we are crazy to go out in some of the weather we do. Over the years, I have learned to dress for survival. I do not like to be cold. At best, getting cold can be annoying. At worst, it can kill a person. My first experience in dealing with the elements occurred during high school.
Events/competitions Spicer Sunrise Lions Club Ice Fishing Derby -- The Spicer Sunrise Lions Club Annual Ice Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, Feb. 3 at Saulsbury Beach on Green Lake. Registration begins and 11 a.m. and the fishing runs from 1-3 p.m. Hole tickets are one for $3 or two for $5. Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase. For more information, call Todd at 320-796-2151. Global Warming discussion -- The Montevideo Community Center will be holding a discussion about global warming Thurdsay, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Eight teams compete today at the Camden Conference Wrestling Championships starting at 10:30 a.m. in Tracy. Canby, No. 1-rated in Class A, will be favored with No. 11 Minneota a darkhorse. Other teams are Dawson-Boyd, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, MACCRAY, Ortonville, Renville County West and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.
Youth wrestlers in grades K-6 will take to the mats Sunday at Ridgewater College for the annual Cardinal Classic, co-sponored by the Warriors' wrestling team and Willmar Community Education and Recreation. Weigh-in for grades K-2 is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and grades 3-6 is from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. Wrestling starts at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $8. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students.
NEW LONDON -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City had eight individual champions en route to winning the New London-Spicer Invite Friday. Champions for the Falcons were: Ben Meyer at 112 pounds, Scott Litzau at 119, Matt Pearson at 135, A.J. Frederiksen at 160, Micah Larson at 171, Nic Leither at 189, David Nelson at 215 and Josh Lies at heavyweight. ACGC had 248.,5 points for 222 for runnerup New London-Spicer. Billy Dean at 130 and Adam Luberts at 145 were champions for Wildcats. Luberts recorded his 150th career win.
BENSON -- Hancock held off a hard-charging Benson girls basketball team, winning the non-conference clash 52-49 Friday. The Owls (14-1), who won their sixth straight game, held a 27-16 halftime lead, but the Braves (5-7) opened the second half with a 15-4 run to tie the game. Sarah Ahrndt spearheaded the charge, scoring 11 of her 13 points in the final 18 minutes. She made three of the team's five 3-pointers. Defensively, the Braves held Tara Thielke, Hancock's leading scorer, to two points in the second half.