The Willmar Cardinals swimming and diving team holds a seventeam invitational today at the senior high school pool. The field includes Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato, Montevideo and Minnewaska/Morris. Other guests are Elk River, St. Cloud Tech and Perham. Diving starts at 10 a.m. followed by swimming at 1:30 P.M.
CLARA CITY -- Kelly Swenson scored 20 points as Dawson-Boyd came from behind in the second half to claim a 60-57 win over MACCRAY in Camden North girls basketball action Friday. The Wolverines trailed 16-5, but closed the gap to four points, 25-21, on a three-point shot by Ashley Beseman at the first-half buzzer. MACCRAY led by as many as 10 points in the second half, but the Blackjacks rallied for a 58-57 lead. With nine seconds left, MACCRAY had the ball but turned it over.
WILLMAR -- St. Cloud Tech made eight more free throws than Willmar attempted and overcame 17 turnovers Friday to stay on top of the Central Lakes Conference by upending the Cardinals 65-41. After Lisa Nielsen made the back end of two free throw attempts for Willmar (5-6, 8-9) seconds into the game, St.
Boys Basketball New London-Spicer 75, Benson 73 Montevideo 85, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 41 Redwood Valley 66, Pipestone Area 64 Girls Basketball Minnewaska 51, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 35 St.
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Staples-Motley at Minnewaska, 5 p.m. Litchfield at Alexandria, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Staples-Motley at Minnewaska, 3 p.m. Springfield at Redwood Valley, 7:30 p.m. Wrestling NON-CONFERENCE Westbrook-Walnut Grove Invite (Dawson-Boyd, MACCRAY, Redwood Valley), 10 a.m. Boys Hockey NON-CONFERENCE Willmar at Wadena-Deer Creek, 7:15 p.m. River Valley at Mora, 2:30 p.m. Windom vs.
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.
This past weekend was the last of the deer seasons. It is rather unique as it is the only season a person can hunt deer in Iowa with a rifle. It is for doe only in counties with way too many deer and is more of a novelty than a real hunting season. Everyone talks about going out and getting a deer with their antelope or elk rifle, but few people actually follow through with it. By the end of January, if a person has not gotten all the deer they need or want, they have not been trying very hard. Saturday morning, I could either paint the bathroom or go hunting for a few hours.
BREEZY POINT -- The Kandiyohi County and Chippewa County chapters of Pheasants Forever were lauded for spending $1 million on habitat and conservation education projects last year at the Minnesota PF state convention earlier this month. The Kandiyohi County chapter was the first in the nation in 1983, followed two years later by the Chippewa County chapter. Pheasants Forever allows its chapters to determine how to spend 100 percent of the funds raised during the year.
SPICER -- Representatives of the Measurers of Minnesota will be scoring trophy deer at Mel's Sport Shop from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. today. The measurement is free, unless the owner wants to enter the rack in a respective record book. The cost to enter a rack is $15 before Feb. 1. A rack or shed can be entered in record books of the Minnesota Deer Classic, the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association, Pope & Young, and Boone & Crockett.
The Ridgewater basketball teams are in action today, hosting the Rochester Yellowjackets. The women play at 1 p.m. and the men at 3 p.m. in Willmar. The Rochester men are ranked No. 2 in the MCCC and the women No. 3. The Lady Warriors are rated No. 5.