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The weather did not cooperate for the last weekend of the last deer season. In Iowa, we have some sort of deer season from October through January. One would think, we would have had our fill of deer hunting from bow, shotgun, muzzleloader and finally rifle season. I find this not to be the case. I enjoy the hunt more than getting a deer and am almost always ready to go on another hunt. Saturday morning, rain was pouring down. At the end of January in Iowa, most anything can be falling out of the sky. This day, it was a cold and blowing rain.
PRINSBURG -- Central Minnesota Christian fell out of first place in the Camden North Conference with a 57-49 loss to Lakeview Friday. The Bluejays (6-4, 11-5) were done in by their shooting, making 31 percent (19 of 62) from the field and going to the free-throw line only seven times. CMCS dropped to second place in the league, tied with Lakeview (6-4, 10-8). Shean Gerdes scored 19 points to lead the Bluejays. Brian Nelson added 11 points and Eric Groen had 12 rebounds. Cam Hauge netted 18 points to lead the Lakers.
NEW LONDON -- Todd Herman scored 31 points to lead New London-Spicer to a 70-57 win over Sauk Centre in West Central North boys basketball Friday. Herman, who also led the team with nine rebounds, scored the Wildcats' first eight points and Brian Pieh followed with the next seven, giving NLS, rated No. 5 in the latest Class AA poll, a 17-10 lead. After closing the first half with a 35-23 lead, the Wildcats held a 20-point advantage before Sauk Centre chipped it down.
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Morris Area at New London-Spicer, 8 p.m. Redwood Valley at Mankato East, 4:45 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Eden Valley-Watkins, 7:30 p.m. Morris/Chokio-Alberta at New London-Spicer, 6:15 p.m. Hancock at Minnewaska, 1 p.m. Wrestling NON-CONFERENCE Alexandria Big Ole Invite (Willmar, Morris/Hancock, Minnewaska Area, Rocori), 9 a.m. Paynesville Duals (BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector), 10 a.m. Martin County West Invite (Lac qui Parle Valley), 11 a.m. Anoka Invite (Yellow Medicine East)
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GRAND MARAIS -- Willmar's Phil Cleary competed in the Cook County Invitational pursuit race Friday. He finished 49th out of 94 in the 5.5-kilometer classical race in 21:22.5 and 22nd in the 5.7-kilometer freestyle out of 97 in 16:13.7. His total time was 37:36, finishing 37th out of 77.
PAYNESVILLE -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City utilized four pins, a technical fall and a forfeit to stymie Paynesville 48-13 in a non-conference match Friday night. Jeremy Anderson at 103 pounds, Micah Larson at 145, Eric Peterson at 160 and Nic Leither at 171 all won by pin for the Falcons. ACGC 48, Paynesville 13 103: Jeremy Anderson, A, pin Jeff Albright 1:17 112: Ben Meyer, A, maj Jordan Christian 12-0 119: John Hoeper, A, tcfl Cody Fuchs 19-0 125: Bill Wheeler, A, dec Jon Kerzman 9-5 130: Matt Pearson, A, dec A.J.
LITCHFIELD -- Lucas Johnson rejected 42 shots as Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato upset Delano/Rockford 5-4 in boys hockey Friday. Mike Dvorak nailed the hat trick, including what proved to be the gamewinner in the first minute of the third period for a 5-3 LDC lead over the Tigers (13-6-1). The Dragons (2-20) who won despite being outshot 46-18. John Sherman and Tucker Osterberg also scored for Litchfield/DC. Litchfield/DC 5, Delano/Rockford 4 Delano/Rockford (13-6-1) 1 2 1 -- 4 Litchfield/DC (2-20) 2 2 1 -- 5 FIRST PERIOD - LDC: John Sherman (Keaton Daneilson, Alex Euerle) 2:59 ...
DAWSON -- Twelve players scored for Dawson-Boyd Friday with Nikki Swenson leading the way with 20 points as the Blackjacks trounced Lake Benton 97-37 in non-conference girls basketball. The Blackjacks were credited with forcing 38 turnovers and shot 61 percent from the field. Chelsie Kurtenbach had 19 points and 15 rebounds and Heather Voss followed with 14 points for the Blackjacks (14-4).
BENSON -- Benson's steady play and tough defense in the second half led to a 47-33 win over Lac qui Parle Valley in West Central South conference action Friday. The Braves (8-2, 13-5), who now led the league by a full game over Yellow Medicine East, expanded their 23-19 halftime lead by holding the Eagles (2-7, 8-11) to 14 points. Emily Jensen paced Benson with 17 points. Brittany Holm added 13 points and seven rebounds. Mindy Clark scored 13 points for LQPV.