The Raymond amateur baseball team is sponsoring a used baseball equipment drive for Minnesota soldiers serving in Iraq. The drive will run through Wednesday, March 28, and then Blue Star Mothers of America will ship the items the following day. Listed below are drop-off sites: n Willmar: Play-It-Again Sports, Walt's, American Legion, V.F.W. n Clara City: Kegger's Bar & Grill, Southside Lumber. n Raymond: Cheers. Contact Butch Steen at 320-967-4754 for more information.
WILLMAR -- Four Ridgewater basketball players have been recognized by the Minnesota Community College Conference. Kayla Karnes, a 5-6 sophomore guard from New London (New London-Spicer), and Hilary Groothuis, a 6-foot freshman post from Maynard (MACCRAY), were both named to the same postseason teams: MCCC all-tournament team, MCCC all-state second team, All-Southern Division first team.
Central Lakes WRESTLING LITTLE FALLS (8-1) -- Charlie Wilczek, Josh Groshong, Jason Brill, Randy Pryzbila, Steve McMahan, Steve Strack, Josh Jendro, Dylan Bue WILLMAR (7-2) -- Trent Molacek, Brandon Reickman, Cody Stegeman, Drew Larson, Nick Braun, Erik Borgos, Adam Fagerstrom SARTELL (7-2) -- Paul Plombon, Chris Yasgar, TJ Stang, Travis Lewellyn, Jess Coffin, Brayde Lipp FERGUS FALLS (6-3) -- Andrew Lee, Cotton Thorson, Charlie Revering, Drew Ross, Karl Haataja SAUK RAPIDS (6-3) -- Zach Rudolph, Tyler Spiczka, Mitch Rau, Evan Warnert, Shane Fesenaier, Mike Hines BRAINERD (5-4) -- Aaron
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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.