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.
MINNEAPOLIS -- After a one-day layoff, the Hancock Owls girls basketball team resumes its bid for a place in the Class A championship game when it plays Ada-Borup at 2 p.m. today at the Target Center. The Cougars (29-1), ranked No. 1 in the final AP poll, blistered Springfield 61-44 in Wednesday's quarterfinal at Williams Arena. Later that evening, the Owls (25-3) slowed the Chisholm Bluestreaks to a crawl 58-34. Ada-Borup, on the Red Valley tableland northeast of Moorhead, represents Section 6A at state for the second year in a row.
Willmar Community Education and Recreation will run five adult leagues this spring: · The Spring Basketball League will be played Wednesdays from March 28-May 2. Cost is $160 per team. · The Spring Co-Rec Basketball League will be played Tuesdays from March 27-May 1. Cost is $100 per team. · The Dodgeball League will be played Tuesdays from March 27-May 1. Cost is $50 per team. · The Spring Co-Rec Volleyball League will be played Tuesdays from March 27-May 1. Cost is $80 per team. · The Floor Hockey League will be played Thursdays from March 29-May 3.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Thursday was another all around good day for the Ridgewater baseball team, winning twice convincingly over Sussex (N.J.) Community College 13-6 and 12-2 in six innings to improve to 7-0. The Warriors pounded out 28 hits and allowed just eight runs in 13 innings. "We're being a lot more aggressive at the plate and having good swings early in the count," said Ridgewater coach Dwight Kotila. "They're getting more comfortable at the plate." On the mound, the Warriors struck out 12 batters while issuing six walks. "We're throwing everybody out there," Kotila added.