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There will be a fan bus going to the Willmar girls' basketball state tournament game Wednesday at Williams Arena in Minneapolis. Tickets for the 10 a.m. quarterfinal game go on sale at the Williams Arena ticket office at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. Adult tickets are $10 and students are $7. The bus will be loading at the Willmar Senior High School at 6:15 a.m. Wednesday. Cost is $15 per person. Children in eighth grade or lower must be accompanied by an adult. To reserve a seat, call (320) 231-8332 by 1 p.m.
MOSCOW - Dawson native Carrie Tollefson, who now trains and lives in St. Paul, recorded her season-best time in the 3,000-meter run and finished seventh in the World Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday. Tollefson, 29, who will also compete in the World Cross Country Championships in Japan next month, ran 8:59.13. It was also the best time by an American woman this season. Meseret Defar of Ethiopia defended her title by beating world-record holder Liliya Shobukhova of Russian by more than three seconds.
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Ridgewater strating pitchers combined to allow four hits and one run in 10 innings, while walking just two and striking out 12 to kick off the junior college baseball season Saturday in Florida. Ridgewater routed New Hampshire U 18-0 in the first game in Port Charlotte, Fla. Jefferson Community College, which had already played 13 games, topped the Warriors 5-1 in the second game. Ethan Vogt, a sophomore from Sauk Centre, who has signed to play for the Minnesota Gophers next season, allowed one hit and no runs over five innings against New Hampshire.
DASSEL - Todd Herman had 21 points and Tim Dreier 20 as New London-Spicer advanced to the Section 5AA-North championship with a 69-41 victory over Maple Lake Saturday night. The Wildcats (23-5) will face Eden Valley-Watkins at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Howard Lake. Watertown-Mayer and Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop will play at 7:45 p.m. in the other 5AA semifinal game. The Wildcats led 39-25 and never looked back. Herman also pulled down a team-high nine rebounds and also had four assists and three steals. Dreier added five rebounds, five assists and seven steals.
College Baseball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater at Port Charlotte, Fla. Invitational (vs. Sussex Community College (2), 12:30 p.m.) College Softball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater at Palm Beach Challenge, Fla. (vs. Delaware Tech, 9 a.m. and vs. Lewis-Clark, 11 a.m.)
My wife and I decided to take a leisurely Sunday afternoon ride around the farm on the gator, supposedly to look for antlers, but actually just to get out and enjoy some fresh air and sunshine on a nice winter day. When we arrived, Damon, Amanda and the grandsons were hard at work, loading firewood. Everyone seemed to be having a good time, which is hard to understand, but some people have strange forms of entertainment. We decided to continue with our plans as to not spoil their fun.
Events/competitions Kandiyohi County Pheasants Forever Banquet -- The Kandiyohi County Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its annual banquet March 17 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Willmar. The guest speaker will be Rob Drieslein, editor of Outdoor News. Proceeds from the banquet will be used for habitat and youth education projects. For tickets or more information, call Steph Dileski at (320) 235-7949.
Race cars are needed for the KRA Speedway Kandi Mall Car Show and Diecast Collectibles March 25-26 in Willmar. For reservations, call Paul Thompson at (320) 796-2950.
Dave Aus, a captain on the 1986-87 Willmar Cardinals hockey team that won a Central Lakes Conference championship, is head coach of the Blaine Tigers, who entered the Class AA state tournament on a 21-game unbeaten streak. Blaine, which started the season 3-4, topped Lakeville North in the quarterfinals, 7-2. Aus is the son of former Bethel College head coach Peter Aus, who formerly coached at Litchfield and Willmar.
The Willmar Community Education and Recreation will be sponsoring the Willmar Area After Shock Freestyle Wrestling Club. The club is open for those in grades 2-12. Two years of folk style experience is recommended. Practice begins Monday and will run into June. The fee is $40. March practices will be Mondays from 7-8:30 p.m. and Thursday from 7:30-9 p.m. at the senior high school wrestling room. April practices will be Mondays and Thursday from 7-8:30 p.m. For more information, call Jason at (320) 366-3676.