St. Cloud and Rochester will split host duties for the Star of the North Games begining in 2009 through at least 2017. The two sites will alternate every other June, except 2013 when the games will be in St. Paul. The six-day event draws about 15,000 visitors to a host site. Facilities at colleges, universities and schools are used for competition. The Games began at St. Cloud in 1988.
The Willmar boys basketball game Friday against Brainerd is being billed as "Meet the Cards" night. It is also Parents/Senior Night. All are welcome to stay after the game and meet the Willmar boys basketball team outside the locker room. The first 150 kids will receive a mini Cardinal basketball, courtesy of Hansen Advertising and the Willmar Basketball Boosters. Everyone is also invited to honor Willmar senior guard Kyle Townswick for reaching the 1,000-point mark in the cafeteria after the game for refreshments.
ST. PAUL (AP) -- Six more schools have reported cases of herpes among Minnesota high school wrestlers. The mild form of herpes was found in 16 additional wrestlers after the Minnesota State High School League shut down the sport last week because of the virus. So far, 16 teams and 40 wrestlers have reported infections of the skin-to-skin virus. Symptoms have included lesions on the face, head and neck of wrestlers. The high school league imposed an eight-day ban on practice and competition after herpes gladiatorum was diagnosed in several wrestlers.
NEW LONDON -- New London-Spicer's suffocating defense limited Minnewaska Area to its worst shooting night of the season in a 42-29 West Central North Conference victory Tuesday night. The Wildcats (10-2, 19-4) won their seventh straight game, while stopping the four-game winning streak of Minnewaska (5-6, 11-7). Despite shooting only 30 percent for the game, NLS maintained the lead throughout. Minnewaska (5-6, 11-7) shot 27 percent from the field. The fewest points the Lakers scored this season was 40. Renae Henjum led NLS with 14 points, seven rebounds and nine blocked shots.
GROVE CITY -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City had the answer to Lac qui Parle Valley's late shooting heroics, edging the Eagles 56-55 to force a tie in the West Central South girls basketball race Tuesday. With the Falcons (8-2, 12-9) leading 54-52, LQPV (8-2, 13-7) caught a break when Mindy Clark pulled down an offensive rebound and sank a three-pointer with 16 seconds left. ACGC responded with a Brittany Smith five-footer with 3.6 seconds left to retake the lead. Miranda Hopp sealed the victory by stealing the inbounds pass. Smith scored a game-high 20 points for the Falcons.
DAWSON-BOYD -- Dawson-Boyd got off to great start in the first half, but couldn't carry it over to the last 18 minutes, losing to Lakeview 38-33 in Camden North girls basketball action Tuesday. The Blackjacks (10-5, 11-7) fell to second place in the league, while Lakeview (10-4, 13-8) takes control of the race by one game.
PRINSBURG -- MACCRAY kept pace in the Camden North Conference boys basketball race, one-half game behind Lakeview, after topping Central Minnesota Christian 77-62 Tuesday. The Wolverines (9-3, 11-5) got 26 points from Zach Thissen, including four 3-pointers. Justin Koenen was one rebound away from a triple-double, recording 15 points, 13 assists and nine boards. Ben Perry added 18 points and Brock Madsen followed with 10. Andy Groen led three CMCS (1-12, 1-16) players in double figures with 17 points.
Boys Basketball Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 63, Renville County West 52 MACCRAY 77, Central Minnesota Christian 62 Redwood Valley 74, Waseca 49 Litchfield 47, Delano 36 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 54, St.
Women's Basketball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater vs. Minnesota West at Worthington, 6 p.m. Men's Basketball JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater vs. Minnesota West at Worthington, 8 p.m.
LITCHFIELD -- New London-Spicer captured three of the top four all-around spots to beat Litchfield 138.975-131.05 in non-conference gymnastics action Tuesday. Jacki Imdieke led the way for the Wildcats, winning the all-around with a 35.525.