The first Willmar Curling Club Arena Ice Bonspiel is slated for Jan. 6-7 at the Blue Line Center. Fourteen four-person teams are already signed up for the two-day event, which includes a buffet dinner on Saturday. Teams are coming from Fargo, N.D., Alexandria, Brainerd and St. Paul. Each will play a minimum of three games. The entry fee is $160 per team. For more information, call 320-235-1454.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinal took a 2-0 lead on goals by Mitch Schneider and Jordan Gauer and hung on to defeat Prairie Centre 2-1 Friday in the final game of the three day Willmar Boys Holiday Hockey Tournament. Willmar, Prairie Centre and River Lakes each ended the tournament 2-1.
OWATONNA -- Willmar played two more strong games at the Owatonna Invitational, losing each by one goal. Owatonna edged Willmar 2-1 on Friday. Willmar lost to Hutchinson 4-3 on Thursday. On Wednesday, Willmar fell to North Wright County 6-2. Owatonna 2, Willmar 1 Kelsey Johnson scored Willmar's only goal in the second period, tieing the game 1-1. But Owatonna got the gamewinner at 8:35. Abby Schueller made 31 saves for Willmar.
Fragodt scores 1,000th point, but Benson falls SAUK RAPIDS -- Daniel Fragodt scored his 1,000th career point, but it wasn't enough for Benson as Pequot Lakes drubbed the Braves 79-55 in the semifinals of the Sauk Rapids Invite Friday. Fragodt was fouled with 3:52 left and went to the free-throw line with 999 career points.
Minneota upends Hancock in final MADISON -- Minneota owned a 14-point lead at halftime and never looked back as the Vikings upended previously unbeaten Hancock 66-58 in the final of the Lac qui Parle Valley Invite Friday. Four players scored in double figures for Minneota (8-1) while Hancock (8-1) had just two, Tara Thielke with 23 points and Bre Holleman 21. Alyssa Buysse paced the Vikings with 19 points. Holleman knocked four 3-pointers and handed out five assists while Thielke hooked nine rebounds.
Canby repeats at Monte MONTEVIDEO -- Canby repeated as champion of the David Roder Memorial Wrestling Tournament Friday. Canby had 246 points to 177 for runner-up Tracy-Milroy-Balaton. MACCRAY finished seventh with 102 points.
Boys Basketball Glencoe-Silver Lake Invite Third place Buffalo Lake-Hector vs. Hutchinson, 6:30 p.m. Girls Basketball Midwest Wireless/WildCard Classic At New London-Spicer High School Championship Willmar vs. New London-Spicer, 7:45 p.m. Third place Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg vs. Watertown-Mayer, 6 p.m.
The general skating and hockey rinks at Garfield Park and Hilltop officially opened Tuesday and will remain open as conditions permit. The warming houses open at 4 p.m. The field lights will remain on until at least 9 p.m. Because of the moderate temperatures, rinks at North Side and Lincoln are not ready for use.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, rated No. 3 in Class A, returns to the Becker Dual Meet Tournament today to defend the title it won in 2005 with a victory over Little Falls. The Flyers aren't back, but the field includes three other Central Lakes Conterence teams: Sauk Rapids, St. Cloud Apollo and St. Cloud Tech. Also in the field are Blaine, Anoka -- rated No. 5 in AAA -- and Milaca, as well as the host Bulldogs.
Brin Hanson, a 5-6 senior guard for the Willmar Cardinals, has been chosen Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week in girls basketball. In two games -- a win over Hutchinson and a loss at Fergus Falls -- she accumulated 20 points, seven rebounds, 10 assists and nine steals.