NEW LONDON -- Junior post Wade Powers scored 15 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead New London-Spicer to a 54-49 win over Litchfield, which was playing its first game of the season on Friday. The Wildcats (2-1) led by one point at halftime and by as many as six in the second half when they sank 17-of-23 free throws. Jordan Radel added 12 points for NLS and Matt Dreier 10. Skylar Wachtler pulled in eight rebounds. The Dragons got balanced scoring, led by Peter Zender with 14, Mike Bruesewitz 11 and Kent Johnson nine.
First baseman Ken Harvey and the Minnesota Twins agreed Friday to a minor-league contract. An All-Star in 2004 with Kansas City, Harvey didn't play in the majors last season after a bad back limited him to just 12 games in 2005. He batted .287 with 13 homers and 55 RBIs in 120 games in 2004. He will have a chance to win the designated hitter spot for the Twins.
The Willmar girls basketball team will host Central Lakes Conference foe Brainerd at 2:30 p.m. today at the High School. The Cardinals and Warriors are in the same spot early in the season. Both are 1-2 in the conference and both lost to unbeaten St. Cloud Tech.
The Willmar boys hockey team will be looking to tighten up its defense when the Cardinals host the Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Dragons (1-1) in their home opener at 3 p.m. today. Willmar (0-2) has allowed 16 goals in two road losses to open the season.
Despite breaking his leg and separating his ankle in a game on Sept. 30, Jake Nordin, a Northern Illinois senior tight end from Lake Lillian, is planning to play in the Huskies' Poinsettia Bowl against TCU Dec. 19 in San Diego. Since Nordin's departure, the Huskies' offense hit a mid-season slump. An outstanding blocker, Nordin caught 14 passes for 159 yards in four games. Nordin has also been invited to play in the North-South Inta Juice All-Star Classic Jan. 13 in Houston.
WILLMAR -- After six hours of wrestling not much more than a half-nelson separated Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg from Yellow Medicine East at the Willmar Invitational Friday. With just one senior in the lineup, the Fighting Saints nudged the Sting 207.5 points to 206 for their second invitational win inside a week's time. Willmar, the host team, took third with 177 points followed by Minnewaska Area, the champion in both 2003 and 2004, in fourth. Both the Fighting Saints and the Sting placed seven in the championship round, but KMS came away with four champions to YME's two. At 215 pounds, Bra
The long awaited gun season has finally arrived. It is not that I do not enjoy bow season, I really do, but the odds of success are much greater during gun season. Chances of getting a deer during bow season, especially if a person is a bit choosy, are around 50 percent. With the added range of a gun, those odds get close to a 100 percent success rate. It then comes down to which ones and how many. Early Saturday morning, I went out to care for the livestock before heading out for a long day's hunt. I noticed it was quite cold, but did not seem too bad.
Weekly/monthly, etc. Minnesota Darkhouse Anglers Association -- The West Central Chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse Anglers Association will hold its December meeting Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Paynesville American Legion. Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Dennis Bertram, fish carver and fish house photographer, will be the guest speaker. For more information, call Jeff at 320-354-5227. Willmar Rifle and Pistol Club -- Indoor range open to public Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. through April. Located in the basement of the Willmar City Auditorium.
NEW LONDON -- A special muzzleloader hunt held last weekend in Sibley State Park fell short of harvesting the number of deer desired. A total of 15 does were registered by the 43 hunters who participated in the special, two-day hunt, the park reported. The park had hoped to see 20 does taken. The special hunt was limited to the taking of anterless deer. The park has been hosting the special muzzleloader seasons to help manage a large deer population.
RENVILLE -- Benson posted 51 points by intermission and held a 24-point lead en route to an 80-45 non-conference win over Renville Coun ty West Friday night.