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Men's Basketball Mesabi Range 75, Ridgewater 67 Women's Basketball Ridgewater 61, Mesabi Range 48 Boys Basketball MACCRAY 60, Morris 41 Girls Basketball NLS 49, Hutchinson 35 Litchfield 74, Pine River-Backus 47 Benson Invite Championship Hastings 56, Benson 51 Third place MACCRAY 59, Hancock 45 Prep Wrestling ACGC Classic (1) Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 208 (2) St.
The Willmar Winged-Foot running club is one of 20 boys teams competing today at the second annual Nike Team Nationals in Portland, Ore. Nineteen states are represented among the 40 boys and girls teams. Running for Willmar will be members of its state title cross-country team: Kaafi Adeys, Abdi Awale, Mohamed Bedel, Dustin Geselius, Paul Kimpling, Jeff Sawatzky, Mike Switzer and Mustafa Yusaf. The 5,000 meter race starts at noon (CST). A live webcast is at www.dyestat.com .
The Willmar boys basketball team will hold a six-team scrimmage from 9:30 a.m. to noon today at the senior high school. Teams involved are Sauk Centre, Kerhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, Yellow Medicine East, New London-Spicer and Wadena-Deer Creek.
New London native Aaron Barber shot his lowest score -- a one-over par 73 -- on Friday, but still fell eight places to 136th at the PGA Tour Final Stage Qualifying at Winter Garden, Fla. At 221 (74-74-73), with three rounds remaining, he is 10 strokes out of the top 30, which earns a Tour card for the 2006 season. His round Friday at the Orange County National Golf Center included four birdies and five bogeys.
WILLMAR -- Showing an inclination for long-distance shooting, Willmar rolled over its second Central Lakes Conference foe beating Sartell 59-27 on Friday night. The outcome resembled Tuesday's opener, a 53-28 win at Alexandria -- slow start until defensive pressure built offensive momentum starting midway through the 18-minute first half. Willmar's deliberate style against the Sartell zone provided frequent chances to practice sharp shooting. Stuck at 6-4 after seven minutes, center Laura Nielsen (19 points, 10 rebounds) stepped out of the crowd near the iron and gunned in a 15-footer from
Shotgun season starts next weekend in Iowa. This is a signal, if a person has not yet gotten their deer with a bow, it is time to stop being so choosy and take the next deer that walks by. I came to that conclusion last Saturday as hopes were waning that "the big one" would happen by. At about four in the afternoon, I was faced with my moment of truth. Stalking through the timber, I saw a nice eight-point buck about 50 yards away walking into a ditch, coming my way. When he dropped out of site, I moved behind a tree to wait for him. The wind was in my favor and I knew he would not smell me.
Benson Invite Benson's stingy defense shut down MACCRAY in the second to push the Braves to a 50-46 win in the first round of the Benson Invite Friday. The early game, Hastings beat Hancock 55-50. Stat-istics were not available at press time for that game. The Owls will face MACCRAY for third place at 6 p.m. today.
ALEXANDRIA -- Willmar won six of seven straight matches to edge Alexandria 35-34 in the season and Central Lakes Conference opener for both teams. Willmar (1-0, 1-0) fell behind 19-4 after the first five contests, then won four straight, including a pin by Jesse Alonzo at 145 pounds at a win by forfeit for 152-pounder Josh Dahlke.
BELGRADE -- New London-Spicer senior heavyweight Stephen Westby was named the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Invitational Most Valuable Wrestler Friday night, leading the Wildcats to the title in the season opener. Westby received a first-round bye, then pinned his next two opponents. Also winning titles for the Wildcats were: Chad Henle at 103 pounds and Adam Luberts at 145. The Wildcats had 167 points to 153 for runner-up Browerville/Eagle Valley. BBE was fourth with 127. Champions for BBE were: Tyler Rath at 119, Danny Borgerding at 130 and Travis Rath at 140.
Men's Basketball Ridgewater 77, Vermilion 71 Women's Basketball Ridgewater 90, Vermilion 35 Boys Basketball Lincoln HI 69, Dawson-Boyd 64 Montevideo 85, Redwood Valley 66 KMS 67, Chokio-Alberta 63 Holdingford 55, Waska 53 RCW 65, LQPV 64 Girls Basketball Willmar 59, Sartell 27 Dawson-Boyd 61, RTR 58 LQPV 63, RCW 52 Hastings 55, Hancock 50 BBE 63, Melrose 58 ACGC 69, Kimball 34 Minnewaska 33, Morris/CA 27 Benson 50, MACCRAY 46 Prep Wrestling Willmar 35, Alexandria 34 Redwood Valley 36, GFW/MLW 33 BOLD/BLH 44, Dassel-Cokato 22 BBE Invite