BRECKENRIDGE -- Wheaton/Herman-Norcross jumped out to an 18-0 lead and then held off Willmar 39-32 in the championship of the Cowboys Duals Saturday. Willmar topped Breckenridge 44-19 in the quarterfinals and then disposed of Chokio-Alberta/Clinton-Graceville 53-21 in the semifinals. Brandt Haglund at 130 pounds, Drew Larson at 145, Brandon Rieckman at 160-171 and Trent Molacek at 189 all went 3-0 for Willmar (15-11). In the championship match, Willmar won six of the last 10 matches to make it close.
ACGC stymies Waska for West Central title GLENWOOD -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City won the final five matches Saturday in the West Cental Conference championship, breaking a 20-20 tie and cruising to a 48-20 victory. ACGC (19-1) was representing the South half of the conference, while Minnewaska (12-8) was the North champion. ACGC bolted to a 15-0 lead on a decision by Michael Kramer at 103 pounds and pair of forfeits. Minnewaska then won five of the next six matches to knot the match. Jon Tatro had a technical fall at 125 for the Lakers.
The West Central Conference gymnastics meet will be held starting at 1 p.m. today in Morris. Melrose is the defending champion.
The puck will drop at 5 p.m. today at the Willmar Civic Center as the No. 4 seed Willmar Cardinals play host to No. 5 Benson/Morris Area in the quarterfinals of the Section 6A girls hockey tournament. MBA (8-10-3) had won five straight before losing its season finale to Sartell; Wilmar (8-16) had lost four straight before closing the regular season with a win at Little Falls. Willmar beat MBA 5-0 in the season opener at Benson.
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City is the only area team listed in the top 12 of any of the state's three wrestling classes. The Falcons are ranked No. 5 in Class A, according the bi-weekly poll compiled by The Guillotine, a statewide wrestling magazine. Seven other teams received votes: Willmar in Class AAA; Minnewaska, BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector, New London-Spicer and Litchfield in Class AA; and Yellow Medicine East and Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg in Class A.
WILLMAR -- The men's soccer program at Ridgewater College will make the move from club sport to varsity-level this fall, the community college said in a release this Thursday. The second-year program has been accepted into the Iowa Community College Athletic Conference, a NJCAA Division I level league. Ridgewater and Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount are the only community colleges in Minnesota with soccer. Last fall the new Ridgewater club team played Dakota County, Iowa junior colleges and Pillsbury College of Owatonna.
Events/competitions Spicer Sunrise Lions Club Ice Fishing Derby -- The Spicer Sunrise Lions Club Annual Ice Fishing Derby will be held Saturday at Saulsbury Beach on Green Lake. Registration begins and 11 a.m. and the fishing runs from 1-3 p.m. Hole tickets are one for $3 or two for $5. Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase. For more information, call Todd at 320-796-2151. Weekly/monthly, etc. 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.
SPICER -- Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center invites the public to Winter Fun Day from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18 at the Environmental Learning Center near Spicer. All are welcome. PWELC staff has put together a variety of winter activities for people of all ages. Trails and ponds will be open for cross country skiing and snowshoeing (snow conditions permitting). Two-hour rentals of cross country skis and snowshoes will be provided for $2. Tips and pointers will be available for beginning skiers. Prairie Woods' indoor climbing wall, a perennial favorite, will be open from 1-4 p.m.
While staring out the kitchen window over a hot cup of coffee on a brutally cold morning last Saturday, I noticed birds swarming to my wife's feeders, even before it was fully light. When nothing more than the inconvenience of having to stand up to get another cup of coffee is on a person's mind, I think some pretty strange thoughts. How do those little bird's feet keep from freezing right off their bodies? What would that many birds be eating if my wife was not spending a fortune on bird feed?
LITTLE FALLS -- Brin Hanson scored 14 points for the second straight game and Briana Goldschmidt added a season-high 12 points to help Willmar drub Little Falls for a second time this season, this time posting a 52-34 win Friday in the Central Lakes Conference. The Cardinals (8-7, 11-10) jumped out to comfortable lead early behind four first-half three-pointers -- three from Goldschmidt -- and eventually took a 33-15 lead into halftime. "Brin has had a couple of nice games in a row and she is playing with confidence on defense and offense," said Willmar coach Brad Atchison.