WILLMAR -- Three games into the new season, the Ridgewater women's basketball team is only half the team they will eventually be. That was especially evident late in a 52-45 loss to the Gustavus Adolphus junior varsity Monday night at the college gym. "We're out of shape," said coach Carrie Ogdahl of the home opener. That became evident when Ridgewater's tank seemed to hit empty while leading 38-37 with seven minutes to play. The young Gusties -- only eight deep -- outscored their hosts 15-7 the rest of the way.
WILLMAR -- The college pre-Christmas basketball schedule is a time to learn. The Ridgewater College men's team went to class with the Gustavus Adolphus junior varsity on Monday and supposedly learned a few valuable lessons. The tall and quite talented young Gusties surpassed the Warriors 66-58, but not without difficulty. "They (the Gusties) were very disciplined and we just didn't take care of the ball," said Ridgewater head coach Bob Knutson. "We just had too many turnovers and we need better shot selection." David Johonson led the Warriors with 22 points.
The Cardinal Basketball Skills program starts Saturday and meets for the next three Saturdays. Children in grades 4-6 can register at Willmar Community Education and Recreation in the Washington Learning Center or by calling 231-8490. The cost of the program is $20.
Craig Radel of New London shot a hole-in-one Wednesday at Little Crow Country Club. Radel used a five-iron to ace the par-3, 159-yard No. 5 hole on the Pines course.
Ridgewater's dual wrestling meet with Rochester scheduled for Wednesday at Willmar has been postponed due to temporary health issues on the Rochester team. No make-up date has been announced.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following 2006 All-Area Football selection ran with the incorrect photo in Saturday's edition. Offense DAVID NELSON ACGC, senior, 5-9, 200, G-DT Nelson explodes off the block and overpowers defensive linemen with his strength and technique. The Falcons were second in the area in rushing yards per game and often followed Nelson's blocks en route to averaging 354 yards and over 33 points per game.
It's no surprise to see New London-Spicer and Willmar on top of the area preseason rating list. The two have been perennial powers for many years. It's the teams that are battling to take over the top of the heap that are surprising. New London-Spicer has two stellar starters back from a 20-8 team and is selected as our No. 1 team. Willmar (previewed last Saturday) lost four starters to graduation, but has a good nucleus of experienced players back and the Cardinals won their opener Saturday against a good Bemidji team. They are our No.
Girls Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Alexandria at Willmar, 7:30 p.m. TOMAHAWK Lester Prairie at Buffalo Lake-Hector, 7:30 p.m. CAMDEN MACCRAY at Dawson-Boyd, 7:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Eden Valley-Watkins vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 7:30 p.m. Sauk Centre vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Brooten, 7:30 p.m. BOLD at Glencoe-Silver Lake, 7:30 p.m. Central Minnesota Christian at Hancock, 7:30 p.m. Lac qui Parle Valley vs.
Men's Basketball Gustavus JV 66, Ridgewater 58 Women's Basketball Gustavus JV 52, Ridgewater 45
BEMIDJI -- After a sluggish beginning to the 2006-07 girls basketball season, Willmar dominated the perimeter to top Bemidji 48-40 Saturday. The first half had more turnovers than points, with 34 miscues between the teams and only 31 points as the Cardinals led 17-14 after the first 18 minutes. "There were a lot of turnovers early by both squads," said Willmar head coach Brad Atchison.