(All events 7:30 p.m. approximate start unless noted) Boys Basketball WEST CENTRAL SOUTH Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City vs. BOLD at Bird Island NON-CONFERENCE Hancock at Brandon-Evansville Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Litchfield at Willmar Albany vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City BOLD at Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Morris/Chokio-Alberta at West Central Eden Valley-Watkins at Paynesville
The Ridgewater Warriors end their home court season today at 3 p.m., hosting the Anoka-Ramsey Golden Rams (5-5, 12-9). The Warriors (3-6, 8-13) need a win to keep alive any playoff hope. Anoka-Ramsey won the first meeting in Coon Rapids. There is no women's game because Anoka-Ramsey does not have a team this season. The Lady Warriors will host the state tournament Feb. 24-26. Both teams are at Fergus Falls Wednesday.
The Willmar Cardinals compete today at the Central Lakes swimming and diving meet starting at noon at Sauk Rapids High School. St. Cloud Tech is the defending champion but Alexandria, unbeaten in CLC dual meets this season, is favored, followed by Fergus Falls and Brainerd. Willmar took fourth last year.
WILLMAR -- In the wake of Willmar's 47-26 win against Little Falls on Friday, junior guard Brin Hanson summed it up nicely: "We're on a roll." It was the Cardinals' eighth straight win -- all against Central Lakes Conference foes -- and kept them in full pursuit of front-runner St. Cloud Tech, still a game up in the standings. Willmar hosts another team on the move Monday when Litchfield (17-4) brings in a five-game win streak. Katie Holmgren had the hot hand for Willmar against the Flyers. The 6-foot forward had 10 points by halftime when Willmar led 23-16.
Though the terminology is sometimes interchanged, deer do not have horns, they have antlers. Horns continue to grow throughout the animal's life and are not shed each year. This is why we do not find cow horns scattered about the pasture. Antlers start growing in the spring, mature in the fall and fall off -- also know as shed -- in late winter. This is done to provide us outdoors-type people something to do when the ponds and lakes are not yet frozen enough for ice fishing and it is too early to go turkey hunting. We all go wandering about the woods looking for deer sheds.
Weekly/monthly, etc. Willmar Rifle and Pistol Range -- Lower level of city auditorium; non-mag. handgun, rimfire rifle. 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday. $1.50 per half hour, pay at the door. Targets available for sale. Prairie Woods ELC The following activities are offered by Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Register by calling PWELC, 354-5894 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . Discount available on all classes for members. Cross Country Ski trails -- Open daily from 8 a.m.-sunset. Ski and snowshoe rental available. Trailhead hours on weekends are 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
SPICER -- The 16th Annual Spicer Sunrise Lions Ice Derby saw more of some things and less than in others Feb. 4 at Green Lake's Saulsbury Beach. Also that day, the Minnesota Waterfowl Association hosted its annual Wood Duck Day, which builds houses for nesting birds. The Lions' annual winter fundraiser saw anglers bring in 35 fish, seven times the number registered last year. On the bottom side, approximately 300 people attended, down from 500 in 3005. "It went pretty well.
New London-Spicer will try to unseat perennial champion Melrose at the West Central Conference gymnastics meet today, starting at 10 a.m. in Long Prairie. The Dutchmen have won 15 straight conference titles. New London-Spicer's high score this season is 142, while Melrose has reached 144 twice. Also competing are 2005 runner-up Benson/KMS/Lac qui Parle Valley, Prairie Centre, Morris Area and Paynesville.
CLARA CITY -- After a season that saw three teams on top of the Camden Conference standings at one point, Lakeview claimed the crown after beating MACCRAY 59-53 Friday. Lakeview (10-2, 18-2) and MACCRAY (9-3, 15-6) were tied for the lead entering the conference finale, but it was Lakeview's improved shooting in the second half that won the title. MACCRAY owned a 27-23 lead at halftime, but the Lakers chipped away in the second half and made crucial free throws down the stretch.
Results Friday Rocori Quad Jeff Albright, Joe Sheridan, Jon Kerzman, Sean Glenz and Luke Frank all went 3-0 for Paynesville (20-9), which beat MACCRAY, Kimball and Rocori in the Rocori Quadrangular. Team scores Paynesville 52, MACCRAY 19 Paynesville 70, Kimball 3 Paynesville 44, Rocori 24 How area wrestlers fared Key: (Weight, name, won-loss, falls) MACCRAY Statistics not available Paynesville 103: Jeff Albright 3-0 (1) ... 112: Hayden Spaeth 2-0 (1) .... 112-119: Jordan Christian 2-1 ... 119-125: Joe Sheridan 3-0 (2) ... 125: Cody Fuchs 1-0 ... 130-135: Jon Kerzman 3-0 (1) ...