Events/competitions Kandiyohi County Pheasants Forever Banquet -- The Kandiyohi County Chapter of Pheasants Forever will hold its annual banquet March 17 at the Holiday Inn Convention Center in Willmar. The guest speaker will be Rob Drieslein, editor of Outdoor News. Proceeds from the banquet will be used for habitat and youth education projects. For tickets or more information, call Steph Dileski at (320) 235-7949.
My older son, Walter, and I started our paragliding lessons at the same time last summer. We learned to jump off mountains carried by a nylon wing that resembles a parachute. It has the added advantage of being able to be steered. His lessons were much more successful than mine in that he can actually fly and land. I, on the other hand, can only fly and spend months limping around after crashing into the ground. This limits the number of flights I can tolerate each year. Last week, Walter continued his flying in the Dominican Republic.
WILLMAR -- Area anglers will be able to learn the secrets of fishing Minnesota waters from some of the state's best fishing pros, while also helping give area senior citizens an opportunity to enjoy our local lakes. Professional walleye fisherman Pete Harsh and expert guide Denny Pluimer will be the featured speakers when the Willmar chapter of Let's Go Fishing of Minnesota hosts its first ever "Belgian Waffle Feed and Fishing Seminar.'' The event will be held from 9 a.m-1:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 11 at the Willmar Senior Center on North Highway 71, Willmar.
EDEN VALLEY -- Cory Nietfeld became the first Paynesville basketball player to score 1,000 points before his senior year when the 6-3 junior guard reached the milestone last Saturday in a non-conference game at Eden Valley-Watkins. Nietfeld scored his 1,000th points on a putback basket in the second half. The game was stopped and Nietfeld was presented with the game ball, which he took into the stands and gave to his parents. After scoring 30 points and grabbing 24 rebounds in Paynesville's 88-76 win over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Nietfeld now has 1,035 career points. He is the ninth Payn
Willmar (21-4) takes its 13-game win streak to Moorhead today to play Park Rapids (22-4) at in the Section 8AAA girls' basketball semifinals at Minnesota State University. Detroit Lakes, the defending champion, plays Fergus Falls at 6 p.m. followed by the Cardinals and the Panthers. The championship game is set for 7 p.m. Friday in Moorhead. Willmar last loss was in Moorhead on Jan. 7 -- to the Spuds.
Late result Thursday Section 6AA-West Holdingford 41, Minnewaska Area 35 Shiona Beecher scored 14 points to lead the Lakers (14-11), who were held to under 20 points in each half. Sara Gregerson and Lindsay Solmonson added six points each. Minnewaska (14-11) 16 19 -- 35 Holdingford (18-8) 20 21 -- 41 MINNEWASKA - 13 FG (1 3 pt); 8-20 FT; rebounds not available; 13 fouls ... Scoring: Lindsay Solmonson 6, Ashley Chan 4, Shiona Beecher 14, Sara Gregerson 6, Cassie Jacobs 5 ... 3-point shots: Solmonson 1 ...
Women's Basketball REGION 13 Ridgewater at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, 7 p.m. Wrestling Class A Third Place Wabasso vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, 10 a.m. Class AA Fifth Place Saturday Scott West vs. BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector, 10 a.m. Swimming & Diving STATE MEET At University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, Minneapolis Class A swimming and diving finals, 10 a.m. Boys Basketball Section 3A-North QUARTERFINALS TODAY at Southwest Minnesota State, Marshall 1. Russell-Tyler-Ruthton vs. Renville County West, 1 p.m. 2.
Boys Basketball Willmar 76, Sauk Rapids 53 Litchfield 68, Dassel-Cokato 61 Pierz 78, BBE 56 Girls Basketball Section 3AA-North Championship MACCRAY 61, LQPV 52 Wrestling Class AA BOLD/BLH 34, Hibbing 22 Class A Frazee 28, ACGC 18
LITCHFIELD -- Litchfield scored the last seven points of the second overtime to beat Wright County Conference rival Dassel-Cokato 68-61 Friday. A Daren Sangren basket, two Peter Zender free throws and a Kent Johnson layup finished out the victory for the Dragons. Litchfield also beat Dassel-Cokato 53-52 on Jan. 27 in Dassel. Johnson sent the game into overtime by making one of two free throws, which capped a comeback from a 27-17 halftime deficit. Johnson scored 18 points to lead the Dragons. Mike Bruesewitz followed with 16 points, eight rebound and five steals.
MINNEAPOLIS -- A 200-freestyle relay team from Montevideo/Yellow Medicine East had the fastest time in Friday's Class A prelim heat at the state swimming and diving meet. Jeremy Melby, David Nedrud, Casey Enevoldsen and Brad Vickers clocked 1:29.84, which was .59 below their seed time. St.