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Area basketball and hockey teams will host or play in holiday tournaments, which will run today through Friday. Redwood Valley will hold boys and girls basketball tournaments starting today at the high school. Morris/Benson and Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato boys hockey teams will be at the Little Falls and Granite City Classic today thorugh Thursday, respectively.
St. Cloud State University is eying its options if the North Central Conference were to dissolve. The University of North Dakota has formed a task force to study a move to NCAA Division I, a path lately taken by former NCC members Northern Colorado, South Dakota State and North Dakota State. Nebraska-Omaha has indicated it would also leave the seven-team NCC if UND splits. According to a recent story in the St. Cloud Times, SCSU athletic director Morris Kurtz said scheduling non-conference games is getting increasingly difficult.
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The Sibley State Park cross-country ski trail center in the lower level of the Interpretive Center is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, including Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The 12 miles of trails are groomed and in very good condition. A Minnesota ski pass is rquired.
The Ridgewater College baseball team is ranked No. 2 among NJCAA Division III teams in the recently released preseason poll by Baseball America. Ridgewater is coming off a national runner-up finish last season in which it went 37-8. The Warriors return their top five pitchers, led by All American Adam Ferrell and 2007 Minnesota Gophers signee Ethan Vogt. Ridgewater opens the 2006 season March in Fort Myers, Fla.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinals met their early-season goals Thursday at the Kennedy School. They hit the 120-point mark and got the win, 120.1-114.5 over Fergus Falls in a Central Lakes Conference meet. Willmar's Caitlin Cooreman won all four events for a 34.8 all-around. "She was so solid," said coach Larry Selchow. "A great job.
LITTLE FALLS -- Laura Nielsen scored 20 points and sophomore Jamie Wilson added nine -- all in the second half -- as the Willmar Cardinals topped Little Falls 49-34 on Thursday in Central Lakes girls basketball. "Jamie Wilson had her best game of the year," said coach Brad Atchison. "She looked real comfortable in her shot and knocked down a three-pointer." Little Falls sprinted to a 7-0 lead prompting a Cardinals' time out. Willmar answered with its own run to tie it up, 7-7.
There will be open an open gym and pool available for those wanting to stay in shape from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Sundays at the Willmar Senior High School beginning Jan. 8 and running until March 12. The cost is $2 per person and payable at the door. There will also be open swimming available at the Willmar Junior High from 7-9 p.m. Fridays beginning Jan. 6 and running until March 17. Cost is $2 per person at the door. And an open gym will be available at the Willmar City Auditorium from 2-4 p.m. Saturdays and 4-6 p.m. Sunday beginning Jan. 7 and running until March 12.
The unbeaten New London-Spicer boys' basketball team takes a 4-0 mark on the road today in a non-conference game against Rocori (4-1) in Cold Spring. The game is the only area event scheduled today because of fhe holiday break.