BIWABIK -- Willmar Cardinal senior Phil Cleary skated to 45th place among 187 skiers in the boys 5k freestyle race at the Mesabi East Invitational cross-country ski meet Saturday. The annual event at Giant's Ridge Resort brought together 1,150 Nordic skiers from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan to compete in varsity and JV races. Girls Results TEAM SCORING -- (1) Duluth East 26 (2) Roseville Area 31 (3) Stillwater 32 .... Willmar 621 5K CLASSIC -- (1) Lindsey Marshall, Roseville ....
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Litchfield at Redwood Valley, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Buffalo Lake-Hector vs. Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City at Grove City, 7:30 p.m. Ortonville at Lac qui Parle Valley, 7:30 p.m. Milbank, S.D. at Morris/Chokio-Alberta, 7:30 p.m. Minnewaska at Holdingford, 7:30 p.m. CAMDEN NORTH MACCRAY at Canby, 7:30 p.m. PHESANT Campbell-Tintah at Hancock, 7:30 p.m. Boys Hockey NON-CONFERENCE Redwood Valley at Becker, 7 p.m.
Boys Basketball Willmar 66, Moorhead 55 Southwest Christian 82, Central Minn.
MORRIS -- Tramel Barnes popped in 21 points and Montevideo stayed unbeaten in the West Central South Conference with a 64-46 victory over Morris Friday night. Montevideo (3-0, 6-1) dominated the boards by a 34-21 margin and also cashed 17-of-24 free throws to just 5-of-6 for the Tigers (1-2, 3-4). The Tigers held an early 12-11 lead, but then went into a shooting funk. Morris scored just five points in an eight-minute stretch, while Montevideo finished the half with a 29-17 lead. Tyler Grey added 14 points for the Thunder Hawks. Nolan Jaspersen had 12 points and Todd Bergeson 10.
Benson will host an eight-team wrestling tournament today beginning at 9 a.m. Lac qui Parle Valley and Minnewaska are also among area schools participating.
Sam Sussenguth, a 6-8 redshirt freshman from Willmar playing Division I basketball for North Dakota State, scored a season-high 10 points on Wednesday, but the Bison fell to Eastern Michigan 74-66 at Ypsilanti, Mich. Sussenguth, who had totaled five points in his previous four appearances off the bench, scored all his points in the last seven minutes of the first half by hitting 5-of-6 shots. Brett Winkelman, a sophomore forward, from Morris led NDSU (8-6) with 16 points.
The long-suffering Willmar Cardinals Nordic ski team finally will get into genuine snow -- following a 260-mile trip to reach Giants Ridge Ski Resort. The Giants Ridge web site reports excellent conditions following a 10-inch snowfall on New Year's Eve. The Cardinals compete today in the huge Mesabi Invite on part of the resort's rolling 40 miles of cross-country trails.
Both Ridgewater College and Willmar Senior High School will host basketball doubleheaders today. The Lady Warriors entertain Minnesota West at 1 p.m. followed by the Warriors game against the Blue Jays at 3 p.m. The Cardinals take on the Moorhead Spuds in a varsity doubleheader starting with the girls game at 2:30 p.m. and followed by the boys contest at approximately 4:15 p.m.
FERGUS FALLS -- Juniors Cody Peck and John Lindsey teamed up to help the Fergus Falls Otters spill Willmar 4-1 at the Fairgrounds Arena in Central Lakes Conference boys hockey on Friday. The game was tied 1-1 after two periods with Richie Norris's shorthanded goal matching Lindsey's bullet through a screen from the blue line that beat Willmar goalie Jon Mattison -- both goals coming in the first stanza. But Fergus Falls had the territorial advantage through two periods, throwing 29 shots on Mattison to Willmar's 10 on Otters' goalie Josh Fandrich. In the third period, Lindsey scored his se
I have discovered there is a limit to the number of deer hunting stories my reading public will tolerate. After several requests to write about something else, my editor determined I should go on a field trip to acquire new experiences. It was decided I should check out duck hunting in southern Louisiana. Always being the team player, I packed my shotgun and headed for Cajun country. My older son, Walter and his stepson, Coty, met up with me for our trip on Friday, almost to the Gulf of Mexico. We ended up near the small town of Welsh, La., at a hunting camp called Chein Noir.