It never fails. When the weather turns cold and we have a winter storm, we always hear about someone becoming stranded and freezing to death. They obviously do not shop for clothing at the same stores as the average hunter. Everyone knows, and even hunters will admit the fact we are crazy to go out in some of the weather we do. Over the years, I have learned to dress for survival. I do not like to be cold. At best, getting cold can be annoying. At worst, it can kill a person. My first experience in dealing with the elements occurred during high school.
Events/competitions Spicer Sunrise Lions Club Ice Fishing Derby -- The Spicer Sunrise Lions Club Annual Ice Fishing Derby will be held Saturday, Feb. 3 at Saulsbury Beach on Green Lake. Registration begins and 11 a.m. and the fishing runs from 1-3 p.m. Hole tickets are one for $3 or two for $5. Raffle tickets will also be available for purchase. For more information, call Todd at 320-796-2151. Global Warming discussion -- The Montevideo Community Center will be holding a discussion about global warming Thurdsay, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Eight teams compete today at the Camden Conference Wrestling Championships starting at 10:30 a.m. in Tracy. Canby, No. 1-rated in Class A, will be favored with No. 11 Minneota a darkhorse. Other teams are Dawson-Boyd, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg, MACCRAY, Ortonville, Renville County West and Tracy-Milroy-Balaton.
Youth wrestlers in grades K-6 will take to the mats Sunday at Ridgewater College for the annual Cardinal Classic, co-sponored by the Warriors' wrestling team and Willmar Community Education and Recreation. Weigh-in for grades K-2 is from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and grades 3-6 is from 12:30 -1:30 p.m. Wrestling starts at 1 p.m. The entry fee is $8. Admission is $2 for adults and $1 for students.
NEW LONDON -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City had eight individual champions en route to winning the New London-Spicer Invite Friday. Champions for the Falcons were: Ben Meyer at 112 pounds, Scott Litzau at 119, Matt Pearson at 135, A.J. Frederiksen at 160, Micah Larson at 171, Nic Leither at 189, David Nelson at 215 and Josh Lies at heavyweight. ACGC had 248.,5 points for 222 for runnerup New London-Spicer. Billy Dean at 130 and Adam Luberts at 145 were champions for Wildcats. Luberts recorded his 150th career win.
BENSON -- Hancock held off a hard-charging Benson girls basketball team, winning the non-conference clash 52-49 Friday. The Owls (14-1), who won their sixth straight game, held a 27-16 halftime lead, but the Braves (5-7) opened the second half with a 15-4 run to tie the game. Sarah Ahrndt spearheaded the charge, scoring 11 of her 13 points in the final 18 minutes. She made three of the team's five 3-pointers. Defensively, the Braves held Tara Thielke, Hancock's leading scorer, to two points in the second half.
DAWSON -- A day after moving into a tie for first place in the Camden North Conference, Dawson-Boyd was upended 43-33 Friday by Minneota, which is leading the Camden South standings. The Vikings (9-1, 13-2) never trailed and limited Dawson-Boyd (7-4, 8-5) to just 13 field goals.
GRANITE FALLS -- Despite being snuffed out from three-point range, Montevideo did just enough to edge Yellow Medicine East, 55-51, and stay undefeated in West Central South boys basketball action Friday. The Thunder Hawks made 1-of-11 three-point attempts and shot 42 percent from the field overall. Unfortunately, the Sting (2-4, 6-5) didn't do well from the floor, either, shooting just 36 percent (20 of 56). Montevideo's Tyler Grey and Tramel Barnes were held to 11 points each, and neither made a three-point basket.
MELROSE -- Melrose took the top spot in the West Central North boys basketball standings alone by dumping New London-Spicer, 60-49, Friday. The Dutchmen (6-1, 10-2) controlled the first half, taking a 38-26 advantage at the break, then cruised in the second half. The Wildcats (5-2, 9-4) didn't fare as well in the second half, scoring just 21 points. Curt Bertram and Seth Gieske scored 16 and 12 points, respectively, for Melrose. Chris Tengwall netted a season-high 13 points and Wade Powers added 11 points for NLS. Melrose 60, NLS 49 NL-Spicer (5-2, 9-4) 26 21 -- 49 Melrose (6-1, 10-2)
The Ridgewater College men's and women's basketball teams travel to Fergus Falls today for MCCC Southern Division games with MSCTC-Fergus Falls. The Lady Warriors play at 1 p.m. and the Warriors at approximately 3 p.m.