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.
Weekly/monthly, etc. Willmar Rifle and Pistol Club -- Indoor range open to public Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m. through April. Located in the basement of the Willmar City Auditorium. $1.50 per half-hour. Targets on sale. Rimfire rifles, rimfire or centerfire handguns only. No high-power/magnum loads. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org . Minnesota Darkhouse Anglers Association -- The West Central Chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse Anglers Association will hold its January Meeting at the Spicer American Legion on Tuesday, Jan. 9. Social hour is at 7 p.m.
KERKHOVEN -- Justin Johnson led five Fighting Saints in double figures with 17 points as Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg pulled away from Dawson-Boyd late in the game for a 76-61 victory in Camden North boys basketball on Friday. The Blackjacks led 37-36 at halftime, but were unable to hold the lead. KMS moved into a tie for the conference lead with MACCRAY. Nate Schlagel added 15 points for KMS and Sam Kavanagh 14 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.
LUVERNE -- Michael Felt pumped in 24 points and Redwood Valley danced the cords with eight 3-pointers en route to a 65-48 Southwest Conference triumph over Luverne Friday night. The game was a battle of unbeatens and conference leaders. Redwood Valley improved to 3-0 in the Southwest Conference and 9-0 overall. Luverne dropped to 3-1, 7-1. Felt and Tyler Pendleton had three treys apiece and Aaron Marks two for the Cardinals.
Boys Basketball Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 76, Dawson-Boyd 61 Renville County West 47, Central Minnesota Christian 36 Montevideo 64, Morris 46 Lac qui Parle Valley 47, Ortonville 44 Redwood Valley 65, Luverne 48 Litchfield 66, Delano 52 Buffalo Lake-Hector 55, Springfield 47 Girls Basketball Springfield 67, Buffalo Lake-Hector 42 Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 71, Paynesville 64 New London-Spicer 55, Minnewaska 50 Morris/Chokio-Alberta 60, BOLD 48 Benson 63, Yellow Medicine East 46 Lac qui Parle Valley 53, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 51 Dawson-Boyd 61, Lincoln HI/Lake Benton
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Moorhead at Willmar, 4:15 p.m. Central Minnesota Christian vs. Southwest Christian at Edgerton, 7:45 p.m. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Swanville, 5:30 p.m. Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Moorhead at Willmar, 2:30 p.m. Rocori at New London-Spicer, 7:30 p.m. Central Minnesota Christian vs.