Willmar Community Education & Recreation will be holding two adult basketball tournaments this winter. The Winter Classic will be held Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Senior High Gym. Entry fee is $110 and is due by Friday, Jan. 19 at 4:30 p.m. The 3-on-3 tournament will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 at the Senior High Gym. Entry fee is $55 and is due by Friday, Feb. 9 at 4:30 p.m. For more information, call WCER at 320-231-8490.
The Willmar Cardinals swimming and diving team is participating in the True Team Section 3A meet today in Hutchinson. Diving starts at 10 a.m. and swimming at 1 p.m. The meet champion will advance to the True Team State Meet.
The Ridgewater College men's basketball game scheduled for today at Willmar against Grace College has been cancelled because the St. Paul-based school has dropped its program.
The Willmar Cardinals will host a wrestling quadrangular at the senior high school starting at 10:30 a.m. today. Guests are New London-Spicer, St. Francis and Glencoe-Silver Lake. Willmar and St. Francis are each getting votes in the Class AAA poll and New London-Spicer in AA.
PAYNESVILLE -- Cory Nietfeld became Paynesville's all-time leading scorer and helped lead the Bulldogs to a 78-62 win over Minnewaska in West Central North Conference boys basketball action Friday. Nietfeld, a 6-foot-3 senior, eclipsed the 1,286-point mark almost three minutes into the second half on a six-foot hook shot. Nietfeld broke the record set by Don Liestman, who played for Paynesville from 1955-58. The Bulldogs' guard/forward scored 20 points Friday and now has 1,297.
EDINA -- The Willmar Cardinals continued their hot streak against Class AAAA competition whipping Edina 68-62 on Friday at the Edina Community Center. Willmar (11-2) won its seventh in a row overall. The win avenged a 65-57 loss at Willmar a year ago to the Hornets. Scoring was balanced with Kyle Townswick and Ryan Hagemeyer out front with 14 and 13 points, respectively. Sophomore Jordan Smith had his biggest game with 10 points followed by Casey Sussenguth with nine, Michael Dunham eight and Cory Hanson seven.
By the time we arrived back at the lodge from an afternoon of goose and duck hunting, it was beginning to rain. During our dinner of Cajun pork chops, potatoes and green beans, the wind was blowing and lightening was flashing every few seconds. The worse the weather got, the more excited the guides became. "By morning, the weather will be awful and the hunting will be great," was the most often heard refrain. At 4:30 a.m., the heavy rain was coming down sideways. I was glad it is not hurricane season or I would have sworn we were in one. Even the dogs were excited.
Events/competitions WPSA Extreme Ice Races -- The Northern Lights Trail Snowmobile Club is sponsoring WPSA Extreme Ice Races Saturday and Sunday at Lake Hassel, which is 5½ miles north of Benson on Minnesota Highway 29. Kids Z-120 races are on Saturday and radar runs will be on Sunday. Admission is $10 for a day of $15 for the weekend. Kids ages 5 and under get in free. For more information, call Sandy Larson at 320-567-2173. Global Warming discussion -- The Montevideo Community Center will be holding a discussion about global warming Thurdsay, Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.
MONTEVIDEO -- Montevideo held the advantage in free throws and rebounding, which led to the Thunder Hawks' 71-59 win over Benson in West Central South boys basketball action Friday. Montevideo (5-0, 8-1) bolted to a 42-26 halftime lead. Benson got as close as seven points in the second half, but the Thunder Hawks' 44-34 advantage in rebounding and 10-point swing in free throws made (20-10) added up to the difference in the game. Nolan Jaspersen scored 19 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to lead Montevideo.
TYLER -- MACCRAY had two chances to tie its Camden Conference game with Russell-Tyler-Ruthton, but came away empty both times in a 50-47 boys basketball loss Friday. The Wolverines (6-4) trailed by seven points at halftime and were down by as many as 14 in the second half. But MACCRAY clawed its way back and with nine seconds left, missed the tying shot. RTR rebounded, picked up the foul and missed the free throws, giving the Wolverines a second last-ditch shot, which hit the back of the rim. Zach Thissen and Matt Leese scored 10 points each to pace MACCRAY.