The biggest concern before a hunt is always the possibility of a major injury. Party hunting -- a group of hunters walking through the woods toward people on stand -- is inherently dangerous. There is always the possibility of the blockers shooting toward and unseen driver and vice versa. We discuss safety issues and have a large amount of trust in each other. We try to keep track of where other hunters are and where they will be. This method of hunting has its risks, but knowing each other well and hunting the same way each year has prevented any major problems.
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 . Prairie Woods ELC The following activities are offered by Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Register by calling PWELC, 354-5894 or e-mail at email@example.com .
NEW LONDON -- The Willmar Cardinals fired up their reliable defense in the second half to over come a brave upset bid by Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg on Friday in the opening game of the Midwest Wireless/WildCard Tournament. The Fighting Saints took a 36-31 halftime lead, but Willmar held the upstarts to 18 second-half points to scrape out a 57-54 victory. A Saints shot from 22 feet to tie missed at the buzzer. "Coach (Brad) Atchison wasn't to happy with us at halftime," said Willmar senior guard Brin Hanson, who led Willmar with 18 points, six assists and five steals.
NEW LONDON -- Behind clutch shots from Renae Henjum -- who had 23 points -- and Jenn Wendlandt, New London-Spicer ended the game on a 13-0 run to rally past Watertown-Mayer 55-50 in the opening round of the Midwest Wireless/WildCard Classic Friday. The Wildcats (7-2) will meet Willmar (4-4) today at approximately 7:45 p.m. in the championship. Willmar edged Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 57-54 in the tourney's opener. KMS and Watertown-Mayer will face off at 6 p.m.
The first Willmar Curling Club Arena Ice Bonspiel is slated for Jan. 6-7 at the Blue Line Center. Fourteen four-person teams are already signed up for the two-day event, which includes a buffet dinner on Saturday. Teams are coming from Fargo, N.D., Alexandria, Brainerd and St. Paul. Each will play a minimum of three games. The entry fee is $160 per team. For more information, call 320-235-1454.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar Cardinal took a 2-0 lead on goals by Mitch Schneider and Jordan Gauer and hung on to defeat Prairie Centre 2-1 Friday in the final game of the three day Willmar Boys Holiday Hockey Tournament. Willmar, Prairie Centre and River Lakes each ended the tournament 2-1.
OWATONNA -- Willmar played two more strong games at the Owatonna Invitational, losing each by one goal. Owatonna edged Willmar 2-1 on Friday. Willmar lost to Hutchinson 4-3 on Thursday. On Wednesday, Willmar fell to North Wright County 6-2. Owatonna 2, Willmar 1 Kelsey Johnson scored Willmar's only goal in the second period, tieing the game 1-1. But Owatonna got the gamewinner at 8:35. Abby Schueller made 31 saves for Willmar.
Fragodt scores 1,000th point, but Benson falls SAUK RAPIDS -- Daniel Fragodt scored his 1,000th career point, but it wasn't enough for Benson as Pequot Lakes drubbed the Braves 79-55 in the semifinals of the Sauk Rapids Invite Friday. Fragodt was fouled with 3:52 left and went to the free-throw line with 999 career points.
Minneota upends Hancock in final MADISON -- Minneota owned a 14-point lead at halftime and never looked back as the Vikings upended previously unbeaten Hancock 66-58 in the final of the Lac qui Parle Valley Invite Friday. Four players scored in double figures for Minneota (8-1) while Hancock (8-1) had just two, Tara Thielke with 23 points and Bre Holleman 21. Alyssa Buysse paced the Vikings with 19 points. Holleman knocked four 3-pointers and handed out five assists while Thielke hooked nine rebounds.
Canby repeats at Monte MONTEVIDEO -- Canby repeated as champion of the David Roder Memorial Wrestling Tournament Friday. Canby had 246 points to 177 for runner-up Tracy-Milroy-Balaton. MACCRAY finished seventh with 102 points.