NEW LONDON -- Interest in the deer hunt offered by the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center for people with disabilities is continuing to grow. All seven of the available blinds have already been spoken for, according to Mark Mertens, who organizes the hunt. This will mark the fifth annual firearms deer hunt for people with disabilities at Prairie Woods. It will be held during the second weekend of the regular firearms season, Nov. 11-14.
ST. CLOUD -- Cory Hanson scored on a 21-yard touchdown run with 1:55 remaining in the game, rallying the Willmar Cardinals to a 31-27 win over St. Cloud Tech in a Central Lakes Conference game Friday night. Not since the Cardinals beat both Brainerd and Alexandria in 2000 on the way to tying for the Central Lakes title have the Cardinals licked such a formidable foe on the road. Willmar (4-2, 4-2) outgained the Tigers 452-304.
WILLMAR -- After beating St. Cloud Apollo 4-3 for a second time in four days, Willmar advance to the semifinals of the Section 8AA-South tournament Friday. Willmar's third win in its last four matches gives the No. 4 seed a date with top seed Becker Monday at 1 p.m. at Gold's Gym in St.
The Willmar Cardinals will host their annual eight-team volleyball tournament today at the high school. In Pool A is Willmar, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Buffalo Lake-Hector and Breckenridge. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Benson, New London-Spicer and Parkers Prairie are in Pool B. The tournament begins at 9 a.m. Willmar is the defending champion.
Jake Nordin, a 6-3, 262-pound Northern Illinois University senior tight end from Lake Lillian, broke his left leg in the second quarter last Saturday against Ball State in Muncie, Ind. and will miss the remainder of the season. Nordin caught one pass for four yards in the game. He is the Huskies' third-leading receiver with 14 catches for 159 yards this season. Northern Illinois won the game, 40-28, to improve to 3-2. NFL scouts have been high on Nordin because of his blocking and pass-catching abilities. He has 54 career receptions.
MORRIS -- With the help of five turnovers and a balanced offense, Morris knocked off Yellow Medicine East 39-27 Friday to hand the Sting their first loss in the West Central South Conference. Travis Moser rushed for 128 yards and three touchdowns for Morris, which moved into a first-place tie with YME and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, while the Tigers got another strong passing attack from Taylor Witt. Witt completed 22-of-35 passes for 280 yards and two scores.
Prep Football Litchfield 35, Waconia 14 Redwood Valley 35, St. Peter 8 Red Rock Central 14, Buffalo Lake-Hector 0 Renville County West 22, Mountain Lake/Butterfield-Odin 8 Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City 23, Lac qui Parle Valley 21, OT Benson 21, Montevideo 13 New London-Spicer 44, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 25 Staples-Motley 20, Minnewaska 0 Kimball 20, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 0 Morris 39, Yellow Medicine East 27 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 33, Osakis 19 Paynesville 35, BOLD 21 MACCRAY 33, Dawson-Boyd 0 Willmar 31, St.
College Football JUNIOR COLLEGE Ridgewater at Rochester, 1:30 p.m. Prep Volleyball NON-CONFERENCE Willmar Invite (Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Benson, Breckenridge, Buffalo Lake-Hector, New London-Spicer, Parkers Prairie) 9 a.m. Litchfield Invite (Morris), 9 a.m. St. James Invite (Redwood Valley), 9 a.m. Cross Country NON-CONFERENCE Alexandria Lions Meet of Champions at Arrowwood Resort (Willmar, Alexandria, Bemidji, Belle Plaine, Benilde-St.
FERGUS FALLS -- Ashley Olson and Hilary Groothuis both smashed 13 kills Friday to help Ridgewater clinch at least a tie for the MCCC Southern Division title after the Lady Warriors upended Fergus Falls 30-22, 29-31, 30-25, 30-22. Ridgewater remained perfect in the division at 8-0 and improved its overall record to 23-3. The Lady Warriors have only a match at Anoka-Ramsey on Wednesday and a home match with Minnesota West on Oct.
LITCHFIELD -- A balanced rushing attack that fueled a patience offense allowed Litchfield to beat previously unbeaten Waconia 35-14 Friday and move into a three-way tie for first place in the Wright County Conference. Glencoe-Silver Lake also took advantage of Waconia's loss by drilling Delano 43-20, giving Litchfield, Waconia and GSL identical 4-1 records in the conference and 5-1 overall. Nic Johnson led the Dragons' ground game that gained 210 yards by piling up 81 yards on 12 carries, which included a 40-yard TD run in the fourth quarter that put Litchfield ahead 28-8. Dustin Celander s