With 70 early registrations through Wednesday, organizers of the second annual Frozen 5k run at Spicer are hopeful the mild weather will lead to as many as 250 entrants for the 9 a.m. race on Jan. 20. The initial event drew 200 entrants. Same-day registration begins at 8 a.m. at Melvin's on the Lake, next to Saulsbury Beach. Besides a t-shirt, entrants receive a free ticket to the waffle feed. Registration is available online at greenlaketri.com. Information is available by calling Dave Baker at (320) 894-5774.
The Willmar Cardinals girls hockey team hosts Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato in a non-conference game at 7 p.m. today at the Civic Center. Willmar (5-12) won the first meeting, 6-2, in Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato (3-11-2) on Dec. 12.
ALBANY -- With the help of attempting 35 more shots and limiting the Tribune's area scorer, Renae Henjum, to just six field goals, Albany upended New London-Spicer 81-55 in the West Central North Conference Thursday. The Class AA No. 3-ranked Huskies (10-1) gave themselves some breathing room in the conference. Albany improved to 6-0 in loop while the Wildcats (10-3) fell to 4-1. Albany led by 10 at halftime before outscoring NLS, which had its 10-game winning streak snapped, 37-21 in the second half.
WILLMAR -- Andy Johnson held off St. Cloud Tech's top freestyler, Blake Bendix, on the final leg of the last event to allow Willmar to claim a 94-89 victory over St. Cloud Tech Thursday in a Central Lakes Conference dual meet. Willmar led 85-84 entering the 400-yard relay. Whoever won would win the meet. Andy Nicklawsky, Jackson Roberts and Kyle Schmidt stroked to a three-length lead for Johnson, who had won the 100 free earlier. Johnson lost two lengths to the Tech senior but no more. Seventh-grader Bennet Woltjer gave Willmar its first win in diving this year.
MORRIS -- Mindy Clark, a 5-9 senior guard, scored the 1,000th point of her career Thursday night, helping Lac qui Parle Valley hand Morris/Chokio-Alberta its first West Central South Conference loss, 55-43. Clark entered the game with 995 career points and finished with 13 for a total of 1,008. She scored her 1,000th point on a short jumper with around eight minutes left in the first half. The game was stopped and she was presented with the game ball.
DAWSON -- Russell-Tyler-Ruthton shot over 60 percent from the field while Dawson-Boyd shot only 36 percent from the field en route to posting a 63-42 win in the Camden Conference Thursday. The Knights (6-1, 10-3) were 28-for-43 (65 percent) from the field and outscored the Blackjacks (5-3, 6-4) 34-15 in the second half.
HECTOR -- Balanced scoring was the key for Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City as the Falcons beat Buffalo Lake-Hector 61-52 in a non-conference game Thursday night. Jesse McCann and Matt Stradtmann had 11 points each and Jordan Tanner and Joel Slinden added 10 apiece for ACGC (6-5). Brandon Antonsen had 11 points for the Mustangs (5-7) and Jake Deal notched 10. ACGC 61, BL-Hector 52 ACGC (6-5) 35 26 -- 61 BL-Hector (5-7) 21 31 -- 52 ATWATER-COSMOS-GROVE CITY - 17 FG (2 3-pt); 25-43 FT; 20 fouls ...
ALEXANDRIA -- Sophomore Annalise Bratt scored a season-best 35.1 to lead Willmar past Alexandria 132-126 on Thursday in Central Lakes Conference gymnastics. Laura Polman won beam and was fourth in all-around for Willmar. Bratt also won on bars and floor. "We thought this was a meet we should win," said Coach Larry Selchow. "We did some good things. We're a young team. Caylee (Cash) was our oldest competitor. She's a junior." Willmar improved to 3-2 in the CLC and 3-4 overall.
Result Thursday Central Lakes River Lakes 10, Little Falls 2 (At Richmond) -- Jenn Paul scored all three River Lakes goals in the second period and finished with four goals and an assist. Little Falls 90-9, 2-13)......0 1 1 -- 2 River Lakes (6-4, 8-7).......3 3 4 -- 10 FIRST PERIOD - RL: Traci Thielen (Abbie Rhoda) 6:43... RL: Greta Omann (Jenn Paul, Rhoda) 15:30, pp ... RL: Blythe Sjoberg (unassisted) 15:37, pp SECOND PERIOD - RL: Paul (Sjoberg, Rhoda) 1:36 .... RL: Paul (Kelsey Athmann) 11:06 .... LF: Lisa Orth (Shelby Atkinson, Kayla Bollig) 11:28 ...
ST. CLOUD -- Eight wrestlers won both of their matches for Willmar Thursday as the Cardinals took two matches at the St. Cloud Apollo Triangular. Willmar opened with a 44-24 win over St. Cloud Apollo, a dual that counted in the Central Lakes Conference standings, before routing Zimmerman 48-18. Alex Johannes at 103 pounds, Erik Borgos at 119, Nick Braun at 125/130, Brandt Haglund at 135, Drew Larson at 145, Cody Stegeman at 152, Brandon Rieckman at 160/171 and Trent Molacek at 171/189 all went 2-0. Borgos was the only Cardinals (3-1, 8-4) to notch two falls. The Cardinals and St.