West Central Conference athletic directors appealed the placement of Mora and Milaca in the league starting in 2008-09, but to no one's surprise, a hearing officer at the Minnesota State High School League office in Brooklyn Center upheld the league's recommendation. WCC officials had objected to the placement based on Mora's and Milaca's enrollment and east-central location. Milaca (475 enrollment) and Mora (451) will be the largest in the conference, along with Foley (455), which joins in the fall of 2007. All three schools are members of the soon-to-be defunct Rum River Conference.
The Willmar girls hockey team is back at the Owatonna Invite today for the first of three games. The Cardinals (4-7) play North Wright County (6-3) at 6 p.m. today, Hutchinson (2-9) at noon on Thursday and Owatonna (1-7) at 2 p.m. on Friday. The Cardinals will try to improve on last year's 0-3 record when they were outscored 18-1.
The Second annual WinterFest 5k run is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Jan. 20 in Spicer, starting from Melvins on the Lake. Last year, the first-time event drew 200 entries and was the kickoff to the Glacial Lakes Running Series. Brochures are available at area businesses or www.greenlaketri.com .
The West Central Tribune will name its latest inductees into the Sports Hall of Fame in Saturday's paper. Voters who have yet to turn in their ballots are urged to do so as soon as possible.
Boys Basketball Bremer/Willmar Invite FIRST ROUND DEC. 27 New London-Spicer vs. Duluth Central, 6 p.m. Willmar vs. Becker, 8 p.m. THIRD PLACE DEC. 28 Losers, 6 p.m. CHAMPIONSHIP DEC. 28 Winners, 8 p.m. Sauk Rapids Invite FIRST ROUND DEC. 28 Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop vs. Mayer Lutheran, 3 p.m. Chatfield vs. Rockford, 4:45 p.m. Blake vs. Pequot Lakes, 6:30 p.m. Benson vs. East Grand Forks, 8:15 p.m. SECOND ROUND DEC. 29 Losers, 3 & 4:45 p.m. Winners, 6:30 & 8:15 p.m. THIRD ROUND DEC.
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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 .
After hunting together as a group, our intrepid deer hunters generally know what the other members of the team are doing and perhaps even thinking. We do not waste a lot of time planning the individual hunts or even the weekend. None of the guys are really detail oriented people. Before deer season, my wife asked when Dick and Mary were going be at our place. Friday was as close as I could come to exact time. I had talked to Dick a couple of months ago and asked if he would make it for deer season. "Yes" was as far as we got into details.
FERGUS FALLS -- The Willmar Cardinals got the lift they were looking for heading into the holidays with a 76-40 win over Fergus Falls in Central Lakes Conference boys basketball Friday night. Thirteen players got in the Willmar scoring column. Senior guard Kyle Townswick struck for five 3-pointers on the way to a season-high 23 points. Senior post Ryan Hagemeyer was the only other Cardinal in double figures with 11. Willmar improved to 4-1 in the circuit and 4-2 overall.
There will be no paper on Monday because of Christmas. The Tribune sports staff of sports editor Scott Thoma and staff writers Rand Middleton, T.J. Bartelt, Jesse Fuchs and Amber Nohrenberg wish everyone a safe and joyous holiday.