FERGUS FALLS -- The Willmar Cardinals couldn't find their range at Fergus Falls Friday night and lost in Central Lakes Conference girls basketball 35-30. Willmar sophomore Kelsey Evans was the only player in double figures with 11 points, but the Cardinals shot just 30 percent (12 of 40). The game was a rematch of last year's Section 8AAA final at Moorhead, won by Willmar, 38-34. The Otters, who returned with their lineup virtually in tact, improved to 3-1 in the CLC.
Saturday's drive of the south place was met with only limited success. Doran and I watched as about 50 deer came out of the timber between us as I sat on the side of Strawberry Hill with him just off to the my left, also out of range. Dick was on the hill to my right, and did get in some shooting, but was also just out of position. Dick, Doran and I are the old guys, so we get to choose where we stand and who gets to chase deer to us. By Sunday morning, we had a plan. Dick moved a hundred yards closer to where the deer came out the day before.
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 . Sibley State Park The Interpretive Center is open daily. All Sibley State park programs are lead by the park naturalist or visiting expert. They are at the Interpretive Center and are free unless otherwise noted.
NEW LONDON -- Despite a poor shooting performance, New London-Spicer dominated the boards and held off Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 63-55 in West Central North boys basketball action Friday. The Wildcats (1-0, 3-1) shot 34 percent from the field, but grabbed 34 rebounds compared to 22 for LPGE. Jordan Radel and Skylar Wachter scored 15 points each for NLS and Wachter added 10 rebounds. Jackson Wright followed with 14 points and Wade Powers had 11.
RENVILLE -- With a 9-0 run to end the first half, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg jumped ahead of Renville County West and cruised through the second half for a 71-52 Camden North boys basketball win Friday. The Fighting Saints (1-1, 4-2) broke a 23-23 tie, finishing the half with a 32-23 lead. Cole Berget led KMS with 22 points, followed by Taylor Freetly's 13 and Nate Schlagel's 11. Sam Kavanagh grabbed 12 rebounds. Brent Jansen posted a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Jaguars (0-2, 0-4).
Boys Basketball Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop 48, Litchfield 46 New London-Spicer 63, Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 55 Redwood Valley 68, Pipestone 61 Yellow Medicine East 52, BOLD 40 Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 71, Renville County West 52 Melrose 78, Minnewaska 42 Lakeview 69, Dawson-Boyd 58 Case IH Holiday Tournament Benson 73, Paynesville 69 MACCRAY 69, Hancock 60 Girls Basketball Fergus 35, Willmar 30 Litchfield 69, Dassel-Cokato 24 Maple Lake 54, Paynesville 52 Minneota 64, Dawson-Boyd 56 Lakeview 70, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 59 Buffalo Lake-Hector 53, Sleepy Eye 43 Del
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Benson Invite (Third place, 6 p.m.; championship, 7:30 p.m.) Minnewaska vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade, 5 p.m. BOLD vs. Renville County West at Renville, 7:30 p.m. Wahpeton Invite (Morris) Girls Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Montevideo Invite (Third place, Hutchinson vs. Central Minnesota Christian, 6 p.m. ... Montevideo vs. Ortonville, 7:30 p.m.) Minnewaska vs. Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa at Belgrade, 5 p.m. BOLD vs.
BRAINERD -- Rainy River drained seven 3-pointers and got 28 points from 6-foot-2 post Michelle Cheney to drub Ridgewater 68-57 Friday in the Central Lakes Invitational. The Lady Voyageurs (4-5) led by as many as 23 points after holding Ridgewater (5-5) to just 20 first-half points.
BRAINERD -- Rainy River took a 14-point lead at halftime and went on to defeat the Ridgewater Warriors 82-67 in men's MCCC basketball on Friday. The Warriors take on Central Lakes of Brainerd at 6 p.m. today. Ridgewater had an 83-71 win on its record over the Voyageurs on Dec. 2 in Willmar. This time Rainy River deployed its advantage in quickness to build as much as a 28-point lead early in the second half. The Warriors' leading scorer, Dave Johnson, was limited to 10 points after scoring 27 at Willmar. The 6-5 sophomore did collect 18 rebounds.
Montevideo Tri Redwood Valley rallied from a 31-6 deficit after the 140-pound match to overtake Montevideo 42-37 at the Thunderhawks' triangular on Friday. Earlier, YME blitzed Montevideo, 66-6. Redwood Valley 42, Montevideo 37 The Cardinals got three forfeits and three pins over the last seven weight classes to fuel the rally capped by pins from Brennen Hagert at 215 and Brian Anderson at at 285 pounds.