The Willmar boys hockey team will be looking to tighten up its defense when the Cardinals host the Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato Dragons (1-1) in their home opener at 3 p.m. today. Willmar (0-2) has allowed 16 goals in two road losses to open the season.
Despite breaking his leg and separating his ankle in a game on Sept. 30, Jake Nordin, a Northern Illinois senior tight end from Lake Lillian, is planning to play in the Huskies' Poinsettia Bowl against TCU Dec. 19 in San Diego. Since Nordin's departure, the Huskies' offense hit a mid-season slump. An outstanding blocker, Nordin caught 14 passes for 159 yards in four games. Nordin has also been invited to play in the North-South Inta Juice All-Star Classic Jan. 13 in Houston.
WILLMAR -- After six hours of wrestling not much more than a half-nelson separated Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg from Yellow Medicine East at the Willmar Invitational Friday. With just one senior in the lineup, the Fighting Saints nudged the Sting 207.5 points to 206 for their second invitational win inside a week's time. Willmar, the host team, took third with 177 points followed by Minnewaska Area, the champion in both 2003 and 2004, in fourth. Both the Fighting Saints and the Sting placed seven in the championship round, but KMS came away with four champions to YME's two. At 215 pounds, Bra
The long awaited gun season has finally arrived. It is not that I do not enjoy bow season, I really do, but the odds of success are much greater during gun season. Chances of getting a deer during bow season, especially if a person is a bit choosy, are around 50 percent. With the added range of a gun, those odds get close to a 100 percent success rate. It then comes down to which ones and how many. Early Saturday morning, I went out to care for the livestock before heading out for a long day's hunt. I noticed it was quite cold, but did not seem too bad.
Weekly/monthly, etc. Minnesota Darkhouse Anglers Association -- The West Central Chapter of the Minnesota Darkhouse Anglers Association will hold its December meeting Tuesday, Dec. 12 at the Paynesville American Legion. Social hour starts at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Dennis Bertram, fish carver and fish house photographer, will be the guest speaker. For more information, call Jeff at 320-354-5227. 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.
NEW LONDON -- A special muzzleloader hunt held last weekend in Sibley State Park fell short of harvesting the number of deer desired. A total of 15 does were registered by the 43 hunters who participated in the special, two-day hunt, the park reported. The park had hoped to see 20 does taken. The special hunt was limited to the taking of anterless deer. The park has been hosting the special muzzleloader seasons to help manage a large deer population.
RENVILLE -- Benson posted 51 points by intermission and held a 24-point lead en route to an 80-45 non-conference win over Renville Coun ty West Friday night.
KERKHOVEN -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg held off Lac qui Parle Valley's second-half charge to earn a 62-58 win in non-conference action Friday. The Fighting Saints (3-1) led by as many as 14 points early in the second half, but the Eagles (0-1) eventually tied the game. Mark Skoglund of KMS sealed the win with two free throws with 38 seconds left. Nate Schlagel scored 18 points to lead KMS.
Late result Thursday KIMBALL -- Senior Phil Phil Cleary placed fourth and the Willmar boys also took fourth Thursday at the St. Cloud Tech Invite. The opening meet was held on the artificial snow at Power Ridge Ski Area. Garrett Erickson took 17th and Kenny Nash 20th and Andrew Halbritter 22nd to fill out the Willmar top four. In girls, Katie Pakola took 26th in the girls 2k freestyle for Willmar. Girls Results TEAM SCORING (cumulated time) -- (1) Little Falls 23:02 (2) St. Cloud Cathedral 26:20 (3) St. Cloud Apollo 27:12 (4) Buffalo 27:19 (5) Mora 28:26 (6) St.
Boys Basketball NON-CONFERENCE Central Minnesota Christian at Montevideo, 3 p.m. Milbank, S.D. at Morris, 8 p.m. Redwood Valley at Cedar Mountain, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball CENTRAL LAKES Brainerd at Willmar, 2:30 p.m. NON-CONFERENCE Underwood Shootout (Wheaton vs. Lidgerwood, N.D., noon ... Hancock vs. Campbell-Tintah, 1:30 p.m. ... Park Christian vs. Ashby, 3 p.m. ... Underwood vs. Wyndmere, N.D., 4:30 p.m.), day 1 of 3 Montevideo Invite (Central Minnesota Christian vs. Montevideo, 6 p.m. ... Hutchinson vs.