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LITCHFIELD -- Through seven seasons of competition Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato hadn't managed a win against Willmar in girls hockey. The Dragons took care of that debit Tuesday night in the season opener for both squads. Scoring a late goal in the third period, LDC shaded the Cardinals 3-2 at the Litchfield Civic Center. The Dragons were 0-15-1 against their nearby rivals, including two playoff losses and a 1-1 tie on Jan. 23, 2001. The Dragons never trailed. Annika Danielson in goal was sure handed.
John Johnston, the BOLD boys golf coach, waited a lifetime for his first hole-in-one. Who would have guessed that when it came, it would be in November in Minnesota? But last Saturday at the Olivia Golf Club, Johnston got his ace on the 205-yard No. 2 hole with a 3-iron. Johnston, who turned 65 earlier in the week, pulled within one ace of his wife, Vi Johnston, who has two.
Member registration for YMCA Youth Basketball starts Nov. 28 with open registration on Nov. 30. The eight-week program is open to all students in grades K-4. The season culminates with an optional Timberwolves' game and Junior Wolves Clinic at the Target Center. Call 222-9622 or visit www.kandiymca.org .
Former Minnewaska Area standout Corey Weber was one of 14 MIAC football players named to the 2005 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District V team recently. Weber, a senior running back at St. John's, currently ranks 13th in the nation with an 11.3 points per game scoring average. Weber leads the team in rushing with 618 yards. The management major has a 3.86 GPA.
PAYNESVILLE -- Kenzie Novak netted a hat trick and Maria Omann amassed three points with two goals and an assist to help River Lakes bounce Morris/Benson Area 9-2 in non-conference action Tuesday. Brittany Sharstrom scored an unassisted goal 40 seconds into the game to give MBA (0-1) a quick 1-0 lead.
GRANITE FALLS -- Alexandria edged Willmar 3-2 in last weekend's West Central Conference championship at Granite Falls Bowling Center to advance to the state tournament. Willmar, which was on top of the conference standings for the majority of the season, had a first-round bye before upending Montevideo 3-2 to reach the final. Alexandria was the top seed while Willmar was No. 2. Willmar does, however, have a chance to qualify for the state tournament. The 16 conference runner-ups from across the state will meet in the Minnesota Invitational Tournament this Saturday in Alexandria.
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Girls Hockey NON-CONFERENCE Willmar vs. Litchfield/Dassel-Cokato at Litchfield, 7 p.m.
The Willmar Community Education and Recreation Department will have an open broomball league beginning Jan. 12 at Lincoln hockey rink. Those interested can sign up individually or as a team. Entry fee is $5 per person or $20 per team. Call (320) 231-8492, ext. 7232 for more information.
WILLMAR -- The Willmar boys cross-country team may have wrapped up the high school season Nov. 5 at Northfield, but there's plenty of racing left for the state champions. Under the sponsorship of the Winged Foot Running Club, eight team members, under volunteer coach Bryan Borgos, will compete at the Foot Locker Midwest Regional in Kenosha, Wis., on Nov. 26 and also at the Nike Team Nationals on Dec.