GROVE CITY -- Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City turned in a dominating performance in its own tournament Saturday, placing all 14 wrestlers in the top three spots, including nine champions. Scott Litzau, a 119-pound sophomore for ACGC, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Wrestler after winning his first match by a first-period pin, upsetting top seed Ethan Hildebrandt of St.
BENSON -- Behind 23 points from Brittany Holm and four 3-pointers from Sarah Ahrndt, Benson rallied past Lac qui Parle Valley 61-58 Friday to advance to the final of the Benson Invite. The Braves will face Hastings, a 44-30 winner over MACCRAY, in the final today at 7:45 p.m. MACCRAY and LQPV will meet at 6 p.m.
SARTELL -- Lisa Nielsen scored a career-high 17 points and collected six steals Friday to help Willmar clip Sartell 48-44 in the Central Lakes Conference. It was Willmar's first game since losing 54-30 to Alexandria in its home opener Tuesday. After shooting only 28 percent against Alex-andria, the Cardinals shot at a 44-percent (19-for-43) clip Friday. "The kids played well," said Willmar coach Brad Atchison.
The Ninth Annual Willmar Gun Show will be held Saturday, Dec. 9 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Willmar City Auditorium. Admission is $5 with women and children ages 16 and under getting in free. For more information, call Kyle Carlson at 320-235-4867.
The Willmar cross-country club team will compete today at 2 p.m. (CST) at the third annual Nike Team Nationals in Portland, Ore. With a veteran lineup, Willmar is expected to improve on last year's 14th-place finish among 20 teams. The meet features many of the top boys and girls teams nationwide. Running on the Willmar team are Kaafi Adeys, David Anderson, Abdi Awale, Mohamed Bedel, Scott Boros, Phil Cleary, Mahad Hassan and Mustafa Yusuf.
Weekly/monthly, etc. Blomkest Sportsmen's Club -- Monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 at the Blomkest Community Center. Plans will be made for a fish fry at this meeting and annual dues are due. 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.
The end of the first bow season is drawing to a close. With annoyances such as work, I have not spent nearly as much time hunting as is necessary. This is obvious by the fact I have yet to get the deer I started hunting over a month ago. By Sunday, I was about to give up on the possibility that I might take him this year. I would be too busy during the week to hunt and Saturday is the start of gun season. There were a few chores that needed to be done around the house that have been neglected for quite some time.
NEW LONDON -- Hunters enjoyed success during the fifth annual firearms deer hunt hosted for people with disabilities by the Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Six hunters participated in the hunt, and five were able to harvest a deer. Six deer were taken in total, three does and three bucks (one hunter was able to fill a party tag and harvest two deer.) This year's hunt was held during the second weekend of the firearms season in the area, Nov. 11-14. The hunt helps Prairie Woods manage its deer population while also providing a hunting opportunity for people with disabilities.
KERKHOVEN -- Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City won their season-opening boys basketball games Friday and will face each other in the championship game of the KMS Invite today. The Fighting Saints beat Chokio-Alberta 48-44 and the Falcons pounded Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 74-51. The third-place game will start at 4 p.m.
BELGRADE -- New London-Spicer's Chad Henle (103 pounds), Shawn Hatlestad (119), Luke Reiter (125), Adam Luberts (145), John Nething (160) and Zach Borka (heavyweight) all won individual titles as the Wildcats won the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa title Friday night. NLS had 221.5 points to 133.5 for runner-up Eden valley-Watkins. Hatlestad was named the meet;s Most Valuable Wrestler, going 3-0 with a pin. Team scoring (1) New London-Spicer 221.5 (2) Eden Valley-Watkins 133.5 (3) Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 117 (4) Dawson-Boyd 108 (5) Browerville/Eagle Valley 101 (6) Holdingford 56.5 (7) Belgrade-Bro