Boys Basketball Paynesville 83, Maple Lake 76 Girls Basketball LQPV 48, MACCRAY 45 Hancock 70, CMCS 58
First place in the West Central North Conference for boys basketball will be on the line today in New London as New London-Spicer hosts Melrose at 1:30 p.m. The Wildcats are 6-0 in the loop and 12-1 overall while Melrose has a mark of 5-0 in the conference and 11-1 overall. The Dutchmen are ranked sixth and New London-Spicer eighth in the lastest Class AA Minnesota Basketball News poll.
MSCTC-Fergus Falls will invade Willmar today as the Ridgewater men's and women's basketball teams host a doubleheader starting at 1 p.m. with the women's game. The Lady Warriors (2-1, 11-4) haven't played since beating Riverland 58-45 in Austin on Jan. 11. The Warrior men (1-3, 6-10, coming off a 85-74 loss to Anoka-Ramsey Wednesday, will tip-off at 3 p.m.
The International Falls Broncos will have a 300-mile trip home after competing today at the Willmar swimming and diving invitational. Other teams are Perham, Elk River and Montevideo. Diving begins at 10 a.m. and swimming at 1 p.m. The Broncos swam Friday night at Litchfield.
OLIVIA -- Canby, ranked No. 2 in Class A, earned 21 points in the final four matches to stun BOLD/Buffalo Lake-Hector 38-22 Friday in a clash of non-conference wrestling powers. BOLD/BLH, fifth in Class AA, had taken a 22-17 lead when Mark Pietig earned a 6-5 decision at 160 pounds.
WILLMAR -- After two weeks of hard-fought games and a 1-3 ledger, Willmar got a break in the schedule and rolled over Sauk Rapids 76-59 Friday. It was Willmar's first win since Jan. 7 when they held off the Moorhead Spuds on the road 70-65. Eleven players scored for Willmar against the Storm. Kyle Townswick had 24 points, Ryan Hagemeyer 18, Cory Hanson 10, Luke Buer seven and Tyler Horning six. The Cardinals took command from the start against a team without a Central Lakes Conference win. Ross Van Hauen was the eighth Cardinal to score in the first half when his basket made it 30-13.
MANKATO -- Pheasants Forever had much to celebrate when it held its Minnesota convention last weekend in Mankato, and that's especially true for some of the area's local chapters and members. This year's convention featured the presentation of a variety of awards to local chapters and members for accomplishments during the past year. They include: n The awarding of the $750,000 Conservation Excellence Awards for dollars spent for habitat to the Kandiyohi County and Swift County chapters of Pheasants Forever. n The recognition of the Chippewa Count Pheasants Forever chapter as the Minnesota
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Events/competitions Wild Game Feed -- The Victory Christian Fellowship in Grove City will be hold a Wild Game Feed Saturday, Jan. 21 at 206 Second St. South in Grove City. The guest speaker will be Neil Thielke with the United Foundation for Disabled Archers. Bring a wild game dish and get in free, otherwise the cost is $5 for adults and $2 for those under age 16. Bring your antlers, horns, mounted fish, pictures and trophies. For more information, call (320) 857-2680. Prairie Woods ELC The following activities are offered by Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center.
SPICER -- Representatives of the Minnesota Official Measurers will be at Mel's Sport Shop Saturday, Jan. 28 to officially score trophy-class whitetail mounts, racks or sheds from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Categories include firearms, archery, muzzleloader, youth, non-hunting and shed. The measurements are recorded for Minnesota Deer Classic and Minnesota Deer Hunters Association. A registration fee of $15-25 will be charged.