Saturday morning was unusually cold for October. The fallen leaves -- littering the entire forest floor -- were dry, crisp, and noisy as I made my way, bow in hand, off to the first deer hunt of the season. Walking into the woods, I met a flock of turkeys, just heading out to graze in the pre-dawn light. I do not know who was more startled, but we managed to scare each other quite well as I jumped and they went crashing through the trees. My favorite deer hunting spot is where I hunted squirrels two weeks ago.
Weekly/monthly, etc. Blomkest Sportsmen's Club Pancake Supper -- 4-8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 7 at the Blomkest Community Center. A free will donation would go to the spawning grounds project. Prairie Woods ELC The following activities are offered by Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center. Register by calling PWELC, 354-5894 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . Discount available on all classes for members. Open Climbing -- Indoor rock climbing wall. Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon. Reservations required, please call by Thursday. Sibley State Park The Interpretive Center is open daily.
WATSON -- Goose hunters at Lac qui Parle are enjoying one of the best starts ever. There were over 50,000 geese counted in the refuge earlier this week, making it the highest count for this time of year since 1993, said Dave Trauba, refuge manager. The 2006 season opened Thursday on the refuge, and will continue for 40-days through Nov. 27. There was lots of anticipation for this season long before the first geese arrived.
There are several men, women and co-rec volleyball teams in Willmar looking for players to fill out their rosters for the upcoming season. Individual registrations are being taken. For more information, call Willmar Community Education and Recreation at 320-231-8492. There is also an open gym starting up at the city auditorium on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-4 p.m.
The Willmar Gold Gloves winter season runs November to April in the basement of the Willmar City Auditorium. Practices are Monday and Wednesday starting 7 p.m., the first Monday in November. The club is for ages 8-and-up. A mouthpiece is required and a parental consent form must be signed. The $70 registration fee is non-refundable. For more information phone Kirk Davis at 320-231-1136 (home) or 320-235-5332 (work).
The Montevideo Thunder Hawks will host St. Cloud Cathedral at 7 p.m. today in the West Central Inter-Conference championship. Montevideo was the West Central South champion and St. Cloud Cathedral won the North half.
UNDERWOOD -- Behind 37 kills and 38 digs from Kelsey Jeseritz and 13 ace blocks from Stephanie Stassen, Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg placed third at the Underwood Invitational Thursday. KMS (18-7) went 2-1 in pool play before upending Underwood 25-20, 22-25, 15-12 in the third-place match. Stassen also had 21 kills while Amy Neal served a team-high eight aces and Sarah Carlson (44 assists) and Amber Johnson (34 assists) directed the offense. Team scores Pool Play KMS def. Wheaton 20-25, 25-22, 15-9 Barnesville def. KMS 25-22, 25-23 KMS def.
Section 2AAAA First Round Tuesday 1. (1) Marshall has bye 2. (5) Hutchinson at (4) Willmar, 7 p.m. 3. (6) New Ulm at (3) Mankato East, 7 p.m. 4. (2) Mankato West has bye Semifinals Saturday, Oct. 28 Winner-2 at Marshall, 7 p.m. Winner-3 at Mankato West, 7 p.m. Championship Friday, Nov. 3 Semifinal winners at high seed, 7 p.m. Section 3AAA First Round Tuesday 1. (8) Montevideo at (1) Jackson County Central, 7 p.m. 2. (5) Minnewaska at (4) Fairmont, 7 p.m. 3. (7) Redwood Valley at (2) Maple River, 7 p.m. 4.
Section 2AAA Play-In Monday 1. (17) Rockford at (16) Fairmont, 7 p.m. 2. (18) St. Peter at (15) Annandale, 7 p.m. First Round Thursday, Oct. 24 3. Winner-1 at (1) Marshall, 7 p.m. 4. (9) Monticello at (8) New Ulm, 7 p.m. 5. (12) Mankato West at (5) Buffalo, 7 p.m. 6. (13) Willmar at (4) Waconia, 7 p.m. 7. (14) Worthington at (3) Litchfield, 7 p.m. 8. (11) Glencoe-Silver Lake at (6) Delano, 7 p.m. 9. (10) Dassel-Cokato at (7) Mankato East, 7 p.m. 10. Winner-2 at (2) Hutchinson, 7 p.m. Quarterfinals Saturday, Oct. 28 11. Winner-3 vs. Winner-4 at high seed, 7 p.m. 12.
Prep Volleyball NON-CONFERENCE Moorhead Invite (Willmar vs. Moorhead, 1:30 p.m. ... Willmar vs. Osseo, 4 p.m.) West Central Inter-Conference Championship: St. Cloud Cathedral at Montevideo, 7 p.m.